Butternut squash brownies

Carrot cake, beetroot muffins and avocado and chocolate mousse are some of the desserts with fruit/vegetables that have become popular over the last few years. I am not a big fan of the latter two, but I do try to incorporate vegetables in cakes and puddings. I had a butternut squash that came in our…

Homemade Nutella

We all love Nutella: it’s chocolatey, creamy and has a hint of hazelnuts. You put your spoon in the jar and before you know it, it’s gone. Let’s admit it: it’s delicious. But it’s also a very unhealthy treat: it’s half sugar (54%), has barely any hazelnuts (13%), and a rather dubious (and possibly worrying)…

Blackberry and coconut cake

Blackberry and coconut doesn’t sound like a classic combination, yet it works marvellously. Coconut oil is mild in flavour and you get a moist and light texture that you can’t quite get with butter, whilst blackberries bring soft pockets full of flavour. When you replace butter for coconut oil, you need roughly around 20% less…

Sweet and sour aubergine stew

Aubergine is believed to have originated in India where it’s considered to be the “King of Vegetables”. However, the aubergine is a berry, not a vegetable. When cooked, it develops a rich complex flavour and it’s a great substitute for meat. Since aubergines are like sponges, many recipes advise salting, rinsing and draining sliced aubergine…

Chocolate & olive oil muffins

Forget about a vegan, alcohol-free and restrictive January. Life is to be enjoyed and that means you should eat a little bit of everything in moderation, including chocolate. These muffins are fluffy, rich, fool-proof and won’t make you feel too guilty. They are made with olive oil and we all know how good olive oil…

Chocolate oat biscuits

Rainy days (and a dodgy knee) mean baking time! So let’s check, what’s in the cupboard? Flour, chocolate, some oats, coconut oil and a lonely egg… I reckon I can make some biscuits. What I am after is crisp on the outside and deliciously chewy in the middle. And these deliver. Plus, they don’t need…