Vegan Gingerbread Men

Vegan Gingerbread Men

There are many symbols of Christmas, from holly to Santa Claus, and crackers to Christmas pud. One of my favourites is the gingerbread man with his cute smiling face and rosy cheeks. I am always drawn towards gingerbread man decorations for my tree, and Christmas cards featuring these adorable characters. These vegan gingerbread men are a fun and delicious way to enjoy one of the most charming symbols of Christmas time. It would be great fun to make them with kids and let them get creative with the decorations! They have the perfect balance of sweetness against spicy ginger, making them a tasty treat for the whole family this Christmas.

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I started by putting all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and stirring them together.

In a small pan I melted the dairy free spread with the golden syrup and treacle.

I poured the syrup mixture into the dry ingredients and mixed until a dough formed. I wrapped it in cling film and chilled it in the fridge for 1 hour.

Using a pastry mat which I floured well, and a floured rolling pin, I rolled the dough out.

I cut out gingerbread man shapes using a cookie cutter and laid them onto baking trays. Of course you could cut out any shapes you like.

I popped the cut out shapes on the trays into the freezer for 10 minutes, then I baked them for 8-10 minutes.

  

Once they were fully cool I made some icing and piped it onto the biscuits to decorate them. You could also use chocolate to decorate, or leave them plain.

Then the friendly smiling vegan gingerbread men were ready! Are they just the cutest? Almost too cute to eat, but only almost!

vegan gingerbread men

These vegan gingerbread men were absolutely yummy. They are crispy round the edges, then nice and soft in the middle. The punch of ginger flavour is just right, and you get bits of sweet icing in every bite.

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Free From Fridays hosted by Le Coin De Mel, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking with Aunt Juju and The Frugal Hausfrau.

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Vegan Gingerbread Men

Servings 15

Ingredients

For the gingerbread

  • 150 g Plain flour
  • 150 g Wholemeal flour
  • 150 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 60 ml Golden syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp Black treacle
  • 140 g Dairy free butter/margarine

For the icing

  • 75 g Icing sugar
  • Enough water to make a thick paste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, line your baking tray(s) with baking paper

  2. Put both the flours, light brown sugar, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl and stir them together

  3. In a small pan on the lowest heat, melt the dairy free spread with the golden syrup and treacle

  4. Pour the syrup mixture into the flour mixture and combine with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Bring it together more with your hands if needed

  5. Wrap it in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 1 hour

  6. Flour your pastry mat or work surface well, and flour your rolling pin. Roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes

  7. Lay the cut out dough pieces onto your lined baking tray(s). Keep re-rolling the dough until it is all used

  8. Put the baking trays into the freezer for 10 minutes, this will help the gingerbread keep it's shape when baking

  9. Remove from the freezer and bake them for 8-10 minutes, leave them on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack

  10. Once they were fully cool, mix the icing sugar with enough cold water to make a thick paste (you don't want it to be runny)

  11. Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe faces, buttons and squiggles onto the gingerbread men. You could also use chocolate to decorate, or leave them plain

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Carrot Cake Baked Donuts (Vegan)

Carrot Cake Baked Donuts (Vegan)

Strange as it may sound, I didn’t used to like carrot cake. Nowadays, I absolutely love the stuff! I find the spiced sponge and creamy frosting rather irresistible. I’ve made non-vegan baked donuts several times, and I really wanted to try a vegan version, so carrot cake immediately sprung to mind. Baked donuts are like little cakes as they are baked in the oven in a donut tin. I’ve spiced these carrot cake baked donuts with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and drizzled a sweet glaze over the top. They are truly yummy and will delight vegans and non-vegans alike. These carrot cake baked donuts are dairy and egg free, and they could be nut free too if you use soya milk rather than almond milk and don’t add the chopped pecans on top. No one needs to miss out on yummy donuts!

To start, I placed all of the dry ingredients into a bowl except the bicarbonate of soda.

In another bowl I whisked together the oil, almond milk, vanilla and cider vinegar. Then I added the grated carrots.

I combined the wet and dry ingredients, then added the bicarb last.

I put the batter into a piping bag and piped it into my donut pan which I’d greased with dairy free butter.

I baked the donuts for 15 minutes until they were risen and golden. Using a butter knife I gently loosened them around the edges, then tipped them out onto a cooling rack. I quickly washed the tin and did another batch.

For the glaze I mixed together the icing sugar with the milk and dipped the donuts in. I sprinkled the pecans on while the glaze was still wet.

Carrot Cake Baked Donuts

These carrot cake baked donuts came out beautifully risen and soft. In my recent vegan baking experiments, the one thing I’ve really struggled with is baking sponges but I think I’ve finally got it! The sponge is not overly sweet to make up for the super sweet and sticky glaze that’s drizzled on top – it provides all the sweetness you need.

Carrot Cake Baked Donuts

These donuts are really good freshly made, but if you can manage to wait till the next day they go super moist and sticky – which is how I like my donuts!

          

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Bake of The Week by Mummy Mishaps, Free From Fridays hosted by Le Coin De Mel, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes and Indfused.

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Carrot Cake Baked Donuts (Vegan)

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 160 g Self raising flour
  • 80 g Wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g Light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
  • 100 g Carrots grated
  • 200 ml Almond milk or other dairy free milk
  • 30 ml Vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • Dairy free spread for greasing

For the glaze and decoration

  • 200 g Icing sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Almond milk or other dairy free milk
  • 50 g Pecans chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas mark 4, grease a donut pan with the dairy free spread

  2. Put both flours, the salt, light brown sugar, baking powder and all four spices into a bowl and stir together

  3. In another bowl whisk together the oil, almond milk, vanilla and cider vinegar. Then add the grated carrots

  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk together, then add the bicarbonate of soda and stir in

  5. Put the batter into a piping bag and pipe half of it into the donut pan (or all of it if you have a 12 ring pan)

  6. Bake the donuts for 15 minutes until they are risen and golden

  7. Using a butter knife, gently loosen them around the edges, then tip them out onto a cooling rack

  8. If you are using a 6 ring donut tin, quickly wash the tin and do another batch

  9. For the glaze, mix together the icing sugar and the almond milk. Dip the donuts in to coat the top half. Sprinkle the pecans on while the glaze is still wet

  10. If you can, store in an air tight container and enjoy the next day when they will be super moist! Or just dig right in!

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Spiced Plum Vegan Flapjacks

Spiced Plum Vegan Flapjacks

It’s so easy to make vegan flapjacks as the only dairy in regular flapjacks is the butter, so simply swap the butter to a dairy free spread and you’re done! I decided to fill these vegan flapjacks with a spiced plum compote for a fruity flavour, and seen as it’s Autumn I’m craving anything with cinnamon and warming spices in it. Don’t be put off by making the compote yourself, it’s so simple and very difficult to go wrong! If you are really stuck for time you could fill them with jam instead, just stir some spices into the jam first for that Autumn warmth.

I started by making the plum compote to fill the flapjacks with. After chopping all of the plums and removing the stones, I put them into a pan along with the spices and the sugar. I let them cook down on a low heat until they were soft, this took about 35 minutes so I did some jobs around the kitchen and stirred them every 5 minutes. Using a hand blender, I roughly pureed the plum mixture, then set it aside to cool down.

To make the flapjacks I melted the dairy free butter on a low heat in a pan long with the golden syrup and vanilla.

I mixed together the oats, plain flour, spices, and light brown sugar. I added the melted butter and syrup mixture, and mixed it all together.

I pressed about two thirds of the flapjack mixture into the bottom of a lined traybake tin.

Then I added the plum mixture on top, then covered it with the rest of the flapjack mixture, it won’t completely cover it, but you want the plum mixture to peak through.

For decoration, I also added a sprinkle of flaked almonds.

I baked them for 25 minutes until they were golden all over. I let them cool fully before cutting into squares.

spiced plum vegan flapjacks

The vegan flapjacks were absolutely delicious! Chewy, fruity and sweet – just how flapjacks should be. I didn’t tell anyone that these were vegan flapjacks, and no one had any idea! They devoured the lot!

spiced plum vegan flapjacks

These vegan flapjacks would be a perfect snack in lunch boxes, on long journeys or just with a cup of tea. They’ll keep for up to 5 days in an air tight container too – if they last that long!

         

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Treat Petite hosted by me, Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Caramel Tinted Life and Of Goats and Greens.

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Spiced Plum Flapjacks (Vegan)

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the plum filling

  • 500 g Plums de-stoned & chopped
  • 100 g Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour

For the flapjacks

  • 165 g Dairy free 'butter' spread I used Violife
  • 100 g Golden syrup
  • 100 g Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 340 g Oats
  • 160 g Plain flour
  • A handful of Flaked almonds optional

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin with baking paper

  2. Start by making the plum filling. After chopping all of the plums and removing the stones, put them into a pan along with the light brown sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice and cornflour

  3. Let them cook down on a low heat for about 35 minutes until they are soft

  4. Using a hand blender, roughly puree the plum mixture. You still want a few chunks of plum in there. Then set it aside to cool down

  5. To make the flapjacks melt the dairy free butter on a low heat in a pan with the golden syrup and vanilla

  6. In a bowl, mix together the oats, plain flour, and light brown sugar

  7. Add the melted butter and syrup mixture, and mix it all together until the oats are fully coated

  8. Press about two thirds of the flapjack mixture into the bottom of a lined traybake tin

  9. Spread the plum mixture on top, then cover it with the rest of the flapjack mixture, it won't completely cover it, but you want the plum mixture to peak through

  10. Bake them for 25 minutes until they are golden all over

  11. Let them cool fully before cutting into squares, if you can't wait that long, be careful eating them straight from the oven as the plum filling will be very hot!

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Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread (No Bake)

Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread (No Bake)

In order to learn more about vegan baking and expand my repertoire, I recently suscribed to Vegan Food & Living via magazine.co.uk. It is packed with so many delicious vegan friendly recipes, I really was spoilt for choice! I found this recipe inside for Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread and I just had to try it! Millionaire’s shortbread is such a decadent and indulgent treat, I was so interested to try out a healthier version. These yummy little bites are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free – not that you’d know as they taste so sweet and creamy!

Jump straight to the recipe!

I started by lining a 9″ tin with a few layers of cling film.

To make the biscuit base I used a food processor to whizz up the cashew nuts, oats and dates. I put the mixture into a bowl and stirred in the melted coconut oil. Then I pressed it into the bottom of the tin and put it into the fridge to chill

For the caramel layer I put the dates, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt into a pan and brought it to the boil for 3 minutes. I took it off the heat, added the vanilla extract, then whizzed it into a puree with a hand blender. I smoothed it on top of the biscuit base and put it back into the fridge.

For the chocolate topping I melted the coconut oil, then added the cocoa powder, maple syrup and vegan dark chocolate. I mixed it together until it was smooth and the chocolate had melted, then I poured it on top and put it back in the fridge overnight to set.

The next day I remove the tin from the fridge and used the cling film to pull the shortbread out. I cut it into small squares with a sharp knife.

Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Damn these little squares of Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread are so moreish! The biscuit base is perfectly crumbly, the date caramel is unbelievably good – it’s so sweet and creamy, and the dark chocolate topping compliments the sweetness perfectly. I’ll definitely be making this Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread again!

My boyfriend thought they were absolutely delicious, and he said he’d never have guessed they were vegan friendly. He would’ve scoffed the lot if he’d had his way! There are many more recipes in the magazine that I will certainly be trying out.

       

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme and Busy Monday hosted by A Pinch of Joy.

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Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Servings 25

Ingredients

For the biscuit base layer

  • 150 g Cashew nuts
  • 50 g Oats
  • 4 Dates pitted
  • 50 g Coconut oil melted

For the caramel filling layer

  • 350 g Dates pitted
  • 125 ml Almond milk
  • 25 ml Maple syrup
  • 150 g Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Large pinch of salt

For the chocolate topping layer

  • 150 g Coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 6 tsp Maple syrup
  • 40 g Vegan dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Line a 9" square tin with three layers of cling film

  2. For the biscuit base, use a food processor to whizz up the cashew nuts, oats and dates into crumbs

  3. Put the mixture into a bowl and stir in the melted coconut oil. Then press it into the bottom of the tin and put it into the fridge to chill

  4. For the caramel layer put the dates, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt into a pan and bring it to the boil, let it boil for 3 minutes

  5. Take it off the heat, add the vanilla extract, then blend into a puree with a hand blender. Or you can let it cool and blend it with a NutriBullet. Smooth it on top of the biscuit base and put it back into the fridge

  6. For the chocolate topping melt the coconut oil, then add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and vegan dark chocolate. Mix it together until smooth and the chocolate has melted, then I poured it on top of the caramel layer

  7. Put it back in the fridge overnight to set. Once fully set, remove from the tin and cut it into squares. Cut gently with a knife to avoid the top from cracking

NB. I received the magazine subscription for free, all opinions are my own.

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Vegan Oreo Brownies

Vegan Oreo Brownies

If you’re not a vegan then you might not know that Oreo biscuits are suitable for vegans. Yes that’s right, these delicious chocolate sandwich biscuits are completely free from animal products! They are known as “accidentally” vegan, which is a group of products that were not made to be suitable for vegans, but by chance they are. This often happens because retailers use cheaper ingredients (for example oil instead of butter), so most accidentally vegan products are not exactly the healthiest of options! But hey, vegans need junk food too! I decided to make Vegan Oreo Brownies and drizzle on some dark chocolate for good measure, the perfect treat!

Jump straight to the recipe!

To start, I made the flax eggs. I whizzed up 2 tbsp linseeds in my Nutribullet, added 4 tbsp water and put the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes. Linseeds and flaxseeds are the same thing, but they are called linseeds in the UK and flaxseeds in the US. You can get golden ones, or brown ones, and either are suitable.

For the brownie batter I put the plain flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stirred it together.

In another bowl I whisked up the almond milk, flax eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.

I poured the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisked it all together.

Then I poured the batter into a lined baking tray, and covered it with the broken up Oreo pieces.

I baked it for 35 minutes, then left the Vegan Oreo Brownies to cool completely.

You can slice the Vegan Oreo Brownies up before or after drizzling on the chocolate, it doesn’t make a difference. I melted the dark chocolate and put it into a small piping bag then snipped off the end and drizzled it all over. Make sure to use a dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage so that it is suitable for vegans (I used Green & Blacks 70%) Check the label, if it says ‘may’ contain milk then that is ok as this warning is for people with allergies and doesn’t mean the product contains milk.

Vegan Oreo Brownies

The Vegan Oreo Brownies were so yummy and didn’t stick around for long! I got the thumbs up from my sister who is vegan, and I really enjoyed them too (I even stole my boyfriend’s piece, whoops! Guess I’ll be making another batch soon!) They are really moist and fudgey, they taste super chocolatey and indulgent, and the pieces of oreo and chocolate drizzle are absolutely scrumptious! Any oreo fan is sure to love these, and they’re so easy to make too!

            

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps, and Free From Fridays hosted by Le Coin De Mel.

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Vegan Oreo Brownies

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 250 g Plain flour
  • 350 g Caster sugar
  • 90 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 250 ml Almond milk
  • 2 Flax eggs
  • 250 ml Vegetable oil
  • 154 g Oreos broken up
  • 25 g 70% Dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin

  2. To make the flax eggs: 2 tbsp linseeds, ideally ground up in a food processor or spice grinder, soaked in 4 tbsp water for at least 10 minutes in the fridge.

  3. In a bowl mix together the plain flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt

  4. In another bowl whisk together the almond milk, flax eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract, then add it to the dry ingredients and mix together

  5. Pour the batter into the lined baking tray, then add the broken oreo pieces all over the top

  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a skewer comes out clean

  7. Once cool, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle it all over the brownies, cut into squares then serve

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Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies

Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies

I heard of vegan key lime pies a while ago and I have wanted to try them out for ages. I finally got around to it last week, I made these vegan mini key lime pies and I was so pleased with the results! I used pecans in the base because they make me think of American desserts, which the traditional key lime pie is. I added spinach and avocado to the filling to give it a green hue. And I wanted a creamy topping to compliment the zesty filling, so I used some whipped coconut milk. These mini key lime pies are 100% vegan and therefore dairy free, and they are also refined sugar free and gluten free.

To make the base I used my nutribullet to whizz up 150g almonds, 150g pecans and 160g dates.

I melted 90g coconut oil and mixed it into the nuts, then pressed the mixture into mini tart tins lined with cling film. I then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.

 

To make the filling I again used my nutribullet to whizz up 200g cashews (that had been soaked overnight), 1 avocado, 6 tbsp maple syrup, the juice of 7 limes, 70g melted coconut oil and a handful of spinach. I was perfectly smooth and creamy.

I poured the filling into the tart cases, then put it back in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

vegan mini key lime pies

I again used my nutribullet to whizz up two tins of coconut milk (it had been in the fridge and I only used the solid white milk at the top of the tin) along with 2 tsp vanilla extract and 4 tbsp maple syrup. I piped it onto the vegan mini key lime pies in rosettes and sprinkled some lime zest in the middle.

These vegan mini key lime pies taste so good! The flavour is the perfect balance between zesty lime flavour and creamy sweetness. They would make a great dessert at a dinner party. I love eating vegan desserts as they always taste so sinful, but really they are full of goodness!

      

I’m linking these mini pies up with Treat Petite hosted by myself this month. Also linking up to Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Recipes Made Easy, and Free From Fridays hosted by Free From Farmhouse.

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Vegan Mini Key Lime Pies


Servings 8
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

  • 150 g Almonds
  • 150 g Pecans
  • 160 g Dates
  • 160 g Coconut Oil melted
  • 200 g Cashews soaked in water overnight
  • 1 Avocado
  • 10 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 7 Limes zested and juiced
  • 1 Handful Fresh spinach
  • 2 tins tins of Coconut milk stored in the fridge overnight

Instructions

  1. To make the base use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the almonds, pecans and dates

  2. Mix in 90g of the melted coconut oil, then press the mixture into mini tart tins lined with cling film. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes to set
  3. To make the filling use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the cashews, avocado, 6 tbsp of the maple syrup, the juice of the limes, 70g of the melted coconut oil and the spinach until it was perfectly smooth and creamy
  4. Pour the filling into the tart cases, then put them back in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set
  5. Use a nutribullet or a food processor to whizz up the solid white coconut milk from the top of the tins along with the vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of the maple syrup. Pipe or spread it onto the mini pies, then sprinkle some lime zest in the middle
  6. Store in the fridge until serving
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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

I don’t know why, but telling someone that a brownie is vegan can really put them off. I’m not sure why this is as nowadays you can bake so many delicious treats without using any animal products. I took these Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies into work (without mentioning the ‘v’ word) and my colleagues happily scoffed the lot, especially when I told them they contained no butter and were made with coconut sugar as this immediately removed any January diet-related hesitation over whether to indulge or not. They are rich, sweet and super moist. If you’ve never tried vegan baking before, this is a great place to start!

I started by making the caramel. In a pan I warmed 160ml coconut cream with 70g light brown sugar. I let it bubble for 5 minutes whilst constantly stirring.

I took the caramel off the heat and added a mixture of 4 tbsp maple syrup, 6 tbsp peanut butter (I used Meridian Smooth Peanut Butter with no palm oil), 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp salt. I poured it into a bowl and put it in the fridge to cool.

For the brownie batter I put 250g plain flour, 200g golden caster sugar, 150g coconut sugar, 90g cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt in a bowl and stirred it together.

I then added 250ml almond milk, 2 flax eggs, 250ml vegetable oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract and whisked it all together.

I poured the batter into a lined baking tray, then added blobs of the peanut butter caramel all over and swirled it all together with a knife.

I baked it on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes.

The brownies were so fudgey and gooey, and the peanut butter caramel is to die for. I personally would add more peanut butter next time for a stronger taste, but it depends how much you love peanut butter. If you don’t like it, you could use another nut butter or omit the caramel entirely and just make some yummy chocolate brownies.

      

I’m linking this recipe up to Treat Petite, hosted by me this month, and Cakeyboi on alternate months, with Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks, with Recipe Of The Week hosted by A Mummy Too And with We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

Recipe adapted from the Telegraph.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 160 ml Coconut cream
  • 70 g Light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 250 g Plain flour
  • 200 g Golden caster sugar
  • 150 g Coconut sugar
  • 90 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 250 ml Almond milk
  • 2 Flax eggs see note
  • 250 ml Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. To make flax eggs: 2 tbsp linseeds, ideally ground up in a food processor or spice grinder, soaked in 4 tbsp water for at least 10 minutes in the fridge.

  2. Start by making the caramel. In a pan warm the coconut cream with the light brown sugar. Let it bubble for 5 minutes whilst constantly stirring, then take off the heat and pour in a bowl

  3. Mix together the maple syrup, peanut butter, 1 tsp of the vanilla extract and 1 tsp of the salt, add it to the caramel and put it in the fridge to cool

  4. In a bowl mix together the plain flour, golden caster sugar, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and 1 tsp of the salt

  5. In another bowl whisk together the almond milk, flax eggs, vegetable oil and 1 tsp of the vanilla extract, then add it to the dry ingredients and mix together

  6. Pour the batter into a lined 12" x 9" traybake tin, then add blobs of the peanut butter caramel all over and swirl it all together with a knife

  7. Bake on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes

  8. Allow to cool then cut into squares

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Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating. We had a quiet one at home, which I enjoy more these days. Now it’s that time of year when we all start evaluating our lifestyles and making some healthy changes (that may or may not be long lasting!) These Raspberry & Coconut Tarts are packed full of goodness, easy to make and taste really good, like really good, so good you might not even believe they are healthy if you hadn’t made them yourself! They’re also vegan friendly, so if you’ve decided to follow Veganuary they are a great recipe to try out.

To make the base I put 100g blanched almonds, 90g dried dates, 90g wholegrain crackers, 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder and a pinch a salt into a food processor and blitzed it until it resembled fine crumbs.

I melted 55g of coconut oil and added it to the ‘crumbs’ along with 6 tsp maple syrup and mixed it all together. I lined eight holes of a cupcake pan with cling film, then pressed the mixture into the holes making sure the sides and bottom were of an even thickness. Then I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

To make the filling I took two cans of coconut milk out of the fridge and seperated the thick white topping from the coconut water at the bottom. You can reserve the water and use it for smoothies or curries. Then I whisked it up along with 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 4 tbsp maple syrup (I like it quite sweet but you can add less maple syrup if you wish).

I took the tart cases out of the freezer and took them out of the pan and removed the cling film. I filled each one generously with the coconut cream, then placed some fresh raspberries on top, and finally sprinkled some chopped roasted hazlenuts on top.

And the tarts were done! This is the kind of healthy and vegan-friendly food more people need to try as it tastes so decadent and naughty when you eat, but it’s actually good for you. Surely the perfect health food?!

The tart base is crunchy and tastes sweet and chocolatey, and the coconut cream melts in the mouth. You can add any fresh berries or fruit to these tarts depending on your preference, and any nuts too.

I’m linking this recipe up to Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi this month (and me on alternate months).

And to Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks.

Recipe adapted from Healthista/Fearne Cotton.

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Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 100 g Blanched almonds
  • 90 g Dried dates
  • 90 g Wholegrain crackers
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 55 g Coconut oil
  • 6 tsp Maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 400ml cans of Coconut milk stored in the fridge overnight
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 24 Raspberries
  • A handful of Chopped roasted hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. To make the base put the blanched almonds, dried dates, wholegrain crackers, cocoa powder and salt into a food processor and blitz it until it resembles fine crumbs

  2. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the 'crumbs' along with 6 tsp of the maple syrup and mix it all together

  3. Line eight holes of a cupcake pan with cling film, then press the mixture into the holes making sure the sides and bottom are of an even thickness. Then put it in the freezer for 30 minutes

  4. To make the filling separate the thick white topping from the coconut milk then whisk it up along with the vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of the maple syrup

  5. Take the tart cases out of the freezer and take them out of the pan and remove the cling film. Fill each one generously with the coconut cream, then place some fresh raspberries on top, and finally sprinkle some chopped roasted hazelnuts on top

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Mincemeat Plait (Vegan)

Mincemeat Plait (Vegan)

I really love mince pies and finding new ways to eat mincemeat is definitely high on my list of priorities in December. My favourite kind of mincemeat is the luxury versions that are laced with brandy and/or port, as they give it that intense richness. I’ve never made my own mincemeat as I really think you can buy such good quality tasting versions in the shops. If you love mincemeat as much as I do, you’ll also love my Mince Pie Cupcakes With Brandy Buttercream and my Mince Pie Bakewell Squares.

I’ve been kindly given a subscription to Vegetarian Living Magazine by PocketMags and I found this recipe for a Vegan Mincemeat Plait inside. I was immediately drawn to it, plus I had some fast action yeast to use up. I really don’t make bread enough as it can be time consuming, but this recipe is quick enough to make in an evening.

I started by putting 200g strong white bread flour, a pinch of salt and a 7g sachet of fast action yeast into a bowl. I made sure to keep the salt and yeast separate, then mixed everything together.

I warmed up 200ml almond milk in a pan with 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I only let it get hot enough so I could still hold my finger in it. I then whisked in 2 tbsp olive oil.

In a food mixer fitted with a dough hook I mixed the flour and milk mixture together for 6 minutes. I put the dough into an oiled bowl, covered it and left it to rise for 30 minutes.

I floured my Joseph Joseph Roll Up Non-Slip Silicone Pastry Mat and rolled the dough out in a rectangular shape.

I melted 2 tbsp melted margarine (dairy free if you want this recipe to be vegan) and brushed most of it all over the dough, then I sprinkled over a mixture of 1 tbsp ground cinnamon and 2 tbsp dark brown sugar all over it.

I used a luxury jar of mincemeat (make sure it’s vegetarian as mincemeat can contain suet) and spread 200g of it over the dough.

I rolled the dough into a sausage shape, cut it in half, attached it at the top then twisted the two halves together. I placed it on a lined baking tray and baked it on 220C/200C Fan/425F/Gas Mark 7 for 15 minutes.

I made a glaze from 50g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tbsp almond milk. It smelt so good!

As soon as the plait came out of the oven, I covered it in the glaze then left it to cool.

This bake was so yummy, the glaze on top sounds so simple but it’s incredibly delicious! I’m not a vegan, but it’s great to learn an easy vegan friendly recipe for the festive season that tastes amazing and will cater for friends who follow a vegan diet. Also it feels like a much healthier recipe as it doesn’t use any butter or other high fat dairy products.

I’m linking this up with The Food Calendar hosted by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.

And with Free From Fridays hosted by the Free From Farmhouse.

And with The No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as I used up some fast action yeast and some bread flour that were nearly out of date in this recipe.

And to Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks.

NB. I have received the subscription to Vegetarian Living Magazine and the Joseph Joseph product free of charge, all opinions are my own.

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Mincemeat Plait (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 200 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 7 g sachet Fast action dried yeast
  • 200 ml + 1/2 tbsp Almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dairy free margarine
  • 2 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground cinnamon
  • 50 g Icing sugar
  • 200 g Mincemeat

Instructions

  1. Put the strong white bread flour, salt and fast action yeast into a bowl, making sure to keep the salt and yeast on separate sides of the bowl, then mix it all together

  2. Warm the 200ml of almond milk in a pan with the light brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of the vanilla extract. Only let it get hot enough so you can still hold your finger in it. Then whisk in the olive oil

  3. In a food mixer fitted with a dough hook mix the flour and milk mixtures together for 6 minutes. Then put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover it and leave it to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes

  4. Flour your work surface and roll the dough out in a rectangular shape. In a bowl mix together the ground cinnamon and dark brown sugar

  5. Melt the margarine and brush most of it (reserve a little) all over the dough, then sprinkle the cinnamon mixture all over it

  6. Spread the mincemeat over the doughRoll the dough into a sausage shape, cut it in half, attach it at the top then twist the two halves together. Place it on a lined baking tray and bake it on 220C/200C Fan/425F/Gas Mark 7 for 15 minutes

  7. While it's baking make a glaze from the icing sugar, 1 tsp of the vanilla extract and 1/2 tbsp of the almond milk

  8. As soon as the plait comes out of the oven, cover it in the glaze then leave it to cool. Slice to serve

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Milkshake (Dairy Free)

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Milkshake (Dairy Free)
I am so excited to share this recipe with you for a Dairy Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter Milkshake! Ever since I started experiencing severe stomach pain a couple of years ago after consuming cow’s milk, I’ve stopped drinking it. I seem to be ok with other forms of dairy for now (ice cream, cheese, yoghurt etc.) but I’ve also been exploring other non-dairy options of those too. One of the things I miss most is milkshakes and there don’t seem to be many non-dairy ready made alternatives available. This recipe is perfect for anyone with a lactose intolerance or allergy, and for those following a vegan diet.

I used a non-dairy ice cream called Swedish Glace which I found in Tesco, and Blue Diamond almond milk which I drink and bake with regularly. The ice cream also comes in vanilla flavour.

Milkshake is really easy to make, you just need a stick blender or a Nutribullet to mix the ingredients.

I blended 140g of chocolate non-dairy ice cream, 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter, 215ml unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp cocoa powder and 2 tbsp maple syrup, until smooth and frothy. This makes enough for two bottles.

I poured it into a bottle and drank up! It was so creamy and delicious, I wouldn’t be able to tell this was dairy free if I didn’t already know!

I’m entering this into the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog.

And to Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins.

And to Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Milkshake (Dairy Free)

Ingredients

  • 140 g Dairy free chocolate ice cream
  • 2 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
  • 215 ml Almond milk
  • 1 tsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth, serve immediately
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