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Friday, 29 January 2016

Chocolate covered Strawberry & Coconut Truffles

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, utterly delicious

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Wheat-free Pizza base

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Vegan Pizza Cheese

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free.

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Vegan Pizza Sauce

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Banana Bread Muffins (Veganuary entry)

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free.

This Yummy Recipe is an entry for the Veganuary #Cooksnapwin Competition!
I wanted to enter this amazing Competition as its a chance to share my creations, support Veganuary & to hopefully win an amazing Prize bundle filled with goodies from some of my favourite brands!
You can check out my Instagram page here-
https://www.instagram.com/thelittleblogofvegan/

I have written a full post on Veganuary so check that out here-
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/happy-veganuary_9.html

This Recipe was taken from the Veganuary website, but i have made a few alterations.
The Muffins are low Sugar as i decided to cut down on the amount of Maple Syrup and Chocolate.
The Sweetness comes from the Ripe Bananas & Dried Cherries.
The Chocolate adds a lovely texture and compliments the overall taste of the Spices with the Banana and Cherries.
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Ingredients-
-120grams of Gluten-free Oats
-1/2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
-4 Medium Bananas (or 3 Large)
-1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
-1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger
-1 Teaspoon of Ground Nugmeg
-1 Teaspoon of Baking Power
-30grams Dried Cherries
-Dairy-free Dark Chocolate (I used Kinnerton Luxury Dark)
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Lets get Baking....

Step 1- Pre-heat the oven to 180Degrees, Gas Mark 4 and line a Muffin Tin with Cases.


Step 2- Pour the Oats into a Food Processor and whizz up until they are finely ground, like Flour

Step 3- In a Large Bowl, mash the Bananas then add in the Maple Syrup, Ground Nutmeg, Ground Ginger, Cinnamon, Baking Powder, Dried Cherries & the Ground Oats. Mix together until combined.

Step 3- Carefully fill your Muffin Cases with the mixture.
To make them gooey and even more delicious, press a chunk of Chocolate into the Middle, then cover with more mixture.

Step 4- Place the Tray into the Oven and Bake for 20-24 minutes until golden brown.
Once fully cooked, place the Muffins onto a Cooling rack to...cool :D
Enjoy for Breakfast or as a Protein Snack before the Gym, a treat with a Cup of Tea or just as a nice homemade nibble!

If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on :)I hope you liked this recipe.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Johnny Concert Cosmetics

Makeup for the Fierce & Chic!
Johnny Concert is an Cosmetic company based in the glamorous Los Angeles, California.
They sell a range of Beautiful Eye shadow shades, Lipsticks & facial Makeup.

Their products are 100% Vegan, Natural, and Cruelty-free

Johnny Concert Cosmetics are freshly crafted with Skin Soothing, Antioxidant Rich, Certified Organic Ingredients such as Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter! Sounds lovely!
They also strive to avoid Harsh Chemicals and Synthetic Fillers.
You can read their complete Ingredients list here-

As it states on Johnny Concerts webiste-
''We invite you to become one of the fierce and glamorous by exploring our ultra-glam world of electrifying colors and to actually feel the benefits of using cosmetics that will enhance the vitality of your skin, your beauty and your creativity''
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I am so excited to have got my hands on some Johnny Concert Products.
I was kindly sent the Pro series Magnetic Eye shadow Pallet & some of their Colourful Eye shadows!

All the Eye shadows are High-performance and are Antioxidant rich, which apply smoothy & have great staying power!
The Eye shadows are very pigmented with a lovely shimmer! 
The Pro Series is a range of Eye shadows which come in a handy & slim, sleek Magnetic Palette. 
I really like the fact that you can see the eye shadows through the see-through lid.
The Pallette fits 12 AMPlified Eyeshadows from our PRO series line.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Vegan at Las Iguanas

I have been sourcing out Restaurants & eating places that cater for Vegans which offer a good variety of food! 
Las Iguanas is a Latin/American Restaurant, located all around the UK. They offer quick & light bites, Meals, Desserts & Drinks/Latin Cocktails....Las Iguanas offer an excellent variety of Food for Vegans and Vegetarians.
 Below you will find the list of Vegan food Las Iguanas offers! :)

Sides-
-Holy Guacamole (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £4.00
(Make your own & season as you choose, with spice dusted corn chips.)
-Totopos (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £2.95
(Spice-dusted corn chips with our tomato salsa.)
-Latin Dips (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £0.75 or 3 for £1.50
(Tomato salsa, Guacamole, Aioli, Soured cream, Jalapeños, Herb chimichurri, Spicy cranberry salsa, Corn & sweet chilli salsa, Molho à Campanha, Salsa ‘Las Iguanas’, Chipotle butter or Pico de gallo.)
-Mixed Salad (Is Vegan & Gluten-free) £3.50
-Tortillas (Is Vegan) £1.25
-Slaw (It can be made Gluten-free) £2.00
-Spring Onion Rice (It can be made Gluten-free) £2.00
-Chipotle Rice (It can be made Gluten-free) £2.00
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-Taco Sharing Tray (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £14.95
Load little corn & wheat tortillas with melted cheese & salsa, crunchy slaw & your choice of: -Roasted coconut butternut squash-Garlicky mushroom, chilli & thyme with cheese -Chunky sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli with soured cream. 

Tapas/Starters-

-Quinoa Ensalada (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £4.95
(Quinoa, black beans, sweet potato & sweetcorn in molho à campanha; tomato, chilli,onion, pepper, lime & parsley salsa on guacamole. Served with cranberry chilli salsa,roquito pepper drops & topped with corn tortilla strips & coriander.)

Mexican Classics-

-Three Mushroom Fajita (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £11.95
(Freshly cooked to order in our special mix of coriander, lime, paprika, cumin, onions & peppers. Dished up sizzling, with chunky guacamole, soured cream, jalapeños, tomatosalsa & soft wheat tortillas.)

Salads-

-Avacado & Cranberry Salad (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £7.95
(Avocado, dried cranberries, baby spinach & coriander, tossed in a poppy seed & mustard dressing. Sprinkled with candied spiced almonds.)
-Quinoa Ensalada (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £7.50
(Quinoa, black beans, sweet potato & sweetcorn in molho à campanha; tomato, chilli,onion, pepper, lime & parsley salsa on guacamole. Served with cranberry chilli salsa,roquito pepper drops & topped with corn tortilla strips & coriander.)

South Americans Best-
-Moqueca (This can be made Vegan & Gluten-free) £11.50
(A mild creamy coconut curry with squash, palm hearts, spinach, peppers, garlic & fresh tomatoes. Chunky sweet plantain piled on spring onion rice, with pico de gallo & coconut farofa to sprinkle.)
-Chilli Con Verduras (This can be made Vegan) £8.95
(Chunky sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpeas braised with spiced tomatoes, with spring onion rice, warmed tortillas, pink pickled onion & soured cream.)

Puddings-
-Alphonso Mango Sorbet (Is Vegan & Gluten-free) £4.95
(Three scoops of our handmade sorbet.)
-Tembleque (Is Vegan & Gluten-free) £4.50
(A creamy, set coconut pudding with mixed berries & mango purée.)

As you can see above, Las Iguanas offers a great range of tasty foods for Vegans. I haven't yet visited this Resturant, but i look forward to doing so very soon, and i will add to this post after my experience!


Find a Las Iguanas near you & BOOK NOW-

http://www.iguanas.co.uk/news/new-menu

Discover Las iguanas on Social media-

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Las-Iguanas-48003656683/
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/lasiguanas/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/lasiguanas


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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Vegan & Gluten-free at StoneBaked Pizza Company!

Just honest Pizza, nothing to hide! 
Isn't it a Pain, when your Friends & Family want to go out to Dinner but you're stuck wondering whats on the Menu that you can eat!? I know i get this a lot!
I love eating out, but becoming vegan (with my Intolerance's as well) it has become 100% harder to find places that suit my Diet.
I have been out and about and have been finding a few places that do Great Vegetarian/Vegan food, and places that cater for Intolerance's!
'The Stone Baked Pizza company' are..as you probably guessed a Pizza company, which are not like any other Pizza company. They allow you to create your own Pizza, exactly how you want it! You can add as many toppings as you like at no extra charge! (now thats what i like to hear)
I recently visited Stonebaked Pizza company with my family in the Highcross,Leicestershire as i heard they make Pizzas with Gluten-free Bases and Vegan Cheese?!!!
I decided i would go along and try it out. 
First of all the staff were very helpful and friendly. They changed their gloves straightaway which is always a must as it prevents any cross contamination. You can either choose one of their Signature Pizzas from their Menu or create your own, just how you like it! 
I asked for a Gluten free base and i had a choice of various toppings.
There was a vast variety of yummy toppings which i will list below-
- Mushrooms
-Red Onion
-Caramelised onion
-Spinach
-Pineapple
-Fresh Jalapeños
-Peppadew
-Garlic
-Fresh Basil
-Rocket
-Sweetcorn
-Cherry Tomatoes
-Roasted Peppers

I ordered a Gluten-free Base Pizza with Classic Red Pizza Sauce, with Spinach, Rocket, Jalapeños  Sweetcorn, Tomatos, Peppers with Vegan Cheese!
(as you can see in the photos above)

You can check out the full menu here-
http://www.stonebakedpizzaco.co.uk/menu/

This was my first time eating Vegan Cheese in a Resturant/Diner, and it exceeded my expectation. 
The Pizza was Stone baked and was obviously thin & crispy, it tasted very fresh & flavourful and the Cheese was delicious! I also added a cheeky dash of Oregano & Chilli Flakes to give my slices a little extra kick! 
I asked one of the staff what Vegan cheese they used and was advised that it was a Potato Starch based Cheese.
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I will most definitely go back to The Stone baked Pizza Co when i visit Leicester again!
I highly recommend this Restaurant! 
There was a great atmosphere and the interior the Restaurant is very Clean & modern!

You can keep up to date with Stonebaked Pizza Co on social media-
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/stonebakedpizzaco/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/StoneBakedHQ
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/stonebakedpizzaco


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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Avocado & Tahini Dip with a Kick!

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-fre
I love Dips as they are so versatile. You can spice them up with different Spices & Chillis or cool them down with Sour Creams, Cucumber & Tomatoes...
I really enjoy Guacamole and decided to make a slightly different Avocado based dip which i can enjoy for Lunches and as a snack.

This Recipe is only 1 Step which is great for a quick & Tasty dip, which needs hardly any time to make!
I have written a Blog post on the Health Benefits of Avocado's. You can find that post here-

Also, this Recipe contains Tahini which is a Sesame paste. Tahini is great in Vitamin E, Protein, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B's, high in Minerals, high in Good fats, helps to promote healthy Cell Growth and helps to prevent Anaemia. 

Did you know, Tahini also helps to maintain Healthy, Glowing Skin and Muscle Tone...which is important!

Lemons also have a lot of Vitamin C and have many other Benefits. I will write a separate Blog post on Lemons soon, so keep an eye out on my Blog.

This Recipe also contains Extra virgin Olive Oil which is full of health Benefits, Omega 3& 6 being one example and is a good fat. 

Combining all of these Ingredients in one dish, makes for a super healthy & tasty side dish!

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Ingredients-
-1 Ripe Avocado
-1 Teaspoon of Oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
-1 Garlic Clove (Crushed)
-1/2 Lemon (Juice)
-1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
-Pinch of Ground Pepper
-Pinch of Chilli Flakes 
-1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
-1 1/2 Teaspoon of Tahini (Seseme Seed Paste)
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Lets get cooking....

Step 1- Combine all of the ingredients above into a Blender or Food Processor and whizz up until Smooth, thick &  Creamy. 
You can also add extra Lemon Juice or Water to get your desired consistency!

You can add Fresh Chopped Coriander which also compliments the flavours of the Dip. I Sprinkled some Chilli Flakes on-top for an added Kick, and a lemon Slice...omnomnom!!!

Serving Suggestion-
-With Tortillas as a snack or Starter

-On top of Toasted Bread, Breadsticks

-Along side Celery, Carrot Sticks...

-Use like Guacamole on Tacos/Burritos

If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on :)
I hope you liked this recipe.
Make sure you follow me on my Instagram for Daily/regular updates (and cutie pictures of my Kitty cat)<3
My Instagram- https://instagram.com/thelittleblogofvegan/


If you like, give this a try yourself and let me know how you get on, i hope you like this recipe!Share and follow me for more yummy posts to come!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Botanical Brands (Lippy Girl & Living Nature)

Botanical Brands is a distributor of Organic & Natural Beauty Products from around the World. 
They supply Products with only the highest ethical values. Products are NOT tested on Animals and do NOT contain harmful Chemicals or Preservatives.

They Stock brands such as-
-RBM
-Lippy Girl 
-Natural Being 
-Living Nature
-Botanicals Skincare
-SongBird
-Blend Collective

I was kindly sent a Lippy Girl lipstick and a Living nature Bronzer!

Lippy Girl
Lippy Girl is a cosmetics company. 
They are 100% Vegan, Cruelty-free, Eco-fridnely, Natural and Organic.
They sell Lipsticks, Blush & press Powders and pressed Eye shadows in a wide variety of shades.
Lippy girls Value-
 ''The lippygirl vision is to be more than a makeup company: we aim to be a makeup movement.  Our products prove that chemicals, animal additives and testing are not required and are completely unnecessary for the generation of top quality makeup.  lippygirl represents the message "makeup not madness"
They call their Lipsticks 'Vegocentric'

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Lemon & Coconut Flapjacks with Lemon Curd!

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free.
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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Healthy Banana Pancakes with a Sugar-free Chocolate Sauce

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free
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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

No Gym exercise Tips!

A lot of people don't go to the gym - wether you don't have time to, you can't afford it or a variety of other reasons.
Theres lot of ways you can get extra exercise into your daily routines without having to step foot into a gym!
Ive thought out some helpful, quick and easy tips to get you moving, that can fit into your everyday life!

❤ Parking further away from the shops so you have a little extra to walk.
❤ When you are sat on a chair, you can tense your bum and calf muscles in repetitions of 10.
❤ Walk up and down your stairs at home a few times for a mini workout.
❤ Take the stairs, not the lift!
❤ Jog on the spot as your waiting for the kettle to boil, or toast to pop up!
❤ Get your groove on and have a boogie in the shower! or even cleaning your teeth. 
❤ Use your shampoo bottles as weights in the shower and lift them up and down.
❤ Raise you legs up and down in bed for a little Back & upper thigh workout.
❤ Dancing to your favourite music is sure to raise you heart rate and burn some calories. ❤ Use your Sofa/Chair as a Bench Press. Great for working the arm muscles, in repetitions of 10.
❤ Wall sits are great to strengthen your Quad Muscles.
❤ Tensing & holding your Stomach Muscles in bed or whilst at a Desk.

These are just a couple of my personal favourite easy & beneficial exercises which I'm sure can fit in with any Schedule. 

You can also keep a healthy Vegan protein bar in the glove compartment of your car, or in your handbag incase you get any post exercise cravings!
My recommendation would be the Trek Protein bars which can be found in most supermarkets and health stores!They taste great whilst providing your with a good amount of Protein! 
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/trek-bar-reveiw.html
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