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Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

In my opinion, this one is definitely not to be missed! When I first started vegan baking, I thought this sort of thing wouldn’t be all that easy, but this is literally one of the quickest and simplest things I’ve ever made (as you’ll soon see…), it’s just about getting the right replacements, which isn’t a problem at all:

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 275g soft brown sugar
  • 80g butter replacement – such as Trex vegetable shortening, in which case you use 20% less therefore use about 65g, plus extra for greasing
  • 120g vegan soured cream
  • 1 eggs worth vegan egg replacer
  • 500ml boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to about 180°C/160°C fan-assisted, and grease a fairly large and deep ovenproof dish (ideally 1.5 litres).
  2. Sift flour, soda, half the cocoa and 100g of the sugar in a bowl, then combine butter, sour cream and egg seperately.
  3. Stir these two mixes together, then spread the mixture in the ovenproof dish. Sift remaining cocoa and sugar over the top evenly, and pour over the boiling water.
  4. Bake in the oven about 40 minutes, then stand for five minutes. If this doesn’t taste good enough already, then it tastes even better with a bit of vanilla vegan ice cream!

Vegan Easter Chocolate Summary

Wow, it’s been a tough and busy week in the Vegangstaz offices. People sometimes think that going vegan means sacrificing chocolate, and thus Easter wouldn’t be much of a joyous time. You couldn’t be more wrong, and this week I’ve gone through the labourious process of eating my own weight in delicious chocolate, just so I can tell you guys exactly how delicious the chocolate was. We’ve done all this so you don’t have to. Don’t we treat you guys well, eh? You lucky people. In all seriousness though, some of these are now going at bargain prices due to Easter being over and all, so maybe you’ll snap up a tasty deal.

Speaking of being lucky, I was pretty lucky in my Easter presents this year. With eggs and other goodies from my mum and dad, our very own Ellie and Wrosie, and a couple of little treats from ermm… myself, I was rather well endowed with delicious chocolate this year. So here’s a little round up of everything I’ve been eating. If you’ve managed to get your hands on any fantastic Easter chocolate this year then we’d love to hear from you as well! The world needs to know that vegans can indeed eat chocolate, and we get through a fairly large amount of the stuff too.

Without any further ado, I’ll dive straight into the chocolate summary (although I would rather dive into a chocolate lake than a chocolate summary, but this’ll have to do…)

Hotel Chocolat’s Easter Eggsposé Dark Chocolate Egg

The Eggsposé... with a few of the central mini eggs missing. Guilty.

Hotel Chocolat have had a range of eggs called the Eggsposé range on offer this Easter, of which the dark chocolate one is vegan. Rather than being a whole egg, they are, in a rather unorthodox fashion, just half an egg, but are packed with 8 mini eggs which are described as “taking centre stage.” And take centre stage they do, because each of these mini eggs taste incredible. They are dark chocolate coated, with a heavy sprinkling of sugar, and they also feature a rich praline filling. The egg itself may only be a half, but it’s a very thick half, and is actually far more satisfying to eat your way through that most of the thinner whole eggs out there. At £14 these aren’t cheap though, although I should probably say that they weren’t cheap because they’re now available at a bargain of £7. And my super rad parents got mine so I can’t complain. Chocolate fiends, get yourselves down to Hotel Chocolat‘s website and snap one of these up!

Cocoa Loco’s Dark Chocolate Hen

The delicious Cocoa Loco hen... before I smashed her apart and ripped out her chocolatey insides

Thanks to the wonderful Wrosie, I got one of these delicious lil’ darlings. This is a fairly standard dark chocolate affair, but the quality of the chocolate is second to none, and it’s Fair Trade as well. At roughly £10, this hen provides enough tasty dark chocolate to satiate even the most chocolate-hungry, and again it’s very thick. When you’ve managed to bite your way through you’ll discover a tasty surprise of additional chocolate buttons inside. I managed to work my way through my hen’s bum as it was probably the least thick area of chocolate, and then picked the buttons out one by one like tiny little tasty poops. Whether Cocoa Loco deliberately structured the hen that way or not, I don’t know, but it worked well for me. Sadly, as Cocoa Loco is by no means a major company, getting your hands on one of these may not prove to be easy. Wrosie got mine from Infinity Foods in Brighton, but otherwise you’re gonna need to have a search around. Do check out Cocoa Loco‘s website though, as they are a great company and are renowned for both their ethical integrity and their quality, so it doesn’t get much better than that.

Montezuma’s Organic Cheeky Bunnies

You get eight of these tasty dudes in a pack

Again bought for me by the wonderful Wrosie from the also wonderful Infinity Foods, this was a smaller addition of eight mini chocolate bunnies. Again, this was a dark chocolate venture, but again Montezuma’s uses only the finest ingredients which they ensure are fairly traded. Indeed, their principles are more important to them than the chocolate itself, as you can see from their ethics section on their website. These bunnies were fairly pricey at nearly £4 per box, but Montezuma’s never disappoints. Their chocolate is top quality, and I have huge respect for them as they make it very easy for vegans to pick and choose. Everything is clearly labelled by them, and staff in their own shops always know the situation with the latest vegan products. I am always hugely impressed by this company, and these bunnies are no exception. Look out for Montezuma’s stores all around the UK (and their chocolate is often sold by other stores too), or order yourself some stuff online.

Choices  Dairy Free Easter Egg

Plain, simple, yum

Thanks to Ellie from Ellie’s Vegan Kitchen for supplying me with this one! Perhaps the most widely available egg out of this year’s selection, this egg has been created by Celtic Chocolates, an Irish brand whose confectionary is widely stocked in health food stores, including the Holland and Barrett chain.

Their chocolate is an attempt at vegan “milk” chocolate, and they do a pretty good job at it. Their Easter egg for this year, sporting a sub-brand name of Choices, is plain and simple in its design and what it offers. A standard sized egg, complete with six small individually wrapped medallions of chocolate. At £4, this is pretty reasonably priced for vegan chocolate, and I think it’s pretty tasty too. Not the best vegan milk chocolate out there… we’ll get to that in a minute… but it’s certainly up there and it doesn’t taste vegan in a way that some vegan milk chocolates do. This egg is a great choice, and it’s a pleasure to see it being so widely stocked – I don’t think anyone would have too much trouble in getting their hands on one of these. Now it’s post-Easter though, you may have to wait a year, unless you trawl your local Holland and Barrett bargain bin – there must be some of these left somewhere.

Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg

My Moo Free egg looking fairly ominous as it creeps out of the shadows, but fortunately there was nothing to worry about. Except maybe my pretty bad photography.

After picking up a few of these at Vegfest over a month ago, I have been struggling to keep myself from eating one, as they’ve been sitting around and taunting me day and night. Fortunately I managed to make it through to Easter, and Moo Free‘s egg has not let me down. The pinnacle of vegan milk chocolate, Moo Free are always a delight. This egg is plain and simple – a standard 100 gram chocolate egg. There’s no frills in the way of added chocolate buttons or bars or anything like that, but for what it lacks in extra goodies it makes up for in taste. This is the closest you will currently get to milk chocolate if you’re a vegan, and I’m pretty sure any dairy chocolate lover will have no qualms about tucking into Moo Free‘s goodies. At £4, this egg seems somewhat pricey seeing as, on the surface, it seems to offer very little, but I think that this chocolate is a must-try. Pick yourself up a bar from one of these various suppliers, and if you get through life without eating your way through at least one box of their pralines then you haven’t truly lived.

So there you have it. Easter 2011, done. Still working through the chocolate but not too fast. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for eggs which we should be trying next year though! Or if you’ve been given an egg which you feel would benefit from a quick review on here, I guess I wouldn’t mind if you sent it over… It’s a tough life having to eat all this chocolate for everyone, but hey, I’ll cope. Someone’s gotta do it.

Peanut butter banana bites

So here we have a pretty random but easy to make snack. It’s sweet and satisfying, but still consists of relatively healthy ingredients that will keep any cravings at bay as well as fill you up more than the average chocolate bar. All you’ll need is:

1 banana              

About 1½ tablespoons peanut butter

About a third of a bar of dark chocolate

Cut the banana into fairly thick slices, and then coat one side of each with about half to one teaspoon of peanut butter (depending on how much of a fan you are. I ended up going a little over the top…). Next, put the dark chocolate in a small bowl, and sit it on top of a small pan of simmering water, but make sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl or it will scorch the chocolate. Once melted, simply roll the banana and peanut butter slices to coat them in chocolate and then lay them on foil to cool but make sure you do this as quickly as possible, or else the peanut butter will melt and it’ll all get a bit messy and yuck. Leave to cool and set before helping yourself!

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