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If you, your roommate or one of your friends are lactose intolerant, it means that many sweets and treats are off-limit.

Butter, milk or cream are common ingredients for most cakes, biscuits, ice-creams, but they are not irreplaceable. Margarine and neutral oils can be good substitutes for butter, while non-dairy milks and creams (such as coconut and almond) are now widely available.

The following recipes do not contain any milk or dairy, but if you use chocolate, make sure it is dairy-free or vegan.

1. Double chocolate nice-cream

2. Blueberry quinoa muffins

3. Strawberry and basil cheesecake

4. Vegan brownies

5. Breakfast cookies

6. Chocolate crinkles

7. Mango and lime chia pudding

8. Chocolate peanut butter power balls
 

 

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Despite trying to behave in the safety of November, everyone knows over the next few days any hope we once had of avoiding indulgence will swiftly evaporate into Winter's sky.

So, what better way to acknowledge the festive season than to combine two of its most celebrated assets in one soul-soothing beverage?

Cue: Boozy Hot Chocolate!  To mark the Christmas season, a number of Dublin’s top bars have added a spruced-up version of everyone’s favourite sweet drink to their cocktail menus.

Zozimus on Anne’s Lane has merged “a generous amount of golden rum” with “warm luxurious chocolate milk”, vanilla ice cream and crushed biscuit to create their festive offering.

 

Our Boozy Hot Coco is simply divine

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While The Paddocks Bar & Lounge in Clonee has developed a variety of boozy hot chocolates including the toasted marshmallow-topped Baileys edition and the tempting white vanilla infused adult cuppa.

If ever there was a drink to steal our hearts, we think this is it! 

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On a list of things we love, mythical creatures and colourful cakes are well on their way to the top.

So, discovering unicorn cheesecake was obviously an epic moment for dessert lovers here at SHEmazing! HQ.  

This dreamy combination also falls under the title of rainbow cheesecake and can be found in a variety of eye-catching forms on image sharing platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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For those of you interested in trying this mystical treat, YouTube offers a collection of inspiring unicorn cheesecake baking tutorials, many of which are simply magical to watch.

Feat image: katherine_sabbeth Instagram

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As you might have guessed, we are major chocolate lovers here at SHEmazing! so naturally we were incredibly excited to learn that Mars is set to release caramel flavoured M&Ms.

At first glance it may seem strange that the chocolate giant has never attempted to channel this much loved flavour into its famed red and yellow sweets before, but this is actually because creating the right caramel for the job has taken Mars years of planning.

According to Delish, engineers were tasked with finding a caramel which would fill M&Ms without causing the iconic treats to collapse.

This process was very time heavy, but at long last chocolatiers are confident that caramel flavoured M&Ms are good enough to join the brand’s permanent collection.

While it is not yet clear when they will arrive in Ireland, the new M&Ms will hit US stores in May 2017.

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There's nothing better than having a sweet treat with your morning (or afternoon, or evening) cup of coffee.

And whether you like to sneak a snack in daily (oops!) or just fancy having one every now and again, it's an indulgence like no other.

Here at Shemazing! HQ, we love a little goodie, so we've come up with our top 5 favourite treats to have with our cuppa joe:

Chocolate biscuit slice:

If we're being very naughty, we love a good chocolate biscuit cake slice. The gooey delicious chocolate mixed with the crunch of the biscuit is just too good. Pair that with coffee and you're in heaven.

 

Jacob's Caffe Di Milano:

The latest to Jacob's, the Caffe Di Milano range is unreal. The Italian style wafer (which is so light you wouldn't belive) mixed with your choice of either chocolate, hazelnut or vanilla filling is perfect to go with your cup of coffee or tea. You'll make your way through a whole pack and won't even notice.

 

A doughnut:

For days when we're really bold, there's nothing better than making our way through a juicy doughnut. Especially lately when we're spoiled for choice in Dublin, a doughnut is the perfect cheat day treat. YUM. 

 

Biscuits (ALL the biscuits):

If you haven't noticed already we're obsessed with biscuits. Whether it's a plain biscuit, a chocolate biscuit or basically just anything to do with a biscuit, we're there. We're SO there.

 

Cupcakes: 

Cupcakes in all shapes and sizes are just the BOMB. Icing, no icing, filling, fruit, cream – there's so many combinations and something to suit everyone in the office. Each one is a little bit different and that's why we love them. Also… lots of sugar. 

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To some, cookies are treat-yourself food, a reward you give yourself every once in a while because your so damn healthy!

To others, they can be a go-to midnight feast (naughty), or something you eat with a cup of tea every day. 

We believe that cookie dough may be just as tasty as the cookie itself, so when we came across Delish's Cookie Dough Dip, we couldn't help but share it with you. 

Minus the flour and plus cream cheese, they have made cookie dough easy to make, way creamier and way dreamier. 

The dip takes only a few minutes to whip up, and you most likely have some of the ingredients already: a block of cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, and milk chocolate chips. 

Sounds good already, doesn't it? 

Blend the ingredients together as much as you can; you can whisk by hand if you want an arm workout or opt for an electric mixer so save some time (and sweat).

Then all you have to do is pick a dipper! Delish have used some fab-looking pretzels, but the choice is up to you. 

What the video for a quick tutorial: 

 

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Make your sunday spread as badass as it can get with these delicious treats!

Whether it's a day to stay in because of rain (like, everyday in Ireland), or you want to surprise your other half with your mad cooking skills, these nibbly bits will make anyone's mouth water. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Whip up this sweet treat with dependable staples right from your kitchen. All you need is pancake mix, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Easy! Find the full recipe here.

 

Baked Eggs En Cocette with Basil

This dish is extrememly easy to whip up if you're in a hurry! Simple yet tasty, it really gives the boring egg a good spin and is perfect for an early Sunday brunch or a late Sunday snack.

 

Banana Crumb Cake

If you want something sweet on a Sunday evening, this crumb cake with notes of honey, cinnamon, and toasted coconut is definitely the way to go. Jazz it up with nuts of your choice or devour it with a hot cup of tea like we plan to.

 

Hash Brown with Leeks and Bell Peppers

Sweet sauteed leeks and tangy peppers contrast well with the earthy flavour of your fave potatoes.This is a great way to stir up a classic and impress your guests.

 

Crustless Brocolli-Cheddar Quiches

In these individual quiches, broccoli gives the creamy cheddar and egg a nice crunch. Taking away the crust cuts down on baking time, which means you won't have grumpy guests waiting for food!

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While we’re used to having some simple streaky rashers with our fry, there are now many weird but delicious ways to munch on some bacon pieces.

Bacon Rice Krispie Buns
When sweet and savoury collide. Just stick with your regular Rice Krispie recipe but swap the usual melted chocolate for some peanut butter instead and of course, stick some cooked bacon pieces into the mix as well.

Bacon Cheesecake
Another sweet and salty treat. Make your usually plain cheesecake recipe and sprinkle some bacon pieces on top.

Cheese and Bacon Dip
Not as weird but still really delicious. All you need is some cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and of course, bacon.

Bacon Cupcakes
An American treat. This bacon and maple syrup mix has become a huge hit with food lovers.

Bacon Cookies
Not only sweet but can also be seen as an arguable breakfast treat. All you need to make these bacon cookies is your regular oatmeal cookie recipe and again, bacon.

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