Raw vegan Twix? True story

A healthy makeover to Twix bars, an old childhood favorite – before I got diagnosed with celiac disease!

I paired these indulgent healthy bites with warm maca almond milk which turned out great!

Ingredients

1. Crust

1/3cup coconut flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil

Pinch of sea salt

Combine and bake for up to 10 minutes.

2. Caramel filling

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of sea salt

Mix in a saucepan until ingredients are melted and well combined then pour over the crust and let it cool down.

3. Chocolate

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup coconut powder

2 tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Whisk all ingredients together and pour over the caramel layer

Almond-maca

1 cup unsweetened almond milk sweetened with 1 date

1 tbsp maca powder

Simply stir in a sauce pan until well combined

Refreshing gazpacho

Light and refreshing, gazpacho is an excellent entrée, especially for dinner! It’s quite versatile and can be integrated in different types of menus and cuisines.

In many recipes you will find that agave syrup or other sweeteners are added – I like to keep my gazpacho all natural and light!

Ingredients (to make 1 portion)

2 tomatoes

1/4 cup red pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 sundried tomatoes soaked in olive oil

Pinch of cayenne pepper, sea salt, black pepper

1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Method

Simply blend and serve cold (topping ideas: chopped celery, cucumbers, dill, olives)

Velvety choco-smoothie

Not a day goes by without at least 1 smoothie! I find smoothies nutritious, filling and easy to digest! I love loading them with superfoods and experimenting on a daily basis.

Today’s smoothie came out to be extra velvety after adding grounded flaxseeds which are also a great source of nutrition – omega 3, fiber & a whole range of vitamins.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I make mine at home)

1 small frozen banana

1 tbsp grounded flaxseeds

1 date

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp coconut butter

1 tsp maca powder

1/4 tsp raw vanilla extract

Banana bread revelation

You only 2 minutes for this tasty and highly nutritious recipe – 1 minute to combine ingredients and another to bake! Easy peasy!

I was a bit skeptical at first but when I saw the outcome it was a real revelation! It’s such a simple recipe which resulted in warm gooey banana breads!

Ingredients

1 overripe banana, mashed very well

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp almond butter

2 to 3 tbsp nut milk of choice (I opted for almond as well)

Chocolate chips or cacao nibs (I used the latter)

Method

Simply combine well all ingredients and bake for 1 minute.

Cute lil’brownie bites

These little pieces of heaven are a perfect go-to-snack or breakfast! They’re filled with highly nutritious ingredients and are quite easy to prepare.

Ingredients

• 2 medium very overripe bananas

• 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

• 8 large medjool dates, pitted

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 cup almond meal

• 1 cup oat flour

• 3 tbsp cacao powder

• 2 tbsp ground flaxseed

• ¾ tsp baking soda

• ½ tsp sea salt

Method

1. Place bananas, coconut oil, dates, vanilla in a food processor. Blend until very smooth and creamy.

3 Add almond meal, oat flour, cacao powder, ground flax, baking soda, and salt. Process until well-combined, being sure not to over-mix.

4 Spoon mixture evenly into muffin tin. The mixture will be very thick.

5 Bake for 25 minutes.

6 Cool the muffins for at least 10 minutes then store in the refrigerator.

Black Forest dream-come-true

This Black Forest cake may seem like an elaborate recipe but it’s actually really simple and nutritious!

The base is a no-bake brownie topped with coconut butter glaze and organic blackberries.

Ingredients

Cake

1.5 cups dates

1 cup almond flour

4 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of seasalt

Method

1. Blend all ingredients in food processor

2. Let the mixture set in the fridge or freezer

Coconut glaze

1/4 cup coconut butter (melted)

1 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp almond milk

Method

Stir vigorously all ingredients then top the brownies !

Tahini dressing with a twist

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tahini – it goes so well with both Asian and Mediterranean dishes and is filled with calcium and nutrients.

I usually combine it with miso paste and tamari to go with noodles; tonight though I tried a different recipe to accompany a colorful dish of spirulized beetroot with tofu chunks.

Recipe

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp almond butter

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp tamari

1 tsp nutritional yeast

Pinch of cayenne and black pepper

Chocolate + hazelnut = heaven

Even when I’m on holidays back home in Lebanon, I like to experiment with new recipes and ingredients!

Today my Mum and I baked chocolate-hazelnut cookies using hazel butter + flour, a paleo, vegan and gluten-free success!

Ingredients

1/4 cup hazelnut butter

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup hazelnut flour

2 tbsp coconut flour

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp raw vanilla

1/2 tsp baking powder

Method

1. Mix the flours and baking powder in a bowl and all ingredients in another bowl.

2. Combine both mixtures.

3. Shape into round cookies and bake for 10 minutes.

Mum’s vegan coconut muffins

After a busy business trip, I headed to Lebanon for the weekend – hello good food!

My stay started with this organic delicious breakfast: organic quince jam and coconut muffins which my Mum baked early morning!

Ingredients

1.5 cup GF all-purpose flour

1/2 cup coconut nectar

1 cup desiccated coconut

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

1 banana

1/3 cup coconut milk

Pinch of salt and cinnamon

Method

1. Gradually combine all ingredients starting from the dry one

2. Bake for 15 minutes

Choc’chip cookies

Chocolate chips cookies, anyone? Yes please!

A simple recipe which is at once vegan, gluten-free and paleo!

I like to serve them with chocolate beans and hot chocolate (can you tell I’m a chocoholic?!)

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour

1/4 cup coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp raw vanilla extract

1/2 cup raw chocolate chips or chunks

Method

1. Mix ingredients in a large bowl

2. Bake for 10 minutes