My Vegan Life

Sticky ginger and date granola

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 45 Minutes10 Servings Dairy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian The thing I have against most commercial granola is that they come loaded normally with refined sugar. They are often advertised as this healthy, wholesome and natural breakfast cereal. I prefer to make my own, sweetened with organic maple syrup and packed with healthy... Continue Reading →

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No eggs no problem

This is an update of a blog I wrote a while ago, the reason being more egg replacements are now available on our supermarket shelves. It is amazing how many products are available now on top of the natural ones we can use. See below for some new items. Before I became vegan I was... Continue Reading →

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Another Year Begins

Hi everyone and I hope you have recovered from the festive season. Mine went downhill the Saturday before Christmas when I split my big toe wide open when I fell and then on Christmas Eve I went down with pneumonia. After that and a cortisone injection I am on the road to recovery and now... Continue Reading →

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My Ultimate vegan Chilli

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 30-40 MinutesServes 6 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free Chilli is one of those dishes that is a real crowd-pleaser. This easy meal is not one to stand on ceremony or require your best china. All you need is a group of good friends or family, a pot of chilli and... Continue Reading →

Zingy lemon drizzle cake

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

  • Serves 10-12
  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 45 Minutes

Lemon drizzle cake is an all-time classic, which just about every baker has their own go-to recipe. I know this is traditionally not a seasonal cake, but the zingy freshness always conjures up springtime.

  • Tangy
  • Lip-smacking
  • Fresh
  • Delicious
  • Bursting with flavour

Lemons just bring this cake alive. We all know the traditional lemon cake has a crunchy sugary lemony drizzle, which seeps down through the cake. This one, however, has a glace icing spread thickly over the top. You can leave this off if you prefer but I feel it just makes it doubly delicious.

*Notes*

  1. This is made with plain flour although it works equally well with gluten-free plain flour too. I made mine using Doves Farms GF plain flour as I am coeliac. You will need to add 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum to your flour if it…

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Zingy lemon squares

The Gluten Free and Vegan Alchemist

Preparation Time 15 Minutes

  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 35 Minutes
  • Makes 16 Pieces

Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, egg-free

These gorgeous lemon bars are to die for, the surprising thing is that they contain no eggs, dairy and were gluten-free. 

  • Zingy
  • luscious
  • sweet
  • decadent

A soft buttery filling which sits on top of a shortbread base and sprinkled with a dusting of powdery icing sugar. If you are looking for a vegan lemon dessert then look no further. They have such an intense lemony flavour that will delight even the most virulent anti vegans.

Once made these will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. They also freeze incredibly well. If you are going to freeze them then I would add the icing sugar after you defrost them.

I have made them gluten-free but if you are not omitting wheat from your diet then just…

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Silky smooth Tahini

Preparation Time 5 MinutesBlending Time 5-10 Minutes Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, gluten-free and soy-free Tahini is the lovely smooth sesame seed paste that is a staple ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine. It is often used in the making of hummus but it does have a variety of other uses. In making the beautiful aubergine dip Baba GhanoushDrizzled... Continue Reading →

Vanilla butterfly buns

Makes 12-18Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 20-25 Minutes Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free Fluffy butterfly cupcakes, mottled with flecks of vanilla, as good as I remember from my childhood. No birthday party or celebration was ever without this humble bake. As a youngster, I remember peeling the paper case off and getting a dusting of... Continue Reading →

Red velvet cake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesBaking Time 20 MinutesServes 8-12 I love the colour of the red velvet cake, It never fails to make a statement on any occasion. The deep red colour is what gives the cake Its name. This vibrant cake pairs wonderfully with sweet and tangy vegan cream cheese frosting. Moist crumbTangySweetDelicious Although this... Continue Reading →

Nutella style cupcakes

Preparation TimeBaking Time 20 MinutesMakes 12 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free There are two things that I could happily eat by the spoonful straight from a jar. One is peanut butter and the other is chocolate & hazelnut spread. Mind you wanting to and doing so is another matter. It does contain great deal... Continue Reading →

Hot & spicy cauliflower Buffalo wings

Preparation TimeCooking Time 45 MinutesServes 2-4 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free and egg-free This recipe is a sure-fire winner and a great way to ramp up the flavour profile of the rather bland and humble cauliflower. Forget the overcooked version of this vegetable we have probably all been served at one point in our life. We... Continue Reading →

St Clements tray bake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 55 MinutesMakes 12 Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free In my book, any cakes containing citrus fruits tick all the boxes for me. Delicious confectionaries such as lemon meringue pies, tarts or drizzle cakes are really a joy to behold This classic citrus drizzle traybake recipe is moist and delicious. Perfect for... Continue Reading →

Crispy cereal bars

Preparation TimeCooking & Freezing Time 25 MinutesMakes 12 bars Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free  I did wonder if these bars were just a little too simple to add to the blog, mainly because there is no cooking involved or not too much preparation come to that either. What they lack in technical ability required... Continue Reading →

Quick tomato & roasted red pepper soup

Edit Project Switch to draftPreview(opens in a new tab)UpdateAdd title Preparation TimeCooking TimeServes 4 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free When the body needs warming from the winter chills or just when you want a hug from the inside. For me, nothing beats a steaming bowl of homemade soup. This is a quick soup but never the... Continue Reading →

Maple & walnut buckwheat granola

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCook Time 25 Minutes Vegan vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free. I like to think having granola topping a a bowl of fruit is a good way to start the day. It is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals to keep hunger at bay until lunch. This granola contains both oats and the more... Continue Reading →

Basil pesto hummus

Preparation Time 15 Minutes Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free This recipe features two of my favourite things to eat which are pesto and hummus. I have never thought about combining them both until the other week when I was making them both. I had never seen it in the shops for me to taste it,... Continue Reading →

Tried & tested BBQ options

For us, in the UK this is the time of year we fire up the trusty BBQ, weather depending {It is the UK}. Across the neighbourhood, smoke wafts across gardens which sets your mouth-watering. We have always used coals to cook but this year I invested in a 5 burner gas barbeque and last night... Continue Reading →

Smashed & roasted new potatoes

Serves 4Preparation Time 20 MinutesCooking Time 35 Minutes Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, I I love this time of the year, most of all I love the available food. The bare skeletal garden of the winter is now gone. It is now lush and green. The fruit bushes are heavy with berries and other produce like beetroot,... Continue Reading →

Triple chocolate & orange cookies

I am a firm believer that if you are going to consume a lot of calories on something, then whatever is eaten has to be well worth it. These little beauties fit the bill. They are all of the below crammed into delicious mouthfuls. FudgeyDecadentGooeyDenseChewyDark & bittersweet These triple chocolate cookies, not only contain dark... Continue Reading →

Cashew butter & chocolate cookies

Makes 25-30 CookiesPreparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 15 Minutes Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free There are so many recipes for chocolate chip cookies you will find one on nearly every baking blog. There is a reason for this, to me, this is because they are so good ChewyChocolateyMoreishCrispyDelicious My first experience of chocolate chip cookies as a... Continue Reading →

Vegan tofu Kievs

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 20 MinutesServes 4 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy- free and egg-free   I was having one of those weeks, feeling unwell, and sorry for myself, we all have those days when the world just seems too much to cope with and hibernation seems like a great idea. Well, I started... Continue Reading →

Lemon & herb crusted tofu

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 15-20 MinutesMakes 8 fingers or 16 large nuggets Vegan, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free I feel that I have learned so much about tofu and how versatile and delicious it can be in the last two years. This recipe came out of my love of lemon and thyme combinations. These are great... Continue Reading →

Creamy mushroom and pesto pasta

Preparation Time 20Cooking Time 15 MinutesServes 2 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, soya-free Pasta for me and so many others is the ultimate comfort food. Lovely dishes can be made surprisingly quickly. If I need a dish in a hurry then it is always pasta with pesto. This dish takes that a little step forward with... Continue Reading →

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