Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s our new pumpkin punch recipe just in time for the festive celebrations.

We serve our punch in a large pumpkin to make it extra special, but you can serve it in whatever you fancy.

You can find canned pumpkin puree in most supermarkets or you can make your own. Simply peel and deseed a small pumpkin, dice it into chunks, boil until soft then blend or mash. It’s that easy.

Enjoy, Roxy & Ben.

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Pumpkin Punch
Pumpkin Punch
Servings
14 double servings
Ingredients
  • 425 g pumpkin puree
  • 700 ml spiced rum
  • 1 litre orange juice
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 4 handfuls of ice
  • nutmeg for serving
  • 1 large pumpkin for serving
Servings
14 double servings
Ingredients
  • 425 g pumpkin puree
  • 700 ml spiced rum
  • 1 litre orange juice
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 4 handfuls of ice
  • nutmeg for serving
  • 1 large pumpkin for serving
Pumpkin Punch
Instructions
  1. Toast the cinnamon sticks in a frying pan on a medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the top off the pumpkin to create a lid.
  3. Next, prepare the pumpkin by using your hands to remove as many seeds as possible. Then use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to scrape down the sides to remove the loose flesh.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree, spiced rum, orange juice, juice of 2 lemons, maple syrup, and cinnamon sticks into the pumpkin and stir to combine.
  5. Add the orange and apple pieces, then finally add the ice.
  6. Use a ladle to pour the punch into glasses and grate nutmeg on top to serve.

Fruity Freak Smoothie

Fruity Freak Smoothie

Disclaimer: this might be the most satisfying smoothie we’ve ever made!

We love a fruity smoothie in our household, but every now and then we like to take them to the next level and experiment with multiple layers and fun decorations.

This smoothie combines three of our favourite fruits: banana, strawberry and mango. These fruits give the smoothie a lovely bright and vibrant colour.

The crushed pistachios, which we end up mixing into the smoothie, give this recipe a crunchy texture (and they look great on top!).

Remember, the trick to getting the coconut cream to separate from the water is using a can of coconut milk with high fat content. You can usually tell by shaking the can in the supermarket to see if it’s already separated. If you can’t hear it shaking around, then it’s usually a safe bet!

Fruity Freak Smoothie

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Fruity Freak Smoothie
Fruity Freak Smoothie
Servings
1 large smoothie
Ingredients
For the strawberry layer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For the mango layer
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For decoration
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 can of coconut milk (high in fat)
  • small handful of crushed pistachios
  • 1 wooden skewer
Servings
1 large smoothie
Ingredients
For the strawberry layer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For the mango layer
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (i.e. almond or soya)
For decoration
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 can of coconut milk (high in fat)
  • small handful of crushed pistachios
  • 1 wooden skewer
Fruity Freak Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Slice the banana into small pieces and put the pieces inside an airtight container, then freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, place the can of coconut in the fridge for at least a few hours or overnight.
  3. Next, take one of the strawberries for decorating and cut it into slices half a cm thick. Then press each slice firmly onto the inside of the serving jar. Make sure the inside of the jar is dry, otherwise the slices might not stick.
  4. Blend together the ingredients for the strawberry layer and pour three quarters of the mixture into the jar.
  5. Next, blend the ingredients for the mango layer (leave a couple of pieces of mango to one side for decoration) and gently pour the entire mixture into the jar on top of the strawberry layer. If you like clean layers, use the back of a spoon to gently guide the mango layer on top.
  6. Top with the remaining strawberry layer.
  7. Remove the can of coconut milk from the fridge and open. Scoop out the coconut cream that has settled at the top and transfer to a mixing bowl. Note: if the coconut cream hasn’t separated from the water, there probably wasn’t enough fat content in the can. Beat the coconut cream until light and fluffy, then transfer to a piping bag.
  8. Pipe the coconut cream on top of the smoothie and sprinkle with crushed pistachios.
  9. Take the remaining strawberry used for decorating and cut it in half. Then take the remaining mango pieces, add both fruits to the wooden skewer and carefully place the skewer inside the jar so the fruit pieces poke out of the top.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 1 litre Kilner jar or similar.

Vodka Peach Iced Tea

Vodka Peach Iced Tea

Summer is officially in full swing here at the So Vegan HQ!

We’ve had fun trialing and testing a number of summery cocktails for our So Thirsty channel and we’ll be dropping our favourites on Facebook, so make sure you keep an eye out.

And here’s our recipe for vodka peach iced tea!

It’s awesomely sweet and refreshing, and it’s become a staple in our household. We use English breakfast black tea, but go ahead and use your favourite style of black tea if you want to add your own twist to the recipe.

Enjoy!

Vodka Peach Iced Tea

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Vodka Peach Iced Tea
Vodka Peach Iced Tea
Servings
10 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 peaches
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup
  • 3 tea bags (black tea)
  • 150 ml vodka
For serving
  • ice cubes
  • slices of peach
Servings
10 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 peaches
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup
  • 3 tea bags (black tea)
  • 150 ml vodka
For serving
  • ice cubes
  • slices of peach
Vodka Peach Iced Tea
Instructions
  1. Deseed and roughly chop the peaches. Add the chopped peaches, 2 cups of water and the agave syrup in a pan over a medium heat, and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes. A few minutes before the end, crush the peaches with the back of a wooden spoon or a masher.
  2. Meanwhile, brew the tea by placing the tea bags to a large bowl and adding 5 cups of boiling water. Leave to brew for 5 minutes, then remove and discard the tea bags.
  3. When the peaches have finished cooking, drain the mixture through a sieve, pushing the peach pieces through to retain as much syrup as possible. Discard the remaining flesh from the peaches (try using in a cake or serve for breakfast) so you’re left with the tasty peach syrup.
  4. In a big bowl, combine the tea with the peach syrup, then leave to cool completely.
  5. As soon as the liquid has cooled, add the vodka.
  6. Keep the vodka peach tea in the fridge. When ready to serve, serve in a glass over lots of ice and a slice of peach.
Recipe Notes

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Super Simple Summer Mocktails

Summer is here so we’ve decided to celebrate with some show-stopping mocktails!

These delicious drinks are refreshing, super simple and of course alcohol free, but you could add a dash of booze if you’re in the mood to spice things up.

Easy to make and the perfect treat under the summer sun, you’ll love these mocktails. Happy holidays!

Each recipe makes 1 drink.

Mojito Mocktail

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Mojito Mocktail
Mojito Mocktail
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lime (quartered into 4 wedges)
  • 2 tsp organic sugar
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • soda water
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lime (quartered into 4 wedges)
  • 2 tsp organic sugar
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • soda water
Mojito Mocktail
Instructions
  1. Place the lime wedges and sugar in a serving glass and muddle until the juices have released from limes.
  2. Take 8 mint leaves, clap them in your hands to release their aroma, then run them around the rim of the glass. Place the mint leaves in the glass and muddle gently.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top with soda water.
  4. Stir the mocktail gently and decorate with 2 mint leaves.

Sex On The Beach Mocktail

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Sex On The Beach Mocktail
Sex On The Beach Mocktail
Servings
1 mocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe peach
  • ice cubes
  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • glace cherry (suitable for vegans)
Servings
1 mocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe peach
  • ice cubes
  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • glace cherry (suitable for vegans)
Sex On The Beach Mocktail
Instructions
  1. Place the peach in hot water for a few minutes to soften the skin, then peel.
  2. Cut the peach in half, remove the stone and place the flesh in a blender with a generous splash of water. Blend until smooth to make peach the puree.
  3. Fill a glass with ice then pour in the peach puree.
  4. Top with half cranberry juice and half orange juice, and decorate with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.

Blackberry Bramble Mocktail

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Blackberry Bramble Mocktail
Blackberry Bramble Mocktail
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup blackberries (plus one extra for garnish)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (plus the peel for garnish)
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • ice cubes
  • ginger beer
  • soda water
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup blackberries (plus one extra for garnish)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (plus the peel for garnish)
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • ice cubes
  • ginger beer
  • soda water
Blackberry Bramble Mocktail
Instructions
  1. Pour the blackberries, juice juice from the lemon and agave syrup in a glass and muddle until the blackberries have broken down.
  2. Fill glass with ice and top with half ginger beer, half soda water.
  3. Decorate with a blackberry and lemon peel.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Shake

Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake

Disclaimer…this milkshake isn’t for the faint hearted!

Sugary, sweet and super indulgent, this salted caramel popcorn milkshake is a special treat for anyone looking to ‘shake’ things up!

We use ‘popping corn’ to make the plain popcorn at home.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake

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Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake
Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake
Servings
1 milkshake
Ingredients
For the caramel sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 cups plain popcorn
For the milkshake
  • 3 scoops vegan vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
Servings
1 milkshake
Ingredients
For the caramel sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 cups plain popcorn
For the milkshake
  • 3 scoops vegan vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake
Instructions
  1. To make the caramel sauce, heat the sugar in a pan on a medium heat. As soon as the sugar starts to melt, shake the pan to ensure the sugar heats evenly.
  2. Wait for the sugar to reach a golden-brown colour (this will take around 5-6 minutes), then take the pan off the heat and add the water. Make sure you stand back as the caramel may sputter.
  3. Return the pan to the heat, stir the caramel, then add the coconut cream and salt, and stir until dissolved.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and use a spoon to drizzle some of the sauce down the inside of a glass.
  5. Toss the plain popcorn in the caramel until it’s completely covered. Then take 1 cup of the caramel popcorn and add it to a blender along with the remaining milkshake ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the milkshake into the glass and top with the remaining salted caramel popcorn.

Easy Lemonade 3 Ways

Summer is nearly here! And what better drink to get in the mood for the summer sun than delicious, fresh and homemade lemonade?

These lemonades are so quick and simple to create, but best of all…their bursting with fresh, zesty flavour.

Easy Lemonade 3 Ways

We’ve gone for three tried-and-tested flavour combinations that never fail to impress.

Raspberries give lemonade a lovely vibrant pink colour and is definitely one of our favourites. The ginger is super refreshing, while the mint and cucumber combination is just made for summer afternoons in the sun.

Enjoy!

Easy Lemonade 3 Ways

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Easy Lemonade 3 Ways
Easy Lemonade 3 Ways
Servings
1.5 litres per lemonade
Ingredients
Cucumber & Mint Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 1 large cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Ginger Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 10cm piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Raspberry Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Servings
1.5 litres per lemonade
Ingredients
Cucumber & Mint Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 1 large cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Ginger Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 10cm piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Raspberry Lemonade
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • ice for serving
Easy Lemonade 3 Ways
Instructions
Cucumber & Mint Lemonade
  1. Place the cucumber and mint in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the cucumber and mint puree into the bowl.
  3. Transfer the puree from the bowl into a serving jug.
  4. Add the lemon juice and agave syrup to the jug, and stir until all the liquid is completely combined. Then pour in the water and stir.
  5. Add ice to the jug and decorate with slices of lemon and fresh mint leaves.
Ginger Lemonade
  1. Place 1 cup of water and the ginger in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the ginger puree into the bowl.
  3. Transfer the puree from the measuring jug or bowl to a serving jug.
  4. Add the lemon juice and agave syrup to the jug, and stir until all the liquid is completely combined. Then pour in the water and stir.
  5. Add ice to the jug and decorate with slices of lemon.
Raspberry Lemonade
  1. Place the raspberries in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the raspberry puree into the bowl.
  3. Transfer the puree from the bowl to a serving jug.
  4. Add the lemon juice and agave syrup to the jug, and stir until all the liquid is completely combined. Then pour in the water and stir.
  5. Add ice to the jug and decorate with slices of lemon.

Perfect Pina Colada

Perfect Pina Colada

OK, we admit…we had lots of fun testing this recipe! We got through quite a few pineapples and just about enough rum, and we’re really happy with the final result.

This piña colada recipe is sweet, creamy and frothy, and is a great show-stopping cocktail for parties. You don’t need to use all of the pineapple chunks in the cocktail, so we recommend using them to make a quick fruit salad, or put them on the end of cocktail sticks if you’re entertaining at a party.

Enjoy!

Pina Colada

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Perfect Pina Colada
Perfect Pina Colada
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple
  • 150ml pineapple juice
  • 50ml coconut cream
  • 50ml light rum
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 3/4 cup ice
Servings
1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple
  • 150ml pineapple juice
  • 50ml coconut cream
  • 50ml light rum
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 3/4 cup ice
Perfect Pina Colada
Instructions
  1. Slice the top off the pineapple and run a knife along the inside edge. Then use the knife to slice the inside of the pineapple into chunks and remove as much of the fruit as possible.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of the pineapple chunks in a blender with the pineapple juice, coconut cream, agave syrup, rum and ice, and blend until smooth and frothy. You can save the remaining pineapple chunks to use for something else.
  3. Pour the liquid from the blender into the pineapple and serve with a straw. Garnish with pieces of pineapple, orange and cherry served on a cocktail stick.

Make-Your-Own Milks (Almond & Coconut)

Almond and Coconut Milk

These simple and delicious milk recipes from the amazing My Whole Food Life are really easy to make. We’ve been meaning to share recipes for almond and coconut milks for a while, so we’re really excited about teaming up with My Whole Food Life to show everyone how straightforward it is to make these at home!

The taste is much creamier and delicious than store-bought milks and you can use the leftover pulp to make flour. For almond flour, simply bake the remaining pulp at 200°C for approximately 1 hour, then process until fine. For coconut flour, bake the pulp at 200°C for approximately 2 hours, then process until fine.

If you’re missing any equipment for the following recipes, make sure you check out the links at the bottom of the page.

Almond Milk

Ingredients
1 cup raw almonds
2 cups water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Soak almonds in water overnight.
2. Drain and rinse almonds until water comes out clean.
3. Blend almonds, water (2 cups) and vanilla in blender for 1-2 minutes.
4. Balance sieve on top of a mixing bowl. Place muslin on top of sieve.
5. Pour blended mixture onto muslin and pick up the edges to close the muslin tightly. Squeeze the pulp inside the muslin until no more liquid comes out.
6. Transfer the almond milk from the mixing bowl to a glass bottle or jar.
7. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days. Shake well before use.

Coconut Milk

Ingredients
1 cup shredded coconut
3 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Blend coconut, water and vanilla in a blender for 1-2 minutes.
2. Balance sieve on top of a mixing bowl. Place muslin on top of sieve.
3. Pour blended mixture onto muslin and pick up the edges to close the muslin tightly. Squeeze the pulp inside the muslin until no more liquid comes out.
4. Transfer the coconut milk from the mixing bowl to a glass bottle or jar and keep in the fridge.
5. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days. Shake well before use.

Equipment

Make sure you visit the My Whole Food Life blog to discover a variety of healthy and delicious recipes.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Makes 1 latte.

Ingredients

For the puree…
Small pumpkin

For the pumpkin spice…
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice

For the latte…
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
2 tsp brown sugar
1 cup soya milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Shot of espresso coffee
Coconut cream (optional)

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte
– Full recipe http://bit.ly/2eJcTMg

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Method for the homemade pumpkin puree

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Slice and deseed the pumpkin, then place as many slices as you like on the baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes. You will only need 1 tbsp of puree per latte but you can make more for another time!

3. Remove pumpkin from the oven and spoon out the flesh, leaving the skin. Blend until smooth in a food processor and store in an airtight container.

Simply combine spices together for the pumpkin spice

Method for the pumpkin spiced latte

1. Place a small pan on a medium heat and add 1 tbsp of puree, 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice, and the sugar. Stir frequently until the mixture has combined and starts to caramelise.

2. Whisk in the milk and vanilla essence. Continue whisking until the liquid is hot and frothy.

3. Prepare the espresso shot and pour into a serving cup.

4. Pour the milk mixture into the cup over the espresso.

5. Top with whipped coconut cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin spice.

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