Oumph!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probable already seen my posts about these guys over the weekend.

Their stall at the Just V Show was one of the busiest, and they weren’t even selling anything!

Oumph! was created to fill a gap in the meat substitute market. Something plant based, with low climate impact, that could increase people’s health, and help feed the 9 million on Earth. No small task!

The solution? These meat-free proteins, made entirely from beans, “unlike anything else from the plant kingdom”, and (they claim) with a climate impact is so low, that everyone on the planet can eat them every day!

Not only is this plant protein resource efficient, low in climate impact, rich in protein & fibre, and a great source of iron & folic acid, it tastes amazing. I mean A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! So good, we cheekily went back for more than a few of the tasting samples on offer on Sunday, despite the crowd & queues!

Oumph! comes is 9 varieties ~ 3 unseasoned & 6 seasoned with lots of spices ~ but as I mentioned, none of these were available at the show. Which at the time I was gutted about, however I am excited to announce that the full range will be launching in UK Whole Foods stores in September!!!

Their presence at the show was inspired PR-ing, and despite my initial disappointment, I’ll be spending the next couple of months planning how I’m going to cook and eat all 9 varieties. Roll on September… the question is, will we have enough Summer left for BBQs?

If you see them popping up anywhere else in the meantime, please make sure you give them a try.

I know some veggies & vegans don’t like the flavour or texture of meat (real or substitute), and if that’s you, you’re better off giving this one a miss. However, if like me, you were once an enthusiastic meat-eater, who has chosen to live a cruelty-free life for other reasons, I guarantee these texture & flavours will blow you away.

When you manage to get your hands on a pack, let me know what you think… I’ll be in front of you in the Whole Foods queue.

In the meantime, their website has loads of recipe ideas to ensure we never get bored, and can, as they suggest, eat Oumph! every day!

*** Disclaimer: whilst the majority of the images featured in this post have been borrowed from the Oumph! website, I have not been asked to promote this product by anyone & the opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ***

Gosh!

New vegan friendly brand on sale at selected Tesco stores.

Have you heard of Gosh! and their range of burgers, bakes and bites, made using 100% natural ingredients, “as nature intended”?

Naturally free from the top 14 allergens, including cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, soya, nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupin, sulphur dioxide, crustaceans, fish & molluscs.


So far I’ve tried their Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean Bugers and can honestly say they are very tasty and quite impressive. Baked in the oven for 15-20 mins, they are full of flavour and held together much better than most other vegan burger brands.


Each 125g burger is only 200kcals and contains 7.7g protein and only 2.3g sugar.

I’ve also just purchased the Mixed Seed, Quinoa, Carrot & Coriander Bakes with a Minted Pea Centre am hope these will be equally as tasty.


The whole range has been approved by both the Vegetarian & Vegan Societies.

Check out the whole range on sale online at Tesco or to find out more, including where you can purchase, check out their Facebook page or website.

The Body Shop – Vegan Product List

I was recently having a conversation on Instagram, about how difficult it is to be safe in the knowlegde that the beauty products we purchase are vegan friendly.

I was raving about Superdrug’s own brand beauty and toiletries products all being certified by the Leaping Bunny as cruelty free; however this doesn’t always mean they are suitable for vegans. Superdrug do a great job at highlighting which of their products are suitable for us though, by always printing the info on the back.

A brand that likes to make us work a little harder is The Body Shop. Most people know them to be cruelty free, and often assume their products must also be vegan; again though this is not always the case. That’s why I was thrilled to stumble across this very comprehensive list put together by The Plastic Diaries beauty blog; presenting us with a long list of the huge variety of vegan products The Body Shop do offer (link to original post at the bottom of page):

The Body Shop vegan product informationWe’ve had lots of requests for more vegan product lists so I’m excited to bring you one for the most requested store, The Body Shop. As probably the most globally recognised cruelty-free beauty brand, The Body Shop is often mistaken for being entirely vegan but while it’s unfortunate to report that isn’t the case, they still do have a huge vegan offering.

The cruelty-free status and vegan product information for The Body Shop is a little interesting because they hold cruelty-free certifications from most of the independent bodies but they are owned by L’Oreal so that raises a question mark depending on your own ethical beliefs. As usual, I will present to you the information about their animal testing policy and the products that don’t contain any animal ingredients, and allow you to make an informed choice as to what you purchase.

Animal Testing

The Body Shop are certified cruelty-free by PETA.org and Leaping Bunny. However they’re parent company, L’Oreal, is considered non-compliant by PETA and there has been controversy over some products finding their way into duty free stores in China.

Some animal ingredients are used in The Body Shop products. Refer to the below list of vegan-friendly products for items without animal ingredients.

Vegan Product List

The complete list of vegan-friendly products at The Body Shop, as it stands at time of publishing, are:

Range Product Name
Absinthe PURIFYING HAND CREAM
PURIFYING HAND GEL
PURIFYING HAND WASH
Activist ANTIPERSPIRANT DEODORANT
EAU DE TOILETTE
SHOWER GEL
All-in-One BB Cream Shade 00
Shade 01
Shade 02
Shade 03
All-in-One Cheek Colour Shade AMBER 07
Shade BUBBLEGUM 05
Shade CHERRYADE 09
Shade COOKIE 08
Shade FLUSHED 03
Shade GINGER 02
Shade GUAVA 06
Shade MACAROON 01
Shade MARSHMALLOW 04
Shade TRUFFLE 09
All-in-One Face Base Shade 02
Shade 03
Shade 035
Shade 04
Shade 045
Shade 05
Shade 052
Shade 055
Shade 06
Shade 065
All-in-One Instablur INSTABLUR EYE ALL-IN-ONE TINTED CONCEALER + PRIMER COLOUR INTENSIFIER
UNIVERSAL SHADE
Almond SHOWER GEL
Aloe ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
CALMING FACIAL CLEANSER
CALMING TONER
CLEANSER CREAM
EYE DEFENCE
FOAMING FACIAL WASH
GENTLE EXFOLIATOR
GENTLE FACIAL WASH
MOIST LOTION
SOOTHING DAY CREAM
SOOTHING GEL
SOOTHING MOISTURE LOTION SPF15
SOOTHING NIGHT CREAM
Amazonian Wild Lily BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
Arber AFTERSHAVE BALM
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAIR & BODY WASH
Atlas Mountain Rose BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
Baked Eye Colour Shade AMETHYST 08
Shade COPPER 01
Shade JADE 03
Shade MOONSTONE 02
Shade QUARTZ 04
Shade SAGE 05
Shade SAPPHIRE 07
Shade STARLIGHT 06
Baked-to-Last Blush Shade CORAL 02
Shade PETAL 01
Baked-to-Last Bronzer Shade GOLDEN BRONZE 01
Shade WARM GLOW 02
Big & Curvy WATERPROOF MASCARA Shade BLACK 01
Blueberry BODY LOTION
Blue Corn 3-IN-1 DEEP CLEANSING MASK
Brazil Nut BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
CREAM BODY SCRUB
DEFINE&NO FRIZZ
EAU DE TOILETTE
SOAP
Brow & Lash Gel Shade CLEAR
Brow & Liner Kit Shade 01
Shade 02
Shade 03
Brush-On BRUSH ON BRONZE
BRUSH ON SUNLIGHT
Camomile GENTLE EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER
SILKY CLEANSING OIL
SUMPTUOUS CLEANSING BUTTER
WATERPROOF EYE & LIP MAKE-UP REMOVER
Candy Apple EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
SHIMMER LOTION
SOAP
THE SPARKLER
Cheeks RADIANT HIGHLIGHTER
Chocomania BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
HEART SOAP
SUGAR BODY SCRUB
Cocoa Butter BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY LOTION
CREAM BODY SCRUB
CREAMY BODY WASH
HAND & BODY LOTION
MOISTURISING STICK
SHOWER CREAM
Coconut ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER
BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MILK
BODY MIST
BODY SCRUB
CREAM BODY SCRUB
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
MILK BODY LOTION
SHOWER CREAM
SOAP
Colour Crush Nail Polish 110 CRIMSON KISS
120 RELISH THE MOMENT
130 RED MY MIND
210 JUST PEACHY
220 PEACH BABE
230 APRICOT KISS
240 A SUNNY AFFAIR
310 CUPID PINK
320 OH PETAL
330 ROSY CHEEKS
340 PINK CREAM
405 UNCHAINED MULBERRY
410 DEEPLY IN LOVE
420 A GRAPE AFFAIR
510 THE BODY SHOP GREEN
520 HEMP OVER HEALS
610 CRAZY FOR BLUE
620 GOT THE BLUES
630 MINTY AMOUR
640 MINT CREAM
650 MAD ABOUT BLUE
710 BIG SMOKE
720 GORGEOUS GREY
730 ALMOND KISS
740 SMOKY ROSE
745 CHOCOLATE CUTIE
750 CARING CARAMEL
810 FROSTING FANCY
820 MEET ME AT DUSK
830 THE FEELING’S NEUTRAL
Cranberry EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
JOY HEART SOAP
SHIMMER LOTION
SOAP
THE SPARKLER
Deep Sleep
DREAMY BODY MIST
Dolly Pastels PALETTE
Dreams Unlimited EAU DE PARFUM
EAU DE TOILETTE
Early-Harvest Raspberry BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
Elderflower COOLING EYE GEL
English Dawn WHITE GARDENIA BODY LOTION
WHITE GARDENIA EAU DE TOILETTE
WHITE GARDENIA FRAGRANCE MIST
Extra Virgin Minerals LIQUID FOUNDATION SPF 30 Shade 102 NATURAL IVORY
LIQUID FOUNDATION SPF 30 Shade 105 ROSE IVORY
LIQUID FOUNDATION SPF 30 Shade 202 NATURAL VANILLA
LIQUID FOUNDATION SPF 30 Shade 205 ROSE VANILLA
LIQUID FOUNDATION SPF 30 Shade 305 NATURAL BEIGE
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 102 NATURAL IVORY
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 105 ROSE IVORY
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 108 GOLDEN IVORY
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 202 NATURAL VANILLA
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 205 ROSE VANILLA
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 208 GOLDEN VANILLA
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 302 GOLDEN BEIGE
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 305 NATURAL BEIGE
LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 25 Shade 308 ROSE BEIGE
Eyebrow Definer Shade BLONDE AUBERN 01
Shade BROWN BRUNETTE 02
Shade DARK BROWN 03
Eye Definer Shade BLACK 01
Shade FRENCH NAVY 06
Shade RICH BROWN 02
Shade TAUPE 03
Shade WHITE 05
Face Mask WARMING MINERAL MASK
Fijian Water Lotus BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
PURSE SPRAY
For Men Maca Root BALANCING FACE PROTECTOR
DEODORANT
DEODORANT SPRAY
ENERGETIC FACE PROTECTOR
FACE SCRUB
FACE WASH
RAZOR RELIEF
SHAVE CREAM
Frosted Pastels PALETTE
Ginger Sparkle HEART SOAP
Grapeseed GLOSSING SERUM
Hair Chalk Shade FALLING FOR BLUE 01
Shade TICKLE ME PINK 02
Hemp HAND OIL
SOAP ON A ROPE
Indian Night Jasmine BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
Japanese Cherry Blossom BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
Kistna AFTERSHAVE BALM
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAIR & BODY WASH
Life Is ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
BODY LOTION
BODY MIST
EAU DE TOILETTE
SHOWER GEL
Lip & Cheek Stain Shade RED 03
Shade ROSE PINK 01
Lip Liner Shade BEECH 02
Shade CLOVER PINK 03
Shade MAHOGANY 06
Shade MAUVE BERRY 04
Shade NUDE 11
Shade PINK BROWN 10
Shade ROSY RED 13
Liquid Eyeliner Shade BLACK 01
Shade BROWN 02
Shade TAUPE 03
GLITTER LIQUID EYELINER
Loose Face Powder Shade 02
Shade 03
Shade 05
Love Etc EAU DE PARFUM
Love Gloss Shade NATURAL 01
Lychee Blossom BODY LOTION
Madagascan Vanilla Flower BODY LOTION
EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
PERFUME OIL
Mango BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
BODY WHIP
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CLEANSE GEL
HAND CREAM
SOAP
SUGAR BODY SCRUB
Mascara SPARKLING BLACK
Midnight Bakula EAU DE TOILETTE
BODY MIST
Moisture White Shiso BB CREAM
BB SERUM INSIDE SPF 25 PA +++
CLEANSING POWDER
CONCENTRATED TARGET PERFECTOR
FOAMING FACIAL WASH
MAKE-UP CLEANSING OIL
MOISTURISING ESSENCE I
MOISTURISING ESSENCE II
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 01
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 02
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 03
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 04
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 11
PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF 25 PA++ Shade 21
UV Protector SPF 30 PA+++
WHITENING MOISTURE MILK
WHITENING NIGHT TREATMENT
WHITENING SERUM
WHITENING TREATMENT MASK
Moringa BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MILK
BODY MIST
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
HEART SOAP
MILK BODY LOTION
Nutriganics DROPS OF YOUTH EYE CONCENTRATE 10ML
DROPS OF YOUTH
FOAMING FACE WASH
REFRESHING TONER
SMOOTHING DAY CREAM
SMOOTHING EYE CREAM
SMOOTHING MASK
SMOOTHING NIGHT CREAM
SMOOTHING SERUM
SOFTENING CLEANSING GEL
Olive BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY SCRUB
CREAM BODY SCRUB
SOAP
Peppermint COOLING FOOT LOTION
COOLING FOOT SPRAY
REVIVING FOOT SOAK
REVIVING LEG GEL
SMOOTHING PUMICE FOOT SCRUB
Pink Grapefruit ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER
BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
BODY PUREE
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
SOAP
Pomegranate FIRMING & REFRESHING EYE ROLL-ON
FIRMING DAY CREAM
FIRMING DAY LOTION SPF15
INVIGORATING TONER
SOFTENING CREAM CLEANSER
SOFTENING FACIAL WASH
Rainforest RAINFOREST BALANCE CONDITIONER
RAINFOREST BALANCE SHAMPOO
RAINFOREST RADIANCE CONDITIONER
RAINFOREST RADIANCE DETANGLING SPRAY
RAINFOREST RADIANCE HAIR BUTTER
RAINFOREST RADIANCE SHAMPOO
RAINFOREST SHINE CONDITIONER
RAINFOREST SHINE SHAMPOO
Rose Oud EAU DE PARFUM
PERFUME OIL
Satsuma BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
BODY PUREE
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CLEANSE GEL
HAND CREAM
HEART SOAP
Seaweed CLARIFYING NIGHT TREATMENT
CLARIFYING TONER
DEEP CLEANSING FACIAL WASH
IONIC CLAY MASK
MATTIFYING DAY CREAM
MATTIFYING MOISTURE LOTION SPF15
PORE PERFECTOR
PORE-CLEANSING FACIAL EXFOLIATOR
PURIFYING FACIAL CLEANSER
Shea BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
BODY WHIP
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
HEART SOAP
SHOWER CREAM
SOAP
SUGAR BODY SCRUB
WHIP BODY LOTION
Shimmer Cubes PALETTE 06
PALETTE 07
PALETTE 20
PALETTE 21
PALETTE 22
PALETTE 23
PALETTE 26
PALETTE 30
PALETTE 31
SHIMMER CUBES PALETTE 32
Shimmer Waves Shade BLUSH 02
Shade BRONZE 01
Shade CORAL 04
Skin Primer MATTE IT
Spa Fit FIRMING & TONING GEL-CREAM MASSAGER
TONING CONCENTRATE
TONING MASSAGE OIL
Spa Wisdom Polynesia MONOI MIRACLE OIL
Strawberry ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER
BEAUTIFYING OIL
BODY MIST
BODY PUREE
EAU DE TOILETTE
HAND CREAM
HEART SHAPED SOAP
SOAP
Sweet Almond Oil NAIL POLISH REMOVER
Sweet Lemon BEAUTIFYING OIL
SOAP
SUGAR BODY SCRUB
WHIP BODY LOTION
Tea Tree BLEMISH FADE NIGHT LOTION
BODY WASH
CLEANSING WIPES
COOL & CREAMY WASH
FACE MASK
FLAWLESS BB CREAM Shade 01
FLAWLESS BB CREAM Shade 02
FLAWLESS BB CREAM Shade 03
TEA TREE OIL
PORE MINIMISER
SKIN CLEARING FACIAL WASH
SKIN CLEARING FOAMING CLEANSER
SKIN CLEARING LOTION
SKIN CLEARING TONER
SQUEAKY-CLEAN SCRUB
Tobacco Flower ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
BODY LOTION
BODY MIST
EAU DE TOILETTE
Massage Oil DIVINE CALM RELAXING
HARMONISING
SENSUAL
UNFRAGRANCED
Vanilla BLISS HEART SOAP
BODY MIST
EAU DE TOILETTE
EAU DE TOILETTE 30ML
HAND CREAM
SHIMMER LOTION
SOAP
THE SPARKLER
Vineyard Peach BODY LOTION
BODY MIST
CREAM BODY SCRUB
Vitamin C DAILY MOISTURISER SPF 30
ENERGISING FACE SPRITZ
EYE REVIVER DUO
FACIAL CLEANSING POLISH
FACIAL RADIANCE CAPSULES
FACIAL RADIANCE POWDER MIX
MICRODERMABRASION
SKIN BOOST
Vitamin E AQUA BOOST SORBET
BODY LOTION
CLEANSING WIPES
COOL BB CREAM
CREAM CLEANSER
CREAM EXFOLIATOR
EYE CREAM
FACE MIST
FACIAL CLEANSING BAR
GENTLE FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES
GENTLE FACIAL WASH
HAND & NAIL TREATMENT
HYDRATING TONER
INTENSE MOISTURE CREAM
MOISTURE CREAM
MOISTURE LOTION SPF 15
NOURISHING NIGHT CREAM
OVERNIGHT SERUM-IN-OIL 28ML
SINK-IN MOISTURE MASK
TINTED MOISTURE LOTION
Wheatgrass FIXING GEL
White Musk ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
BODY BUTTER
EAU DE PARFUM
EAU DE TOILETTE
FOR MEN AFTERSHAVE BALM
FOR MEN EAU DE TOILETTE
FRAGRANCE MIST
LIBERTINE BODY LOTION
LIBERTINE EAU DE PARFUM
LIBERTINE EAU DE TOILETTE
LIBERTINE FRAGRANCE MIST
MOISTURISING HAND & NAIL CREAM
PERFUME OIL
POUR HOMME DEODORANT ANTI-PERSPIRANT
SENSUAL BODY POWDER
SMOKY ROSE BODY LOTION
SMOKY ROSE EAU DE PARFUM
SMOKY ROSE EAU DE TOILETTE
SMOKY ROSE FRAGRANCE MIST
SMOOTH SATIN BODY LOTION
SPORT ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT
SPORT EAU DE TOILETTE POUR HOMME
Wild Argan Oil BODY LOTION
BODY OIL
HAND CREAM
MASSAGE SOAP
Wild Rose HAND CREAM SPF 15

It’s a difficult ethical choice we vegans are often faced with; The Body Shop have gone to the effort of creating a vast range of cruelty free and vegan products, yet ince 2006 they have been owned by L’oreal who use animals in product testing… So do we purchase from them or not?

Please have a read of the original post from Kimmi at The Plastic Diaries and then let me know your thoughts.

http://www.theplasticdiaries.com/beauty/the-body-shop-vegan-product-list

Vegfest – Brighton 28-29th March

Has anyone been to Vegfest before? Last year I went for the first time, to the one at Kensington Olympia, London.

I picked up some bargains and found out about great new products and brands. So I am particularly excited for this Saturday, when the BF and I will be going to the one in in Brighton, unable to wait until it returns to London in October.

The dream is to one day have a stall selling food and sweet treats, but for now I’ll settle for being a happy visitor and customer.

A few things I will be purchasing :

  • Nakd bars from Natural Balance Foods – made from 100% natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts “smooshed” together in a handy bar. Wheat & dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras, I’m going to pick up a couple of boxes of my fave bars : Cashew Cookie & Cocoa Crunch
  • Explore Asian‘s bean pastas – vegan, organic, gluten-free, kosher “pastas”; the taste and texture of pasta, with all the benefits of beans! I’m especially looking out for their Edamame Spaghetti
  • Great Food UK 100% natural, gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, Halal & Kosher range of bites, snacks and meals – last year they had some great offers on their falafel and sweet potato pakoras!

I was a little unprepared last year and didn’t do my research before I went, so this time I’ve been studying the schedule.

Non-shopping things I’m looking forward to :

  • Jasmijn de Boo‘s (The Vegan Society) talk on vegan businesses, trends & success stories
  • Ellie Bedford‘s cookery demonstration – How to Eat a “Chocolatey” Rainbow
  • Melissa (Ms. Cupcake) Morgan’s talk on how to replace animal products in baking
  • Anneka Svenska‘s talk on vegan juicing and smoothies
  • Animal welfare conference section
  • Environmental & food sustainability conference
  • The Hemp Expo showcasing the industrial and medicinal benefits of hemp, including a smoothie demo from Tim Barford

    Think I’m going to have a busy day!! Maybe I’ll see you there?

    The Coconut Collaborative

    I’ve been vegan for 10 months now, not long when I have a whole lifetime ahead of me, but it does mean I’m still discovering new brands all the time & that’s always exciting!

    This week I stumbled across The Coconut Collaborative, in Tesco of all places! Have you heard of them?

    I am so into coconuts at the moment; I’m using coconut oil in everything, covering vegan treats in coconut flakes, considering purchasing some coconut sugar, I even nicknamed one of my pups “my little Coco-nut”… So I was looking forward to trying some of these coconut based yoghurts.

    Created by self proclaimed “coconutters”, aiming to spread the coconut love near and far:

    “our mission

    In the beginning there was the coconut and we saw that it was good. That’s why we’re on a mission to spread the coco-love far and wide by bringing together like-minded coconutters so you can enjoy the coco-clever things they make. And at the same time, we’re determined to give something back to the planet and it’s people, so we’re planting coconut trees, helping farmers and supporting charities.”

    Dairy, soya and gluten free, Coconut Co yoghurts are made from coconut milk, sometimes with the addition of fruits, but I decided to try out the plain variety..

    Natural Coconut Yoghurt
    

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever eaten coconut yogurt before. I always enjoyed plain or Greek yoghurts before becoming vegan, but have been a bit apprehensive about trying other vegan yoghurt products, usually because they’re soy based, which I try not to consume too much of.

    So I was excited to try this natural one & devoured it with homemade vegan chilli, as a soured cream replacement, and it was delicious. The coconut flavour went so well with the hot & spicy chilli, but it would equally go as well with musli, granola or fruit for breakfast too.

    I’d thoroughly recommend and am looking forward to am trying out some of the other fruitier varieties. They even do frozen yogurt too, which has given me the idea of using coconut milk in my vegan “nice” creams at home!

    

    Frozen Coconut Yoghurt
    

    Check out their website for more info, products, including ingredients & nutritional lists. You can join their mailing list, enter competitions and find out about the other “coconutter” brands too!

    Crabbie’s Vegan Sauces

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    Whilst Crabbie’s use fish products in the finishing process of their Ginger Beers, I have just discovered that their 2 sauces are vegan!

    I was searching for pickles & chutneys to go with Boxing Day’s bubble & squeak – I didn’t want to have to drag myself to the shops – and I found a pre-veganism bottle of Crabbie’s Ginger Spiced Sweet Chilli sauce at the back or our cupboard. As all vegans do, I immediately checked the back for the ingredients list, but there was no need as Crabbie’s have labelled these sauces suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

    After a little research I discovered the other sauce – Sweet Ginger Splash – is also vegan. Not only that, but they are both gluten free, and whilst our sweet chilli one went great with leftover bubble & squeak, the sweet ginger splash has been designed to add “zing” to puddings, cakes, fruit & ice cream – sounds like a winner to me!

    Although these are not new products, it’s great to see that a well known brand have branched out in to a different range of products, and they’ve specifically made them suitable for vegans. Bravo Crabbie’s, now you just need to adjust your beer finishing process to exclude the use of fish!

    Malibu Baking – Rum & Raisin Cake – Banana & Rum Bread

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    My friends over at Mailbu HQ sent me a bottle of their original rum and asked me to bake something special for World Vegan Day – which is November 1st by the way, and kicks off a whole month of celebrating all that is good and vegan in the world, check it out :
    I kicked off a weekend with a lovely little vegan rum & raisin cake recipe. I’d usually use rum extract in this recipe but this time I substituted it for the real stuff. I may have taken it a little easy with the rum, so feel free to add a little more if you really want to get that beautiful coconut flavour coming through nice and strong. A deliciously moist fat free vegan cake – give it a go. As delicious enjoyed with a cup of tea of as an afternoon snack, as with ice cream (vegan of course) for dessert.
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    Vegan Malibu and Raisin Cake
    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 ½ x cups brown rice flour
    • ½ x cup light brown sugar (I use Tate & Lyle as it’s vegan friendly)
    • 2 x teaspoons baking powder (this has to be fresh in order for the batter to rise)
    • 1 x cup almond milk (can substitute for other nut milks)
    • 1 x pinch of salt
    • ¼ x cup apple sauce (I use homemade, check out my post for the recipe – http://isitveganuk.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/homemade-no-added-sugar-apple-sauce/ )
    • 1 x cup raisins
    • 2 x tablespoons Malibu Original

    METHOD

    1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
    2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper
    3. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and stir well
    4. Add the almond milk and applesauce and stir again
    5. Add raisins and Malibu and stir for a final time
    6. Pour your batter in the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes
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    Second on my weekend venture in to all things Malibu, was a variation on a classic loaf of Banana Bread – with added Malibu for good measure, obviously.
    I went all out with this recipe and added in double the quantity I’d previously used in the Rum & Raisin Cake. I thought the strength of the banana and cinnamon would even it out. Indeed it did, once again you can probably add a little bit more if you so desire.
    This recipe is seriously simple, I don’t like complicated bakes. Made with only a handful of ingredients it’s so easy to throw together, though it does take a while to bake.
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     Vegan Banana and Malibu Bread
    INGREDIENTS
    • 5 x large over-ripe bananas
    • 1 x cup of almonds
    • 2 x cup of pecans
    • 1 x cup of brown rice flour
    • ½ x cup of maple syrup (you can substitute for agave syrup or similar, but the maple syrup adds to the sweet nutty flavour)
    • 3 x tablespoons flax seeds (you can swap for chia seeds if you prefer)
    • 2 x tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 4 x tablespoons Malibu Original

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    METHOD

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 150C

    2. Blend the almonds and pecans in a food processor to form a flour. I had to do mine in batches, about a handful at a time

    3. Once all your nuts are blended to a flour, put in to a mixing bowl and along with the brown rice flour, maple syrup, flax seeds and cinnamon, and mix everything together.

    4. Peel and mash all the bananas the bananas until smooth, then stir into the bread mix

    You’ll end up with quite a wet sticky mixture, don’t worry, this is the right consistency

    5. Use coconut oil to grease your trusty loaf tin and pour the mix in

    6. Bake in your pre-heated oven for about 1 hour

     

    I use a toothpick or skewer to check my bakes are cooked the way through. Stick it in to the centre of the cake / load, if it comes out clean, you’re done. If there’s mixture or batter left on the toothpick or skewer when it comes out, pop it in for a little longer – this will have to be a judgement call.

    I had a slice, ok 2 slices, of this delicious bread after dinner this evening, with a thin layer of Meridians Crunchy 100% Peanut Butter. It can however be enjoyed on it own as it has so much flavour, but always accompanied with a cup of tea.

     

    So there you have it, my weekend spent indulging in Malibu, though not in the way I usually would! Try out these recipes for yourself and let me know what you think. Too much or not enough rum? That’s the important question!

    Oh and just to note, I used brown rice flour in both of my bakes, as its naturally gluten free, but you really could substitute for any flour you like.

    Come back soon for more vegan recipes and keep up to date with my vegan life in London on my Instagram page – @IsItVeganUK

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