Healthy brownie baked oatmeal

Our healthy brownie baked oatmeal is vegan and has no refined sugar.

Our healthy brownie baked oatmeal is vegan and has no refined sugar.


It can be quite easy to eat well, if you know where to turn! If you are concerned about making healthy food choices, finding recipes that satisfy the less-than-good-for-you-cravings, while still being wholesome, is so important. It’s easy to stick to a healthy diet if you focus on vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins all the time, but let’s face it, sometimes you want ooey, gooey chocolate.

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Strawberry rhubarb compote

A delicious sweet and tart compote made from fresh strawberry and rhubarb.

A delicious sweet and tart compote made from fresh strawberry and rhubarb


Last year we planted rhubarb in the garden for the first time. We were drawn by the idea that rhubarb comes back, year after year. We like that sort of low maintenance growing. We were also excited about using the tart vegetable (more on that later!) in recipes, including desserts and jams. What we didn’t expect was just how much we would love it!

Rhubarb is a funny little thing. Its stalks kind of look like celery, except that they are red, or reddish. Each stalk is topped with a large, flat green leaf that is pretty, but inedible. Rhubarb sold in the market will never have the leaves attached because they are toxic. And although rhubarb is part of so many delicious recipes, don’t plan on having it au naturel. Rhubarb is tart, sour and inedible on its own, but combine it with sugar and strawberries like we do here in our strawberry rhubarb compote and the tartness is a sweet surprise!

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Peanut butter date bars

Vegan and healthy peanut butter date bars made with all natural ingredients.

Vegan and healthy peanut butter date bars made with all natural ingredients.


We love peanut butter. One of our favourite snacks growing up was saltine crackers smeared with a thin layer of peanut butter. When Reese’s peanut butter cups became a thing, they opened up a whole new world of amazing. Sure, we would get our hands on Reese’s whenever we could, but we would also dip plain chocolate into a jar of peanut butter. We would spread peanut butter on toast and then add a rich chocolate hazelnut layer. We would take a spoonful of peanut butter, top it with some chocolate chips and enjoy it just like that.

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Tahini honey cookies

Simple, vegan and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites.

Simple, dairy-free, gluten-free and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites


Μπισκότα με ταχίνι και μέλι. If you have just stumbled across Mia Kouppa and are wondering what all the fuss is about, and especially if you are not sure that you should use precious ingredients on one of our recipes, we have a few things to say. First, welcome!!! We are so happy that you are here! Second, try this recipe for tahini honey cookies. Seriously. We know that this recipe will convince you that we are worth the risk.

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Healthy banana bread with dates

A healthy and vegan banana bread made with dates and sweetened with molasses

A healthy and vegan banana bread made with dates and sweetened with molasses


This healthy banana bread sweetened with molasses and dates is guaranteed to become your new go-to banana bread. It is so full of goodness that you will likely jump to correct anyone who wants to call it a cake. Made with a combination of regular all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour, sweetened with a bit of molasses and studded with beautiful Medjool dates, this healthy banana bread is perfect for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, and it is the perfect bit of sweetness to accompany your late evening cup of chamomile tea.

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Phanouropita

Phanouropita (or fanouropita) is a symbolic and traditional Greek vegan cake full of meaning.

Phanouropita (or fanouropita) is a symbolic and traditional Greek vegan cake full of meaning.



On August 27 the Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Phanourios (pronounced “fan-OO-ree-os”) (or Saint Fanourios), the Martyr and Miracle Worker. The saint’s name sounds similar to the Greek verb “phanerono,” which means “to reveal” or “to disclose”. In fact, people pray to Saint Phanourios to help them find lost objects, to reveal lost or hidden spiritual matters of the heart, to redirect them or reveal actions which should be taken, and to restore health. When a lost object is discovered, or when prayers reveal what is needed, a symbolic cake called a phanouropita is baked and brought to the church where it is blessed by the priest and then distributed among the parishioners.

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Semolina halva with petimezi

Semolina halva with petimezi, or grape syrup, is a perfect vegan Greek dessert

Semolina halva with petimezi, or grape syrup, is a perfect vegan Greek dessert


Σιμιγδαλένιος χαλβάς με πετιμέζι. We are so excited to share this recipe with you! We realize that it’s the first recipe we post using the very special Greek ingredient called petimezi (peh-tee-MEH-zee) , or grape syrup / molasses. Petimezi is pure, concentrated grape juice made from grape must and is perhaps the world’s oldest sweetener. It is a delight!

We love to get creative with halva. Once you get the basic recipe down, you can get very creative with the extra ingredients that will make your halva unique and special. This recipe is inspired by another dessert made using petimezi called moustalevria, a thick pudding made of grape must. Moustalevria is oven served with walnuts and sesame seeds, and so we have incorporated those two ingredients here as well. We hope that you love our semolina halva with petimezi as much as we do!

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Vegan apple cake

A wholesome apple cake which is vegan, fat-free, and sweetened with maple syrup.

A wholesome apple cake which is vegan, fat-free, and sweetened with maple syrup.


Νηστίσιμη μηλόπιτα. A classic Greek dessert is milopita, a cake loaded with apples that is perfect with a nice Greek coffee, or a tall glass of cold milk. We could have milopita every day of the week, it’s that good! Although our original recipe is great, we do like to have options and so we have come up with an apple cake that can be enjoyed anytime, by almost anyone!

During periods of Orthodox lent, or when we are baking for vegans we love, this vegan apple cake is a sure winner. And its got even more going for it! This vegan cake is full of apples, uses both regular all-purpose and whole wheat flour, it’s sweetened with pure maple syrup and it contains no fat. We often joke that some desserts are healthy because they contain a vegetable (carrot cake anyone?) or a fruit (strawberry shortcake friends?) , but in this case, it’s actually true!

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Vegan shortbread cookies

Very simple shortbread cookies that are perfect for Orthodox lent.

Very simple shortbread cookies that are perfect for Orthodox lent.


With these vegan shortbread cookies, what you see is what you get! We have lived the disappointment of using cookie cutters to shape cookies just the way we want them only to find that they have flattened, spread, or risen while baking. Cut out flowers, kittens and firetrucks end up looking like blobs. Still delicious, but blobs. Not these cookies! These cookies come out of the oven looking pretty much the way that they went in. No surprises!

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Chocolate and orange cake

A vegan chocolate and orange cake served with an orange glaze

A vegan chocolate and orange cake served with an orange glaze


Νηστίσιμο κέικ σοκολάτας με πορτοκάλι. Do you sometimes feel that baking is for weekends, when you have more time to scoop, measure, mix and bake? That’s probably true if you’re thinking about making a samali which has a significant resting time. It may also be true if you’re planning to make bougatsa, given the phyllo folding that’s involved. But if you’re craving something sweet mid-week (which is frankly when we need it most) then pull out your apron, because we’ve got the cake for you.

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