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Vegan Carrot Cake (Sugar-free, Wholemeal)

vegan carrot cake

Welcome to another Meatless Monday! At first I felt like I was cheating a bit putting in a cake, but it is vegan, so I feel like it fulfils the criteria somehow!

I have made these carrot cakes with eggs instead of the egg substitute (in this case chia), and can I jus say, they are actually not as good! The chia mix just adds a great taste and alters the texture a little, so they’re best this way!

This can either be made as one big cake or in a muffin pan.

Without further ado, the recipe:

Vegan Carrot Cakes (Wholemeal, Sugar-Free)
Yields 16
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 3/4 of a cup rice malt syrup
  2. 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
  3. 3 Large Chia Seed eggs (1 tbs chia seeds - ground, + 3 tbs water refrigerated for 10 mins makes 1 egg)
  4. Pinch of Salt
  5. 3/4 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  6. 2 cups Wholemeal Self Raising Flour
  7. 2 cups finely grated Carrot
  8. 1/2 cup Pecans, finely chopped
  9. 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 180º. Spray or oil a muffin tray.
  2. Mix your wet ingredients together and stir. Make sure your chia egg is all mixed through.
  3. Next, mix in your carrot, then the other dry ingredients. Stir until it's all combined, but no more than that. Do not overmix.
  4. Fill your muffin tray evenly with the mix and bake for 20 minutes. Let it cool, then eat!
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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan chocolate mousse sound a bit yucky hey?! It is my personal prejudice against vegan food- it sounds yucky. I mean, what sounds better? “Fruit Salad” or “Vegan Fruit Salad”. It just kinda a sounds scary…

Anyway, don’t be put off by the scary title of the chocolate mousse, it is in fact QUITE delicious, QUITE dairy-free, and QUITE sugar-free!


1 can of coconut cream, refrigerated overnight*
2 tbs cocoa (or to taste)
3 tbs dextrose (or to taste)

*A note about the refrigerated overnight thing: The recipe will still work if it’s not refrigerated overnight, you will just need to refrigerate it once you’ve put it all together. If you refrigerate it before, you can eat it virtually straight away!


  1. Take your can of coconut cream and spoon the creamy part into a bowl. Save the coconut water for another recipe, smoothie, or just drink it!
  2. Into the cream add your cocoa and dextrose. mix it around and adjust the measurements of dextrose and cocoa so that it tastes how you like it. I like to add a bit more cocoa, as I like it nice and chocolatey!

That’s it! Easy peasy recipe! Enjoy!

Banana Pancakes on the Weekend

Late this afternoon I decided that for the whole of July I would try and take a photo a day of Lior on the DSLR. We have a TON of iPhone photos of him, but I need to stop making excuses and get the real camera out. So here we go, a photo a day of Lior for the month of July!



You are a messy little eater! Mummy & Daddy had banana pancakes for breakfast yesterday & you keep grabbing at it, so yesterday & today you’ve been eating the leftover ones. You loved eating the pancakes all by yourself, but you left a mighty mess afterwards! It is quite fun to watch. xo

Love, Mum

Recipe: Breakfast Risotto


Since my research on breastfeeding I’ve come to the conclusion that, even though I REALLY don’t want to, I have to give the dairy free thing a try. I eat dairy at every meal, particularly breakfast where I have a banana shake. So I had to think of something a bit different for breakfast (the gluten free thing makes toast a bit difficult/yuk).

I’ve made this breakfast risotto dairy free, but if you substituted the coconut milk for regular milk or cream, you’d have a dairy version!

Ingredients for BASIC breakfast risotto:

1 serve of aborio rice (approx 1/4 cup)
Coconut milk
1 heaped tbs of dextrose

Put your aborio rice into a pan with a bit of water. Put on a medium heat and once the water has been soaked into the rice stir and add more.
Continue this process until the rice is softened, but still has a bit too much bite to eat like that.
Add a good slug of coconut milk and continue cooking till the rice is al dante.



For this citrus version, add a few pieces or lemon and orange rind, and a couple of cloves to the water at the beginning. Take them out once the risotto is finished and top with grated orange zest.


For this banana version I mashed a banana into my plate, then mixed into the plain risotto.