If this Easter weekend has taught me anything, it’s that I need to stop bookmarking recipes ‘to make later’ and start actually cooking – ‘later’ has a habit of never arriving. Faced with a metaphorically bulging digital recipe binder, and an Instagram feed full of inspiring photography, I decided it was time to take action. Oh and I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, too, so have been trying to find some way to balance that out with my raging sweet tooth… Here’s a quick round-up of what I’ve made over the last couple of weeks (from some of my favourite blogs). Most are fairly healthy (free from gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar) – but no less delicious! Click through for the recipes.
Sweet potato brownies (Deliciously Ella)
Gluten-, dairy-, egg- and refined-sugar free – and just seven ingredients. I’ve kept them in the freezer and get one out whenever I need a chocolate hit! They’re not quite on a par with ooey-gooey butter-sugar-egg alternative but they’re pretty close.
Chocolate chip cookie dough bites (The Kitchn)
These are amazing. Seriously. And addictive. Probably not the thing you want to eat three of in one fell swoop (ahem) but a darn sight better for you than eating raw cookie dough! Best accompanied with a large glass of…
… Cashew milk (Well and Good NYC)
Thick, creamy, and ready in five. What more could you want? Apart from maybe a slice of this…
Cinnamon swirl cheesecake (Chocolate covered Katie)
(Note the work-in-progress shot above… My finished cheesecake did not look quite as pretty as Katie’s!)
Mm cheesecake… It’s up there in my top-three puds (along with sticky toffee pudding and crumble). But I’ve wondered if it’d be possible to get all the creaminess without all the cream cheese… The answer is yes! The wonder of cashews… This has been living in the freezer too, which I think actually improves it – the filling was a bit soft when I made it, so I’d recommend just taking it out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving, ideally with a mountain of fresh berries.
Gluten-free banana bread (Everygirl)
I debated whether or not to post this… It was my least successful bake from my day in the kitchen – it’s probably quite high in protein, but the 4 eggs were just a bit excessive for me, and it needed a bit more sugar for my liking (athough that said, I did swap the chocolate chips for coconut flakes, in homage to my favourite loaf bake ever, Bill Granger’s coconut bread). Best eaten warm, with dollops of quark and a big drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
Carrot cake bites (Sakara Life)
These look very pretty. And keep well in the freezer. And are certainly healthy. But they definitely veer more towards the carrot, less towards the cake side of the equation. Not bad, they just taste a bit healthy to me! So to combat these little balls of goodness, I broke out the grilled cheese.
(Not-so-healthy) ‘Salted caramel’ halloumi and apple (I Quit Sugar)
Well, a girl has to eat.