Stumped about what to buy your vegan friend for Christmas? Or just wanting to get something a little different for a family member? Whatever the reason, looking for gifts at this time of year is usually overwhelming – for me at least. I end up trawling through countless websites, getting decision paralysis, and not buying anything. Sound familiar? I’ve rounded up some vegan-friendly gifts to make finding something, hopefully, that little bit easier.
Chocolate and alcohol – two words that seem to be synonymous with Christmas, these days. A bit of extra chocolate, an extra drink after dinner or a hot mulled wine on the weekend… it’s a wonderful time of year for indulgences. And that’s where these vegan Baileys brownies come in: an indulgent, perfect combination of chocolate and alcohol in one delectable snack.
It feels like an absolute age since I’ve done one of these roundups, but I think I’ve actually only missed one… maybe two? Anyway, I remembered this month, hurrah! Now you can see everything that happened here on the blog in one easy spot.
Peanut butter banana bread: possibly four of my favourite words. How to level up those four words? Chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread. Oh yes. This stuff? It’s addictive as an after dinner treat, as an elevensies pick-me-up, as a cheeky not-very-healthy breakfast to eat on your way out the door.
I was looking back over the recent recipes I’ve shared with you guys, and I realised that aside from one soup, I’ve been on a baking marathon. I don’t only eat sweet treats and oatmeal, I swear. Although granted, oatmeal is a big part of my diet and almost a daily occurrence, so is a lot of other, more savoury, food. One of my recent weekend lunchtime treats? A quick bowl of hummus pasta.
Mango, in November? I know what you’re thinking – I’ve gone crazy. Or clearly moved to some hot, exotic country and not mentioned it. Nope – neither. I have, however, discovered canned mango pulp from my supermarket. Enter: mango curry (thank you Vegan Richa), mango oatmeal, mango pancakes, and healthy mango muffins. All. Year. Round.
Sunday day, pancake day. Or: do as I do and make a big batch of these pancakes, and then every day is pancake day! When I’m not experimenting with making dessert-flavoured pancakes (like these carrot cake ones) I actually just like to make plain protein pancakes. Why protein pancakes? Because if I add some extra nutrients I feel I can use that as an excuse to have them with for five days straight.
As I mentioned in my last post: autumn is undoubtedly here. I’ve even gone out and bought a thicker coat – something I managed to avoid doing for all of the cold months last year. Another clue to the turning seasons: my posts. Last week, a soup, this week, cinnamon-scented, slightly ginger-spiced vegan granola. Yep: my autumn spiced granola is here.
These hot chocolate marshmallow cookies are the perfect cookie to enjoy on a cold, winter evening – and even better dunked into a steaming hot mug of… well, anything. My favourite is a homemade mocha or just a hot chocolate. The melted marshmallows make a divine combination.