desserts

Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread

We hope everyone has had a beautiful Summer (or Winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere!) It’s been a busy one for us and things are finally starting to slow down a little as we approach the Autumn. So far, August has been a month of very rainy days and cosy moments inside. Quite the opposite from our expectations of the Summer, but the plants are happy and we can’t help but feel grateful in comparison to other countries experiencing draughts and fires. This somewhat grey weather has of course influenced what we’ve been eating, and instead of cooling smoothies & frozen snacks, we’ve been craving comforting foods like this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
We’ve been trying to create the perfect banana bread for quite a while, and we can confidently say that we’ve finally found ‘the one’ with this recipe. We’ve used dates in the banana bread instead of a liquid sweetener or sugar, which give it such a delicious texture and a flavour that isn’t overly sweet. Of course, chocolate chips are an essential for us and they go incredibly gooey when you warm a slice of the bread before serving. Depending on the bar of chocolate you use, this recipe is potentially sugar free, which is pretty cool considering how delicious it is. We hope you love the recipe, let us know if you make it in the comments below. Banana bread blessing to you all x

Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread Sugar Free Vegan
Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread Sugar Free Vegan
Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread Sugar Free Vegan
Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread Sugar Free Vegan

Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread (Sugar Free and Vegan)

Servings: makes 1 large loaf

Ingredients:

  • 4 large, very ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of spelt flour (we use wholemeal but you could use white)
  • 1 packed cup of dates
  • 1/4 of a cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of oat milk
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 100g of dark chocolate, broken into chocolate chip sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Soak the dates in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, to ensure that they are soft for blending.
  2. Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 (350 f). Line the bottom of a loaf tin with a rectangular piece of baking paper. Grease the sides with a little coconut oil.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the flour, cinammon, baking powder, chocolate pieces and salt. Mix well.
  4. To a food processor add the bananas, dates, coconut oil and oat milk. Blend until very smooth.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into your loaf tin, making sure it's spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 50-55 minutes until golden on top. If you're unsure whether it's ready, ou can test it with a cocktail stick. If the stick comes out fairly clean (melted chocolate aside) then it should be cooked.
  8. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a drying rack.
Chocolate Chip Spelt Banana Bread Sugar Free Vegan

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Vegan Ferrero Rocher Bars with Hazelnut Butter

Say the words ‘hazelnut’ and ‘chocolate’ together and I’m instantly interested. These bars are inspired by a past infatuation with Ferrero Rocher chocolates that I’m sure many people can relate to. There’s something about the combination of crunchy hazelnuts, chocolate & hazelnut butter that’s so irresistible. This is definitely one of the most decadent & delicious dessert recipes we’ve ever posted and we’re very excited to share them with you! The bars are compiled of 3 layers - the first being a chocolate oaty base, followed by a hazelnut butter & date caramel and finally topped with chocolate & roasted hazelnuts. This is one of those recipes where texture plays a big role - in fact, our favourite part of the slices is the crunchy nuts on the top.

Vegan Ferrero Rocher Bars with Hazelnut Butter

Vegan Ferrero Rocher Bars with Hazelnut Butter

Servings: 24 small bars

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of ground almonds (can substitue for extra oats)
  • 1/2 cup of dates (soaked in hot water for 10-15 mins before)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of hazlenut butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons of oat milk
  • pinch of salt

For the caramel layer:

  • 1 cup of dates (soaked in hot water for 10-15mins before)
  • 1/2 cup of hazelnut butter
  • small pinch of salt

For the top layer:

  • 200g of dark chocolate (homemade or bought)
  • 125g of hazelnuts

Instructions:

  1. Add the oats to a food processor and blend to a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add the ground almonds, cacao powder and salt and blend again.
  3. Drain the 1/2 cup of dates and add to the food processor with the hazlenut butter, oat milk and coconut oil. Blend until well combined and the mixture is fairly sticky. It should stay together when pinched between your fingers.
  4. Line a square baking tray (our is 8x8inches) with baking paper or beeswax wrap. Spread the mixture onto the tray and press down with your fingers to form an even base. Put the tray in the freezer for an hour or so to harden.
  5. Now make the caramel: drain the rest of the dates (1 cup) and blend together with the hazelnut butter and a pinch of salt.
  6. Roast the hazlenuts on gas mark 4 for around 10-15 minutes, until golden. If they have skins on them, then remove them when cool. Fold the hazelnuts into a clean tea towel and crush them using a rolling pin or your utensil of choice. Set the hazlenuts aside for later.
  7. In a bain-marie, melt the chocolate.
  8. Remove the base from the freezer and spread the caramel over evenly.
  9. Pour the melted chocolate over to cover evenly. Sprinkle the roasted hazelnuts on top.
  10. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature and then cut into 24 bars before placing the tray in the freezer. Cutting them before freezing makes it easier to remove them from the tray.
  11. The bars are now ready to enjoy! You can either store them in the freezer or fridge depending on your preference.
Vegan Ferrero Rocher Bars with Hazelnut Butter

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No Bake Vegan Snicker Slices

We hope everyone is having a great Summer. After a very busy July working we've landed back to a calmer August and are feeling more refreshed and inspired. These no-bake snickers slices are our latest obsession... we think you will love them too! They're the perfect combination of peanut butter, sticky salted date caramel, crisp dark chocolate and a shortbread style base. Each layer is delicious in its own right, but when put together they create an incredible mixture of textures and tastes. 

No bake vegan snickers

We love to eat these straight from the freezer, so to keep the base firm and the chocolate crispier. If peanut butter isn't your favourite, then feel free to swap this for another nut butter. We think almond or hazelnut butter would work nicely. We like to make our desserts messy and natural, but if you want yours to look neater then you can score the chocolate before it sets so that it doesn't crack so much (see step 9 of the instructions). 

We hope you enjoy this recipe! If you try it then we would love to hear from you...

No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers

Ingredients (Makes 16 slices)
For the base:
2 cups oats
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup dates (soaked in hot water for 10-15 mins before)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Pinch of salt

For the caramel:
1 cup dates (soaked in hot water for 10-15 mins before)
1/2 cup peanut butter
pinch of salt

200g dark chocolate (homemade or bought)

Method:

1. Add the oats to your food processor and blend to flour-like consistency.
2. Add ground almonds and salt and blend to combine.
3. Drain the dates well (1/2 cup) and add to the processor along with the peanut butter and coconut oil. Blend until well combined. The mixture should be fairly sticky and stay together when pinched between your fingers.
4. Line a square baking tray (ours is 8x8 inches) with baking paper, using your fingers spread the mixture onto the tray and press down to form an even base. Put the base in the freezer for an hour so or to harden.
5. While the base is in the freezer make the caramel. Drain the rest of the dates (1 cup) and blend together with the peanut butter and salt.
6. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie.
7. Remove base from the freezer and spread the caramel over evenly, you can do this with a butter knife or with your fingers.
8. Finally pour over the melted chocolate to cover and place the whole tray back in the freezer to set.
9. When the chocolate is set (30 mins-1 hour) remove from tray and cut into 16 slices. To make this easier you could score the chocolate with a knife before its completely set but its not totally necessary. You can store the slices in the fridge or freezer, we prefer the latter option which keeps the base firmer and the chocolate crunchier! 

No bake vegan snickers
No bake vegan snickers

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Cardamom Chia Pudding with Mango

We normally try to source our veg/fruit as local as possible, but alphonso mangos are our biggest vice. This time of year, we buy boxes of them from the Indian supermarket where we live, and eating them is such a joyful experience. Every time we eat them, we're transported back to our time in India, where we'd feast on them all day long.  If we had to pick a favourite fruit, it would definitely be these juicy, sweet, sunny delights.  

Something else we've been loving recently is this cardamom chia pudding, which pairs so well with the mangoes (but is also delicious solo or with other fruits!) Chia seeds are such a super-ingredient and are an incredible source of fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Combining the chia with nut milk and ground cardamom is a good way to add a lot of flavour to the otherwise bland tasting seeds. It's a very gentle meal for your stomach to digest so it's a really great, filling breakfast option. Plus, it's quick to make and easy to make a big batch for the week ahead! 

Cardamom Chia Pudding with Mango

Ingredients (makes roughly 4 portions)
1/2 cup of chia seeds
2 cups of nut milk (coconut, oat or cashew would work well)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut (optional)

Topping ideas
Mango, grated apple, flaked almonds, berries, cacao nibs, banana etc... 

Method
1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Leave for at least 1 hour, until the chia seeds absorb most of the liquid. It should be a gel-like consistency.
2. Top with your desired fruit/nuts and enjoy! You can store the pudding in the fridge and use it throughout the week.

Cardamom Chia Pudding with Mango

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