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a little more Christmas

Holland and Barrett have a gorgeous selection of dairy free Christmas goodies in store and online here.

Cranberry & Orange Tiffin Mini Bites and Mini Iced Fruit Cake Bites from the Co-op (click photo for bigger image):

Don’t miss our Vegan Advent Page and our main section of Christmas recipes and gifts!



Light and Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

They’re light. They’re fluffy. Gluten free. Soft and gooey too. Welcome to vegan chocolate chip pancakes made with aquafaba and the wonderfully sweet and mild, just like high quality milk chocolate, Moo Free Baking¬†Drops!

This recipe was developed for the #MooFreeBakeOff 2017

Just look at the chocolatey gooey-ness…

And the fluffiness? Can you see the fluffiness?

And the magic ingredient that makes them light and fluffy? Aquafaba, the cooking liquid from beans or chickpeas. Here we used the water drained out of one tin of chickpeas.

Ingredients:
water from one tin of chick peas (or other beans)
1 heaped tablespoon of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
1 bag of Moo Free Baking Drops
10 heaped tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
soya milk to mix to a good pouring batter (about a cup, but add it gradually)
a dash of vinegar

We used a cake mixer but you could whisk by hand! Pour the aquafaba into your mixing bowl and add the sugar. Then, on the highest setting, whisk for about six minutes: until frothy and possibly forming peaks. Turn the mixer down to a slow setting and add the sunflower oil, baking drops, and then gradually, bit by bit, alternate soya milk and flour until you have a good thick batter that can also pour. Pour in those Moo Free Baking Drops and turn up the speed on the mixer to fluff things up!

Our first batch, with only 8 spoons of flour, was too runny and the pancakes were not fluffy, but we quickly ate those up and added flour ūüôā

At the very end of mixing add the dash of vinegar.

Spray or wipe a sturdy frying pan or skillet with a tiny amount of oil and heat to quite a high temperature. We made small pancakes using tablespoons of the batter, three at time, in a large frying pan. Once little holes appear in the batter (probably after about a minute, depending on heat) that’s the time to flip them over and do the other side which generally needs less time.

We ate them while still warm, with strawberries.


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Gluten Free Raisin Cake

Before we get to the sweet and delicious baking, some news: we are now on Facebook. Go visit us there!

Onto the cake, which is relatively low sugar, relying mainly on the sweetness of the raisins, and they are very sweet!

Ingredients:
300g/12oz/2 cups of Dove’s Farm Gluten Free¬†Self Raising¬†Flour
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 cup/8 fl.oz/200ml of sunflower oil
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
1 cup of soya milk (or possibly a little more to get a good mixture)
2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract
2 good handfuls of raisins (or more if you like!)
1 or 2 tablespoons of preserving sugar or sugar crystals (optional)

Oil your cake tin and preheat oven to 180C/360F. Mix together the flour and cinnamon. Make a well in the middle and pour in the oil, golden syrup, soya milk, and vanilla Рmix well. Stir in the lovely juicy sweet raisins and then sprinkle the preserving sugar, if using, on top. Pour into cake tin and bake for about half an hour or until cooked in middle (insert a knife or skewer into the centre of cake and if cooked it will come out clean).



Chocolate Brownies at The Old Auction Room Café

The Old Auction Room in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, has recently been all done up and its wonderful café always has gorgeous vegan cake! There seems to be a vegan and gluten-free main or soup each day too. Above is a raw chocolate brownie, below a slice of date and walnut loaf, both gluten-free.

They also have vintage clothes, old books and antiques for sale. Some hats:

There’s¬†a florist and a barber on the premises too.

And a wee fairy! Here’s their facebook page.



Bonobo Kickstarter

Bonobo Cafe, a 100% vegan café in Aberdeen, also a worker co-operative, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign.

They started as a Saturday pop-up, ploughing all the takings back into the business and saving in order to open up full time. It‚Äôs been 18 months since then and now they‚Äôre almost there, having agreed a lease on a premises. They’re hoping to raise the funds for the fit out through this campaign.

Their reward structure includes the option to provide a vulnerable person in Aberdeen with a hot drink every day for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months of the year as well as some other nice gifts.

The kickstarter campaign link is: www.kickstarter.com/projects/bonobocafe/bonobo-café

You can also visit them on Facebook or Instagram

Fitness, Mountain Peaks and Cake

Bennachie in the mist

It’s a new year, a good time to get fit and healthy, so let’s climb a mountain! Up we go into the mist…

Bennachie in Aberdeenshire has several peaks. We’re going to visit four. Firstly the Mither Tap, then Craig Shannoch then onto the Little Oxen Crag and the Oxen Crag. The Little one is somehow the toughest, you’ll be¬†peching as we say up here, Fitbit lighting up with joy at the raised heart rate.

path on Bennachie

Keep going! Keep going! Think about the healthy chocolate protein shake you’re going to have when you get home!

Purition Protein Shake

Purition‘s Raw Vegan Chocolate Hemp Mix¬†blended¬†in soya milk with¬†some added banana and avocado. Yum, yum, yum.

But we’re not there yet, we’re¬†circling back to cover more of the hill.

mist and sun

And down we go.

And it snows.

So we’re inside.

On YouTube.

And dancing.

Sweaty Betty Ballet Bootcamp Encore is a great cardio and core workout from the ladies at Sleek Technique (lots of nice DVDs available too), no dance training required.

And now, a smoothie made with frozen blackberries, bananas, orange juice¬†and a sachet of Purition‘s Raw Vegan Hemp Mix.

berry smoothie

For simpler and (sometimes) shorter routines try Lazy Dancer Tips¬†or some Pilates workouts¬†or, if you’re hardcore, you could go for a full class from The Royal Ballet.

And after all that, how about some fortified cake? Yes, cake. It’s doesn’t have to be (that) unhealthy. This one’s made with 3 large mashed¬†bananas mixed into a cup of gluten free self raising flour, a packet of Purition‘s Vegan Vanilla Hemp mix, a little sunflower oil and enough soya milk to make a nice thick batter. Pour into a greased square cake tin and bake for about half an hour at 200c/400F.

Cool.

Cut into pieces and cover with dark chocolate, chopped pecan nuts and fresh blueberries. Happy Eating!

sugar free banana cake

The Purition mixes mentioned in this post are their three vegan products, all made with nuts and seeds, all natural, nothing nasty, and over 14g of protein per 40g serving! See them all on their site here.

chocolate protein mix

Vegan Advent 2017

Chrismas nuts

 

Montezuma’s¬†do this gorgeous dark number with large blocks of chocolate.

And this year they have a dairy free kids one too!

 

playmobil dragonPlaymobil do a lovely range with great scenes to build from traditional Nativity to dragons, unicorns, pirates and Santa’s workshop.

 

 

Coco Loco Dark Calendar from Ethical Superstore

 

Lego also have a nice selection, some sweet and Christmassy, others less so!

Lego Star Wars Advent

 

The Dark Calendar from
hotel chocolat

 

CIAT√Č’ LONDON’ MINI MANI MONTH 2017: all the nail polishes you could want!

 

Chocologic Calendars are for sale in Tesco and at Amazon

 

 

Kleeneze have some nice calendars available including the Block Tech Advent Calendar, a Magnetic House Advent Calendar, and a Fill Your Own one.

  

 

Divine Dark Calendar from Amazon and Ethical Superstore

 

Ethical Superstore are selling an organic fair-trade tea calendar here.

tea-calendar

 

Moo Free have this really sweet and mellow tasting chocolate calendar:

 

Plamil do two, one with sugar and one without.

plamil-advent

 

Holland and Barratt have some lovely Christmas goodies, both online and in store, including dairy free Advent calendars.

Holland and Barratt Advent CalendarHolland and Barratt Advent

They also stock many vegan savoury chilled items such as festive roasts and cheeses. These items sell out fast this time of year but you can order them online to pick up in store.

Supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda do dairy-free Advent calendars now too. Don’t forget you could also go traditional with little pictures or fill your own reusable calendar with pockets!

 

The picture below is of mini gluten free chocolate logs, recipe here

gluten free mini chocolate logs

 

chocolatednutroast

Main Christmas page with lots of recipes here