• 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…

  • vanilla almond granola
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Snacks

    Strawberry Banana Smoothie bowl with Vanilla Almond Granola

    I am a huge granola lover! There are endless options for this delicious crunchy treat that there is always something for anyone. You can check out my easy healthy granola recipe here too. This granola reminds me of one of my favorite cereals Honey Bunches of oats. This variation of Vanilla Almond Granola is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan too! It was so good on top of my homemade strawberry banana smoothie bowl. It literally tastes like those bowls from Jamba juice, which I happen to love. This granola is addicting and the perfect match for this 3-ingredient smoothie bowl. My husband could not stop munching on it! And to be…

  • Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Mediterranean Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • oregano bread
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Snacks

    Palestinian Za’atar Bread

    This za’atar bread is one of my favorite things to eat especially with a cup of warm mint tea and a piece of cheese. It is literally the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was so happy that we had fresh oregano in my dad’s garden when I visited NJ recently. My mom taught me how to make these along with all of you through Instagram and it is my pleasure to share with you the recipe so you can enjoy it as much as we do. Dough Ingredients 5 cups of All purpose flour 1 packet of active dry yeast 2 1/2 tbsp of milk powder 3/4 cup of…

  • Chocolate Almond Date balls
    Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Chocolate Almond Date Balls

    I have so many dates left from Ramadan that I wanted to create some date balls which are super popular nowadays. This flavor combo however is heavenly! It almost reminds me of an almond version of Ferrera Roche but healthier! Let’s just say these are addicting and you will probably want to make 2 servings of it! Servings: approx. 16 Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 14 Mejdool dates 1/3 cup creamy almond butter 3/4 cup raw almonds 1 tsp vanilla Sprinkle of salt 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1-2 tbsp water Instructions Submerge the dates in water for 15 minutes to soften them. In a food…

  • coconut nut bars
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Coconut Nut Bars

    Servings: 24 pieces Total time: approx. 2 hours (20 min to make the rest is freezer time) Ingredients 4 cups fine coconut (more of a coconut powder as opposed to shreds) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water Squeeze of lemon juice 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter 2 cups roasted assorted nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts) Instructions In a small pot, mix together the sugar, water, and fresh lemon juice. Keep on medium to high heat. Stir for a minute then allow for sugar to come to a boil and start to thicken. This takes 5-8 minutes. Make sure to not leave the sugar alone because it can…

  • granola
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Easy Healthy Homemade Granola

    Hey friends! I was shopping the other day, and I bought some dairy-free coconut yogurt. My favorite topping on yogurt is granola! So, the next day I made some delicious granola to eat with my yogurt and I had to share the recipe with you guys. I haven’t purchased granola in a long time because most of the ones in the market are full of sugar! The ones that are “healthy” are so expensive so I started making my own. My husband loves to snack on it or eat it with almond milk. You can’t go wrong with making granola. There are so many variations! It takes less than 30 minutes too.…

  • gluten free coconut cookies
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Gluten & Dairy Free Coconut Cookies

    Hey friends! I made these easy gluten and dairy free coconut cookies the other week for my family and they were a hit. Each and every cookie was gone in a matter of minutes. They are also free of refined sugar and less sweet than most cookies which my family and I love. These are the perfect treat to make with your kids because they are so easy to whip together and fun when drizzling the chocolate. Also, they would love it in their school lunch box and you do not have to feel any guilt about what you are feeding them because they are healthy! I hope all you coconut…

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