Where to Buy Vegan Birthday Cakes and Treats in the UK

Vegan birthday cake. It’s still one of the hardest things to shop for without going to a specialist store, and while items like vegan cheese and pizza are becoming more widespread, none of the supermarkets have released a dedicated vegan cake yet.

However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. There are lots of vegan treats which can easily be used in place of a cake, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below. We’ll be keeping this article updated, so be sure to let us know if you spot any new releases.

Morrison’s Sticky Ginger Buns

These Sticky Ginger Buns are about as close to vegan cake as you can get in a supermarket right now – and they’re pretty delicious.

Morrison’s Lazy Day Free From Tiffin Selection

This Tiffin Selection has some nice variety and is a great one to take into the office for sharing.

Tesco Free From Rocky Road Mini Bites

These Rocky Road Mini Bites are small but tasty.

Asda Food Heaven Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

It’s not exactly a birthday cake, but this Lemon Cheesecake is still a delicious option for your special day.

ASDA Free From Caramel Rice Squares

Who doesn’t love rice crispy squares? These are a fun option for kids’ parties.

Co-op Rocky Road Stackers and Millionaire’s Crispy Stackers

The ‘stackers’ format seems to be popular for vegan treats, and The Co-op does it well!

Sainsbury’s Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake

We’ve not tried this newly-released Chocolate Cheezecake from Daiya yet, but it’s generating tons of buzz on social media.

Nothing that you fancy? For more inspiration, head to our list of vegan baked treats, or check out our list of vegan baking kits to cheat while making your own cake.

What’s your favourite vegan birthday treat to buy when you don’t feel like baking a cake? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

 

 

 

10 Easy Vegan Meals for Beginners

Just gone vegan and stuck for meal ideas? Want vegan meals that are quick, easy, healthy, and don’t cost a fortune? We’ve got you covered! All the ideas below are suitable for people without much time or culinary skill – we’ve shared an ‘easy’ version of each dish, plus links to fancier varieties in case you’re feeling adventurous.

Ready to get excited about your next vegan meal plan? Let’s do this!

1. Mixed Bean Chilli

Fry onion and garlic, add a tin of mixed beans in chilli sauce, then cook according to directions. Serve with nachos and add tomato, salsa, and guacamole. Make your own guac by blending avocado with chilli, lime, salt, pepper, and coriander.

Oh She Glows Vegan Chilli with Homemade Sour Cream

2. Lentil Curry and Vegan Naan

Fry onion and garlic with a few teaspoons of curry powder, add dried red lentils, then cover with vegetable stock. Simmer for around 30 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Serve with vegan naan, which you can find by searching our vegan product database.

Minimalist Baker Spicy Red Lentil Curry

Vegan Richa Sri Lankan Red Lentil Curry

3. Vegan Full English Breakfast

Lots of elements of a traditional full English are accidentally vegan, so all you’ll need to do is replace egg with tofu scramble, and swap sausages and bacon for vegan versions. Check out our How to Make a Vegan Full English Breakfast post for lots of ideas.

BBC GoodFood Vegan Fry-Up

Veganuary Vegan Fry Up

4. Tofu and Vegetable Tacos

Grab a taco kit with shells, seasoning, and salsa from the supermarket. Fry tofu and vegetables along with the seasoning, heat the shells in the oven, and then put it all together. Top with salsa and lettuce, and serve with cherry tomatoes. If you’re not a fan of tofu, try using beans, lentils, or a vegan meat-alternative.

My Vegan Supermarket Easy Lazy Vegan Tacos

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken Vegan Tofu Taco Crumbles

5. Couscous with Tofu and Mixed Vegetables

This is a really easy option if you don’t have much time or many cooking facilities. Simply soak couscous in boiling water, adding half a stock cube for flavour. Then chop your choice of veggies and tofu, throw into a microwave pan and cook for a few minutes, until soft. Use to top the couscous, which should be done by now. Add sriracha, salt and pepper for flavour.

Lazy Cat Kitchen Vegan Couscous Salad with Roasted Parsnips

The Spruce Eats Easy Vegan Couscous Salad with Salsa

6. Vegan Pizza

Grab a vegan-friendly pizza base from the supermarket, top with tomato sauce, throw on some chopped veggies and vegan cheese, and you’ve got yourself a delicious pizza! Serve with salad, chips, garlic bread, or anything else that takes your fancy.

Vegan Heaven Hummus Pizza with Veggies

The Stingy Vegan Vegan Nacho Pizza

7. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Boil carrot and potato together in a pan, then mash with vegan butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Fry onion, celery and garlic in olive oil, then add a tin of green lentils, vegetable stock, some frozen peas, and some broccoli. Add meaty gravy granules, marmite, salt, black pepper, mixed herbs and tomato puree for flavour, then simmer for 15 minutes. Assemble and pop in the oven to crisp for about 20 minutes.

Jamie Oliver Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Tesco Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

8. Roast Vegetables and Vegan Main

This one isn’t tricky! Simply chop your favourite vegetables, pop in a tray and roast with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Pick a vegan meat alternative to have as a main – we used a Vegan Quorn Fillet in this picture, but you could choose sausages, a nut roast, a pie, or anything else you fancy. Most supermarket stuffing is accidentally vegan and can be made into balls or slices.

Vegan Roast Wellington with Lentils, Mushrooms & Chestnuts

Veganuary Vegan Roast Dinner

9. Tofu Scramble on Toast

Crumble tofu, then fry in oil, seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic, turmeric, mustard, and mixed herbs. Throw in spinach, mushrooms, and other veggies to make the meal a little more filling. Serve on toast and top with ketchup and black pepper.

The Vegan Society Tofu Scramble

Greatist 10-Minute Scrambled Tofu

10. Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese

Nothing beats a jacket potato, especially when you don’t feel like cooking. Simply stab a few holes in your spud, then cook in the oven for at least an hour, until soft. Top with baked beans and vegan cheese, or check our 10 Vegan Jacket Potato Filling Ideas for more inspiration.

Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to spend hours cooking complex dishes. These easy vegan meals don’t take long to cook, taste delicious, won’t cost a fortune, and should go down well with non-vegan family members or housemates.

What are your go-to vegan meals? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Best UK Vegan Snacks for Long Journeys

Who doesn’t need a snack during a long journey? Travelling as a vegan can feel difficult, and you might worry that you won’t find anything to eat – whether you’re going by car, train, or plane.

Luckily, with just a tiny bit of planning, you can enjoy something much more exciting than a pack of plain crisps from the service station.

Keep reading for a handy list of some of our favourite sweet and savoury vegan snacks for long journeys.

Savoury

Carrot sticks and humous – great for kids and grown-ups and just fun to eat! Available in a range of supermarkets and high street stores, or easy to pack yourself.

To add variety, try other raw vegetables like celery, different coloured peppers, sugar snap peas, mini sweetcorn or button mushrooms.

In a similar vein, falafel and houmous is easy and tasty – here’s an easy option from Tesco.

Nuts and seeds are a great mess-free snack, but do remember fellow travellers who may have allergies.  These Thai sweet chilli nuts are scrumptious!

Most supermarkets have packs of mixed seeds and nuts in the fresh fruit and veg aisle.

Crisps are always a great standby option and many are accidentally vegan, including prawn cocktail Skips and Wasabi and Ginger Sensations.

Lots of the supermarket ‘budget’ lines include vegan crisps, like these salt and vinegar twirls from Waitrose, or Bacon Rashers from Tesco.

Pringles are another fun option, especially if you’re sharing.

Twiglets are also delicious – if you like Marmite!

Good vegan sandwiches are getting easier to find in most supermarkets, so try to shop in advance, or find a service station with a mini-supermarket.  We have a wide range of suggestions in our ‘On the Go’ category.

Sweet

We know it’s a bit obvious, but fruit is tasty and portable! If you are feeling very prepared you can chop it in advance. If you feeling lazy, buy it ready chopped from the supermarket – usually near the sandwiches.

Breakfast bars are another good option and very widely available – try Alpen Jaffa Cake Bars for a treat!

Biscuits may be a bit less healthy, but they’re so easy and comforting! Check out our favourites below.

Easy to find, accidentally vegan sweets include Starburst, Jelly Tots, Drumstick Choos, and Skittles. Yum.

 

Don’t go without snacks next time you’re on a long journey – there are tons of great options once you know where to look.

What’s your favourite vegan snack for long trips? Tell us in the comments.

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8 Easy Vegan Christmas Dinner Mains

Scratching your head over what to eat for Christmas dinner this year? Don’t fancy making another nut roast from scratch? Luckily, there are plenty of tasty vegan mains available to purchase in the UK, and we’re sharing some of the best.

Tesco Festive Nut Roast With Mulled Wine And Cranberry Sauce

This Festive Nut Roast from Tesco even comes with mulled wine and cranberry sauce! Clearly marked vegan on the front.

Morrisons 2 Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy

This two pack of Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy could be ideal for a smaller Christmas lunch – you can always keep one in the freezer.

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Beef Roast

We’ve heard good things about this new Vegetarian Beef Roast with Red Wine and Shallot Glaze. Ideal if you’re after a ‘meatier’ option. Sold at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s.

The Co-op Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast

The Co-op are getting in on the act with this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast – we think the apple and plum sauce sounds tasty.

Tofurky Roast With Herb Gravy 765g

Available from Ocado and some branches of Holland and Barrett, this Tofurkey Roast with Herb Gravy is a popular Christmas choice.

VBites Cheatin’ Meat-Free Turkey Roast

VBites offer a huge range of vegan meat alternatives, including this turkey style roast. Check out their website for details and to purchase.

Quorn Meat Free Vegan Fillets

These Quorn fillets are a nice easy option, perfect if you’re looking for a chicken substitute. We recommend topping with cranberry sauce and stuffing, then baking in the oven. Available at Asda.

Fry’s Soy & Quinoa Country Roast

This Fry’s Soy and Quinoa Country Roast is available from Ocado and gets pretty good reviews.

What are you planning on eating with your vegan Christmas dinner this year? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Don’t forget to check out our newly-updated Christmas section – complete with mince pies, Christmas puddings, chocolates, and more – you can also filter by shop to see what’s available near you.

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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.

Which advent calendar will you be buying this year? Let us know in the comments!

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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.

What’s your favourite vegan sweet to give out at Halloween??

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8 Reasons to Visit a Vegan Fair This Year

Are you in two minds about visiting a vegan fair? Maybe it involves travelling out of your way, or rearranging other plans? We’re here to tell you exactly why you should visit at least one vegan fair this year – although there’s a good chance you’ll want more once you realize just how great vegan events are.

1. Discover new products/companies

Vegan fairs are an excellent way to get introduced to companies you might never have come across otherwise. Some of our best vegan fair finds have come from companies we’d never even heard of – like this delicious vegan feta by Lettices. Some brands don’t have their products stocked in mainstream stores, or trade mainly locally/online, so going to a vegan event is a great way to give them a try.

2. Sample food before you buy

Vegan food can be expensive, and there’s nothing worse than splashing out on a new type of vegan cheese/chocolate/fake meat, only to find that it’s disgusting. Most traders at vegan events will have plenty of free samples on offer, so you can check that you like food before you purchase. It’s a good idea to try as many samples as possible before you decide what to buy – you don’t want to miss out on any gems at the end.

3. Support vegan businesses

Attending vegan fairs is a great way for small businesses to get the word out about their products, and get feedback from customers. By purchasing from them, you’re helping the business to grow and improve. Even if you don’t buy from every stall, even picking up a flyer and giving the company a follow/like on social media can be a big help.

4. Get vegan clothing, toiletries and make-up

Vegan food is becoming more and more common in mainstream shops, but non-food items like clothing, toiletries and make-up can sometimes be harder to find. Vegan fairs are a great place to get hold of items like this, and you’ll often find some really unique products. There’s usually plenty of printed clothing available too, perfect if you like statement T-shirts and hoodies.

5. Meet like-minded people

Vegan events can be an excellent place to meet like-minded people, particularly if you live in an area where veganism isn’t very common. Most stallholders will be happy to chat, and many events designate areas specifically for connecting with others. VegFest London features a ‘Teen Zone’ and a ‘Mature Zone’, making it easy to meet similar people while taking part in fun activities.  You could make a new best friend!

6. Attend talks and cookery demos

You’ll find a really diverse range of talks and demos at most vegan events – there’s usually something for almost everyone. We’ve seen talks on everything from vegan bodybuilding and healthy vegan diets to alternative healing and vegan activism. Cookery demos offer a great chance to pick up some new kitchen skills, and lessons on making your own vegan cheese are common.

7. Try tasty lunch options

Most vegan fairs are full of so many tasty lunch options that it can be hard to pick just one! Offerings will vary from event to event, but we’ve seen vegan pizza, vegan fish and chips, vegan hot dogs, vegan curries and more. Be sure to check outside the venue as well as inside, as food trucks often have some great offerings. Dessert options are usually plentiful as well, with cake, waffles, ice cream and froyo being some of the most popular.

8. Get freebies

Many vegan fairs are free to enter, particularly if they’re small, local events. Many fairs offer a free goodie bag to the first X number of visitors through the door, so it can pay to arrive early. You’ll often find freebies available on a number of stalls too, especially when a new company or product is being promoted.

Have we convinced you to visit a vegan fair this year?

If so, check out this list of 2017 UK vegan fairs for details of upcoming events.

It’s also helpful to join vegan Facebook groups for your local area and follow your favourite vegan brands on social media to keep up with new event announcements.

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