Red velvet doughnuts

red velvet doughnuts

So I am thinking this will be my last recipe before Christmas- as we are only 4 days away!! Following the results of my poll on instagram, red velvet doughnuts have come up stronger against a chocolate cake! But don’t worry, those of you who asked for a chocolate cake recipe, I will make sure I develop a lovely nutritiously indulgent one soon! But for now I am sharing my red velvet doughnuts recipe. I have opted to post a vegan option for everyone but do feel free to swap the flax seed egg for an egg if you prefer (both work well, I have tested both with this recipe).

For the lovely red velvet colour I have used beetroot powder, and the sweeten I have used vanilla essence and topped with a coconut icing (that is optional). For more recipes please browse my recipes page for variety of sweet and savoury options.

Ingredients (makes 8 small red velvet doughnuts)

  • 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons of beetroot powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 flaxseed egg (1 tbsp flaxseed, 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the icing

  • 1 cup of powered icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. You will need a silicon doughnut tray.
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, ground almonds, brown sugar and beetroot powder.
  • Prepare your flaxseed egg in a small cup and leave to set for 5-10 mins.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, vanilla and almond milk to the dry mixture and then add the flaxseed egg.
  • Mix well with a spoon and then divide the mixture into the silicon doughnut tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10-15 mins before removing them from the moulds to cool further.
  • Whilst they’re cooling you can prepare the icing.

For the icing

  • Mix the icing sugar, melted coconut oil and coconut milk in a bowl until well combined.
  • Once the doughnuts are completely cool, you can then ice them. Sprinkle with a dusting of beetroot powder for an added Christmassy look!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and thank you to all your ongoing support and interest in my recipes! SHK x


How to tackle feelings of guilt around food at Christmas

So the Christmas season is in full swing and we’re edging closer and closer to Christmas Day. But before we hit that day, this ultimately means (for a lot of people) a lot of opportunity for overindulging on food and drink, as we are bombarded with invitations to Christmas parties, dinners and get togethers that often encourage more food and drink than we would normally consume. For some people, this is well accepted and taken advantage of with nothing but feelings of enjoyment… but for others, it often invites feelings of anxiety, guilt and uncertainty.

Unfortunately for some people, Christmas is a time where their relationship with food may becoming increasingly more challenging, and feelings of anxiety and guilt around food may creep in – making it almost impossible to make the most out of a time which should be nothing but a time to enjoy yourself!

Allowing yourself to feel guilty, will likely impact your mood. Research suggests that guilt can lower your self-esteem and furthermore, leave you feeling like ‘you should have done better’. Well you can stop that now. If guilt gets the best of you, then fight back and tell that voice that you ARE enough, and you DO deserve to enjoy an indulging moment as much as the next person. There is no ‘right way’ to enjoy food. As a nutritionist, I always encourage ‘balance’ but let’s face it, the Christmas season is probably not going to be your most ‘balanced’ month in terms of eating. Now, I am fully aware that a variety of people may be reading this – people who suffer with their weight, have a bad relationship with food or find it very difficult to know what ‘healthy’ even means. I will do my best to target everyone.

I have put together a few points, in hope that at least a few of them will apply to you and be able to help you feel less guilty and anxious around food at Christmas.

  1. Ditch the words ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’

Some of us are prone to listening to that critical ‘inner voice’ that tells us we ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ have done something… ‘You really shouldn’t have had that extra slice of cake’- sound familiar? A little tip I have for you is, tell yourself beforehand that ‘I am going to enjoy this cake, however much it may be, and I will not feel bad about it afterwards’. By assuring yourself that you won’t allow that voice to creep in, you are already allowing yourself to process this, and reassuring yourself that it is okay to join in the fun and eat a bit more cake or a few more chocolates than you normally would. Yes, we might feel a little uncomfortable for a while, but this is normal, and in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal.

  1. Practice mindfulness

Mindful eating is something that is becoming increasingly more popular and for good reason. Research has suggested that mindfulness may moderate the relationship between disordered eating cognitions and disordered eating behaviours (1) as well as helping to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders (2). Now this is not to say that mindful eating will ‘cure’ your feelings of guilt and anxiety however, it may well help. Mindful eating requires you to slow down, and pay more attention to what you’re eating. For example, paying attention to the smell, colour, texture and taste of the food actually allows you to savour your food choice and enjoy your eating experience more. Mindfulness is often suggested to those who suffer with digestive issues such as bloating, therefore this may also alleviate feelings of discomfort after eating more than usual. Mindful eating is also suggested for people who want to cope with perceived feelings of guilt and anxiety around food, wanting to improve their emotional sate around food, and even just to improve and maintain their overall wellbeing and relationship with food.

  1. Silence your ‘inner critic’

Do me a favour- every time you hear that ‘inner voice’ say something negative, hit back and say no! Argue with it, and it’s less likely to come back. Stand up for yourself, and reassure yourself that you are allowed to enjoy your food choices- because you’re with friends and family who are having a whale of a time, and you deserve to be in on that! Stop being so hard on yourself and focus on the things you’re appreciative for this Christmas.

  1. Pay no attention to ‘diet culture’

This one especially applies all year round! If you leave this page with anything, please let it be the fact that you will no longer pay attention to fad diets, detox diets, low carb diets etc. They have no place in the world of health and nutrition! These kinds of diets and advice that supposedly equals good health, couldn’t be further from the truth! Do not buy in to magazine and online articles that tell you diets are the way forward. If you are taking on board nutrition advice, please make sure it is from a registered nutritionist or dietitian.

  1. Eat what you are comfortable with

A lot of people feel ‘pressure’ to eat more around Christmas. This can be particularly difficult for those who have had or are currently suffering with an eating disorder. Around the festive season, you will probably be faced with more dessert choices than you’ve been used to and that’s okay. An idea to lessen anxiety around this is to try making your own dessert. Anxiety around food is often heightened when you’re not too sure what you are eating. You may find it more enjoyable and less anxiety provoking to spend some time cooking up a recipe of your own for everyone to enjoy together.

The fact is, everyone eats more around Christmas time, that’s just how it is. But come the New Year, the festivities and parties have calmed down, and likelihood is you will go back to the same eating pattern you were used to. You do not need to prepare yourself for some sort of ‘detox’ diet because guess what… your liver will do that for you. I will be dedicating a blog post to January detox diets soon!

But anyway- nourish your body and feed your soul this Christmas by enjoying every little bit of it and DO NOT let those voices creep in and ruin your fun! Take each day as it comes and allow yourself to be happy. Because that’s what life is all about right!

Please note I am not a psychologist and am no expert in the area of anxiety however I just wanted to document a few points that might help some of you out this season!

If you feel like baking or making your own festive food then you can check out my recipes page for ideas!



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Raw chocolate pudding balls

I am so excited about this recipe! RAW CHOCOLATE PUDDING BALLS! This was actually one of the first recipes I developed for my website but I have come back to it this year and hopefully made it even better for you! So a lot of my raw ball recipes use ground almonds as the main ingredient but for these I used dates. I also add some Christmas spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to give it that seasonal touch! Because you have to add christmas spices to a chocolate pudding right!?

Here’s a few things to know about dates:

  • Dates are an excellent source of energy and fibre
  • They contain a significant amount of minerals that contribute to strengthening bones and reducing risk of osteoporosis
  • They are great for your digestive system
  • They are also a source of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc
  • They make an excellent base ingredient for chocolate pudding balls!

Ingredients (makes 12 chocolate pudding balls)

  • 12 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the icing

  • 1/2 a cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • A chopped up mint leaf (may use pumpkin seeds instead)
  • A handful of dried cranberries


  • Remove the stone from the dates and cut into pieces into a bowl. Soak in boiling water for 1 hour.
  • Drain the dates and use a fork to smooth together (they will be moist from the water which is how they should be as it makes them easier to work with).
  • Use a fork to combine the honey and the ground almonds with the dates.
  • Add the cacao powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and combine until you achieve a smooth dough like mixture.
  • Roll the mixture into 12 round chocolate pudding balls and leave in the fridge for an hour.

For the icing

  • In a bowl, mix together the icing sugar and water until you have a silky smooth icing.
  • Drizzle the icing over the chilled balls (as shown in pictures)
  • Place one dried cranberry and a little piece of mint leaf on top of each of the 12 mini chocolate pudding balls.
  • Leave to chill for another half hour and then enjoy!

And there you have it- 12 deliciously nutritious raw mini chocolate Christmas puddings!