• vegan berry and lemon oat bars
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Vegan Berry Crumble & Lemon Oat Bars

    I love experimenting with food if you guys haven’t noticed! I enjoy eating oat bars as a snack but many of the ones in the market that are reasonably priced are full of artificial sugars, dairy, and gluten which are all things I am not a fan of. So what do I do? I experiment and make my own that can be enjoyed by almost anyone! They are vegan, dairy free, gluten free and absolutely delicious!! They truly remind you of a summer bite perfect for this sun. Ingredients Crumble 1 1/4 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats (can use regular oats) 1 cup Almond Flour 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar (can…

  • beef empanadas
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri dipping sauce

    Hey friends! I’m back from my Miami trip which inspired these empanadas. There is such a huge presence of Hispanic culture in the area, especially in the cuisine. Empanadas have always been a favorite of mine. My mom would actually make fried empanadas stuffed with chicken curry and veggies. This recipe, however, involves baking and puff pastry which is less traditional but definitely more flaky and simple to do. I guarantee once you try this; you will be making it over and over. It’s just that good! It is the perfect potluck dish or party food; a great accompaniment to a meal and both kids and adults enjoy them. The chimichurri sauce…

  • crudite platter
    Appetizers,  Snacks,  Tips

    Crudité platter 101

    Hey guys! Have you ever wondered what the heck a crudité and/or a charcuterie platter is? It’s basically a platter topped with an assortment of fruit, vegetables, olives, deli meats, bread, dips, crackers and cheese! The term crudité is often used when making a vegetarian platter and charcuterie is mainly a variety of sliced meat. Today, I’m having a friend over and lately my go to when having company is to make these platters. Let me tell you why. You can prep it hours ahead of time; you are able to clean out your fridge and pantry a little bit, and as the host, you get to sit around and enjoy too…

  • chocolate covered stuffed dates
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

    Hey friends! Happy Monday 🙂 Today, I am sharing with you a quick healthy snack that is also perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. It is super simple to put together too; literally taking no time at all! Some of us still have dates leftover from Ramadan and some of us just love dates and buy them on the regular. So, this is perfect to put together as a little sweet bite. Also, I don’t know about you but I love chocolate and orange together; something about the bittersweet chocolate with the fresh tangy citrus just makes sense. Ingredients 12 Mejdool dates 3 tbsp creamy almond butter…

  • Parfaits
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Ramadan,  Snacks

    Fruit Parfaits

    Hi my wonderful friends! Hope you are all doing well 🙂 Ramadan is literally 2 weeks away! Doesn’t time pass by so fast? Many of us have a hard time eating well in Ramadan. We are so tempted by decadent desserts and carbs for days. The fact that we eat later in the evening also doesn’t help. In fact, most people gain weight during this holy month. That is one of the reasons I’m starting a Ramadan series on my blog; to share with you healthier options to foods we already love. You can find all the dishes under the Ramadan category. Many of us wake up for suhoor but…

  • barazek balls
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Barazek Truffles (Sesame Balls)

    Hi all! Hope you are good 🙂 My hubby and I are flying to LA tomorrow for a mini vacay that is well needed! I wanted to share this quick and easy dessert/snack with you before I left. I had two trials with these before posting this recipe and my husband devoured almost all of them so I knew they were good enough to share with you all! So, if I had to choose what my favorite Middle Eastern cookie was it would be barazek. It is a delicious crisp sesame honey cookie that tastes absolutely amazing; it is quite addicting really. My parents would bring them back from overseas in these tins…

  • chocolate cups
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Stuffed Chocolate Cups

    These delicious treats are super adaptable meaning you can mix and match endless flavors to your liking. All you really need is chocolate and one type of filling. That is all! How easy is that? Oh, and it only takes 5 minutes to make and about 30 min to an hour to freeze. These beauties look like Reese’s but these don’t have any refined sugar! You won’t believe that something this good isn’t bad for you! It tastes like it would be, trust me. What is extra awesome about these is they can be made ahead of time and ready to whip out for any sweet craving. Servings: about 20…

  • choc. hazelnut bark
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Chocolate Hazelnut Bark

    Hi everyone! It is almost the start of a New Year. How insane, right? Time really does fly. My 2017 has been a roller coaster without a doubt. I wish you all a blessed New Year filled with love, health, and happiness! So, anyone that knows me knows my favorite chocolate is Ferrero Rocher. I absolutely love the flavor combination of hazelnut with chocolate. It is simply divine. My mom recently sent me some fresh hazelnuts and the first thing that came to mind was to make chocolate hazelnut bark. To make it more festive, I added some gold sprinkles which is just perfect for New Years! These treats are…

  • Dessert,  Ramadan,  Snacks

    Date Pinwheel Pie Crust Cookies

    For a month now, I have had extra pie dough leftover from baking pies for Thanksgiving. I have been thinking of making a dessert that ties my Middle Eastern roots while using this All American product. This cookie is a western twist on a classic Arabic date cookie called Maamoul which is often served around the holidays for everyone to enjoy. Honestly, leftovers have never tasted this good! Every bite you take of this cookie is filled with soft buttery goodness with a hint of cinnamon and dates that melts in your mouth. A taste that brings me back home and comforts my soul.  As a newlywed, who moved several…

  • energy date balls
    Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Energy Date Balls

    Hiya everyone! Hope you are all well. Several of you asked about these energy date balls and here is the recipe! Super yummy & simple. That is just how I like it 🙂 Often, many of us run low on time and that results with making bad food choices. I am sure we all have been there. I know my husband and I have at least. That’s okay; I’m here to give you a recipe for a quick energizing healthy snack that you can make ahead of time in quantities. If you love dates like we do; these will be addicting. Try to control yourself! Are you ready to see…