Lately I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic. I’ve been reminiscing old memories and missing my family, friends and home country. It’s now been roughly 17 months since I opened my wings, flew out of Durban South Africa, and nestled into a new life with my love in this beautiful country, New Zealand. I have loved every single step of my journey and am incredibly grateful each and every day. Yet I do think of my ‘people’ back home ALL the time and miss them all so dearly!
So to cheer my spirits I decided to get back to my roots, and create a healthy vegan version of a great South African traditional dessert. It’s wonderful how food is able to have an influence on our feelings, frame of mind and moods. And when it’s a healthy guilt free dessert, it’s even better.
Needless to say my weekend was full of nostalgic memories and mouthfuls of my Vegan Gluten & Sugar Free South African Mylk Tart! Continue reading
Raw vegan peppermint chocolate
Easter eggs are popping up everywhere, and I don’t know about you but this time of year my chocolate cravings tend to escalate rapidly. So I decided that it would be a great idea to share a healthy, decadent and nourishing chocolate recipe. A recipe that’s indulgent and free from guilt. A recipe that’ll leave your saliva glands working on over time. A recipe that’ll keep you coming back for more…. I’m sure by now you get the picture. Continue reading
Lemons! Fresh lemons from a gorgeous workmate, picked straight from her abundant tree. Local is most definitely best, and so much more appreciated!
So with all these beautiful bright vibrant lemons, I decided to make the most decadent, creamy, zesty and incredibly moreish Raw Lemon Squares. Goodness, these little squares of happiness have to be one of my favorite creations lately. I just can’t get enough of them. Continue reading
Many of us will be busy with showing our love and appreciation
towards our other halves this month, and I thought what better time to also focus on our own personal self-love
. Adding some self love in the form of good nutrition, like with these Apple Pecan Spelt Pastry Pies
, can not only make our bodies happy, they also make us feel good.
Many of us tend to forget that we ourselves deserve endless amounts of self-love, to feel connected, to be grateful and to feel happy and alive. When you’re sending positive beautiful loving energy to your self, magic happens. And when you’re feeling down or sad, it’s amazing how quickly a little self love and correct thinking can change your whole attitude and mood.
I think, of all the healthy sweet alternatives, dates have to be my number one favorite!
My heart is ever so happy when I can get my grubby little paws on delicious Medjool dates, but when not, the regular cheaper dates are just as good! They’re such a versatile ingredient, and can be used in savory and sweet dishes and desserts.
They’re also a great staple to have in the cupboard for when you feel like throwing something together to satisfy that sweet craving. These Carrot Date Bites are great to make for those such moments. Continue reading
As we all wind down into the festive season, and get prepared for Christmas and family festivities, I know there are a fair few of you who are racking your brains for Christmas meals. With the majority of everyone having minimal time for error in the kitchen, this quick and easy Sticky Date and Orange pudding (with the most delicious vanilla cashew custard) is definitely one to keep in mind. Continue reading
There’s nothing more satisfying than a warm cup of freshly brewed tea and a crunchy delicious biscuit. Whether it’s dunked or bitten before or after a tasty sip, tea and biscuits are a perfect match. This Tahini Chocolate Biscuit recipe has quickly become one of my favorite biscuit recipes.
Chocolate Raspberry Squares … of H-E-A-V-E-N!!!!! Seriously! These little towers of ‘healthy indulgence’ are out-of-this-world delicious! Their fresh and vibrant flavor shines through with every bite!
The dark ‘chocolatey’ goodness compliments the natural sweetness of the raspberries so incredibly well 🙂 It’s tough making these little treats last! Yup, they’re just that good!
These tasty creations are free from refined sugar, gluten free, dairy free, raw, high in healthy fats and vegan! Continue reading
I love chocolate! And I am so so so grateful that Raw Cacao is so delicious and so incredibly good for you. Boasting a truck load of amazing health benefits, the perfect Superfood has become a staple in my kitchen cupboard. From raw vegan cheesecakes, to raw bliss balls, to a warm cup of healthy hot chocolate, it definitely has a very special place in my heart!
It also happens to be one of the 3 ingredients used to create this delicious refined sugar free, vegan Chocolate Nana-Nice Cream. Continue reading
I am such an avid fan of supporting local businesses, and in Nelson, I’m so lucky to have access to an array of beautiful products made locally. From locally picked frozen berries to Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, I make a point of supporting local businesses and reducing my carbon footprint as much as I can. In these modern times I believe every little helps!
That brings me to one of my most favorite locally made products, and one that has featured in a number of my published recipes, the ever so popular Pic’s Peanut Butter! Continue reading