Veggie Sausage, Mushroom and Bean Stew Recipe

A rich tomato based stew filled with veggie sausages, mushrooms and cannellini beans. Full of the sweet flavour of tomatoes and a warmth and kick of spice from ground cumin and smoked paprika, served on a bed of creamy mashed potato with your choice of vegetables on the side. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and loved by the whole family.

It's the perfect time of year for rich stews, You really feel like you've had a good meal when you sit down to stew, It's tasty, filling and utterly comforting. My latest stew is this veggie sausage, mushroom and bean stew which was fabulous.

Sometimes I make stew in my slow cooker, but I'm not always organised enough to use my slow cooker and have a meal on the table in time for dinner. I always have 101 things to do and rarely think about dinner until the afternoon or on the way home from work in the evening, so I usually make stews and casseroles on the cooker top in a cast iron casserole.

Go on, tell me I need to be more organised. I know it, I just don't seem to be able to do anything about it. I am always so busy. If you have any tips for getting organised in the new year, do share them with me.
A rich tomato based stew filled with veggie sausages, mushrooms and cannellini beans. Full of the sweet flavour of tomatoes and a warmth and kick of spice from ground cumin and smoked paprika, served on a bed of creamy mashed potato with your choice of vegetables on the side. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and loved by the whole family.


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Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

A bowl of Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

I think I'm pretty organised for Christmas. The decorations are up and the presents are bought.

I've decided what we're having for Christmas dinner and now I just have to do a food shop and wrap those presents while watching a Christmas movie. Then I can just sit back and enjoy the holiday. 

I still need to decide which soup I'll be serving as our starter, so  I decided to try out a new recipe.

This soup has some of the best winter vegetables, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots. A lot of sweetness and depth of flavour paired with some warmth from spice.

To give it that luxurious finish I added coconut milk at the end and blended it, but not until it was completely smooth. I always think you need a bit of texture in a soup, don't you?

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup #soup #vegansoup #vegan #butternutsquash #sweetpotato #carrots


A close up of Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup with crusty bread.

Just in case you're as nosey as I am, I'll tell you a little bit about our Christmas. 

Sometimes I have a house full of guests with one or both sets of parents here, but this year it will just be the three of us and my brother-in-law Lachlan

In the morning Cooper will run through to tell us that Santa has been, trailing his stocking behind him.

Thankfully he doesn't get up at the crack of dawn like other children. So it will be between 7 am and 8 am which is fine.

We'll enjoy having a look through his stocking gifts and talk about Santa's visit, then we'll all have a quick shower and get ready to meet the day.




Jolly Christmas music plays all day (I prefer the rat pack and crooners to the modern tunes). We don't really put the tv on, not even for the Queen's speech. 

We start with a leisurely breakfast, then tidy up before Lachlan arrives mid morning when we take turns opening presents, while sipping bucks fizz (fruit juice for Cooper) joined by both sets of grandparents on Skype.

We skip lunch and have an early dinner. We pull our Christmas crackers, toast each other and enjoy our starter, then we take a break to relax before sitting down to our main course and dessert.

A dog walk wakes us up again and after dinner we play board games until Cooper goes to bed (much later than normal).

Once he and his boundless energy are tucked into bed, we're feeling pretty tired and at that point we usually put the TV on and chill out until Lachlan heads home and we give in and go to bed.

It's always fun and always exhausting.
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An overhead shot of butternut, sweet potato and carrot soup.

Luxurious low calorie soup




This soup is luxurious but low calorie, so great if you are watching your weight before the festive over indulgence. Good for the 5:2 Diet too.  It comes in at only 128 calories if you divide the pot into 8 bowls or 171 calories if divided into 6 portions. You can also lower the fat by using light coconut milk.

Yield: 6-8

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

A luxurious winter soup warmed with spices and finished off with coconut milk. Luxurious but low calorie. Only 171 calories per bowl (6 portions or 128 calories per bowl (8 portions).
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins

ingredients


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely grated 
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • ½ butternut squash, cubed
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 ½  litres vegetable stock (3 stock cubes)
  • 1-2 tbsp frozen coriander (or a handful of fresh, chopped)
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper

instructions


  1. In a large pan saute the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until soft.
  2. Add the sweet potato, carrots and butternut squash and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices and stir, then add the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cooker for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in the coriander and coconut milk and blend a little to thicken, but don't blend completely smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Enjoy!
calories
128
fat (grams)
8
sat. fat (grams)
5.6
carbs (grams)
14
protein (grams)
1.9
sugar (grams)
4
Created using The Recipes Generator

If you are still planning your Christmas meal, check out my Veggie Christmas Page. If you are looking for some tasty shortcuts, drinks and nibbles check out my guide to Christmas at M&S and if you are just looking for easy but hearty winter meals check out 48 Easy Winter Vegan Meals.
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Vegan Banoffee Pie Cheesecake (no-bake recipe)

Photo of a luxurious vegan banoffee pie on a cake stand with caramel oozing down the side, topped with slices of banana and grated chocolate.

I have another indulgent dessert for you to make this Christmas. A luxurious banoffee pie cheesecake. Doesn't that look da bomb?

It may look super fancy, but it's actually easy to make.  Make it the day before Christmas, pop it in the fridge and top it with caramel, slices of banana and grated chocolate just before you serve it.

I made this one vegan, but it's basically my standard cheesecake recipe substituting coconut cream for whipped cream and vegan cream cheese (the coconut kind too) for the cream cheese. Simples.

I really can't be faffed with all this soaking of nuts overnight to make a cheesecake nonsense.  I like to stick as close as possible to the original recipe in ingredients, flavour and texture and this is spot on. It's a little softer than the original, but tastes fabulous.
A luxurious no-bake vegan cheesecake with the flavours of banoffee pie. No need to soak nuts for this cheesecake as it's made the traditional way but with dairy-free cream cheese and whipped coconut. This cheesecake can be used as a base for lots of different toppings from fruit puree and fresh fruit to chocolate.

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A Very Veggie Christmas with M&S



This is not just any Christmas, this is an veggie M&S Christmas.

I used to cook everything from scratch for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner. And how did that go? Well I spent the whole day in the kitchen and missed all the fun and my wee boy's excitement. Now I make a few things, but I buy a few things in too. Just to make life easier and that's where M&S come in. 

We've missed the date for Christmas Food to Order, but there's plenty of choice in store and actually this gives your more options to suit everyone, including children and your gluten free or vegan guests.
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48 Easy Winter Vegan Meals



Brrrrr! It's freezing out there. Every morning for the last week I've looked outside to a world coating white with a layer of frost and boy is it chilly. I think we've gotten used to mild winters the last few years, but this year is definitely going to be a cold one.

It's time to wrap up and dress in layers, but it's also time to change our diets too. While I'm the first to say that salads are great all year round, it's definitely time to start making soups, stews and savoury bakes. As well as being the best kind of comfort food, they're a great way to make sure we're getting all the nutrients we need to fend off all the nasty colds and viruses floating about at this time of year as well as helping us to get our five-a-day.

Although did you know that scientists now say we should actually be eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day? And the great news is a healthy vegan diet is rich in fruit and vegetables so we're already ahead of the game.

With that in mind, I wanted to share 48 winter vegan meals that are easy to make and will take you through the winter without getting bored.

Recipes run from left to right.
48 easy winter vegan meals including chilli and tagine recipes

4

Indulgent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

An indulgent vegan chocolate cake that's perfect for special occasions like Birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and family gatherings. 

It's easy to make with simple ingredients and turns out perfectly every time. 

An indulgent chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with whipped coconut cream and raspberries. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Winter is the time for indulgence and this vegan chocolate cake definitely hits the mark. It is my go-to chocolate cake recipe you may have seen Cooper baking as his first day of school chocolate cake. The only difference is I've veganised it. It's about time, I hear my husband mutter.

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE


It's vegan but you would never know it. This cake is rich with a heavy hit of chocolate helped out by a shot of coffee that really helps boost that chocolatey flavour.

It's easy to make, anyone can make it and everyone loves it. I recently made if for a leaving do at work and it was a big hit. Two people told me it was the best chocolate cake they had ever tasted. Now that is high praise.

Use flax eggs


I made my vegan version with flax eggs (tips below) instead of eggs and dairy free spread, instead of butter. Apart from that it's my standard chocolate cake and tastes exactly the same.  It looks quite dark, but it's not burnt, it's just really dark and rich.

Cheat with shop bought buttercream


I filled it with chocolate buttercream and I have to admit to using Betty Crocker buttercream and icing, which are accidentally vegan and totally lush. I topped my cake with whipped coconut milk (tips below) and raspberries. I did mean to add a grating of good dark chocolate but totally forgot.



An indulgent chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with whipped coconut cream and raspberries. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Family Favourite


I've made this chocolate cake several times now and everyone loves it. It's a dark chocolate cake, but it is moist and so full of chocolate flavour.

Scroll down for my tips on making flax eggs to replace regular eggs (vegetarian readers may use eggs) and how to make the whipped coconut cream. However if you run out of time, it is equally good topped with more chocolate buttercream.


How to make flax eggs (with tips)

How to make flax eggs

  1. Grind or whizz up flax seeds, which are also known as linseeds (and usually cheaper if you buy them as linseeds) until you have a powder.
  2. In a small bowl mix 1 tbsp of flax seed powder with 3 tbsp water (for each egg) and pop it in the fridge for 20-30 mintues.
  3. The mixture will thicken up and can be used in place of eggs in recipes.

Flax egg tips

  • Grind. blend or process your flax seeds into powder just before you need to use them. Fresh flax seed powder makes better flax eggs. I whizz mine up in my blender, it takes seconds.
  • Flax eggs work in some recipes better than others. There is slightly less rise, I find it is better in a heavier cake like chocolate cake or fruit cake rather than a sponge cake. Although I have successfully made a vegan sponge cake with it. It had less rise than usual and was a little heavier.



How to make whipped coconut cream (with tips)


Coconut cream is a great vegan substitute for whipped cream or whipped double cream.

How to make whipped coconut cream

  1. Put a tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, the liquid and solids will separate.
  2. When you are ready to whip your cream, take the tin out of the fridge, spoon out the solid coconut cream and pour the liquid into another bowl. It can be added to smoothies.

Whipped coconut cream tips

  • Always use full fat coconut milk, the reduced fat won't work.
  • Try not to shoogle (Scots for shake) or tip the can.
  • Add a a little vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of icing sugar (powdered sugar) and it will taste lush.


Check out my Ultimate Veggie Christmas Guide with all the recipes and tips you could need for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas.



An indulgent chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with whipped coconut cream and raspberries. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


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Waitrose Veggie Christmas


I created this recipe for Waitrose. They have create a fabulous page of Christmas recipes to give you some great ideas on what to cook this Christmas as part of their #ChristmasTogether campaign. Have you seen the Christmas Advert yet?

Not all the recipes are vegan, but there is a good selection for veggie and vegan recipes in there including three of mine.


Waitrose Christmas Veggie Recipes


Starters and Sides

Coriander, Hummus and Beetroot Blinis (vegan)

Brie and Cranberry Pull Apart Bread (vegetarian)
Festive Rice (vegan)
Warm Squash, Kale, Berries and Pecan Salad (vegan)

Main Course

Christmas Mushroom and Lentil Wellington (vegan)

Nut Roast (vegetarian)
Ultimate Christmas Roast Wreath (vegan)
Winter Spiced Butternut Squash Tart (vegan)

Dessert

Rich Mocha Chocolate Cake (vegan)

Pomegranate Pavlova (vegan)
Tree Trunk Cake (vegetarian)

Drinks and Treats

Festive Cinnamon Cookie Wreath (vegetarian)
Gin and Tonic Truffles with White Chocolate (vegetarian)
Mint Chocolate Cookies (vegan)
No-Bake Baileys Cheesecake (vegetarian)
Very Merry Mince Pie Pops (vegetarian)
Winter Pear Daiquiri (vegan)

Calories and Nutrition for Vegan Chocolate Cake




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British, vegan
Yield: 8-10

Indulgent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

An indulgent chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with whipped coconut cream and raspberries. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 55 mins

ingredients


  • 225g plain flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 flax eggs (see above tips) 
  • 250ml almond milk (or other nut milk) with 1 tsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 115g dairy free spread, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract, plus ½ tsp for the whipped cream
  • 100ml strong coffee, still hot
Topping
  • 400g vegan chocolate buttercream or frosting
  • 400ml tin coconut milk (solids only - see tips in post)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 125g fresh raspberries

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350/gas mark 4, then grease two 18 cm cake tins and line the bottom of each with baking paper.
    I find baking spray works the best for easy release.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt together.
  3. Whisk together the  milk, melted spread, flax eggs and vanilla extract, then pour into the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth, then add the hot coffee and fold in with a spatula
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes. A skewer should come out clean.
  5. Cool the cakes in the tins until nearly cool, then ease out of the tins, gently peel of the baking paper and leave to completely cool.
  6. Whip the coconut solids with the icing sugar and ½ tsp of vanilla extract.
  7. Spread a whole tub of chocolate buttercream between the layers, then topped with the coconut whipped cream and raspberries.
  8. Enjoy!

NOTES:

Nutrition and calories for 10 servings including chocolate buttercream and whipped cream.
calories
518
fat (grams)
21
sat. fat (grams)
9.4
carbs (grams)
82
protein (grams)
5
sugar (grams)
50.7
Created using The Recipes Generator

I hope you enjoy the chocolate cake and try some of the other Christmas recipes developed by food bloggers for the #ChristmasTogether campaign.

Do remember to enter the competition by sharing a festive photo of you with friends or family with the hashtag #ChristmasTogether on social media for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes.


VEGGIE CHRISTMAS


For more Christmas recipe inspiration check out my Veggie Christmas page which is packed with vegetarian and vegan recipes for you to try this Christmas including 3 ingredient chocolate fudge.



Try this next



Vegan Banoffee Pie Cheesecake (no-bake)

A luxurious no-bake vegan cheesecake with the flavours of banoffee pie. No need to soak nuts for this cheesecake as it's made the traditional way but with dairy-free cream cheese and whipped coconut. This cheesecake can be used as a base for lots of different toppings from fruit puree and fresh fruit to chocolate.



Disclosure: I created this recipe for Waitrose. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.
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Christmas Gift Guide & a Giveaway Spectacular worth over £800



Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about gifts, if you haven't already. I have done most of my shopping already. I really didn't want to leave it until the last minute. Saying that, I will probably end up wrapping at the last minute and that really is hell. The trouble is my house is quite wee so I just don't have room to wrap and store presents. A spare room would be a wonderful thing.

So this is a gift guide, but a gift guide like no other. Everything in this Christmas Gift Guide will be won by one lucky reader. Yes you read that right, one lucky reader will win everything in this guide. How exciting is that. It's like having a second Christmas. 

So let's get this thing started!

Giveaway info below.


Christmas Gift Guide



1. Cucumber Gin

This aromatic premium gin is the essence of an English summer. The contemporary twist of cucumber combined with a delicate juniper base is good served over ice and taste good with fresh coriander and mint.

Cucumber Gin is available nationwide in Majestic, Ocado, Independent off licences and farm shops and delicatessens, or directly from The English Drinks Company. Follow The English Drinks Company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

RRP £35.00 for 70cl 

2. Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur

The luxurious Irish cream liqueur from Feeney's with a fresh, sweet, smooth flavour. Contains rich dairy cream and real Irish grain whiskey that is matured for at least three years and masterfully distilled in the heart of Ireland, which together deliver a unique taste experience. Follow Feeney's on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Amazon 70cl  £14
Tesco  1 litre £15.50

3. Four Roses Bourbon


A mellow symphony of rich, spicy flavours along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel from the USA. Follow M&S on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

M&S 70cl £24 (suitable for vegetarians and vegans) @4rosesbourbon_UK







4. Thomas Dakin Gin

This is a delicious juniper-led gin with a savoury, spicy twist. Notes of sweet orange and citrus are enlivened by an infusion of red cole (horseradish), which gives this gin its distinctive character. The signature cocktail is a 'Tom and Tonic' with an orange peel twist, but it would also be great in a Bloody Mary.

Waitrose 70cl £25 (was £29)

5. Aluna Coconut Rum


A clear and pure rum with light and floral with subtle coconut and fresh banana Flavour: Rum, toasted coconut, vanilla pod and cocoa, with a nutty and smooth finish. Pour it over coconut water ice cubes, team it with apple juice, make a colada, espresso martini or mojito with the run.

Harvey Nichols 70cl £28.50
31 Dover Street 70cl £24.95
Amazon 70cl  £30.75

6. ZOS Halo Wine Preserver


Designed by wine lovers from the Californian wine growing region, the ZOS completely expels oxygen from an opened bottle of wine, preventing the oxidisation that spoils the flavour of your wine. Super-easy to use, there’s no need to inject gas or pump like crazy to create a vacuum – just insert it into the neck of your bottle and leave it standing upright in the fridge or in a corner of your kitchen. The special ZOS cartridge is filled with a specially formulated clay compound which absorbs 100% of the oxygen in the bottle.
  • Wine stays fresh for up to 8 weeks
  • Cartridge lasts for up to 15 times
Lakeland £49.99




7. The Classic Five 

A selection of Joe's bestsellers and personal favourite blends. A box of 15 of each of their five organic teas in good-to-go pyramid bags.
Blends - Ever-So English Breakfast, The Earl Of Grey And Queen Of Greenand Herbal Infusions - Proper Peppermint And Sweet Chamomilein Fuss Free Pyramid Bags.



8. VonShef 9 piece Copper Parisian Cocktail Set 


Beautifully designed 550ml capacity Parisian cocktail shaker – premium stainless steel construction with contemporary copper finish. Complementary copper-coloured accessories included: stainless steel muddler, 9"stainless steel twisted double-ended bar spoon/ fork, stainless steel Hawthorne strainer and double ended stainless steel 25ml/50ml shot measuring jigger. Includes a cocktail recipe guide to get you started and supplied in a gorgeous gift box.



Domu £39.99

9. Tipplesworth Mince Pie Syrup

A delightful twist on a Christmas classic. Mix into a 'Mince Pie Martini' using rum and pressed apple juice. Made with all of the same ingredients used to make a mince pie filling. All natural and no artificial flavourings.


IngredientsPure cane sugar, water, raisins, currants, apple, orange peel, lemon juice, mixed spice. Available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Ocado and online at thewhiskyexchange.com 





10. Uutensil Stirr Electric Stirrer



The Üutensil Stirr lends a welcome hand in any kitchen. For any sauce, porridge or gravy that needs constant attention on a slow and low heat, the Stirr can be left to it at the push of a button. Single-handedly place Stirr into your pan and choose between 3 speeds, then you can get on with something else without worrying about your food catching on the base of the pan!
Conveniently the base of Stirr clicks off to put into the dishwasher. Just wipe clean the motor unit where necessary. It is cordless and takes four AA batteries. Available also in grey. As with all Üutensil products it comes with a 5 year guarantee.

11.  Joe and Steph’s Biscotti Popcorn Jar 

Joe & Seph's are a family business, based in London, whose mission is to make the best popcorn in the world. This filled biscotti jar gives you the opportunity to taste their handmade popcorn and make your own judgement. Dobbies' bespoke range of artisanal, award-winning food products can be gift wrapped to make the most considerate gifts this Christmas.
Dobbies £26.99

12.  Metcalfe’s Dark Chocolate Popcorn Thins 

Mini corn thins covered with top quality, uncompromisingly good Italian chocolate. Available in dark and milk chocolate, in handy, on-the-go bags.
Amazon 50g x 3 £16.59 (12 bags available in the giveaway)



13. Mr Organic Dairy-Free Organic Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread


Indulge yourself in the real taste of chocolate in a spread! With its perfectly creamy consistency, you can ooze our delicious Organic Dairy Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread into frozen yoghurt, spread thickly onto toast, or simply dig in with your spoon (we know we do!).
Mr Organic’s Dairy Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread promises a deeper flavour and a genuine high-class quality. We blend rich cocoa with rice creamer and toasted hazelnuts grown in northern Lazio, Italy; a well-known region for cultivating the gentle ‘Nocciola Romana’. This gives our spread its sweet, nutty taste, to be enjoyed purely for your pleasure.
Suitable for Vegans
Holland and Barrett 200g £4.39 (buy one get one half price) - 6 jars available for giveaway

14. Raw Chocolate Making Kit


A wonderfully presented Natural Chocolate Making Kit which is an ideal gift box for all the family. It includes Goji Berries & Brazil Nuts and has everything you could possibly need to make your own Natural Pure Chocolates. Includes recipes & instructions. 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added. Makes 20-25 small chocolates.

Indigo Herbs £19.99

15. Seed and Bean - The Dark Collection Hamper


Delicious delights await within the Ultimate Collection hamper. All the chocolate is made in England in small scale batches. This hamper contains 12 chocolate bars within a lovely wicker basket perfect for keeping in a cool dark (secret) place for all your favourite chocolates.

Bars - Aromatic Fennel, Chilli & Lime, Coconut & Raspberry, Coffee Espresso, Cornish Sea Salt, Extra Dark, Hazelnut, Lavender, Lemon & Cardamom, Mandarin & Ginger, Mint and Orange & Thyme.




16. Handmade Organic Vegan Panettone



A vegan panettone made to an artisan recipe in Milan from 100% Italian extra olive oil, wholegrain flour and raisins. This cake only contains natural organic ingredients. The perfect addition to your Christmas table.

Vorrei 500g £16.90


17. Organic Raw Maca Powder & Organic Raw Cacao Nibs


Grown on the high slopes of the Andes, the amazing Maca is known as the “fountain of youth” in its indigenous Peru. Incans first used it 3000 years ago for its energy and endurance enhancing qualities. Still used by the people of Peru today, modern nutritional research has confirmed its powerful properties and has made its use a global phenomenon.

Cacao Nibs are delicately broken-down chunks of the cacao bean, one of nature’s greatest sources of anti-oxidants and rich in many minerals, particularly iron and zinc.  
Cacao is well known for its positive affect on the brain, with it containing precursors to special neurotransmitters which help to increase circulation and availability of 'mood chemicals' such as serotonin, thus improving mood. 



Of The Earth Superfoods
Maca 220g £5.99 

Cacao Nibs 180g £4.99





18. Microwave Mug Soups Cookbook


Every soup in this cook book by Theo Michaels has been specially created to be made in the microwave and to be cooked in a single mug, so it's ready to eat. Instead of opening up a can, you can delicious homemade soup super quick.

Amazon £8.76

19. Lazy Man Frying Pan


Cooking your breakfast just went from a tricky hassle to an easy exercise, thanks to this awesome Lazy Man Frying Pan. Using only one pan, you can cook every single part of a Full English Breakfast with ease, thanks to the innovative five-compartment design of this die-cast aluminium marvel. With a Xylan non-stick coating,
Menkind RRP £39.99 (on sale for £34.99)

20. Mr Lee's Vegan Noodle Pots



100% TASTY. 0% NASTY.

Noodles are noodles, right? Wrong. Most noodles are dehydrated, sucking out most of the flavour and nutrients. Mr Lee’s gourmet noodles use loads of freeze-dried ingredients, locking in all the good stuff. So the asparagus tastes like asparagus, the broccoli tastes like broccoli, the mushroom tastes like… you get the picture.

Vegan 6 Mix Pack £17.94 (12 pack available for the winner)


21. JD Bug Scooter or Stunt Scooter


JD Bug Scooters launched in the early 2000s when foldable scooters first became popular alongside the Micro brand. JD Bug Scooters feature a number of things that make them perfect for taking around and for easy transport. Firstly, the scooters are easily foldable, meaning you can store then neatly of carry them when not in use. A number of the scooters come with carry straps, again allowing you to transport the scooter easily when not in use. They're all built to last, using high grade metals, meaning that your JD Bug should last a few years if looked after properly. 

or


All the stunt scooters spin 360° and are perfect for testing your mettle down at the skatepark. Stunt scooters are also known as trick scooters; therefore they are built with reinforced parts to withstand the force exerted on them while being used for tricks and stunts.

Note: winner can either choose a kids or adult scooter.

22. Nadiya's Bake Me a Festive Story

Christmas is a time when families come together. This unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, brings families into the kitchen to share this special time of year through cooking and stories.

Amazon £5.99

23. Kids Songs CD


Kids Songs offers 3CDs packed full of Children’s Favourite TV Themes and Songs. Available in a slim digipak featuring the original recordings from Go Jetters, Tee & Mo!, Timmy Time, Justin Fletcher, Boj, Alphablocks, Chris & Pui, Rastamouse, Clangers, and Mister Maker.

Amazon CD £5.99




24. Mini Hornet Bike Horn


The Mini Hornit is the ultimate lights and sound effects accessory for children's bikes and scooters. Loaded with 25 sounds and white and green lights, your child's imagination will run wild.


  • wings clip on to fit all bikes and scooters
  • white safety lights (12 lumens)
  • funky green lights (12 lumens)
  • 25 sound effects
  • remote trigger (no need to take hands off handlebars)
  • IP33 (weather proof)

Hornit £14.99


25. Pokemon Plush & Sun and Moon Crimson Invasion Packs


Pokémon burst onto the video game scene in Japan back in 1996, and today, over 20 years later Pokémon continues to be a global phenomenon and one of the most successful video game franchises of all time.

Pokémon is a globally successful brand which spans video games, a trading card game, an animated TV series, films, mobile apps and a wide range of products designed to delight fans the world over this Christmas!

The Sun and Moon Crimson Invasion trading cards are 60-card pre-constructed decks designed to introduce players to the Pokémon Trading Card Game and allow them to play right away. Available from all good retailers!  Every day is an adventure with your own loyal Pokémon plush! It's tough enough for a play battle and soft enough for bedtime!


26. Canon Pixma iP2850 Inkjet Photo Printer


This Canon Pixma iP2850 Printer provides high quality photo printing at affordable prices. Features USB compatibility for a high speed connection to your PC device. Achieving a print speed of 8ppm (mono) and 4ppm (colour), and a resolution of up to 4800x600 dpi, the Canon Pixma iP2850 is ideal for producing high quality photo prints quickly and efficiently.



27. Optimum Nutri Force Extractor


Say goodbye to having to choose between the morning rush hour or going to work without a nutritious breakfast, Your healthy breakfast smoothie only requires 50 seconds – just screw on the flip-top lid and you can be out the door. Need a quick energy fix after the gym? No problem. Make your energy-boosting smoothie ahead of time and screw on the stay-fresh travel lid. You can come home from the gym to the perfect post-workout smoothie straight from the refrigerator. Need to head right out after the gym? Just switch to the flip-top lid and you can be out the door again.

Froothie £179 (on sale £89)




So a great gift guide and 27 amazing gifts worth over £800 for one lucky winner to win for a second Christmas in early January when the winner will be announced. To create this amazing giveaway I collaborated with some fabulous brands. It does however mean the winner will get to know their postman well with lots of parcels arriving. Please be aware of this before entering.



To enter:

  1. Read the above disclaimer.
  2. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favourite part of Christmas is.
  3. Enter via the rafflecoper box below, looking out for extra entries.
  4. This giveaway is open to UK residents who are 18 or over.
  5. This giveaway will close on 2 January 2018 and one lucky winner will win all the prizes which will be sent out individually. If an item is out of stock, the brands reserve the right to replace them with a similar item of same or higher value.
  6. Good luck everyone and have a very merry Christmas
Make sure you also enter my Stellar Rocking Pan Giveaway.
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            Check out my Ultimate Veggie Christmas Guide with all the recipes and tips you could need for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas.


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            Disclosure: The brands are providing these prizes in good faith. I have not received payment or product to host this giveaway. This is purely a thank you for my readers.
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