Spiced Pumpkin Bread

I’m going to be honest, this recipe was the result of cheap pumpkin being on sale, and my desire not to waste a single gram. It’s easy to make and freezes well, and makes for a lightly spiced, low sugar snack. If you’re feeling inspired, try substituting pumpkin for another vegetable that’s on sale.

Gluten Free Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels were a favourite of mine growing up, but between the milk and gelatine, they no longer seem to be a friend of mine. It took me several attempts to create a version that tasted just as good as the original, but without the nasty ingredients that make vegan fairies lose their wings. I usually encourage my readers to substitute ingredients if they feel so inclined, but for this one, I’d suggest following it closely. Your gluten intolerant, vegan fairy friends will love it.

Baked Doughnuts with Galaxy Icing (yeast free)

No frying or resting required, these doughnuts are basically like mini sugar bombs with fabulously exciting icing. They are really quick to make and can be made gluten free, or with any number of different flavourings, extracts and toppings. Intergalactic snacking at its finest!

Blackberry Melting Moments

Melting Moments make for such an impressive sweet treat, and although time consuming, are really easy to make. You can experiment with different jam, buttercream and cookie flavours, but for me, nothing beats a classic shortbread, a buttery filling and a sweet jam. Be sure to enjoy in moderation!

Easy Oat and Pumpkin Cookies

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, not unlike this recipe! You probably have most of these ingredients already at home, so it’s just a matter of combining them in a bowl, shaping them into cookies and throwing them into the oven. Even quicker is the time it’ll take to eat them.

Lite Choc Chip Biscotti

Biscotti is such a versatile snack, once you have a basic recipe you can mix and match a whole variety of flavours and fillers. More importantly, perhaps, you can make them days in advance and they still taste great. This version is low in sugar, but if you’d prefer a sweet recipe you can switch out the rice malt syrup for a desired about of sugar.

No-bake Mixed Berry Chocolate Slice

Baking a dessert is good, eating a dessert is better, but not having to bake AND being able to eat dessert, is definitely the best. My No-bake Mixed Berry Chocolate Slice is really easy to make and combines a chewy chocolate base with a creamy and light berry layer. It stores in the freezer and is made with a bunch of healthy, wholesome ingredients. And if you close your eyes and really focus, it’ll almost taste like a McDonald’s birthday cake, just healthier, more ethical, and handled by far fewer children.

Red Velvet Lamingtons

Although known as a classic Australian dessert, when you break it down, lamingtons are really just mini cakes dipped in icing and coconut. And yet, somehow they are so tasty life giving they completely live up to their reputation. This recipe is a twist on the classic lamington flavours, instead using a red velvet sponge and about 50kg of red food dye. You can use the sponge recipe to create a regular red velvet cake with vegan cream cheese icing, or even add a delicious coconut cream layer to this one. To make it gluten free just switch out the regular flour for one of your choice.

Cherry Ripe Brownie Slice

This slice is so sweet and indulgent, one bite will make you feel as though you just ate an entire year’s worth of dessert. It’s made with a rich brownie base, a chewy cherry and coconut filling and a creamy chocolate ganache. It’s gluten free, and the brownie recipe can also be used to make regular brownies (just throw in some walnuts!). It’s addictive, so eat at your own risk.

No Bake Lime and Matcha Tart

Matcha is one of those ingredients that suddenly seems to be appearing in everything, and frankly, thrown into a cup of boiling water is not my idea of a sophisticated way to enjoy it. This recipe combines zesty lime, creamy cashews and hint of matcha tea blend to create a super healthy, light and tasty slice. It stores in the freezer so you can eat some now and save the rest for your hipster friends who are visiting next month. Matcha later!

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