Coconut Chocolate Stracciatella Shake with Coconut Choc Shot

Coconut Stracciatella Shake
Coconut Stracciatella Shake
It’s finally summer… or is it? I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Scotland it feels like we barely had a spring, and now summer is around the corner (at least that’s what my calender tells me) but the sun is nowhere to be seen… Help, I’m vitamin D deprived!

It doesn’t stop me from enjoying summer foods, though. Continuing my happy partnership with Choc Shot, I received another bottle of their Coconut Choc Shot in the post and immediately thought of making this Coconut Chocolate Stracciatella Shake. It’s a great way of jazzing up your glass and your drink, and just making the day a bit more fun.
Coconut Stracciatella Shake
What’s that unpronounceable word I just used there? Stracciatella is an Italian word, and is the name of vanilla ice cream in which chocolate has been swirled to create a marble type of effect. When I was little, it was everyone’s favourite type of ice cream at school.

You could apply the same idea to other recipes too – coconut stracciatella ice cream, or swirling Choc Shot through nice cream or a smoothie bowl. Versality is one of the greatest benefits of Choc Shot, aside from the main one, which is that it tastes so freaking good.

I’m excited to say that this recipe was featured in this month’s The Vegan Kind subscription box – yes, another one! In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of this Glasgow-based company that is striving to make veganism easy and accessible to all by introducing them each month to a box full of vegan products, from small local producers to bigger brands. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do it now!
Coconut Stracciatella Shake
Coconut Stracciatella Shake
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And in case you’re a German speaker and are keen on making vegan ice creams this summer (whenever the weather does eventually decide to warm up!), you can now get my vegan ice cream ebook on Amazon.de!
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Ingredients
  1. 330ml (1 + 1/3 cup) light coconut milk
  2. 1/4 – 1/2 tsp powdered stevia (OR a drizzle of maple syrup OR other sweetener of choice)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 4 ice cubes
  5. Coconut Choc Shot, to drizzle
  6. Optional: blend in 3 tbsp Coconut Choc Shot for extra chocolatey-ness
Instructions
  1. Blend the first four ingredients until smooth.
  2. If you want a chocolatey shake, blend in 3 tbsp Coconut Choc Shot.
  3. Drizzle some Coconut Choc Shot along the inside of a large glass.
  4. Pour in the shake and enjoy straight away!

What was your favourite ice cream flavour when you were little?

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Disclaimer: this is sponsored by Choc Shot, but, as always, all opinions are my own and I think Choc Shot is fabulous. 

Ladies’ Smoothie: Raspberry Maca Hormone-Balancing

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I received such a positive response on my last post, Vanilla Maca Oat Porridge + my thoughts on talking freely about menstrual cycles, hormones and female health. I hit publish on that post with a shaky hand but your support and comments really touched me: you were so frank, so eager to speak up! Thank you for that; it means a lot more than you can imagine.

Another thing that surprised me was the number of you that asked me for more recipes containing maca. You ask, I deliver! This is a new spin on an old recipe I shared on the blog years ago, and I have one more recipe coming in what I am now calling the “Ladies’ Recipes”. Ladies, thank you for inspiring me, in the kitchen and in life!
Raspberry Maca #Vegan Smoothie - Hormone Balancing
This smoothie is quick and easy to make, and gives you a welcome boost of energy at any time of day. I like drinking it at breakfast since it gives me energy for the day ahead (which I can use now I have a brand new, exciting job!!) and it helps keep the cramps at bay. If you want to add some extra iron to your diet (which is important when you’re on your period) you can add a bunch of spinach or kale to the smoothie.

Raspberry + maca is a pretty great combination – it tastes fruity and fresh, especially if you use frozen raspberries, and the nut butter makes it so creamy, though you can omit if you’re allergic to nuts or simply prefer a thinner smoothie. If you’re unsure about maca, try 1 tsp to start with, but if you already love this flavour feel free to up the dose to 2 tsp.
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Ladies' Smoothie: Raspberry & Maca Hormone-Balancing Smoothie

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (or a handful of) frozen raspberries
  2. 250ml (1 cup) almond milk
  3. 1 tsp maca powder
  4. 1 tsp peanut or almond butter
  5. 1 tbsp hemp hearts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend all till smooth. If you like a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.

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Coffee Shop Matcha Latte

Coffee Shop Vegan Matcha Latte

Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

I’ve concocted a coffee shop-worthy brew to help you celebrate the day in style, though I do like to enjoy this drink any day, any time, it’s so yummy. It doesn’t taste like earth (promise), but it’s sweet and creamy, and best of all it has that frothy topping that you get from your favourite coffee shop latte! Move over, Starbucks.

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I wasn’t feeling so hot about the holiday this year. An Irish person away from the motherland on this day is not a happy sight to see, especially when his national holiday falls on a Tuesday and he has to go to his new job in the new city where he’s just moved to. It’s not the carefree day I would have wished for Mr Cookie Monster. Every year is the year I hope we’ll go to Dublin and celebrate in style, but funds and timing have so far not come together in our favour. Next year…

I also didn’t think I’d come up with something suitably inventive and green to eat today, either; and it seemed a poor way to celebrate the holiday. (Nobody in Ireland eats green things on St Paddy’s Day. Nobody.) But then I looked down into my freshly brewed cup of matcha latte and realised the irony of that thinking. I’ve been drinking these lattes for weeks now and – DUH! – they’re green!

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So this morning I made green crêpes for breakfast, just because I felt suddenly inspired and was craving pancakes, I’m going to have avocado on toast for lunch (green again!) and I’m sipping on a coffee shop matcha latte as I type this. Tonight we’ll take a stroll through the city to see Edinburgh Castle lit up in green. Maybe today’s a success after all 🙂

Want more Irish recipes to celebrate in style? How about some Hot Whiskey to warm the cockles of your heart, a luxurious Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake to share, a naughty Irish Cake for your sins perhaps, a boozy Irish Cream Hot Chocolate to drown away the cold today, or maybe you need something sweet just for yourself, so try this Irish Chocolate. Fancy a nibble? Whiskey truffles and almond praline it is, then. Or my all-time personal favourite, Chocolate Stout Brownies. 

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[yumprint-recipe id=’12’]I can’t resist. You need to listen to this song, which is the most Irish song ever known to mankind. For more traditional Irish music, I recommend this oldie but goodie. And just because I feel like bragging, here are some photos from my trips to Ireland. 

The (really really really windy) Cliffs of Moher. 
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THE FATHER TED HOUSE. (Only true fans will understand how AMAZING this is!)

Dusk over the Liffey in Dublin. 
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Vegan Irish Cream Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream – Vegan Christmas Blog Crawl!

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Well, hello there! I hope you’re reading this while wearing your cosy Christmas onesie and sipping some spiced hot chocolate — because that’s what I’m doing! No, not really; not yet, anyway. I have actually just arrived in Oxfordshire, where I will be spending Christmas with my mum and my sister’s family.

Seriously, I could not be more excited about Christmas this year. Not only because I could seriously use the time to catch up on all the Christmas films I’ve never seen yet (the list is embarrassingly long) and spend quality time with my family, but because I’m taking part in this wonderful thing called the Vegan Christmas Blog Crawl. I organised this with Fab, the sassy gal behind Passion Junkie, and we’re joined by Ceri from Natural Kitchen Adventures, Lane from Green Spirit Adventures, and Hedi from Hedi Hearts. All these amazing women have come together to create some truly mouth-watering recipes for a totally fabulous vegan Christmas.

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Since I’m closing the Blog Crawl (insert sad face — it’s been so much fun!) I thought it was time for the kind of Christmas recipes that is totally over-the-top, can’t-get-enough-of-it, don’t-care-how-many-calories-it-contains delicious. This could only mean one thing: it needed to contain alcohol, chocolate, and lots and lots of whipped coconut cream.

Enter the Vegan Irish Cream Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream.

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Loosen that top button, m’dears, you’ll need it! I honestly can’t think of anything I’d rather be having while I’m vegetating on the sofa for the duration of the Christmas holiday! As you can see from the photos, this drink is best enjoyed steaming hot with a few slices of my Cranberry & Pumpkin Loaf.

So my lovelies, I hope you are all surrounded by your loved ones, be they blood relatives or adopted family, furry friends, good food, and a pile of excellent Christmas DVDs. I will (hopefully) be posting again near New Year’s Eve with a special recipe for you all, and then things are going to get hectic again for me, but you can keep in touch with me through InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Bloglovin‘.

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Vegan Irish Cream Hot Chocolate With Whipped Cream

Notes: You can use either light or full-fat coconut milk, but if using full-fat, you may not want to reduce the liquid so much; just simmer for 5 minutes, the liquid will be thick enough already. There will also be more to drink 🙂 I get my Freedom Mallows from Holland & Barrett, but you can find vegan marshmallows online too.

1x 400ml can of coconut milk
2 tsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp espresso powder
2 tsp cacao powder
1 tbsp Jameson Irish Whiskey
250ml (1 cup) coconut cream
2 tsps agave nectar, maple syrup or Sweet Freedom Original
Vegan marshmallows (as many as you like!), I use Freedom Mallows

1. In a small bowl, whisk the coconut cream and sweetener of your choice until thick and fluffy. Refrigerate until needed. I like to make this the night before when I have the time and/or foresight, because depending on the brand of coconut cream, it may require more or less time to properly stiffen.

2. Add the brown sugar and espresso powder to a small saucepan. Pour in a little of the coconut milk and place the pan over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar and espresso in the liquid. Once this is done, add the rest of the coconut milk.

3. Bring to a boil, and when the liquid starts to bubble up, reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the liquid (you don’t want it to boil over), and stir regularly.

4. Remove the plan from the heat. Stir in the cacao powder and Irish Whiskey.

5. Pour into two mugs, top with a generous dollop of coconut cream and your marshmallows. Enjoy!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas! Don’t forget to catch up on the other recieps in the Festive Vegan Blog Crawl I’m hosting with Fab, Ceri, Lane and Hedi.

Psst — there are only 2 days till Christmas! Panicked about what you’ll eat? Get my ebook THE VEGAN COOKIE FAIRY’S CHRISTMAS RECIPES on Amazon to have the best vegan Christmas ever. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates and follow me on InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Tumblr! You can also follow my blog through Bloglovin‘.

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FindingVegan Holiday Link Round-Up!

Another round-up! This one is even bigger and better, and features dozens of the best FindingVegan bloggers on the web. From cookies to gingerbread houses, mouthwatering main means and edible gifts, there’s bound to be something in here for you to enjoy with your family this holiday season.

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There are some amazing vegan recipes, books, features and more out there on the internet, but it can be challenging to track down great content sometimes! That is where FindingVegan.com comes in. FV features recipes and more from the best vegan-friendly bloggers on the web! And this year, we FV asked some of its contributors to share their best content in a MEGA-amazing vegan round-up! Check out all that is going on in the vegan community!..

1. Kathy Patalsky, of HealthyHappyLife and founder on Finding Vegan is sharing:
* 12 Days of Vegan Christmas Giveaway + YouTube Series – $2700 grand prize!
* Kathy’s cookbook to kickstart a healthy New Year: 365 Vegan Smoothies
* Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

*photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

2. Rachael Renee of RawHighLife is sharing:
* Amazing raw vegan cinnamon rolls PERFECT for holiday brunch!
* Easy fruit and veggie recipes in her ebook
* The RAW High Life Facebook page

*photo credit: RawHighLife

3. June Burns of Philosophy and Cake is sharing:
* Chocolate Macarons recipe, gluten free + vegan
* Momofuku-Inspired Carrot Layer Cake
* Salty-sweet pecan pie bars with bourbon!

3. Kelly of ThePrettyBee is sharing:
* Vegan Holiday Treats
* Gluten Free Gifts in Jars

*photo credit: Kelly, the pretty bee

4. Aimee of TheVegLife is sharing:
* Her eBook of vegan Christmas Cookies. 25 exclusive cookie recipes for 2014, and more, 50 recipes in total!
* Cranberry Orange Muffins

5. Natalie Thomas of feasting on fruit is sharing:
* Chocolate Peppermint Cookiewiches
* Gingerbread Snack Cakes
* Caramel Hot Chocolate the Fruity Way

*photo credit: Natalie, feasting on fruit

6. Carolyn Murphy of PeaceMeal is sharing:
* Mulled Wine
* Salted Toffee Peanut Butter & Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Cups
* Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball

7. Lisa from Healthy Nibbles & Bits is sharing:
* Peppermint Bark Popcorn with Toasted Coconut
* Butternut Squash, Hummus & Guacamole Dip

8. Trinity of Trinity’s Kitchen is sharing:
* Festive Seed Roast Loaf (gluten-free, vegan and super healthy)
* Christmas Fruit n’ Nut Truffles

*photo credit: Trinity’s Kitchen

9. Ginny from Vegan in the Freezer is sharing:
* Delicious Party Food – Spicy Tortilla Rollups
* Homemade Kahlua sounds like a holiday in itself
* Spiced Rum Balls – no kidding!

*photo credit: Ginny, vegan in the freezer

10. Tia from Tia’s Kitchen is sharing:
* vegan hot chocolate
* vegan eggnog

11. Danielle Levy of DanielleLevyNutrition is sharing:
* Asian inspired Yuba Roast Chestnut Stuffing
* Classic comfort food: Walnut Crusted Tofu with braised chard and butternut squash

photo credit: Danielle Levy

12. Vanessa of Becomingness is sharing:
* Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cups
* BecomingSweet!
* 15 Best Raw Desserts

13. Aurora of TheIndieBroccoli is sharing:
* Christmas Loaf with Lentils and Quinoa
* Rutabaga Fries with vegan lemon basil mayo
* Carrot Juice with Turmeric and Ginger

*photo credit: Aurora, the indie broccoli

14. Bianca of Elephantastic Vegan is sharing:
* Festive Holiday Recipe – Pink Beet Cupcakes
* Her website and facebook page!

15. Cate from A Traveling Cook is sharing:
* Vegan Christmas Pudding

16. Clemence of The Vegan Cookie Fairy is sharing:
*Her ebook of Vegan Christmas recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes
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* Her ebook of Vegan Chocolate recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate
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* Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Drizzle

photo credit: The Vegan Cookie Fairy

17. Jennifer of VeggieInspiredJourney is sharing:
* Vegan Dilled Ceviche
* Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
* Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce

18. Dana of VanishingVeggie is sharing:
* Her website
* Her Facebook page
* A bright, citrus salad, perfect for any gathering

19. Sophia from VeggiesDontBite is sharing:
* Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar: one of my most favorite desserts for this season!
* Frothy Pistachio Milk Hot Chocolate: Cozy up this winter with this indulgent treat.
* The new Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar: Breakfast just went from easy to easier. A healthy, quick and delicious way to start your day!

*photo credit: Sophia, veggies don’t bite

20. Christina of TheBeautifulBalance is sharing:
* Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
* Maple Apple Scones
* Pear & Raspberry Frangipane Tart

21. Stacey of SouthernVeganKitchen is sharing:
* Lumberjack Date Cake
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Pie

22. Shannon of The Glowing Fridge is sharing:
* Candy Cane and Marshmallow Peppermint Fudge
* The Glow Effect Guide
* A Holiday Gift Guide for Her

23. Jessica of TwoGreenPeas Website is sharing:
* Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Bark
* Vegan Gingerbread Houses: Recipe & How-To
* Starry Night Cinnamon Okra Masala

*photo credit: Jessica, TwoGreenPeas

24. Majda of BreadOlives is sharing:
* Walnut Date Truffles

*photo credit: Majda, BreadOlives

25. Vicky of MayIHaveThatRecipe is sharing:
* Eggnog Sticky Toffee Pudding
* Vegan Tiramisu
* Roasted Veggie Tofu Pot Pies

*photo credit: Vicky, MayIhaveThatRecipe

26. Dora of Dora’s Table is sharing:

* This is a recipe for Garabatos or scribble cookies. These cookies are very popular in Mexico city, and you will fall in love with them too. Who can resist two coconut shortbread cookies, sandwiched in a smooth chocolate filing, and drizzled with warm chocolate? The best part, they’re 100% vegan.

*photo credit: Dora’s Table

27. Kelly of Trial and Eater is sharing:
* Foodie Gift Guide
* How to make vanilla extract – Fun holiday gift idea!
* Sunflower wrap – Healthy holiday snacking!

28. Michelle of Healthier Steps is sharing:
* Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole
* Sweet Potato Souffle
* Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Bonus a few recipes I personally adore from FindingVegan contributors!..

29. Cara of Fork and Beans makes Healthy Reindeer Cookies

30. VeggieAndTheBeast Ginger Cutout Cookies

31. VeguKate’s Superfood Hot Cocoa

…and SO many more on FindingVegan.com. Sign up for the Finding Vegan Monthly Newsletter here.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas! There is one more recipe coming from me before Christmas Day as part of the the Festive Vegan Blog Crawl I’m hosting with Fab, Ceri, Lane and Hedi. If you need more inspiration for the holidays, just check out their delicious recipes!

Psst — there are only 5 days till Christmas! Get my ebook THE VEGAN COOKIE FAIRY’S CHRISTMAS RECIPES on Amazon to have the best vegan Christmas ever. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates and follow me on InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Tumblr! You can also follow my blog through Bloglovin‘.

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9 Irresistible Vegan Christmas Desserts Even Omnivores Will Love!

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This year I will enjoy my fourth Christmas as a vegan. The one problem? My family don’t eat a plant-based diet. But that’s not even a problem really because they always make an effort to accommodate my needs — that, and I pretty much commandeer the kitchen over the holidays. Me, a control freak? Not at all, not at all…

I seriously love this season. For me it truly is the most wonderful time of the year and I loudly, ostentatiously, obnoxiously celebrate it. (True story: I started wearing my Christmas jumper on 1 November this year. I’m that freak.)

But I get that this is stressful for a lot of vegans and vegetarians. Times have changed and it is easier than ever to thrive on a plant-based diet, but we’re not out of the woods yet (are we out of the woods yet, are we out of the woods yet…). That’s why I wrote my ebook The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes and it’s why I’m sharing the 9 most irresistible vegan Christmas desserts on the Internet, so you can convince your omnivore relatives through the sheer power of sugar and fatty goodness. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Pretzel Stick Snowmean – Anti-candida, Yeast-free and Paleo by Fork & Beans

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I adore Cara from Fork & Beans, and her wonderful, colourful sense of humour. She makes the cutest-looking treats around, and most of them are vegan and gluten-free. She recently had some bad health news and now makes a lot of candida-friendly treats. Like these Pretzel Sticks Snowmen! Nothing stops this woman and I love that about her. All I want for Christmas is to be as badass as Cara.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Choc Shot Drizzle

Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Choc Shot

I am getting absolute RAVE reviews for these Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. They are massive and moreish, and you just can’t stop at one. So simple to make, and they require hardly any time at all, which makes them perfect for potlucks, parties, sharing, afternoon tea, and more…

Healthy Nutella Hot Chocolate from Desserts with Benefits

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There is nothing I’d rather do this Christmas than just sit in front of the telly in my onesie and have an IV drip streaming hot chocolate directly into my blood stream. You will not believe this, but each serving of this drink has only 110 calories!!! And it’s completely vegan. I think I’ll have two servings, please…

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Minimalist Baker

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I have NEVER made cinnamon rolls before, but I think that’s about to change with this recipe from Minimalistic Baker. As their name suggests, all their recipes are minimalist, but not when it comes to flavour. I’ve made so many of their recipes in the past and they have never failed me yet. Go try this today!

Vegan One-Pot Pecan Sticky Toffee Pudding

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There is only one answer to subzero temperatures, hail storms and ferocious winds: this One-Pot Vegan Sticky Pudding. Ooey gooey good stuff that sticks to your ribs and makes your tummy sing Christmas carols. Er, ok maybe not that last bit, but it really is the stuff dreams are made of.

Amaretto Snowballs (vegan + gluten-free) by Pure Ella

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I simple adore all of Ella’s recipes. They are healthy but so delicious, often gluten-free and paleo, based on wholefoods, natural ingredients. This is an oldie but goody, and guaranteed to delight all your guests this Christmas.

Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge by Dreena Burton

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A delish recipe by Plant Powered Kitchen and gorgeous photograph shot by Emma from Coconut & Berries! I live in the land of fudge but sadly I can never eat any of it! Thank goodness for this Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge from Dreena Burton 🙂

Chai Tiramisini

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These Tiramisini served in cocktail glasses make me feel like a domestic goddess. If all else goes wrong, at least I’ve got my vegan Tiramisini… If you don’t want them so posh, just serve them in vintage teacups, and Bob’s your uncle.

Cranberry & Pumpkin Breakfast Loaf

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I call this one a breakfast loaf, but if you up the sugar a little bit, it’s perfect for dessert. Serve with warm custard or your favourite brand of vegan vanilla ice cream for the perfect Christmas treat in front of the telly!

And there you have it, my favourite, most delicious, irresistible vegan desserts for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Let me know in the comments what you’ll be cooking/baking/eating/drinking this Christmas, I’m curious to know your individual traditions 🙂

Psst — there are only 13 days till Christmas! Get my ebook THE VEGAN COOKIE FAIRY’S CHRISTMAS RECIPES on Amazon to have the best vegan Christmas ever. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates and follow me on InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Tumblr! You can also follow my blog through Bloglovin‘.

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‘Caribbean’ Chocolate: Coconut, Rum & Cacao

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For Vegan Month of Food 2014 I am adapting recipes from the first book I ever learnt to bake from: 
Chocolat: Fondre de Plaisir by Camille and Nathalie Le Foll. Join me as I veganise 20 recipes from this book – it’s going to be a month of total chocolate decadence!

I just can’t make up my mind. Is it warm, is it cold? I switched on the heating yesterday morning when I rolled out of bed covered in goosebumps and a nasty sore throat already catching on, but a mere two hours later I was sweating buckets as I cycled into town, the sun hot on my neck. Ah Scotland, you never cease to surprise me.
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(And speaking of surprises, guess who I saw on my trip into town? I cycled past none other than Neil Oliver himself, who seemed to be taking a stroll along the Back o’ Hill in Stirling. If you didn’t know, he’s a famous historian most known for the BBC series ‘A History of Scotland’, which is probably the number one reason I fell in love with Scotland in the first place. None of this has anything to do with chocolate and the Caribbean, I’m just fangirling here.)

And so lately I’ve had ice cream and this ice cold frappé-like Caribbean Chocolate as well as hot chocolates and homemade soups and stews. I could moan about the weather but really I love this season; the best of both worlds, cool summer foods and hearty winter fare meeting in the middle. Happy autumn everyone! I hope you put on your best wellies and go kick some copper-coloured leaves today.
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caribbean chocolate

1 tbsp cacao
125ml (1/2 cup) coconut water
6 dates, pitted
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
a glug of rum
1 banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
1 ice cube
a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg each
To serve: whipped coconut cream and cacao + cinnamon
Place all the ingredients, minus the toppings, and blend on high speed till smooth and frothy. Pour into a tall glass, add some whipped coconut and dust with cacao and cinnamon. Enjoy straight away.

What’s your favourite thing about autumn?

 

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