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Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

      This Sweet Potato and Kale Soup was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: soups on repeat in the winter months. When we talk to people about getting started with cooking healthier foods at home, soup is generally where we start. Why? Soups are a tasty, easy way to eat a ton of vegetables without realizing it, and they’re simple to put together. This sweet potato and kale soup combines ingredients we use quite a bit in our cooking in a new way. It’s a vaguely Mexican stew, with black beans thrown in and flavored with oregano, cumin, and just enough lime juice so that it pops. Sliced green onions stirred in at the end of cooking keep it tasting fresh, and with sliced radish and a dollop of Greek yogurt as a garnish, it’s a delicious way to load up on nutrients. (Want more ideas? Here are some of our favorite soup recipes.) We developed this soup recipe using ingredients available through our new partner, ALDI, who is committed to carrying better-for-you ingredients and expanding their organic product offerings. ALDI’s new Hello, Healthy blog has healthy living resources including recipes, […]

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30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF)

30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF)

30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF)

Did you know there’s been a donut pan saga in our home?

I’ve been contemplating making baked donuts for the blog since the very beginning, but I always had a hard time justifying a donut pan when my recipes require just standard, minimal equipment. I don’t even own a stand mixer! Yes, I take this minimalist stuff seriously.

Fast forward nearly 5 years and practically everyone has a donut pan – except me.

30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF) from Minimalist Baker →

Seitan steak frites with mustard tarragon sauce

Seitan steak frites with mustard tarragon sauce

The France Show is coming to London next weekend, so after a Scottish-inspired recipe last time, here’s something a bit French – I seem to be slowly working my way round Europe one recipe at a time (at least it’s cheaper than flying). The France Show is a celebration of all things French – including, most […]

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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

I have made vegan, gluten-free waffles before, but none compare to these.

These perfect waffles are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, perfectly sweet, and undetectably vegan and gluten-free. Shall we?

This recipe was a reader request. Someone asked if I’d tested whipped aquafaba (the brine/liquid in a can of chickpeas) in classic waffles, which I hadn’t! So I got to work testing. 

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Vegetarian haggis and mushroom wellington

Vegetarian haggis and mushroom wellington

The 25th January (next Wednesday) is Burns Night, celebrated each year in remembrance of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. I’m not Scottish, nor am I a particular fan of poetry, but despite that I’ve celebrated Burns Night a few times now. It’s a good reason to get together with friends and eat something a bit […]

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Swap Those Reese’s For This Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Swap Those Reese’s For This Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Cup Cake

The following post was originally featured on Purely Twins and written by Lori Morris and Michelle Corso, who are part of POPSUGAR Collective.

If you’re a fan of Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cup . . . then GUESS WHAT??? We have the perfect cake for you!! Rich chocolate cake with a peanut butter filling and chocolate sauce . . . simply heavenly. This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, low in sugar and with Paleo and vegan options.

Do you struggle with having dessert, like chocolate cake, and still liking yourself afterwards?

We did for years. We won’t go into too much detail about our restricting eating patterns, but we used to eat desserts behind closed door. We felt guilty if people knew we ate this or that, or felt like we were doing something wrong for eating chocolate. We fought this food labeling of good vs bad for years. It created so much chaos in our heads.

Until one day we just accepted that we love desserts. They will always be in our lives. Why should we feel bad for that? Now we eat cookies, chocolate cake, etc and still like ourselves afterwards. No more running to the gym to burn off what we ate.

This is why we make the recipes we do – keep the ingredient list short and use real foods as much as possible. This keeps our skin and digestion happy and our emotions happy. And honestly we just love cooking with these ingredients. It’s fun and they taste good. It’s about finding balance. Your moderation.

Okay enough food talk let’s get to baking.

Please share this peanut butter chocolate cake with your chocolate cake loving friends.

Nothing better than an extraordinary thing called Reese’s peanut butter cup when it comes in cake form, right?

Inspiration for this recipe, besides the fact that Michelle loves Reese’s, is continuing on with our mini chocolate cakes. And we’ve been a peanut butter kick lately.

So why not make a chocolate peanut butter cake?

Don’t feel like baking?

We got your covered with our No Bake Reese’s Cheesecake.

Or maybe you want something more decadent like No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Fudge Cake.

The easiest, most delicious peanut butter chocolate cake that serves 1.

Rich chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter filling, and silky smooth chocolate sauce. This is THE ultimate chocolate peanut butter cake.

Move over Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter cups and hello Reese’s cake.

Need to make this Paleo friendly? Use almond butter instead of peanut butter.

Enjoy your single serving chocolate peanut butter Reese’s inspired cake.

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Individual Reese’s Cake

From PurelyTwins


Individual Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. A super simple homemade cake recipe that bakes up into a beautiful chocolate cake filled with peanut butter and delicious chocolate sauce! This chocolate cake is gluten-free and grain-free, and has no sugar added. Can be made egg-free. Made from 8 ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to make!


  1. Ingredients for chocolate cake:
  1. 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  2. 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  3. 2 tablespoons tigernut flour
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  1. Ingredients for peanut butter filling:
  1. 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  2. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  1. Ingredients for chocolate sauce:
  1. 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  2. 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  3. Stevia to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients for the chocolate cake; bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  3. Mix peanut butter filling ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Cut chocolate cake in half and spread peanut butter filling on one side of the cake.
  5. Carefully place the other slice of cake on top.
  6. Mix chocolate sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
  7. Pour chocolate sauce over cake.


Desserts, Cake
1 mini cake
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ultimate vegan sandwich with red lentil spread

Ultimate vegan sandwich with red lentil spread

Is anyone taking part in Veganuary this year? I’m not (evidently) but I do love vegan food, and this seems as good a time as any to share this awesome vegan sandwich recipe. The basis of this sandwich is a creamy red lentil spread. Lentils have an awful lot going for them – they’re cheap, […]

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