Category: Recipes

Lemon and Blueberry Drizzle Cake [vegan]

Hands up, who would put lemon drizzle cake up there as their all time favourite cake!? Yep, me too! I would say it’s a definite crowd pleaser, and you’ll have people scraping around for the last cake crumb when you make this.

I made this for my Mum’s birthday a couple of week’s ago, it went down a storm! Mother’s Day is on the horizon (in the UK) and if you’re looking for a cake to treat your frickin’ awesome Mum, then this’ll do the job nicely! 

I’ve used maple syrup, but feel free to use normal caster sugar if you’re not worried about that, and you could totally sub the spelt flour for all self-raising. The poppy seeds give it an additional flavour and crunch, but leave them out if you want. 

Vegan Lemon and Blueberry Drizzle Cake

175g spelt flour
100g self-raising flour
1 tspn baking powder
Zest of two lemons
1 tbsp poppy seeds (optional)
100ml vegetable oil
160ml water
80ml maple syrup
Juice of two lemons
200g blueberries

For the drizzle and icing:
1 tbsp maple syrup 
Juice of 2 lemons
80g icing sugar

  • Grease and line a medium sized loaf tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flours, baking powder, lemon zest, baking powder, poppy seeds (if using) and stir together.
  • Add the vegetable oil, water and maple syrup into the dry ingredients, and mix throughly, add the lemon juice and blueberries and stir through.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. 
  • Mix together the juice of one lemon and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Using a skewer or a fork, pierce some holes in the cake and pour it over the top of the cake. Leave to cool in the tin.
  • In a bowl, sieve the icing sugar and mix together with the lemon juice until smooth, drizzle over the cake once it has cooled.
  • Keep stored in an air tight tin.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Vegan Lentil Lasagna

For as long as I can remember Lasagna has been my favourite dish. I love a good vegetable lasagna packed full of whatever the season has to offer, but lentils provide this beaut more of a meaty texture. This dish is packed full of flavour, and a tofu topping means you don’t need to faff about with a bechamel and worry about lumpy sauce = win! 


Vegan Lasagna with lentils and kale
Serves 4-6

1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
200g puy lentils (soaked overnight if possible)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tbsp thyme
1 tspn ground cinnamon
2 tbsp tomato puree
400ml vegetable stock
80g kale
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
6 – 8 lasagne sheets (depending on the size of your dish)

For the topping:
1 block of firm tofu (drained)
3 tbsp pine nuts (keep an extra few to sprinkle on top)
80g spinach (washed and dried)
Salt and pepper
A few cherry tomatoes
A few basil leaves

  • In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil on a medium heat.
  • Chop the onion and garlic and add to the pan and cook for five minutes.
  • Rinse the lentils and add to the pan, along with the chopped tomatoes, oregano, thyme, cinnamon and tomato puree. Cook for five minutes.
  • Gradually add the vegetable stock, along with the kale, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. Cook for about 25 minutes until the lentils are cooks. Season with plenty of pepper and a little salt.
  • Meanwhile in food processor, add the drained block of tofu, the pine nuts and spinach and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large oven-proof dish add half of the lentil and kale filling and spread evenly. Lay the lasagne sheets covering the filling.
  • Spoon half the tofu mixture and spread evenly across the pasta sheet. 
  • Spread the remaining lentil mix over and top with more pasta sheets and the rest of the tofu mixture.
  • Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and a few basil leaves.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for thirty minutes.
  • Serve with some tasty salad leaves.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

 

Vegan pancakes with lemon and sugar

I love pancakes, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE pancake day. These vegan pancakes are so easy to make and you definitely don’t need any eggs to make them! Just make sure you’ve got your favourite plantbased milk and flour in the cupboard and you’re all set to get flipping!

When I was growing up we pretty much saved our pancake eating to once a year. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that pancakes are more of a weekly thing in my house now, I tend to mix the toppings up a bit depending what I’ve got in the house. But sometimes you can’t beat a traditional crepe style, doused in lemon and sugar. If you’re looking for more of an american style thick pancake recipe then this, this or this might be up your street. I’ve got your pancake needs covered this year don’t you worry!

Pancakes with lemon and sugar
Makes 6

200g plain flour
400ml plantbased milk (I used oat milk)
A pinch of salt
1 tspn vanilla extract (optional)
25g vegan margarine
2 lemons
2 tbsp caster sugar

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and milk and whisk using a balloon whisk until you’ve got a smooth batter.
  • Add the salt and vanilla extract and stir through. Leave to sit for thirty minutes but only if you’ve got time.
  • Meanwhile, heat your frying pan on a medium heat and melt a little (not all) of the margarine.
  • When the pan is hot, ladle the batter into the pan and cook for a few minutes, flip the pancake to cook the other side. Add a little extra margarine before each pancake.
  • Serve with plenty of lemon juice and caster sugar. 

Or you could even melt some dark chocolate, and serve with coconut yoghurt. Or cook some apples and sprinkle with cinnamon. The list is pretty much endless when it comes to pancakes!

Enjoy

Veronica x

Banana and Chocolate Bread [vegan]

Pretty much everyday I get hungry around 11am, depending on what I’ve had for breakfast. I always need some kind of mid-morning snack that’s going to keep me going until lunchtime and this banana and chocolate bread has currently won me over in the snackosphere.

I’ve not been shy on the chocolate chunks, if something is going to have chocolate in the title then I’m going to want to get a massive hit of chocolateyness, and this doesn’t disappoint. I even took a little jar of nut butter into work and smothered it on a slice – I was winning in life at that point. Later in the day I definitely wasn’t. It turned out I’d not put the lid back on that blommin’ jar properly and got home to discover I was half a jar down and one tote bag was totally ruined. I would definitely put this catastrophe into a middle class problem type meme.

Banana and Chocolate Bread

3 ripe bananas
1tbsp maple syrup
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed, 3 tbsp water mixed together)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tspn vanilla extract
100ml plant based milk
200g spelt flour
50g self-raising flour
1 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn bicarbonate of soda
125g dark chocolate 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C, grease and line an 2lb loaf tin (mediumish size).
  • In a glass, mix together the flax seed and water and set aside for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mash up the bananas. Add all the wet ingredients – maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, plant milk and the flax seed egg. Stir together.
  • Add the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and stir until all mixed together.
  • Chop the chocolate – I like mine quite chunky so don’t over chop, stir into the mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, and pop in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when you insert it.
  • Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. I like to cut a slice and eat it whilst it is still warm, after all that’s when the chocolate is at its best!

If there is one thing we’ve learnt from this….screw those lids on people!

Veronica x

Carrot and Swede Soup with Smoky Pumpkin Seed Croutons [vegan]

I’ve got the February blues and I feel grumpy. I’m in desperate need of Spring, but it’s grey, cold and miserable, and the promise of warmer days seem still too distant for my liking. This carrot and swede soup definitely brings a little sunshine to my bowl, so until Spring finally springs I’ll be staring into this bowl of goodness.

Carrot and Swede Soup with Smoky Pumpkin Seed Croutons
Makes 4 servings

For the soup:
1 tspn coconut oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
4 medium carrots
1/2 medium swede
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 tspn smoked paprika
1/2 tspn cinnamon
A handful of fresh coriander

For the pumpkin seeds:
25g pumpkin seeds
1 tspn smoked paprika
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
Salt and pepper

  • In a large saucepan melt the coconut oil.
  • Finely chop the onions and add to the pan and cook for a few minutes until they’ve softened.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and finely chop and add to the pan.
  • Peel and dice the carrots and swede and add to the pan along with the vegetable stock.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for thirty minutes on a low heat.
  • Add the paprika and cinnamon and stir through.
  • Remove from the heat, and using a stick blender blitz until the soup is smooth.

For the pumpkin seed croutons:

  • Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper, spread the pumpkin seeds across the tray.
  • Sprinkle the seeds with the smoked paprika, chilli flakes, pinch of salt and pepper and make sure they’re coated well.
  • Toast in the oven for five to ten minutes until they start splitting and puffing up.
  • Sprinkle on top of the soup and serve with the fresh coriander and a little more smoked paprika.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Tofu scramble with cavolo nero [vegan]

I’ve definitely become a breakfast convert. Don’t get me wrong, I never skipped it, I can’t miss meals….I mean, food, hello!! I just wasn’t ever that adventurous. Back in the day, I used to just eat very sugary cereal or a couple of slices of toast and jam. Pretty standard, pretty dull. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes do just eat toast and jam, and have a pretty standard weekday breakfast of porridge, dang good porridge, but at the weekend I try to create a delicious more complex breakfast, after all it’s the most important meal of the day, right?

I used to really enjoy eggs for breakfast, so if you’re new to veganism or looking for alternative and are missing that eggy texture to go with your breakfast then you really need to try tofu scramble. Tofu is pretty bland on it’s own but once you’ve added some spices you’ve got yourself a flavoursome dish.

 

Tofu scramble with cavolo nero
Serves 2

1 block of firm tofu
4 stalks of cavolo nero
1 tbps coconut oil
1 small onion
1 tspn turmeric
1/2 tspn cumin
A pinch of ground coriander
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
Salt and pepper

  • Empty the tofu out of the pack and drain any liquid. Pop the tofu block on a plate, and place another plate and a heavy object on top of it and leave for half an hour to drain any excess liquid. 
  • Melt the coconut oil on a medium heat in a frying pan.
  • Finely chop the onion and add to the frying pan, fry for five minutes until softened.
  • Add the tofu and using a wooden spoon gently break it up.
  • Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli flakes and stir into the tofu.
  • De-stalk the cavolo nero and finely chop, add to the tofu. 
  • Leave to cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Pistachio and Cacao Bliss Balls

I’ve been following with interest the backlash on the ‘clean eating’ and wellness industry. I for one am guilty of using the term ‘clean’ in past blog posts and labelling ‘healthier’ cake recipes as ‘guilt-free’. We absolutely shouldn’t be feeling guilty if we’re eating a doughnut or some cake. I mean, who am I to tell you what you should feel guilty about. (I mean, hello, the Co-op have vegan doughnuts that scream my name, I can easily demolish a pack of Oreos, and I’ll happily grab a sandwich from M&S – woohoo, they’ve got a new vegan range). For me, I know that my tummy doesn’t take kindly to me feeding it too much of this type of food and when I gave up sugar completely I felt amazing. For me, it’s not about losing weight, it’s about enjoying my life and I can’t if I feel bloated and crappy. But, I also can’t quite turn down a glass or three of wine, or some oreos because that’s another way I enjoy life, and I’ll not be feeling guilty about it.

I know if I don’t feed myself foods that are packed full of ingredients I can’t pronounce then I won’t be writhing around in pain. But, I also know that I can’t quite say no to that doughnut and that is absolutely okay. After all, the best people to tell us what to eat are ourselves, we know our bodies the best. 

So, here’s to these bliss balls that are naturally sweet and won’t make my belly feel bad, but let’s stop feeling guilty over food choices and listen to our own bodies.

Pistachio and Cacao Bliss Balls
Makes 10

200g medjool dates (or soaked dried dates)
60g pistachios
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder

  • Remove the pistachios from their shells and place in a food processor. 
  • Blitz the pistachios until they’re finely chopped.
  • Add the dates and blend with the nuts.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and add to the food processor along with the cacao powder.
  • Blend for ten seconds and then take small spoonfuls of the mixture rolling them into balls in your hand.
  • The mixture should make about ten balls.
  • Keep in the refrigerator.

Veronica x

Miso noodle soup with fried tofu

I’m having a miso revelation. I love the stuff and this miso noodle soup is not only super quick to make but also really tasty, and it’s really good for your tummy too. 

Miso is from Japan and is made from fermented soybeans, sounds a bit weird, but honestly it’s good. Fermented foods are a great natural probiotic. I’ve been doing a bit more reading into how to look after my gut and keep it happy, making sure I’m getting plenty of probiotics into my system, and eating more fermented foods is where I’m heading.

Miso noodle soup with fried tofu
Serves two

For the tofu:
1/2 block of firm tofu
1 tspn coconut oil
2 tbsp tamiri (soy sauce)

For the soup:
800 ml vegetable stock (I used vegan boullion)
2 garlic cloves (sliced)
1 red pepper (sliced)
1 carrot (sliced)
1/2 white cabbage (shredded)
2 bundles of rice noodles
2 tspn miso paste
1 tbsp tamari (soy sauce)
1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • First, drain the liquid off the tofu, using a sieve. Pop the tofu block on a plate and then pop another plate on top and leave for half an hour, with a heavy object of some sort on top.
  • Once the liquid has drained, slice half the tofu into centimetre slices. Keep the other half in a container in the fridge and use for another dish.
  • In a frying pan, melt the coconut oil and add the sliced tofu and sprinkle the tamari on the tofu, keep it on quite a high heat and it’ll start to crisp up, turning over every now and then.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable stock on a medium heat, add the carrot, pepper, garlic and cabbage and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling, bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes, add the miso paste, tamari and rice noodles.
  • Cook as per your rice noodle instructions. 
  • Once cooked, serve in bowls.
  • Top with the tofu and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Enjoy!
Veronica x

Earl Grey Granola [vegan]

Happy 2017! I’ve been trying to perfect my granola game for a while now, and I think I’ve done it! This Earl Grey Granola is super tasty and also low in sugar, shop bought granolas definitely aren’t. Make a batch at the weekend and you’ll be sorted for the week. Sprinkle it on top of your porridge, or cook some apples and dollop some coconut yoghurt on top – breakfast game changer! 

1 cup oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1 earl grey tea bag
1/4 cup of water
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tspn nut butter (I used cashew)
1 tbsp coconut oil

  • Mix the oats, coconut, pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl along with the cinnamon. 
  • In a food processor, add the hazelnuts and pecans and blitz for a couple of seconds until roughly chopped or just use a sharp knife!
  • Add the nuts to the oat mix and stir through.
  • In a small saucepan, add the teabag, water, nut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  • Melt on a medium heat and then add to the oat mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • On a lined baking tray pour the mixture and spread out evenly.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C.
  • Once cooked, leave to cool and then store in an airtight container.

Veronica x

Chocolate Brownies {vegan and gluten-free}

Tis the season of indulgence and all that. I’m trying not to give in too much to my sugar cravings but I’ve succumbed to temptation and it is mainly in chocolate form. These brownies are so good. I like my brownies to be the perfect amount of gooey with a crisp/crunchy top, and these deliver my requirements. If you prefer more of a cakey texture keep these in for twenty minutes, if not, fifteen minutes and you’ll have your brownie of dreams. If you’re looking to give edible gifts this Christmas, these will make an ideal gift, wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string or a ribbon.

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Chocolate Brownies
Makes 12
100g rice flour
100g buckwheat flour
1 tspn xantham gum
1 tspn baking powder
180g dark chocolate
50g cocoa
150ml sunflower oil
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp cashew/almond butter
275ml oat milk
50g pecans

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease a line a 20cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  • In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt half of the chocolate along with all of the cashew butter.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the flours, xanthum gum, baking powder, cocoa and sugar.
  • Add the oil, oat milk, melted chocolate and cashew butter and stir until all is thoroughly mixed together.
  • Chop the remaining chocolate into pieces and add to the mixture along with the pecans, and stir through.
  • Spread evenly into the lined baking tin and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Cut into even squares whilst warm, and once they’ve cooled a little turn them out onto a wire rack (although these are best eaten straight from the oven in my humble opinion!).

Enjoy! x