A few Vegan Treat Recipes

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This one was influenced by reading Madeleine Shaw’s Get the Glow book. It is a healthy eating recipe book and although the recipe’s aren’t specifically Vegan, I have adapted this one to be 🙂

Although it doesn’t end up with a sponge like texture, it is still AMAZING. I was struggling not to eat all the mixture before I put it in the oven!

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Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

50ml boiled water

125g Medjool Dates

1.5 Flax Eggs (Mix 1.5 tablespoons of Flaxseed with 4.5 tablespoons water)

50g coconut oil

130g ground almonds

1/2 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tabsp agave nectar

2 tabsp almonds

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees

2. Put the boiled water and dates in a pan and cook for 4 minutes, then whizz the dates and the water up in a food processor.

3. Add the flax eggs and coconut oil to the food processor and blitz again until all mixed.

4. Gently fold in the ground almonds, bicarb of soda, salt, spices, agave and nuts.

5. Put in a dish and cover with foil, cook for 25 minutes and then remove the foil and cook for 10 more minutes.

Would be great served with Alpro Custard or Dairy Free Ice Cream ❤

Pure Energy Flapjacks

 These are great and can easily be adapted to contain different dried fruit/ nuts. They are quick and easy to make and require no baking. This recipe was found in the Vegan Pantry recipe book but I have seen it in a few others too 🙂

If you love the mug, you can find this at http://www.crumpetsandcoffee.com

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Ingredients (makes 8 bars)

 2 very ripe bananas

3 tabsp coconut oil

Zest of 1 ornage and a tablespoon of juice

15 unsulphured dried apricots

200g gluten free oats

3 tabsp raw cacao powder

pinch of salt

You can always sub the Orange Zest for Lemon, dried apricots for dates or other dried fruit, and I have also added almonds in to the mixture sometimes too and covered with seeds.

Method

1. Mash bananas

2. Liquify the oil, add the zest, juice and dried fruit, then add to the bananas and stir well.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, cacao and salt.

4. Add in banana and mix really well, dough should be thick and sticky.

5. Press mixture into a dish and cover with cling film. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but best overnight. Cut into 8 bars and wrap individually.

I store mine in the fridge.

Breakfast Brownie

 This one comes from my favourite Vegan Recipe book by Aine Carlie Keep it Vegan. It’s mega quick to make and you can swap and change the kind of dairy free milk you use and also the fruit too.

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Ingredients

100ml almond milk

1 tabsp cacao powder

1/2 tabsp agave nectar

1 teasp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

150g gluten free oats

20g dairy free choc chips (Optional)

75g strawberries (or any fruit you desire)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. In a bowl whisk almond milk, cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla extract until combined.

3. Add a pinch of salt to the oats and then mix with wet ingredients. Stir in the choc chips.

4. Add the strawberries to the bottom of the dish. Pour over the oat mixture and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and eat warm.

I then like to top it off with Choc Shot chocolate sauce… PERFECTION ❤

Nakd Nibbles Review :) and an attempt to make my own

Before turning Vegan, I’m not going to lie, my go to snack bars were always Quest or Nakd bars. I probably ate enough Quest bars to last me a lifetime and sadly I can no longer have them since they contain Whey. Nakd bars however are vegan friendy WOOOHOOOO.

❤ Once I saw the new Nakd nibbles I had to track them down!

After seeing endless people posting pictures of these bad boys all over Instagram and me trailing round every supermarket near my house to no avail, I finally got a box full of every flavour Nakd nibbles for my birthday YIPPEEEE ❤

You can buy the box here : http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/mixed-boxes/nakd-nibbles-7-pack-box/

You get one packet of each of the 7 flavours and the box costs £6.50 with free postage and they normally give you a free sample of something too 😀

They are also available in Asda, Tesco and Boots and Tesco have a 3 for 2 offer at the moment, they are normally found in the free from section ❤

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I have been a fan of Nakd bars for years (especially the Cocoa orange flavour), and I love how you can buy them in nearly all supermarkets, they are a quick healthy convenient snack for when you are on the go. They are all natural and contain no nasties 😀

The Nakd nibbles get a huge thumbs up from me, I loved every flavour apart from the Coconut Bliss, which I would probably swerve in the future! My absolute favourite was Toffee Treat ❤ If I was going to rank them, this would be my order

1. Toffee Treat. Tastes so sweet and just like toffee

2. Strawberries and Cream. Really tastes how you would expect 🙂

3. Mint Humbug. Again exactly how you would expect, minty and toffee flavour 🙂

4. Fruit Salad. Real fruity taste 🙂

5.Salted caramel. I know this is a lot of people’s faves and I did really enjoy it but I preferred the stronger flavour of Toffee Treat.

6. Tooty Fruity. Was similar to Fruit salad but a bit over the top fruity for me. Would still buy again.

7. Coconut Bliss. The only flavour I probably wouldn’t buy again due to a lack of flavour.

Obviously we all have different tastes, so why not give them a try and let me know your fave!

I was not only lucky enough to get the box full of nibbles for my birthday but I also got the celebration box http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/mixed-boxes/nakd-celebration-box/

This contains 18 delicious snacks including Nakd Bars and the Nakd infused raisins. I have tried most of the Nakd bars before and never thought any would come close to my favourite Cocoa Orange but OH MY GAWDDDD, you have to try the Cafe Mocha flavour bar! It is literally the nicest thing I have tasted in ages!!

Review

Taste I would totally give all of the nibbles a 5/5 except the Coconut Bliss which would score a 3/5 and Toffee Treat 10000/5 heheh

Value for Money If you buy the sampler box a £6.50 it works out at 93p a bag which in my opinion is fab. Tesco also sell them for 75p a bag and are on offer 3 for 2. I see these as a snack item and I’m sure many people spend more on a chocolate bar etc

Buy again? YES 😀

Create your own Nakd Bars

It’s real easy to make your own bars at home too. All you need is to blend some nuts, raw cacao powder and Medjool Dates in a food processor and add any ingredients that take your fancy, for example orange juice/Zest. You can even experiment with the nuts you use too!

Mine didn’t taste as great as a Nakd bar but they were still amazing. Next time I will double this recipe maybe try some diff nuts and add some more ingredients to jazz it up 🙂

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70g almonds

1 tabsp raw cacao powder

200g Medjool Dates

Blended, then froze for 1 hour and refrigerated

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*Review* Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste. How clean is your toothpaste?!

Review on Kingfisher’s Natural Toothpaste

Once I turned Vegan I wanted to not only change my eating habits but try to find cruelty free Vegan alternatives for my toiletries too. I have always been keen to use natural products as well so I was chuffed when I found Kingfisher toothpaste.

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Kingfisher are the UK’s leading natural toothpaste and it contains no artificial sweetners, flavourings, colourings or preservatives. Things you may be used to avoiding in your food but not so much in your toothpaste! But, why not, it goes in your mouth right!

The toothpaste comes in 8 flavours and you can choose fluoride or fluoride free! Flavours include Mint, Fennel, Aloe Vera and strawberry for children. For the purpose of this review, I have only tried the Mint version but I have had both fluoride and fluoride free.

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For more information, they have a website: http://www.kingfishertoothpaste.co.uk/

Review:

Taste: One of my concerns when I first switched to Kingfisher toothpaste was how it was going to taste, but I was pleasantly surprised, the mint tastes exactly how you would expect a toothpaste to taste!

5/5

Price: £2.85 online or £3.49 in Holland and Barrett (100ml). Obviously this is more expensive than a standard tube of toothpaste but you can argue you get what you pay for and in my opinion this is a fair price.

4/5

Does it work? My other concern with this product is that maybe we need chemicals in our toothpaste for them to work?  Kingfisher is actually the first natural toothpaste to be approved by the BDHF (British Dental Health Foundation) which proves that natural toothpaste is just as effective at cleaning teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. For me personally, my teeth feel as clean as they did with normal toothpaste and my gums no longer bleed after brushing. The only thing that might stop someone from buying this toothpaste is if they were looking for certain things like added whitening etc

5/5

Recommend? YES. I would 100% recommend this product, it does what you expect, its vegan and cruelty free and such an ethical product which has won lots of awards too 🙂

Comparisons to Colgate and Aquafresh

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I think Colgate and Aquafresh are probably two of the most common toothpastes in the UK and I was curious to see what chemicals are inside and if they are seen to actually be dangerous to our health.

I have no issues with how the products work, I used them for years and they did a good job of keeping my teeth clean! However the problem I have with them is that they both test on animals and I’m not sure people who buy them are even aware of that!

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Below are some of the chemicals contained in these 2 toothpastes and their potential effects. I’m not into scaremongering or one of these people who believe there is a risk in everything to cause us cancer but I will avoid chemicals in toiletries if there is an easy alternative.

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Colgate – Maximum Cavity Protection

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: Skin, eye, mucous membrane irritation, dry skin, eczema, mouth ulcers. It is not a carcinogen however it is that harsh it is used in medical research to cause skin irritation.

Fluoride: When Fluoride arrives at the toothpaste factories, it actually contains the skull and cross bones symbol because it is that toxic! There is enough fluoride in half a tube of toothpaste to actually kill a small child 😮 There isn’t even much research to prove that fluoride helps us to protect our teeth, however there is lots of research to prove that fluoride can cause oral cancers in humans. It’s particularly bad if you suffer from thyroid problems or diabetes.

Benzyl Alcohol: This is a potential carcinogen. If inhaled can cause irritation to the upper respiratory tract and induce headaches or nausea.

Aquafresh Extreme Clean Pure Breath

Hydrated Silica: Can weaken tooth enamel and damage gums (just what you want from a toothpaste!). It has even been linked to causing Chron’s disease.

PEG 6: There is tons of research to show how dangerous PEG’s are and how they can form to become carcinogenic.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: See above

Titanium Dioxide: Banned in Germany!

So if you keep your diet clean for health benefits, you might want to consider your toiletries too 🙂