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Vegan Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissants)

Before I was a vegan I had a few lovely pastry recipes that I never expected to use again, and I pretty much gave up on enjoying store bough pastries as well. It wasn't until recently that I decided to attempt a vegan version of my favourite pastry, the pain au chocolat, which I'm excited to report turned out magnificently! This recipe is wonderfully easy to make but does take time and patience, and should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. Feel free to experiment with different types of chocolate, jams or fruit, too!

Pain au Chocolat

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbs warm water
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml soy milk
  • 50ml water
  • 200g butter
  • 65g vegan chocolate
  • Extra butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar powder 

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Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding

One of the most common misconceptions about plant based food is that it never tastes as good as 'normal' food, and is made almost entirely of tofu and air. Anyone who has tasted well made vegan food knows this is so wrong, particularly when it comes to dessert. When you eat a non-vegan cake, are you enjoying it because you can taste the eggs and milk? Of course not! Not only are vegan desserts delicious and often even better than their non-vegan counterparts, they're cheaper and quicker to make. They're a win for your wallet, a win for the environment, a win for our animal friends and a big fat win for your greedy taste buds!
My ever so easy Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding is so rich, so fudgy and so gooey, even the most committed vegan food hater (I feel like that's a real thing) will love it. You probably already have all of the ingredients you need, and you can prepare the mixture in advance if you're serving at a dinner party.
Ingredients

Ingredients for the bottom layer

  • 160g plain flour
  • 20g dutch cocoa 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 135ml soy milk
  • 60g vegan butter, melted
  • A few drops of hazelnut extract, to taste

Ingredients for the top layer

  • 35g caster sugar
  • 35g brown sugar
  • 5g dutch cocoa 
  • 75ml boiling water
  • Vegan ice-cream or whipped coconut cream, to serve (optional)

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Easy Vegan Gnocchi with Basil and Mushrooms

Gnocchi is surprisingly easy to make, given how delicious and mysterious is. I mean, it's sort of like pasta, but made from potatoes, but tastes like a delicious pillow of savoury goodness. It's confusing. My vegan version is cheap to prepare, easy to make and can be frozen until ready for use. This recipe includes a list of the veggies I like to have with gnocchi, but feel free to serve it with vegan cheese, pesto, or anything you have on hand. Yum!
Ingredients

Ingredients for the gnocchi

  • 420g potatoes
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for the veggies

  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 300g cup mushrooms
  • Handful of antipasto mix, olives or sundried tomatoes
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 120g baby spinach
  • 2 tbs dukkah
  • Fresh basil, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, to serve

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Wonderfully versatile and surprisingly easy to make, crepes make a delightful snack or meal, and a good crepe recipe should be a staple in every vegan kitchen. When I was a vegetarian I used to follow a lovely recipe that required eggs, and I must admit I was worried that attempting a vegan version would be rather difficult and probably disappointing. I'm pleased to report that my vegan crepes turned out marvelously well, and taste excellent with both savoury and sweet fillings. Cover them with fruit and maple syrup, stuff them with avocado veggies, or keep it simple with a sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon.
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour 
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs caster sugar (optional)
  • 500ml soy or almond milk
  • 100ml water
  • 120g vegan butter, melted

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Acai, Raspberry and Chocolate Slice

I can never have enough healthy dessert options, particularly to take with me to events where my options are highly processed, non-vegan cakes, or a cold glass of water. This slice makes for a very mild, low sugar snack, that is made with wholesome, healthy ingredients and sweetened lightly with dates. It looks fabulous at high teas, kitchen teas or as part of a dessert display, and stores in the freezer so lasts for several months. If you have allergies, you can easily substitute the flour or berries with something more friendly, and decorate as you see fit. And if your sweet tooth needs a little more, simply add a few extra dates into the berry cream mixture and you'll be back on track.
Ingredients

Ingredients for the base

  • 25g rolled oats
  • 40g shredded coconut
  • 60g wholemeal flour
  • 100g dates, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • 2 tbs linseed or flaxseed meal mixed with 5 tbs warm water
  • 2 tbs cacao powder

Ingredients for the berry cream

  • 1 x 400g tin coconut cream, stored in the fridge overnight
  • 100g dates, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • 120g frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 tbs cashew butter
  • 2 tsp acai powder
  • Frozen raspberries, to decorate

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Avocado Buddha Bowl

Finding healthy, quick and delicious lunch and dinner ideas is not so easy, particularly if you're avoiding meat and dairy, or have allergies of any kind. My Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Avocado Buddha Bowl is so simple to make and combines delicious, clean ingredients to make a nutritious, hearty meal. You can substitute the ingredients with what you have in the fridge, but make sure to keep the creamy, thick and moreish avocado dressing as is (you won't regret it!).
Ingredients

Ingredients for the dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dukkah, optional

Ingredients for the salad

  • 1 Hawaiian sweet potato, or sweet potato of your choice
  • 1/4 cup tinned or cooked black beans
  • 1/4 cup tinned or cooked corn
  • 4 cups mixed salad 
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

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Easy Vegan Noodle Soup

This soup is so easy to make, and is the best winter warmer for cold, miserable nights. It's super healthy and can be made with the leftover vegetables you have in your fridge, and the broth can be made in advance until you're ready to serve with the noddles. Healthy, hearty and cruelty free - what more could you want?!
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 carrots, chopped into thick pieces
  • 150g mixed mushrooms (shiitake, oyster etc.)
    2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 tbs miso paste
  • 1/2 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs soy sauce
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 litre water
  • 150g rice noodles
  • Fried scallions, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, to serve

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Delicate Almond Tuiles

Almond tuiles are light, chewy, magnificent little biscuit delights, and as with most tasty treats, can easily be made vegan! My Delicate Almond Tuiles do require patience and a commitment of time, but the payoff is well worth it, and you'll be so impressed with how beautiful your creations look. With only 6 simple ingredients, they make the perfect high tea, kitchen tea or Christmas cookie plate, and can be made in advance and frozen if you're short on time.
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 130ml aquafaba (the brine found within a tin of chickpeas)
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 55g plain flour
  • 80g vegan butter
  • 150g flaked almonds

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'tis the season for baking cookies, and the gluten intolerant among us shouldn't have to miss out! My Gluten Free Jam Drops are so easy to make, require only five ingredients and can be made in advance and frozen until ready to use. If you'd prefer not to use jam, you can fill each cookie with desiccated coconut or another ingredient of your choice. Take these to your next Christmas party and the sensitive stomachs will love you! 

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 130g vegan butter (make sure it's gluten free)
  • 65ml maple syrup
  • 150g plain gluten free flour
  • 20g desiccated coconut 
  • Blackberry jam, to taste 

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Easy Vegan Dressing (Stuffing)

Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually filled with delicious and indulgent meals shared with family and friends, but unfortunately most of the food served is meat heavy, making it a tricky time of year to be vegan. Most seasoned (pun intended) vegans bring their own food to festive events, and my Easy Vegan Dressing is a great option if you're looking for a filling, tasty and meat-y dish that even the non-vegans will enjoy. You can make it in advance and heat it up right before eating, and season with your favourite fresh herbs and spices.
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 700g sweet potato, diced
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 120g day old wholemeal bread, chopped into pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 130g celery, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 x 425ml tinned chestnuts, chopped into pieces
  • 2 tbs flaxseed meal mixed with 4 tbs warm water 
  • Nutritional yeast, to taste 
  • Greens, to serve

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