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  1. Banana Oat Cookies

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    Banana Oat Cookies

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    If there's one thing to learn about me in this blog, it’s that i'm great at buying bananas, but terrible at actually eating them.

    I always buy them with the good intention of having them with breakfast or making them into smoothies, but by the time I remember they’re there breakfast is long gone and I realise I have absolutely nothing else to put into a smoothie.

    I watch them sit on the kitchen side, patiently waiting, first they get little brown spots, and then one day you wake up and BAM, they’re more brown than yellow. Someone once told me that the healthiest time to eat a banana is when they’re brown, but i don't know how much truth there is to that.

    Regardless, I suppose if you’re putting them into banana bread or baking them into these delicious oat cookies then the health benefits are a little bit to be desired.

    That said, these aren’t the worst snack for you, and the oats provide a great slow release energy making them ideal for a breakfast or morning snack (and certainly one I won't have trouble remembering to eat!).

    What i love about this recipe is that you can change out the chocolate chips for something else if you’d prefer. They work great with raisins, cranberries, nuts, or even no added extra at all!

    As a tip, if you want the same gorgeous result as the picture, save a few of your chocolate chips for after they’ve come out the oven, and then simply sprinkle them over the top! 

    You can also make these a bit bigger if you prefer a bigger cookie (and who doesn’t?) but i tried to keep them as a nice lower calorie snack for when i'm feeling peckish. If you do make them bigger, remember they might need a little longer in the oven, but please be careful not to over bake, otherwise you’ll lose that soft chewy center.

    During the recipe, you’ll also notice that you leave the mix to sit for 15 minutes before adding your chocolate chips and shaping your cookies, this gives the oats a chance to absorb the moisture from the other ingredients, and means they’re nice and soft when they cook, improving the overall end result.

    If you live in a hot climate, your coconut oil will be ready to use from the cupboard. Here in the UK, the climate is too cold for coconut oil to be a liquid or soft enough to use straight from the cupboard, so if yours is too firm you’ll need to spoon out what you need and soften it in a small bowl in the microwave first.

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    Recipe

    Yield: 8

    Total Time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • 1 medium banana

    • 1 cup / 100g rolled oats

    • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave 

    • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

    • Pinch of salt

    Method:

    1. Preheat your oven to 170c and line a baking tray with parchment.

    2. Mash your banana in a bowl with a fork, then mix in your syrup, oil and oats. Leave this mix to rest for 15 minutes to let the oats soak up some moisture.

    3. Gently fold in your chocolate chips and salt, then using 1 tbsp of mix, roll it into a ball in your hands and then gently flatten. 

    4. Place onto the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes

    5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips if you want the aesthetic effect, otherwise they’re fine just as they are!

     


     

    These cookies will store for 2-3 days in an airtight container, then they’ll start to change texture a little, but they’ll still be safe to eat!

    What did you think of this recipe? Did you do anything differently? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Don’t forget that you can share all your foodie makes with us using the hashtag #HBivore.

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    Written by Amy Northwood
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    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
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  2. Vegan Jammy Dodgers

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    Vegan Jamie Dodgers

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    I was walking through the supermarket the other day, working my way through the isles I needed, skipping the biscuit aisle completely as to try to avoid those sugary temptations, when something caught my eye on the end of an isle. 

    The ‘specials’ section, with all the offers and discounted products dragged me in, and of course, staring back at me was a packet of jammie dodgers. All it took was that brief second for me to know that i just HAD to make some vegan jammie dodgers.

    Jammy Dodgers actually used to be accidentally vegan, until some point in 2016 where the clearly confused company decided to add whey (milk protein) to their recipe in a bid to improve dwindling sales.

    The theory is pretty basic, just a simple crumbly biscuit recipe with some rich jam sandwiched in the middle. You want to make sure you use a seedless jam otherwise your biscuits won’t sit right. Also make sure you give your jam a good stir so you don’t have any big lumps, you want a smooth sweet center to your delicious treats.

    Of course, you’ll need biscuit cutters. The traditional design uses a round cutter for the biscuit shape, and then a smaller, heart shaped cutter for the centre of half the biscuits, so when they sandwich together you get that irresistible cute little jammy heart. 

    If you haven't got those shapes, don’t worry too much! As long as you have one bigger cutter for the biscuit shape itself and then a smaller cutter for the inside, they’ll work perfectly fine. Remember though, the bigger biscuit size you choose, the less it’ll make in total and the longer they’ll need in the oven, and vice versa.

    These exciting little biscuits are great for having around the house as a daily treat (or 5-daily treat in my case) but also make a fabulous kid-friendly recipe to keep you and your little ones busy on a rainy day.

    If you’re truly a biscuit connoisseur, you may be wondering how this recipe creates decadent jammy dodgers when we all know the jam is much ticker in store bought jammie dodgers. Nothing gets past your keen biscuit senses, eh?

    If you’re desperately after that thick jammy texture, you’ll need to pop your jam into a pan first and gently reduce it down to the desired consistency.

    You also don’t have to use raspberry jam. The beauty of homemade is the somewhat limitless realms of customisation. You can use any type of seedless jam you have, or that you think would be delicious. There's also nothing stopping you making a batch where they each have different jams, a ‘homemade variety batch’ of jammy dodgers if you will.

    Be sure to tell us in the comments below which cutter shapes you used, bonus points for sharing a photo on instagram and tagging us! (we might even feature you on ours!)

     


     

    Recipe

    Yield: 12 biscuits 

    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • ½ cup / 120g vegan margarine

    • ½ cup / 110g caster sugar

    • 1 ½ cups / 180g plain flour

    • Seedless raspberry jam

    Method:

    1. In a mixing bowl or with a whisk, cream together your margarine and sugar until combined. 

    2. Slowly add your flour bit by bit until you’ve added it all and the mix comes together to form a ball. If your mix is still crumbly, just keep mixing and wait, it’ll come together in it’s own time.

    3. Remove the mix from the bowl and form into one ball, then place into the fridge for about 30 minutes (this helps the biscuits keep their shape as they bake).

    4. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a large tray with baking parchment.

    5. Roll out your mix on a lightly floured surface to about 1/2cm, thickness, then use your cutter to make as many biscuits as you can, re rolling and cutting as required until all your mix is used up. Use your smaller cutter to cut the smaller centre holes in half your biscuits.

    6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, but watch closely! You want the biscuits to be just starting to go golden brown around the edges. 

    7. Remove from the oven, and once cooled slightly, transfer to a collign rack until completely cold.

    8. Once cool, spoon about ½ teaspoon of jam into the centre of your whole biscuits, and then gently top with a centre shaped biscuit. 

     


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    You can find me on Instagram

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  3. Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

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    Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

    Don’t be fooled into thinking this shortbread recipe isn’t anything special just because it doesn’t contain any fancy ingredients or complex steps. One omni family member said it's the best shortbread she’s ever had, and she’s requested some for her birthday! 

    Don’t take her word for it though, this chocolate chunk shortbread is so quick and easy to make, and you probably have everything you need for it in your house right now, so there really is no excuse. 

    I’ve made it with dark chocolate, and I also tried it with bournville orange chocolate which was absolutely amazing, but you can use any type of vegan chocolate you can get your hands on. 

     


     

    Recipe

    Yield: 16 shortbread

    Total Time: 1H 40M (includes 1 hour fridge time) 

    Ingredients:

    • 250g vegan margarine

    • 150g golden caster sugar (you can use white if you prefer)

    • 1tsp vanilla extract

    • 375g plain flour

    • 170g vegan chocolate, chopped into chunks

     

    Method:

     

    1. Cream together your margarine and sugar, and then add your vanilla. 

    2. Using a spoon or spatula mix in your plain flour until a dough is formed, then mix in your chocolate chunks. Form your mix into one ball, wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    3. On a floured surface, roll out your dough half at a time to about 3cm thick, then use a knife to cut out your shortbread, you want to get 8 out of each half. Keep rolling and cutting until you’ve used all your mix. Place your shortbread into a lined tray and pop back in the fridge for 10 minutes. Preheat your oven to 170c.

    4. Bake for about 15 minutes, you want them to just be going golden round the edges. 

    5. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

     


     

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    Written by Amy Northwood
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    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
    You can find me on Instagram

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  4. Vegan Roasted Balsamic Sprouts

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    Roasted Balsamic Sprouts

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    Sprouts, the ultimate food of 'love and hate' (just behind marmite, probably). I've never spoken to anybody who is indecisive about these nutrient packed green balls, but that said, sprouts don't often find their way into my day to day covnersations. 

    If you think sprouts are purely a christmas food, steamed and passed around the table, causing their usual commotion, you'd be wrong! Sprouts are wonderful, they're available most of the time in sueprmarkets, and are so quick and easy to change from a plain green to a mouth watering, delicious veggie.

    These roasted balsamic sprouts are something special, and are sure to convince even the most dedicated sprout-hater to give them a try. The addition of a little syrup or agave adds the perfect sweet touch to this salty dish. 

    Roasting your sprouts gives them a subtle nutty flavour, as well as creating a crip outer edge, followed by a soft melt the the mouth centre.

    Keep the sprouts popular at every roast dinner by srucing them up a little, it'll be worth it!


     

    Recipe

    Yield: 6 portions

    Total Time: 30 minutes 

    Ingredients:

    • 7 cups / 700g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

    • 3 tbsp olive oil

    • 1 tsp salt

    • 1 tbsp golden syrup or agave

    • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    Method:

     

    1. Preheat oven to 180c. Toss the sprouts in your olive oil, salt and pepper and then place in a large roasting tray.

    2. Roast for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and add your syrup/agave and balsamic. Stir well and place back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes. 

     


     

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    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
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  5. Apricot Energy Balls

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    Apricot Energy Balls

    Recently I’ve been looking into some healthier, more whole food plant-based food options, espeically as snacks! While fitting fruits and veggies into my meal times is easy, I often find myself turning to unhealthy vegan options when it comes to snacking.

    These apricot energy bites contain just 4 ingredients and take about 10 minutes to make. They’re delicious and so good for you! While they’re not exactly sugar-free, all the sugars are natural ones from the dried apricots, so infinitely better than the bar of Bourneville I would normally have sat down with at this time of day…

    This recipe is great because the chia seeds are blended, which makes them way easier for your body to digest and means you get so many great health benefits from them! You can check out some of the benefits of chia seeds in our blog all about them here.


    Recipe

    Yield: 12

    Total Time: 10M

    Ingredients:

    For the cake:

    • 1 cup / 200g organic dried apricots

    • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut

    • 1 tbsp chia seeds

    • 1 tsp vanilla essence

    Method:

    1. Place all your ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until broken up and clumping together

    2. Using the palms of your hands, form the mix into small balls, I got 12 out of my mix, but if you want them slightly smaller then obviously you’ll get more!

    3. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


    I told you this one was quick and easy! You could also roll them in desiccated coconut after shaping them if you wanted to take away a bit of the stickiness from the apricot.

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    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood - Her-Bivore

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