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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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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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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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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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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Cornbread

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If there's one thing I know how to make, it's a mean cornbread. Speaking of mean, I'm surprised I haven't shared this recipe with you already, I'm such a fool but better late than never, huh? I like to make mine in Texas muffin tins to make individual serves however it'll work just as well in a loaf tin if that tickles your fancy. My cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to any meal but is particularly bitchin' with salads, soups and chilli. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 cup polenta 1 cup plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt 1/3 cup canola oil 1/3 cup caster sugar Method Preheat the oven to 220°C and grease a Texas muffin tin with spray oil...

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A Chat with Terry Hope Romero

If you don't know who Terry Hope Romero is, you must have been living under a block of tofu for the last 10+ years because she's kind of a big deal in the vegan world. Those who do recognise the name will probably know her as Isa Chandra Moskowitz's collaborator on Post Punk Kitchen as well as their subsequent books - Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Pie in the Sky and Veganomicon as well as her own cookbooks - Viva Vegan and Vegan Eats World. Terry is Down Under as part of Sydney Vegan Festival and I was lucky enough to keep her up late from her home in NYC before she left, to talk about vegan cooking, Australia and...

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Vegemite and Cream Cheese Filled Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium   Makes 16   G'Day! Vegemite is one of our staples in Australia and in celebration of Australia Day, I've made a batch of Vegemite and cream cheese filled pretzels to take along to a barbecue this afternoon. If you're one of those people who don't like Vegemite, I don't understand you but you can always leave it out and have the cream cheese filling instead. Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 2 tablespoons caster sugar Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 3 cups plain flour 2 cups bread flour 1/4 cup vegemite 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese 2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons bi-carb soda 2 tablespoons vegan margarine Rock salt             Method Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, nutritional yeast and the first lot of warm water. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Sift...

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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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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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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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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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Fig Jam Drop Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 15 cookies You would have seen my Fig Jam recipe that I posted yesterday. Since I have two jars of the stuff, I thought I would use some in my baking and make some Jam Drop Cookies. These are a little bigger than the ones you probably tried as a kid, but feel free to make them smaller if you'd like to. The jam works deliciously with the dough to make a childhood classic come back to life in your vegan adulthood! Ingredients 2/3 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons soy milk 1/3 cup Fig Jam Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla in a large...

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 25 cookies You know it, I know it, so we may as well come out and say it- COOKIES RULE! You know what else rules? Peanut butter, oh and while we're at it, how awesome is chocolate?! Cookie baking is a wonderfully wholesome past-time, so put on an apron and bake that weekend hangover into oblivion! Ingredients 1 teaspoon egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup crushed peanuts 3/4 cup Whittaker's dark chocolate, finely chopped Method Preheat the oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Add the egg replacer to the water and set aside. Mix together the peanut butter and Nuttelex...

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Banana Bread

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 slices I don't know about you, but I think banana bread rules. A lot of people take this fruity treat for granted but it is SO easy to make vegan friendly. It's healthier too because you're using flax seeds instead of eggs, light soy milk and also Nuttelex instead of butter! Perfect for afternoon or morning tea, take it into the office and surprise your workmates with a tasty vegan surprise. Ingredients 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds 6 tablespoons water 1 3/4 cup self-raising flour 1/4 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 50 grams of Nuttelex, melted 1/2 cup light soy milk (I use Vitasoy Soy Milky Light) 2 medium overripe bananas (or 4 small bananas), mashed Method Preheat oven to...

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Gifting Baked Goods- Chocolate Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 22 cookies Recipe from: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar Where to Buy: www.amazon.com Price: $12.21 USD + Shipping Giving baked goods as gifts is an inexpensive yet thoughtful way of showing someone you're thinking of them. Everybody loves a tasty treat on their birthday and packaged in a nice box with some ribbon, these cookies look really cute! If you haven't got Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, you should probably go out and get it. While I do make up a lot of my own recipes or adapt existing ones, sometimes it's nice to take a break from experimentation and use something tried and true! For this occasion I have used the simple choc chip cookies recipe from this cook...

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