3 Ingredient Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

These chocolate covered stuffed dates are per-fec-tion. And with only 3 ingredients, it’s a total walk in the park and requires no cooking skills whatsoever, so it’s a great one to get the kids involved! The stuffed dates require no more than 15 minutes to prep and costs £1.01 per serving. I personally think it’s a great recipe to bring to a party, have as a snack or even serve as a sweet treat after dinner with friends. It’s also vegan friendly, refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free. The only trouble you may have with it is to stop yourself from eating the whole tray! Served with mint tea on the side and it’s over.*You’ve been warned.*

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Refined Sugar Free + Dairy Free)

If you are looking for gooey, decadent, chocolate upon chocolate then these double chocolate chip cookies are your answered prayer. This recipe is super easy, takes 17 mins from start to finish has 9 ingredients, and yields 8-10 cookies. It’s a great one too coz it’s easy on your pockets costing no more than £1.43 per serving (and that’s 2 cookies per person yo). The proverbial icing on the cake (or cookie in this case) is that it is refined sugar free, dairy free and packed with fibre from the wholemeal spelt flour.

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Cheap & Cheerful Carrot and Parsnip Soup Recipe

This carrot and parsnip soup recipe is so mind blowingly simple and deliciously warming (yes like a bear hug on a cold day!), that I’m sure it will become a winter staple in your home. Less than £0.80 per serving, 35 mins total cooking time, packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre, consists of 9 ingredients, requires one pan (less washing up *yay!*), dairy free and vegan friendly.

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10 Tips for a Healthy and Stress Free Christmas

I absolutely love Christmas for sooo many reasons, and a lot of it has to do with my faith obviously, but I also love that we still get some time to slow down and enjoy just being family in a world that is increasingly leaning towards capitalism with an obsession for productivity.

The truth is that it SHOULD be a time for stress free rest and rejuvenation, but the reality for so many of us is a far cry from that. I think I read somewhere that more family tensions and breakdowns happen during Christmas (don’t quote me on that), and it’s totally understandable!

And then there’s the food and all the indulgence that comes with it! Now by all means, Christmas only happens once a year and I 100% believe that you should eat whatever makes you happy! Not gonna tell you to restrict yourselves here. Buuuut, if eating whatever you want results in you having indigestion and feeling sluggard afterwards, then I think it’s worth exploring a better way to strategise around that *wink wink*.   

So instead of coming up with a Christmas recipe this year, I thought it would be more worthwhile to give you some tips for a healthy & stress free Christmas.

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Homemade chocolate almond butter recipe (Refined Sugar Free + Dairy Free + Vegan)

It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless chocaholic.

I’m talking about the whole works, chocolate bars, chocolate cake, pancakes. Anything that’s slathered in chocolate has my name on it. And if it’s wrong, well then, I don’t ever wanna be right (I’m sure I heard that in a song somewhere?!).

So when I first heard of homemade chocolate almond butter (yummm), I just HAD TO MAKE IT. It just sounds right doesn’t it?

What could possibly be better than almond butter on toast? Chocolate almond butter…on toast.

And with the holidays coming up, I thought it would be such a ridiculously easy recipe to make as a Christmas gift for your family and friends… or yourself. Yes, even if everyone around you hates chocolate, you should totally make it for yourself. Consider this recipe my early Christmas gift to you.

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Bare Minerals Makeup Haul Review

I’m definitely not a beauty guru by any means (just thought I should put that out there), but when it comes to makeup it’s another area in our lives as women where we can totally forget about the toxins and chemical content of what goes onto our bodies. So even though this review is about my personal makeup haul, I really believe writing this post is in your best interest (I got you girl *wink*).

It can be quite overwhelming to think about HOW MUCH STUFF we put on ourselves everyday without even giving it a second thought! (It’s because of this exact reason that I started making some of my own homemade beauty products like this homemade shea body butter recipe). But before you run off and throw away your entire makeup kit (just put that foundation down for a sec alright?!), hear me out.

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Roast Squash and Cavolo Nero Socca Pizzas Recipe

First guest post on Earth and Spoon and it’s by the wonderful Nena Foster, who also happens to be a friend and my neighbour(-ish)! Lucky for me, she makes yummy food all the time and I’ve had the privilege of eating A LOT of it heh.

As much as I’d like to dive straight into these roast squash & cavolo nero socca pizzas (both figuratively and literally), I thought I’d introduce you all to Nena a little better.

We first met when both our firstborns went to preschool. She invited a bunch of us preschool mamas over for some tea and cake while she had a newborn (my son Raphy was also a newborn at the time but you know, I was just trying to wear anything other than my PJs like any normal mum with a newborn).

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My 25 Minute Natural Home Birth

First post of 2018 and I wanted to start it with my natural birth story. When I asked some of you last year if you wanted to know about my home birth, so many of you said that you did. And so here it is! It's a bit of a long post, so make sure you get comfy!

This pregnancy was unlike all my other 3 pregnancies as I usually tend to feel much better towards the end. However this time around, I was super emotional and exhausted for the entire pregnancy. I hardly had any physical strength left, and I wasn't mentally prepared to face the labour, AT ALL.

I had been experiencing practice contractions (which are called Braxton Hicks) since the beginning of my second trimester, which by the time I had 3 weeks left of my pregnancy, had turned into contractions, but they weren't regular or painful, just intense. So nothing to write home about so to speak.

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What it's really like being a lady boss with kids and without the hype

I wanted to share what it's like being a #girlboss or #ladyboss, as that's a term that's been going around a lot lately and it sounds pretty cool to be one. And don't get me wrong it totally is; but I also wanted to share the unglorified version of what it's like to run your own blog/business, with limited resources and a young family to look after, for any of you out there who want an honest sneak peek into what it entails, and what kind of person you need to be if this is something you want to pursue for yourself.

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe (Vegan Friendly!)

I thought it would be fun to make Middle Eastern stuffed bell peppers vegan and waaay less complicated (think about how long it would take you to core a tomato or courgette vs a bell pepper), so bell peppers it was! I love this recipe. So much. For so many reasons. This stuffed bell peppers recipe is one of those vegan recipes that is really tasty and really filling. It's just so warming, especially now that it's getting colder here in London (if you're looking for more winter recipes why not try my green lentils and coconut curry recipe here). And really it cooks itself, all you have to do is mix a bunch of ingredients, in one bowl, stuff the peppers with them and then shove them all into the oven. 

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Chocolate Fudge Energy Balls Recipe

One of my biggest issues transitioning to a healthier lifestyle was my sugar consumption. I mean, saying I had a sweet tooth was an understatement. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who had a worse sugar addiction than I did! I was totally rockin’ the ‘my teeth are hangin’ on for dear life’ look by the time I was five. Serious dedication I tell you.

This is where these chocolate fudge energy balls come in, and I'm super proud of them!. This recipe was actually my first ever attempt at making a healthy sweet treat. And every time I make them I just remember the excitement of me starting this blog and recipe creating for the first time.

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Top 9 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar simply put, is a vinegar made from fermented apples. Now you can find all sorts of varieties of this vinegar in supermarket shelves, but the kind that you really want is organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized. There’s a big reason for this.You see, all the clear, sparkly looking varieties have all been heated, filtered and heavily processed, meaning that all the phytochemicals, minerals and enzymes have been zapped out of the vinegar.

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