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March 16, 2018

Vegan hot cross buns

Making homemade hot cross buns is one of my favourite Easter traditions. Lately I have been trying a vegan version of this old classic.

Hot cross buns take a while to make but there are lots of rewards. The process helps you to slow down and enjoy the holiday moment and later on you get to enjoy the delicious aroma of baking buns. And then there’s the eating!

Makes about 24 buns

For t...

September 15, 2017

Quick and easy muffins that can be adapted according to whatever fruit (fresh dried or frozen) that you have to hand. 

This recipe makes 24 mini muffins.


1 cup milk (or non-dairy alternative)

1 egg, beaten (or 1 tbsp of flax seeds and 3 tbsp aquafaba)

1-½ cups chopped fresh fruit or ¾ cup of dried or frozen fruit

2 cups of flour (or a gluten free self-raising flour mix)

4 tsp baking powder


July 11, 2017

A new twist on a scrumptiously classic dessert. 


2 cups Chantal Organic Jumbo Rolled Oats

Peach, plum and apple crumble 

3 cups chopped fresh peach, plum and apple

1 tbsp Chantal Organic Rice Syrup

2 tbsp lemon juice 

¼ cup Rice Syrup

100g dairy-free butter

2 cups Chantal Organic Jumbo Rolled Oats

¼ cup Rice Syrup

½ cup Chantal Organic Wholemeal Flour

½ cup desiccated coconut

1 tsp Chantal Organic Cinn...

May 9, 2017

Don't throw the liquid from your can of chickpeas. Use it to make egg-free meringues.

Simply by adding a little cream of tartar the liquid from a can of chickpeas can be whipped up just like egg whites. It's a special vegan miracle!


6 tbsp aquafaba (liquid drained from a can of chickpeas) 

½ tsp cream of tartar 

¾ cups of caster sugar

½ tsp organic vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)



April 3, 2017

This moist and tasty cake is ideal for for the autumn season ... or any other time you have spare pumpkins or butternuts at hand.

 You can make this as one cake using a ring tin or into two loaves using two regular loaf tins. Loaf tin sizes can vary but they are generally around 12 x 20 cm.


4 tsp ground flaxseed (otherwise known as linseed)

2 tbsp cold water

175g raisins or sultanas

zest and jui...

February 16, 2017

Fig trees ficus carica have an ancient and exotic history and were first bought to New Zealand by early european settlers.

They not cheap to buy – but if you are lucky enough to have access to a decent sized tree they can be very abundant when in season.

Figs are best picked when soft and fully ripe. It follows that they don't keep for long. Depending on the variety and climate, figs might be rea...

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