Spiced Carrot, Apple & Coconut Muffins

Time for another festive recipe – because you know, we’re into December – using Thrively’s superfood baking mixes. Using the Lucuma & Coconut gluten-free, dairy-free and no refined sugar variety to create these spiced muffins with added carrot and apple for a festive twist, plus a coconut frosting topping finished off with dried apple slices. […]

Vegan Gingersnap & Caramel Topped Brownies

Because it’s the start of December and officially festive season, I thought I’d pop a little treat up! This recipe was inspired by a trip into Costa coffee with my parents while we were going around Manchester Christmas Markets. At the counter of sweet treats I spotted a very indulgent brownie with crumbled ginger sponge […]

Cinnamon Roasted Fig & Orange Tartlets

Imagine: An almondy, orange-scented buttery pastry case. A thick, smooth and decadent orange infused cream filling. Topped off with caramelised, cinnamon roasted figs to go on top, sprinkled with aromatic rose petals. HELLO. Well, all that is a true story, as you’ll see from the recipe below. What’s even BETTER, is that everything described above […]

Raw Vegan & Gluten-free Healthy Mince Pies

Following on from my post featuring my homemade spiced mincemeat recipe, here’s a healthy, gluten-free and vegan-friendly twist on the standard mince pie. These no-bake tartlets are so simple and easy to make, and are a great alternative for those who want a more innocent version of these festive treats. Ingredients: For the mincemeat – […]

Homemade Low-Sugar Spiced Mincemeat

I must confess, I’m not the biggest fan of dried fruit, never mind Christmas-related sweet goodies like mince pies or Christmas pudding. However this year I thought I’d have a go at making my own lower sugar mincemeat based on apples, mainly because my parents’ apple tree at their cottage in Ripon had been particularly […]

Manchester Christmas Markets: Getting into the festive spirit!

This time of year in Manchester means one thing: the arrival of the Christmas Markets. Streets and squares become a temporary home for over 300 stalls across the city, a fantastic array of delicious European foods, gorgeous handmade crafts and clothes, unique Christmas gifts and cosy cabins with a constant supply of beer, hot chocolates […]