Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Cheesy Cashew Nut Sauce or Dip – Vegan and Gluten Free

Cheesy Cashew Nut Sauce

Oh I do love my Froothie blender. It makes such beautifully smooth sauces and has encouraged me to be so much more adventurous than I used to be. Vegan cheese sauce has been on my radar for a couple of years now. Last month, I finally got around to making some. This cheesy cashew nut sauce really is a revelation and I’ll be making it a regular part of my repertoire.

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Minted Broad Bean Spread – Making a Mint This Summer

As we move from late spring into early summer, broad beans start to make an appearance here in the UK. I’m very fond of broad beans, but I know not everyone’s a fan. I can almost guarantee, however, that this minted broad bean spread will appeal to anyone who tries it.

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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – a Healthier Bake

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

There’s no doubt about it, brownies are never going to be super healthy. However, as regular readers will know, they are one of my favourite bakes so I do like to make an attempt to up their nutritional value. These coffee brownies with almond nut butter are similar to my winning healthier brownies with cashew nut butter. They are simple to make and are just as fudgy and delicious as you’d expect a good brownie to be.

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Pea Protein Pancakes with Matcha & Spicy Peanut Sauce (vegan + gf)

Pea Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are always a treat, but I have a particularly soft spot for savoury pancakes. My dinner time treat, when I was a child, was wholemeal pancakes with cheese sauce – utter bliss. These pea protein pancakes include matcha for flavour and colour and are served with a spicy peanut sauce. They are vegan, gluten free and most importantly, tasty.

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Vanilla Almond Cookies (vegan) & a Nice Cup of Tea

Vanilla Almond Cookies

Now Twelfth Night has passed, I’m feeling it’s time to Jumpstart January. Whilst these vanilla almond cookies aren’t exactly healthy, they aren’t too bad for you either. They contain freshly ground almonds and wholemeal spelt flour and the sugar content is relatively low. I’m also trying to eat more vegan meals than usual this month to celebrate Veganuary, so I’ve made them vegan.

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Christmas Bliss Balls – Cranberry, Pistachio, Coconut & Salted Caramel

Christmas Bliss Balls

If you’re running out of time to make biscuits but want to give homemade gifts this Noel, these Christmas Bliss Balls may be the answer. They’re not only delicious but are refined sugar, dairy and gluten free and easy to make. Rolling the balls in green pistachios, red cranberries and white coconut make them look wonderfully festive.

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Ginger Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

Since acquiring a decent blender, we’ve become complete smoothie converts. We have them for breakfast more often than not. It’s a great way to use our kefir and other healthful ingredients. However, it wasn’t until BRITA asked me if I’d like to make one of their recipes and try out their new water filter jug, that I made a kefir-free smoothie. This dairy free ginger green goddess smoothie turned out to be an utter delight.

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Easy Gingered Pear Almond Honey Cakes for Bonfire Night

Pear Almond Honey Cakes

Autumn pears, fragrant honey and warming ginger come together for an easy bonfire night bake. These gingered pear almond honey cakes are not only delicious, but are easily portable. They’re  the perfect antidote to overhyped Halloween and its transatlantic excesses. They can be eaten whilst watching the bonfire flames dance and the Catherine wheels spin – no tricks, just treats.

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Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce with Optional Smoky Notes

Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce

Last week, I made some smoked salted caramel sauce. It was just amazing and I will be bringing you the recipe sometime soon. Sugar and cream, however, are not the healthiest of ingredients, so when I was sent some maca powder recently, I thought I’d try a healthier alternative. This vegan salted caramel sauce is both dairy-free and sugar-free and it’s positively good for you.

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How to make your own hemp milk – quick, easy and healthy

Hemp Milk

Making your own hemp milk is a good way of ingesting the nutritious qualities of hemp seeds without all the additives that are often found in bought varieties. It’s a great vegan alternative to dairy milk and as long as you have a good blender it’s a quick and easy process.

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