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Mixed berry yogurt dessert

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Recipe by Diana Earnshaw. Picture from Pixabay. Ingredients 250g frozen mixed berries. (Lovely strawberries at True Food at the moment!) 1-2 tbsp runny honey depending on the sweetness of your chosen berries. 250g thick yogurt of your choice (strain it if you only have the usual yogurt) Method… Read More »Mixed berry yogurt dessert

Banana lollies

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This recipe is as easy as pie and lovely for children. Ripe bananas and lolly sticks is all you will need. True Food often have very ripe bananas so look out for them. Photo: pixabay Ingredients Ripe bananas Lolly sticks Chocolate (optional) Method Cut the bananas in half… Read More »Banana lollies

Maple ice cream

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Recipe by Diana Earnshaw and picture from Pixabay. At Christmas I make this ice cream and add a couple of cinnamon sticks to the milk whist it is being heated. If this is not the best ice-cream you have ever tasted, I’ll eat my hat! Remember though, the… Read More »Maple ice cream

Puffed Quinoa and Nut Bars

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From ChoosingChia.com Ingredients 1 cup pitted Medjool dates 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 3/4 cup puffed quinoa 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 1/4 cup chopped almonds Method Soak the dates in warm water for 5 minutes then drain. Add… Read More »Puffed Quinoa and Nut Bars

Dairy-free Banana Ice Cream

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Many people are dairy intolerant or prefer non-dairy versions, so this fits the bill nicely! Overripe bananas (from the rootle box?) are ideal. A blender is needed for this recipe. The day before making the ice cream, slice the bananas and freeze them on a tray. Ingredients 3 large… Read More »Dairy-free Banana Ice Cream

Easy Granola

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Much cheaper than commercial varieties and more fun! Ingredients 200g fine oats 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted  (or any other mild flavoured oil) 1 tablespoon runny honey or maple syrup Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Other ingredients, as liked:  100g dried… Read More »Easy Granola

Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Pots

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Recipe from Jamie Oliver. (Definitely an adult dessert!) Ingredients 300 ml single cream 200 g dark chocolate   2 large egg yolks 3 tablespoons brandy (or liqueur of your choice) 20 g unsalted butter Method In a thick-bottomed pan, heat the cream until nearly boiling. Add the chocolate… Read More »Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Pots


Recipe and picture from The Spectator. Makes 30 biscuits Ingredients 200g honey 85g butter 75g dark brown sugar zest of 1 orange 250g plain flour 125g ground almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground pepper ¼ tsp ground ginger… Read More »Lebkuchen

Clootie dumpling

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Clootie Dumpling or Clootie Pudding is a traditional Scottish dish, often served on Burn’s night.  Thanks to BBC Food for the recipe and the photograph. Ingredients 225g (8oz) plain flour, plus 25g (1oz) for sprinkling 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp ground cinnamon… Read More »Clootie dumpling

Rustic Mayan truffles

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Thanks to Nourished Kitchen for the recipe and photo. Homemade chocolates – who can resist? I have made these many times. These are for people who don’t like their chocolates too sweet, but feel free to add in some dried cranberries or chopped prunes/dates for sweetness. Ingredients 280g chocolate… Read More »Rustic Mayan truffles