• Lifestyle

    Healthy Gluten-Free Fruit Cake

    Today’s Christmas Inspired recipe is for my Healthy Gluten-Free Fruit Cake, which is packed full of fruit, seeds and flavour.  Let’s get real here, fruitcake is one of those desserts that you either love the taste of or it makes you gag. I have always fallen into the first category and in fact, fruitcake formed a large part of my families Christmas celebrations. My Family & Christmas Eve My Aunt Trudi would always make her famous Fruit Cake in a Bundt pan every year for Christmas Eve. The house would be decked in beautiful lights inside and out (a time before load shedding), the most delicious smells would waft from…

  • Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts

    Yes, you read that right-  a recipe to make Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible, because I have used coconut flour instead! ❄ Today’s Christmas recipe is a yummy snack or dessert table idea for your upcoming Christmas party. What’s the secret to Gluten-Free Doughnuts? Traditionally, doughnuts are deep-fried and they absorb a lot of cooking oil in the cooking process. In addition, many bakeries cook their doughnuts in shortening, a fat often loaded with trans-fats. The solution – delicious baked doughnuts that are cooked in the oven with just a little bit of coconut oil and no added dairy. It is…

  • Christmas Brussel Sprouts
    Gluten Free

    Christmas Brussel Sprouts Recipe

    Today 24 Days of Christmas recipe is some veggie side inspiration and it’s Christmas Brussel Sprouts, pan-fried in butter, topped with toasted walnuts and juicy pomegranate seeds.  You’d be forgiven for grimacing at the thought of eating Brussel Sprouts for Christmas, because these baby cabbage-like veggies have got a bad rap. But hear me out… Maybe your mom or gran used to boil them to extinction? Or steam them to submission? This is, in fact, that worst way to cook a Brussel Sprout, because they want to be treated with a bit more respect and love. The Proper Way to Cook Brussel Sprouts These veggies need to be pan-fried in…

  • Lifestyle

    Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies

    It is day 6 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today’s recipe is Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies, a simple no-bake, just-ice recipe, perfect to make with the kids or for when you are short on time! Eat Naked have just launched their new Peanut Butter Cookies, which are vegan and preservative-free. While these cookies are not gluten-free, they have very little flour and mostly consist of oats that sandwich a thick layer of Eat Naked Peanut Butter. Making the Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies To give these cookies a festive spin, I created glacé icing in white, red and green, dipped the face of each cookie…

  • Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Maple & Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

    Maple & Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are yummy little morsels that are perfect for the snack table, as a salad garnish or even as a crunchy topping for ice cream this Christmas.  Day 5 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today’s recipe is s healthy snack using the humble roasted Chickpea, but with a festive twist. If you haven’t tried them yet, you are definitely missing out, as I have said before, Roasted Chickpeas are a revelation. These perfectly seasoned chickpeas are great to have on hand when hunger strikes this festive season. Plus the aroma from them roasting in spices and sugar is just delish and makes the house…

  • Gluten Free Gingerbread Men
    Gluten Free

    {Gluten Free} Gingerbread Men

    ‘Twas is the night before Christmas and it’s time to leave Santa some cookies under the tree. Turns out Santa is a bit health conscious this year and today’s recipe is a Gluten Free, refined sugar free Gingerbread Man. I cut these Gingerbread Men out with mini cutters but feel free to use any cookie cutter that you have in your kitchen. 24 Days of Christmas Recipes Before we get into the recipe, can I take a minute though to pat myself on the back for creating 24 Recipes over the past twenty four days? 😱  It wasn’t easy and there were many days when I trashed the kitchen trying…

  • Gluten Free Christmas Coconut Cake
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Make a Christmas Coconut Cake

    It’s the second last day of my 24 Days of Christmas blog posts and today’s recipe is a naughty but nice one – How-to make a Christmas Coconut Cake. This cake is soft and scrumptious, gluten-free and the frosting is dairy free and uses only coconut cream. Decorate with whatever berries or fruit is in season and top with some edible sparkles for that festive vibe. This Christmas Coconut Cake is the kind of cake that beckons you in every time you walk past it and it’s dead easy to make. Serve as a dessert or slice up and serve with tea and coffee. Happy Baking, Love Cat    …

  • Malfy Gin, Sam Sam but Different Gin Botanicals
    Lifestyle

    A Malfy Gin Cocktail kinda Christmas ✨

    Today’s the 13th Day of Christmas – so let’s celebrate and learn how to make a Malfy Gin Cocktail. 😍 A few weeks ago, I attended the Mama Meet Up at Craft Cartel, hosted by Tanya of Rattle and Mum and Sarah from Mascara and Mimosas. It was an awesome evening with the ladies and I left feeling fuelled with ginspiration for the blog.   Craft Cartel – Gin Heaven Craft Cartel is a boutique liquor store in Illovo, designed to showcase local and international craft brands in an environment that compliments the bespoke nature of Craft drinks. They also have the BIGGEST selection of gin in South Africa. 😲 If you…

  • Chocolate Granola Tarts
    Gluten Free

    24 Days of Christmas: I Heart Granola Chocolate Tarts

    It’s Day 7 of my 24 Days of Christmas, and I am serving up I Heart Granola Chocolate Tarts. These Chocolate Granola Tarts are gluten free – because I Heart Granola is of course a gluten free granola.  They can be served with fruit and chocolate as a decadent breakfast, or as a midday snack. I topped mine with raspberries and cherries, but the sky’s the limit – you can use any fruit / chocolate you prefer. If you haven’t heard of I Heart Granola yet – it’s a little passion project my sister and I have together – selling good for you Granola. Check us out here.  You can…

  • FODMAP,  Vegan

    24 Days of Christmas – Maple Glazed Carrots with Thyme

    Today we are going to be creating these Maple Glazed Carrots with Thyme. These are a delicious FODMAP friendly, vegan side dish to add to your christmas lunch table. Just a quick recap that we are six recipes down and I am loving creating these Christmas inspired recipes for you – I hope they are inspiring you to get cooking these holidays. We have already done Festive Gluten Free Cupcakes , a Caprese Wreath, a Thyme and Strawberry Gin cocktail, Chocolate Pretzels, as well as a Christmas Tree waffle.  Creating a recipe everyday hasn’t been a walk in the park. In fact, last week I tried to do a 6 a…

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