Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe – Easy Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly Raw Dessert Recipes

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse

It’s been a couple of months now that I’ve been on my veggie journey – and I’ve been LOVING experimenting with veggie friendly ingredients and recipes. 

 

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This is a vegan friendly version of my strawberry cheesecake mousse from my keto days and tastes just as good as – if not better than – the dairy-full alternative.

I found it relatively easy to find a dairy free cream cheese here in Ireland. There are options at nearly every supermarket. Depending on the variety you choose, it may need more (or less) maple syrup or your sweetener of choice to sweeten to taste. 

How To Make A Vegan Strawberry Mousse

To make the whipped cream, store a tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Then, open and move the hardened coconut cream top layer to a bowl and then use the liquid in smoothies. 

Whisk the coconut cream with electric beaters until smooth and then add the maple syrup and cream cheese alternative and whisk in until you have a smooth mousse. 

Regarding the strawberries, chop them and you can fold half through and then top the mousse with the other half or you could whisk some in, fold some in and top the mousse with the rest.

The choice is yours, but any way you choose to create this dairy free dessert, it will be a real crowd pleaser and the perfect vegan dessert all year around. 

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Stevia
  • 125g/4.4 ounces Dairy Free Soft/Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup Chopped Strawberries
  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. 
  2. The next day, move the hardened coconut cream from the can into a bowl. (Save the liquid below for smoothies.)
  3. Using an electric beater, whisk the coconut until you have whipped cream.
  4. Whisk in the maple syrup and soft/cream cheese. Taste if it’s sweet enough and add more maple syrup or stevia until sweet to your liking. 
  5. Whisk or fold the strawberries into the mousse, saving some for topping if you like. 
  6. Place into the fridge for a few hours to thicken and enjoy within 24 hours. 

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe - Easy Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly Raw Dessert Recipes

To me, this mousse is summer in a bowl. Perfect for when it’s actually summer and you need to take a dessert to a family gathering, potluck or picnic. Or, for when you’re dreaming of summer during on a gloomy winter’s day. 

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Stevia
  • 125g/4.4 ounces Dairy Free Soft/Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup Chopped Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. 
  2. The next day, move the hardened coconut cream from the can into a bowl. (Save the liquid below for smoothies.)
  3. Using an electric beater, whisk the coconut until you have whipped cream.
  4. Whisk in the maple syrup and soft/cream cheese. Taste if it’s sweet enough and add more maple syrup or stevia until sweet to your liking. 
  5. Whisk or fold the strawberries into the mousse, saving some for topping if you like. 
  6. Place into the fridge for a few hours to thicken and enjoy within 24 hours.

More Easy Vegan Recipes: 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Vegan Broccoli Salad

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15 High Protein Vegetarian Snacks

15 High Protein Vegetarian Snacks – Easy Meat Free Snack Ideas & Recipes for on the go or between meals. 

Collage of high protein snack recipes

15 High Protein Vegetarian Snacks

When you’re following a vegetarian diet, protein is of vital importance. So, I find that when it comes to snacking, I try and find high protein vegetarian snacks, to satisfy my snack craving while also nourishing me with vital protein. 

 

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Here are ideas for snack recipes and foods you can enjoy on the go or at home when you need that little something between meals. 

1. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds - vegetarian snack recipes

This is the ultimate high vegetarian snack – nourishing nuts smothered in cinnamon. My whole family can’t get enough of these and they are so easy to make. (Click here for the recipe.

2. Chia Pudding

High Protein Snack Idea - Chia Pudding

Chia Seeds are little nutritional powerhouses, high in protein and great to enjoy in chia puddings. (Here’s the recipe for the above raspberry chia pudding.)

3. No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

A high protein, vegetarian friendly snack that’s great to keep in the fridge. These peanut butter cookies require no baking and are low carb, gluten free and are flourless too. (Here’s the recipe.)

4. Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lemon Ricotta Cake - high protein vegetarian cake

This lemon ricotta cake is constructed with ricotta and eggs – two high protein, vegetarian friendly ingredients. The cake is also gluten free, flourless and low carb friendly. (Here’s the simple recipe.)

5. Smoothie or Shake

Strawberry Milkshake

A smoothie or shake is a great high protein snack, especially if you include natural protein ingredients or a scoop of protein powder. My latest go to has been the above pictured strawberry milkshake. (Here’s the simple recipe.)

6. Pancakes

Vegetarian protein pancakes

Pancakes are another dish that you can infuse plenty of protein in. Lately I’ve been loving chocolate pancakes, which include eggs and protein rich ground almonds. (Here’s the recipe.)

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate peanut butter fudge

This chocolate peanut butter fudge is heaven for chocolate lovers or those who adore peanut butter cups. (Here’s the recipe.)

8. Garlic Baked Brie

Garlic Baked Brie - easy vegetarian snack idea

Cheese lovers will adore this garlic baked brie. It’s easy to prepare and full of cheesy goodness – and protein too. (Here’s the recipe.)

9. Peanut Butter Mousse

Peanut Butter Mousse

Peanuts butter is a great, high protein snack and this peanut butter mousse is just another easy way to enjoy the nutritious ingredient. (Here’s the recipe.)

10. Protein Bars

Vegetarian protein bars haul

There are tons of options for protein bars, (like these) just read the ingredients carefully and pick on that you’re happy to include in your diet

11. Jerky

Nowadays there are lots of options of vegetarian and vegan jerky. (Like this.) And, I’ve even found an option at my local ALDI. 

12. Yogurt 

Yogurt - an easy vegetarian snack idea

A carton of high protein yogurt makes an easy and tasty snack. You can enjoy yoghurt as is, or make a parfait with yoghurt, nuts, granola and fresh fruit. 

13. Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs - easy vegetarian travel snack

I often keep a bowl of hard boiled eggs in my fridge, for easy high protein snacking. You could even enjoy devilled eggs, which are so easy to make. (Here’s a recipe with just 2 ingredients.)

14. Popcorn

Easy vegetarian snack - popcorn

You can make your own (here’s how) or there are loads of brands out there that include the bare minimum ingredients, making it almost as good as home made. (This salted caramel popcorn looks incredible!)

You can even sprinkle over a couple of spoons of nutritional yeast for an added protein and nutrition boost. 

15. Salad with Beans

Vegetarian High Protein Bean Salad Snack Recipes

Greens and beans make an easy protein rich snack. You could enjoy this snack many ways, but my favourite lately has been this Vegan Broccoli Salad with Edamame Beans. (Here’s the recipe.)

As you can tell, once you look into it, there are loads of easy high protein vegetarian snacks to enjoy on the go or at home. 

15 High Protein Vegetarian Snacks - Easy Meat Free Snack Ideas & Recipes for on the go or between meals. 

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Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe – Easy & Healthy Apple Crumble with ground almonds – with tips to make it dairy free, vegan and paleo friendly. 

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crumble with whipped cream

Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

Recently, I found a bag of need to be used apples at the supermarket for just 5 cents! So, with this crazy bargain, I gave the kids a couple for snacks but the rest of the bag needed to be used ASAP. 

 

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I couldn’t resist turning 4 of the ripe and flavourful apples into a gluten free apple crumble dessert. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an apple crumble and this one turned out beautifully. The crispy, crunchy, nutty topping perfectly balanced the sweet apples. 

Make It A Dairy Free Apple Crumble

You can easily adapt the recipe to be dairy free. So, whether you’re following a dairy free diet like the paleo diet or a vegan diet, you can still enjoy this apple crumble. 

Simply swap the butter for a dairy free butter or use a quarter of a cup of melted coconut oil instead. 

Mixing together the ingredients for the gluten free crumble topping

Also, if you’d prefer a sugar free crumble, you can use stevia or your sweetener of choice instead. I just adore the flavour of maple syrup in this crumble. 

Instead of flaked almonds you can use crumbled walnuts or your nut of choice. In this instance I used roasted flaked almonds which even further enhanced the flavour of the crumble. 

Apple Crumble - gluten free with ground almonds

Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

  • 50g/1.7 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 1 Cup Flaked Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Small Apples or 2 Large Apples 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease an oven proof baking dish. (Like this one.)
  2. Melt the butter over low heat. 
  3. When melted, remove from the heat and stir through the ground almonds, flaked almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon until you have a thick crumble topping. 
  4. Set the crumble topping aside and prepare the apples by peeling and removing the cores. 
  5. Chop the apples and place into the prepared baking dish. 
  6. Top with the crumble topping and spread around to evenly distribute. 
  7. Place into the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and crispy to your liking. 
  8. Serve with cream, ice cream or coconut cream and enjoy. 

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Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

Ingredients

  • 50g/1.7 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 1 Cup Flaked Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Small Apples or 2 Large Apples

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease an oven proof baking dish. 
  2. Melt the butter over low heat. 
  3. When melted, remove from the heat and stir through the ground almonds, flaked almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon until you have a thick crumble topping. 
  4. Set the crumble topping aside and prepare the apples by peeling and removing the cores. 
  5. Chop the apples and place into the prepared baking dish. 
  6. Top with the crumble topping and spread around to evenly distribute. 
  7. Place into the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and crispy to your liking. 
  8. Serve with cream, ice cream or coconut cream and enjoy.

More Gluten Free Baking Recipes

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Lemon Ricotta Cake

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

6 Ingredient Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe – Easy Vegetarian Salad Recipes – Ideas for lunch or a light dinner. 

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Since transitioning to a vegetarian diet (you can read about my first month here) I’ve found a whole world of new ingredients has opened up to me. For example, I rarely had chickpeas in the past and in the past month I’ve enjoyed them in a number of different ways.

 

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This 6 ingredient Mediterranean chickpea salad is my favourite way to enjoy chickpeas – so far. Simply combine together your favourite Mediterranean ingredients for a light and perfectly balanced salad experience. 

Mediterranean Salad Ingredients

Mediterranean salad bowl with chickpeas and feta

As with a lot of my recipes, I like to share a core recipe which is really easy and then invite you to mix and match and include your ingredients of choice to create a dish to suit your tastes. 

Here are some ideas for ingredients to include in your salad: 

  • Tomatoes – you could include a variety of different sized and colours tomatoes
  • Peppers – red or orange would work well
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado 
  • Olives
  • Red Onion
  • Feta or Goats Cheese (or skip if you’d prefer a vegan salad) 

How to make Mediterranean Salad

  • Garlic – powder or crushed 
  • Spinach or another leafy vegetable 
  • Herbs – oregano, parsley or mint would work well 
  • Salt, Pepper and any other seasoning, to taste 
  • Lemon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salad Dressing of choice 

Below is my personal favourite combination – using just 6 ingredients. I’d suggest using the recipe as a starting point and enjoy your Mediterranean Chickpea Salad anyhow you like. 

Easy Mediterranean Salad with chickpeas and feta

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then place into a bowl. 
  2. Top with the tomato, onion and feta. 
  3. Drizzle the lemon, over a sieve to catch any pips and then pour over the extra virgin olive oil. 
  4. Toss to combine and add any other salad ingredients, seasoning or herb you like.
  5. Enjoy straight away or store in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavour to develop. 

6 Ingredient Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Salad Recipes - Ideas for lunch or a light dinner. 

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tin of Chickpeas
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Chopped Red Onion
  • Chopped Feta
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then place into a bowl. 
  2. Top with the tomato, onion and feta. 
  3. Drizzle the lemon, over a sieve to catch any pips and then pour over the extra virgin olive oil. 
  4. Toss to combine and add any other salad ingredients, seasoning or herb you like.
  5. Enjoy straight away or store in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavour to develop.

More Vegetarian Ideas:

7 Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas

Vegetarian Shopping List

Vegetarian Travel Snacks 

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7 Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas

7 Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas – Quick & Easy Meatless Breakfasts – some with eggs and some with no eggs and other protein rich breakfast inspirations. 

7 Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas

When you’re stuck for healthy vegetarian breakfast ideas, there are actually lots of quick and easy meals to prepare – both with and without eggs. 

 

I’ve been vegetarian for a little over a month now and I’ve been loving experimenting with different vegetarian friendly breakfast foods to start my day.

I’ve been rotating through a few favourites, which I’m sharing with you today. These breakfasts are great regardless of whether you’re following a vegetarian diet or not. 

Vegetarian Breakfast Foods

Vegetarian breakfast foods

Here’s a list of foods to keep on hand to mix and match for quick, easy and healthy vegetarian breakfasts: 

  • Eggs – which are vegetarian friendly, if you’re vegan then you’ll be skipping these. 
  • Milk – dairy or non dairy milk 
  • Yogurt – dairy or non dairy yoghurt
  • Cheese – a variety for different uses, dairy or non dairy
  • Sour Cream/Mayo/Cream – to create a creamy sauce or side for your breakfast
  • Vegetables – a selection to enjoy to start your day with a portion of healthy vegetables
  • Fruit – to enjoy on the side of breakfast or mixed through a sweet breakfast dish
  • Oats – for overnight oats or to heat up for porridge
  • Nuts & Seeds – for mixing through and sprinkling over breakfasts 
  • Baked Beans – to simply enjoy on toast or in a full, big breakfast
  • Meat substitutes – vegetarian friendly breakfast sausages/bacon 
  • Bread or Buns – whatever fits your lifestyle to round out your breakfast
  • Butter, Coconut Oil or your choice or butter/oil for cooking 

Day 1 – 3 Veggies and Eggs

Vegetarian breakfast with nutritional yeast

This is what I have for breakfast more often than not – eggs and a couple of veg. (Or more!) I like to try and start my day with a couple of servings of vegetables, sets me up for a day of nutritious eating. (Or, if the day doesn’t go to plan, then at least I’ve had a few serves of veggies!) 

You can choose any 3 vegetables to include in your breakfast. Mine included zucchini, mushrooms and onions, but you can use whatever vegetables you like. (Or have lurking in your kitchen!) 

Simply melt butter or oil in a frying pan, slice the vegetables and cook until done to your liking. You can add more butter/oil along the way and add salt, pepper or any other seasoning you like. 

Then, fry up a couple of eggs and pop a couple of pieces of toast into your toaster too, if you want. 

I like topping my vegetables with a teaspoon or so of nutritional yeast. This adds flavour and a range of vitamins to my breakfast. (Where to find nutritional yeast.)

This breakfast is a great way to get ahead of your vegetable intake for the day and is great if you know you’ll be out and about and may struggle to eat healthily for the rest of the day. 

Day 2 – Chocolate Oatmeal

I’m a new convert to oatmeal and this chocolate oatmeal is what sold it to me. To make chocolate oatmeal for one, in a saucepan, combine together 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder and 1 Tablespoon of stevia, maple syrup or your sweetener of choice. (Double the volumes to serve two.) 

Bring up to a simmer over medium heat and cook until thickened to your liking. You can enjoy your chocolate oatmeal as is or mix through a chopped banana, peanut butter, golden syrup or more sweetness, to taste. Or, for an extra indulgent breakfast, top with a swirl (or two) of whipped cream. 

Day 3 – Halloumi Breakfast Burger 

Halloumi is one of my all time, favourite ingredients and I just adore it in this breakfast burger. Simply slice halloumi into long strips or burger sized patties, like I’ve done in the picture below. Then, cook until golden and done to your liking. 

Vegetarian halloumi breakfast

To assemble your breakfast burger, fry up an egg (or two) and fill a burger bun with the cooked halloumi, egg and your burger fillings of choice.

In this instance I simply lightly buttered the bun (with butter) and placed a handful of spinach beneath the halloumi and fried egg. Tomato and/or lettuce would work really well too.

Lastly, pop the top of the bun over the egg and enjoy your runny egg and halloumi breakfast burger. 

Day 4 – Breakfast Parfait 

Vegetarian breakfast parfait

A parfait is one of the easiest healthy vegetarian breakfast ideas. Simply grab a glass or bowl and layer up nutritious vegetarian ingredients such as:

Day 5 – Cheese Omelette 

Vegetarian breakfast omelette

There are many vegetarian friendly ways to enjoy an omelette. My personal favourite is a cheese omelette with spinach on the side, to help balance the cheesy richness. 

You could also cook up a selection of vegetables first until done to your liking. Then, move to a plate, cook your omelette and fill with your cooked veggies. Another favourite of mine is a pizza omelette. (Get the recipe here.)

Day 6 – Overnight Oats

Healthy vegetarian breakfast idea - overnight oats

This is the perfect make ahead vegetarian breakfast. Here’s how to make a portion for one – in the evening, combine together 1/2 Cup Oats, 1/2 Cup Yoghurt and 1/2 Cup milk in a bowl. You can also mix through stevia, maple syrup or your sweetener of choice and 1-2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds. 

Stir well to combine and then leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with granola, nuts, seeds, fruit or any other toppings you like and enjoy. 

Day 7 – Full Breakfast Fry Up

Vegetarian full breakfast fry up

There are many ways to enjoy a healthy vegetarian breakfast fry up. Mine included vegetarian sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and fried eggs. Here are more ideas to include in your breakfast: 

  • Any vegetables – such as tomatoes or spinach
  • Halloumi or another cheese
  • Vegetarian bacon, sausages or other meat alternative 
  • Hash browns 
  • Beans

7 Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas – Quick & Easy Meatless Breakfasts – some with eggs and some with no eggs and other protein rich breakfast inspirations

As you can tell, here are so many deliciously healthy vegetarian breakfast ideas that you can enjoy through the week. 

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My Experience Of Going Vegetarian For A Month

My Experience Of Going Vegetarian For A Month – the benefits and effects I’ve experienced after 4 weeks of following a Vegetarian Diet.

The benefits and effects I've experienced after 4 weeks of following a Vegetarian Diet.

My Experience Of Going Vegetarian For A Month 

The past month has flown by since I decided to transition to a Vegetarian Diet and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on the experience of going vegetarian for a month. 

 

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I started with the decision to take it one day at a time. Not put any time pressure on how long I’ll continue being vegetarian, just see how I feel on a day to day basis. And, before I knew it, a month (well, 6 weeks) has passed.

Why Did I Choose A Vegetarian Diet?

I feel like it chose me in a way. The past couple of months when I had consumed meat/chicken/fish, I just hadn’t enjoyed it as I once had.

With each meal, I told my family I feel I should be vegetarian for a while, but wasn’t confident that I’d be able to actually, you know, like LIVE without meat! 

There are the obvious ethical and environmental reasons which I have slowly been reading into. But it was more a feeling that I feel I need to take a break from my 37 year stint of eating animal products and see what it’s like to live as a vegetarian for a while. 

What Benefits Has Going Vegetarian Offered Me? 

Benefits of going vegetarian for a month - cheaper grocery shopping

I feel like I’ve been enjoying WAY more vegetables than ever before. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with vegetarian foods and recipes and creating new, unique dishes to enjoy. 

I do feel as if my skin and nails are healthier, but that also could be because I’ve been taking new vitamins for a skin condition I have. Either way, I do feel overall healthier on a vegetarian diet

Our grocery budget is also a bit healthier as I’ve been enjoying more budget friendly meals like beans and legumes and buying less meat for the family. (Here’s my vegetarian grocery list.)

Is My Whole Family Vegetarian?

My experience of a month as vegetarian - benefits and will I continue

No – my Husband and our 2 kids are still enjoying a regular, non vegetarian diet. It really doesn’t bother me, I prepare meals for the four of us and just skip the meat for me. 

I haven’t tried to convince or sway any of the them to join me and they have all been wonderfully supportive. 

Have I Craved Meat Since Becoming Vegetarian?

Pan of easy mushroom stroganoff

No, surprisingly I haven’t craved any meat or meat/chicken/fish type products. Each time I prepare a meaty meal for my family, I ask myself if I’d like a piece and the thought just turns my stomach. 

I have tried a couple of the meat alternatives that you find at supermarkets, but I prefer to just enjoy meals without meat or meat substitutes. A favourite the past month has been the above pictured Mushroom Stroganoff, delicious and creamy and wonderfully veggie friendly. (Here’s the recipe.)

Will I Continue Being Vegetarian Going Forward? 

Will I continue being vegetarian after a month

The short answer is yes. But, who knows when that may change. I’m still taking it one day at a time. I’ve really been enjoying the wide variety of foods that I can eat and enjoying a rainbow of fruit and vegetables every day. 

For as long as I continue feeling great and not craving meat, then I don’t see my diet changing. 

My Experience Of Going Vegetarian For A Month - the benefits and effects I've experienced after 4 weeks of following a Vegetarian Diet.

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Fresh Raspberry Chia Jam

Fresh Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe – How to make easy vegan & keto friendly chia seed jam recipes with no sugar and no pectin. 

How to make vegan keto raspberry chia seed jam

Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe

Since sharing my strawberry chia seed jam recipe a couple of months ago, I have made batch after batch. Always having one flavour or another in my fridge. 

 

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I usually use a bag of frozen berries, which are budget friendly and consistent in flavour. But, now that fresh berries are starting to pop up at supermarkets, they have become budget friendly and flavourful too. 

Fresh raspberries for chia seed jam

ALDI has had raspberries on sale this week for just 89 cents for 125g, so I bought 4 packs and set about making a batch of fresh raspberry chia jam. 

As I mentioned, you could use fresh or frozen and any berries (or fruit) you like. Also, feel free to use any sweetener or sugar you like. Add the sweetness, taste and then add more until it’s perfectly sweet to your liking. 

Easy Raspberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe - Vegan and Keto Friendly

Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe

  • 500g/1.1lbs Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Stevia (or your sweetener of choice) 
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (Optional) 
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  1. Wash the raspberries and place them into a small saucepan. 
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook them, stirring regularly, until the raspberries become soft and easily mashable.
  3. Remove from the heat and mash with a potato masher until smooth to your liking. 
  4. Allow to cool slightly then stir through the stevia until smooth.
  5. Taste to ensure it’s sweet enough, adding more stevia if needed or a tablespoon of lemon juice if you’d like it a little bit sour. 
  6. Finally, stir through the chia seeds until fully incorporated.  
  7. Cool, then move to a jar and place in the fridge to thicken. 
  8. Store in the fridge and enjoy within a few days. 

Fresh Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe - How to make easy vegan & keto friendly chia seed jam recipes with no sugar and no pectin. 

My whole family can’t get enough of this fresh raspberry chia jam. I can’t wait for the seasons to change so I can create a variety of different chia seed jam flavours and share the delicious results with you. 

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Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  • 500g/1.1lbs Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Stevia (or your sweetener of choice) 
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (Optional) 
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. Wash the raspberries and place them into a small saucepan. 
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook them, stirring regularly until the raspberries become soft and easily mashable.
  3. Remove from the heat and mash with a potato masher until smooth to your liking. 
  4. Allow to cool slightly then stir through the stevia until smooth.
  5. Taste to ensure it’s sweet enough, adding more stevia if needed or a tablespoon of lemon juice if you’d like it a little bit sour. 
  6. Finally, stir through the chia seeds until fully incorporated.  
  7. Cool, then move to a jar and place in the fridge to thicken. 
  8. Store in the fridge and enjoy within a few days.

More Easy Keto Raspberry Recipes:

Raspberry & Vanilla Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Pudding

Raspberry Mousse

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Vegetarian Grocery List

Vegetarian Grocery List – a healthy shopping list of food for beginners to a vegetarian diet – great for meal planning and recipe ideas. 

Healthy Vegetarian Grocery Haul with ideas for your shopping list for beginners

Vegetarian Grocery List

It’s been a little over a month since I transitioned to a vegetarian diet. So, if you’re a beginner like me and wondering what to pop on your vegetarian grocery list, then you’ll find plenty of ideas in this blog post. 

It’s taken me the better part of the past month to slowly build up my vegetarian pantry and knowledge about foods to make up a balanced vegetarian diet

This list is also helpful if you’re trying to enjoy more meat free meals and want a little inspiration for what to eat more of. 

 

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Fruit & Vegetables

Vegetarian grocery shopping list - fruit and vegetables

You can include fresh, frozen, dried and even tinned fruit and vegetables on your grocery list. You’ll find that whatever fruit and vegetables are in season will be cheaper, so you may find that you eat with the seasons and enjoy year round fresh produce. 

Here are some of my favourites, but of course you can enjoy any fruit and vegetables you like, in abundance:

  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach 
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts 
  • Courgette/Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers
  • Beetroot
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fresh herbs – mint, thyme, rosemary, sage, coriander 
  • Lemon & Lime
  • Strawberries/Raspberries/Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Dates
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Melon
  • Mangoes
  • Cherries
  • Watermelon 

Eggs

Vegetarian breakfast

As a vegetarian, eggs, like the above green shakshuka, are still on the menu. If you’re following a vegan diet then avoid eggs instead.

I enjoy eggs for breakfast every other day or so, in all kinds of ways. So, I always include free range eggs on my grocery list. 

Dairy

As with eggs, if you’re vegetarian then you’re likely to include dairy in your diet, if you’re following a vegan diet then go for dairy free alternatives. 

Here are some ideas for dairy to include on your shopping list, just be sure to read the packaging carefully as not all cheese options are vegetarian friendly as they can contain animal rennet. 

  • Milk
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ricotta
  • Mascarpone
  • Halloumi
  • Yoghurt
  • Cheese 
  • Feta
  • Brie
  • Pecorino 

Peas & Beans

Vegetarian beans and legumes list

I keep frozen peas and corn in my freezer as well as tins of lentils, chickpeas and baked beans in my pantry. You don’t need to keep all of these to hand.

I like to try a different variety every week or so and figure out which I like best and how to enjoy them. Here’s a list to look out for: 

  • Peas & Corn
  • Split Peas
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Baked Beans 
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Cannelini Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Edamame 

Nuts & Seeds

Keeping a selection of nuts and seeds on hand means you’ll have a variety of options to include in meals. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Nuts – macadamias, cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, brazil nuts
  • Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, linseeds 
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Almond Flour 
  • Butter – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter

Pasta, Rice and Oats 

Pasta, rice and oats for vegetarian grocery list

Nowadays you can get all kinds of nutritious varieties of pasta, rice and oats. 

I like to head to the gluten free section of the supermarket for interesting pasta alternatives that are nutritious and flavourful. And some, like the above pictured chickpea pasta, include a generous source of protein too. 

There are also lots of options when it comes to choosing rice. Try a few different varieties to find which you enjoy most. 

Oats are great in oatmeal or overnight oats. I like to keep a couple of different varieties to hand, to enjoy in oaty recipes. 

Tofu & Soy Products

Tofu - vegetarian protein options

Do your research and decide what tofu/soy products to include in your diet. Check out your local supermarket and health food store for options you can get locally and then head to pinterest for ideas for how to enjoy the ingredients you find. 

Coconut Everything 

Coconut options for vegetarian shopping list for beginners

You can enjoy coconut milk, oil, yoghurt, cream, flour and in shredded form. The nutritious ingredient is versatile and can be enjoyed in all sorts of sweet and savoury dishes. 

Meat Alternatives 

Vegetarian sausages and meat alternatives for your grocery list

Check out your local supermarket for meat alternatives. I’ve found vegetarian friendly burgers, sausages, shredded meat and pies. I’ve found options in the fridge and freezer section and the options vary from store to store.

Some options have been super tasty and others I’ll be skipping, just takes time to try and see what you like. 

As with other foods, read the ingredients carefully to be sure you’re happy with what each product contains and that it fits with your dietary requirements. 

Other Ingredients

Here are more ingredients to pop onto your vegetarian grocery list:

  • Nutritional Yeast – packed full of B vitamins and great sprinkled on salads and cooked vegetables. 
  • Seasoning – salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, turmeric, curry and your seasonings of choice
  • Pesto – read carefully to ensure vegetarian or vegan friendly 
  • Vinegars – red wine, apple cider, balsamic 
  • Vegetable stock – for instant soup making 
  • Sauce – tomato, barbeque, mayo, Worcestershire, soy, tamari
  • Chocolate & Cocoa Powder – chocolate is still on the menu, just check that there aren’t any gelatins or hidden animal ingredients.
  • Protein Powder – it is possible to get enough protein without supplementing, but it’s also worth having a quality protein powder to hand to incorporate into your diet when needed. 
  • Quinoa – whole or flour to include in meals. 
  • Butter and Oils – dairy or dairy free butter, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil or another alternative for cooking
  • Sweetener – stevia, maple syrup, golden syrup or your sugar or sweetener of choice

Vegetarian Grocery List - a healthy shopping list of food for beginners to a vegetarian diet - great for meal planning and recipe ideas. 

This vegetarian grocery list is a work in progress, as I’ll be adding to it as my time as a vegetarian grows and I learn about more must have, essential items.

So, make sure you pin, bookmark and save this page to come back to for future inspiration. 

More Vegetarian Inspiration: 

7 Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas

Vegetarian Travel Snacks

Vegetarian Video Recipes

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Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe – Easy Homemade High Protein Smoothies without protein powder recipes with 23g of natural protein- great for breakfast or a healthy snack. Tips are included to create a low carb, paleo or vegan friendly smoothie. 

Easy Berry and Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie - without protein powder

Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

Since recently going vegetarian, I’ve been on the hunt for easy recipes that are high in essential protein. I decided to come up with a recipe for a smoothie that’s high in protein but doesn’t include protein powder.

 

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Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with supplementing with protein powders from time to time. I just like to also try and create recipes that don’t rely on a powder for protein. 

So, with this peanut butter & berry protein smoothie recipe, all the protein is from the healthy ingredients and the complete smoothie can include almost as much as from a protein shake.

It really depends on the type of milk, yogurt and volume of peanut butter you include. I calculated that with the minimum of each ingredient, including a tablespoon of chia seeds, the smoothie comes out at 23 grams of protein! 

Ingredients for healhty protein smoothie with peanut butter and berries

You can use fresh or frozen berries and include 1/4 to 1/2 cup. If you’re following a low carb diet then include less berries and the lowest carb milk and yogurt you can get your hands on, for a lower carb smoothie. 

This smoothie can also be made paleo and vegan friendly by including non dairy milk and yogurt options. I like to add the minimum of each ingredients, taste and then add stevia if I think it needs sweetening and more peanut butter or berries if I want the flavour to move one way or the other. 

I adore chia seeds mixed through my smoothies for the texture and also the nutritional benefits, including even more added protein. 

Easy Homemade High Protein Smoothies with peanut butter and berry

Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

  • 3/4 Cup Milk (Dairy or Non Dairy)  
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Berries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Yogurt (Dairy or Non Dairy)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds (Optional) 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Stevia (Optional)
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender. (Like this one.)
  2. Blend until smooth. Taste that you’re happy with the flavour and adjust accordingly. 

Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy Homemade High Protein Smoothies without protein powder recipes with 23g of natural protein- great for breakfast or a healthy snack. Tips are included to create a low carb, paleo or vegan friendly smoothie. 

This peanut butter and berry protein smoothie is like enjoying a sweet dessert while consuming a generous portion of nutritious protein. 

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Peanut Butter & Berry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Milk (Dairy or Non Dairy)  
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Berries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Yogurt (Dairy or Non Dairy)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds (Optional) 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Stevia (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Taste that you’re happy with the flavour and adjust accordingly.

More Easy Recipe With Peanut Butter:

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Mousse

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Vegetarian Video Recipes

Vegetarian Video Recipes – A collection of vegetarian and vegan cooking videos to watch for easy & healthy recipes for every meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert. 

Easy vegetarian recipe videos

Vegetarian Video Recipes

Since transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of veggie recipes. I’ve also been going through my recipe index for much loved recipes I’ve shared in the past. 

 

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Today I’m sharing some of my go to vegetarian video recipes with you that will inspire you for every meal of the day. 

Vegetarian Cooking Videos

Simply hit play to watch any of the below videos or click on the recipe name to be taken to the full, step by step recipe. 

Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas

Here are some videos with recipes for easy vegetarian breakfasts: 

Almond Flour Waffles

Green Shakshuka

Halloumi Breakfast Fry Up

Pizza Omelette

Smoothie Bowl

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

For lunches, you can make a packed lunch to take to work or even enjoy a nutritious soup or salad. 

Broccoli Salad

Low Carb Vegetable Soup 

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Zucchini Pasta

Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

There are heaps of easy dinner ideas that are vegetarian friendly and full of flavour. 

Broccoli Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cheesy Broccoli Rice 

Mushroom Stroganoff 

Vegetarian Snacks & Desserts

Most of the snacks and desserts recipes I’ve shared are veggie friendly, but here are my favourites. 

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds 

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Raspberry Mousse

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