• welsh cakes
23 Apr, 2016

Welsh cakes

By |April 23rd, 2016|Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Although readily available in UK supermarkets, I had forgotten how good Welsh cakes taste.  Recently I found a traditional recipe, given to my grandmother from her Welsh neighbour 10 - 15 years ago. Everytime we visited, Ivy would come around with an ice-cream tub full of them.  I can still remember that smell. I have [...]

  • healthy banana oat flapjacks
18 Feb, 2016

Healthy banana flapjacks

By |February 18th, 2016|Dairy-free, Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Who can't resist a flapjack?  That oaty texture and full whack of sugar from brown sugar and golden syrup as a kid has certain comforting memories.  Well, stop a second...Why can't you still have that, but a healthy version with a twist (without all those empty calories and sugar), but just as tasty. Yes, this [...]

15 Feb, 2016

Fruit n nut muesli breakfast bars

By |February 15th, 2016|Dairy-free, Low calorie, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

These are a million times better than those available in the supermarket, full of empty calories, sugar and fat.  This is the healthy, no-bake alternative to granola or muesli bars.  It is packed with dried fruit (natural sugar) and nuts/oats for protein and energy.Fruit 'n nut breakfast bars - A no-bake and easy to make, [...]

15 Feb, 2016

Health rusks

By |February 15th, 2016|Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Health rusks - These are like muesli bars and slightly crumblier than buttermilk rusks. You can always swap ingredients for an even healthier version...i.e. replace the butter and sugar for oil and natural sugar alternatives. - sugar, butter (melted), bran flakes (crushed), self raising flour, baking powder, salt, sultanas (or raisins), milk (at room temperature), [...]

  • apricot, cinnamon & olive oil cupcakes with italian meringue frosting
15 Feb, 2016

Italian meringue style icing

By |February 15th, 2016|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Have you been looking for an alternative to cream cheese or sugar frosting on your cake decorating?  Conscious of those pesky calories?  Well, I came across (not my idea unfortunately), but I have embraced this low calorie replacement in the style of Italian meringue and yes, you can flavour it and pipe it, just like [...]

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14 Feb, 2016

Apricot, cinnamon and olive oil cupcakes

By |February 14th, 2016|Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

These cupcakes 'under the bonnet' are healthy versions of cupcakes, without scrimping on taste.  I have replaced butter with yoghurt and rapeseed oil and replaced refined sugar with xylitol (natural sugar alternative) and reduced flour by 50 per cent, replacing it with ground almonds.  As for the icing, I've used an Italian meringue style frosting [...]

  • super healthy rusks (beskuit) on a plate
11 Feb, 2016

Super healthy rusks (free-from)

By |February 11th, 2016|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

I love South African rusks (not to be confused with baby rusks in the UK & Ireland), but they are not on my radar with my careful eating, so I wanted to try and find a way of still enjoying a rusk or two.  The traditionalists out there might scoff.  But, with the help of [...]

  • pancakes with sugar and lemon
8 Feb, 2016

Pannekoek (pancakes)

By |February 8th, 2016|Breakfast, Low calorie, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Pannekoek (pancakes) - This is a traditional pancake mix for large flat pancakes, similar to crepes. They are best served warm with maple syrup and some fresh berries or savoury topping of your choice. - plain flour, egg (beaten), baking powder, water, salt, rapeseed oil (sunflower, olive oil or butter), Put the dry ingredients into [...]

  • baked chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins
6 Feb, 2016

Chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins

By |February 6th, 2016|Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Chocolate, banana & vanilla muffins - Using my tried and tested healthy muffin base mix, I've created muffins from my favourite flavours. I have used raw cocoa (doesn't have added sugar) and like dark chocolate, coconut sugar instead of processed, refined cane sugar, balanced with natural sugar from the banana. This also bulks out the [...]

  • cinnamon, oat and raisin muffins
4 Feb, 2016

Apple, cinnamon & sultana muffins

By |February 4th, 2016|Low calorie, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Apple, cinnamon & sultana muffins - Taking my healthy muffin base mix, I've created the classic flavour combo of apple, cinnamon and sultanas. I choose sultanas over raisins as they are plumper, have more sweetness, yet less sugar. For the final touch and for added texture, I sprinkle rolled oats on top, before baking (omit [...]