A summery twist on a classic Christmassy dessert, this tart is easy to prepare and makes a showstopping dessert that is vegan and gluten-free. A flaky pastry filled with a strawberry infused mincemeat topped with more strawberries and dairy-free ice cream. This post may seem a little “out there” but bear with me on this … Continue reading Strawberry Mince Pie Tart (Vegan Gluten-Free)
Soft and chewy chocolate peppermint cookies with espresso powder and crunchy candy canes on top. They are easy to make in one bowl and are fun to decorate, too. They are naturally vegan with gluten-free options. There is something so wonderful festive about peppermint and chocolate together! The refreshing minty flavours contracts with the rich … Continue reading Peppermint Mocha Cookies (Vegan GF-Option)
Muffin-sized nut roast cups packed with the classic wholesome flavours of rosemary and thyme with sweet dried cranberries and roasted chestnuts, these savoury cups are naturally vegan, gluten-free and are a great vegan roast dinner option. Nut roast season is well underway, and I love how many different recipes there are for the classic nut … Continue reading Mini Butternut Squash Nut Roast Cups with Cranberry Sauce (Vegan GF)
Sweet and festively spiced, these homemade pop tarts feature a simple 2-ingredient vegan pastry sandwiched together filled with homemade mincemeat. Finish them with a simple icing sugar glaze and sprinkles for a delicious sweet snack. After posting my first homemade pop tarts back in the Autumn, I just knew I wanted to make more recipes, … Continue reading Mince Pie Pop Tarts (Vegan)
A no-yeast, 30-minute chocolate star bread that makes an impressive bake to serve to friends and family. It is naturally vegan, uses simple ingredients and is simple to make. I love yeasted bakes, but as I have said before, they often scare me. I worry so much while they’re rising and then when they proof … Continue reading Vegan Chocolate Star Bread (30 Minutes)
Rich and fudgy no-bake brownies with a date and walnut cacao layer topped with a thick and luscious chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes. These festive chocolate treats are naturally vegan, gluten-free and only take 30 minutes of prep time. I love a good no-bake recipe and even though it’s winter here in the UK, … Continue reading No-Bake Candy Cane Brownies (Vegan GF)
Light and fluffy vegan panettone oozing with chocolate spread and crunchy hazelnuts. This panettone is worth the time and is delicious sliced thickly and served with tea or coffee. I have wanted to make my own panettone for a long time now. Being half-Italian, this sweet Christmas bread has been a big part of Christmas … Continue reading Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Panettone
Rich and fudgy chocolate brownies flavoured with warming mulled wine spices and topped with sweet sticky mincemeat, these brownies are naturally vegan, easy to make and have a gluten-free option, too. It really is the most wonderful time of year for festive bakes and cakes and on top of ALL the gingerbread I have been … Continue reading Mulled Wine Mince Pie Brownies (Vegan GF-Option)
Use up the leftover Ginger Cacao Banana Bread to make deliciously simple and fun cake pops. They are easy to make with leftover cake, homemade frosting and then enrobe in melted chocolate and sprinkle with decorations. I knew I wanted to get this post up quite soon after posting my Hidden Gingerbread Banana Bread as … Continue reading Gingerbread Chocolate Cake Bombs (Vegan GF-Option)
An impressive cookie box made up of delicious vegan biscuits, cookies and sweets: Gingerbread Biscuits, White Chocolate Macadamia and Cranberry Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Pecan Biscotti and Festive Chocolate Bark. This year, I wanted to take my love for cookies to the next level and make a cookie box. It was a lot easier said than done. … Continue reading Homemade Vegan Cookie Box and Festive Chocolate Bark
Crunchy nutty Italian-style Biscotti cantucci biscuits with lots of rich dark chocolate and sweet pecans all coated in more chocolate. These biscuits are a staple at Christmastime and are fun and simple to make while being naturally vegan. Being half Italian, I have very fond memories of Biscotti or Cantucci as they are actually known … Continue reading Vegan Chocolate Pecan Biscotti
A tender butternut squash cooked until sticky, stuffed with a chestnut, cranberry and mushroom mix and baked again as a roll. Tie it up with string and serve as the main piece for a plant-based and gluten-free roast dinner. It’s that time of year where we all want the next best nut roast recipe or … Continue reading Roasted Chestnut Cranberry Stuffed Squash (Vegan GF)
A silky smooth and warmingly spiced gingerbread cheesecake with a crunchy ginger biscuit buttery base and a thick homemade cheesecake filling. Top this vegan, gluten-free dessert with some gingerbread buttercream and gingerbread biscuits for the ultimate festive dessert. Cheesecake is something I love to make for an impressive dessert – they are really easy to … Continue reading No-Bake Vegan Gingerbread Cheesecake (GF-Option)
Light and fluffy 25-minute double chocolate swirl rolls with a cacao infused dough, chocolate spread filling and lots of dried fruits and nuts. This small batch of buns is quick and easy to make and naturally vegan. I love buns, rolls, breads… all that kind of thing, especially when you can make them more quickly … Continue reading Double Chocolate Fruit and Nut Swirl Rolls (Vegan)
Delicious warmingly spiced gingerbread biscuits with a good crunch but chewy inside, make these into an impressive gingerbread wreath or keep them as gingerbread shapes. This recipe is easy to follow and they’re naturally vegan. Gingerbread are a staple this time of year, everybody is making gingerbread men, women, shapes and it’s so fun to … Continue reading Vegan Gingerbread Wreath and Shapes
This year has been difficult for quite a few of us and it’s been felt all around the globe. So it only seemed natural that for this month's theme to talk about togetherness. Being together means more than just being together in the same room, together in the same house, or even together in the … Continue reading Monthly Musings: December 2020
Chewy sugary cookies studded with chocolate chunks, macadamia nuts and dried cranberries all rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re easy to make, naturally vegan and such a great festive cookie. Snickerdoodle is such a fun word to say and why had I not made one before? They’re typically American cookies and we don’t have them often … Continue reading White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan)
A no-bake biscuity base with a thick rich chocolate fudge topping studded with pecans. These bars are delicious, decadent and are naturally vegan and gluten-free and can be refined sugar-free depending on your chocolate. Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to all my virtual friends and online friends who celebrate thanksgiving. Even though we don’t celebrate here in … Continue reading Chocolate Pecan Fudge Bars (Vegan GF)
Rich and chocolatey peanut butter rocky road bars packed with rice crispies, nuts and mini marshmallows topped with pretzels and gummy bears. These bars are easy to make in 10 minutes and make a delicious festive or year-round snack. I love any excuse to make my sweet recipes slightly festive, and these Chocolate Peanut Butter … Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Gummy Bear Rocky Roads (Vegan GF)
A crumbly sweet and crisp chocolate chip cookie shaped into a cup, filled with creamy smooth chocolate spread. This vegan, gluten-free and easy snack or dessert is fun to make and takes less than 30 minutes. What is not to love about chocolate? And what is not to love about cookies? Rather than making another … Continue reading Chocolate Orange Cookie Cups (Vegan GF)
A small batch of quick, no-yeast cinnamon rolls with a soft fluffy 3-ingredient dough and a sticky sweet cinnamon swirl. Top these vegan rolls with some icing sugar glaze and they’re a delicious warming bake ready in 30 minutes. There are so many reasons why I wanted to make these quick and easy small-batch cinnamon … Continue reading Quick Protein Cinnamon Rolls for 2 (Vegan GF-Option)
This roasted butternut squash nut roast is hearty, wholesome and full of festive flavour. It is easy to make, packed with vegetables and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes an impressive centrepiece at a roast dinner table and can be sliced and saved for later. After my previous favourite recipe for Veggie Nut Roast … Continue reading Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Nut Roast (Gluten-free)
Mince pies are a staple at Christmastime – these treats are a cross between the classic mince pie and a flapjack-style bar with a sweet crumbly top. They are naturally vegan, gluten-free and easy to make in less than 30 minutes. Who doesn’t love a good mince pie? I’m not a fan of the ones … Continue reading Mince Pie Crumble Squares
A light and fluffy banana bread loaf laced with spiced mincemeat and topped with sticky sweet mincemeat infused vegan cream cheese frosting. A festive match made in heaven. It is vegan, dairy-free with gluten-free options and easy to make in 40 minutes. What happens when my love affair for banana bread meets with my obsession … Continue reading Mince Pie Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
The ultimate festive spiced granola for simple, delicious and healthy breakfasts and snacks. This gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free granola is great to batch cook or to offer as gifts to friends over the holidays. I love granola and I love Christmas flavours, so to follow up to my original Christmas Granola, I thought I’d … Continue reading Roasted Chestnut and Cranberry Granola
Mince pies and cookies combine in these deliciously vegan and gluten-free Mince Pie Thumbprint Cookies. They’re soft and chewy with a crispy sugary top with a sweet and sticky mincemeat filling – you’ll only need 8 ingredients and 20 minutes. These cookies are a new and fun way to use mincemeat rather than stuffing into pastry … Continue reading Mince Pie Thumbprint Cookies
A rich and creamy chocolate orange vegan mousse filling in a nutty and gluten-free sticky base. This raw tart is a perfect showstopping dessert for pleasing crowds and you’ll only need 10 ingredients to make it. I first made a raw chocolate mousse tart a couple of years ago as Christmas day dessert for my … Continue reading Chocolate Orange Mousse Tart
The ultimate festive chocolatey brownie studded with vibrant sugar candy canes and minty chocolate. They are naturally vegan, delicious and indulgent while being easy to make with less than 10 ingredients in 30 minutes. I love chocolate brownies and I love Christmas, so it only seemed right to combine the two. These Candy Cane Brownies … Continue reading Candy Cane Brownies
Soup season is here and this creamy red lentil soup with carrots and parsnips is a real winter warmer. Spiced with cumin, turmeric and nutmeg with lots of fresh ginger and garlic, it is a crowd-pleasing soup that is vegan and gluten-free. I love soup season – any excuse to curl up with a warming … Continue reading Creamy Spiced Red Lentil and Carrot Soup
A simple and delicious festive centrepiece or side to enjoy throughout the season – or all year long. Chestnut and cranberry lentils stuffed into tender squash topped with fresh herbs and pomegranate make for a vegan, healthy and gluten-free family meal. It’s time to kick start the festive season and what better way than with … Continue reading Festive Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash with Chesnut Brussel Sprouts
Light and fluffy chocolate swirl buns studded with crunchy hazelnuts and laced with lots of creamy chocolate. These are easy, no-knead and no-yeast buns that deliver every time while taking less than 35 minutes. Plus they are naturally vegan, low sugar and a delicious treat. I asked, you answered, and I’ve delivered! A few weeks ago, on … Continue reading Hazelnut Chocolate Swirl Buns
A wonderfully creamy soup with cumin spiced notes and sweet parsnip that will warm you up on a cold winters day.
Who doesn’t love granola? When it combines with the festive cheeriness of Christmas… well that’s one heavenly breakfast (or lunch/dinner/snack if you’re like me!).Christmas GranolaAfter all the savoury recipe testing for my Christmas bonanza, it dawned on me that I needed to re-make my favourite festive-spiced granola as it’s one I make time and time again, … Continue reading Christmas Granola
A cinnamon-sweet mince pie filled cinnamon rolls with a sticky icing sugar glaze, perfect for weekend baking or festive treats.
A festive-infused vegetable and roasted nut roast that is easy to make from seasonal ingredients. It’s hearty, comforting and packed with flavour.
Christmas spiced stuffing falafel balls full of festive herbs, chestnuts and cranberries. Enjoy these as a side or as the star of the show.
Sticky and sweet, these are my favourite way to enjoy carrots and parsnips and they make a great side dish part of a roast dinner.
Tangy, sweet and caramelised… this is the best way to enjoy sprouts.
With sugar and spice and all things nice…keep calm and eat mince pies!Homemade Mince PiesThese are just two little quotes I found when I googled “mince pie quotes” – yes, I actually did that as a way to inspire my writing here. Because, well, what more is there to say about the humble mince pie? … Continue reading Homemade Mince Pies
With a knowledge of the Italian language, it still makes me chuckle that ‘biscotti’ in every other language refers to this particular type of sweet treat, whereas ‘biscotti’ literally translates to mean ‘biscuits’. The Italian call these type of crunchy biscuit cantuccini which I think sounds much more exotic and enticing, don’t you agree? Nevertheless, … Continue reading Orange and Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Naturally sweetened, this mincemeat is filled with juicy, plump dried fruits and flavoured with warming winter spices.