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I don't know about anyone else, but the few weeks after Christmas going into the new year, I always try to to eat healthier just to fail…miserably. Blame my sweet tooth, weak will, or just the leftover festive sugar cravings, it doesn't matter. Either way, my day ends with a face full of toffee. 

But Veganuary has opened up a whole new challenge for me – satisfying cravings while sticking to the challenge. Luckily for me and for all us sweet tooths out there, Deliciously Ella, food blogger, mum and plant-based queen has all the plant-based snacks and sweets recipes sorted for us! If you love cocoa and almond butter, she's your girl.

We've shared some of our favourite sweet recipes she's put on her Instagram, Deliciouslyella, to satisfy those cravings and keep going with our Veganuary challenge!

Chocolate orange truffles

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 11 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons of cacao powder, plus more for dusting

Grate the orange and place the zest into a powerful food processor, along with ½ of the juice, the pitted dates, melted coconut oil and cacao powder. Blend until a smooth paste forms.

Scatter any reserved cacao powder over a baking tray.

Using a large spoon, scoop out equal amounts of the mixture and roll into small balls using your hands.

Roll each ball in the cacao powder to form a coating on the outside.

Place in the fridge to firm up before enjoying.

 

Tahini Brownies

Perfect as an afternoon snack or after dinner dessert with a big scoop of coconut ice-cream. Make a big batch and freeze them for busy days. 
Makes 1 tray

Ingredients 

  • 5 ½ tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 300g coconut sugar
  • 200g plain flour, we use gluten-free
  • 7 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of tahini
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F), fan setting.
In a large bowl mix together the cacao powder, coconut sugar, plain flour, bicarbonate, baking powder and salt until there are no lumps.
Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl over a low heat. Once melted, add the coconut oil, tahini and almond milk and mix well.
Pour the mixture into a lined baking tray and cook for 30-35 minutes until cooked through, but still a little fudgy in the middle.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool before cutting into brownies.

Chocolate coated, almond butter stuffed dates – genuine heaven!

 

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates
  • 10 teaspoons of almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 60g cacao butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons of date syrup

Place the cacao butter, cacao powder and date syrup into a pan over a low heat and cook until everything has melted.
Pit the dates and stuff each with 1 teaspoon of nut butter.
Place the dates on a wire rack with a tray underneath and drizzle a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture
over each.
Place in the fridge until the chocolate has set, about 1 hour.

Sweet and nutty, chocolatey peanut butter flapjacks

 A dream snack for anyone as obsessed with chocolate and nut butter as we are!
Ingredients for the flapjacks

  • 180g porridge oats
  • 160g smooth peanut butter
  • 130g brown rice syrup

For the top (optional)

  • 100g chocolate (we use either dark or plain vegan chocolate)
  • Handful of toasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C, fan setting. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Place the oats into a large bowl.
Place a pan over a medium heat and add the brown rice syrup and peanut butter. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes until the mixture comes together and begins to bubble.
As soon as the mixture begins to bubble, remove it from the heat and pour into the oats. Mix well until all of the oats are coated in the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool – during this time it will continue to set.
If making the chocolate topping; melt the chocolate in a pan over a low heat. Once melted, stir through the chopped peanuts.
Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the top of the peanut flapjack and place in the fridge to set – this could take at least 1 hour.
Once set, remove from the fridge and cut into equal flapjacks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Almond Butter Cookies

There's nothing better than a big batch of gooey almond butter cookies! Chewy and rich, with large chunks of chocolate chips running through them – this is how we're spending the next few weeks! If you'd prefer not to use chocolate, you can replace with crunchy chopped almonds. Stored in an airtight container, they'll last up to a week.

Makes 8 cookies
Ingredients

  • 70g (2.5oz) almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 115g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 50ml almond milk
  • 85g dark chocolate chips (or chopped almonds)
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 190C (375F), fan setting
In a large bowl, mix together the coconut sugar, flour, baking powder and salt, until there are no lumps.
Spoon in the almond butter and pour in the almond milk and coconut oil. Mix well until a thick mixture forms.
Add in the chocolate chips (or chopped almonds) and bring the cookie dough together using your hands.
Place the balls onto a baking tray, ensuring their round shape is kept. Space them out evenly across the baking tray, leaving at least 3cm between each ball (they will expand).
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden.

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut bars

Dark chocolate coconut bars are made using just 3 ingredients. The maple and coconut are blended together to create a thick, chewy centre while the rich chocolate coating adds a delicious crunch.
Makes 4x 60g bars
Ingredients 

  • 230g desiccated coconut
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 200g dark chocolate

Place 200g of the desiccated coconut and all of the maple syrup into a powerful food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a sticky, slightly liquidy substance – this can take up to 8 minutes. When the mixture is the perfect consistency, it will hold together in your hands.
Place a large pan over a medium heat and add the rest of the desiccated coconut. Toast the coconut for a few minutes, stirring continuously until golden. Remove from the heat and pour into the mixing bowl with the rest of the coconut mixture.
Mix really well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.
Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into 4x 60g bar moulds and press down firmly. If you don't have moulds you can simply roll them into small balls using your hands and place them onto a plate.
Melt half of the chocolate in a pan over a low heat, ensuring the chocolate does not burn. Pour the melted chocolate over the coconut and place in the freezer to set for at least an hour. If you have made them into little balls, simply drizzle them in the chocolate and place in the freezer.
Once the chocolate has set, remove the bars from the freezer and melt the rest of the chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate over the other side of the bars (or balls) and place in the fridge to set.

Chocolate, almond butter and raisin crunch cakes

Makes 12 cakes
Ingredients 

  • 170g of our new multigrain flakes
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 6 tablespoons of brown rice syrup or date syrup
  • 100g raisins

Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.
Melt the chocolate, almond butter and brown rice syrup (or date syrup) together in a pan over a low heat, stirring to ensure the chocolate does not burn.
Once melted, pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the raisins and flakes. Mix well until everything is coated in the chocolate and almond butter mixture.
Divide the mixture equally between 12 cupcake cases.
Place the cakes in the fridge and leave for at least 1 hour until set.

No bake apricot & peanut sandwiches

 

Ingredients

  • 400g dried apricots
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 3 tablespoons of brown rice syrup or maple syrup

For the peanut filling

  • 5 tablespoons of smooth, creamy, runny peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 14 Medjool dates, pitted
  • Pinch of sea salt

Place all of the apricot bar ingredients into a powerful food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together to form a thick paste.
Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into 2 lined baking trays and smooth over using the back of a spoon (it can be easier to smooth them down using a slightly wet spoon) – these will form both sides of your sandwiches.
Place the baking trays in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
While the apricot bars set, make the filling. Place the peanut butter, sea salt, maple syrup and coconut oil in a pan over a low heat and heat until a thick syrup has formed. Be careful to watch it as you don’t want it to over bubble.
Once a thick syrup has formed, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once cool, pour the mixture into a food processor and add the pitted dates. Blend the mixture until smooth.
Once the apricot bars have set, remove from the fridge and smooth the peanut butter mixture over one of the trays, before placing the other apricot bar mixture on top.
Place back in the fridge to set for 1 hour, before cutting into bite-sized snacks – we usually cut them into 24 pieces.

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We have been living off takeaways and turkey sandwiches for the past two weeks and we think it may be time for a change.

Many people will be giving Veganuary a whirl this month and KFC are here to help.

From today, Thursday, January 2 2020, vegans and would-be vegans across the country can enjoy the iconic Original Recipe flavour they’ve been denied, as the all-new KFC Vegan Burger is now available for delivering straight to their home or office with the tap of the Just Eat app. 

Exclusive to Just Eat customers for the month of January, this exciting vegan offering pays meat-free homage to KFC’s OG of burgers – the Chicken Fillet burger, featuring the very same herbs and spices. The usual chicken breast is replaced with a bespoke Quorn fillet, which is coated in the Colonel’s famous flavours, served with vegan mayonnaise and crisp iceberg lettuce, all within a soft-glazed bun.

News of this exciting Just Eat partnership with KFC is the latest in a series of new menu announcements for Ireland’s leading food ordering and delivery service, as the range of choice and the variety of flavours available on the platform continues to expand.

Celebrating the announcement, Amanda Roche Kelly, MD at Just Eat Ireland, said; “We’re starting the decade as we mean to go on, serving up even more choice, convenience and above all flavour to our Just Eat customers. Innovations like this one from KFC are changing the food game, so we’re thrilled to be exclusively delivering this great tasting Original Recipe Vegan Burger to homes and offices right across Ireland.”

The KFC Vegan Burger is available for delivery to your home or office door exclusively on Just Eat from 12pm, 7 days a week. Check out the menu https://www.just-eat.ie/takeaway/brands/kfc

 

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Veganuary is in full swing, where individuals challenge themselves to adopt a vegan diet for the first month of the new year. 

Veganism has become pretty popular these days, with the number of vegans in the UK rising by 360 per cent in the last 10 years, according to a recent study by The Vegan Society.

With this in mind, we're sure there are plenty of Irish people willing to try the vegan lifestyle, which strictly prohibits the consumption of any animal by-products. 

Veganism has been cited to improve the health, aid weight loss and be better for the environment than a carnivorous diet according to its followers. 

Deliveroo has reported that orders of vegan takeaways have increased by 203% on last year. 

'December’s excesses mean that we all often spend January trying to make more conscientious decisions when it comes to food' said Bobby Burns at Deliveroo.

'Each year there’s pressure to create and follow a new year’s resolution. Deliveroo makes it easy by offering healthy food choices, making it easy to stick to those changes.'

Deliveroo is encouraging curry lovers to give The Garden of Vegan's new offering a go. A comforting vegan curry consisting of chickpeas, lentils, sweetcorn, and roasted potato, cooked with cumin seeds and tumeric is on the menu courtesy of the Ranelagh based restaurant. 

It's also National Chicken Curry Day on 12th January, so if you needed another excuse there you have it. 

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January has been officially taken over by the vegans.

If you haven't heard of Veganuary yet – it's when people sign-up to take part in going vegan for the month of January.

Veganism is, of course, more than just a diet but the food is a massive part of the lifestyle.

That's why Dublin will host the Vegan Foodie Festival from January 24 to 27.

In its second year, the festival aims to show how easy and accessible it is to be vegan around the capital – and all at a special discount for participates. 

SHEmazing spoke to the organiser, Katy Morgan who explained that 22 vegan restaurants will be taking part this year.

"We have 22 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants on board, one beauty salon and two vegan bakeries," she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although the festival is currently Dublin-based, Katy hopes to expand and bring it to other cities in Ireland this year.

If you've taken part in the popular foodie event last year, make a note that for 2019 you will need a ticket.

The tickets are €2.50 each and Katy advises to hold onto the one you buy for the entire festival. 

Katy explained: "Tickets avail of all the special offers. All you need to do is to get a ticket and visit as many participating places with one ticket."

"Show it before making an order and inform them that you are here to celebrate Vegan Foodie Festival," she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Restaurants such as Brother Hubbard, Take A Veg, Sova Vegan Butcher and McGuinness's (Camden St) are all taking part in the foodie event. 

Participating restaurants, takeaways and cafes will be offering festival goers entertainment, new set menus, discounts and other special offers.

So whether you're a vegan, plant-based, trying Veganuary or just fecking nosey – this festival is open to everyone and anyone.

To be honest, you had us at the mention of food and a discount.

You can get more info on the event and tickets here

 

Feature Image credit: Coghlan’s Artisan Bakers

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Veganuary is one of the biggest food trends this year.

Eliminating meat, fish and dairy from our diet can be challenging, but a vegetarian diet can be perfectly balanced if executed correctly. 

While we are conscious to limit our meat consumption on a yearly basis, going vegetarian for a whole month is a strong health commitment and a great way to realise that we don't need meat every single day of the week.

To help you find inspiration for a month of meat-free meals, we have gathered some delicious recipes you will love having in your repertoire:

1. Mushroom and cauliflower penne

2. Roast cauliflower and falafel bowl

3. Thai red curry with vegetables

4. Green lasagna rolls

5. Rich mushroom and lentil ragu recipe

6. Quick vegan enchiladas with sweet potato sauce

7. Roasted butternut penne with pistachio pesto

8. Lentil meatballs with burst tomato pasta

9. Chipotle and black bean chilli

10. Chickpea feta tabbouleh

11. Sundried tomato, spinach and mushroom tofu quiche

12. Sweet sesame tahini noodles

13. Loaded Mexican style sweet potato skins

14. Sweet potato and blue cheese frittata

15. Roasted cauliflower tacos

 

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