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.

Vegan Creme Eggs

Creme Eggs

These are a great treat for friends and family during Easter. Turmeric is a surefire way to add vibrant colour to the regal icing without having to find vegan-friendly food colouring. And don’t worry…it doesn’t leave a strange taste. These are really scrumptious!

This recipe makes extra icing to fill the eggs because it depends what mould you will be using and how much chocolate you remove from the middle. But you can always make more if you have any left over.

Makes 5 vegan creme eggs.

Creme Eggs

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Vegan Creme Eggs
Vegan Creme Eggs
Servings
5 creme eggs
Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
  • 50 ml water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 250 g regal icing (suitable for vegans)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
Servings
5 creme eggs
Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
  • 50 ml water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 250 g regal icing (suitable for vegans)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
Vegan Creme Eggs
Instructions
  1. Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl above a pan with simmering water and melt the chocolate completely.
  2. Transfer chocolate to a measuring jug and slowly pour into the mould so each compartment is full. Gently shake the mould to remove any air bubbles, then freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, grate the regal icing and put 100g in a bowl. Set aside the remaining 150g in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and water to a pan over a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the turmeric and vanilla extract to the 100g of regal icing, along with a few spoons of the sugary water. Mix until smooth. Add more of the liquid if required.
  6. Add the remaining sugary water to the 150g of regal icing and mix until smooth.
  7. Remove the mould from the freezer and spoon out the middle of each half using a teaspoon. Pipe the plain icing mix into two thirds of each egg half and pipe the turmeric icing mix into the remaining third.
  8. Freeze for at least a further 20 minutes (or longer depending on how soon you want to eat the eggs).
  9. Remove the mould from the freezer and push out egg halves.
  10. Dip the end of a chopstick in the remainder of the melted chocolate and brush the stick over the edges of each egg half. Stick two halves together to form an egg.
  11. Leave to soften until ready for eating!

Homemade Vegan Pesto

Homemade Pesto

We love pesto in our household as it’s a quick way to add huge herby flavour and beautiful colour to our meals.

It takes no time at all to make this delicious pesto recipe and you can save it for later by storing the jar in the fridge, or simply use it immediately when it’s most fresh. We can guaranteed you will think twice before buying supermarket pesto again!

Makes 4 servings.

Homemade Pesto

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Homemade Vegan Pesto
Homemade Vegan Pesto
Servings
4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine kernels
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • large pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Servings
4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine kernels
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • large pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Homemade Vegan Pesto
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. The pesto will last around 5 days in the fridge or you can freeze it to use at a later date.

Equipment
– Magimix 4200XL (buy here)

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Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

My uncle is a blueberry farmer so I spent many summers as a child on his farm eating as many blueberries as I could get my hands on! I recall these childhood memories every time I eat this delicious fruit so I couldn’t wait to pair them with one of my all-time-favourite dishes…pancakes!

Pancakes are the ultimate ‘feel-good’ dish. These pancakes are light and fluffy, yet filling and hearty. We serve ours with maple syrup and extra blueberries on top!

Blueberry Pancakes

Makes 8 pancakes.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup self raising whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarb of soda
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 banana mashed
100g blueberries
1 tbsp coconut oil

Serve with maple syrup

Method

1. Pour the milk and lemon juice into a small bowl, stir, and leave for 10 minutes until the consistency transforms into buttermilk.

2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar and make a well in the centre.

3. Mash the banana well and then add to the centre of the mixing bowl.

4. Gently fold in the blueberries.

5 Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium to high heat. Once hot, add 2 tbsp of pancake mixture for each pancake.

6. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side.

7. Serve with maple syrup or your favourite topping!

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Spicy Fritters

Spicy Fritters

These fritters are the perfect boost during the cold winter months! They’re packed with Vitamin C and only take four simple steps, so they’re super simple and really easy to make at home.

Thai food is one of our favourite cuisines, so we took some traditional ingredients from the region to make this recipe, such as red chilli, spring onions, garlic and coriander, which give the fritters a huge burst of fresh flavour. We like to serve our fritters with a drizzle of lime juice and sweet chilli sauce.

Spicy Fritters

Makes 7 – 8 fritters.

Ingredients

1/2 head of broccoli
1 cup frozen sweetcorn
1/2 red pepper deseeded
3 spring onions
1 red chilli deseeded
1 garlic clove
Handful of coriander
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of salt & pepper

Fresh lime juice and sweet chilli sauce for serving

Method

1. Prepare the veg by cutting the stems off the broccoli so you are left with just the florets. Then roughly chop the spring onion, peppers and red chilli.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor for 20-30 seconds until the mixture reaches a rough consistency. Make sure you don’t process the ingredients for too long, otherwise the mixture will be too runny.

3. Take a handful of the mixture and shape it into a fritter slightly smaller than the size of your palm.

4. Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

5. Once the saucepan is hot, fry the fritters for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

6. Serve with a drizzle of lime juice and sweet chilli sauce.

Enjoy!

Roxy and Ben, aka So Vegan.

Equipment

Proper Baked Beans

Proper Baked Beans

This delicious baked beans recipe is a staple in our household. During these cold winter months, there’s nothing more satisfying than waking up to a tasty breakfast that’s warm, rich and ever-so-slightly indulgent.

We’ve spent a while refining the recipe to bring you this rich, sweet, and satisfying take on the traditional baked beans. Sometimes we add a bit of chilli powder if we want an extra kick. Once you’ve tried this simple recipe there’ll be no going back to the supermarket baked beans.

Ingredients

1 white onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp paprika
1 x 400g chopped tinned tomatoes
2 x 300g tinned haricot beans (total 390g drained weight)
Drizzle of olive oil
Chives (optional)

Proper Baked Beans

Method

1. Heat a little oil in a saucepan. Once hot add in the chopped onion and fry for 3 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the chopped garlic to the saucepan and cook for a further minute.

3. Add the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, tomato puree and paprika to the saucepan. Stir through and cook for a further 2 minutes.

4. Pour the tinned tomatoes into the saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for 6-8 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

5. Meanwhile, drain, rinse and dry the beans, then transfer to the saucepan and cook for a further 6-8 minutes.

6. Serve the proper baked beans on toast with vegan margarine and top with a sprinkling of chopped chives.

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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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