Best Vegan Advent Calendars 2017 (All Available in Supermarkets/on the High Street)

 

Worried that you’ll have to go without an advent calendar this year? Luckily there are plenty of vegan options available, and you don’t have to visit fancy health food stores or order online to find them!

Check out our list of the best UK vegan advent calendars, all available in supermarkets or on the high street.

Moo Free Advent Calendar

Sold at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, and Asda, between £3 and £5.

Chocologic Free From Advent Calendar

Sold at Tesco, £2.50.

Holland and Barrett

Available in two different designs, £3.99 each.

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Contains dark chocolate reindeer, snowmen, and penguins, costs £12.50.

Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Available at Oxfam, £4.99.

Montezuma’s Organic & Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

£9.99 from Montezuma’s.

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Where to Get Vegan Ice Cream in the UK

Are you wondering where to get vegan ice cream in the UK?

Or do you want to find out which vegan ice cream brands are worth splashing out on?

To help you decide, we’re sharing our top ten vegan ice creams, most of which can be bought in normal UK supermarkets.

For a full list that you can filter by supermarket, visit our ice cream section.

1. Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter and Cookies Ice Cream

If you haven’t heard about vegan Ben and Jerry’s hitting the UK, you must have been living in a cave. There are currently three flavours available: Peanut Butter and Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Chunky Monkey. Peanut Butter is our favourite!

2. Almond Dream Salted Caramel Ice Cream

This Salted Caramel ice cream from Almond Dream is rich, creamy, and has a delicious caramel flavour. It’s a great treat if you want something more exciting than vanilla, but not as indulgent as Ben and Jerry’s.

3. Alpro Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream

Alpro ice cream is available in Vanilla, Coconut, and Hazelnut Chocolate. This one’s the winner for us.

4. Morrison’s FreeFrom Vanilla & Strawberry Swirl Iced Dessert Ice Cream

 

Morrison’s recently released their own range of vegan ice creams, available in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Let’s hope the other supermarkets follow suit!

5. Swedish Glace Chocolate Ice Cream

This chocolate Swedish Glace tastes exactly like the dairy version, so it’s perfect for sharing with non-vegans!

6. Booja-Booja Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Want to enjoy a fancy, vegan version of a childhood classic? Booja Booja has got you covered.

7. Frill The Frozen Smoothie Intense Chocolate

This frozen smoothie is low on sugar and high in fibre, ideal if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.

8. Aldi Coconut Cream Iced Dessert

Even Aldi are now offering a vegan ice cream – this coconut iced dessert tastes great and doesn’t cost a fortune. Also available in chocolate.

9. The Coconut Collaborative Coconut & Vanilla Snowconut

Another tasty coconut-based option, available in a range of flavours.

10. Valsoia Soya Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Valsoia ice cream sandwiches are currently only available via Ocado, but we’ve heard great reviews!

 

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Trick or Treat! Best Vegan Sweets for Halloween 2017

Are you worried that you won’t have anything to give trick-or-treaters this year? Luckily, loads of sweets sold in normal UK supermarkets are vegan-friendly, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below.

If you’d like to filter by supermarket to see what’s available near you, just head to our Sweets page and use the links on the right-hand side.

Drumstick and Refresher Choos

New this year, these Drumstick and Refresher Choos are a fun, nostalgic option, easy to throw into a bowl and offer around. Currently available at Tesco and Asda.

Candy Kittens

These ‘gourmet’ chewy sweets have a delicious pineapple flavour and are sold at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and various clothes shops! Watch out for their other flavours, as most aren’t vegan.

Jelly Tots

That’s right, Jelly Tots are vegan! These mini bags are perfect for giving out on Halloween.

Dip Dab

Another fun classic that’s vegan-friendly, dip dabs come in individual packets and make a change to the usual chewy sweets.

Starburst

Starburst are another great option to add to a big mixed bowl of treats.

Skittles

Skittles are vegan, too, and mini or individual bags are perfect for trick-or-treaters.

Oreo Snack Packs

They’re not technically sweets, but these Oreo snack packs are vegan-friendly and make a nice change.

Goody Good Stuff

Goody Good Stuff sell a range of chewy vegan sweets with natural colours and flavours – perfect if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.

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Vegan Banana Flapjack Recipe

These vegan banana flapjacks are the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea, or even as part of your breakfast! This simple recipe uses fruit instead of golden syrup to bind the flapjacks, making them a bit healthier than their traditional counterpart. Read on for this super easy recipe.

Makes 9 small flapjacks (or 6 large ones)

Ingredients

150g oats

150g dates

1 tbsp vegan spread (or coconut oil)

1 large ripe banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Brown sugar for the top (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Grease and line a small baking tray.
  2. Soak the dates in water for around 30 minutes.
  3. After soaking the dates, drain the water and blend them with the banana until smooth.
  4. Melt the vegan spread and add to the blended ingredients, along with the oats. Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking tray. Top with a light sprinkling of brown sugar for some extra sweetness.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  7. Once cooled, cut into rectangles and enjoy!

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Eating Out Vegan in Liverpool: Our Kitchen Review (Guest Post)

When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.

For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.

This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.

Our Kitchen Review

Our Kitchen Liverpool

Location

Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Menu

The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.

Food and Pricing

The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry.  The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.

I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.

Service

Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.

Shop

At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.

I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.

Author Bio

Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.

How to Make Delicious Vegan Pizza in 15 Minutes

Want to make delicious vegan pizza with almost no effort? Watch our new video to find out how.

We used Napolina premade bases, Tesco pizza sauce, spinach, chopped veggies, Tesco vegan mozzarella, garlic oil and Italian herbs.

5 minutes prep + 10 minutes cooking = delicious vegan pizza.

Search ‘pizza’ on our vegan product database for more vegan base/sauce ideas.

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Tesco Vegan Ice Lolly Range Review

Wondering whether or not to try out the range of vegan lollies and ice creams available at Tesco? We’ve reviewed each variety to help you decide.

Tesco Free From Choc Sticks Review

These Choc Sticks are really tasty, with a thick layer of dark chocolate and rich, creamy vanilla ice cream inside. Swedish Glace sell a similar product, but Tesco’s are slightly larger and have more chocolate – definitely our preferred option. These go down well with non-vegans.

Tesco Free From Toffee & Vanilla Cones Review

These cones are a fun alternative to Cornettos. The ice cream tasted completely authentic, and the toffee flavor is sweet without being too sickly. The cone tastes a little ‘off’ and is crunchier than usual, possibly because it’s gluten free. The bottom of the cone contains a generous amount of chocolate.

Tesco Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones Review

Tasty ice cream with a strong strawberry flavour, these are perfect for summer. The cone has the same issues as mentioned above, but that doesn’t stop these from being delicious.

Tesco Free From Fruit Splits Review

These vegan fruit splits aren’t currently offered anywhere but Tesco and they taste pretty much identical to the dairy versions. Perfect if you’ve been missing these. The outer layer is nice and fruity, and the ice cream inside is sweet and creamy.

Tesco Free From Ice Lollies Review

These free from ice lollies are similar to Wall’s Mini Milks, with four chocolate and four strawberry in each pack. The taste and texture are authentic and they’re nice and creamy. Would be nice if a vanilla flavor was included too, but that’s our only complaint with these. Small size makes them perfect for kids.

If you’re looking for authentic vegan ice creams and lollies at a pretty reasonable price, we’d definitely recommend the Tesco range.

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