Vegan Favourites #3

Monday, 22 May 2017

Since my last vegan faves post was back in November (oops), it is definitely time for a little run down of all the wonderful vegan products I am totally into at the moment. Vegan life is pretty damn good, especially because there are so many amazing brands and people out there making the best vegan products (accidentally or not!). These are just a few of the products I've been loving recently... 

Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade Tea

You know, I never used to like herbal or fruit teas that much but since giving up coffee I just can't get enough. This rose lemonade gem is my fave at the moment. The flavour is so delicate yet strong and totally has a summer vibe. I reckon it would be really good iced too, I need to try that. 

The Herbivore Kitchen

Alison who runs The Herbivore Kitchen (previously known as All About Patisserie) seriously makes the best cakes ever. There hasn't been a single thing I've had that she made that hasn't been out of this world delicious. I think the sticky toffee pudding is my favourite, closely followed by her brownies, and then everything else. She's based in Edinburgh so if you're in the area then definitely check her out for all your vegan cake needs.

Eat Real Cheddar and Jalapeno Quinoa Puffs  

My boyfriend and I are obsessed with these crisps. We only know one shop that sells them and we will, and have, driven all the way there just to get them. They are really similar to wotsits but bigger and a whole lot tastier, with a delicious and super moreish jalapeƱo kick. All of Eat Real's products are incredible but these puffs are definitely top of the table for me. I'm craving them just writing this.

Vivani Rice Chocolate 

This chocolate is divine, and perhaps the best 'vegan but tastes like regular chocolate' I have come across. Normally I wouldn't spend so much on a plain chocolate bar but the packaging is so pretty that it totally sucked us in and I am so happy it did. Made with rice milk powder instead of milk and with hints of hazelnut and vanilla, this chocolate is so heavenly and kinda reminded me of the Milka chocolate I used to love. It's seriously good vegan chocolate - if you spot it you definitely need to try it because it is totally worth the money. (Sorry I don't have a pic of the bar, but it's linked above). 

Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume 

I fell in love with this perfume quite a while ago after trying some in a store and I was lucky to get some for Christmas (I know we're in May now but this is my first vegan faves of the year). I can't even tell you how good it smells, I adore it. There are lots of other scents too, and Pacifica also does skincare, makeup and candles, all of which is vegan and cruelty free. 

Sam Murphy's So Beautifully Real Cookbook 

I wrote a whole post about this wonderful book a while ago but it definitely needed to be mentioned again because it is so great. I am currently in love with the banoffee porridge parfait (pictured above) and have made the satay tofu quite a lot of times. This book would be a perfect gift, it's beautifully put together and demonstrates just how much incredible food you can eat as a vegan.

What are your fave vegan products at the moment?

Banana and Blueberry Bread

Monday, 1 May 2017

It takes a lot of effort for me to be able to make banana bread; not because it is difficult or time consuming, but because I never have enough ripe bananas to make it. Ripe bananas in my house tend to be used up in smoothies or in porridge long before banana bread even crosses my mind. So, if I do want to bake a banana loaf I tend to have to buy extra bananas and put them aside especially for the occasion, resisting all temptation to eat them sooner when I've run out of beautifully ripe ones. It's always absolutely worth it though as banana bread is definitely one of my favourites.

You will need: 
dry ingredients 
2 cups plain flour
1 cup golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

wet ingredients 
3 super ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
- In another large bowl, mash up the bananas using a fork and then add in the vanilla, coconut oil and almond milk. Mix well until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently fold to combine.
- Mix through the frozen blueberries.
- Transfer the mixture into a lined and greased loaf tin and bake in the oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour.