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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7 Ingredient Seed + Nut Crackers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 36 I'll admit it, I'm one of those people who sometimes sees that something is described as healthy and go "nup, that'll taste like shit". Sometimes I am wrong and if you've already assumed from the title that these don't taste good, you're wrong too! Somehow with only 7 ingredients (none of which are oil or wheat-based) these bad boys are delicious and full of flayvah. For a crispier cracker, get them as flat as you can before baking (highly recommended!) Go on and make 'em, I dare ya! Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chia seeds 3/4 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons salt Method Line a baking sheet with...

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Table of Plenty + Dukkah Crusted Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

Price: From $3.50 Where to Buy: www.tableofplenty.com.au You guys know I have a close and personal relationship with snacks, so when Table of Plenty hit me up to review some of their stuff and create a little recipe, you know I jumped at that chance! I reckon you can always pick up the vibe that a business is doing good and when you learn the Table of Plenty story, it all starts to make sense. Owner Kate Weiss started the biz after the struggle of a challenging full-time job started to compromise the care of her Amy, who was born with a disability. Kate and her team have now grown Table of Plenty into a major national biz with a range of products including muesli, snacks,...

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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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Cherry Banana Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies So smooth that Rob Thomas and Santana wrote a song about it. If you pay attention to my Instagram, you'll know that recently I made the best smoothie of my life. It seems like a pretty big call, and it is, especially for someone who ain't too fussed on smoothies in the first place. The best thing about it? It takes a few minutes to throw together and all of the ingredients are things you should already have lying around. Ingredients 1 large banana 10 fresh cherries 1/2 cup crushed ice 1 1/2 cups soy milk 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I used Nudie Vanilla Coconut 'cos it's vegan now!) Method Rip up the banana and chuck it into...

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Treat Yo’Self to Apple & Cinnamon Poptarts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Growing up there were 3 ultimate breakfast scenarios; going out for breakfast, being allowed sugary cereal out of one of those tiny boxes, and Poptarts. You know, those little pastry things that were filled with delicious unhealthy stuff and covered in the most delicious frosting known to man-kind? Now you can make your very own vegan version that tastes like tiny little apple pies. Now that's an ultimate breakfast scenario. Ingredients Pastry 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups vegan margarine 1/3 cup chilled water Filling 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 4 green apples, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup almond milk Frosting 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons...

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Tofish Fingers – An Easy Weeknight Meal!

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Fish fingers are really a part of growing up for most kids but when you realise fish are cute as hell, they're very quickly taken off the menu! There are a few frozen fish finger substitutes out there and they're all fantastic but I wanted to try things a little differently with my homemade version. Simply using tofu and seaweed as a base, these guys can be whipped up super quickly and easily made gluten free with GF breadcrumbs. Ingredients 750g hi-protein firm tofu 4 sheets seaweed 1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used soy) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups dry breadcrumbs (make sure they're vegan) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons garlic powder Olive oil spray Vegan tartare sauce and lemon...

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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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Cranberry & Cacao Squares

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 You might have noticed that I'm not the biggest sweet breakfast fan however I do tend to start my days during the week with packaged raw bars and a piece of fruit because it's damned easy. This week I thought I would try my hand at making my own breakfast bars and the best thing about doing it is that I could add exactly what I wanted, using ingredients I just had lying around. Ingredients Cacao Base 1 cup chopped medjool dates 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup vanilla protein power 1/4 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil Cranberry Top 2/3 cup dried cranberries (try to get unsweetened) 1/2 cup raw cashews 1 teaspoon beetroot powder (optional but provides great colour) 2/3...

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Crispy Bean Stuffed Potato Skins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 If you tell me a potato skin is going to be crispy, you'd better damn deliver me a crispy potato skin. I don't take that responsibility lightly so believe me when I say these mofos are goddamned crispy. You really can fill them with whatever you want but this time around I added some beans to make them extra hearty. Ingredients 6 washed potatoes, go smaller on the size Olive oil spray Salt & pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 cup mixed beans 1/2 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya) 1 spring onion Method Preheat your oven to 200°C. Stab the potatoes all over with a fork before carefully placing in the oven (directly on the racks or a pan with a roasting rack). Cook...

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 For a long time I had doubted the existence of fresh jalapeños because I sure as hell hadn't seen any. Last weekend I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a basket of glossy, green chilies in the distance at the supermarket so naturally I grabbed as many as I could and got to thinkin' about a recipe. Here is that recipe. Feel free to go ahead and fry these bad boys if you want to, I won't judge you. I may even try it one day myself when I can be bothered dealing with a deep-fryer situation. Today is not that day. Ingredients 12 fresh jalapeños 2/3 cup vegan cream cheese Handful of chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of...

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Cheesy Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Popcorn is one of my favourite foods and while I usually enjoy the simpler things when it comes to popcorn, sometimes I want to kick it up a notch and get a little crazy on the kernels. This time around I opted for a delightful savoury concoction made from cashews and nutritional yeast, sprinkled over those little white clouds of heaven, you've got yourself a mad snack. Ingredients 3/4 cup popcorn kernels Spray oil Cheesy Sprinkle 1/2 cup cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Method Make the cheese sprinkle by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fine powder is formed. Set aside. Using an air popper, pop your kernels (you can also pop in a pan if you...

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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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Mushroom & Asparagus Frittatas

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 I've been making variations on these little guys for yonks but for the life of me can't figure out why I haven't shared the recipe until now, how rude! They're bitchin' for several reasons; you can eat them for any meal, you can eat them hot or cold, you can chuck whatever you want in them and they're gluten free. Now if those aren't enough reasons to get you to make one of my recipes then sheesh, I dunno what to do! Ingredients 12 stalks of asparagus, hard stalk removed and chopped, leaving the top aside 7 mushrooms, chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2/3 cup of chopped vegan cheese (I used Vegusto for this one) 600grams silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 1/3 cup...

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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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Crispy Cajun Potatoes w/ Tangy Tomato Mayo

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Remember shaker fries? You'd get the fries and a little sachet of flavouring, chuck 'em in a bag and shake it like a polaroid picture, resulting in crispy, potato-y, spiced goodness. I set out to make a more sophisticated version that you could serve up with your weekly meal or make a big batch for a dinner party. Either way, these spicy spuds are sure to satisfy. The ingredients I used are all gluten free, however making sure yours are too if you want to ensure they are GF. Ingredients Potatoes 12 miniature white potatoes Spray olive oil 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt Tangy Tomato Mayo 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise 1/4 cup tomato sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and...

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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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Deviled Eggs

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12-16 (depending on mould size) Yep, you read that right, deviled freakin' eggs! They look just like the real thing and if my memory serves me correctly, they taste pretty similar too (but of course this all comes with none of the unpleasantness of real eggs). The eggy tastes comes to you courtesy of black salt; an ingredient you can easily pick up at your local Indian grocery. The size and quantity of your batch will be dependent on the moulds you use and you can easily pick these up online for a few bucks (I used chocolate egg moulds). Take thrse guys along to your next party or picnic and they're sure to be a real hit! Ingredients Whites 1 1/2...

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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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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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Apricot + Almond Logs

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 These little guys are quite possibly one of the easiest things you can make in a very small window of time. Great lunchbox fillers, my Apricot & Almond Logs remind me of the treats I used to buy from my school canteen as a kid. These ones are even better though because you can control what goes in them! I like to keep mine in the fridge until half an hour before serving but should last in an airtight container for a week or so (although I doubt they'll be around that long!) Ingredients 1 cup dried apricots 1/3 cup sultanas 2/3 cup blanched almonds 1 cup desiccated coconut Method Chuck the apricots, sultanas, almonds and half of the coconut...

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Nut & Seed Muesli Bars

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Muesli bars were a pretty big part of my life growing up but I'd never really thought to make my own for a long time. The great thing about making your own  is that you can really add whatever you like and omit the stuff you don't. I'll be posting some variations in the near future but for now, seeds and nuts are where it's at. Ingredients 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil 3 cups oats 1/4 cup flax seeds 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup crushed peanuts 1/4 cup almonds (I bash them so they're not entirely whole) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 19cm x 29cm pan. In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup, brown sugar...

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Curry Spiced Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 OK I admit it, I'm a popcorn fiend! But why wouldn't I be? It's light, crispy and oh so easy to make, plus you can make it sweet, salty or a mixture of the two! These little popped corns no longer have to be viewed as a just treat for movie time or a children's party snack, you can also create flavours that make them a classy and sophisticated delight. My Curry Spiced Popcorn recipe is flavoursome and packs a punch to spice up your next occasion. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon salt Spray olive oil Method Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on high. To test it's...

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Chunky Cashew and Basil Dip

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup   Sometimes you need to whip up a cool snack in a matter of minutes and a dope way to do this is via a dip. You got some bread or crackers nearby and you've got yourself the perfect afternoon treat! Ingredients 3/4 cup raw cashews 1 bunch basil 1 clove garlic 1 small chilli 1 tablespoon olive oil Juice of half a lemon Pinch of salt Method Chuck all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until ingredients are combined but still chunky. Serve with your favourite bread or crackers. ...

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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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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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Dehydrated Cheesy Kale Chips

Difficulty: Easy Makes one large bowl We all know by now that kale is basically king of the veggie patch; it's high in iron, calcium, fibre, vitamins C, A and D plus it's good for a whole bunch of other stuff too! My brother got into dehydrating in the nineties but I'd never really thought about it again until recently when I saw a dehydrator on sale for $40 and decided to pick one up. Now I can't stop thinking of things to try and first cab on the rank were kale chips. These guys are deliciously crunch, light, flavoursome and totally good for you. Like I said, king of the veggie patch. Ingredients 10 stalks of kale 1/3 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon agave syrup 1/4...

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Cheesy Pepper Arancini

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Makes about 16 Never before have I attempted to make risotto, let alone arancini! To be honest I've never even eaten arancini as I've never seen a vegan-friendly one before. Well I was sick and tired of never being able to eat one of those little crispy morsels of ricey goodness, so I decided to confront my non-existent arancini fears and give it a red hot go. Now that I've made them, I'm going to make them again and again in different flavour combinations. Ingredients 3-4 cups water 2 tablespoons chicken style stock powder (I use Massel) 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 cup arborio rice 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon...

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Pizza Scrolls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 It's been at least five years since I've eaten a scroll and I have thought about making them many times since becoming vegan. I finally bit the bullet and decided to make my first batch with delightful results. I'll be making many different variations in the future however I'm starting it off with the pizza scroll. A bakery favourite stuffed with tomato, facon and your favourite vegan cheese. Enjoy these warm or pop them in your lunch box as a awesome midday treat. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups plain flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup Nuttelex 1 cup soy milk 1/4 cup tomato pasta sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tomato, finely chopped 1/4 brown onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup facon bits 3/4 cup grated vegan cheese Method Preheat...

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Kale and Smoked Tofu Dumplings

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 36 I've recently acquired some kale, which is a real victory in my town, so when I got ill this week I was bummed out that I couldn't use it. After a few days in bed I finally worked up the strength to make some real food and since I had dumpling wrappers, kale and smoked tofu I decided to attempt dumplings for the very first time. Mine are steamed but feel free to fry them if you want to. Either way, served with a little sweet soy sauce these babies are the bomb as either a light meal or party treat! Ingredients 36 gow gee dumpling wrappers 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 bunch kale,...

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Jalapeno Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 A while back I whipped up some herb and garlic pretzels that were some of the tastiest morsels in existence. I was feeling pretzy again so decided to spice things up this time around with some jalapenos and Cheezly. BOOM! Another delicious snack-treat was born. Now I don't want to make some outlandish remarks here saying I'm some kind of pretzel legend, no wait, I do. Make them, you'll understand. Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups warm water 1/3 cup, roughly chopped jalapenos 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 3 cups plain flour 2 cups bread flour 1/3 cup roughly grated Cheezly 2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons bi-carb soda 2 tablespoons Nuttelex Coarse sea salt Method In a large...

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Three Mushroom Dip in Cob Loaf

Difficulty: Easy Serves many as a party snack My family loves a good dip in a cob loaf and until recently I've exclusively made the spinach version. I thought I'd branch out and try something different, so I made a three mushroom version. YUM! The combination of mushrooms is delightfully tasty but you could really do it with whatever combination of mushrooms you have lying around. Ingredients 1/3 cup brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 cups shemeji mushrooms, roughly chopped 2 cups Swiss brown mushrooms, roughly chopped 1/2 bunch enoki mushroom, cut into thirds 3/4 tub Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 chicken style stock cube 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise 1 small bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Remove the top from the cob loaf and pull...

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Brown Rice, Chia and Sesame Balls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 16 balls I've been wanting to make some kind of rice ball for a while now and expected it to me much harder than it actually was. You can throw whatever you want into these babies, seeds, nuts, pebbles (probably not pebbles) but if you want more guidance, don't fret, I'll be making more variations on this theme very soon. If you want to make them flatter and pop them on a burger or smaller for finger food, that's a-okay with me too. Ingredients 3 cups cooked brown rice 1/3 cup black chia seeds 1/4 cup white sesame seeds 1 small brown onion, finely chopped. 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup gluten flour 1/4 cup dry...

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Sweet Soy & Sesame ‘Beef’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Like the Satay 'Chicken' Skewers, these cheeky devils are great as a meal or entertainment option for vegans and non-vegans alike. Reminiscent of those honey soy skewers you may have had in your meat eating days, these are even better and of course made without the meat (or honey)! Ingredients 14 wooden skewers 1 bag beef-style chunks, thawed 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1/3 cup rice malt syrup 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Mix together the soy sauce, kecap manis, rice malt syrup, garlic and ginger. Chuck the chunks into a container and pour the marinade over the top. Invert the container to cover the chunks. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours, inverting the container occasionally. Soak...

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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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Satay ‘Chicken’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Some vegetarians and vegans are a bit freaked out by mock meat. I'm not. Some meat-eaters are freaked out by mock meat. My friends aren't. I had them around recently to enjoy a vegan feast and these magical sticks went down a real treat. They're great to serve with rice and/or salad for a meal or as finger food for a party. Ingredients 14 wooden skewers One bag soy nuggets or mock chicken, thawed 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup granulated nuts 1 tablespoon chilli flakes Method Soak the skewers in warm water for half an hour. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease a baking tray. Thread 4 to 5 pieces of mock chicken onto each skewer and lay on the baking tray. Spray...

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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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Hawaiian Pizza Pockets

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 When I was a school-aged carnivore, I used to love getting "pizza roundas" from the canteen. They were always a delicious lunchtime treat but I hadn't really thought about them until my recent trip to Melbourne. While at Las Vegan Nirvana in Smith Street, I was taken back to my childhood with their Hawaiian calzone (I'll post more about that soon). When I returned I was eager to replicate the meal. So I did. Ingredients 1 cup warm water 7 grams dry yeast 3 cups fine Italian flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 block mozzarella Cheezly 1/2 cup pineapple pieces 1 cup Redwood facon bits 1/3 cup tomato sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs Salt and pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 200°C. In a large...

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Herb & Garlic Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Lately I have been thinking about fun snacks to make for summer and I stumbled across some pretzel recipes that looked relatively easy to improve and veganise. Last night I went for it and the result was so dope that it could possibly be one of the best things I've ever made. No joke. Now these aren't too difficult to make, just a bit fiddly and time consuming because you have to knead the dough and let it rise. This is actually a really fun and wholesome thing to bake, especially with kids as they can make the pretzels into all kinds of whacky shapes. I'm hooked on these things now, so stay tuned for a million variations! I'm thinking...

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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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Falafel

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Makes 14 balls Falafel is often hit and miss for me when dining out but I'd never actually made it. I thought I would put myself to the test and whipped up some deliciously crispy morsels of tastiness! Perfect for a Lebanese spread, on its own or on a wrap, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. Ingredients 1 can chickpeas 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 small brown onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup besan flour 1 cup bread crumbs Olive oil for frying Method In a food processor, blitz the chickpeas, garlic, onion, salt, cumin, paprika and parsley until a paste is formed. Mix in the besan flour and breadcrumbs to create a thicker, mouldable paste. Using a tablespoon, measure...

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Toffee Nut Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy- Medium Serves 4 It's a public holiday in Newcastle today because of the Newcastle Regional Show. To be honest, I don't know anybody who is going and I am unsure as to why I get the day of work for it. I'm not going to argue though, a 3 day weekend means I have plenty of time to finally unpack my boxes from moving and of course cook! As most carnival treats are laden with animal products, I decided to make my own Toffee Nut Popcorn. Popcorn is a fun snack that you can easy adapt to make new and exciting flavours, something I intend on doing and posting on here! Ingredients 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1/2 cup Nuttelex 3/4 cup brown...

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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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White Chocolate & Macadamia Ice Cream Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 9 pieces Summer is just about here for us Australians so I thought I would try another ice cream sandwich. This time with delicious chunks of macadamia nuts and white chocolate, it's the perfect summer dessert. My taste testers are sure to demand more and more of these as the weather heats up, so keep an eye out for plenty of variations. A word of warning though; in your haste to access this sweet treat, don't make the mistake of dropping one third on the floor (sad but true story). Ingredients 1 packet of Arnott’s Nice biscuits (yep, vegan!) 2 cartons of Soyatoo Whipping Cream 1 can of Soymilke Soy Condensed Milk 2 tablespoons of vanilla essence (more or less depending on your desired...

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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 15 balls So, I've tempted a couple of work colleagues into doing Vegan November by promising a delicious vegan treat every week! Last week I made Peanut Butter Blondies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and I'm continuing the peanut butter theme with my very own recipe. A crisp and creamy centre is smothered with a layer of bittersweet chocolate, perfect for a dinner party treat or nicely boxed as a gift. Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup granulated nuts 1 cup Rice Bubbles 1 block (250g) Whittaker's Dark Chocolate, melted Method In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the nuts and Rice Bubbles, mix well. Using a tablespoon as a measure, roll the peanut...

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 9 pieces Many of you enjoyed the Choc-Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches so I thought I would continue to add variations on this theme to provide some inspiration. Your imagination can run wild with these slices and you can make any flavour your little heart desires. This time around I made cookies 'n' cream, an extremely popular ice cream flavour that will be sure to please the toughest of anti-vegans! Ingredients 1 packet of Arnott’s Nice biscuits (yep, vegan!) 2 cartons of Soyatoo Whipping Cream 1 can of Soymilke Soy Condensed Milk 2 tablespoons of vanilla essence (more or less depending on your desired strength) 1/2 a packet of cream filled chocolate cookies, crushed (a lot of Australian Oreo varieties are vegan-friendly!) Method Line a freezer-safe, rectangular dish...

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Spinach and Cheese Rolls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 rolls Yet another delicious bakery-style treat to add to your repertoire! These light, crispy and delightfully cheesy treats make for the perfect snack or lunch on the run. Add some salad or vegetables to the side and you've got yourself a wholesome dinner. These things are incredibly addictive though, don't say I didn't warn you! Ingredients 1 bunch of spinach, finely chopped 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 tub of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup of plain flour Salt and pepper to taste 4 sheets of puff pastry, partially thawed (a lot of grocery store pastries are in fact vegan, just read the label) Method Preheat the oven to 200°C Cook the spinach in the microwave (or stove if you're that way inclined)....

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Creamy Spinach Dip in Cob Loaf

Difficulty: Easy If there's a gathering, you can almost guarantee there'll be a spinach dip. Possibly one of the easiest yet most delicious party snacks one can add to the table but is it ever vegan-friendly? Hell no, until now that is. Whipping this up takes no time at all but trust me, all the unassuming non-vegans will be wondering why you're smirking as you watch them enjoy your masterpiece. Ingredients 1 cob loaf 1 teaspoon of olive oil 4 spring onions, chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic) 250g frozen spinach, thawed 30g packet of spring vegetable soup mix 225g tub of Tofutti Sour Supreme (vegan sour cream) 1 cup of Praise Light Mayonnaise (believe it!) Salt and pepper to...

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