Double Chocolate Matcha Biscotti

Perfectly crisp, Double Chocolate Matcha Biscotti. The floral, almost grassy tones of the matcha work so well with the chocolate & I promise that they will not collapse when submerged into your favourite drink!

double-chocolate-matcha biscotti

My weekend was full of sunshine, BBQ’s and biscotti. Lots of biscotti.

If you aren’t familiar with biscotti, they are a very hard, twice-baked Italian biscuit or cookie. They were originally made so they could be stored for long periods of time without deteriorating and they can be eaten as they are but really come into their own when eaten with and dipped into a drink. They are often served alongside Vin Santo (a fortified wine) in Italy, but work just as well with coffee or tea.

I wanted my biscotti to be hard but not tooth breakingly so. It took quite a few attempts to get them just right. I finally cracked it on Sunday and the resulting biscotti are hard but not too hard. It is perfectly possible to eat them as they are, but when dipped into a hot drink, they soften up beautifully and the texture is so good. As long as you don’t keep them submerged for too long, you won’t get any disintegration issues either. No-one wants bits of cookie floating around in their tea or coffee!

I was already experimenting with a double chocolate version of these biscotti when Christian from Lively Matcha contacted me and kindly offered to send me some Ceremonial Matcha to try. I had been planning to create some recipes involving matcha so his offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

My little package of Ceremonial Matcha arrived literally as I was taking some biscotti out of the oven. How’s that for a sure sign that the two needed to become acquainted? Continue reading →

Grilled Baby Potatoes with Rosemary

These deliciously sweet grilled baby potatoes are slightly charred & crispy on the outside & soft & creamy on the inside. They will become your most requested side this summer! 

These deliciously sweet grilled baby new potatoes are slightly charred & crispy on the outside & soft & creamy on the inside. They will become your most requested side this summer!

 

I love summer and the plentiful excuses it gives for grilling frequently. I don’t know what it is, but food always seems to taste better when outdoors and it is perfectly possible to have a delicious, satisfying and cruelty free grilling session.

There are so many delicious vegan grilling options. I almost always cook some ears of corn. I simply throw them on the grill in their husks and let them steam themselves to perfection. To serve we just peel back the husks and dig in. Some of my Easy Vegan Butter melted all over them is so good! A few more things that I frequently grill are veggie kabobs, zucchini halved lengthways and cooked face down, marinated portobello mushrooms and of course veggie burgers (look out for a new grillable recipe coming soon).  My Grilled Nectarines are also a must for dessert.

No matter what we are having, my Grilled Baby Potatoes with Rosemary are always on the menu. They are such a favourite with everyone and are incredibly easy to make. They can even be prepared ahead of time, leaving you more time to mingle with your friends and family on the day. We always make more than we need as they are great cold the next day. I often grab them from the fridge for snacks or toss them through a salad for lunch. Continue reading →

Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins

Simple & delicious Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins that are packed full of healthy ingredients. Only 140 calories each, whole grain, oil & refined-sugar free. Perfect for breakfast, snacks & lunch boxes!

Simple & delicious Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins that are packed full of healthy ingredients. Only 140 calories each, whole grain, oil & refined-sugar free. Perfect for breakfast, snacks & lunch boxes!

I have a few muffin recipes on my website, including my Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel and my Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins, but until now I haven’t had a really healthy, high fibre muffin recipe. An email from a reader last month, asking if I could come up with a recipe for some Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins was the prompt I needed.

Muffins aren’t something I have grown up associating with breakfast. You probably already know that I am English and moved to Canada a couple of years ago. In England, the only muffins associated with breakfast are English Muffins and they are bread-like rather than cake-like. No-one eats ‘cakey’ muffins for breakfast. They are more of a dessert or afternoon tea type treat.

I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable eating a sugary muffin made with refined flour for breakfast, but one full of whole grain spelt flour, high fibre wheat bran, oats and juicy berries is a whole different ball game and I have fully embraced the ‘muffins for breakfast thing’ since creating this recipe. Thanks Diane! :O) Continue reading →

Black Forest Overnight Oats

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to these Black Forest Overnight Oats? Seriously the best oatmeal I have ever tasted. Just like a Black Forest Gateau but in a healthier breakfast form. Any other breakfast will be a disappointment after this jar of utter gorgeousness……

Who wouldn't want to wake up to these Black Forest Overnight Oats? Seriously the best oatmeal I have ever tasted. Just like a Black Forest Gateau but in a healthier breakfast form. Any other breakfast will be a disappointment after this jar of utter gorgeousness......

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if it means waking up to these Black Forest Overnight Oats, then I most definitely agree.

Oatmeal is one of my favourite foods and I am always looking for new ways to switch it up. This is especially the case in the Summer when it is sometimes too warm to be eating a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal.

The last oatmeal recipe I published was my Strawberry Baked Oatmeal. This has been so popular with you guys and is great as it can be eaten hot or cold. Overnight oats are good when eaten cold too, and they are also so convenient. Make up two or three jars at a time, leave in the fridge, and you have a few days worth of quick, easy breakfasts ready and waiting for you. They are also super transportable when made in mason jars so are great to grab on those mornings when you don’t have any time to eat at home. I suck at finding the time to make packed lunches so often take a jar of overnight oats to work with me for my lunch.

Who wouldn't want to wake up to these Black Forest Overnight Oats? Seriously the best oatmeal I have ever tasted. Just like a Black Forest Gateau but in a healthier breakfast form. Any other breakfast will be a disappointment after this jar of utter gorgeousness......

The inspiration for this recipe came from the beautiful bounty of cherries that seem to be everywhere at the moment. I love them so much and have been eating way more than my fair share. They are one of my favourite fruits and other than my Cherry Almond Granola Bars which use dried cherries, I don’t have any other recipes featuring them.

Chocolate is the perfect accompaniment to cherries, and as it is another of my all time favourite foods It seemed only right that I should combine the two. When I think of chocolate and cherries, Black Forest Gateau immediately comes to mind and that is how I got the idea for these Black Forest Overnight Oats. Continue reading →