What I’ve Been Baking Recently

During quarantine, I’ve been really enjoying taking the time to try new recipes, cook more of my own meals and generally get creative in the kitchen. As I’ve not created any recipes of my own, I’ve decided to share with you the recipes I’ve been loving and the ones which didn’t work!

Pret’s Dark Chocolate Vegan CookiesΒ 

I’ve made these three times now, so I think that speaks for itself. The first time we made them with Whole Earth Cocoa & Hazelnut Peanut Butter and chopped peanuts, and they tasted amazing. They didn’t spread like cookies because we had no bicarb, but they were delicious biscuits nonetheless. The second time I made them with almonds and almond butter, which was far more expensive and in my opinion not actually as nice. The third time we made them with bicarb (finally found some in Tesco!), peanut butter and peanuts and these are definitely the best ones. The recipe makes 8 huge cookies or around 16-20 smaller ones, and my favourite thing to do is make around 8 smaller ones and freeze half the mixture.

dark chocolate almond cookies

The dark chocolate almond cookies

dark chocolate and peanut butter cookies

The dark chocolate and peanut butter cookies

Biscoff Cheesecake

If you’re vegan and don’t follow Sophie Bullimore on Instagram, you really should! This is her amazing biscoff cheesecake recipe, which worked perfectly on the first try and looked so pretty too.

Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Brownies

I chose this recipe because it didn’t have any aquafaba/egg replacer/flaxseed and I would rather just use a recipe without egg than try to replace them. These are really nice and chocolatey but still not the perfect recipe as the edges were very crumbly. I am still on the lookout for my perfect brownie recipe! I added biscoff on the top for a bit of pizzazz which worked really nicely. A drizzle of biscoff spread or some peanut butter would have been amazing too.

A bit too crumbly but still tasty!

I also tried making blondies out of this recipe, as vegan raspberry white chocolate blondie recipes don’t seem to exist. I replaced the dark chocolate for white, substituted the cocoa for flour and added some raspberries. I think fresh raspberries would have been better than frozen as they ended up too wet – double the time in the oven and still came out looking uncooked… I’ll have to perfect this one!

Very tasty but the wrong texture!

BBC’s Vegan Banana Bread

One of the simplest recipes to make and it is always amazing! Please whatever you do though, do not add three heaped tsp of baking powder, it’ll be disgusting. One will do. My favourite way of adapting this is adding cocoa powder (swap a couple of tbsp of flour) and a swirl of peanut butter on top. You can also add raisins, which are really nice soaked in either orange juice or dark rum for an hour beforehand!

Peanut butter banana bread with chopped hazelnuts

Mixed nut and raisin banana bread

Mary Berry’s Flapjacks

I’ve made these so many times I don’t really need a recipe anymore, but this one seems close to what I do! The last time I made these I added dark chocolate chunks, mixed nuts, raisins and melted some chocolate on the top. Such a simple, delicious recipe (and no flour needed!).

Loving it Vegan’s Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A good choice if you can’t decide between flapjack or cookies, or if you just don’t like chocolate. Again, I had no bicarb when I made these so they didn’t spread but still had a delicious chewy centre. I also didn’t add the desiccated coconut, because I’m not a huge fan, and they worked fine without it! Two tbsp of the golden syrup also works fine if you have no molasses – I didn’t want to buy some for just one recipe!

Millionaires Shortbreads

I’m not going to give the recipe for these, because for me they didn’t work at all (I read the recipe wrong), so I don’t know if it’s good or not! As it is impossible to get hold of vegan condensed coconut milk at the moment, I tried a golden syrup only recipe. When instructed to take it off the heat and stir for 15 mins, I, unfortunately, left it on the heat and made toffee. Very pretty but only edible if you microwave them and melt the toffee. Very yummy but I’d recommend my recipe if you can get the condensed milk!

Have you been baking during lockdown? What are your favourite recipes? Let me know in the comments!

Hazel x


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  1. May 24, 2020 / 5:38 pm

    Ooh the dark chocolate vegan cookies look delicious! I love that it is filled with a ton of yummy ingredients. The brownies look delish too. You can’t go wrong with those biscoff! The shortbreads look super good. Thanks for sharing all of your amazing creations!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    • May 26, 2020 / 9:06 am

      Thank you! The cookies are definitely one of my favourite bakes, can’t beat a chocolate and nut combination.

  2. May 24, 2020 / 8:39 pm

    The biscoff cheesecake and millionaire’s shortbread look delicious! I love all things with a mix of sweet, sticky, and crunchy flavors, and even the flapjacks look amazing. πŸ™‚

  3. May 26, 2020 / 5:38 pm

    All of these dishes look so yummy! I would love to try the millionaires shortbread!

    • May 27, 2020 / 12:19 pm

      It’s very nice when microwaved! My older recipe is definitely better though x

  4. May 29, 2020 / 11:27 am

    Hello Hazel, it’s Fadima here. This is the first time I visited your blog after liking your post on IG. Yeah, you have been baking delicious food this isolation. Keep up the good work dear.

  5. May 29, 2020 / 11:57 am

    Mmm, so many delicious yummy foods. I definitely want to try out Millionaires Shortbreads. Thanks for showing us what you have been baking and I hope you make many more delicious bakes.

    • May 29, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      I’d definitely recommend my older recipe! Thank you x

    • May 29, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you! I would definitely recommend trying them x

  6. Holy SMOKES these look good! I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegan recipes into my life, especially for dessert. Those almond cookies look amazing, and that cheesecake! Wow! Great post!

    • May 29, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you! The cookies and cheesecake are definitely favourites of mine x

    • May 29, 2020 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you – it was incredible! I would definitely recommend trying to make it x