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Candies & Slices

Carob Cognac Truffles


200 grams carob

50 grams chopped cashew nuts

50 grams peanut butter

1 tablespoon cognac

Optional Ingredients

50ml condensed milk

1 tablespoon fine white sugar mixed with 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Melt the carob and peanut butter (and condensed milk) in the microwave 30 seconds on high should do it then remove and mix well.

Add the cashew nuts and cognac.

Wet you hands a little and roll into bite size balls.

Roll in the cinnamon sugar if required.

These truffles are delicious without added sugar however the condensed milk and cinnamon sugar adds a different flavour.

Makes 12-16 depending on the size of the truffles. Should keep for a week in an air-sealed container if they aren't eaten beforehand!


3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
200ml condensed milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 heaped tablespoon margarine
1 dessert spoon instant coffee
1 dessert spoon cocoa

Icing (optional)
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
2 dessert spoons cocoa
2 tablespoons warm water.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Grease and line a 25cm square baking dish. Grease the top of the baking paper lining too. This will prevent the paper sticking to the brownies.

Melt the margarine and mix with the sugar.

Add the other ingredients and combine well.

Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the dish to cool in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Remove the lining. Turn onto a serving plate and let cool for 5 minutes.

Combine the icing sugar, coffee, cocoa and water until smooth and thick. Spread evenly on the top of the cake top.

Slice into 9 squares.

Serve warm alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or a dollop of whipped cream. See my vegan hot chocolate recipe for a decadent warm accompanying drink. 

Granola Bars

A delicious breakfast option or snack, these bars are a breeze to make and a sure welcomed treat!


4 tablespoons of your favourite nuts and seeds; the following were used: 

2 tablespoons cashew nuts

2 tablespoons walnuts

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons rolled oats

1/3 cup icing sugar or xylitol 

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon olive margarine (butter or any margarine is ok)

Line a large shallow baking tray with baking paper

Line a cake or slice tray with baking paper and spray with spray oil

Place the nuts and oats on the shallow tray and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 180 degree Celsius oven until golden brown.

In a saucepan or frying pan combine the sugar and water on a low heat until it forms a caramel. DO NOT LICK OR TOUCH SPOONS AS THE MIX IS LIKE LAVA! 

Add the honey and combine. Add the margarine and combine.  Add a pinch of salt and combine. 

Then add the toasted ingredients and combine well.

Pour onto the slice tray and spread it out evenly. 

You can place another sheet of baking paper on the top and gently press the mixture. 

Scrape any mixture stuck to the paper as you lift it off and pack it with a spoon into the corners of the tray. 

Let it set for 5 minutes and turn it onto a flat tray and slice into small bars. Let it cool completely before separating them completely. 

These bars will stay fresh for approximately 1 week if stored in an airtight container. 

Makes 8-10 bars. 

Peanut Honeycomb Brittle


1 cup fine sugar

1 tablespoon margarine 

1 heaped teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 cup salted peanuts

Spray oil

Spray a flat baking tray with spray oil.

Heat the margarine in a frypan on medium heat. 

Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.

Add the baking soda and keep stirring it will change colour and foam up.

Add the peanuts and stir quickly to combine them into the sugar mixture. 

Pour the mixture immediately onto the baking tray.

When it has cooled, break the block into large pieces. 

Store in an airtight container.

It will keep for about 7 days

Coconut and Almond Ice


1 cup shredded dried coconut

1/2 cup of almond flakes

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup fine white sugar

370ml condensed milk

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 

200 grams butter

5 drops of red food colouring 

Spray oil

Spray a flat baking tray with oil. 

Sift the icing sugar and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl.

Add the cinnamon and fine sugar and stir.

In a fry pan on very low heat add the butter and melt slowly.

Add the sugar and stir constantly until the sugar starts to melt. 

Add the condensed milk and keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the food colouring and stir until the colour is even.

Add the coconut and almonds and stir until completely combined.

Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture into the oiled tray. Place in the fridge to set (1 hour) 

Cut the mixture into 3cm squares for serving. You may need a flat cake server to remove the pieces from the tray. 

Makes approximately 25 pieces.

Advent Bark to change your heart - Sugar-free carob, coconut and nut slice


1 cup Birch xylitol (natural sweetener from your local health food store)

I cup mixed nuts

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup of flaked coconut

1 teaspoon of lavender seeds from speciality tea shop

1 teaspoon of rose buds also from the tea shop

1/2 cup of carob buds

2 tablespoons of light coconut cream

Spray oil

Spray a flat metal baking tray with spray oil

Roast the nuts and shredded coconut until light brown

All the xylitol and stir until melted into the mixture 

Place on the oiled tray and spread out evenly. Allow to cool. 

Toast the coconut flakes with the rose buds and lavender seeds until the coconut flakes are light brown. Place in a bowl

Melt the carob with the light coconut cream until runny and pour over the nut mixture. 

Sprinkle the coconut flakes and flower mixture over the top evenly.

Allow to cool in a fridge.

When it is set hard. Cut  into shards of the desired serving size or serve it as gift slabs. 

Fiery Bliss Balls


1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, figs and raisins used) Cranberries, cherries and dates are also delicious!

1/2 cup chopped nuts (pistachios and almonds used)

1/2 cup nut butter (freshly ground peanut butter used)

2/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (a daring option)

Place 1/3 cup of shredded coconut in a bowl. Combine the nuts, fruit, chilli and nut butter with the remaining shredded coconut and roll into 1 inch diameter balls. 

Roll the balls in the bowl of coconut until they are coated in a layer of coconut. 

Serve as is or to decorate a cake.

Makes 12 balls.

The balls can be stored in a dry plastic container for about 5 days - if they last that long!