My Favourite Nut Free Sweet Treats

I absolutely adore nuts!

Full of protein, essential fats and fibre, almost every kind of nut has a whole lot of nutritional power packed into a tiny, bite sized package. Not only are nuts good for our insides, they also help you glow on the outside.

Did you know that nuts are loaded with with the amazing antioxidant vitamin E, which helps to keep our faces looking rejuvenated and youthful?

Nuts are also relatively inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to pack when you’re on the go – making them the perfect snack.

Due to their amazing health benefits and indulgent flavours, nuts have been largely embraced in the food and wellness community. In fact, it seems like almost every single sweet recipe popping up on Instagram lately is either nut based, or contains some kind of nut as a core ingredient.

With such an influx of nut based recipes, I thought it would be good to share some of my favourite sweet treat recipes that are nut free – for those who can’t, or choose not to, embrace nuts in their diet.

1. Chocolate Dipped Bananas

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This is such a simple recipe, but definitely a family favourite! Honestly the perfect dessert if you want something easy and fun. This recipe makes 4, so alter depending on how many people you are making them for.

Ingredients:
2 bananas, peeled and halved across
100g cacao butter (chopped into small chunks)
30g raw cacao powder
2 tbsp. honey or coconut sugar
1tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
Tiny pinch salt
Desiccated coconut, nuts, seeds to serve

Method:
Stick lolly sticks in the bottom of the banana and put them in freezer to freeze for at least 3-4 hours (or overnight)
In saucepan, melt the cacao butter over a very low heat, stirring constantly
Pour in the rest of the ingredients (except for coconut and seeds) and continue to stir
Grab your banana sticks from the freezer, then tilt the pan to the side and dip the bananas
Immediately sprinkle over coconut and seeds, then set aside to harden
Repeat for the other bananas and enjoy!

2. Banana and Cinnamon Loaf

Banana Bread Madeleine Shaw

Who doesn’t love a slice of toasted banana bread?

Perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. This recipe is a healthy spin on my boyfriend’s banana bread recipe – which is famous at his restaurant in London. This serves around 6-8 people and takes under an hour to make.

Ingredients:
1 vanilla pod
110g butter or coconut oil, melted
250g-coconut sugar
4 ripe bananas
4 tbsp. rice milk or coconut milk
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. bicarbonate soda
275g rice flour or buckwheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

Method:
Cut open the vanilla pod and scape out the seeds
Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor
Pour into a 900g load tin lined with baking paper, and bake for 50 minutes, until almost cooked through
Remove the loaf from the tin and leave it to cool, slice and enjoy!

3. Coconut, Goji and Oat Bliss Balls

goji bliss balls

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Super sweet and chewy, these bliss balls are the perfect snack, breakfast bite, or after dinner treat. This recipe takes around 20 minutes to make.

Ingredients:
170g oats
150g medjool dates, pitted
3 tbsp. of coconut oil
A small pinch of salt
2 tbsp. goji berries
Desiccated coconut (to roll the balls in)

Method:
Place all ingredients (besides the desiccated coconut) into a food processor and blend until combined
Separate the mixture and roll into bliss ball form and pop in the freezer to set
These should last a week in your fridge!

Have you discovered any great nut-free recipes recently? Share them in the comments below!

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