Friends, I got a special recipe to share with you this week – marbled chocolate banana bread. This one is from my battered old cookbook and has been a staple recipe for over ten years now. It’s a keeper. You’re only an hour away from this delicious bread. …
Cherry cheesecake ice cream
The cherry obsession continues. This time in the form of a creamy cherry cheesecake ice cream. This has to be one of my favourites yet, rich and sweet with a beautiful cherry compote ripple. …
No bake nut brownie
I promised to publish this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it’s finally here! Rich, indulgent, no bake brownie that’s refined sugar free, gluten free and vegan of course.
If you’ve never tried raw brownies before, bookmark this recipe now! I promise you’ll love them – any dessert that’s loaded with chocolate and doesn’t require baking is always a winner for me.
I’m a huge brownie lover but I’m always on the hunt for a healthy version. This one is made with cacao rather than cocao, which is unrefined and therefore more nutritionally dense. I’ve also added chia seeds and maca powder to the brownie base, for an extra helping of protein, b vitamins and omegas. The base is fudgey but with enough bite to hold together and the chocolate ganache is smooth, creamy and sweet, so rich and delicious that just a little slice will suffice.
Feel free to play around with the recipe, you could try different nuts or seeds, personally I love using hazelnuts because they taste so magical with chocolate. I’ve made the base with almonds and walnuts and both came out delicious. I’ve had fun testing out these brownies, they never seem to last very long which is a good sign!
Many thanks to two of my faves, Minimalist Baker and The Bojon Gourmet who have both inspired me with their incredible raw brownie recipes to try out whilst creating these! This recipe is heavily adapted from their recipes so I must say thank you!
I’m thrilled to be featured in the first edition of In The Moment magazine, out in the UK this month! Lots of my recipes are in there, along with an in depth interview with me about how I got into veganism, blogging and cooking. For more information check out their website here (these brownies are featured there too).
If you do try these out, please let me know – I’d love to hear what you think of them! You can also subscribe to my mailing list (just look on the right of this page) and you’ll get my recipes emailed directly to you before anybody else.
Sending you copious amounts of chocolate ganache,
- 1.25 cup hazelnuts
- ¼ cup almonds or walnuts
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- Start by making the brownie base. Preheat the oven to 180•c . Add the hazelnuts to a baking tray and cook for about 10 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool then rub off as much of the skin as you can with a clean tea towel. Set about 2 tbsp aside for the ganache. Place remaining hazelnuts in a food processor and process until they are a fine, sandy texture. Now add in almonds, cacao powder, chia seeds, maca powder and salt and pulse until the mixture comes together. Set aside in a bowl.
- Add pitted dates and vanilla to the blender and pulse until it forms a paste. Add back in the brownie mix and pulse again until a rough dough is formed - it should stick together when you press it together, if not, add a tbsp of water at a time.
- Put mixture into a lined loaf pan, pressing down firmly to flatten out and pop in the fridge to set.
- Make the ganache topping by melting coconut oil gently over a small pan of water. Take off the heat and add in coconut milk, maple syrup and cacao powder. Whisk until totally smooth and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes. Pour over the brownie base and sprinkle with hazelnuts, cacao nibs and sea salt. Chill until firm, cut into slices and enjoy! Keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Ultimate pizza dough
I love pizza. Who doesn’t though? It’s one of life’s great pleasures. I really enjoy making my own pizza dough, there’s something incredibly therapeutic about the process. I’m fairly fussy about the recipe though. Fluffy, puffy dough is where it’s at, just like you get at a proper pizza place. Don’t get me wrong, the gluten free, cauliflower crusted ones are yum too, but more often than not I’m drawn to the real thing.
I recently invested in a pizza stone so needed to find a worthy recipe for it. This one doesn’t disappoint, it really is the ULTIMATE pizza dough. It’s a wonderful texture, full of flavour and gives a satisfying amount of puff when cooked on a stone. You can make several small medium to thin crust pizzas, or a few large, thick based pizzas, I’ve included instructions for both. If you haven’t tried making your own yeasted dough, give this recipe a whirl and I promise you’ll want to make it again and again.
The reason this recipe works so well is due to the very small amount of yeast used, the high water content and the long proving time. Although the first batch will take you the best part of a day to make, I tend to whip up a big batch and freeze several dough balls so I won’t have to make it again for a few weeks. Using less yeast is easier on your digestion too, so there are some benefits to taking your time with this one!
If you’re into bread making, you’ve probably already got a dough scraper, but if you haven’t I can’t recommend one enough. My Mum surprised me with one in the post a few years ago now and told me it ‘only costs 20p’ but will ‘probably be the most useful thing you’ll ever receive’. I had no idea what it would be of course, but I soon realised how invaluable this little bit of plastic was. You can use it to knead very wet dough, saving you time washing off sticky dough from your fingers. It also removes any excess dough from your kitchen counter tops in a jiffy (if you’ve ever tried to scrub off dried dough from the counter you’ll know how time consuming this can be). If you want one, this is the exact one I use. The pizza stone I use is here, it even comes with a peel – essential for quickly transferring your pizza to the oven.
I topped this pizza with a basic marinara sauce, sweet bite peppers, red onions, courgette ribbons and fresh thyme and basil. I really don’t miss the cheese at all, but if you’re looking for a great plant based cheese you can make at home, check out my friend Nathalie’s fabulous chèvre cheese recipe here.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Please do leave me a comment below, or take a snap and tag me on Instagram (@bos.kitchen).
Happy pizza making,
- 1kg strong white bread flour
- 700g water
- 15g salt
- 2g yeast
- Throw all ingredients into a bowl and knead well for around 10 minutes. Use a dough scraper to knead it if you have one. Turn and knead briefly for a couple of minutes every 10 minutes for an hour.
- After an hour, stretch dough out with your hands and return back to the bowl. Leave to rise for at least 4-6 hours.
- Divide dough into 6 balls to make individual medium base pizzas, or 4 balls to make larger pizzas. Leave shaped balls for another hour to rise.
- Wrap any dough balls you aren't using up in oiled clingfilm and freeze. Heat up pizza stone or baking tray for at least 15 minutes in your oven, at the hottest temperature (mine will go to about 220•c).
- If you have a pizza peel, dust well with flour and stretch the dough out with your hands to form a rough base. Try to get the dough under 1.5cm thick for a medium base pizza. Top pizza and use peel to slide onto preheated pizza stone. Cook until golden and puffed up, usually about 8 minutes.
Baked mini donuts
I’m kinda obsessed with small things. Especially when it comes to food. That’s why I simply couldn’t wait to put my new mini donut pan to work this week. I’ve ended up with a whole cake tin full of these little beauties and they are perfect for popping into your mouth with a coffee, or sneaking a little snack in whilst cooking dinner! Sometimes you only want a little bit of sweetness, and these babies are just the trick.
These would make a great gift for your friends or loved ones, I made about 24 baby donuts with this recipe, so there’s plenty to share. Of course if you don’t have a mini donut pan, feel free to use a regular size one, which should yield about 12.
These are baked, dairy free and the donut is refined sugar free. They’re flavoured with classic donut spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. I can’t resist proper icing sugar for the frosting, but feel free to sub with a sugar free icing if you wish (my friend Tiina @myberryforest, has a great sugar free icing recipe here). Although I usually avoid white sugar, I don’t mind it in small amounts every once in a while. Everything in moderation, right? Most coloured gels are vegan, but do check the ingredients to make sure.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me, please take a snap if you make them and tag the picture @bos.kitchen on Instagram so I can see! I’m going to share every remake of my recipe on my Instastories, nothing makes me happier than seeing one of my recipes recreated!
If you’d like to know a bit more about me, where I’m from and how I got in veganism, hop on over to my friend Julie’s @rawfoodchefjulie‘s fabulous and informative blog at julieslifestyle.com.
- 1 cup plain flour (can sub plain gluten free)
- 2 tbsp oat flour (or more plain flour)
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp pink salt
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup cashew mylk (or other plant based mylk of choice)
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ⅛ cup aquafaba
- ¼ cup avocado/rapeseed oil
- Preheat oven to 180•c and brush a mini donut pan with a little oil.
- Combine all dry ingredients with a whisk. Make a well in the middle.
- Pour all wet ingredients into the well and mix with a fork. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined, to form a very thick batter.
- Pour a little batter into your donut pan, taking care not to fill right to the top, as they will rise whilst cooking. Smooth out with your fingers to ensure the batter is distributed evenly.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before decorating.
- If making frosting, mix 1 cup icing sugar with 2-3 tbsp cashew mylk until thick and smooth. Add more mylk if you need to, a tbsp at a time. Now divide into three bowls and add a drop of vegan food colouring paste. Stir well and dunk each donut to coat.
Herby flatbreads with pink pickles
Happy May! It’s cold and cloudy here in the UK, but this isn’t stopping me from entering full on summer mode. A girl can pretend right? I’ve been working hard to develop some more savoury recipes for you guys, as I realise I have about a million sweet recipes and I do eat more than just parfaits and unicorn food. …
Double chocolate and raspberry brownies
Double chocolate and raspberry has to be a match made in heaven, right? I love brownies but raspberries take this bake to a whole new level. …
Banana and peanut butter baked oatmeal
I think I’ve found my new favourite breakfast. Baked banana and peanut butter oatmeal. Who knew oatmeal could be so versatile? I’ve been meaning to try baked oatmeal for so long now and I had no idea how delicious it would be. This oatmeal ticks all my comfort food boxes – easy to prepare, delicious warm or cold and packed full of tummy pleasing flavours!…
Matcha choc chip ice cream sandwiches
Believe it or not, I really struggle with baking cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made loads of them before, but they have always either come out too cakey, too hard or just lack that not too crunchy chewiness that I long for. …
Matcha and blackberry curd tarts
These matcha and blackberry curd tarts may just be my favourite recipe yet. Simple, sweet and light, they make the most wonderful dessert or snack. These babies are vegan, gluten and refined sugar free and very almost raw. The flavour combination is something else, I promise you will love them!…