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Vegan Recipe Club February Valentine Special!

The Viva! Vegan Recipe Club newsletter is back and we have some exciting new sections which will guarantee that there is something there for everyone. Alongside our usual recipes, we introduce our new Guest Chef Recipe and Viva!Health sections alongside regular news about our Viva! campaigning activities. We have a double whammy of culinary delights to tempt you with this month as we welcome both Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day! Wondering how to show your love on Valentine’s Day? Well, we don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver but if you follow our Goddess Chocolate Heart recipe, you will be sure to make your partner or friend feel special and end your evening on the sweetest of notes! Then of course, there is Pancake Day to follow so we want to share a lovely egg-free pancake recipe with a healthy filling, ideal for kids and adults alike. February also seems an opportune time to introduce the lovers section on our Viva! site. This is packed with all you need to know about giving your love life a boost as a veggie, from foods that make you feel good, to getting in shape and boosting your energy levels! Valentine Vegan Fact: veggie food is full of natural aphrodisiacs that will have your love life sizzling, including asparagus, almonds, avocados and bananas.

Guest Chef Recipe

CHEF – Rachana Sequoia

RECIPE – Raw Chocolate Goddess Love Hearts

Each month we are now going to showcase an inspiring and talented chef who inspires us with mouthwatering vegan recipes. To launch the section we introduce Rachana Sequoia.

Rachel has embraced a no meat diet since she was 12 years old.

Her mission is simple, to inspire people to make changes in the way we eat for our health, our happiness and our planet! These little nibbles of divine gorgeousness are so easy to make for yourself or your beloved on Valentines Day or any other day. The superfood raw cacao will boost your love vibes and put a huge smile on your faces, giving you a lovely burst of energy. Cacao is known as the food for the Love Generation of which, dear Viva! friends, you are fully fledged members! Serves: approx 20 Chocolate hearts | approx 50 minutes for a batch Ingredients: 100g cacao butter (melted) 10g coconut oil (melted) 70g cacao powder 30g lucuma powder 50g maple syrup or agave syrup A pinch sea/rock salt ½ tsp cacao nibs Dried raspberries A pinch of pink rose petals ½ teaspoon mucuna – bliss herb


Melt the chopped up cacao butter and the coconut oil in a bowl over  a saucepan of boiling water (also called a bain-marie). Add sweetener and all powdered ingredients.

Crumble up the dried raspberries  and rose petals and sprinkle a little in each of the moulds.

Spoon in just ¼ teaspoon of the liquid raw chocolate into each mould to cover over the raspberries/rose petals and keep them visible as pretty decoration.

Pop in fridge for 10 minutes to set. Then fill moulds to the top with the remaining chocolate mixture.

Set in the fridge for 30 minutes… then it’s over to you, sweetness, to spread the LOVE!

ALL KITTED OUT Saucepan Chocolate mould Measuring spoon Mixing bowl Ladle Thanks to Rachana Sequoia from Juiciful for the Goddess Lovehearts. To order your selection of gourmet vegan chocolates, find amazing vegan recipes and check out her workshops in raw vegan food get in touch www.juiciful.co.uk


Pancake Day Gorgeous pancakes without an egg in sight.

Here’s our fool proof recipe – with nice serving suggestions. Serves: approximately 8 medium pancakes | Time: 20 minutes for a batch This basic pancake batter is very versatile. If you want thicker pancakes – American or Scotch style – just reduce the liquid a little. Try using 120ml each of plant milk and water instead of 175ml. It is easier to make something too thick and thin it down rather than the other way round!


175ml/6fl oz soya milk

175ml/6fl oz water

175g/6oz plain flour, sieved – we like to use half fine wholemeal and white but they work with all white or all wholemeal too! If you’ve only got self-raising flour, no problem – just halve the baking powder.

2 tbsp chickpea flour, sieved – also known as gram or besan flour. Don’t skip the sieving, it’s really hard to get the lumps out otherwise!

1 tsp baking powder, sieved

1 tbsp plain vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

Additional oil for frying – or low-cal spray if using non-stick pan

Note  • Gluten-free flour and baking powder works in this recipe (rest of the ingredients are already g/f) • Chickpea (gram or besan) flour is widely available from bigger branches of most supermarkets; ethnic shops like Indian grocers; health food shops. It’s pretty cheap! ‘Elephant’ is one brand to look out for. 

Serving Suggestions

Strawberries and cashew nut cream

Raspberry, chocolate and sprinkled almonds

Syrup: golden, agave, date or maple

Coconut palm sugar and lemon juice

Fresh fruit with syrup as above – e.g. banana, strawberries, blueberries…

Fresh fruit with chocolate sauce – click here for an easy vegan choc sauce recipe, or use a vegan chocolate spread such as Plamil Alternative To Milk or Essential Trading’s Dark Chocolate Spread

Vegan ice cream

ALL KITTED OUT Scales Measuring spoons Measuring jug Sieve Whisk or stick blender Mixing bowl Non-stick frying pan Ladle Thin spatula/fish slice, eg silicone   Method:

Place all of the ingredients, except the oil for frying, in a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively whisk by hand until there are no lumps.

Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan until piping hot. Drain off any excess (or use low-cal spray, as above).

Pour enough of the batter mixture in to the frying pan to thinly cover the bottom. Fry on one side for about a minute. Loosen the edges with a spatula and flip. Fry the flip side for another minute or until done.

Remove from pan and keep warm in the oven on its lowest setting.

Add more oil/spray to the pan if and when necessary. Repeat steps 3 to 6 until all of the mixture is used up. Serve with your chosen accompaniments.


Viva! News

My Vegan Town

my vegan town

This is the first phase of our new directory which showcases places to eat and stay, shops, producers, events and discounts – and we have loads of exciting features still to come. We want the Viva! Vegan Directory to be user-led, so we need you to get involved to make this THE place to go for all things veggie & vegan. You can share the vegan love by adding a listing or review to My Vegan Town.

You can submit a listing for a veg-friendly place to eat, sleep or shop. You can even add a listing for ethical events, services and like-minded local groups.  It’s super easy and completed in just six steps. Tell the world where to get the best vegan cheese or post a few snaps of that delish vegan burger served at your local café – we want it all! And if you’re a business, you can add your own listing!

We hope that My Vegan Town will be the perfect travelling companion for your animal-friendly adventures and we’d love to have your feedback at this stage. Click on the links to get there! Or if you can’t find your cherished veg-friendly thing, get in touch!



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