Thursday, 8 December 2016

Easy Vegan Treats For Christmas


I admit I am not the most advanced in skills when it comes to creating things in the kitchen, I have however mastered the art of creating super easy and yummy vegan treats that require minimal effort and stress!

Last week we had a couple of days where we hosted some friends and family and so I thought it was the perfect time to bake up some festive treats.


I really wanted to try out making some vegan friendly gingerbread this Christmas as it's not something I have ever made before and ginger biscuits are always my husbands my favourite.

Vegan Gingerbread Recipe

Ingredients

100g cane sugar
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons of bicarbonate soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
5 tablespoons of treacle
1 dash of vanilla extract
75ml of soya milk
125g wholemeal flour
125g brown rice flour
4 tablespoons of plain flour for rolling 

Method

Preheat your oven to 140C / gas mark 1 

Mix sugar, ginger, cinnamon, bicarb and salt. 

Add treacle, vanilla and soya milk.

Mix well.

Add half of the wholemeal flour and half of the rice flour and mix well.

Add remaining flour until a stiff dough forms.

Using the plain flour, roll a portion of the dough to a 5mm thickness.

Use a biscuit cutter of your choice and place on a greaseproof lined baking tray.

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

Ingredients  

1 1/2 cups of confectioners / icing sugar
1 tbls plant based milk
2 tsps light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

Method

Add the sugar and milk to a bowl and mix with a handheld mixer until it is mostly lump free.

Add corn syrup and extract and blend until smooth.

If it's too thick add a little water by a drop as a little goes a long way.

If too watery add more sugar.

Pour mixture into a piping bag and decorate your gingerbread.

Easy Vegan Mince Pies Recipe

Ingredients

Jus Rol short crust pastry
A jar of vegan friendly mincemeat (Sainsbury's / Tesco / Waitrose own)
Icing sugar 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 C.

Allow your Jus Rol to defrost before starting.

Roll out the pastry to a thickness that suits your personal tastes (mine were about half a cm).

Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the base of your pies.

Add the pie bases to a 12 cup baking tray.

Spoon the mincemeat into your pies, about just under one tablespoon per pie.

You can either add pastry shapes to the top of your pies like I have done, or complete round tops so your pies are covered up. The choice is yours!

Place in the oven for about 20 minutes and remove when golden brown.

Allow your mince pies to cool down and then sprinkle icing sugar on top of them. 

You can also use the royal icing recipe above to add some icing if you want too! 

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Buns


Did you know that these Jus Rol cinnamon swirls are accidentally vegan friendly and they taste delicious!? I tried these for the first time last week and I was blown away by them! They also come with a super easy 'mix your own' sachet of icing to pour on them once they are out of the oven. It really doesn't get any easier than this! I also think they're served best straight from the oven and enjoyed whilst still warm.


My friends and family really loved  these festive treats and had no idea that they were vegan friendly too! I always think it's nice to make some homemade food over the festive period - even if it is super easy and out of a packet like most of this. You can still add your own personal touches with decorations, shapes and sizes and aside from that it's a really fun way to spend an afternoon! 


I also wanted to share with you all Nikki McWilliams Oreo Christmas Puddings creation within this blog post as I definitely plan to make some of these in the run up to Christmas. Nikki's recipe isn't vegan friendly but can be easily made so by just by replacing the red sweets with something else - maybe a pomegranate or a red skittles sweet!? How cute do they look!? 


If you'd like to watch me making these treats then just head over to my YouTube channel and watch my Vlogmas Day 1 episode! 

Do you have any super quick and easy festive vegan treats that you like to make?

Comment below and let us all know!

Happy Baking! 
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4 comments

  1. Those mince pies look delicious and I can't believe they are suitable for vegans too! :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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  2. I'm not personally Vegan but I'm loving these recipes because I just shows that going Vegan wouldn't be all that hard. These bakes look really yummy, they'll make great gifts for my Vegan friend. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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  3. I cannot wait to make these babe, thank you so much for sharing the recipe. <3

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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  4. All these recipes look amazing! Will definitely make one (or more) of these for our Christmas Eve party this weekend. ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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