The Best Jam & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Vegan jam and peanut butter cupcakes

PBJ cupcakes have arrived! I’ve been making these for nearly a year and they never fail to impress my colleagues. For some reason, I’ve not shared them with you… perhaps because chocolate seems to be so much more loved, I didn’t want to upset any one! But.. the time has come for my jam and peanut butter cupcakes to shine!

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3 More Tips for Service Station Vegan Food (Moto Edition)

Vegan food at Moto service stations

Service station food – is any of it vegan? Yes, it is! And with my three tips for finding vegan food at Moto service stops in the UK, it’s easy too. You can choose your own way too – in a crowd? Use my easy pickings to order at places like Burger King. Want o get creative? How does a Falafel Salad sound? Or a hash brown roll?

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Hoisin Duck and Pineapple Rice (Vegan)

Hoisin Duck and Pineapple Rice

I never meant to make this dinner. I originally intended to use my mock duck to make vegan duck pancakes, but had a bit of a supermarket failure. What is a supermarket failure? It’s when you go to the supermarket and fail to get what you went there for. I went in with Chinese pancakes on my list, and left without them. Simple as that. Except, things got more complicated because I had all the ingredients for the aforementioned pancakes, and nothing else… But don’t worry, this isn’t a tale of woe and despair, it’s a tale of how I ended up with hoisin mock duck and pineapple rice and a delicious dinner instead.

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

Vegan Chocolate Lava Cake

Hands up who likes chocolate? Come on, just a little bit! I’m always a bit of a flip-flopper on whether I love chocolate or I just like it. I sort of trained myself out of being unable to resist it a few years ago but I’m pretty glad about that. Nobody should be able to eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one go and still be up for more. That said… I do love these chocolate lava cakes – I’ve made them a few times and they’re my ultimate quick, indulgent dessert – especially when drizzled with vegan cream!

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Mini Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies (gluten free , vegan)

Mini Peanut Butter Cookies (vegan and gluten free)

Last week, I really wanted some cookies. I know what started it – it wasn’t a random craving. At work there is a tin full of biscuits (similar to cookies, for the Americans among you but smaller, and usually with more of a crisp bite). The problem, as I’m sure you can imagine, was that I couldn’t have any! So there I was, 3pm, hankering for a biscuit with my decaf coffee and denied. Utter dismay! That evening I set about making my first batch of mini delights: these mini peanut butter shortbread cookies!

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On the blog this month – March

March round up - everything from homemade vegan scones to salted caramel smoothie bowls!

March has literally marched on through for me – it seems to have passed in the blink of an eye! I’ve been busy driving up and down the country this month, but I still posted a few (well, four) recipes to tempt you, and a round up of Easter goodies!

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Homemade Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Yes, I know. Meatless shepherd’s pie isn’t shepherds pie BUT if I tell my mum or grandma I am making ‘shepherdess pie’ I can just picture the odd look they’ll give me. And, really, this is the pie my mum used to regularly serve for a weeknight tea. It’s got the baked beans and everything! Baked beans in shepherd’s pie seems to be relatively common among mums in England, and yet every recipe I found online neglected to add them. Perhaps I’m making some massive faux pas but… there’s beans in my vegan shepherds pie and there’s no going back now.

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Homemade Vegan Scones

Homemade vegan scones

The scone: something I always think of as quintessentially British. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a scone and jam – but I know several (myself included) who don’t like tea. However, so far all of the supermarket scones I check the ingredients of aren’t suitable for vegans. Gah! It mean that in the last couple of years, I’ve had scones about… twice. Enter: making my own vegan scones!

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Vegan Easter Eggs and Gift Ideas

Vegan Easter Eggs

Do you get asked about vegan chocolate quite a lot? I sure do! “Does it exist?” Is the main one. But also “can vegans eat chocolate?” comes up quite a lot. My answer is usually just a confused “…yes?”. So, for those who are also faced by confused friends, family and general acquaintances, I rounded up a collection of dairy free, vegan Easter eggs that we can all point to and say: “look!”! And also “that one please!”

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