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…

Spelt Pancakes – Dairy Free – Video Recipe

Gavin WrenDairy free baking, Desserts, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

If you're looking for a wheat alternative pancake recipe, try these 'shrove Tuesday special’ white spelt pancakes (or crepes) which are simple and dairy free, using oat milk or any other dairy free milk and are perfect slathered with maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar.
So, how was that spelt? I seem to have developed a decidedly healthy infatuation, something which flashed through my consciousness like a crisp spring morning and makes a welcome change from trying to un-develop decidedly unhealthy infatuations, yes, I’m looking at you 81% cocoa dark chocolate. I realised just last week, as though it were hidden in plain sight, that every. single. time. I’ve used flour on this blog, it’s been spelt. That’s 18 months of exclusive spelt usage. Whilst sorting out my recipe categories I’ve even had to add a ‘spelt’ recipe category due to it’s proliferation. And here we are again, this time talking about spelt pancakes It’s not as though I set out on a crusade of spelt based propaganda, or that I made a conscious decision never to use anything other than spelt. But in that time I’ve become quite familiar with this avuncular member of…

Coconut & date vegan frosting

Gavin WrenBaking, Basic Ingredients, Dairy free baking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Vegan

coconut date vegan frosting
I often make cakes that are either dairy free, with no refined sugar, or both, then finish them and think, oh, that would really benefit from something on top. What can I use? Whipped cream? No. Buttercream frosting? No. It becomes a whole new juggling act trying to create dairy free and refined sugar free frosting ideas which will sit on top and stay there, without it being utterly contrived. I could, of course, just refer to the internet, with it’s myriad answers to everything, which all vary enormously in quality and credibility. Some are good, some not so good, but you’ll inevitably find an answer that fits for you. I once found a coconut cream frosting recipe on the internet which looked fabulous on the blogs which I’ve seen it published, but was actually awful. The reason was that you need to serve it super-chilled and they omitted to…

Lemon & ginger spelt fruit bread

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

spelt fruit bread
I have a personal rule regarding food that I make food for the blog, a promise to myself that I will not over-eat. Sounds simple, eh? You might think so, but sometimes I make dishes for the blog at peculiar times of the day or end up with way more food than I need, and I really don’t like wasting food. So, rather than engage in some kind of bacchanalian feast with it all, I try to do the right thing and save it for later, freeze it, or just eat it as my next meal. This is because at 37 years old I weigh nearly 5 stone (30kg) less than I did around my 30th Birthday and there’s no way I’m letting that weight sneak back in without me noticing. This soupçon of personal restraint provides me with an infallible indicator of a recipe’s success, and that’s if it…

Fruit loaded mini cherry clafoutis

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Mini cherry clafoutis with no added sugar
It’s food based confessional again, this time I’ll confess that I didn’t eat strawberries for thirty years. Damn, that sounds like a long time. I have a slight recollection of eating berries as a young child, but spent my teens, twenties and some of my thirties professing that I simply didn’t like berries, currants or any fruit in that genre such as grapes. Cherries also fall under that large sweeping generalisation, as they’re far too berry-like to be in any other fruit group to my mind. Then, a few years ago I was shaking off some old (bad) habits and was encouraged to test the boundaries of my wild new leaf turning exercise by eating a strawberry. Part of me wondered if it was a textural thing. Berrys are quite mushy, whereas the fruits I liked (apples, pears, oranges… errr, pineapple) had a perceived texture or zing to them. I…