I’ve recently settled into a satisfying plant-milk protocol. When I’m out, I’ll get oat milk in my coffee – it’s the best by far; at home, I make my own almond milk for tea and coffee – it’s the most creamy, and works 100% every time (whereas homemade oat milk can get a weird glutinous texture).
Vegan Date Loaf
This here is another one from my mum: date loaf is a classic teatime treat that’s incredibly quick and easy to make.
I guarantee you that anyone who’s ever said “I could never give up cheese” will love this sunflower chèvre (a vegan variation of goat’s cheese). It’s decadently creamy, full of cheesy, umami flavour, with a perfect tang that hits the spot.
Creamy Vegan Lime Bars
The name says it all. These bars make for an indulgent treat, with the fresh lime juice and zest beautifully complementing the creamy texture and crumbly base.
Homemade Kale Chips
This is a ubiquitous vegan snack, almost synonymous with the hipster-vegan stereotype. Kale chips are so easy to make, just as moreish as potato chips, but way healthier. If you didn’t know what the heck to do with those beautiful dark curly leaves, now you do. Actually, kale is a nutritional powerhouse, offering incredible immune system and anti-cancer benefits, cooked …
Black Bean Beet Burger
I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty fussy when it comes to veggie burgers. I’ve had too many disappointing restaurant experiences, and my biggest gripe is the texture. A veggie burger has got to hold itself together: it can’t be a mushy mess, and it should have a good bite to it. Flavour is also important, of course, and the look is a bonus.
The Best Chocolate Cake Ever
I’ve been meaning to develop and share a chocolate cake recipe for a while – and here it is! I made this to celebrate my 10th ‘veganniversary’ and I must say, it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. I know I’m tooting my own horn, so hold me accountable by trying it out for yourself, and let me know what you think.
Lime Poppy Seed Loaf Cake
I had a bag of limes on hand, and poppy seeds waiting to be used, and spelt flour sitting in the pantry for months… So here’s a lime poppy seed loaf cake made with spelt flour (great for anyone who’s sensitive to wheat).
Easy Homemade Applesauce
I bought a bag of apples for snacking, but it turns out they weren’t as crisp and sweet as I like them – so, they became applesauce! Stir a couple spoonfuls into your oatmeal or smoothie, or use it as an egg replacer next time you bake a cake. Or just eat it by the spoonful!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
If you’re feeling a craving for chocolate cake but baking a whole cake would be a curse in the making, then try this 1-minute microwave mug cake. Yes, it’s indulgent. But at least it just makes one portion, so you definitely won’t end up devouring a whole cake and suffering the predictable guilt afterwards.
Red Cabbage Salad
Red cabbage is possibly one of the most beautiful vegetables out there – at least, I think so. And it’s really healthy, with its cruciferous powers and phytonutrients. But one small head of cabbage is actually a LOT of food, so it’s a good idea to know what you’re going to do with it. Otherwise it’ll be staring at you sadly every time you open the fridge.
This is the perfect recipe for last-minute pop-ins from friends. Just make sure you have puff pastry defrosted (or defrost on low in the microwave). It’s a bit naughty (puff pastry has saturated fats, and there’s quite a bit of sugar in the recipe) – but that’s ok from time to time!
I remember when a meringue was still the holy grail of vegan kitchen experiments, before aquafaba was discovered (almost simultaneously, in different kitchens) 🧁 Since then, it’s become a must-have in vegan kitchens everywhere—and thank goodness it’s so accessible! Just a can of chickpeas (or other beans) will give you the gift of this magical bean water.
Spiced Molasses Muffins with Flax and Oats
I wanted to experiment with using a generous amount of flaxseed in a muffin, and I also wanted to use up some blackstrap molasses that I found in the cupboard. I added some spices to complement the strong molasses flavour, some oats for fibre and dates as an extra treat, and ta-da! We have a breakfast muffin that packs a punch.
Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms
I got an oyster mushroom growing kit as a gift (thanks mom!) and it was quite exciting to wake up each morning to see how much it had grown. It even attracted a little spider-friend to live in the village of gill-caps, so cute!
Vegan Greek Salad
A Greek salad is just not the same without the feta. You could make your own from scratch (there are recipes based on tofu, or almonds) but that’s a mission. And why bother when you can buy it ready made?
This is my favourite way to have cauliflower: so full of flavour yet still light and fresh enough to include on an indulgent festive menu.
Vegan Malva Pudding
You know that feeling you get when you tuck into a familiar childhood favourite? Mmmm that is what malva pudding gives me, every time!