• 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…

  • apple crisp
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Vegan & Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

    It is apple and pumpkin picking season! My husband and I have this tradition where we go apple picking every fall and with all those apples we make our favorite apple dish; apple crisp! Something about the soft gooey inside and warm spices along with the crunch factor of the topping make it a perfect fall dessert! This year I recreated it to be vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and no refined sugar yet still tasting amazing.   Servings: 8 Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients Filling 8 apples peeled and thinly sliced 1 fresh lemon’s juice 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 3 tbsp cornstarch 1/2-3/4 cup coconut sugar (depending on you)…

  • 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…

  • granola bars
    Dessert,  Vegan

    Healthy Granola Bars

    Have you ever looked at the nutritional facts on the back of granola and candy bars? There is so much sugar and several ingredients that we probably can’t pronounce. This bar is so much more than just a typical granola bar. The nut butters and cocoa in it make you feel like you are eating something bad…very bad. It isn’t at all though! These are all amazing ingredients that are good for you. Treat your loved ones especially the kiddos to these treats and trust me they will absolutely love them. They don’t taste “healthy” at all. Try for yourself and see 🙂 It is also perfect because it can…