Dairy Free Banana Milkshake with Peanut Butter, Shame and Sharing Life Experiences

Gavin WrenDairy free baking, Drinks, Vegan

Ice cold and ready for summer, this dairy free banana milkshake with peanut butter is also vegan, perfect for a hot day and anyone's diet, it's a summer drink that will keep you cool and your tastebuds tantalised. Made with any non-dairy milk, frozen banana, a smattering of peanut butter and topped with crushed pecans, it's even more delicious than it looks.
What's more important in life? Honest, open connection to other people or a dairy free banana milkshake recipe mixed with peanut butter and topped with pecans? The answer lies in their similarities, as you'll see...

I'm lost. Really, I don't know what I'm doing. I hit two hundred blog posts just over a month ago, I'm about to hit three years of blogging and I'm reaching a creative hiatus. I promised myself at the beginning that blogging will be what I want it to be. I swore never to cling to a certain subject or style, simply because that's what I did last week; it's the creative freedom which brought me to blogging, so creative freedom is what I must defend if I'm to continue to thrive in my blogging.

To be frank, I enjoy writing about life the most. Food may feature, because there is something utterly compelling about... come and read more...

Rocket and Goat’s Cheese Pancakes with Pomegranate Dressing

Gavin WrenDairy free baking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Whether it's shrove tuesday or any other tuesday, you can always eat pancakes! Topped with crumbled goat's cheese, rocket and a rich, sweet pomegranate olive oil dressing, these savoury pancakes need very little prep so make an easy dinner. You can use the maple syrup on the next one!
Today’s post is full of childhood reminiscences of gorging on piles of syrup soaked pancakes, and how despite this gorging, we never ate savoury pancakes. I’m redressing that balance in my life by creating simple, flavourful pancake recipes such as these rocket and goat’s cheese pancakes, topped with a rich, powerful pomegranate molasses and olive oil dressing. Once these goat’s cheese pancakes are taken care of, you can start the main job; sweet pancakes! Best Day of the Year. In every calendar year, there exists a small handful of very special days, which most children hold with a spectacular cachet, or at least, I did. Christmas day was the highlight of the year with it’s magical myths of reindeer drinking the saucers of milk left in the garden, and father Christmas having hastily consumed the mince pie and brandy left for him on the garden table. Alongside the abundant presents…

Maple Pecan Spelt Muffins

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Maple syrup brings a rich sweetness to theses maple pecan spelt muffins stuffed with whole rolled oats, pecan nuts and no refined sugars, just naturally sweetened with banana and maple syrup. These easy spelt flour bakes make for a wholesome alternative muffin recipe that's just as tasty yet packs more positive nutrition, perfect for afternoon tea or a sweet weekend treat.
It’s been quite savoury around here recently. Not much sweet goodness going on, and my God, was I longing for something sweet. So today’s post is about some utterly delightful little maple pecan spelt muffins topped with oats which are dairy free that I put together last weekend. These are muffins made with a mixture of wholemeal and white spelt flour, along with whole oats and sweetened using maple syrup and that ubiquitous banana, because it just goes so well in baked good like muffins. And who doesn’t like banana? (Yes, I’m sure there’s someone). Cake Rules. I’m quite fastidious about how much cake I eat, I’ve developed an incredibly strong sense of moderation around it. This is because I have a spreadsheet I’ve kept for posterity, which dates from 2008, when I tipped the bathroom scales at nearly 100kg, well over 15 stone. Approaching 100kg had been pretty scary…

No Added Sugar Meringues with Date Syrup

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes

Fresh from my test kitchen, a new, no refined sugar recipe, tackling the mighty meringue, creating no added sugar meringues that use only date syrup as a sweetening agent, resulting in light, crunchy, honeycomb like meringues that are incredibly sweet and tasty, yet low in calories and feature no refined sugar. They make addictive sweet treats perfect for desserts, served alone or could be filled with a thick sauce, cream or smothered with ice cream and fruit for a decadent dessert.
Today is an experimental recipe fresh from my test kitchen, bringing you a new, no refined sugar recipe, this time tackling the mighty meringue, creating no added sugar meringues that use only date syrup as a sweetening agent, resulting in light, crunchy, honeycomb like meringues that are incredibly sweet and tasty, yet low in calories and feature no refined sugar. They make addictive sweet treats served alone or could be filled with a thick sauce or scattered over ice cream for a decadent dessert. And Now For Something Completely Different… For many years I harboured a healthy disdain for self help books, believing them to only exist for those who are so weak of mind that they need somebody else to tell them who they are and how to act in life. It’s ironic in many ways, because in life, people often resist the things which will actually benefit them…

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce – Dairy Free

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spreads & Dips, Vegan

This salted dark chocolate peanut butter sauce is a rich, decadent, dairy free sauce that makes a sumptuous topping for desserts, sweets, cakes and ice creams. Featuring no refined sugar it’s made using 70% dark chocolate, plain peanut butter, salt, agave syrup and almond milk so perfect for those leading a sugar free or dairy free diet.
Today’s recipe is a fuck-me-that’s-good (sorry mum) salted dark chocolate peanut butter sauce which could easily tempt you into eating the entire bowl with a spoon before it gets to the table. Glossy, silky dark chocolate mixed with peanut butter and a hint of salt to offset the sweetness makes for an unapologetically decadent dairy free sauce. Make as much as you desire, just don’t expect there to be any leftovers. Crowd Pleaser. Everything I read about blogging seems to extol the virtues of finding a niche, how that’s the key to good blogging and finding success, because you can build an audience within that niche. Of course there’s a lot of truth in that, because if I only post recipes for spaghetti bolognese and peanut butter then I’m never going to stand out from the crowd. I always try to keep one eye on the use of healthy, progressive…

Spelt Pizza Bases: A Guide to Perfect Pizza

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Vegetarian

Perfect spelt pizza bases made with spelt flour to create crispy, thin crust, beautiful homemade pizzas that any Italian would be proud of to top how you like or enjoy the beauty of a margherita, perfect for the summer weather and a meal that everyone can get involved in.
Making homemade spelt pizza is an utter joy, once you know how to ‘Do It Right’. It’s about three years since my first highly unsuccessful attempt to make a spelt pizza, and about 7 years since I first tried homemade pizzas, so I now fully understand all of the details required to make a light, crispy, delicious spelt pizza base, without causing utter carnage in the kitchen, spilling toppings all over the place or ending up with uncooked bases. In this post I’m going to tell you how to make perfect spelt pizzas, every time. Bella Italia. This all appears at a time when I’ve gone all ‘Bella Italia’, feeling a surge of passionate loyalty for our mediterranean cousins down there. Since writing this blog, I’ve taken on a deeper understanding of Italian food, I feel as though I’ve begun to understand the soul behind Italian food. I don’t have…