I’ve decided to try out plastic free holiday packing; being totally stressed out is never a good thing so I’ve decided to take my mum and the kids on a little Cretian holiday. We’re pretty close to Bristol airport so I grabbed four seats on […]
After seeing a post on a vegan Facebook group for ideas for a nice smokey chilli for someone’s omni hubby, I posted the list of ingredients we use in the Smokiest Chilli Ever recipe. My hubby is the infamous Viking from this video. The one […]
8 Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts, for awesome mums who care about the environment. Here’s a selection of plastic-free gorgeous gifts I’d love to receive (hint hint to The Viking, as our kids are still a bit little to get me something…) on Mothering Sunday.
1. 3 x Large Bamboo Velour Reusable Wipes these are perfect makeup remover wipes By Crimson Moon, they’re washable and eco friendly as well as being plastic-free.
3. Rustic Wooden Necklace: upcycled tree jewellery, organic wooden pendant on antique brass chain I’m a jeweller myself by trade and this necklace is absolutely gorgeous, probably my favourite item in this whole list. The wood is reclaimed “osage orage”
4. Dairy Free Vegan Alternative to White Chocolate – Strawberry we all know that chocolate is a popular option for mother’s day gift ideas but most vegan choccies are dark and tend to be a little bitter. This white chocolate from is a scrummy creamy choice from Ethicoco and has only six natural ingredients
5. Strong Scented Vegan Jar Candles for mums who love their home to smell gorgeous but try to avoid the fake smells of artificial air freshener. These glass jar cute candles fit right in with so many decor styles and are good for you with some real essential oils. I like that they’re made of soy wax instead of beeswax, so you know no animals are being harmed to make them
6. Noode A6 Vegan Faux Cork Leather Notebook from Mindthecork, based in London, is a brilliant idea if your mum likes leather but not the cruelty attached to its production.
7. Roll On Perfume Oil – Cruelty Free Vegan with stunning natural scents
This super thick greek style cashew yogurt has just two ingredients, is raw vegan, gluten-free, nut-free*, high in protein and low in carbohydrates and low GI. It’s thick and creamy without being super full of fat, plus you can rest assured the fat you’re getting […]
This literally couldn’t be easier and for the microwave-owning vegans out there this basmati rice hack will save you so much time and washing up. You simply get a microwavable glass dish like this Pyrex casserole dish, it doesn’t need a lid but they’re handy […]
Oat milk recipe that’s super easy and dairy-free. Vegan, gluten free, raw, paleo, low fat, low carb and full of yumminess. This no-cook recipe is super quick and gives you a plant milk that goes great on cereal and in cooking. It’s not ideal for hot drinks and needs a bit of a shake before use but it’s the best on budget for DIY milk recipes.
You can strain this through an old (clean) baby muslin but I find if you squeeze too hard the oats come through a bit. I remember my grandmum always used to strain fruit through a fine synthetic netting that she’d had for decades. You can ask around/Freecycle/Facebook selling groups if you like to see if anyone has some going spare or invest in a nut milk bag. They might be plastic, but these are meant to last a lifetime and you can use them for making tofu too. The reinforced stitching stops everything coming through the sides, which happens with muslin, they fall into the bowl meaning you have to strain it all again so the bags are so much easier.
You need a really strong blender for this. I don’t think you have to spend a fortune and we’re on our second generation of Hinari Genie. The first one we had for about four years and we use it at least twice a week, usually more.
cup* oats (any kind)
4 cups water
tbsp oil (flavourless, like rapeseed oil)
tsp agave syrup
Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz for about a minute. You can check it then to make sure you like the flavour, and add more water or oats if you like. Sometimes I end up adding a little more salt which gives it that “milk” flavour. You might want that if you’re transitioning then gradually reduce the amount. You might not need any syrup at all and don’t be afraid to leave out the oil, syrup and salt altogether if you prefer. They’re just for flavour.
NB this milk isn’t fortified so please be careful that you’re getting your calcium and iron and if in doubt talk to a nutritionist. This is NOT meant as a breastmilk substitute, although it’s lactogenic meaning that you might get a boost to your supply if you’re nursing.
*I’m using the term cup in a really loose sense. You can use any cup or mug, just to get the ratio right. Just adjust the oil and salt to taste.
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How do you make vegan “milk bread”? Substitute the milk with oat milk, which you can even make yourself. If you’re on a lupin free diet then carefully check the label of your breadmix and use a trusted brand (I love Carr’s for a simple white […]