Christmas Gift Guide for the vegans in your life! (UK)

With Christmas coming round quickly, you might be wondering what to buy for that special vegan in your life. Well, this guide is here to help you! I know.. You’re welcome 😉

1. Delicious loose leaf tea from Attic Tea.
Attic have a large selection of teas, with each one serving a specific purpose. They are big proponents of using tea for its multitude of health benefits, so you will find teas for digestion, energy, immunity, etc. I can promise you, they are all totally delicious- perfect for the winter months! They also sell a cool tea maker.

2. A cute apron!
Know of a passionate vegan baker? Check out these super cute aprons: ditsy floral pattern, Christmassy, jelly and cake, Cath Kidston

3. Cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries from Lush
I love Lush! They have plenty of vegan and cruelty free goodies, and they definitely have something for everyone. My personal favourites are the “I love juicy” shampoo, the tea tree toner and the angels on bare faces cleanser. The best thing about Lush is that if you are lost on what to buy, they always have a bunch of gift boxes ready made up and gift wrapped, so no excuses- I’m looking at the boys here! If you guys know of any other companies that make products that are cruelty free and no crazy ingredients, I’d love to hear about it!

4. A donut making kit. Ohhhh yes!
Know a donut lover? Try getting them this donut tray: Wilton 6 Cavity Donut PanThey even have a mini one: Wilton 12 Cavity Mini Donut PanCouple that with a recipe book: Babycakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles or Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-FreeEt voila! You will now forever receive donuts from your friend. Hopefully.

5. A food processor
Now this is a big present for that special someone in your life! I recommend this Bosch food processor, which is what I have, and would be lost without! I haven’t had any problems with it so far.


6. An amazing Christmassy bundt tin!

What could possibly be more festive than this?!

7. Cake transporting device
Have a look at this cute Victoria sponge cake tin! Just pretend that’s whipped coconut cream, not real dairy hahaha.

8. Digital scales
There are a ton of different kind of scales you can get, but I’m only linking you to these because I have these and I have never had a problem with them. So, sooo so useful! And really accurate too.

9. World map flask
For the travel loving friend, I think this flask is super cute! world map flask from Joy

10. A cookbook stand
Maybe something you wouldn’t buy for yourself- but this would make a great gift!

Joseph Joseph green cookbook stand

10. A cute cake stand
This floral cake stand from Joules is amazing, and this Wedgewood polka dot stand is beautiful. If you like more plain ones try this plain glass one. To be honest, I found some many nice ones online that it would be impossible to link them all! And now I want them all too. Dammit!

11. Vegan themed jewellery
I found this “vegan chick” necklace on Etsy that I thought looked sweet, and this “eat your kale” necklace made me chuckle.

12. An Eco friendly lunch box
I’ve been eyeing up this bento box for a while now…

And I have this lunch box and love it- it comes with cutlery and a little container to bring salad dressing! So useful!

13. A Keep Cup

If you have never heard of Keep Cups but you are a cafe lover, you should check them out. They are reusable, so you can save those paper cups that just get chucked in the bin, and they are “barista” size. Basically they use Starbucks type sizes so you know what size to order, and they fit perfectly under the espresso machine. You can customise your own colours on their website too which is cool, but they are also available at Whittards and random coffee shops too. I love travelling with these too- you can pop in a tea bag and put it in your bag, then just fill with hot water at the hotel or if you’re out and about.

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Courgette (zucchini) and carrot muffins

These muffins are a perfect healthy-ish treat if you are craving spiced baked goodies! The cool thing is that you are also getting some veggies in there, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating more than one 😉

Courgette & carrot muffins

3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 c water

Wet ingredients
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c +1tbsp applesauce (mashed banana would probably work well too)
1/2 c courgette, grated (peel green outside if that would make it more appealing to kids/the family)
1/2 c grated carrots
1/4-1/2 c raisins (optional)
*optional add-in: walnuts or pecans

Dry ingredients

1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2.5 tsp pumpkin spice (or a mix of cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg)
1.5 c whole wheat pastry flour (spelt might work too, even 50-50 spelt and WW pastry flour)

1. Combine flax and (warm) water in a bowl and leave for about 5-10 mins for it to get an eggy consistency.
2. Add in the wet ingredients and mix well.
3. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to wet ingredients.
4. Bake at 350F for about 20-25 mins until fully cooked. Try not to devour all the muffins at once!

You could also try making this in all loaf tin, just bake for longer- probably closer to 50 mins.

* adapted from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan
* feel free to double the recipe if you have a hungry/large family
* I will try adapting the recipe to be refined-sugar-free and let you know how that goes!

Apologies for the slightly unattractive picture- I assure you they are lovely and moist and spice on the inside!

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Spiced rum, lime & coconut drizzle cake

This beauty of a cake is tangy yet sweet, with a hint of tropical amazingness… Probably one of my best ever creations. Check it out! Plus, it’s vegan (of course!)

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Spiced rum, lime & coconut drizzle cake

Step 1: the sponge

2 c. plain white flour (all purpose flour) – I have also used half spelt, half WW pastry flour and it worked well
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 c. Shredded coconut

1 c. Almond/coconut milk
1/3 c. oil
2 tsp vinegar
zest of 1 lime
1/4 c. applesauce

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, flax, coconut)
2. Mix wet ingredients together (non-dairy milk, oil, vinegar, zest, applesauce)
3. Combine wet + dry, but do not overmix.

Bake for about 30-40 mins at 350 F/ Gas Mark 4 (timing depends on what size tin you use).
When the cake comes out of the oven, leave it in the pan and make the syrup (step 2).

Step 2: the rum-lime syrup

1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. lime juice
2 tbsp dark spiced rum
1 tbsp water

Warm ingredients in a pan until the sugar has melted. Prick holes in the cake using a cocktail stick and then, using a pastry brush, brush the syrup over the cake (trying to make sure it goes in the holes). Make sure you do this while the cake is still warm!

Step 3: the icing

1-1.5 c. icing sugar
1 tbsp dark spiced rum
3 tbsp lime juice
Some lime zest!

About 1/4 c. shredded coconut

Combine ingredients (except for the coconut) and ice once the cake has cooled. Taste the icing to make sure it is to your preference- if you like it tangy, use more lime juice, if you want it more alcoholic, put more rum!

While the icing is still wet, put coconut on top of the cake. Yum!

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