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Gooey Vegan Brownies

Gooey Vegan Brownies

This recipe for vegan chocolate brownies is perfect as a warm dessert (served with a dairy free ice cream!), or as a chopped up tray bake for parties. You can add some vegan milk or white chocolate chips if you want a bit more colour […]

Simple Vegan Pizza

Simple Vegan Pizza

Everybody loves pizza, right? vegans included! What could be better than sitting down to eat your own, homemade cruelty free vegan pizza. Get the whole family involved with the preparations and cooking to really make a meal of it. This recipe is great because it’s […]

Easy Vegan Crepes (For Pancake Day!)

Easy Vegan Crepes (For Pancake Day!)

This easy vegan pancakes recipe is quick and easy, and fool proof. With just a few ingredients, you can make THE BEST vegan crepes this pancake day. Whether you fold, roll or stack your pancakes, these are perfect for the whole family. You can swap out the almond milk for soya (or any other alternative milk) and to make them gluten free, just simply swap to any gluten free flour! So get your favorite toppings ready, because these crepes are sure to be a big hit!

These vegan crepes are also perfect for freezing, simply layer them in a tub or bag with a layer of grease proof paper between each one, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, store in the fridge for up to five days (although I’m sure they’ll disappear much quicker than that!)

Vegan Topping Ideas:
Lemon juice, Orange Juice (from a fresh orange), Sugar, Fresh Berries, Granola, Maple Syrup, Jam, Dairy-free Margarine, Coulis, Vegan Chocolate Spread, Peanut Butter, Banana,

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 16 Pancakes (depending on size)

Ingredients:

200g Plain Flour

3 tbsp Caster Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

500ml Almond Mik

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

 

1.) Mix all your ingredients together in a large bowl, the consistency should be thick but pour-able. If your mix is too thick, add another splash of almond milk.

2.) Heat a non stick pan on a medium-high heat and lightly coat with oil. Add just enough batter to create a thin layer over the pan. Swirl the pan to ensure the batter coats evenly.

3.) Cook until the batter is no longer runny on top, then using a pallet knife or a spatula gently flip your pancake. If the pancake begins to crumple when you’re trying to flip it, leave it to look for another 30 seconds then try again.

4.) Allow the other side to cook for about a minute, and then flip out onto a plate. Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve used all your batter! Serve with your favorite toppings (see the list above for some inspiration!).

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

This quick and easy vegetable soup recipe makes the perfect dish for winter. It is a great way to unwind and warm up at the end of a cold winter day. The ingredients are somewhat flexible, so use up those veggies that have been sat […]

The Hardest Part of Being Vegan

The Hardest Part of Being Vegan

For most vegans, there was a turning point, a moment where everything clicked. From this point, they took the plunge to not take any part in animal cruelty and switch to a plant-based diet. This point for me was watching this video, The hardest part […]

10 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were Vegan

10 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were Vegan

With veganism getting so much time in the spotlight these last few weeks, it’s about time we had a look at all our favorite A-list celebs who have made the plunge to live a cruelty-free lifestyle. Here is my list of 10 vegan celebrities you probably didn’t know about!

 

1.) Ariana Grande

“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know — veggies, fruit and salad — then when I get home I’ll have something else.”

Ariana has always been very open about her reasons and opinions on a plant based diet, and her role as an animal right activist.

 

2.)  Leona Lewis 

The 2006 X-Factor winner has been either vegetarian or vegan for most of her life, and if at the forefront of campaign against the use of animal products in the fashion industry, especially that of the production of leather items.

3.) Leonardo DiCaprio

Ok, so you probably already knew this one… but given his extensive work in Cowspiracy and his investments into the Beyond Burger, he just couldn’t be left off the list!

4.) Ellen DeGeneres

“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on animal cruelty. Suddenly, I realised that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer. I read books like Diet for a New America and saw documentaries like Earthlings and Meat Your Meat, and it became an easy choice for me.”

While Ellen is quite a widely known vegan, its worth mentioning that there has been times where she had admitted to eating fish, but given her hard work and inspiration to many budding vegans, i felt she could still earn her place on the list. She even had a vegan wedding!

5.) Brad Pitt

Competing against Leo for biggest vegan heart throb, Brad Pitt is so vegan he has even admitted to getting annoyed when he sees Angelina Jolie eating red meat. Fortunately for Brad, given their current divorce plans, it isn’t something he will have to look at for much longer.

6.) Steve O

One of the more surprising names on the list, and most famous for Jackass, Steve O went vegan after tackling drug addiction in rehab. He “I find being a vegan so rewarding” and has even made videos about his choices and motivations. There’s a lot more information and even an interview with Steve O about veganism here.

7.) Liam Hemsworth

“after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat.”

Despite being fairly new to the idea of it, Liam Hemsworth is a fully fledged vegan. He even spoke about it in Men’s Health where he talks about the impact red meat was having on his life.

8.) Stevie Wonder

Music sensation Stevie Wonder has been vegan since 2015. In fact, he loves the plant-based diet so much, he even sings about it!

 

9.) Peter Dinklage

Game of Thrones fans can rejoice at this one, Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister in the series) is a vegan! During the filming of Game of Thrones, he was given plant based substitutes in place of meat on set.

 

10.) Sia

Sia has recently confirmed that she has been vegan since 2014, she has spoken about it on twitter and has even been providing followers with a list of great reasons to go vegan! Check it out!

Quick and Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Topped With Chocolate Fudge Ganach (The Cheats Way!)

Quick and Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Topped With Chocolate Fudge Ganach (The Cheats Way!)

Total Time: 45 minutes Yield: 12 cupcakes If you’re looking for a cupcake recipe to test your skills, this is not for you! This recipe is the almost ‘too good to be true’ cheats way to get perfect vegan cupcakes every time. They’re lovely and […]

Garlic and Herb Baked Sweet Potato

Garlic and Herb Baked Sweet Potato

This baked sweet potato makes a great accompaniment to a dish, or the perfect lunch time snack on its own. They’re easy to make, delicious and versatile. I’ve kept the recipe pretty basic, but once baked, you could top with vegan cheese! The possibilities are […]

Quick and Easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse (with Aquafaba)

Quick and Easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse (with Aquafaba)

When I first discovered aquafaba (chickpea water) I couldn’t believe it had so many uses. Something I had been pouring down the sink for years, could be used to make the easiest and most delicious vegan desserts I had ever seen!

My own take on this popular dessert uses sugar, as personally I have a sweet tooth, but for a healthier mousse you can skip adding the sugar completely, and just have the richness of the chocolate. You can also use other flavourings than vanilla to get a different taste, I’ve tried both orange and mint flavourings and both are amazing.

Total time: 30 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

A 400g tin of chickpeas

150g Vegan dark chocolate

A good splash of almond milk (any milk substitute will do)

40g caster sugar (optional)

1tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Fresh fruit to garnish (optional)

1.) Break your chocolate up and gently melt in a bowl over a pan of hot water on a low heat. Adding your almond milk here will stop the mix becoming too stiff, and will aid melting. Once melted, move to one side and allow to cool. This is when you should mix in your vanilla extract.

2.) Drain your chickpeas over a bowl (its the liquid from the tin you want, rather than the chickpeas themselves.) and then using either a free standing mixer or an electric hand whisk, whisk the aquafaba until it forms large white peaks. This will take around 5-8 minutes with a standing mixer, but longer with a hand whisk. The good thing about aquafaba is that that (unlike egg) you cannot over whisk.

3.) Your aquafaba should be light and firm, and you should be able to hold the bowl upside down without it moving at all. At this point you want to check your chocolate has cooled enough, if your chocolate is too warm, it may cause your mouse to deflate.

4.) Fold your chocolate mix into your aquafaba, trying to keep as much air in as possible. Don’t worry if your mix deflates slightly, this is normal.

5.) Once combined, either spoon or pipe your mix into glasses, and garnish with extra chocolate and fruit. Simply fridge until ready to serve!

More?

Still craving a chocolate fix? why not try my quick and easy vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe. All you need is cake mix and… a can of coke?

Chunky Vegan Minestrone

Chunky Vegan Minestrone

Chunky Vegan Minestrone This hearty soup is packed full of vitamins. It makes a great healthy winter dish for all the family. The vegetables are somewhat interchangeable, depending on preference. I used a Quorn ‘pulled chicken’ substitute to increase the protein content, but this is […]