Raw Millionaire's Shortbread


You know that feeling when you come across the most perfect recipe in the world, and you just HAVE to tell everybody about it? Well a couple of weeks ago, thanks to my latest copy of Good Food magazine, I found these Raw Millionaire’s Shortbread.

For all us gluten + dairy-free peeps out there, finding a recipe that’s as good as the original can often be an impossible find. So when I stumbled across this one, it felt like I’d struck gold big time. It was like winning the bloody lottery. CHA-CHING!


Raw Millionaire's Shortbread


These vegan, gluten-free chocolatey treats are made with dates, cashews + maple syrup, and are so sticky and moreish, that they rival your everyday Millionaire’s Shortbread. They are also raw, refined-sugar free, and made with all-natural ingredients – so they don’t feel as naughty!

I’ve made these little beauties a few times now, and each time they’ve turned out perfect!


Raw Millionaire's Shortbread


Raw Millionaire's Shortbread


I think these nutrient-rich sweet treats are easy enough to whip up for any occasion, and would be perfect for a bake-sale. I recently made them ahead of time, before some friends came over for dinner. With them already chilling in the fridge, they made for such an easy dessert! All I had to do was cut them up and serve with some vegan ice-cream, and they went down a treat!

I hope you have as much fun making these Raw Millionaire’s Shortbread as I did! Let me know what you think by tagging your creations #heartandbowl, or leaving me a message in the comments below.


Raw Millionaire's Shortbread


Raw Millionaire’s Shortbread {GF + DF}

Makes: 16

Raw Millionaire’s Shortbread {GF + DF}


    For the base
  • 150g cashew nuts
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 4 large dates, pitted
  • 50g coconut oil, melted
  • For the filling
  • 350g dates, pitted
  • 125ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 25ml maple syrup
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • For the topping
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp maple syrup


  1. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Tip the cashew nuts and oats into a food processer and blitz to crumbs. Add the dates and coconut oil, and blend again. Transfer to the tin and use a spoon to press the nutty mixture into a compact, even layer that covers the base. Chill while you prepare the filling.
  3. For the filling, add the dates, almond milk, maple syrup and coconut oil to a saucepan with a generous pinch of sea salt and bring to a simmer. Boil for 2-3 mins until the dates are really soft, then tip into the blender, add the vanilla extract and blitz to a smooth purée. Add a little more salt if the mixture is too sweet. Pour over the nutty base and spread to the sides of the tin, getting the surface as smooth as possible. Chill while you prepare the topping.
  4. Gently heat the coconut oil in a saucepan until melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa and maple syrup until there are no lumps. Cool for 10 mins, pour over the caramel layer and return to the fridge for at least 3 hrs or until firmly set.
  5. To serve, cut into squares and enjoy!


These Raw Millionaire's Shortbread will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

Turtle Bay Norwich


For those of you who haven’t walked by Turtle Bay’s new little corner of the city, allow me to introduce you to our latest hot spot! Turtle Bay is all about celebrating the lively, colourful, soulful experiences of the Caribbean – and it’s set to open its doors to Norwich on the 30th August, bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining experience to the city. Think jerk chicken, spicy, slow cooked curries, rice and peas, dreamy desserts and blissful rum cocktails!


Turtle Bay Norwich



On Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to attend a VIP Press Launch before the opening of our very own Turtle Bay here in Norwich. My partner Dan and I, were fortunate to be some of the first in the city to try this new Caribbean experience, and we could not be more excited!


Turtle Bay Norwich


At 7pm we made our way to Swan Lane, right in the heart of Norwich’s historic lanes, one of my favourite parts of the city! On arrival we were in awe over just how stunning the restaurant was, both inside and out. It really captured the true essence of the Caribbean. Everywhere you looked there were reggae-inspired interiors, and new things to be discovered. With it’s salvaged VW Camper seating area – Norwich definitely hasn’t seen anything like this before! The whole place was vibrant, relaxed and colourful, and it instantly put us in a good mood.

As we entered we were greeted by some of the friendly folks at Turtle Bay, and we were immediately given a rum punch to start the evening. Not being a big drinker, I gave my cocktail to Dan, who was more than happy to nurse a drink in each hand. Being a big rum lover, Dan definitely thought the rum packed a great punch, and he loved the mix of flavours.


Turtle Bay Norwich

Turtle Bay Norwich


Passing on the rum, I opted for a soft drink, and was made very happy by the choices on offer! As well as an impressive Caribbean Cocktail menu, they also had a whole Caribbean Softs menu, with a huge amount of delicious sounding options! In the end, I landed on the Watermelon Crush (pictured above) – which was so beautifully refreshing!

As we waited for the night of entertainment and dining to begin, I met a few representatives from Turtle Bay who already knew my name, and remembered my blog. We chatted, about the buzz of the new restaurant, and they asked me about Heart + Bowl. It was so lovely of them to take some time to get to know me, and all of the bloggers and press at the event. It gave the evening a really friendly atmosphere, and a personal touch.


Turtle Bay Norwich


Once everyone had arrived, we were given some nibbles to snack on, including some Curried Chickpeas which were beyond addictive!!! Then we were asked to assemble around the bar for a rum demonstration.

We were talked through the history and inspiration behind Turtle Bay. Their mission? To bring the fun and relaxed Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the UK. With their famous rum, reggae and jerk – they’ve got this down.


Turtle Bay Norwich



After the entertaining rum demonstration we were asked to find a table for the evening of food to begin! Me and Dan picked a nice table by the window near the open street-style kitchen, so we could watch the chefs at work!

Before we got stuck in, one of the managers introduced to us to the ethos behind Turtle Bay’s food. The menu offers a vast choice of bold flavours and rustic dishes, all inspired by the laid back, social outlook of the Caribbean. Dishes are brimming with zesty flavours and spicy hues.


Turtle Bay Norwich

Turtle Bay Norwich


After the introduction, waiters started to bring out surprise dishes to the guests. The dining area was buzzing with anticipation, excited to see what we were going to try. Reggae music played softly, to get everyone in the mood for the night ahead.

Dan and I were prepared for a night of food, but we could not be prepared for just how much amazing food we would get to try that evening!



Turtle Bay Norwich


Firstly we were given a Beach Food Platter, followed by Turtle Bay’s famous Our Curry Goat, followed by Jerk Chicken, and all topped-off with a mixed platter of Puddings! Being a gluten-free eater, there were lots of gluten-free options for me to try, which really put me at ease. All of the food was so hearty and delicious, and was packed full with so much bold flavour. They’re not afraid to add a real spice kick – and I admired them for it!

My personal favourite was the Our Curry Goat (pictured below), served with rice n’ peas! Dan fell in love with the Sweet Corn Fritters on the Beach Food Platter, claiming they were incredibly moorish!


Turtle Bay Norwich

Turtle Bay Norwich


Overall the whole evening was a completely refreshing, relaxed and memorable dining experience. Turtle Bay brings the heart and soul of the Caribbean – and there’s definitely nothing like it in Norwich. If ever I get the summer, holiday blues, I’ll be sure to head right here to soak up some fun and sun of the Caribbean. I would definitely recommend all Norwich locals and visitors to check it out when it opens from 30th August!

You can book here, OR if you’re feeling lucky – Enter in my free giveaway below!!!



Turtle Bay Norwich




Yes, the kind folks at Turtle Bay have given me this incredible prize to giveaway. We’re offering one lucky winner a

3-course-dinner for 4 with drinks.

Please enter in the rafflecopter below for a chance of winning!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Apologies, but I will be accepting entries from UK residence only.


The Big C


Afternoon all! I have something a bit different and personal on the blog today. I’ve teamed up with my local cancer charity, The Big C, to talk to you all about the importance of #CancerConversations.

It’s no secret that talking about cancer can be hard for anyone. Whether you’re male or female, young or old, it can be a struggle for people to open up about what they’re going through. It’s also no secret that cancer is possibly the biggest struggle a person will face in life, so it’s absolutely crucial that anyone affected by it can feel comfortable enough to seek help.

When The Big C first got in contact about their #CancerConversations campaign, one of the first things I thought about was the impact of not having these conversations. Whether you’re fearing for the wellbeing of a love one, or you’re worried about your own health, I feel like the long-term effects of not opening up to someone could lead to further struggles. Enter, anxiety and depression. This is where the cancer becomes not only a physical, but also a mental battle.

Being a long term sufferer of anxiety, I know that it can become all-consuming. It can strip you of all you are, and all of your hopes, dreams and ambition. You no longer love the things you once enjoyed, and you’re stuck in a vicious cycle, worrying about the past or future. You never live in the moment, and that’s the problem. Anxiety can be the loneliness place in the whole world, and you’re often left thinking that nobody understands the way you’re feeling.

My anxiety was triggered by a long-stint of chronic health problems and a cancer scare myself. I would live each day in fear of what was wrong with me, and how sick I really could be. I would ask myself a tonne of questions. What implications will this have on my daily life? Will I have to leave work? How will this affect my relationship with others?

After 12 months of struggling with mental illness, I decided it was time I got professional help. At this point, I just felt like a shell of a person. A body just, breathing. But not really living. I was stuck in a constant state of worry, stuck in the same thought cycle every single day.

I only broke that cycle by getting help. I’m lucky to be able to say that after seeking help and talking to a therapist, I was able to get my anxiety under control. The therapy I recieved helped me to regain my life and myself. Opening up and talking about my worries and my problems felt, cathartic. It was a sense of relief just to get things off my chest to somebody who wouldn’t judge me, and was actually there to help me. We would set tasks, homework and challenges that taught me how to manage my fears. Most importantly though, it gave me stability, a true constant, and a person to always be there for me in the darkest times. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my bad days – but who doesn’t? I’ve also learned to accept that that’s ok too.

Getting help was the best thing I ever did for myself. It taught me to live in the here and now, and live each day to the full. I learned to accept that while we sometimes can’t change our physical wellbeing, we can always change the way we think. Mind over matter. 

For a long time I was ashamed to even accept my anxiety. I’ve always considered myself a strong person, and admitting my anxiety was like showing weakness. I never wanted to be seen as that weak, worrying girl. But after battling long-term anxiety, and working through some of the hardest times, I’ve realised that you have to be incredibly strong to seek help. Never think that starting conversations about cancer, mental health, or anything in-fact, is a sign of weakness. It is the complete opposite. It takes strength to talk when you don’t feel strong.

Cancer and anxiety often come hand-in-hand, but both are becoming easier to talk about these days, and that’s good. Many years ago, most sufferers wouldn’t even dream of venting their experiences, but over the years, cancer and mental health problems are becoming less taboo. The stigma is slowly being lifted, and that in itself is a relief.

It’s ok to talk.

Despite this, there’s still a long way to go. All generations, young and old, need to know just what support is out there. Luckily, that’s where The Big C comes in!

We’re so lucky to have this incredible charity in the Norfolk & Waveney area. The Big C offer free cancer support for those living in the county.  They’ve identified that in particular, men in the region aren’t seeking the vital support and information they need to help them. Which is why they’ve launched #CancerConversations – to engage with men and offer a number of free services and advice available to them across the county.

The Big C offer a range of free services to anyone effected by cancer in the region. They can offer, counselling services, men’s cancer groups, complementary therapies, pharmacy support, nutritional workshops, financial support and welfare advice. To find out more visit their website.

Talking about cancer might be challenging, but getting the right support can be life-changing. Take matters into your own hands, get talking, and start living.


Contact your local centre today:

Norwich – 01603 286112 or cancer.information@nnuh.nhs.uk

Great Yarmouth – 01493 855297 or yarmouthcentre@big-c.co.uk

King’s Lynn – 01553 818737 or kingslynncentre@big-c.co.uk

The Louise Hamilton Centre, Gorleston – 01493 453100

All services are free of charge thanks to Big C supporters.


Want to get involved?

Donating £3, less than the cost of a pint, can make a difference to #CancerConversations campaign @BigCTweets – Text BIGC1 to 70660 to donate!