Desserts / Treats

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I love desserts, absolutely adore them although only the healthy ones of course as I would never eat the 'butter-white flour-white sugar-icing sugar' versions of cakes, cookies and what have you. The main ingredients (all organic) in my baking are: nuts and nut butters (mainly peanut-, almond- or cashew butter), tahini (sesame paste), coconut oil, rapeseed oil, agave nectar, maple syrup, raw cane sugar, dates, raisins, baby food / apple sauce, spelt flour, barley flour and so the list goes on. Perhaps not the most obvious ingredients but they are widely available in health food stores and you can also find them in the health food section of your larger supermarket. I am very keen on raw cakes although I bake many of my cakes as well, it depends on my mood, the occasion and the time I have available. I also love raw ice creams because they don't use any cream, eggs, butter or anything that might clog veins.

The fat is often limited in my baking (for example I might use one tablespoon coconut oil and a whole jar of baby food instead of using 200 grams of butter. The downside of using lesser fat is that the baking won't always keep for long although you can freeze most of what you make and use it later. Also the cookies tend to require a bit more fat to become crunchy. It's just not fun biting into a soft cookie which is supposed to be crunchy! So wherever I can save 1000 calories and a 100 grams of fat, I do. If the fat is absolutely required, I will use more. My husband is very happy with this policy because it means he can eat a lot more of everything (because it has fewer calories and lesser fat than traditional baking!).

Chocolate, almonds and cherries..very festive and delicious!

Chocolate Biscottis with Almonds and Cherries

These are little slices of heaven.

Lovely ice cream, suitable for every occasion

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I don't like ice creams that contain lots of cream, egg yolks or egg whites and are so fatty that when the ice cream melts in your mouth, it leaves a fatty layer inside it.

Very low fat chocolate frosting (without the icing sugar of course)

Chocolate Frosting

This is a very low fat and healthy frosting and you can use it on any cake you think might benefit from a chocolate frosting.

A massive and very filling cake

Chocolate Fruit Cake

This is a dense, moist and very, very filling chocolate fruit cake. I normally don't serve this after a large meal because people simply can't eat much of it.

Chocalate Mint Ice Cream, almost like After Eight!

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

My husband said to me after scooping a spoonful (or ten) of ice cream into his mouth..."wow, this tastes exactly like After Eight" (the chocolate mints).

The classic chocolate muffins with a healthy twist

Chocolate Muffins

When I want to indulge...I make these muffins..and I make them with organic, dark chocolate. They are SO yummy.

The simplest treat, but absolutely lovely and gluten free too!

Chocolate Rice Cakes

I often make these because they are perfect as a treat in my lunch box. They provide me with energy but are not filled with sugar since the only sugar is from the raw cane sugar of the chocolate.

Delightful and healthy little treats, packed with goodness

Christmas Confectionery

Confectionery might perhaps not be the right name to use because it usually indicates something unhealthy wrapped in foil, out of a box with a nice picture on the front.

Cinnamon Cookies, the perfect Christmas cookies!

Cinnamon Cookies

These are my favourite cinnamon cookies. There is absolutely nothing that announces the arrival of Christmas more clearly than the aroma of these baking in the oven.

The simplest combinations are often the best

Coconut and Banana Salad

My sister in law, Elin (who has travelled extensively through Africa along with my brother) often makes this accompaniment and serves with Indian or African food.

Lovely little treats which are packed with goodness


These are healthy little treats, perfect for your afternoon sugar craving.

My mother in law's favourite cake!

Couscous Cake with Fruits

I got this recipe from Grænn kostur (Green Option), my favourite vegetarian restaurant in Iceland. Definitely give the place a try if you ever are in Reykjavík. Fantastic food.

Delightful buns perfect with whipped cream and strawberry jam filling

Cream Buns with Jam

The Monday, seven weeks before Easter, the tradition in Iceland is to serve Bollur (buns) and the day is called Bolludagur (Bun Day).

The strange and wonderful chocolate free cake

Dark Chocolate Cake (without chocolate)

As I mentioned in the introduction to Cous Cous Cake with Fruits, I made that cake in the Icelandic wilderness, far a

A healthy mousse packed with vitamins and goodness

Date and Banana Mousse

I don't normally eat mousse since it often contains raw eggs (which I am not fond of) and/or gelatin which I would never, ever put into my mouth.

The perfect gluten free treat

Date and Carob Cookies

These cookies are gluten free and the perfect treat if you are having guests with gluten intolerance over for coffee.

An excellent energy bar and a healthy snack

Date and Nut Bar

I make my own energy bars because a) it is cheaper than buying them and b) I like to know what I am putting into my body.

Date and Orange Cookies

I swear to you, if I could lock the delicious smell of these cookies in a jar, I would do it and then open the jar a couple of times a day and just inhale the lovely aroma of oranges, cinnamon

Prunes are a fantastic source of antioxidants!

Date and Prune Confectionery

Before you decide that these treats are for the "elderly" only (because of the prunes), give them a try and knock the socks off your dinner guests.

A very simple yet delicious jam for every occasion

Date Jam

I use this jam for a layer when making cakes, on my toast, with hummus, on oatmeal biscuits, in my yoghurt and on waffles. It just goes with everything and is so easy to make.

A lovely teabread, perfect for that Sunday brunch

Date Loaf

I often make this loaf as it is hassle free and easy to put together on a lazy Sunday when you are perhaps expecting visitors. The loaf is also very healthy since dates are packed with fibre.

Perfect with a cup of nice coffee

Dried Fruit Treats

This recipe was given to me by my friend Lisa who found it in a Danish magazine. She immediately thought of me and I was sure glad she did because it is an absolute favourite.

A bowl full of sunshine, vitamins and colour

East African Fruit Salad

In every upmarket hotel/lodge I have stayed in when travelling in East Africa (and they are many) a fresh fruit salad is served at the end of a meal.

My favourite power bars

Flap Jack (Power Bar)

I love home made muesli bars (flap jacks) as much as I detest the junk you can find in some stores. Often this junk is labelled ("energy bars", "power bars" or something equally wrong).

A lovely cheap treat which is a favourite with children and adults alike

Frozen Bananas with a Chocolate Dip

Bananas are an excellent fruit and even come in their own packaging!