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!).


A very filling and healthy cake, almost a meal in itself!

Frozen Fruit and Nut Cake

This is quite an unusual cake but delightful none the less and very healthy.

The aroma that fills the kitchen while baking these is absolutely divine

Golden Cinnamon Cookies

I love cinnamon cookies and I always make a whole lot before Christmas. I usually have to make them a couple of times during Christmas since my husband loves them and he is SUCH a cookie monster.

Perfect little gluten free treats for coffee dipping

Greek Almond Cookies

These are Greek delights and are perfect as a gluten free treat with an espresso. I often make them myself even though I am not gluten intolerant.

These scones are packed with antioxidants

Green Tea and Raisin Scones

When travelling to Japan in 2007 we came across various bakery type places where scones were sold in abundance.

This ice cream is so delicious it hardly makes it to the freezer!

Green, Green Ice Cream

I often serve this ice cream to dinner guests.

A simple yet wonderful dessert

Grilled Mango

Mangoes are a quite amazing fruit. They contain phenols, which is a phenolic compound that has powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.

I love these cookies dipped in my husband's espresso

Italian Chocolate and Almond Cookies

I love these little treats. They are also fairly healthy, packed with calcium and heart-healthy fats from the almonds.

Jam cakes are popular in Icelands, this is a very health version

Jam Cake with Carob Frosting

If you like cakes that are packed with protein, antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, are not too sweet and are very filling then this is the cake for you!

Lovely and healthy, my favourite pies!

Lime and Macadamia Pies

This recipe is similar to a recipe I found in Raw Food Real World Cookbook which is one of my favourite raw cookbooks. It is absolutely amazing and the recipes are gorgeous.

So, so delicious

Lísa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have been using my site you should be familiar with my friend Lísa by now. We are foodie friends and know each other through my website. We share recipes, thoughts on food and much more.

This is a melt in your mouth chocolate cake

Lisa's French Chocolate Cake

Lisa Hjalt is a friend of mine and one of the site's super users.

Lower fat chocolate cake but still nice

Low Fat Chocolate Cake

I am not a fan of low-fat anything because my belief is that everything healthy should be eaten in moderation and our body needs healthy mono- (and poly-) unsaturated fats such as you migh

These muffins always remind me of Zanzibar

Mango and Banana Muffins with Pecan Nuts

There is something divine about mangoes, bananas and pecan nuts. Mangoes are used quite a lot in Africa and so are bananas, you see banana trees everywhere.

So delicious and healthy

Mango and Cashew Ice Cream

This is a wonderful, wonderful ice cream and it is packed with protein, and healthy fats.

Tropical sunshine in a bowl

Mango and Coconut Ice Cream

This ice cream is a bit of tropical sunshine in a bowl. It doesn't contain any white sugar (only agave nectar) and is lactose (dairy) free, egg free and nut free.

The ingredients might sound strange but the cookies are absolutely delicious!

Maple Syrup and Tahini Cookies

These cookies I call "Hlynsíróps- og sesamsmjörssmákökur" in my not-so-smooth mother language, Icelandic.

Heavenly Christmas cookies!

Maple Syrup and Vanilla Cookies

These are absolutely perfect for Christmas, especially if you cut them into fun shapes such as stars, snowflakes, snowmen or whatever reminds you of the festive season.

Very rich treats and packed with iron, proteins and calcium

Middle Eastern Sesame Treats (Halvah)

There are several different varieties and even names for Halvahs, the healthy Middle Eastern treats.

Lovely little mini pies which are packed with protein, vitamins and healthy fats

Mini Fruit Pies with Carob and Cashew Frosting

I love bananas and cashews mixed together, it is such a creamy blend and I often use it as a frosting for cakes as well as in smoothies and ice creams.

A sweet and lovely pie

My Sister in Law's Apple Pie

My sister in law gave me this recipe although I am not sure where it is from originally.

A delicious and healthy cake, perfect for the birthday party

Nut and Chocolate Cake

This is one of my favourite cakes as it is very easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. Which is why I almost always make this cake for my birthday or special occasions.

Loads of energy and healthy stuff!

Nuts and Seeds Energy Cookies

These cookies are an excellent source of energy and they also provide complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and lots of vitamins and minerals.

You don't need to be married to enjoy the bliss of this healthy cake

Oatmeal and Jam Cake (Wedded Bliss Cake)

This cake is called Hjónabandssæla (Wedded Bliss Cake) in Iceland and is very popular in most households. It is similar to the Austrian Linzertorte.

These cookies will give you a slow releasing energy boost

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

These are typical Christmas cookies in the Icelandic household. My grandmother and mother made similar cookies and my husband's grandmother and my mother in law also made them.

Lovely and healthy oatmeal biscuits, perfect for lunch

Oatmeal Biscuits

I love oatmeal biscuits, unfortunately they are not available in Iceland (at least not my favourite kind which is Nairns).