A Very Merry Vegan Christmas

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I appear to have spent the best part of Christmas Eve in the kitchen with my 12-year old daughter making a variety of vegan treats to take along to my sister’s tomorrow for Christmas and I have loved having the time to do this. Usually during term-time (weekdays in particular) cooking is a race against time – either due to the kids being hungry or needing to dash back out again for this club or that club, so it is a rare treat to indulgently spend time in the kitchen.

In terms of being vegan at Christmas, I find that for the most part people just don’t have a clue what you eat so sometimes it is easier to bring things along and I am more than happy to do this if it makes it easier for the person hosting and if it means I will be able to eat something! I will be cooking up a Vegan Nut Roast tomorrow and taking that along too but today I just took some time to make some treats.

We started off making some mince pies – actually following the recipe I posted here last Christmas – I just doubled all the amounts so I had a decent amount to bring along. If you are interested you can find it under my blog post Yummy Vegan Mince Pies.

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Then we moved onto some Raw Brownies – the recipe was taken from my new book “Deliciously Ella” by Ella Woodward which I am completely in love with. All recipes in her book are based around whole foods and are plant-based and suit me to a tee plus these raw recipes are just so quick and easy to make and super yummy!

If you want to have a go the ingredients I used today and details of the recipe are as follows:

Ingredients

140g almonds

400g medjool dates

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder

2 tablespoons agave nectar

Method

  1. Grind up the almonds in a food processor until a crumbly mixture is formed
  2. Add the dates, cacao & agave nectar then blend again
  3. Once the mixture is sticky transfer to a baking tray. I placed on a baking sheet and pressed down to make a rectangular shape
  4. Freeze the brownies for an hour to let them set, then remove and cut into small squares and store in the fridge.

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These really are very tasty and on account of the raw cacao taste lovely and chocolately while remaining  healthy. Raw cacao is actually considered a superfood so you can eat these guilt free!

We then attempted some homemade vegan sausage rolls but I won’t include the recipe here as I think it needs tweaking. It was a lot of fun making them and my daughter likes them but I didn’t enjoy the taste compared with ones you can buy in the shops so I will have to experiment with these a little to find a better offering. I used a vegan sausage mix today for these but I will try again with a homemade mix and see if they taste better.

IMG_20151224_165504All in all an enjoyable few hours of making and baking and a fun way to have some mother-daughter quality time! Now what to have for dinner….

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