After watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, and finally being made to see the devastation that we, as humans, are having on the planet we call home, I decided that this year I wanted to try a little bit harder to make a difference.Whilst I can’t go totally off grid and live in a wooden hut on a commune, I became aware that there were some small changes I could undertake in order to make sure that I was doing my bit, even if it was only a very little bit!
So I started off small, with reducing my plastic consumption, being better with my recycling where I could be, and trying not to take plastic bags to the shops.
One thing which is gaining tonnes of traction – online, in documentaries, in mainstream media and in brilliant blogs is the ongoing trend for vegetarianism and veganism. OK, so I get the arguments, and a vegetarian lifestyle seems more than doable but, I want to start dipping my toe into veganism, making more vegan snacks and meals as I go, especially as I begin to try harder with making veggie meals for lunch.
I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been feeling a little under the weather – my skin hasn’t been great which is unusual for me, and I’m feeling a little tired and bloated after eating. I’ve suspected I have a food intolerance for a while, so whilst I’m testing out delicious recipes and trading some food swaps, I’ll also be undertaking one of Healthlabs* Basic ‘Should I Be Vegan‘ Panel tests to try and determine if any animal byproducts are having a detrimental effect on my health, as well as the environment! You can get 25% off the tests using FINDINGKATE25
I’ve decided to try a No Bake recipe, which I haven’t done in ages – this is a delicious (and very easy!) recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Flapjacks. This was so easy, and cheap, and delicious (verified by my housemate!).
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 170g smooth peanut butter
- 85g maple syrup
- 170g rolled oats
- 85g vegan chocolate chips
- Coconut oil (/vegan butter / any vegan oil)
Throw the peanut butter and maple syrup into a pan on a medium heat until they’re mixing together nicely. Move off the heat and quickly pour the rolled oats into the pan and mix together. Then, pour onto a baking tray. Sprinkle chocolate chips as liberally as you like. Put in the fridge for 30 mins. Eat!
I opted for vegan chocolate buttons as thats all they had, but these taste just as good – and I threw a few in to the mix so the chocolate melted in nicely, too!
Share your vegan recipes in the comments below!
*this post was sponsored by Health Labs.