Gluten Free Oat + Choc Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Choc chip cookies are indisputably the ultimate cookie you can get your greasy little mitts on but man, I love an oat cookie too. So I've done something bold, wild and crazy - I've combined oats and choc chips to create a super cookie that even my gluten free peeps can ram into their gobs. I'm sweet like that. Note: You gotta use GF oats if you're making these intentionally GF (otherwise plain ol' oats will do!) Its also worth noting that those with severe intolerance to gluten sometimes can't handle GF oats either - worth noting, I don't want your friends to hate ya! Ingredients 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1/3 cup water 1 cup vegan margarine 3/4 cup brown...

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2 Ingredient Choc Hazelnut Cups

Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 Have you ever been in the situation where you need to whip up some kind of chocolatey treat but only have hazelnuts and chocolate on hand? No? Oh. Well next time that sitch occurs (and it will) remember this recipe and also remember to thank me/apologise to me later. These babies have a little bit of a Nutella-y slash Ferrero Rocher vibe going on, minus the obvious grossness that comes along with drinkin' cow's milk. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate, broken into pieces 1/3 cup hazelnuts Method Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a small baking tray with baking paper. Spread the hazelnuts over the tray and roast for 10 minutes until they start to brown. Remove and allow to cool. ...

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Nature’s Charm – Banoffee Tapioca Pudding

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves Four I'm a huge fan of coconut stuff and jackfruit stuff, so when Nature's Charm asked if I'd like to team up with them to create a series of recipes using their products I was like "hell yes!" Over the coming months I'm going to hit you with a few dope recipes to give you some #inspo for how to use your Nature's Charm products. I don't mess with tapioca pudding often, but when I was sent Nature's Charm Condensed Coconut Milk to try I just knew that's what I had to make with it! Creamy, sticky and sweet - this is everything you remember from classic condensed milk without the gross animal cruelty associated with dairy. You thought...

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3 Ingredient Pomegranate Froyo Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 What the actual heck is up with the weather in Australia rn, you guys?! I know it’s summer but your girl isn’t coping with these 30+ degree days. To help cool down, I’m pumping out loads of frosty treats like these Pomegranate Froyo Popsicles. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain vegan yoghurt (I prefer soy) 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pomegranate arils Method Blend together the vegan yoghurt and pomegranate juice until well combined. Sprinkle some pomegranate arils into the bottom of each ice block mould. Fill each mould half way with the yoghurt mixture and sprinkle in the remaining arils before filling to the top with the yoghurt mixture. Add a couple more arils and then the sticks and/or...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Real talk: there is nothing pretzel-y about these cookies other than the shape but to be honest who cares because they’re cute AF, right? There is something chocolate-y and peanut butter-y about them though – and call me crazy but I think that might be because of the peanut butter and chocolate in them. P.S. You can get a similar cookie cutter here. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter powder 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 cup vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated nuts Method Cream together the vegan margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until...

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Festive Feast – Pomegranate Trifle

Difficulty: Medium Serves 10 Remember that time on Friends when Rachel made that heaps gross trifle and put beef mince in it? This is nothing like that time. Nothing says Christmas like a trifle and you all know how much I love pomegranate so I've allowed the two to join forces to make the world's most perfect festive dessert! Layers of pomegranate jelly, vanilla sponge, pomegranate arils, custard and coconut cream make this a freaking must-have for your Christmas table - if for nothing else to show your non-vegan family that you don't spend your days nibbling on grass and cardboard. Ingredients Sponge 3 cups soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda ...

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Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I know how bloody hard it can be to avoid pre-packaged snacks while wanting to stay stocked up on delicious treats throughout the work week. That's why my Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins are the perfect work or school companion with their slightly sweet, lemony berry goodness! Not only are they damned tasty but you can have them ready to go in less than an hour with very minimal clean up. Note: these are intentionally not as sweet as your usual muffin but feel free to add more agave if that's what your little heart desires. Ingredients 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 2 cups polenta 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil Rind and juice of one lemon 2/3...

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Lemon Meringue Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8 Spring has sprung (ok, kill me now for saying that) and people are going to start asking you to go outside and do stuff. DO NOT PANIC. Outside can be alright, as long as you have delicious treats to keep your mind off the fact you're not inside watching Netflix. My Lemon Meringue Tart is the perfect outdoor companion but be warned: people will invite you outside more often just so you bring this bad boy along with you. Don't blame me. Ingredients  Crust 1 cup hazelnuts 1 cup macadamias 1 cup walnuts 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup agave syrup Filling 100g pack silken tofu 3 large lemons, juice and grated rind 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon agar agar powder Meringue 1/3 cup chickpea juice (the less salt, the better) 1/2...

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Bloody Good Banana Bread

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8-10 First things first: banana bread is cake that we call bread to make us all feel better about the fact that we're eating it for breakfast. In saying that though, this version of BB is actually not that bad, so you don't need to lie to yourself if you chomp down on it prior to 10am. Plus it's gluten free and refined sugar free (you can really use whatever sweetener you like!) Ingredients 3 large, very ripe bananas (I'm talking black AF) 1 cup nut milk (I used macadamia) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups GF plain flour 1 cup almond meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup canola oil (you could use melted coconut oil if that's more your jam) 1...

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Epic Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 8-12 My niece always says "Chels, you're the best cooker of sweets" and while she's not entirely correct, I can usually produce pretty dope results when I put the effort in. You can too with my monster Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; a rich brownie-like cake covered with two types of fluffy frosting, teensy blocks and peanut butter cups made from dark, white and peanut butter chocolate (OMG). If you don't have moulds, use whatever chocolatey bits and pieces you can find to turn a simple cake into a baking masterpiece. It's really not that hard to do but I threw that difficulty rating up there because mustering the time and effort to do it is half the battle. Worth it tho. Just...

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Banana Choc Chip Cashew Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you managed to wrap your head around that bitch of a recipe title, wait til you wrap your mouth around what the recipe makes! The cashew base makes it soy free and when you throw in that banana and choc chip combo, Craig David wouldn't be able to handle all that flavour. Now, I've been trying to chill a little on the sugar lately (dw fam, I'm not gonna go all IQS on your asses) so I sweetened this guy with stevia which you can tastea little bit, but feel free to use agave or maple syrup if it's more your jam. Hint: Make sure you leave plenty of time to cool the cashews! Ingredients 2 cups raw cashews 1 1/3 cups nut...

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Jam Filled Donuts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 If you ask me what my fave sweet treats are you're going to hear two things: ice cream and donuts. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but put either one of those in front of me and I'll polish it off quick smart. Making badass doughies is one of my fave things to do, espesh because vegan donuts are bloody hard to come by in Newcastle, and I decided to stuff 'em full of sweet sweet raspberry jam. Ingredients 6 tablespoons warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast 1/2 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted 2 cups plain flour (plus extra for dusting) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons caster sugar Oil for frying 1 jar raspberry jam for filling Method Chuck...

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 21 pieces Fudge is one thing that I had never really bothered with because replicating the condensed milk thing was so damned hard and the vegan ones on the market were so freaking difficult to get a hold of. Now that condensed coconut milk is pretty easy to pick up at your local supermarket (I get mine from Woolworths), both of those problems are solved and I can now make shitloads of fudge on the regular. This time around I went for a less intense but no less delicious combo of white chocolate and raspberry because the fruit cancels out the chocolate #fact. Ingredients 1 320ml can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g...

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Coconut Choc Chunk Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes: 18 When you've got nothing to do, a rainy day is the perfect excuse to chill hard, bake hard and just generally max relax in the comfort of your own home and/or PJs. Keep the ingredients for my coconut choc chip cookies on hand so next time it starts raining cats and dogs (I wish), you're ready to bake up a storm. Ingredients 3/4 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon cornflour 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with grease-proof paper. In a large bowl, cream the vegan margarine, caster sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the...

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Rosewater Marshmallow Hearts

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12-18 The way to any vegan's heart is through their stomach and there's nothin' better than a homemade Valentine's Day gift, especially if it's edible. These bad boys will make babe swoon with their light marshmallowy centre dipped in dark chocolate. Really tho, where's my Valentine at? Ingredients 1/3 cup corn flour 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon rosewater 2-3 drops pink food colouring (make sure it's vegan) 300g dark chocolate Method In a medium sized saucepan, gently whisk together the water and agar agar powder over low heat until the powder dissolves. Crank the heat up to medium-high before adding the glucose syrup and caster sugar while continuing to stir constantly. Once the mixture starts to boil, immediately and...

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake Donuts

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 large donuts It's bloody fun experimenting with different ways to make stuff and donuts are absolutely no exception. I've made them all kinds of ways like baked dough based and fried batter based but by far the easiest kind to make are baked batter donuts using a donut pan. You can pick these pans up super cheap on eBay and other online stores plus most good kitchen stores will have them; I'm going to buy a mini donut pan soon for extra cuteness. For my first attempt I went with chocolate flavour because really who doesn't like chocolate? Plus, I wasn't really in the mood for plain vanilla. You can glaze or ice these babies but to avoid things getting...

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Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 It may be hard to believe from my teen-like behaviour and overwhelmingly youthful appearance but today is in fact my 28th birthday and I thought as a special gift to myself I would bake cupcakes. I've been baking cupcakes for as long as I remember, sometimes with a recipe, more often just chucking a bunch of ingredients into the oven and hoping for the best but this time I decided to pay attention and write it down. I guess this is growing up. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups almond milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 tablespoon arrowroot (tapioca) flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of...

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Little Christmas Pavlovas

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 (depending on size) 2015 will forever be remembered as the year of aquafaba in the vegan community. Still haven't heard of it? Get the hell out from under that rock and grab yourself a can of chickpeas, cos that's what you're gonna need to make these bad boys. "Chickpeas?! Are you effing nuts?!" I hear your screaming at your laptop or smart phone and while it may be hard to believe, the juice from canned chickpeas act as egg whites to make this classic Aussie dessert (soz NZ, it's ours. We own it now). Knock the unwanted gifted socks off the family this Christmas with a plate of red, white and green courtesy of the meringue base, coconut cream and...

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Candy Cane Ice Cream & Chocolate Shell Topping

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've teamed up with the epic team at Your Home Depot to create another recipe using my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with Compressor. I've been shopping with these guys for years because they have great prices, an awesome range of products and a super easy checkout process. These guys even hooked me up with a bitchin' Global Ikasu Knife Set for helping out with this recipe, it doesn't get much sweeter than that! Candy canes are the official sweet of the festive season so I thought why not combine them with the guaranteed deliciousness of ice cream?! So I did and I know I say this all the...

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Rum & Raisin Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 20 pieces  When sweetened condensed coconut milk came on the scene recently, I knew my life would be changed forever. Why? Because fudge was back in my life and in a huge way. I've been playing around with a few fudge recipes this month and in a massive win for everyone involved, the easiest one turned out the best. Christmas is the perfect time for fudge because it's indulgent yet easy to make plus it's the perfect homemade gift! And what's a festive recipe without a little fruit and alcohol huh? Nothin', that's what! Ingredients 1 320mL can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot of rum (a teaspoon of rum essence will...

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Passionfruit Coconut Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre You may have noticed that I've been pumping out a fair bit of ice cream lately. That's because a while back I bought a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker from Your Home Depot and have been working on perfecting my recipe. This machine is wild, you guys! It creates ice cream in an hour thanks to its built in compressor, so you don't have to freeze any bowls beforehand. The guys at Your Home Depot cottoned on to how stoked I was with my new toy and asked if I would be keen to create some recipes using their products. Considering I've been shopping with them for a couple of years now, I said "hell yeah, let's...

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Speculoos Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1L Speculoos cookies are little Dutch spiced caramel biscuits and more often than not, they're vegan but did you know you can also buy speculoos cookie spread? GASP! I picked mine up at ALDI a few months back but because I don't really do sweet toast spreads, I put them aside for something special - ICE CREAM! You can find speculoos cookies pretty easily (I got mine at Coles, they're Lotus brand) but you may have to look to the internet to find the spread. Ingredients 2 270mL cans full fat coconut cream 1 320g can condensed coconut milk 1 cup non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup speculoos cookie spread 1/2 cup crushed speculoos cookies Method Chuck all of the ingredients, minus the cookies into a...

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Rosewater Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6-8 If you didn't know already, ice cream is my number one dessert. If you share my passionate love for ice cream, then it's imperative that you get yourself a good ice cream maker (one with a built in compressor is best) so that you can create your own badass concoctions in the privacy of your own home and in no time at all. I recently discovered Pandaroo Sweet Condensed Coconut Milk at Woolworths and the warmer weather meant that ice cream was inevitable. The subtlety of rosewater seemed to be the perfect flavour this time around but trust me, there are plenty more to come. Let me know if there's a flavour you'd love for me to make...

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Vegan Iced VoVos

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 40 cookies I hear you non-Aussie folk asking "what the eff is an Iced VoVo and why do I want a vegan one?" and I'ma give you an answer! The Iced VoVo is a classic Australian biscuit; a vanilla cookie topped with marshmallowy fondant, jam and coconut. Obviously there are a couple of components of the Iced VoVo that means they're were no longer on the shopping list once I went vegan, so for my niece's 5th birthday tea party I whipped up a batch of vegan ones! I know it looks a little complicated and making your own marshmallow seems daunting but trust me, you got this, I believe in you. Ingredients Biscuit 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1...

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Lemon Custard Filled Donuts

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 16 Donuts have been popping up on my Instagram feed all day, erryday for some time now and I thought it was about time I got back into making them. This recipe is epic because it's yeast free, which means it needs no time to rise and you don't need to roll out the dough. Fill these little balls of happiness with homemade lemon custard and you've got yourself quite the treat. Time to make the people in your feed jealous and make some of this bad boys. Ingredients Donuts 1L vegetable oil for frying 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 cup soy milk 1/4 cup canola oil Lemon Custard Filling 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup plain...

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Peach, Basil & Custard Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6-8 Even though it may not be evident on the blog, it's no secret that I favour the savoury over the sweet. In saying that, I am always trying super duper hard to come up with desserts that I actually want to eat myself, rather than just taking a bit to confirm it's good and then pushing it to the side. This is where my Peach, Basil & Custard Tart comes in. Peach and basil have long been a favourite in pies but I wanted to introduce them to my dear friend, custard. These three flavours work together like Destiny's Child in their glory years, each bringing something powerful to the table. Which one is the Beyoncé? You'll just have to...

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S’mores Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 It has taken me a little while to recover from my trip and get back into the kitchen but you guys know that when I take a break, I come back with something hella sweet for you, right? Now that it's winter, I wanted to make a dessert that suits the climate and nothing says winter like s'mores! I added a little sophistication to this classic treat by turning it into a tart that looks so good you can take it along to any winter function. Making your own marshmallow sounds extremely daunting but trust me, it's easy as pie...

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Choc Mint Macarons

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 You thought your macaron days were over, right? WRONG! Call in sick to work, cancel your lunch date and turn your phone off. It is mandatory that you drop everything right now and make some of these bitchin' choc mint macarons. Thanks to the magic of the humble chickpea, you add these little French treats to your all-vegan baking repertoire. BRB eating them all. Ingredients Macarons 1 cup almond meal (use the one without brown flecks) 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup liquid from canned chickpeas 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 2-3 drops green food colouring Chocolate Ganache Filling 300 grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup coconut cream Method In a medium bowl, sift together the almond meal and icing sugar. Set aside. Whisk...

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Vegan Pavlova

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8 Meringue is one of those things that vegans through the ages have been trying to nail. The current craze to hit the vegan community is the use of canned chickpea juice instead of egg white. While this may seem like a strange concept, I am here to tell you that it freaking works and it's bloody amazing and you should all give it a try RIGHT NOW! Naturally my first instinct was to make an epic pav but stay tuned because I'm nowhere near finished with this bean juice jive. Ingredients 2x 270mL cans of coconut cream (placed upside down in the fridge for at least 2 days) 2/3 cup canned chickpea liquid (less salt is best) 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon...

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Vegan Creme Eggs

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 If you're like me, your childhood Easters were filled with all kinds of chocolate treats but none ever compared to the creme egg. That's something I thought I had left behind when I went vegan until recently when I saw a creme egg recipe online. With a few alterations, making this recipe vegan turned out to be bloody easy and now creme eggs are back in my life for good! Egg moulds are pretty easy to track down this time of year and can be found at most good baking stores. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups icing sugar 1-2 drops yellow food colouring Method In a microwave proof jug, melt the chocolate in...

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Vegan Bounty Bars

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Despite the fact I never really ate a lot of Bounty's in my time as a non-vegan, I somehow felt desperate to make them over the weekend. Lucky I did though because these babies are outta sight! Your fave vegan chocolate provides the casing for the sweet, sweet, coconutty innards. Plus they're soy and gluten free to boot! Ingredients 1 cup coconut oil 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup almond milk 3 cups shredded coconut 250grams vegan chocolate (make sure it's soy and/or gluten free if necessary) Method In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil and caster sugar over a medium heat. Once melted, pour into a large bowl before adding the vanilla extract, almond milk and shredded coconut. Combine well. Pour the mixture into...

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes approximately 40 cookies Valentine's Day is this Saturday, guys! Whether you choo choo choose to celebrate it or not, we can all agree that any opportunity to eat treats is a gooden. These heart-shaped cookies are pretty basic but with a drizzle of colourful icing, they're sure to make an impact on your crush. Anybody got Leonardo DiCaprio's address? No? Okay, I guess I'll eat them alone. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon almond milk 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt Icing 2 cups icing sugar 2 tablespoons cornflour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons almond milk Pink and red vegan food colouring Method In an electric mixer, cream the vegan margarine and caster sugar before adding...

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Banana Nut Choc Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 Looking for a fun treat that's a little bit naughty but a little bit nice? My Banana Nut Choc Pops are just what you need! They take about 5 minutes to prepare and after a couple of hours in the freezer, they're ready to eat. They make a wicked substitute for ice cream as a dessert and if you only want a smidgen of chocolate, just dip the tip in chocolate instead of the whole banana. Little dudes will love making these too, so get those junior vegans in the kitchen! Ingredients 6 paddle pop sticks 3 bananas 300 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated peanuts Method Line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel and cut each banana in half. Gently pop the stick in the...

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Vegan Malteser Slice

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 For a while now I've been craving Maltesers but short of a rumour I've heard about an elusive vegan version existing somewhere overseas (if you have access to them, please tell me!) I haven't heard of anything remotely similar. I decided to combat my craving head on by creating this Vegan Malteser Slice; a thick crispy malt layer, topped with a thin layer of smooth chocolate. This sweet treat is easy to whip up in a jiffy and perfect for last minute parties or bake sales. Ingredients 150grams vegan white chocolate 4 cups puffed rice cereal 1/2 cup liquid malt extract (I used Saunders) 200 grams vegan dark or milk chocolate Method Line a 26x16cm baking dish with baking paper. Melt the white chocolate before pouring...

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 Pumpkin stuff is all the rage this time of year in the US but in Australia we tend to miss out on all the goodness. I decided to rectify this problem by the adding of pumpkin to a no-bake cheesecake, it's the best of both worlds! This is the perfect take-along to any Christmas event on your calendar and with some alterations to the base you can make it gluten-free too. Ingredients Base 18 Digestive Biscuits 1/2 cup pecans 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine, melted Filling 1/2 of a kent pumpkin, peeled and chopped 2 270ml cans full fat coconut cream (placed upside down in the fridge for at least 24 hours) 1 tub vegan cream cheese 1/2 - 3/4 cup maple syrup (depending on your...

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallows

Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Christmas is just around the corner so I thought it was time I got cracking on some Christmas recipes. First cab off the rank is a treat so damned delicious that you'll want to eat it all year round! Light and fluffy peppermint marshmallow, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Doesn't get any more freakin' festive than that, right? These guys are gluten and soy free if you choose the right chocolate and candy canes too! Ingredients Marshmallow 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon agar agar powder 1 cup glucose syrup 2 1/4 cups caster sugar 1 teaspoon peppermint essence Other ingredients 300grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup crushed vegan candy canes (I used Coles brand) Method Prepare a standard loaf tin by sifting...

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Choc-Mint Ice Cream Popsicles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 It feels like summer already in dear old Newy so some refreshing treats are in order. My favourite ice cream flavour is choc-mint so naturally when I got a popsicle mould my mind turned to how I was going to whip up a batch of choc-mint ice cream popsicles and by golly, I've done it! Harnessing the magic of whipped coconut cream and a few other ingredients, you too can enjoy these summer delight, even if you don't do soy and/or gluten! Ingredients 2 x 270mL cans full fat coconut cream (left in the fridge, upside down for 24 hours) 1 cup icing sugar 2 teaspoons peppermint essence 2-3 drops green food colouring 1/4 cup almond milk 1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate (soy free...

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Double Choc Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Cookies are an excellent treat to bake for occasions because they're easy to make, quick to bake and you usually have all the junk you need in your pantry already. These double choc legends are stuffed with delicious chunks of dark and white vegan chocolate for the ultimate cookie indulgence. Go on, make 'em. Ingredients 1 cup vegan margarine 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chunks 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chunks Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. In an electric mixer, combine the vegan margarine, sugars and vanilla on medium-high until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, baking...

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Raspberry Brownies

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 If you add fruit to brownies it makes them healthy, right? Well, maybe not but these raspberry brownies are a decadent little treat for your next party or picnic. A nice, dense, chocolatey square with chunks of chocolate and fresh raspberries that just about anybody will love. They're soy free too so that's also pretty ace. Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups almond milk 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate (make sure it's soy free) 1 cup fresh raspberries Method Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl and add the caster sugar. Slowly...

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Honeycomb Eton Mess

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves: 4-6 Eton Mess is traditionally made with meringue but making vegan meringue can be a bit fiddly and after all that hard work, sometimes it can be a real let down. Honeycomb is an awesome sub because it has a light airy texture, just like meringue, and works perfectly with a variety of flavours. Chuck it in a serving dish with some raspberries, coconut cream and chocolate and you've got yourself a humdinger of a dessert, my friends. Ingredients Coconut Cream 2 x 270mL cans full fat coconut cream (placed upside-down in the fridge for at least 24 hours) 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Honeycomb 1 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup golden syrup 2 teaspoons bicarb soda Other Stuff 1 cup raspberries 1/4 cup grated chocolate Method Make the honeycomb...

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Salted Caramel Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 I remember the first time the concept of salty and sweet was introduced to me via popcorn. At first I was dead set against it but it soon become one of my favourite things. Salted caramel is all the rage these days, so I thought I would give it a good ol' vegan crack and see what I could come up with. The possibilities are endless with this stuff but drizzle it on top of a crunchy vanilla cookie and you've got yourself the ultimate indulgence. Ingredients Cookies 1 cup vegan margarine 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Salted Caramel 1 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup almond...

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Rice Crispy Treats

Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 I've been wanting to come up with a vegan rice crispy treat recipe for a while now and last weekend seemed like the perfect time to give it a crack. There are so many variations you can do with this recipe but for now I've kept it simple, with an optional dark chocolate drizzle to add some extra oomph. Once you realise how quick and easy these guys are to make, you'll never by similar store-bought treats again! Ingredients 4 cups popped rice cereal 2/3 cup glucose syrup 1/2 cup caster sugar 3 tablespoons vegan margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup melted vegan chocolate (optional) Method Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper and pour the rice cereal into a large bowl. In a medium...

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Passionfruit & Lemon Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8 For me it's essential to have a few recipes in my arsenal that I can whip up with very little notice to take along to parties or dinners; this is one of those recipes. If you make a lot of my recipes, most of this stuff you should have lying around in your kitchen, plus you can get away with letting it set for only a few hours.Whip it up, pop it in the freezer and by the time you're ready to eat it, it should be ready to serve. Ingredients Crust 1 packet Digestive biscuits 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine Filling 2 270mL cans coconut cream (I use Woolworths Select) 1 tub vegan cream cheese (I use...

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Oat, Chia & Almond Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 20 Let's face it - a cookie is never going to be guilt free but as far as cookies go, these guys aren't so bad. They have a macaroon-y vibe going on which makes them super light plus they're packed full of chia goodness so you know they're pretty special. They're gluten and soy free too, making them a great lunchbox snack for big and little kids alike. Ingredients 2 cups almond meal 1 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/3 cup agave syrup or coconut syrup Method Preheat the oven to 180°C  and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a...

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Apple Pie

Difficulty: Medium-Difficult Serves 8-10 Ingredients Pastry 3 1/3 cups plain flour 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup almond milk Filling 8 large granny smith apples Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons demerara sugar Coconut Cream 1 270mL can coconut cream 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method Pop the can of coconut cream in the fridge over night, upside down. Start with the pastry. In a food processor, process the flour, sugar, salt and vegan margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the almond milk and process until a dough is formed. Tip the dough out onto...

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Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Picking a sweet treat can be tough work; do you want something with a bit of crunch, like a cookie or do you want something with frosting, like a cupcake? My Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches are the obvious choice here because you get the best of both worlds! These chocolate cookies are fantastic on their own but are taken into another world of deliciousness when filled with vanilla cream and rolled in nuts or sprinkles. Stay tuned for more variations on this recipe, it's a keeper! Note: If you want this recipe to be soy free, make sure your vegan margarine and sprinkles are too! Ingredients Cookies 2/3 cup vegan margarine 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1 1/4 cups plain flour 2/3...

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 Blondies don't seem to be as much of a thing here as they are in the US but I simply don't know why. They're the perfect treat to whip up at a moment's notice with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. I added jam (or jelly) to this one to add a little extra somethin' somethin' but you can leave it out and they'll be just as awesome. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1 cup smooth peanut butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons almond milk 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 cup raspberry jam Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 10"x10" baking tin. Using an electric...

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Bread & Butter Pudding

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8-10 This is one to add to the winter dessert rotation! I've never made a bread & butter pudding in my life but now that winter is setting in, I thought it might be time to give it a go. If you have made one before, you'll notice this method is less than traditional but hey, I'm not the traditional type! You can whip this up while dinner is cooking and have it out of the oven once you've finished dinner. Ingredients Main Ingredients 8 thick slices of white bread 1/3 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup sultanas 1/4 cup demerara sugar Custard 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup plain flour 2 tablespoons corn flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon lemon zest 2 cups...

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Funny Jumbles

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 20 If you haven't noticed, my current obsession is recreating childhood treats with a vegan twist. This time it's the humble Honey Jumble biscuit. Obvs not going to pop honey into these little morsels but agave does the trick just fine and with hints of cinnamon, clove and mixed spice, they're the perfect winter biscuit to enjoy with a hot cup of tea plus they're fun to make with kids! Ingredients Biscuits 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup agave syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 3/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons almond milk Icing 2 cups icing sugar 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon vanilla...

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Vegan Wheels

Difficulty: Medium Makes: 16 If you can't tell, I'm on a bit of a roll with recreating my favourite childhood treats. This time around I recreated the classic Wagon Wheel for my sister-in-law's birthday. Layers of biscuit, marshmallow and jam dipped in chocolate make this the ultimate treat to wow the guests at any gathering. Ingredients Biscuits 3/4 cup vegan margarine 1 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cornflour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons almond milk Marshmallow 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1/3 cup glucose syrup 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Other Ingredients 1/2 cup raspberry jam 1 500gram block chocolate Method In an electric mixer, combine the vegan...

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Iced Nono Tart

Difficulty: Medium-Difficult Serves 8-10 If you're not Australian, you may not be familiar with the humble yet non-vegan Iced Vovo biscuit. If you are Australian, and vegan, you probably thought you'd never enjoy a treat of its kind again but you were wrong! I've been experimenting with vegan marshmallow recently and as long as you've got a good electric mixer, you should be able to recreate this classic Australian inspired tart at home; a biscuit base topped with strawberry marshmallow, jam and coconut. Ingredients Base 3/4 packet Digestive biscuits 1/4 cup vegan margarine, melted 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 tablespoon caster sugar Filling 1 cup water 2 tablespoons agar agar powder 3/4 cup glucose syrup 1 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons strawberry essence (make sure it's vegan) 1-3 drops pink food colouring (again, make...

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Butterfly Cakes

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Recreating treats from my childhood is something I love to do so thought it was about time I veganised the classic Butterfly Cakes! A lovely vanilla cake topped with cream and jam, perfect for a birthday party or afternoon tea. I reckon these ones taste even better than the ones I had as a kid, what do you reckon? Ingredients 1 x 270mL cans coconut cream (Woolworths Select works great for this recipe) 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2/3 cup canola oil 1 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup icing sugar Raspberry or strawberry jam to serve  Method You'll need to pop the coconut cream upside down in the fridge...

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Raspberry Chocolate Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8 You know how sometimes you make something and you realise you've well and truly nailed it? This is one of those times. Each year I host an Easter lunch for my family, this year I whipped up this Raspberry Chocolate Tart for dessert and let's just say I could be the favourite child right now. Sometimes you can catch raspberries on sale for about $5 a punnet but if you're on a budget you can use less purely for decoration and get away with it. Ingredients Crust 1 1/2 packets Digestive biscuits 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2/3 vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex), melted Filling 2 270mL cans coconut cream (I use Woolworths select) 1 tub vegan cream cheese (I use Tofutti) 1/2 cup icing...

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Lime and Coconut Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 As much as I wish the weather would cool down, it ain't and so I feel like I can still get away with this no-bake Lime and Coconut number (let's face it- you can probs have it all year round). The creamy coconut cream based filling is very light and soft but would also taste fabulous if you put it in the freezer and removed it shortly before serving. You'll need to ensure the coconut cream cans are refrigerated overnight but what I like to do is always keep a few in the fridge so I'm always prepared should there be a dessert emergency. Try putting this one together for your next occasion and trust me, it'll be a...

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Vanilla Sponge with Coconut Cream

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6-8 Sometimes a simple sponge is all you need to wow a crowd at a tea party or birthday event. This cake does exactly that with it's light vanilla sponginess teamed with a lightly whipped yet decadent  coconut cream. If you're feeling extra legendary you could smear a layer of berry jam between the two cake layers to really take things to the next level. Ingredients 3 x 270mL cans coconut cream (Woolworths Select works great for this recipe) 2 cups soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2/3 cup canola oil 1 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup icing sugar Strawberries to serve Method Start making the coconut cream by place the cans...

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Gluten Free Banana Cake

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 12 A work colleague handed me a bag full of very ripe bananas last week and I knew that I wouldn't be able to eat them all before it was too late. Solution? Banana cake! All of the ingredients are pretty easy to track down at your local supermarket and not only is it vegan, it's gluten free too. With a tangy cream cheese frosting to boot, this guy looks fantastic at any tea party and tastes dope as hell. Ingredients 2 cups unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 cups gluten free plain flour 1 cup almond meal 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1/3 cup dessicated coconut 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup agave syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted) 2...

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Brownies are one of the easiest things to throw together at short notice and when I'm pressed for time I love to whip up a batch to take with me to a dinner party. You know what takes the standard awesome brownie to the next level of awesomeness? Peanut butter!   Just a little swirl of the stuff makes all the difference. Note: I used a regular square pan so these brownies are pretty thick. If you use a bigger pan, you'll get thinner brownies and you'll need to reduce the baking time accordingly. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 2 cups caster sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil 1 cup...

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Conversation Candy Hearts

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 200 depending on size   You might think Valentine's Day is a lame excuse for big companies to rake it in and for sappy lovers to buy each other ugly red satin pillows but I actually think it's kinda sweet. V Day is a good excuse to show your bitchin' pals how much you care about them and if your bitchin' pals are like mine, they like lollies. The dope thing about these guys is that you can personalise them however you want to and bring back my all time favourite candy heart slogan 'Fax Me', because that's what people used to do in the olden days to ask people on dates. If you're wondering where to pick up a...

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Jam Tart Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 24 cookies Making cookies around this time of year is such a fun thing to do, especially with friends or kids and super especially if your friends are kids. Don't stress if you can't get your hands on a jam tart mould, you can pick them up pretty cheap on eBay, otherwise just use something round to cut out shapes and make a slight imprint in the middle with your thumb to fill. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1/4 cup caster sugar Egg replacer, equivalent of one egg made as per instructions 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons custard powder 4 tablespoons corn flour 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup strawberry jam (or any other jam you like) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line two...

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Pumpkin Pie with Maple Cream

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 8 Each year, I am given the task of making dessert for our Christmas lunch. I always make a sorbet for those who aren't into big desserts but this year I was inspired by my US trip and decided to make something else as well. Pumpkin pie kind of sounds like it's going to be disgusting but I can assure you, it's not. Ingredients 2 sheets shortcrust pastry or enough homemade pastry to cover a standard pie dish (sometimes I do homemade, sometimes I don't) 2 cups pureed pumpkin 1 300gram tub of tofu (medium or silken will be fine, it needs to be soft enough to become smooth when blended) 1/2 cup tightly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons egg replacer, made...

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Maple Walnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 9 To celebrate the arrival of spring, I decided to bust out another ice cream slice recipe. This time around the flavour is more subtle with a hint of maple extract and some walnuts for some crunch. These ice cream sandwiches are perfect to whip out at a party because you don't need plates; grab the damn thing with your hands and get stuck in! Ingredients 1 packet Arnott's Nice biscuits (or similar) 2 cartons Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 can Soymilke condensed soy milk 1-2 teaspoons maple extract 1 cup crushed walnuts Method Line a freezer-proof tin with baking paper and lay 9 biscuits right side down on the base. It's important that the biscuits fit the tin or pan exactly. Chuck the Soyatoo and Soymilke in a...

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Raw Peanut Butter and Cacao Tarts

  Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I'm having fun with raw desserts lately and this is my latest venture. It's kind of like a chocolate peanut butter cup but healthier and a little more substantial. You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter in this one but I'm typically a crunchy gal. These are so fun for a little high tea or to take into work to impress your colleagues. If you can manage not to eat them all, that is. Ingredients 1 1/2 cup cashews 6 medjool dates, pitted 1/2 cup almonds 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup agave syrup 1/3 cup coconut cream 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened 1 tablespoon cacao nibs Method Soak the cashews overnight or boil until they soften. If you...

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Spiced Apple Cake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 This is the perfect winter cake to whip up for any occasion. It's my dad's birthday today and I knew he'd be keen on this spicy, fruity little number. It doesn't have icing because it tastes amazing served with custard or vegan ice cream but you could easily make some kind of glaze for it. The texture is very dense but super moist so it's bitchin' served warm. Ingredients 3 cups unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 granny smith apples, plus some extra for decoration 2 cups gluten free plain flour 1 cup almond meal 1/3 cup ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon mixed spice 1/2 teaspoon maple extract 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon extract 1/3 cup agave syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2...

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Raw Double Cacao Tarts

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Desserts are kinda off the radar when you're on a massive health-kick but with these mini tarts you definitely don't feel like you're missing out. The base is sorta chewy and then it's filled with a creamy cacao centre and crunchy cacao nibs - a winning combination! I used itty bitty tart pans to make this but feel free to make one bigger one if that's your thing. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cashews 6 medjool dates, pitted 1/2 cup almonds 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/3 cup agave syrup 1/3 cup light coconut cream 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened 1/3 cup raw cacao powder 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs Fresh raspberries to serve Method Soak the cashews overnight until soft. If you don't have time you can boil them until...

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Maple, Walnut and Coconut “Bacon” Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 cookies (approx) I told you that my Coconut "Bacon" was versatile! As winter rolls around, smokey and maple flavours go so well together, which is why I whipped up this batch of maple, walnut and coconut "bacon" cookies. You may think this sounds a little gross but I promise you it's amazing. I'm thinking of perhaps mixing some of the refrigerated dough through ice cream. Oh. My. Word. Ingredients 1 teaspoon egg replacer powder 2 tablespoons water 1 cup vegan margarine 1 cup raw caster sugar 2 teaspoons maple extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup walnuts, crushed 3/4 cup coconut "bacon" (recipe here) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking sheets with baking paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the...

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Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 8-10 I never really understood the concept of putting beetroot in a cake and the thought that it could be delicious completely escaped me. That was until I actually started seeing pictures of them pop up. I became curious. It was my sister-in-law's birthday this week so as the resident birthday cake maker I decided to finally set my sights on that once disregarded beetroot chocolate cake. It was excellent! You can't really taste the beetroot but it adds so much moisture and depth to the cake. This one is gluten free too but just double check your ingredients just to be sure. Oh, and if you want a little more sweetness, pop a little icing sugar in your...

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Sorta Healthy Carrot Cake

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 8-10 My brother is on the most gnarly health kick of all time and for his birthday he requested a healthy carrot cake. Let's be honest here - this cake is much healthier than other cakes but at the end of the day, a cake is a cake, and cake isn't all that healthy. In saying that, there's not a whole lot bad about this cake, the icing is probably the main offender so skimp on that if need be. It's also gluten-free which is a bitchin' bonus for you gleegans out there who are diggin' on my recipes. The main thing here is that it tastes good and that's one thing all cakes must always be. I don't say...

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Chocolate, Hazelnut & Toffee Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 I know I've been holding out on you guys lately in terms of sweet treats, so I decided to throw my diet caution to the wind and make something bitchin'. You don't need to bake this tart which is awesome, especially on a hot day when using the oven heats up the house. With essentially four layers of fun you can't go wrong unless you really hate one or more of the layers, then I cannot help you. Biscuity base goodness, smooth dark chocolate, crunchy roasted hazelnuts and sweet hard toffee to top things off. I'm not forgetting about the diet though, most of this bad boy is going to family, friends and colleagues. Goodness, I'm almost as...

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Baked Caramel Cheesecake

Serves 10 Difficulty: Easy-Medium It's my first post of 2013 and believe it or not, I've never ever in my life made a baked cheesecake. Throwing a recipe together was pretty simple but the taste is far from it, pretty awesome actually. I've added a can of the Soymilke caramel to the mix but you're more than welcome to make your own caramel if you're not on a time crunch or can't get access to it. I've got the baked cheesecake bug now, look out! Ingredients 18 Digestive biscuits 1/3 cup vegan margarine 2 tubs Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 300gram container of silken firm tofu 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 teaspoons egg replacer 2/3 can Soymilke caramel Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a standard...

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Reindeer Bark

Difficulty: Easy Serves 10 It ain't Christmas without some kind of peppermint treat so I've thrown together this super simple reindeer bark recipe. Layers of dark and white chocolate are topped with crushed candy canes to make an awesomely tasty treat that looks wonderfully impressive. Ingredients 4 cups dark chocolate buttons 4 blocks Sweet William white chocolate 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 1 packet candy canes Method Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Melt the dark chocolate and pour into the tray, spread evenly and pop into the fridge for about 15 minutes. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peppermint essence before spreading over the top of the set dark chocolate. Roughly crush the candy canes and sprinkle evenly over the top of the white chocolate. Allow to set completely...

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Cherry Rum Balls

Difficulty: Easy Makes 36 Rum balls are a traditional Christmas favourite but I thought I would flip the script on this treat and make them a little different. Adding cherry to this incredibly easy recipe means that you can whip them up in a jiffy and use them as snacks to please unexpected guests over the holiday season. Ingredients 1 375 gram jar morello cherries 1 can Soymilke condensed milk 1 1/2 packets Nice biscuits 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tablespoons dark rum Method Strain the cherries really well to lose as much liquid as possible. Use a fork to press the cherries down and check for pips. Put the cherries in a food processor and pulse a few times before straining out more...

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Cherry Cheesecake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Ingredients 18 Digestive biscuits 1/3 cup Nuttelex, melted 1 375 gram jar morello cherries (check for seeds) 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons agar agar 1 tub Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese 1 carton Soyatoo Topping Cream 1/3 cup icing sugar 1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted Method Grease a springform cake tin. In a food processor, combine the biscuits and melted Nuttelex until completely crumby. Firmly and evenly press the In a saucepan, combine the cherries (including liquid), the caster sugar and the agar agar. Slowly bring to the boil while stirring. Remove from the heat and pour into the cake tin. Allow to set in the fridge for about half an hour. In a bowl, whisk together the Soyatoo and cream cheese. Sift in the icing sugar and continue to whisk. Pour the...

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Gingerbread Ice Cream Cake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Fact: gingerbread is delicious and so is ice cream. That's why I decided to combine the two to make one heck of a festive frozen dessert! You're going to need a few special vegan ingredients to whip this up but what you'll spend on ingredients, you'll save in time. Pop it in the freezer a few days in advance and bring it out on the big day! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups ground gingerbread cookies 1/3 vegan margarine, melted 2 cartons Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 can Soymilke condensed milk 1/3 cup Monin gingerbread syrup 1 cup candied ginger, roughly chopped Method Line a rectangular loaf tin with baking paper, leave some overhang so you can easily slide the cake out when frozen. Add the melted margarine to the gingerbread...

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Cupcakes are good food all year round but come Christmas time you can make 'em extra festive. Poppin' a teensy candy cane on top of these babies instantly gives them a festive feel and are wonderful as edible gifts or a Christmas gathering. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons red food colouring 3/4 tub Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, make sure it's real cold 1/4 cup Nuttelex (or any vegan margarine), this has to be cold too 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 3 cups icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tray with liners. Whisk together the soy milk and apple...

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Jumbo Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 18 Let's face it, sometimes one teensy cookie isn't enough. That's why I made these chocolate chunk babies jumbo in size. I took these along to an afternoon tea with friends and they were a hit among the group. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 4 tablespoons water 1 cup vegan margarine, I use Nuttelex 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/3 cups caster sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 block Sweet William white chocolate 1/2 block Whittaker's dark chocolate Method Preheat oven to 150°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Combine egg replacer and water in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Next, beat in vanilla and egg replacer mixture. Sift in flour, salt and...

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Baked Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 18-20 You dudes have requested some Halloween treats and although it's not a huge deal in Australia, it's always fun to get a little spooky. The iconic Halloween pumpkin combined with my newfound love of baked donuts creates a sweetly spiced, chocolate dipped taste sensation that you'll want to continue to bake all year round. For this recipe I've created a mixture of traditional donut shapes and bone shapes. Ingredients 1/2 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 7 gram packet dry yeast 1 tablespoon Nuttelex, melted 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon cardamom Spray oil 1 cup dark chocolate chips 2 tablespoons soy milk 1/4 cup Nuttelex 1/4 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup vegan...

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Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Oh. My. God. Why have I not made donuts before?! To be honest, it just didn't strike me as worth it until I started to crave them recently but I'll be the first to admit I'm an absolute IDIOT for not trying them until now. While they do take some time to make, the results speak for themselves and you'll have your friends and family begging you for more! Stay tuned for many more donut recipes, I've got a feeling I'll be making them much more often. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 7 gram packet dry yeast 1/4 cup Nuttelex, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 1/2 cups plain flour Spray oil 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Method Warm your milk in in...

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Lavender Melting Moments

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 20 While browsing through one of my local specialty stores, I stumbled upon some lavender syrup. It looked delicious so naturally I bought some and started to ponder the ways in which I could use such a delightful concoction. As a friend's garden party was looming, I decided to bake her a special birthday treat of lavender melting moments. They were welcomed with open arms and mouths and went down a real bloody treat. Ingredients 2/3 cup Nuttelex 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups plain flour 3 tablespoons lavender syrup 1/3 cup icing mixture 3 drops red food colouring 3 drops blue food colouring 2 tablespoons lavender flowers, finely chopped Filling 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 2/3 cup icing sugar 2 tablespoons lavender syrup 2 drops blue food colouring 2 drops red food colouring Method Preheat oven...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 9 The other night I was discussing this awesome ice cream sandwich idea with a friend and a complete stranger yelled out "that sounds like the coldest sandwich ever!" I think he was a bit intoxicated and was under the impression that I was going to put ice cream between two pieces of bread. No, strange man, that is not what I'm doing. Peanut butter and jelly is one of those all-time classic sandwiches that most of us Australians know from TV and movies. We don't really do jelly in the American sense, so I've settled for jam in this instance. This double decker beauty is absolutely sensational and you'll be doing yourself and eight pals a favour by making...

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Black Forest Cake

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 8-10 It was my dad's 60th birthday on Saturday so I decided to make him his favourite cake; the black forest. He's not vegan but he is a vegetarian and is always up for sampling my cooking efforts. With layers of thick cream and cherries sandwiched between bitchin' chocolate cake and slathered in melted dark chocolate, this one ain't for the lighthearted. When it comes to layered cakes, I simply cannot be bothered with the tedious task of cutting a big cake into three or four equal layers. No, not doing that. My solution is making three smaller cakes and trimming the tops of them. It's much easier and you get to sample some of the cake before it's even...

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 24 I thought it was about time I baked some cookies since I hadn't made some in a while. I didn't want to make your run of the mill choc-chip or Anzac so I thought "what is the dopest cookie flavour I can think of?" and then I said to myself "triple chocolate cheesecake you idiot!" so then I listened to myself and made that very flavour. Ingredients 1 teaspoon egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup cocoa 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup vegan white chocolate chips 1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line two baking...

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Choc-Mint Cheesecake

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 10 If you're a fan of my cheesecakes, you'll know that they haven't been possible for a while due to the unavailability of Soyatoo Topping Cream. Guess what! It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! I decided to make a triumphant return to creamth by making a Choc-Mint Cheesecake. Ooooh yes this baby was delicious; a chocolatey biscuit base, a smooth chocolate layer and a minty chocolate layer before being topped with cream and scattered with chocolate chips. Yeah, this is definitely one to put on your "to make" list. If you do make it, please comment and let me know what you think. Ingredients 12 Digestive biscuits 1/2 cup margarine (I used Nuttelex), melted 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 carton of Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 tub...

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Peach Cobbler

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 Bringing my soul food series to a close is the delightfully comforting peach cobbler. Cobbler is one of those soul food desserts that just cannot be beat and I was surprised by not only the taste but the simplicity of putting it all together. Serve this one with a whipped or ice cream and you've got a bitchin' winter warmer on your hands. Ingredients 3 cups tinned peaches, drained 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 1/3 cup soy milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a rectangular oven dish. Pour the peaches into the bottom of the dish evenly. Combine the first lot of brown sugar, flour cinnamon...

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Rhubarb Crumble

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 There are some weekly markets near where I work and they always have the most amazing looking produce. I noticed some rhubarb that was just begging to be baked into something so I decided to make a crumble because it's delicious and easy. To my delight it's getting kind of wintery in Newcastle, so I decided to make this heartwarming dessert to celebrate. Ingredients 1 bunch (about 6 sticks) rhubarb 1/3 cup caster sugar 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup Nuttelex, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon sultanas Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Rinse and chop the rhubarb before throwing in a saucepan with the caster sugar. Place on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Pour evenly into 4 ramekins. In a bowl combine...

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Baby Pineapple and Coconut Tea Cakes

Difficulty: Medium Makes 4 I know how much you guys dig desserts so I decided to put my baking cap on and whip up a delightful tea cake. You can make one big one if you want to but these little ones definitely make a big impression. Serve as an afternoon or morning tea, this fluffy yet moist cake is sure to be a hit amongst your friends and family. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup canola oil 1 1/4 cups soy milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup desiccated coconut 2 cups self raising flour 1 can Soyatoo Soy Whip 1 cup pineapple pieces 1/4 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease 4 individual springform tins. In a small bowl mix together the...

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S’mores

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 16 If you've never heard of s'mores it wouldn't surprise me. If you've never heard of graham crackers it wouldn't surprise me either. Now you've heard about both of them because you're going to need to make (or buy if you can find 'em) some graham crackers in order to make this delicious American treat. Ingredients 3/4 cup plain flour 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup Nuttelex 4 tablespoons agave syrup or golden syrup 1/4 cup soy milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 packet Dandies marshmallows 1 block Whittaker's dark chocolate Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine flours, sugars, baking powder,...

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Simple Scones

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 When the weather somewhat starts to resemble summer in Newcastle, I escape to the kitchen for my own summer fun. Scones are literally one of the dopest treats ever. Lovely on their own with a cuppa for a morning or afternoon treat, or as part of a high tea, these scones will surely impress the vegans and non-vegans among you. Ingredients 3 cups plain flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup Nuttelex, chilled 3/4 cup soy milk (plus a little extra for brushing) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. Rub the Nuttelex into the flours until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly pour in the...

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Lemon Melting Moments

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 14 cookies This week I've just had the urge to bake. I don't know if it's because I just got a new Mixmaster tattoo, or because I have about 1 million packets of icing sugar in my pantry. Instead of partying, at 10pm on Saturday night I had the urge to bake melting moments. I've never made them before but I had them finished within about 90 minutes. With a hint of lemony goodness, these tasty morsels were definitely worth the clean up. Plus I didn't wake up the next day with a hangover. Ingredients 2/3 cup Nuttelex 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup custard powder 1/3 cup icing mixture Filling 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 2/3 cup icing sugar Juice of half a lemon Method Preheat oven...

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Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 125 small cookies Last Christmas I was living in Sydney and making trips back to Newcastle every weekend. I was also hating on Sydney so wasn't feeling particularly festive. This year I'm home and have plenty of time to make the Yuletide gay. Last weekend I whipped up a huuuuge batch of gingerbread cookies and went on a covert mission to secretly deliver them to my dearest friends. I was lucky enough to find that Queen cachous doesn't contain gelatine so this comes in handy for decorating. All the food colouring I use is from non-animal origin, this site is really helpful if you're unsure if what colours are suitable. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 cup Nuttelex 1 cup firmly packed...

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Raspberry Empanadas

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Recently I decided to invite some non-vegan friends over for a Mexican feast. While researching Mexican desserts, I stumbled across a few recipes for empanadas that seemed relatively easy to modify. So I gave it a whirl and these little babies were the result; a cinnamon covered light pastry, filled with a hot fruity centre. Serve with vegan ice-cream for the perfect end to a great meal. Ingredients 1/2 cup Nuttelex 1/3 cup Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 cup raspberry jam 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon Method The night before, cream the Nuttelex and Tofutti. Add the vanilla before slowly sifting in the flour to form a dough. Wrap the dough up in cling wrap to form...

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Apple & Blueberry Crumble

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 I'm not sure if I've mentioned this at all but I'm sure I'll be saying it a lot over the coming months; I HATE HOT WEATHER. Seriously, if the sun wasn't necessary for survival and stuff, I'd be all for kickin' it to the curb. Since summer is inevitable, I'm trying to remain positive but I'm clinging on to the season I hold dear by baking delicious Apple & Blueberry Crumble. It's been real, winter, see you next year. Ingredients 9 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 punnet fresh blueberries 1 cup plain flour 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 2/3 cup Nuttelex, melted Method Preheat...

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Sticky Date Pudding

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 10 It's funny how certain foods remind you of specific events. When I think of dates I am reminded of my old work pal, Zoe. When either of us would go to the supermarket during work hours, there was always an order for dates. She has also been a great taste tester when it comes to my recipes. This Sticky Date Pudding is the perfect end to any winter evening and served with caramel sauce and soy ice cream, you'll wish it was winter all year round! And Zoe, it's here waiting for you if you want to jump on a train (and Annie, I know you want some too). Ingredients 1 cup pitted dates, chopped 1 1/4 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon...

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Trifle

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 6 I had mentioned previously that for my brother's 30th birthday, he requested a vegan dinner. Naturally, I was the right person for the job and spent my whole Saturday cooking! This resulted in a few tasty dishes, the recipes of which will be posted over the next week. I thought it best to start with dessert, Rocky Road Cheesecake (you already have the recipe for this one) and a delicious new recipe I devised for trifle. Layered cake, jelly, berries, custard and cream make this one decadent dessert. It does take some time to prepare but it's well worth it! Ingredients Cake Layer 1 teaspoon of egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup canola oil 1 cup of soy milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster...

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Hot Cross Buns

Difficulty: Medium Serves 16 I thought I would try my hand at some Hot Cross Buns since it is the season and all. I've never made them before and was surprised at how simple it was, if not a little time consuming. With all cooking though, it's the thrill of making something from scratch that you don't get from buying it at the store (or often in a vegan's case, isn't available). These buns are quite small, which is good as I only like sweet things in small portions, make them bigger if that's your style! Ingredients Buns 1/3 cup caster sugar 14 grams (2 sachets) of dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm soy milk 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vegan margarine. 1...

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Individual Caramel Tarts

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 Caramel Tarts are a classic bakery treat that rarely touch the compassionate lips of a vegan. Textures of a shortcrust pastry base, thick, sweet caramel and light creamy top culminate in the mouth to create a few moments of heaven! I understand that sometimes we can get a little lazy, so if you want to skip the homemade pastry step and use store-bought stuff, go ahead, I won't judge you. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 5 tablespoons soy milk 1 can of Soymilke soy condensed milk 1/2 cup margarine 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1 carton Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 4 individual fluted pie tins. In a bowl,...

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Triple Chocolate Brownies

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 One of the most common questions I get from people regarding my veganism is "don't you miss chocolate?" When you can eat these Triple Chocolate Brownies, missing chocolate is near impossible! I've tried many vegan brownies in my time but I until now I had only made them once myself from a recipe. They were delicious however I thought I would try my hand at making my own. This recipe is particularly awesome as you probably have most of these items in the pantry and if you don't, they're only a supermarket trip away! These brownies are so delicious, that somehow my brother's puppy managed to jump up on the kitchen counter and take several bites out of them...

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