Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash

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Like many of you, roasting is my favorite way to enjoy just about any vegetable. It brings out the natural sweetness with beautiful caramelization. This roasted butternut squash recipe takes things up a notch with zesty Mexican inspired flavors. Serve it with your favorite protein, in a quick burrito, or atop a bowl of quinoa […]

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Nomoo Vegan Cookies

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Don’t worry, traditional Nomoo Cookies are still emerging from their dairy-free ovens. Nomoo Vegan Cookies are simply an expansion of this bakery’s delicious offerings. Nomoo Vegan Cookies are generously-sized, just a notch or two below the beloved “jumbo” cookies I remember from childhood. They are thinner, a little “doughier”, and I think just a touch […]

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Free From advent calendars: My picks for December 2016

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Christmas is approaching FAST and if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been totally disorganised and left an advent calendar right until the last minute!

But when you’re gluten or dairy free, this can make things tricky – as most advent calendars contain dairy and many have the dreaded ‘may contain’ warnings for gluten, which leaves you wondering if it’s worth risking it for a chocolate treat every day.

To make things a little easier, I’ve reviewed a few of the main gluten and dairy free advent calendars on the market on my Youtube channel, which you can watch here – and scroll down further for a few more options which are a little different!

Find out more about the brands above as well as some other free from advent calendars which I think are worth checking out!

Moo free gluten and dairy free advent calendar

moo free gluten free advent calendar

This cute Christmas calendar by Moo Free is free from loads of different allergens – including gluten, dairy, soya and GM products, as well as being vegan.

You can find them in Sainsbury’s and I thought they made a great alternative to a milk chocolate advent calendar.

The design is very child-friendly too, meaning nobody misses out on the fun – coeliac or dairy intolerant!

Holland & Barrett free from advent calendars

free from advent calendar

The two advent calendars by Holland and Barrett reviewed in the video above are both great options for those avoiding gluten and dairy.

The red one is soya-based while the blue one is soya free (but may contain traces).

They both have lovely festive designs and while I wasn’t so keen on the taste of soya, I think they’d be perfect for someone used to soy-based products.

English Tea Shop advent calendar

english tea shop advent calendar

I found this great idea in TK Maxx and thought it was brilliant for anyone avoiding chocolate this Christmas.

This chocolate-free advent calendar instead features a different tea bag each day, in these cut little boxes.

It has a very traditional look and it a proper advent calendar for grown-ups, I’m a bit gutted I didn’t buy this in the end!

Thorntons continental advent calendar


While this one does contain milk, this chocolate advent calendar from Thorntons appears from the ingredients list to be gluten free.

This is marketed as an ‘advent calendar for grown ups’ and I can see why – it’s super stylish and guaranteed to satisfy the biggest chocolate fans.

Chocologic free from advent calendar


I haven’t seen this Chocologic advent calendar before but it seems to have appeared in Tesco this year and is gluten free, wheat free and dairy free.

I love the skating character design and think this would look fab sat on the mantlepiece! At RRP £2.50, it’s also one of the cheapest options out there.

Need more inspiration?

This is by no means all the gluten and dairy free advent calendars out there – just a selection of some which I have tried and others I think looked awesome. For a more extensive lists, visit Free From Heaven’s round up here.

Many of the supermarkets have their own brand free from advent calendars, and some of the ‘normal’ mainstream ones are gluten free anyway – so it’s always best to check.

Have you bought your advent calendar yet? Have you found one not on the list? Comment below and let me know or share them on my  Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages – and please subscribe to my Youtube channel as I’ll be launching Vlogmas this week!!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Pie Recipe

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If you had enough pumpkin and pecan pie at Thanksgiving and want a pie for another holiday dinner that’s a little different, might I suggest a gluten free Chocolate Banana Pie?

I love this pie for many reasons, the top three being:

1. It is utterly delicious
2. All the ingredients are easy to find, no matter the season
3. You can make it a couple days ahead, stick it in the fridge and cross one more thing off your holiday to-do list

The crust is a little different – I mash half a banana with some Kinnikinnick chocolate cookie crumbs and a bit of melted butter. This helps to subtly reinforce the banana flavor of the pie.

The filling is a cross between a cream pie and a cheesecake. You don’t need to make a custard as you would with a traditional banana cream pie and it is so easy! It has a little rum in there, which adds this certain something special, but if you want to leave it out, go ahead, the pie will still be delicious.

I like to top the pie with a few banana slices before I serve it, but I do not recommend arranging them on top of the pie ahead of time, as they will start to brown and get mushy. Topping the pie with the banana slices is optional, I just like to let people know what’s inside the pie.


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Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Pie Recipe

Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
4 medium bananas, divided
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons gluten free Kinnikinnick Chocolate Cookie Crumbs, divided
3 tablespoons melted butter
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons white rum, optional
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash half of 1 banana. Add 2 cups cookie crumbs and melted butter and mix well. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pie pan, making sure to go up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool completely.

In an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese with the brown sugar until smooth. In a clean mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, beat the cream, rum, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Stir one third of this mixture into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the rest.

Slice the remaining 3 ½ bananas and fold into the filling. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crust, sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to a couple days ahead.


A gluten free recipe that serves 8.

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