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Cake Batter Doughnuts with Chocolate Coconut Frosting (Vegan)

doughnut vegan
I had a Krispy Creme once and I didn’t like it, it was such a major disappointment to me. See, I was really looking forward to it, a little too excited perhaps but in anticipation for the doughnut of my life. The thing is, it was really just something and nothing, as light and airy as a feather, sickly sweet, a tad dry + very much a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of doughnut. Maybe I’m just weird but they just didn’t taste like real food.

These are NOT ‘take it or leave it’ doughnuts. Not at all.

vegan chocolate doughnuts

These have real substance, a subtle sweetness, creamy vanilla undertones and a hard crispy chocolate coconut frosting. This is the way I like my doughnuts; substantial, delicious, feel good and plant based. I made these twice in the space of two days, they really are that good. They may not be the glossy, uniformed, additive laden doughnuts from the supermarket but they are real, rustic and full of healthy ingredients.

chocolate vegan doughnut

These cake batter doughnuts are spelt based so much lower in gluten and higher in fibre which is why they’re miles more satisfying than regular doughnuts. With a lot less sugar, no dairy whatsoever and zero additives these are my doughnut of choice. Life’s too short to eat crappy fake, sugary, greasy doughnuts stuffed with who knows what and I really do care about this. Spelt cake batter doughnuts are surely the way forward, especially as they take five minutes to throw together and twenty to bake. Job done.

doughnut stack

Cake batter doughnuts with chocolate coconut frosting

(6 doughnuts)

1 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseeds to 3 of water)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

frosting:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon dried coconut

method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Combine the first four dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl + set aside.
2. Mix the remaining wet ingredients together throughly + add to the dry mixture, taking care not to over mix.
3. Transfer the batter to a greased doughnut pan + bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Combine frosting ingredients and ice each cooled doughnut well. Neatness not necessary.

Sugar + Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Freezer Fudge

coconut topped vegan fudge

Imagine a recipe which took just a couple of minutes to throw together, was full of nothing but whole, healthy, superfood ingredients and was tasty as hell.No dairy, no sugar fudge

This sugar + dairy free fudge is one of those recipes. Zero added sugar and no dairy. 100% natural ingredients. Yummy. Yes it’s possible. Oh my oh my!!Sinless fudge

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like fudge including me but have you try finding dairy free fudge in the supermarkets? I can’t. Plus, most fudge is packed full of sugar, so much so it’s often far too sweet. This chocolate coconut fudge is rich, deeply chocolatey, and just sweet and creamy enough. That’s all I’m asking for and this delivers.A slab of sinless fudge

I really love chocolate and coconut as a combo (hello bounty) and the coconut gives this fudge a creamier nuttier taste to make up for the missing dairy. I prefer using apple sauce as a filler/sweetener as I find banana can give a strange after taste, especially if it isn’t really really ripe. This should be stored in the freezer and removed 10 minutes before eating to allow it to soften slightly. Please don’t expect a replica of pick ‘n’ mix fudge as this is entirely different, for a start it really is good for you and is best enjoyed cold from the freezer.Coconut chocolate fudge......sinless

Sugar + dairy free chocolate coconut fudge

(makes 6 squares)

4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons finely shredded coconut/powder (blend if it’s too coarse)
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 tablespoon cocoa
pinch fine sea salt

method:

1. Gently melt the coconut oil over a low heat. Meanwhile add the coconut powder + milk to a cup + microwave for 30 seconds. It should be like a thick paste.
2. Add the coconut paste + the remaining ingredients to the pan + stir well to fully combine.
3. Transfer to a parchment lined container, sprinkle with coconut if desired + freeze for 30-60 minutes.
4. Remove from the freezer, slice + devour. Store in the freezer + remove 10-15 minutes before eating.

 

 

Grain Free Chocolate Cup Cake (Gluten free + Vegan)

grain free chocolate muffin

I’m still on a quest to perfect my grain free, eggless muffin – just those words themselves sound challenging. I like a challenge and I’m so there on this one because these are oh so light and fluffy despite not having the ‘hold together’ sticky doughy substance of a regular egg based muffin. I don’t think they’re supposed to though, hello – eggless, grainless……but but but these are whole food cup cakes, 100% plant powered and healthy as hell – they’re not meant to be like those other ‘plastic’ muffins. These grain free chocolate cup cakes hold themselves together just fine. C’mon, almond flour, coconut flour and cocoa are fully involved, enough said.grain free chocolate muffins

And they are so worth it. So wholesome. So smooth. So chocolatey. So low in sugar yet high in protein with none of those nasty trans fats but rather a little of the heart healthy ones. Just the ticket to get you through til teatime. These grain free chocolate cup cakes don’t need icing per se but really, what does need icing? Everything of course, including these! This simple chocolate icing is rich, silky and very chocolatey, taking these from tasty to damn right delicious. A good place to be.chocolate grain free cup cake process

I love topping mine with coconut (in any form), goji berries, crunchy seeds and dark chocolate chips. You just top yours with whatever takes your fancy.chocolate grain free cup cakes

Grain free chocolate cup cakes

(makes 10)

3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda + bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 flax egg or regular egg (1 tablespoon flaxmeal: 3 of water)
1/4 cup non dairy yoghurt
1/4 cup apple sauce

icing:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl + combine well. Whisk all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl + add to the dry mixture. Combine thoroughly but do not over mix. Depending on the brand, coconut flour has a tendency to absorb liquid so you may need to add a little extra milk.
2. Line a muffin tray with 10 cases + spoon the mixture into the tray.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Allow to fully cool before icing.
5. Combine icing ingredients over a low heat + spoon over each cup cake. Top with whatever tickles your fancy. Allow to set.

Healthier Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Vegan)

I’m not so much of a brownie kind of person and I just don’t feel normal being this way with so many brownie lovers out there. That’s why I made these, cos people love the brownie thing and these are to take to afternoon tea, so naturally I wanted to take something to please. People pleaser that I am!
choc fudge brownie
You just know I gave the original brownie recipe a bit of a makeover by making it vegan friendly (goodbye egg and butter) and also a lower gluten count (hello almond flour). Dark dairy free chocolate chips, pecan + a little less sugar make this a lot healthier than your average brownie.

Chocolate brownie love

I could have gone the whole hog and really stripped the sugar, omitted the butter for apple sauce but I wanted to be popular and wasn’t sure Russ’s family would appreciate my plant-powered wellness warrior brownie!Chocolate brownie stack

The thing is Russ’s twin brother’s other half is the queen of baked goods, in a ‘Great British Bake Off’ type of way, much to the delight his entire family. Come to think of it his sister, grandmother and mother are all baking goddesses, oh god what have I done. Anyhow, these are made with love and great healthy ingredients, who knows these may even turn me into a brownie lover. The thing is I cannot taste them as I can’t really take a tray of brownies with one missing, can I?Sliced healthy chocolate brownie

Ok, I just tasted one…..and wow, I gotta say they’re delicious. Not my favourite dessert ever, but a mighty fine chocolate treat. Now I definitely gotta try a raw brownie next with a whole lotta date loving going on.easy healthy chocolate brownies

Naturally I’ll be choosing these healthier chocolate fudge brownies this afternoon and here’s why:

nil dairy
low gluten + no refined flours
low carb – hello almond flour
reduced sugar + none of the white stuff either
heart healthy
made with love….so much love. lol
deeply dark chocolate, yum
because I made them of course!healthy chocolate brownies

It really is easy to make a recipe healthier, even just by ditching the dairy but if you slightly lower the sugar and select wholegrain flours then you really are making a whole lot of goodness. Most favourite baked goods recipes can be adapted in this way without forfeiting taste and texture. Ain’t that just grand. sliced healthy chocolate brownies

Healthier chocolate fudge brownie

(makes 9 squares)

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup spelt flour (can use wholewheat or regular all purpose)
1 1/2 cups almond flour (or process almonds into meal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup dairy free butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup crushed pecans + 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 175 º C. + line a 12″ baking dish with baking paper – lightly grease. Prepare the flax egg + set aside. Add the flours, salt, baking powder + cocoa to a bowl + combine thoroughly.
2. Place the chocolate chips + dairy free spread in a microwaveable dish + place in the microwave for 45 seconds until melted. Whisk the sugar, vanilla, almond milk + flax egg into the mixture until fully combined. Add this to the dry mix + stir well.
3. Add the pecans + extra chocolate chips to the brownie dough + transfer to lined baking dish. Be sure to push the mixture down well so that it is very compact. Bake for 40 minutes.
4. Leave to cool FULLY before cutting the brownie. Slice into 9 squares + enjoy the brownie love. Store in the fridge for 1 week or freeze on day of baking.

Healthy Darkest Double Chocolate Flourless Cookie Bites

carob chickpea cookieI can’t stop baking with beans, and not baked beans or pulse based curries but sweet nutty desserts bursting with the humble chick pea or fudge like black bean. It’s a pretty good feeling knowing that your sweet, dark and decadent cookie is actually 75% chick pea! Or your chocolate fudge brownie is crammed with black beans and you know that creamy cookie dough butter, yep you guessed it – it’s mainly white beans! Is it wrong to get excited over carob, chocolate, almondy, chickpea based goodies? Even the raw dough is hard to resist.

Cookie dough that's good enough to eat

Baking with beans is the way forward – who needs margarine and white flour when any pulse would do a better job, mega boost the nutritional content higher than you can imagine and transform a pretty unhealthy dessert to one which is plant based and truly good for us. Good news.Plate of cookies

And here’s a bit more good news:

flourless, no grain whatsoever so yep they’re gluten free
no dairy and entirely plant powered
so rich and chocolatey it almost hurts
so easy to make, literally throw it all in the blender and adjust ingredients for correct consistency
they really are healthy with such a tiny amount of sugar
less than 50 calories per cookie, eat lots
carob, ummmmStack them cookies up!

Technically carob isn’t chocolate but it does have a chocolatey taste with a sweeter, nuttier flavour than cocoa and it is super delicious. Also packed full of antioxidants and unlike cocoa contains zero caffiene. I absolutely love it. I use carob purely for a change of flavour as cocoa is one of my favourite ingredients ever and would work equally well in this recipe too. I do feel guilty cheating on cocoa but carob is so worth it. A plate of cookies for you!

Healthy darkest double chocolate flourless cookie bites

(makes 15-20 cookies)

1 can chickpeas, rinsed + drained (240 grams)
1 banana, peeled + chopped
3 teaspoons non dairy butter or coconut oil
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of flaxmeal to 3 of water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons carob powder (or cocoa powder)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons almond meal or almond flour
4 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Add all the ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir through the chocolate chips. The mixture should be a cookie dough consistency so you may need to adjust almond flour to make it drier or add a dash of almond milk to loosen it.
2. Lightly grease a baking tray + form 15-20 small cookies from the mixture. They will not spread so allow enough room to remove once baked. Flatten slightly with a fork.
3. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp on the outside. Allow to cool fully before removing from the baking tray + get stuck right in. Store in an airtight container for 7 days.

Gluten + Dairy Free ‘Snickers’ Pancakes

snickers pancakesDessert for breakfast is sometimes the only way forward. Chocolate. Peanuts. Caramel. Pancakes. I shouldn’t think it gets much better than this. Well not in pancake world anyhow! I wish I had more creativity at breakfast but I always stick to my oats and a thousand trillion toppings. It’s only when I have something like this that I tell myself – ‘eat more pancakes, you crazy person’. Everybody should be eating more pancakes….as long as they’re plant based and super good for you!snickers pancakes

So not only was I trying to jazz up my pancakes ‘Snickers’ style but was also trying to perfect my gluten and dairy free pancake and I tell you what, this was right on target. Utterly delicious actually. You know they’re a success when you literally cannot wait to make them again and eat the whole damn lot. snickers pancakes

These Snickers pancakes have an ever so slightly sweet taste (I figured they didn’t need much sugar when they’re studded with chocolate + drowned in caramel sauce!), a nuttiness from the wholesome gluten free flour, creaminess from the almond milk and flax and they rose like a treat too! So happy with that.pancakes glorious pancakes

You gotta expect a slightly denser pancake when your using GF flour and no eggs and these were still much lighter than I envisaged. Let’s face it, who wants a pancake you could break into someone’s house with? Not me and in taste terms these are miles better than any white processed pancakes I’ve had in the past. I’d always recommend using roasted nuts as the taste is way better and makes them super crunchy too. These Snickers Pancakes are really very delicious. I want them again, right now. snickers pancakes + caramel sauce

Gluten + dairy free ‘Snickers’ pancakes

(serves 2)

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips
raw caramel sauce or shop bought

method:

1. Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile add the milk, apple cider vinegar, flax + vanilla extract to a jug + whisk thoroughly.
2. Add the wet mixture along with the coconut oil to the dry ingredients + mix thoroughly. Stir through half the peanuts + half the chocolate chips.
3. Grease a non stick pan with coconut oil + scoop 1/4 cup size amounts of the mixture onto the griddle pan. Allow to brown (about 2 minutes) on one side + flip for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a warm oven whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
4. Top with the remaining peanuts + chocolate chips. Drizzle generously with caramel sauce + revel in all this snickers glory.

Healthy Peanut Butter + Chocolate Fudge (No Dairy or Sugar)

peanut butter fudgeOh Fudge! Natural, healthy, creamy, nutty, smooth and chocolatey fudge on tap straight from the freezer. Oh yes please. But this is not not your average fudge, this is as healthy as fudge can get…………

there’s no cream, no butter, no dairy at all and no added sugar but rest assured it IS fudge, honestly. And not plain old fudge but delicious peanut butter and chocolate chip fudge. Yum please. slab of fudgeDSC_9058

I really like this recipe, it’s quick + easy and requires no thermometer monitoring like conventional fudge and guess what – this makes you feel real good after eating it. Right on. Keep it in the freezer for a handy grab it when you need it fudge fix. There’s no sugar in this recipe but you can sweeten it to suit your own tastes with your favourite kind. Maple syrup is lovely. Maple syrup and pecans would be lovelier!fudge chunks

Guess what, this freezer fudge is super adaptable too. Any nut butter would be delicious as would cocoa powder for a rich chocolate twist. Walnuts (any nut!) and coconut would be yummy additions too. Swap the banana up with 1/4 cup apple sauce for an equally delicious version. Just make your own fudge.DSC_9067

Healthy peanut butter fudge

(makes 12 squares)

1 small or 1/2 large banana, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips

Blend all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips until smooth. Smooth into a parchment lined baking tray + stud the fudge slab with chocolate chips. Freeze until hardened + slice into desitred size. Store in the freezer or fridge.

Mocha Quinoa Truffles (GF + Vegan)

mocha quinoa trufflesI need chocolate. Everyday. I love chocolate in all it’s raw, unprocessed and darkest glory. I think we all need chocolate, it’s good for the soul. Seriously. A bowl of mocha quinoa balls

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Charles M Schulz

See, this man is sooooo right. Love + chocolate = just perfect. Definitely a cup of coffee too. Or even some mocha quinoa balls!Making mocha quinoa balls

When I fancy some sweet in my life I go to these delicious chocolate, walnut and coffee infused balls of goodness. An immediate snack that’s so amazingly yummy but shockingly good for you, like really, eat these mocha quinoa bites for good health. Yes, real chocolate is good for us, always has been and always will be – dark and unadulterated cocoa. So thankful.A loada balls

The great thing about and date/nut balls are they’re beyond adaptable, just see them as your sweet, nurturing, flexible and friendly snack. Any nut would work, the quinoa can be subbed for oats, more nuts, almond flour, coconut flour, if you don’t like mocha then ditch the coffee, if you hate chocolate…….only kidding, who doesn’t like chocolate, right? You get the point though – put in what the hell you want and bust some serious balls. Mocha quinoa balls

I used quinoa to pack these out and up the protein content as I had a little left over from lunch and they added a nice nutty texture but brown rice would also be good. Have you noticed how there’s never ever, like never ever any leftover chocolate? Strange……

These sweets/truffles/power balls/bites are truly free. Free from dairy, soy, gluten and processed sugar. Enjoy the purest and loveliest of plant goodness.

Easy recipe for mocha quinoa balls

Mocha quinoa truffles

(makes 16 balls)

1 cup dates
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon maca
1 tablespoon espresso/coffee powder + 1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine the ingredients in a food processor + pulse to a dough. Scrape down the sides + redistribute if necessary.
Make 14-16 balls, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes + enjoy straight away or store in an airtight container for later.

Chocolate, Banana + Peanut Chia Pudding (GF + Vegan)

chia puddingMy November resolutions are to eat more chia and to get stuck into this chocolate, banana and nut fiasco at least once per week! What a combo this is and a great way to get a my chia nutritional fix. It’s not hard to stick to these resolutions at all. Easy process - chia pudding

This chocolate, banana + peanut chia pudding is super simple and can be prepped the night before for a next day nutrient dense pick me up. The chia seeds just need to soak up the lovely liquid and you’re ready to go. I blend mine for a smooth mousse-like consistency but it’s equally delicious left as is for that chia tapioca vibe. Of course it doesn’t need caramel sauce but that’s besides the point, add it anyway cos it’s beyond delicious. Just in case you wanted to know, I devoured both of these and enjoyed every last scrap.2 chia puddings

I’m monkeys, I’m nuts, just full on head over heels for this chia pudding and for very good reason too. It’s more than an instant energising and transportable snack, much much more:

gluten + dairy free
rich in omega 3
iron rich
high protein
good source of fibre
high in potassium
low in sugar
breakfast or pudding

She ticks every box. Get some chia and get chia pudding-ing. Chia pudding + caramel sauce

Chocolate, banana + peanut chia pudding

(serves 2)

30 grams chia seed
1 cup almond milk
4 dates
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup

peanuts
banana, sliced
puffed rice, granola
caramel sauce
anything your heart desires

Method:

1. Soak the chia seeds + dates in the almond milk for 1 hour or leave overnight. Add the soaked mixture to the blender with the remaining pudding ingredients + blend until smooth + mousse like.
2. Serve in a glass dish, layered with toppings of choice but my advice is bananas,  peanuts + caramel sauce. Enjoy this tonne of yumminess you just made.

Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Black bean fudge brownie stack!Because black beans are not just for tacos!

If there’s one bean I favour it’s the little old black bean and I just love everything about them.  I’ve been blind to their amazing versatility as I usually just throw them in a Mexican stew or a big avocado salad, so I was pretty excited to combine my black bean love with my equal adoration of cocoa. I’m thinking, dark, chocolatey, fudge-like, gooey, crumbly at the sides and soft in the middle. I was right, this is exactly how they are…..were.Two black bean brownies......

Traditionally, chocolate fudge brownies are chock a block with bad fats, white sugar, digestive clogging gluten and dirty dairy but these are the perfect example of how something which really is ultra healthy can still be delicious. Let’s change all that, there really is no need to go without or crave junk when chocolate fudge brownies like this are knocking about. That’s good information to have. Make them and see for yourself, don’t take my word for it. If you don’t make them, please do take my word for it!Simple process

To achieve a fudgey brownie like texture I used agave rather than brown sugar and dotted each brownie with dark chocolate chips and pecan pieces for a richer more decadent treat. Scrap that, they’re hardly a treat with an ingredient list like this, more an everyday necessity. The black beans, chia, coconut oil and cocoa make this chocolate brownie a shining example of wholesome goodness brimming with health attributes, a brownie that kicks plant butt and makes you feel better than OK. Oh and don’t worry about eating the raw brownie batter straight off the spoon……it’s all plants so get stuck in. Just as good uncooked?

So, here’s the black bean brownie lowdown:

grain free
dairy free
gluten free
iron rich
high fibre
good source of protein
so delicious

Please try these! Black bean chocolate brownies

Healthy black bean chocolate fudge brownies

(makes 12)

2 tablespoons chia seed soaked in  6 tablespoons of water
230 gram black beans (drained weight)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons almond milk
pecans + chocolate chips to dress

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC. Add the chia egg to your blender  or food processor + blitz for 30 seconds. Next add the remaining ingredients apart from pecans + chocolate chips + pulse until a smooth batter is achieved. The ideal consistency should be quite hard to pour but not as thick as frosting. Add more milk/water if it is too thick.
2. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into the tin + dress with nuts + chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 25-3o minutes. They are ready when the outside of the muffin has come away slightly from the sides of the tin but some softness in the middle.
3. Allow to cool fully before loosening the edges with a fork to remove. They are pretty delicate so handle with care.

Note: The chia seeds can be replaced by 1 egg for a non vegan version. The agave syrup can be replaced by brown rice syrup, honey (non vegan), maple syrup or 1/4 cup regular sugar.

Adapted from Minimalist Baker.

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