Doughnuts

Vegan Doughnut Holes

This was my final Veganuary recipe I made and I can honestly say it was also the BEST! I have made many vegan savoury dishes but haven’t really focused to heavily on sweet vegan recipes. I have tried vegan waffles and cookies which came out delicious but I still wasn’t convinced that those vegan desserts were BETTER than non-vegan ones until I tried these doughnuts. These doughnuts are honestly better than normal doughnut holes I’ve made before. They may not be as fluffy but they are super crispy on the outside, the taste is amazing and they are perfect to dip in all sorts of dips and I would choose to make these not as a “replacement” for normal doughnuts, but because this recipe is just delicious but also happens to be vegan at the same time!

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Pancakes, Sweet Bread

Vegan Peanut Butter Waffles

Hello Veganuary! Anyone else feel like Veganuary has become huge this year, 2019? With Greggs releasing their infamous vegan sausage roll that all of us were waiting for as well as large companies like Pizza Hut and McDonalds also adopting vegan dishes, the amount of vegan conversations I’ve seen on social media is insane!

For Veganuary I wanted to create something that even non-vegans would be tempted to try. These waffles look and taste just like normal waffles (if not better). They are more dense, like a sweet bread rather than light and fluffy but the peanut butter makes them sweet and nutty. These would be perfect on their own with a sprinkle of fruit (or any toppings of your liking) but I also made a Maple Peanut Butter Syrup to drizzle over… which believe me, makes this dish!

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chocolate, Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s vegan week this week of the Bake Off and what an inspiring week! I am not personally vegan myself, but have always been fascinated at vegan food, with the substitutes for animal products including meat and dairy! This weeks episode showed me something i’ve never seen before and that’s using aquafaba in replacement of eggs. This was used for making fluffy meringue which made me wonder, can it be replaced in any recipe? And hello chocolate chip cookies!

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Savoury

Gigantes Plaki – Giant Greek Beans (Vegan)

Gigantes plaki is a classic Greek dish, consisting of ‘giant’ white beans cooked in a tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs. This recipe packs a punch on the flavour side and whilst traditionally can take a long time to make, my speedy recipe will have you eating these as a quick, easy weekday meal!

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40 Day Meat Free Challenge, Updates

40 Days Meat Free Challenge – First 7 Days

For anyone who doesn’t follow my social media, I have decided to give up meat for Lent. I wouldn’t call myself a huge meat lover, but most of my midweek meals always include chicken and I rarely think of ordering a vegetarian (or fish) meal when I go out to a restaurant.

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Every week, I will be posting about how I’m getting on and what kind of new meals I’m eating. The best way to stay up to date is through my instagram: merakibaking. Follow along if you like and let me know if you have any recipes or inspiration on things I could try! This post is about the first 7 days being meat free.

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