Since changing my lifestyle, I have not only discovered a passion for cooking, but have learnt to cook with a wider variety of foods and flavours. Even though I cooked before changing to a vegan lifestyle, it tended to be the same sort of meals, with similar flavours – there was no experimentation. That’s very different now!
I am always looking for new recipes to try; something that I may not have attempted before. The recipes below are some of my favourites and all contain or are centred around fruit. There are so many different flavours surrounding fruit and with some fruits being particularly versatile, they’re perfect for cooking and baking – not to mention the goodness they hold!
These are some of my favourite recipes that I’ve tried and will definitely be remaking!
My most recent discovery is Cinnamon Apple Pie! I had some pastry in the fridge, a few remaining apples from the apple tree in the garden and the fact that my dessert of choice is apple pie; so of course I had to make one!
It was such a simple recipe to recreate with so few ingredients – pastry, apples, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon juice and optional nutmeg. I chose to brush plant-based milk on top of my pie, along with brown sugar which caramelised (I possibly added too much but is there really such a thing?). Click here if you’re interested in the recipe that I used, I’ll be using it again!
CINNAMON APPLE PIE
This was one of my first discoveries; Peanut Butter Cacao Bliss Balls. I had never cooked or baked with dates; I didn’t know that they were so versatile and perfect in sweet treats! But as soon as I saw this recipe, I had to give it a go!
With no oven required, it really is as simple as putting all of the ingredients into a blender, then shaping them into balls; plus you’re likely to have most (if not all) of the ingredients in your cupboard. Easy and delicious…Perfect! Who can say no to peanut butter and chocolate? If you can’t say no, click here to have a look at the recipe!
PEANUT BUTTER CACAO BLISS BALLS
I’ve always loved granola, but never though to make it myself, until I saw this recipe from ‘Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen’. Since the first time I made it, there has always been a jar in the cupboard – it’s always refilled once it’s empty!
This is such an easy recipe, I wish I’d tried it sooner! All you need is a bowl, spoon and baking tray, so there’s hardly any washing up! The ingredients are simple and you are likely to have them in your cupboard already – oats, cocoa powder, salt, coconut oil, hazelnut butter, maple syrup, hazelnuts and optional chocolate chips. It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing. If you want to have a look at the recipe, click here!
BLUEBERRY HAZELNUT GRANOLA
I love to have smoothies to start the day, packed full of fruit, oats, nuts and seeds. When I saw a post about smoothie bowls, I was intrigued and decided to make my own.
This is such an easy thing to do, simply adding your preferred smoothie ingredients into a blender and then instead of a glass, pouring it into a bowl. This may seem odd, but I loved it! It was like having a bowl of melted ice cream rather than a smoothie, especially if you use frozen fruit. If you want to see my inspiration (and better looking smoothie bowls) click here!