I know I just recently posted a date square recipe. And everyone gave them the big thumbs up, except my dad. He enjoyed them but he said they “were not a proper date square.” I decided to try and make something a little more traditional to make his holidays just right.
When my friend from Betty Felon Fashions reached out to me to do a collaboration together I got excited. She custom makes all her beautiful pieces and each one is unique and lovely. There is nothing better than shopping locally to find that perfect gift for yourself! We’ve decided to do a give away that will include her donut print longline bralette, a silicone donut baking tray, cacao powder, gluten free flour, vanilla extract, and a bag of monk fruit. The perfect wee kit to get you on your way to making these donuts for yourself while you lounge around in the bralette of your dreams.
It’s December! I am absolutely blown away that November is already done and Christmas really is just around the corner now. My tree is decorated and the house is slowly not looking like a disaster. I even managed to steam my pudding last week just in the nick of time! I am beyond excited for the holidays if you couldn’t tell already.
She made traditional date squares every holiday, they were rich and luscious and buttery. I loved them. I think she’d like my ode to them, although they are very different. I’m going to continue sharing my version of things she always made around the holidays so you guys can get an idea of just how lucky I was, and how lucky I am now to be able to twist these recipes to fuel our bodies right.
I kind of have this weird love for dry food. Scones, dry cakes, biscotti. Anything I can dunk into tea or coffee. My mum had this recipe for chocolate chip cookies while I was growing up that fresh out of the oven were soft and chewy, but the next day they’d go rock hard and I loved it. I think it must have stemmed from that, because even while I eat these biscotti I think about those cookies. But don’t get me wrong these are pretty tasty.
With this balmy weather though I really wanted to make one last cold summer treat (that would actually still be really tasty to eat in the winter too.) I’ve been all about simplicity this summer, anything I can throw in my vitamix and poor into a pan and eat quickly makes me happy.
I am about to introduce you to the easiest, moistest, grain free loaf that you will want to eat every day from this point forward. I don’t want to brag but honestly I’m in love.
This is the easiest snack you’ll probably ever see me make. I brought my first batch to work and they were quickly eaten. The next week I made some raw bars that were much more complicated and the consensus among my workmates was that they were good too! But not as good as these balls. I’m not totally surprised, peanut butter and tahini is one of my favourite combinations, throw in a little cacao and I’m in heaven.
I almost never eat bread now, It gives me anxiety knowing my liver and stomach doesn’t always like it. But When I do, its something like this. This bread isn’t gluten free. Its spelt flour and that contains gluten, but it has a different molecular make up and is a bit easier to digest. But people shouldn’t be afraid of food, everything in moderation is key. I wish I had known when I was younger that there were options like this, that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.
Raw baking is one of the very first things I ever really got into while first exploring in the kitchen. Obsessed with the idea of alkalinity while my mother was sick I made my first raw/vegan cheesecake and it was divine. Who knew healthy baking could be so good and indulgent? Since then I’ve made my fair share of these types of desserts, and they never really get old. And in all honesty this isn’t super fancy, or hard, or time investing. I wanted to share a super easy recipe that was still fun and beautiful to look at. Like this purple is just to die for, I wish everything always turned out such lovely vibrant shades of colour.