If you’ve recently made the jump to a plant-based diet, as well as feeling quite exciting it can also feel very restrictive very fast. You will quickly learn that milk is subtly slipped into everything from crisps to bread and other places you’d never expect it to be. You also quickly come to learn that most baked goods contain eggs and all others contain butter. So, where does this leave you when you want something indulgent?
Luckily there are saviours in the ‘Free From’ sections of the supermarket but it is more fun (and cost effective) to make some sweeter goods at home. Learning how to easily work around the seemingly impenetrable restrictions not only helps you figure out future recipes, but it also makes you wonder why bigger companies aren’t doing the same thing. Either way your home-grown weekend desserts start here.
Perfect for summer, this frozen and fresh dessert makes a lighter alternative to ice cream and makes room for flavours that you won’t find in the freezer often. If you love a citrus tang or the rich sun kissed flavours of fruit, then this is the one for you. The other great thing about sorbets is they are so quick and easy to make, with recipes as low as two ingredients, you don’t have to be anywhere close to a Michelin chef to make a batch of this stuff. Soon you will be concocting exotic flavours and finding your perfect consistency as you become a master of the frozen fruits.
Banana Nice Cream
If sorbets haven’t convinced you that fruits are even better when frozen, this recipe should do the trick. Instead of becoming an icy slush, the starchiness of frozen bananas when blended simulates the thickness of ice cream in a way that may surprise you. All you need are some over ripe yellow fellows that have been fully frozen and a splash of non-dairy milk, suddenly you have banana ice cream that is as tasty as it is healthy. Use this as a base and add all the fancy stuff you want to create easy frozen creations.
Okay this may sound a little weird at first, but you’ve all heard of carrot cake, right? Carrots aren’t the only vegetable that can be tagged in for your regular cake contents, however. Sweet potatoes, courgettes, pumpkins and even beetroot are just the start of the vegetable baking sensation. Here you can get all the goodness of you veg and enjoy every bite at the same time, something kids will love.
Whether you are trying to build muscle or just want to burn some fat, protein is the most popular macronutrient around, and it isn’t going away. Not everybody is accustomed to guzzling a shake bottle full of the stuff though and instead opt for it in their diet, so why not make it tastier. Slapping some protein into your brownie mix negates the need for egg especially when you add a little baking powder to help it rise. Depending on your taste you can end up with a low sugar, rich, dark chocolate slab here or just go mad – it’s your choice.