Guilt-free Banana Bread

As the cool Melbourne breeze sweeps the city, the desserts are becoming warmer and warmer… Ahh the joyous feeling when you curl up on the couch watching bad TV (Kardashians anyone?) with a cosy blanket, a cup of tea and a small sweet. It was 25 degrees in Melbourne today so I may be getting ahead of myself, but I’m sure the chilly nights will be occurring soon enough! And…

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Nutella Tarts

For anyone who read my ‘about’ section you would be familiar with my unhealthy obsession with Nutella. The hazelnuts combined in chocolate tastes like tiny clouds of heaven swiftly melting at the tip of your tongue while you grip your spoon and dig for more. I once read that 3 teaspoons of Nutella is equivalent to 1 WHOLE slice of lasagna…possibly dripping in fresh béchamel sauce over warm home made…

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Chocolate Peppermint Slice

Mmmm peppermint. I love it in biscuits, cakes, ice cream, mousse and anything else it may be included in. The fresh taste always leaves me delightfully satisfied and I can never get enough, resulting in the disappearances of my entire slice in a record 3 hours… woopsie! My chocolate peppermint slice is a light and fluffy option if you’re feeling like something minty. And who doesn’t love chocolate and peppermint…

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Caramel Popcorn Clusters

Today at work my lovely friend introduced me to sweet and salty popcorn (which is ah-mazing of course), and I had this wonderful thought of creating popcorn clusters mixed with caramel… because why not?! They are definitely not the prettiest of desserts; but they taste divine.  Just a warning – these are extremely addictive! But a lot better for you than store-bought sugar coated popcorn! INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup kernels 5-6 dates…

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Hot Chocolate Pudding

OK, this is my new favourite recipe! I say that a lot… but really this one tastes so so bad for you (making it so so good) it baffles me how rich and delicious it is! I made these for my Italian grandmother yesterday and they were a big hit! Melbourne is quickly becoming chilly this autumn and if there’s one dessert I LOVE eating while curled up in a blanket…

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Mini Coconut Cream Cakes

I woke up this morning feeling a little creative. Someone recently asked me about an alternative for nuts in a dessert base so I decided to do a little experimenting with rolled oats. I wasn’t quite sure how this recipe would turn out, but the combination of coconut cream with chewy oats is fantastic! The oat base holds just as well simply by adding a little rice malt syrup and…

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Chocolate Mousse Cake

Years and years ago, I worked at a pie and cake shop with my uncle. Every day I would put glorious chocolate mousse cakes on display that were freshly made with plump strawberries placed neatly on the chocolaty surface. Those sugar-filled cakes were the inspiration behind this recipe. My clean chocolate mousse cake may not have a spongy texture, but it is just as satisfying and great for your heart and…

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Tiramisu Squares

This is probably one of my favourite recipes. I literally cannot keep my hands off them. Between my mother and I, they are usually gone in less than 24 hours… eek. Seriously though, it is amazing what you can do with a couple of cups of cashews; once blended, the creamy texture that magically occurs makes you feel like you should be EXTREMELY guilty for eating. Especially when fresh coffee…

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Banana and Walnut Pancakes with Chocolate Date Sauce

Mmmm breakfast, the most important meal of the day… It can be difficult to include nutrients into your daily morning fix when you are bustling around town with things to get done! Melbournians are known for their on-the-go lifestyles (similarly to New Yorkers) and a simple sugary option always seems attractive in a rush, however energy levels will stay down and your stomach will be yearning for more. Banana and…

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Goji Berry Double Choc Brownies

Don’t you hate the feeling when you walk into a café and see those large chunky brownies dripping in sweet chocolate elegantly placed in lovely glass containers? You consider buying it for a second but deep down you know it will probably be over half your daily calorie intake and opt for a muesli bar instead. Café style brownies are what inspired the creation of my goji berry double choc brownies….

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Caramel Cups

This recipe is dangerously delicious – try not to eat all the caramel out of the bowl before you pop into the cups (I struggle with that)! Although they may not be the prettiest of desserts, they will be sure to kick that sugar craving! PS. You don’t have to be a vegan Nigella to perfect these! Try it for yourself: INGREDIENTS Crust: 1 cup of dates 1 cup of…

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