• tahini date loaf
    Dessert

    Tahini Date Loaf

    Two ingredients you can almost always find in a Middle Eastern pantry are dates and tahini. They happen to go really well together too! Tahini has a nutty slightly bitter taste with a creamy consistency while dates offer natural sweetness and a chewy bite. Ths tahini date loaf really shines the best of both ingredients. I am known to like desserts that are mildly sweet; I prefer it that way and if you are like me and don’t have a major sweet tooth but want to enjoy a treat with a cup of tea or coffee then this tahini date loaf is for you. The cinnamon and nutmeg offer a…

  • easy date shake
    Dessert,  Drinks

    Date Shake

    Smoothies and shakes are an awesome healthy option for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or post-workout fuel. They are super popular because of how easy they are to put together and packed with so much flavor. This date shake is what dreams are made of. It is perfectly naturally sweetened from the dates and so creamy from the banana and nutty from the almond butter. All the flavors go so well together; it’s almost like a treat! You will be addicted to this drink; I promise. Not only is this date shake gluten free, dairy-free, and vegan but it is also a fantastic way to utilize dates in your pantry year round.…

  • vegan Date bars
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Vegan Date Bars

    These healthy vegan date bars are an awesome recipe for all you date lovers who have plenty lying around to spare! This treat is not only the perfect snack but also a great option for a sweet treat that is naturally sweetened! There is no added sugar to this. The base is sweetened by dates as is the filling. My husband and I have been snacking on these after our workouts as they have a lot of nutrients and make for the perfect go to treat to give a boost of energy. These are best chilled in the fridge and enjoyed cold. The nut base is a great source of…

  • date walnut cookies
    Dessert

    Date Walnut Cookies

    I have so many dates leftover from Ramadan and I wanted to create a series based on this amazing fruit; dates. They are naturally sweet, high in fiber, and antioxidants, and overall very nutritious. One of the first recipes that I am sharing is these Date walnut cookies which I may say are heavenly. They are soft in the center, chewy, and have the perfect crunch from walnuts and sweetness from the dates. All of the flavors and textures go so well together! I really hope you try these super easy date walnut cookies. They are a great way to use up the dates in your pantry. You can substitute…

  • ghraybeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Traditional Graybeh (Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookie)

    Let’s start off by saying that I absolutely love this cookie! Not just because its SO easy, but because it is SO delicious too. Who knew a 4 ingredient cookie can taste this good in no time? Ghraybeh is crisp on the outside and just melts in your mouth once you bite into it. The nuts on top give that little extra decoration and crunch. You can even make some with sprinkles for your kiddos. You can really have fun with these butter cookies. I even have a variation of Ghraybeh where I made them into thumbprint cookies; you need to check that out. It was my modern take on…

  • chocolate banana bread
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    We all seem to have ripe bananas lying around and banana bread has become the craze. I mean why wouldn’t it be? It is so easy to make and requires just a few pantry staples to make a delicious loaf of cake. Count me in! Now, this chocolate banana bread just takes things to a whole other level. I have always thought chocolate and bananas are a delicious match. The silky dark slightly bitter chocolate with the sweet ripened banana creates a mouthful of flavors that are quite addicting. Now imagine that in a decadent cake. This chocolate banana bread is not only gluten-free but dairy-free and has no refined…

  • Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake
    Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake

    Move over pineapple upside-down cake, you got some competition! I would choose this sticky apple upside-down cake any day of the week. It’s decadent but not too sweet; it’s full of apple flavor & gluten-free thanks to Hearthy Foods Apple Flour. We all know the best part of an upside-down cake is that gooey bottom. This super simple caramel sauce seeps into the cake and creates a pudding-like moist cake while still caramelizing the bottom too. That is where the sticky component comes through and it is pure perfection. Hearthy Foods Apple Flour The versatility of Hearthy 100% Apple Flour is nothing short of amazing. If you have not tasted fresh…

  • Panna Cotta
    Dessert

    Panna Cotta with Berry sauce

    Where it all Started: I worked in an Italian bakery for 10 years where my true passion for desserts blossomed. Although, we didn’t serve panna cotta; I have always wanted to try it myself. Panna cotta is a delectable Italian custard-like dessert that comes together in just a few minutes. It is served chilled and often with a berry or chocolate sauce. Hearthy Foods Halal Gelatin: To make panna cotta with berry sauce, gelatin is required and it wasn’t until recently that I came across Halal certified unflavored gelatin by Hearthy foods. I was elated, to say the least, to try the Gelatin and I have come to love it.…

  • Chai Spiced Almond Cookies
    Dessert

    Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

    Hey friends! Happy Sunday 🙂 Do you love a good Snickerdoodle? Ever thought of using Chai instead of solely cinnamon? It works and it works really well! If you don’t know, chai is a blend of spices often used in South East Asian cuisine. It is a blend of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Now, I have a GF almond cookie on my blog which is super delicious. When I realized that I was out of vanilla to make this cookie but had almond flavor; a lightbulb went off in my head. So, I combined the flavor and texture of almonds with the chai; the result were these…

  • mabrousheh
    Dessert

    Mabrousheh

    Last week, I was over my family’s house in New Jersey visiting as I often do this time of year. My mom who is an excellent cook and even better baker introduced me to this delicious Middle Eastern dessert while I was over known as mabrousheh. It gets its name from the dough grated on top to resemble a crumb effect and texture. Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still enjoy a sweet bite here and there. Let me tell you something, these jam centered crumb bars were addictive. They were so light and had just the right…

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