Welcome to this week’s update of the HBC Cookbook! Many people in our modern day world struggle with allergies and intolerances, and finding vegan-friendly food when out and about can be tricky even for the most ardent foodie! Just to prove that there are lots of yummy treats that don’t involve gluten or animal produce, this week’s cookbook is all about vegan and gluten-free bakes. All recipes are created and tested by you, our wonderful community of health bloggers.  If you want to be in with a chance of being featured on the HBC Cookbook, post your recipes in the Recipe Sharing group.

Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan-friendly Carrot Cake: Hannah and Fitscreen-shot-2016-05-25-at-14-58-30

“Now there maybe times when I don’t always crave for chocolatey treats (not always, but sometimes… Ok, I admit, very rarely). So, during this moment of madness I decided to create this beautifully flavoured carrot cake which I actually sold through my business, Raw & Pure at a local cafe. Of which it had great feedback on – so you must try it, I insist! This recipe is easy to make and you don’t even have to turn the oven on to wait for it to cook!” Read more…

Chocolate Mint Chia Cup: Her Everyday LifeIMG_5618titleimage

“I mostly think of my recipes at the strangest times. When I’m watching tv, before I fall asleep, when I’m exercising- it seems that my best ideas come at random. So, this one came to me about a week ago when I was about to go to sleep, and I thought it was brilliant. It is vegan, gluten free, healthy as can be, and it’s something a little bit different from my other breakfast recipes.” Read more…

Superfood Rocky Road: Nourishing AmeliaIMG_3364

“Rocky road is such an indulgent, moreish, mouth-wateringly delicious treat everyone loves but the kind you buy in the supermarket is packed full of rubbish that not only tastes artificial but won’t do your mind, your skin or your body any good at all. I took it upon myself to create a healthy alternative and I have to say I’m extremely proud of the outcome….this recipe could possibly be the most tasty sweet treat ever. You’d never realise it was vegan and refined sugar free, it tastes too damn good!” Read more…

Chocolate Banana Muffins: Ariana Boydellscreen-shot-2016-02-19-at-4-21-03-pm

“Do you ever have those days where you just really feel like chocolate or a baked good of some sort?.. I really hope I am not the only one. These muffins are my go to baked good because a.) they taste amazing and b.) any complex baking recipes = a huge fail for me. Let’s just say I am not the best baker in town. With a few ingredients and all natural sugars I am a little mad I didn’t come up with this recipe sooner. To make these muffins a little special I topped them off with a little bit of a a homemade “icing”.” Read more…