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The Hot List: 5 To Watch For This July

 

1. Kallø Veggie Cakes

Kallø’s organic rice cakes and stocks are two of my storecupboard staples.  So I was really looking forward to try out Kallø Veggie Cakes. Available in two flavours: Beetroot & Balsamic and Spinach & Pesto, they are the latest savoury additions to Kallø’s healthy snack range.

High in protein and fibre while being low in fat and calories, Kallø Veggie Cakes are made from peas and lentils instead of rice. With 100% natural ingredients, they also contain no artificial colours, preservatives, or flavours. Gluten-free, they are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

The verdict was unanimous. 5 stars all around. They are really tasty and we enjoyed both flavours on their own or with toppings such as my homemade hummus or courgette dip. The kids have a slight preference for the Beetroot & Balsamic which has a bit more tang and have already asked to have some in their lunchboxes when they go back to school!

Verdict: ★★★★★

Price: £2.49

Get it from: Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ocado

 

 

2. Whole Earth

Whole Earth’s Chocolate and Hazelnut Peanut Butter could be my new guilt-free pleasure. Made without any refined sugar and simply sweetened with dates, this limited edition spread has 80% less sugar than the standard chocolate spread.

Probably more of a grown-up indulgence in our house as the kids were disappointed that it was not “sweet enough”. Personally, I have really enjoyed as an addition to porridge, smoothies as well as in yoghurt and fruit bowls.

 

Verdict: ★★★★✰

Price: £4

Get it from: Tesco

 

 

3. OGGS® Aquafaba

As many of you probably know, OGGS® makes a delicious range of vegan cakes that are free of eggs, dairy and nuts. Their secret ingredient is aquafaba (a.k.a chickpea brine) which, thanks to its high protein content, is a fantastic egg substitute.

OGGS® Aquafaba comes in a ready-to-pour 200ml carton, which is the equivalent to four eggs and can happily be stored in your cupboard for up to 12 months. The packaging is FSC sustainably sourced and fully recyclable.

I always save canned chickpea brine to make recipes such as vegan cakes, meringues or mayonnaise. Sometimes it sits in the fridge for a while and I end up throwing it away. While my first option is always to use the leftover brine from a can, having a ready-to-use pack is a really good alternative.

Verdict: ★★★★★

Price: £1.99

Get it from: Waitrose & Partners

 

 

 

4. Bright Barley

Bright Barley is on a mission to reintroduce the nutritional and environmental benefits of barley, one of the oldest cultivated grains. Although barley is the world’s fourth-largest crop grown, only 2% of global barley crops is used for direct human consumption. This, in spite of the cereal having so many nutritional and sustainable benefits to offer.

Bright Barley has just launched the first barley ‘mylk’ drinks in the UK, available in three delicious flavours: Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Coffee.

They contain all-natural ingredients with no preservatives and are a source of low-fat fibre. Bright Barley’s dairy-free shakes are high in calcium, providing 50% of the recommended daily intake, with added vitamins D & B12.

Made with organic barley, grown on UK farms and ground at Shipton Mill, Bright Barley has no hidden land use, water or food mile excesses. The drinks are packaged in recyclable, paperboard Tetra Pak cartons made from renewable FSC material.

Bright Barley’s dairy-free shakes are really flavoursome. They make tasty and refreshing summer drinks for both adults and children.

Verdict: ★★★★✰

Price: £1.69

Get it from: Bright Barley, Yumbles, The Food Market with further selected stockists to follow.

 

 

5. Wizards Magic Chocolate

Wizards Magic Chocolate is a brand new 1% sugar, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and high-fibre chocolate, wrapped in 100% recyclable packaging. It is available in three flavours: original, mint and orange. Made in the UK and free of palm oil, the range contains 60% cocoa solid and is also 100% plant-based.

The brainchild behind this new range is former international rugby player Charlie Simpson-Daniel who has a passion for ‘better for you’ foods that deliver unique health benefits but never sacrifice on taste. The team supporting Wizards Magic Chocolate also includes Rugby World Cup Winner, Mike Tindall.

We tried both the Orange and Mint bars. Both were delicious, bursting with essential oil flavours and without the bitterness of some low-sugar chocolates. Thumbs up all around!

Verdict: ★★★★✰

Price: £2.29

Get it from: Ocado

 

 

 

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The Hot List: 4 New Vegan Products To Try This March

Oggs Celebration Cake

1. OGGS® Chocolate Celebration Cake

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect time to celebrate the arrival of the new OGGS® Chocolate Celebration Cake. A moist chocolate sandwich cake filled with a rich chocolate icing and decorated with edible stars, chocolate curls and golden glitter sprinkled on the top. Unapologetically moreish, this vegan cake is made with OGGS® patented Aquafaba, an all-plant liquid egg substitute made from chickpea brine.

OGGS® vegan cakes are free of eggs, dairy and nuts. They are not only a great choice for anyone trying to reduce their consumption of animal products but they are also a tasty option for those with allergies.

At the heart of the OGGS® philosophy is a determination to reduce animal cruelty and to have minimal impact on the environment. OGGS® use sustainable palm oil and its packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable in landfill conditions.

Like other cakes from OGGS®,  this Chocolate Celebration Cake does not disappoint. It is delicious! A real crowd-pleaser that will appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike.

Don’t forget that our competition to WIN A Bundle of Vegan Cakes from OGGS® ends tomorrow!

Verdict: ★★★★★

Price: £8

Get it from: Waitrose & Partners

 

 

Good Catch

2. Good Catch

Good Catch is a new fish-free tuna range available in three flavours: Naked in Water, Oil & Herbs and Mediterranean Inspired. Good Catch is made from a blend of peas, chickpeas, lentils, soya, fava beans and navy beans, alongside seaweed and algae extracts. It can be eaten hot or cold. Free of GMOs, Good Catch is high in plant-based protein and contains omega-3s. It boasts 18g of plant-based protein per 94g pouch.

I tried Good Catch straight from the pouch as well as in a plant-based “tuna” melt sandwich. It has a hearty satisfying texture with chunky flakes but lacks in seafood flavour. To really get that fishy flavour, it works best with added capers and sprinkled nori.

Verdict: ★★★✰✰

Price: £2.50

Get it from: Tesco

 

 

Beanit

3. Beanit
Beanit is the latest meat substitute to hit the UK supermarket shelves. It is made from just three ingredients: fava beans, pea protein and water and contains 31g of plant-based protein per 100g. The fava beans (i.e broad beans) are grown in Finland where Beanit is produced. Fava beans are rich in proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.

Beanit is available in the UK as mince or pieces which can simply be pan-fried with spices, sauces and herbs. Like tofu, Beanit will take the flavours of what it is cooked with so it can be used to create many different world cuisine recipes.

Beanit has a really tasty and convincing meaty texture and will please meat and non-meat eaters alike. What I was most impressed with, is that you can create a satisfying meal in no time and that it is a truly versatile ingredient.

Verdict: ★★★★✰

Price: £3.00

Get it from: Waitrose

 

 

Sproud Barista Pea Milk

4. Sproud Barista Pea Milk

Another nordic innovation, Sproud Barista Pea Milk definitely raised a few eyebrows at home. While we have become accustomed to dairy-free milk options made from oat or nuts, pea milk is, to say the least, quite unusual.

Sproud’s products are made in Sweden from dry yellow peas cultivated in Europe. Using pea protein in vegan products is becoming increasingly popular as peas are considered to have a smaller environmental footprint. Unlike nuts, peas require little water to grow and are considered a regenerative crop as they naturally put nitrogen back into the soil. Also, peas can be grown in European climates, minimising transport and deforestation issues.

Fortified with vitamins D3, B12 and Riboflavin, Sproud Barista Pea Milk has an off-white tint similar to other plant-based milks. Similarly to Oatly Barista, Sproud Barista has a smooth texture, neutral taste and blends perfectly in hot drinks.

Verdict: ★★★★✰

Price: £2.00

Get it from: Sainsburys

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WIN A Bundle of Vegan Cakes from OGGS®

Oggs Vegan Cakes Stack

Calling all cake lovers …… Here is your chance to win  a bundle of vegan cakes from OGGS®!

I bake most of the cakes we eat at home because I not only love baking but also because I never really like the taste of storebought cakes. This changed last year after I discovered OGGS® and thought they made pretty fantastic vegan cakes that owe their scrumptiousness to one of my favourite ingredients, aquafaba (a.k.a chickpea brine).

At the heart of the OGGS® philosophy: reducing animal cruelty and having minimal impact on the environment. OGGS® use sustainable palm oil and its packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable in landfill conditions.

OGGS®’s vegan cakes are free of eggs, dairy and nuts so they are not only a great choice for anyone trying to reduce their animal product consumption but they are also a tasty option for anyone with allergies.

Just over one year old OGGS® have already achieved so much as shown in the video below.

OGGS® pride themselves on being a value-led company, measuring their business in things that matter, like chickens saved, homeless meals given, and jobs created. The brand’s environmental stats for the first three months of trading speak for themselves: to date it’s estimated that 100,000 eggs have been saved from unnecessary use. That’s ½ egg for every box sold and a real contribution to lessening the demand for eggs, meaning that chickens are not forced to lay more than is natural.

So I am really excited to have a bundle of OGGS® vegan cakes to giveaway. The lucky winner will enjoy:

  • Zesty Lemon Cakes
  • Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Victoria Sponge Cakes
  • Chocolate Fudge Cakes
  • Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

It’s hard to pick a favourite. I love them all! Needless to say that the  2-pack chocolate fudge cupcakes could be the perfect tasty vegan treat to share this Valentine’s Day.

You can find out more about OGGS® here, check them out on Instagram or visit their Facebook page.

 

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Veggie News

OGGS® Launches Vegan Mince Pies

Oggs Mince Pies

Just a few months old, OGGS® vegan cake range has been so successful that it decided to treat us to a Christmas surprise with the launch of its vegan Mince Pies.

For those of you who have already tried OGGS® vegan cakes, their meteoric success will come as no surprise. For those of you who have not tried the range yet, hurry, as you are missing on really really good cakes.

Oggs Vegan Cakes Stack

We discovered OGGS® cakes last month and they have been a big at home especially with the kids. From Salted Caramel, Chocolate Fudge, Victoria Sponge to Zesty Lemon it is simply impossible to pick a favourite. I have happily added them to lunch boxes knowing that they are egg and nut allergy-free. They have been shared at school and came back with great reviews. The newest Chocolate Fudge Cakes are also very hard to resist.

Oggs Vegan Fudge Cakes

Within three months of launching its egg-free vegan cakes in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s last June, OGGS® had sold 500,000 cakes. It is this growing realisation in the collective consumer conscience that is at the heart of the OGGS® philosophy: reducing animal cruelty and having minimal impact on the environment.

Many of us are realising that our every day choices have an impact on the world around us. Eating more plants and relying less on animal products such as meat, fish, egg and dairy can have a really positive impact for the planet and animal welfare. Judging by the growing popularity of the vegan and flexitarian diets, the message that everyone must play their part is clearly gaining traction with consumers.

To make its cakes without eggs, OGGS® uses aquafaba (otherwise known as tinned chickpea brine). High in plant proteins, aquafaba can be whisked like egg whites and added to cakes to make them fluffy and light. OGGS® uses sustainable palm oil and its packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable in landfill conditions. The company aims to be a zero waste, zero trace organisation by 2021.

OGGS® prides itself on being a value-led company, measuring its business in things that matter, like chickens saved, homeless meals given, and jobs created. The brand’s environmental stats for the first three months of trading speak for themselves: to date it’s estimated that 100,000 eggs have been saved from unnecessary use. That’s ½ egg for every box sold and a real contribution to lessening the demand for eggs, meaning that chickens are not forced to lay more than is natural.

For more information on where to find OGGS® near you visit loveoggs.com.