Rumour has it Santa has really stacked on the ol’ lbs recently and Mrs Claus has him on a pretty strict diet. Lucky for Mr S. I have created a refined sugar free gingerbread cookie recipe that both he and his reindeer can enjoy without guilt – or Mrs. Claus nagging him, but that’s a whole different story.
If you’re anything like me, you see gorgeous looking fruit at the market which you just have to buy and before you know it, you’ve got excessive amounts of fruit, threatening to expire, unused and unloved. Due to this, I often find myself staring into the fridge, thinking what the heck am I going to do with these damn bananas?! Well, the freezer can only handle so many frozen bananas so I have taken to making this healthy, refined sugar free protein packed banana bread.
Energy balls are a fantastic way to get a quick boost, whether it be to get through a meeting at work, keep you going in between classes or to see you through that challenging 1am – 2am phase of a Netflix marathon when you’re just so close to the end of the series, but your focus is seriously dropping. The pistachios and seeds add texture and depth to the recipe and the very subtle zest from the lemon brings it all together.
Chocolate and peanuts, truly a match made in heaven. Just like walks through the park on a crisp autumn day Sunday mornings (what I did today) and lazing around in bed all day on a Sunday (just kidding about that whole walking thing, this is actually what I did today). Before I gave up refined sugar, one of my all-time favourite snacks were peanut butter chocolate cups. Now, giving up sugar certainly didn’t mean I was about to live my life without peanut butter and chocolate ever again, hence the refined sugar free chocolate covered peanut butter balls recipe was created.
These rich, chocolaty muffins are so rich and moist that they actually are more like a cupcake than a muffin but I figure if we call it a ‘muffin’ then it’s totally fine to have them for breakfast, so I’m sticking to my guns – these are muffins! It’s hard to believe that something that tastes so indulgent actually only has naturally occurring sugars but it’s true! This refined sugar free muffins recipe is a healthy alternative to recipes using refined sugars – oh yeah (I’m wiggling my eyebrows excitedly)
These sugar free chocolate balls are by far my favourite recipe to date! The natural sweetness of the dates balance the rich flavour of the cacao and the chopped cashews add texture. These truffles are indulgent but without any refined sugars or unnatural additives. My favourite way to enjoy these sugar free chocolate balls is with a cup of tea and a good book, although that’s my favourite way to enjoy everything. Be warned – they are addictive!
These flourless vegan sweet potato brownies are super gooey rich in flavour, with the crunchiness of the walnuts balancing the creamy texture – the kicker is what gives them their super creamy texture – sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes in a brownie?! I hear you exclaim. It’s true, sweet potatoes in brownies are totally a thing now and actually have a great creamy texture to them and a natural sweetness that make them perfect to use when making brownies. As a result, these brownies are totally vegan, paleo, gluten free and most importantly – delicious!
Almond butter is such a great staple ingredient to have in your kitchen to use in baking and spread on toast for breakfast. My only issue with it is that although there are some really great brands out there, they aren’t always the cheapest to buy. I had a spare 10 mins up my sleeve and decided to try making my own. The result was simple and delicious I knew I had to share it immediately (just on here though, I already ate all the butter). All you need to make this easy almond butter recipe is 10 mins and two ingredients.
Almond butter is so simple to make, so easy in fact you could do it with your eyes closed but I wouldn’t recommend actually making it with your eyes closed since there will be use of a blender and oven both of which could result in some serious injuries. Injuries which could, you know, seriously distract you from being able to eat the almond butter.
Is there anything in life more satisfying that the contrast between the chocolate layer and puffed rice layer of these Chocolate Coated Vegan Puffed Rice Bars?! Your first pay check, getting your first job? Nope – there isn’t, this is it! These are one of my all time favourite recipes, since you can make a big ol batch of them and keep them in the fridge for 5 days, you can throw one in a sandwich bag, throw that bag into your bag (there’s a lot of throwing happening here, are you going to a basketball game or what?) and enjoy them on the go.
To me, these sugar free roasted hazelnut muffins sum up perfectly what autumn baking is all about. Firstly there is the fact that they are muffins and everyone knows wearing light layers whilst eating a warm muffin with a cup of hot chai tea is totally an autumn thing. Seriously, everyone knows that, ask strangers on the street and they will confirm this. Next, they have roasted hazelnuts, and a maple syrup glaze infused with orange and cinnamon – cinnamon, I tell you! The epitome of autumn!