For a long time now I have been intrigued to give 'being vegan' a go. We eat out at a lot of Vegan/Vegetarian places already and the food I have there are some of my favourites. A few of my friends are also vegan or dairy free and rave of its health benefits so when someone brought 'Veganuary' to my attention I thought I'd give it a whirl.
The concept of Veganuary is to be vegan for the month of January. This means you will not consume any food derived from animals, this includes all meat, dairy and eggs. Seeing as I'm not a big meat eater anyway and rarely eat eggs (unless hungover) I am actually looking forward to the rest of this month.
We're 9 days in now and I have to admit I've taken to this Vegan lark like a chickpea to hummus. We've had a veggie chilli, smoothies, sweet potato cakes, cauliflower base pizzas, leek and bean stews, homemade hummus and lots and lots roasted veg.
I've even attempted some vegan baking. One of my favourite Gluten Free blogs is Gluten Free Vegan Girl - so now it's even more appropriate for my little challenge.
This recipe is for her Banana Bread:
2-3 cups certified gluten-free oat flour (or make your own by placing oats in a blender/food processor
1 cup dates
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other plant-based milk)
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
It is so chewy and delicious and whats more you wouldn't even notice it is missing gluten, dairy or any added sugar. There are hundreds of amazing recipes on her blog and if you have an interest in being Gluten Free or Vegan that I urge you to take a look - http://www.gluten-free-vegan-girl.com/
I'll be posting a few more of my favourite vegan recipes throughout the month so be sure to check back if you are after some inspiration.