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. ***

Vegan Double Chocolate Cake

In honour of National Chocolate Day this week, I shared a pic on Instagram of a dairy & egg free chocolate cake I made recently. I had a few requests for the recipe, so here it is folks, enjoy!

Cake Ingredients

  • 340g self raising flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 240g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 400ml soya, almond or rice milk
  • 160ml light rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Buttercream Ingredients

  • 75g dairy-free margarine
  • 75g vegetable fat (shortening)
  • 650g icing sugar
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • Around 80-100ml soya, almond or rice milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Cake Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180’C (350’F / gas mark 4) and grease 2 round 20cm cake tins.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the cocoa powder, caster sugar and baking powder.
  3. Add the milk, oil and vanilla, stirring until just combined. Don’t overmix or you’ll knock any air out and your cake won’t rise properly. To stop the rising agents working too quickly, tap the bowl on your kitchen counter and you should see little bubbles popping.
  4. Spoon half of the mixture into each cake tin and tap the tins a final time on the work surface.
  5. Put in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes. You’ll know the cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in to the middle of the cakes, comes out clean. They should feel springy to the touch.
  6. Leave the cakes in the tins to cool for about 15-20 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack until completely cooled.

Buttercream Method

  1. Use an electric or handheld mixer to whip together the margarine, vegetable fat and vanilla, until creamy in texture.
  2. Add half the icing sugar, all the cocoa powder and milk, and continue to mix. Start slowly, then bring up the speed until combined.
  3. Add the rest of the icing sugar and mix for about 1 minute until you have a smooth consistency.
  4. If your icing is too firm, add a bit more milk; too thin, add a bit more icing sugar.

Finishing Touches

  1. Spread the bottom layer of your cake with a nice thick helping of buttercream.
  2. Place the second layer on top and smother with more buttercream, covering the sides too.
  3. At this point you can either leave with this simple finish, or perhaps decorate with iced buttercream flowers on top, or even vegan biscuits or chocolate pieces.

Depending on who I’m making this cake for, and whether I want to at least try making it a bit healthier (or just slightly less naughty), you can swap out the caster sugar  for coconut sugar, the self raising flour for a gluten-free self raising blend flour, and the cocoa powder for unsweetened cacao powder.

This is a rich and decadent cake, so I’ve also experimented with different buttercream flavours. If the double chocolate is a bit much for you, try using a simple vanilla buttercream instead – just increase the icing sugar quantity to 750g, remove the cocoa powder completely, whilst reducing the milk quantity to just 40-60ml.

Have a go and let me know how you get on!

Adapted from a Turkish Delight Cake recipe by Ms. Cupcake.

Peanut Butter & Banana “Cheesecake” – vegan friendly

Who doesn’t love a good cheesecake? Creamy, rich, indulgent… And you’d have thought that being vegan means giving up on decadent treats such as these, but you’d be wrong.

I love finding a dairy-free, vegan friendly alternative to some of my old favourites, and this one is sure to impress even your non-vegan friends.


The perfect combination of deliciously crunchy base, created from homemade Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, and creamy smooth “cheesecake” topping of blended, protein-rich cashews and peanut butter.






The banana element gives this cheesecake a hint of Banoffee Pie, which let’s face it, is never a bad thing!





Now obviously you could buy the biscuits for the base, and choose practically any type you want (Oreos – vegan friendly – work great!), but these digestives are so easy to make, and I like knowing I’ve created something entirely from scratch.

Author: My Vegan Kitchen

Recipe Type: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan

Serves: 8 – 12


BASE (makes 10 so you have some leftover for eating)

  • 170g wholemeal flour
  • 170g medium oatmeal
  • 150g cold vegan butter, diced
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 55g dark muscovado sugar
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 150g vegan dark chocolate (optional)


  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup (or your choice of liquid sweetener)
  • ¾ cup peanut butter (your preference of smooth or crunchy)


  • ¾ cup vegan dark chocolate
  • 50ml coconut milk



For the biscuits (if making):

  1. Preheat your oven to 170C degrees and in a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and oatmeal. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (best to get dirty and use your hands for this bit).
  2. Mix in the bicarb, sugar and salt, adding just a little almond milk to bring it all together to a dough-like consistency. Flatten in to a disk, wrap in clingfilm chill for at least 30 minutes (like pastry, this makes it easier to roll out and cut in to biscuit shapes).
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper and set aside. Roll out your biscuit “dough” between 2 sheets of clingfilm, to around 4-5mm thick, then cut out your biscuits. Arrange on your baking trays, leaving a small gap in between each, prick each one several times with a fork and bake for between 12-15 minutes. Baking time will depend on you oven and whether you prefer your biscuits to be soft or crisp (crisp is probably better for the purpose of your cheesecake base).
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, whilst you melt your chocolate (if using) over a saucepan of simmering water. Remember this step is optional, you may only want to coat the biscuits you won’t be using for the cheesecake base, but I did them all so my base would have little chunks of chocolate!
  5. To coat biscuits, dunk one side in to the melted chocolate, repeating to build up layers, set aside to cool.

For the base:

  1. If not still on, preheat your oven to 180C degrees and, using either a food processor or a good, old fashioned rolling pin, crush up 140g of your biscuit choice. Add 5 tbsp of melted coconut oil and mix together.
  2. Lightly grease a 20cm cake tin, either spring form or one with a removable base is best. Fill the bottom of cake tin with your crushed biscuit mixture, and use either the back of a spoon or a small cup to pack it down tightly and as evenly as possible.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, remove and set aside to cool.
  4. Add you bananas, cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, coconut milk, maple syrup and peanut butter to a blend a blend together until very smooth. This will take around 4 – 5 minutes and you’ll probably need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides to mix back together a couple of times.
  5. If your peanut butter doesn’t already contain salt, you may want to season with a pinch at this point. Also, if your mixture is too thick, you can add a little more coconut milk to loosen.
  6. Pour evenly over your cool biscuit base and set aside. At this point you can either put in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours – although overnight is best – or you can whip up whatever toppings and decorations you want to add. For example:

For the chocolate ganache:

  1. Heat 50ml of coconut milk over a low heat, bringing it to a simmer. Meanwhile break up ¾ cup of vegan dark chocolate (I like Green & Blacks) in a small heat proof mixing bowl and, once the coconut milk is bubbling, pour it over the chocolate. Then just leave it for 3 – 4 minutes, before stirring and mixing together. Have a taste at this point, as you may want to sweeten with a little maple syrup. I however I like mine a little bitter, to combat the richness of the cheesecake.
  2. Spoon your ganache over the top of your cheesecake, in whatever pattern takes your fancy. Go wild, be as creative as you like! Once you’ve exhausted your creativity, pop your cheesecake in the fridge to set, as stated above, for at least 3 hours.
  3. Once set, remove your cheesecake from its tin and serve! I like to serve mine with a bit of salted caramel sauce, veganised from this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s website, and any leftover ganache.

Vegan Spicy Carrot + Walnut Cake

Vegan Spicy Carrot + Walnut Cake with Zingy Lemon + Cashew Frosting

The original version of this recipe produced 12 deliciously spicy Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes, but more recently I’ve been turning it in to a slightly more grown up cake.

The recipe remains fundamentally the same, however I swapped the gluten-free brown rice flour for spelt flour. The taste and texture of spelt compliments the other flavours, and although it means the recipe is no longer suitable for people with coeliac disease, spelt flour does have slightly fewer calories than wheat flour and is somewhat higher in protein. It’s also easy to digest, but is lower in fibre than wheat.

The new recipe has proved popular with friends, family and the patrons of Palmers Green Market N13, so I thought I’d share it with you. I am also working on a refined sugar-free version of this recipe, so keep your eyes open for that too.

As previous, you can pretty much make the cake itself by hand, but you will need a high powered blender for the cashew frosting.


For the cake:

· 2 ¼ cups of organic spelt flour, I like Doves

· 3 tsp baking powder

· 1 tsp baking soda

· 3 tsp cinnamon

· ½ tsp nutmeg

· 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

· ½ applesauce (I make my own sugar-free, recipe here)

· 1 cup almond milk

· 2 tsp vanilla extract

· 1 cup light brown cane sugar

· ½ cup coconut oil, melted

· 3 large carrots, peeled and grated

· 1 cup crushed walnuts, plus extra halves for decoration

For the icing:

· 1 cup cashews

· ¼ cup almond milk

· ¼ cup maple syrup

· 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

· ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt


For the cake:

1. Preheat oven to 180C

2. Grease your 9 x 5 inch cake tin, and line with grease proof paper in preparation – this will make it easier to remove from the tin once baked

3. Sieve spelt flour in to a large mixing bowl and whisk together with the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt (I used a Kitchen Aid to mix, but it’s just as easy by hand)

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, sugar and coconut oil

5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together

6. Fold in the grated carrots and crushed walnuts

7. Pour cake mixture in to your cake tin

8. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes – cooking times may vary according to you oven, so keep checking on your cake. You want it to be a deep golden brown colour, but still springy to the touch. It’s ready when you can pull a toothpick out clean

9. Remove your cake from its tin and leave to cool on a wire rack, while you turn your attention to the zingy cashew icing

For the icing:

10. Place all the icing ingredients in to a powerful food processor (I used a Vitamix) and blend together, slowly at first increasing the power as you go, until you have a thick, smooth icing

11. Depending on your taste buds you can add a little more maple syrup or lemon juice, but be careful not to thin the mixture too much as you want it to hold its form once on your cake. If too thin, blend in a few more cashew nuts to thicken again

12. Chill in your fridge for at least 30 mins. You want the mixture to be firm, but still pliable enough to ice your cake

13. Once chilled, smooth your icing across the top of your cake – I find a silicon spatula does the job quite well

14. Divide in to slices and top each one with half a walnut as decoration

Best served straight away, but as per the original recipe, any left overs can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for around 2-3 days.

As per my previous cupcake post, I’ll reiterate that you don’t need to soak your cashews overnight before making you icing. I used to do this, but always found the mixture too wet, and as long as your food processor is powerful enough, soaking isn’t necessary.

So that’s that. An update on an old personal favourite. Let me know what you think of the new (and improved?) recipe. Come back soon for more vegan recipes and reviews, but in the meantime take a look at my Instagram @my_vegan_kitchen

Creamy Avocado Sauce

There’s many a night in the My Vegan Kitchen when we look for leftovers to create a whole meal from.

Tonight was such a night and the boyfriend seemed quite taken with the idea of a “creamy avocado sauce” for our courgetti.

Luckily I had enough ingredients to whip this up in about 10 minutes flat. If you’re looking for something tasty that takes no time at all to make, then this is the delicious sauce for you, full of satiating & anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Seasoning


  1. Toast your pine nuts until golden brown
  2. Whilst they’re toasting, mash up your avocado with the other ingredients
  3. Add pine nut and mash together again – you can do this all in a blender, but tonight for ease (and less washing up!) I decided to simply mash with a fork
  4. Add seasoning
  5. Serve over spiralised courgette

We also cooked off some sliced chestnut mushrooms, baby plum tomatoes + garlic in rapeseed oil + soy sauce (use tamari if you’re gluten-free) and added to courgetti and sauce.

And all in around 10-15 minutes! Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Did you know that avocados are extremely nutrition? They are abundant with vitamins and contain more potassium than bananas. They are known to be healthy fats, which means they are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and has beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. They’re also full of fiber which can help keep you fuller for longer, whilst feeding the friendly bacteria in your intestine.  


So eat up!!

Raw, Vegan Date Bites

Just a quick post to share these deliciously indulgent little snacks with you.

I made them as a little post dinner snack the other night and they went down a storm, even with my 17 year old (non-vegan) niece!

Ingredients :

  • Medjool dates
  • 100% peanut butter
  • Vegan dark chocolate (optional)

Instructions :

  1. Cut dates in half, remove pit of necessary
  2. Fill with as much peanut butter as you like
  3. Top with a small piece of dark chocolate 
  4. Grate a little extra dark chocolate over everything (why not, you deserve it?!)
  5. Eat

I’ve also melted some coconut oil with cacao powder and maple syrup, to make homemade chocolate in the past, and used it to coat these yummy morsels. That requires a little more time to prep and chill in the fridge though, but worth it if you can endure the wait!

Easy Homemade Hummus

I’ve been playing around with hummus recipes for a while now, and I think I might have just cracked it.

  • 1x can of chickpeas, reserving the water
  • 2x tsp tahini
  • 1x garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2x tsp salt, pink Himalayan if you have it
  • 3x tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2x tbsp fresh lemon juice

You can double or triple the ingredients, depending on how many you want to serve. These qualities will produce about 4 good sized servings.

  1. Rinse chickpeas, reserving water from the can, and place in food processor
  2. Add tahini, garlic, salt and lemon juice and blend together, adding about 3-4 tbsp of the chickpea can water
  3. Whilst blending, drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil, adding more to reach desired consistency, reserving some to drizzle over at the end
  4. Serve, adding extra chickpeas or paprika as garnish

And there you have it, a simple, quick and easy recipe for a household favourite. I’ve also tried with peanut butter (yes, you read that right) instead of tahini, and it works quite well!

Next on my list is a roasted jalapeño version.

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Whenever in my local supermarket, I always just check out the fresh produce in the reduced section. At the end of the day, there’s usually a bargain to be found. I like to pick up things I can freeze at home to use later :

  • Bananas for nice cream
  • Berries, pineapple or citrus fruits for smoothies


Sometimes what’s on offer will dictate my dinner that evening :

  • A 29p bag of carrots for a spicy Asian carrot side dish
  • A 59p butternut squash roasted with red onions, added to quinoa

I even picked up a beautiful bunch of flowers for £1 the other day!  

Over the weekend I bought 2 small bunches of fresh basil for 29p each and turned them in to a vegan pesto, which I froze in to cubes, to be used at a later date. Freezing for later use means I can quickly put together a pesto pasta dish after work, without having to buy pesto ingredients and make from fresh. 

You can scale the ingredients up or down, depending on how much basil you have. Here’s what I used :

  • 2x generous handfuls of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1x garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1x handful pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, optional
  • Nutritional yeast, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt + freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

You can use a food processor but I like to mash everything together in a pestle + mortar.


  • First add basil + garlic, then mash
  • Add toasted pine nuts, mash again
  •  If you’re using nutritional yeast, add now. I left it out as I had run out
  • Season with salt + pepper
  • Mix in extra virgin olive oil, mixing until you each your desired consistency

I then put my pesto in to an ice cube tray and froze for later use, but you can use straight away, or if your basil is nice and fresh, store in fridge for meals throughout the week.

I used 2 pesto “ice cubes” to make pesto pasta for dinner last night. Simply cook your pasta and add pesto cube for pan to melt, adding a little extra virgin olive oil to make a creamy pesto sauce.


Tonight I’m thinking pesto mushrooms on rye bread toast… 

Vegan Homemade, No Added Sugar BBQ Sauce Recipe

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about jackfruit and how it has the same consistency as pulled meat. Last week I was lucky enough to enjoy a BBQ Jackfruit Burrito at Club Mexicana and knew I had to recreate this BBQ “meat” at home.



I don’t like to buy sauces in jars from supermarkets, as I often find they add a lot of unnecessary ingredients – sugar for example – so I decided to make my own BBQ sauce. I have used fresh pineapple to give my vegan sauce a sweet kick. If my recipe isn’t quite sweet enough for you, add some maple syrup, it’ll also give it a nice smoky flavour.



This recipe will give you about 1 litre of BBQ sauce. Yes, I know that seems like a lot, but I think it’s best to cook these things in bulk – I knew I’d find a use for all those empty jars I horded! I’m keeping a couple in the fridge to start, but will probably pop some in the freezer for use at a later date too.


Here’s what you’ll need:


1x red onion, diced

2x red chillies, deseeded and diced

3x garlic cloves, peeled and diced

1x thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1/2x pineapple, skin removed, finely diced (you can also use tinned pineapple if you prefer)


4x tbsp smoked paprika

2x tbsp ground cayenne pepper

1x tsp ground cinnamon


1x 400ml tin of passata

1x 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes

2x tbsp tomato puree

1/2x cup white wine vinegar

1/2x cup balsamic vinegar

2x tbsp low sodium soy sauce (tamari if gluten free)
1x tbsp Dijon mustard


1x generous pinch each of pink Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


2x tbsp 100% maple syrup (optional, if you have a sweet tooth. I left it out)


Coconut oil for the initial frying



And how you do it:


1.       Heat about 1 tbsp coconut oil in a large saucepan, over a medium heat – I used a Le Creuset style cast iron stockpot, you’ll need something fairly big if, like me, you’re making a big batch – and fry the red onion, red chillies, garlic cloves, ginger and pineapple

2.       Once everything has start to brown nicely, add the dry spices – smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, stirring to combine

3.       Next add all the wet ingredients – passata, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and Dijon mustard, leaving to simmer for about 30 mins

4.       Remove from the heat, season with pink Himalayan salt and ground black pepper, and blend using a hand bender. At this point, taste your sauce and make any flavour adjustments you feel necessary – adding maple syrup for a sweeter flavour for example. If your sauce is still a little thin or runny, put back on the heat to simmer and reduce down further. You’re aiming for quite a thick, gloopy consistency

5.       Et Voila – Homemade, Vegan, No Added Sugar BBQ Sauce



I kept some in a saucepan as intended and made pulled BBQ jackfruit, then decanted the rest in to those handy jars I knew would were worth keeping, refrigerating for use later in the week – I have BBQ “not dogs” with caramelised red onions in mind…


Raw Vegan Nut, Seed + Cacao Hearts

Just a quick post today to tell you about the Raw Vegan Nut, Seed + Cacao Hearts I made at the weekend.

I wanted to jazz up my usual protein balls so I made them in to little hearts, using a silicone ice cube mould. I love using these to make sweet treats as they come in so many different shapes; I’m on the lookout for something “Easter-y” at the moment, if anyone can point me in the right direction?

Anyway, I digress, these are so simple to make and they are raw so no cooking involved, retaining all their natural nutritious goodness.

Here’s what I used, but feel free to play around with the ingredients, I tend to just use up what I have in my cupboards. Your quantities will vary depending on the size and shape of your mould. I always find it’s better to make too much than too little. I like to taste as I go – of course, who doesn’t, right? – and you can always revert back to good old protein balls if you run out of space in your mould. I ended up making 12 hearts, with enough mixture left over to make 6 balls, which I rolled in the leftover cacao chocolate and coconut.

·         Desiccated coconut

·         Porridge oats, steel cut if you’re gluten-free

·         Your preferred mixture of nuts and seeds – I used cashews and almonds + sunflower and pumpkin seeds

·         Dates, medjool if poss as they are best

·         4x tbsp maple syrup – 2x tbsp for the protein mixture + 2x tbsp for the cacao chocolate topping. You can add more or less depending on the size of your sweet tooth and mould of course

·         Coconut oil, melted –  1x tbsp for the protein mixture + 4-5x tbsp for the cacao chocolate topping

Do you know how good this stuff is for you? Check out post featuring some of the amazing ways coconut oil can be used in your cooking and beauty regime

·         3x tbsp raw organic cacao powder – 1x tbsp for protein mixture + 2x tbsp for cacao chocolate topping

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter)

You can use regular cocoa powder but your creations won’t be raw

You might also need to use more cocoa powder, in order to get the same depth of chocolate flavour as cacao


Add your favourite vegan friendly protein to ramp up the protein content. They’re then great little snacks for an immediate post workout protein hit.

And how you make them :

1.       Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut in the bottom of your moulds, this will give them nice little coconut tops

2.       Put nuts, seeds, oats, dates, 1x tbsp cacao powder + more desiccated coconut in a food processor and blend to desired consistency

3.       Add in 2x tbsp maple syrup and 1x tbsp coconut oil and blend once more, until the mixture becomes thick and sticky, then pack tightly in to your moulds

4.       Mix the remaining melted coconut oil and cacao powder to make a rich cacao chocolate, then drizzle on top of your moulds, creating what will become their lovely chocolate bottoms

5.       Put in your freezer for about 30 minutes and until set and they’re ready to devour. Make sure you keep them in the fridge when not eating, as this will keep them set and fresh!


raw vegan nut, seed + cacao hearts


Let me know how you get on making these. I think some bunnies would be fun for Easter, now where would I get that mould from? Post your pictures on Instagram tagging me so I can see your creations!