London Vegan Bird Food: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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So let’s end this whole month of daily blog posts with one of my favourite biscuit recipes ever!  These are so simple and easy to make. I’ve tweaked and adapted a little to make a slightly healthier version of those classic homemade Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies.  If you want to substitute for a different sugar or sweetener you can and also adding nuts would be a yummy addition too.

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Ingredients  (Makes approx 10-12  cookies)

1/4 cup Vegetable or Rapeseed oil

1 1/2 cup Oats

3/4 Cup Raisins

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Coconut Sugar

1/2 cup Flour (I used Gluten Free but you can use Plain)

1/4 cup Apple Sauce (I used one from the Children’s section as there is no added sugar)

1 Tbs Ground Flaxseed

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp Cinnamon (or to taste)

1/2 Tsp Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 175  Degrees Celsius. Line 2 Baking Sheets with Greaseproof Paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, both sugars, apple sauce and flaxseed with fork for about 1 minute until throughly combined.

Mix in vanilla extract then sift in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir.  Add oats and raisins. Combine with fork until dough starts to form.

Using approx 1/4 cup per cookie, scoop mixture onto baking sheets. Things may get a little messy now as it may be easier to use your hands.  Flatten each cookie a little.

Bake for approx 12-14 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Let cool and eat warm preferably with a mug of steaming coffee.

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 So that’s it for my month of daily blogs.  I hope you have enjoyed them.  I’m going to try to post twice weekly from now on so let me know what sort of content you would like to see.

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Bird’s Eye Review: Coyo Vegan Coconut Yoghurts

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Yes, I’m aware that Coyo has been around for quite a while now but it wasn’t until Ocado put it on offer, did I get the chance to try it.  Apparently coconuts are hot right now which in turn means pricey!

So far, I have tried the Natural, Mixed Berry and Chocolate flavours and to everyone’s surprise, I have to say I didn’t like the Chocolate at all.  However, the other varieties more than make up for it and if it wasn’t so darn expensive, it would be a regular part of my breakfast routine.

I had mine with granola, mixed berries and my breakfast staple of flaxseed and it was super delicious.  Muchly recommended if you can stretch those purse strings.

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http://www.coyo.co.uk/index.htm

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London Vegan Bird Food: Chocolate Chip Blondies

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Taken from a  recipe by The Blonde Health (http://blondehealth.wordpress.com), these Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondies are believe it or not made with Chickpeas making them a much healthier option when you want to reach for that sweet treat.  I was apprehensive at first too but gave it a go, and oh my, what a result.  You do not taste the chickpeas at all, they just add a great texture.

Ingredients

1 can of Chickpeas – make sure they are drained, rinsed and dry

1/4 cup Peanut butter

 1/4 cup Oats or Oat Flour

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

 1 tsp Baking Powder

 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

 3/4 cup Sweetener  (I used Truvia but this meant I only needed 1/2 Cup)

100ml non dairy milk (e.g. unsweetened almond milk)

Directions

Put all of the ingredients apart from the milk and chocolate chips in a blender/food processor and combine. Then slowly add the milk until the mixture is thick and creamy (you may not need all of the milk). Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a lined tin and bake at 180c/350f for 15-20 minutes. Leave them to cool and set before slicing into squares.

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So there you have it, a quick, easy and healthy alternative to your traditional brownie.  Let me know your favourite recipes for healthy snacks.

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Bird’s Eye Review: Original Source

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I only discovered that these little shower gems from Original Source are all vegan. They are extremely reasonably priced and beyond all that, smell amazing.  My favourites are the Coconut and Vanilla and Raspberry but I’m rather partial to the Lime too.

I’m also really interested to try out their new Skin Quench range which claims to moisturise your skin whilst showering.  Win Win.

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http://www.originalsource.co.uk

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Bird’s Eye Review – Fry’s Vegan ‘meats’

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After having discovered this brand at London Veg fest last year, I am happy to see it is more widely available now at Ocado and Holland and Barrett.  I try to stay away from processed foods but sometimes, you need to change it up a little and this meat free range from Fry’s is a great option for those days when only a quick and easy meal will do.

I don’t tend to buy frozen veggie burgers as I virtuously try to make my own but these more meat like offerings are a great option for the BBQ.

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Sometimes you want to eat like a 10 year old child, which is where these Meat Free Chicken Style Nuggets come in.  Serve with a shed load of baked beans and some homemade sweet potato fries and you’ve got a meal your childhood self would be proud of.

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These Thick Cut ‘Chicken Like’ Chunky strips are great for throwing in Stir Fries and Curries when Tofu just won’t do.

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Check out their website for details of their full range. www.frysvegetarian.co.uk

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Bird’s Eye Review: Simple Skincare

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I have used Simple skincare products for years.  Before, I was Vegetarian, even, as I liked the fact that the range is very reasonably priced, works great and contains no complicated ingredients.

The best bit? All but 2 Simple products in their range are vegan, I believe, with the exception of the Haircare items. I love a vegan brand that is readily available (Simple is stocked in supermarkets as well as pharmacies) and very easy on the purse strings.

http://www.simple.co.uk/

Here are some of my favourite products:

Would love to know your favourite vegan skincare and beauty products.

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Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind August

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Hooray! Finally a The Vegan Kind box review in the month I actually received it.  Yay me!  And it’s an excellent one!  Here’s the rundown:

Propercorn Sweet and Salty Popcorn 30g (RRP £0.80)

I don’t have to be watching a movie to enjoy a bag of popcorn as I absolutely love it on any occasion.  In particular, I love the combination of Sweet and Salty so this Propercorn bag is right up my street.  A great lower calorie snack that is satisfying and fun to eat too.

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Pulsin’ Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Bar (RRP £1.79)

By now, you should know I’m a fan of Pulsin products and this is already a favourite with me.  Creamy and not unlike fudge, I love the chocolate chips which make it feel like a naughty treat.  It is quite high in calories so I would bare that in mind but is great pre and post workout.

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A very intriguing product.  This is the world’s first soap nut powder. What are soap nuts?  I had no idea either.  On further investigation, I found out that they are the dried shells or husks from the soapberry tree.  Thus, making these an organic and natural way to do your laundry.  I tried these today and were super easy to use. I just put them straight in with my washing and they worked brilliantly!  Will definitely repurchase.

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Freedom Mallows Strawberry 75g (RRP £2.50)

So incredibly moorish, I had to stop myself from eating the whole bag in one sitting.  Strawberry or Original? Who cares?  They are both amazing.  The only thing that is not amazing is the price for such a small bag.  Still wonderful though.

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Nothing But Red Pepper and Mangetout Snack 20g (RRP £1.20)

Really liked the idea of this snack; Freeze dried red peppers and mange tout.  Super low in calories and count towards your five a day.  However, I just didn’t like them.  The mange tout especially has a strange after taste.  Not a fan. I’m afraid.

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Teen VGN Fuelled By Compassion Wrist Band (Bonus Item) (RRP £1.20)

If you haven’t heard of TeenVGN then go over to her website and check her out.  She is doing great work spreading the vegan word, connecting with and inspiring young vegans.

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Bird’s Eye Review: Little Miracle Tea

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Just a quick little post today about a new discovery I made whilst perusing the chilled aisles of Whole Foods; Little Miracles. Two posts in a row about tea.  I must have a problem.

Little Miracles blend organic tea and super fruit juice and then sweeten with organic agave.  There are no artificial flavours or sweeteners which is something I generally look to avoid.

So far, I have only tried the White Tea and Cherry but absolutely loved it.  It tastes almost like a healthy squash.  Would also be great served over a tall glass of ice for a more authentic iced tea.

Can’t wait to try the other flavours which include Green Tea and Pomegranate, Black Tea and Peach and Lemongrass and Ginseng,

I believe these are also now stocked in Sainsbury’s too so go check them out and let me know what you think.

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http://www.drinklittlemiracles.com

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London Vegan Bird Food: Green Teas

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For a long time, I hated Green Tea.  I didn’t like the bitter taste at all so steered well clear despite all of the amazing health benefits I kept hearing about.  However, all that changed when I met a Green Tea obsessive who swears by the stuff.  She told me the secret to yummy tasting tea without that bitter taste is to only leave the tea bag in for approximately 1 minute. (max 2).

This little tip has literally changed my Tea Drinking life.  Finally, I can say I have replaced that comforting, homely feeling of an English Breakfast culpa, something, I have not felt since turning vegan as I have not found a non dairy milk alternative that I like in the traditional variety.

So here are my current favourite Green Tea varieties.

Double Dragon Chinese Green Tea –my everyday favourite. So delicious.

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Clipper Decaff Green Tea – for my evening post dinner cuppa.

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Higher Living Coconut Green Tea – for something a bit special

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Twinings Green Tea with Apple and Pear and Twinings Green Tea with Pineapple – If you fancy your tea a little fruity.

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I’m always up for trying new teas.  Let me know your favourites or better yet, your picks for London Tea Houses to check out? My next mission!

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