Montezuma’s, a company that has provided vegans with completely delicious chocolate since we went vegan over 20 years ago, has some lovely gift ideas this year! There’s truffles and buttons and gift bags and even a library, yes a library, of chocolate! Go see!
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):
This year hotel Chocolate have produced this gorgeous Yule Log! It’s 70% dark chocolate praline with almonds and hazelnuts…
There’s some other sweet things going on there too, see them all in the vegan section of their site:
And… don’t forget the amazing All Dark Collection
And don’t miss our own Vegan Christmas page!
Eating: a simple trifle made of bananas in vegan jelly, topped with thick custard and this rather nice provamel cream (we were lucky enough to find a few of these cheaply on Approved Food recently). There’s a more detailed trifle recipe on the Vegan Christmas page.
Reading: Manda Scott’s Boudica series.
Looking at: wintry sunsets.
Montezuma’s do this gorgeous dark number with large blocks of chocolate.
And this year they have a dairy free kids one too!
Playmobil 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!
The Dark Calendar from
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Chocologic Calendars are for sale in Tesco and at Amazon
Ethical Superstore are selling an organic fair-trade tea calendar here.
Moo Free have this really sweet and mellow tasting chocolate calendar:
Holland and Barratt have some lovely Christmas goodies, both online and in store, including dairy free Advent calendars.
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.
The picture below is of mini gluten free chocolate logs, recipe here
There they are: chocolate chunk and walnut muffins. They’re very very good, but tricky to photograph so we’re going to intersperse with some professional pictures of seasonal Montezuma’s chocolate.
Lets start with the ghosts! Or Montezuma’s Dark and Vegan Halloween Treats to be exact.
Okay, onto the muffin recipe!
Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Muffins
4 (heaped) tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising flour,
2 (heaped) tablespoons of cocoa,
2 tablespoons (not heaped) of caster sugar
100g bar of chocolate
handful of walnuts, broken into small pieces
3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
Soya milk to mix (start with about half a cupful)
Start with the fun part: bashing up the chocolate. While it’s still in its wrapper, hit the bar of chocolate repeatedly with a rolling pin. All over. Backwards and forwards. Up and down. Tip the fragmented contents into a mixing bowl along with the flour, cocoa, walnuts and sugar and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and stir.
With gluten free cakes that are going into paper cake cases, you don’t want the batter too wet or the cakes might stick in there quite badly. So, you’re going for a nice sturdy batter, not too much soya milk. Or you could use silicone cases.
Spoon into 12 cake cases and bake at 200C/400F for 10-15 minutes. Cool, then eat!
And now let’s look ahead a little into the chocolatey year… to Advent!