VEGAN MERINGUES

Good evening beautiful souls,

If you follow me on Instagram (@simplycarinaxo) you will already know that I made vegan meringues the other day!!

If you’re a meringue fan but are like myself a vegan and can’t eat eggs or are allergic to eggs or even just fancy trying something new, then this recipe is for you.

I’ll warn you in advance, although easy it takes almost 3hs to make these meringues, but they are super tasty and so it’s totally worth it!

Now you might be wondering how on earth you can make vegan meringues when one of the main ingredients is egg white. Well I’d heard ages ago that chickpea brine could apparently be used as an egg white replacement and so when I stumbled across this recipe I was eager to test it.

I was a bit skeptic at first but apart from turning out somewhat hollow and crisp rather than chewy, they were very tasty!!

If you’re not drooling already at the thought of a meringue dessert then here’s the recipe for you to test yourself :

Makes 6-8 meringues

  • 400 g can of chickpeas which should yield
  • 100g of aquafaba (brine)
  • 110g of caster sugar
  • Vanilla seeds

Whisk the aquafaba at high speed until stiff white peaks are formed; this will take about 15-20 minutes.

Mix the vanilla seeds into the sugar before adding the mixture to the aquafaba a couple of spoonfuls at a time, making sure the sugar is whisked in properly before adding the next few spoonfuls.

When all the sugar is mixed in and the meringue is thick and glossy, it is ready.

Preheat the oven at 130 degrees centigrade and line two baking trays with grease proof paper.

Spoon the mixture (I’d say a large heaped tbsp) onto the baking tray well apart as the will grow quite a bit.

Now bake for 1 3/4 – 2 hours until the meringues are fairly firm unto and on the base. Take out of oven and leave to cool completely.

Once cool, you can enjoy this delicious treat however you like. I suggest some vegan vanilla ice cream and a fruit compote or fresh berries!

Now enjoy!

If you give these a go do let me know how they turn out!!

Love Carina xo

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE & PEANUTBUTTER SMOOTHIE

Hello my beautiful souls,

Today I thought I would share my favourite ultimate indulgence smoothie with you. With feeling so under the weather at the moment this smoothie was the perfect choice in helping me feel better. It’s chocolatey, peanut buttery and most importantly pretty healthy as there is 0 added sugar! So here goes:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (freeze one the for a colder more refreshing drink)
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I use meridan of whole earth – make sure it’s a good peanut butter with no additives!)
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 400ml of almond milk
  • 200ml of water
  • 10 dates (optional for a bit more flavour and sweetness, but works well without too)

Pop everything into a blender and whizz together till smooth – then pour into your favourite glass (I love my ball mason jars with a stainless steel straw) and enjoy!

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Love Carina xo

MY TOP 3 CRUELTY FREE/VEGAN BATH & SHOWER PRODUCTS

Hello friends,

My cruelty free / vegan skin care routine went down really well, so I thought I would also share what bath / shower products I use. My favourite brands are Faith in Nature, Funky Soap and Balance Me.

Faith in Nature have a wide range of products from cleaning liquids to shower gels. They are all vegan friendly. I love their Shower Gel & Foam Bath products and use them mainly for foam baths rather than as shower gels as they produce great bubbles for a relaxing bath and smell lovely and fresh too. I definitely recommend giving them a go, they aren’t too expensive either. To shop click this link Faith In Nature alternative have a look on amazon where you can sometimes find cheaper deals.

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I started using Funky Soap about 2 years ago when I wanted to strip back my hair from all the chemicals and let it’s natural oils take over again. Funky Soap are vegan and cruelty free and specialise in natural shampoo bars. Now admittedly they did not take well to my long hair at the time and washing the soap out seemed almost impossible, but I guess that depends on you hair type. When I shaved all my hair off for charity I went a good to months without washing my hair with any products bar warm water and then when it got a little longer I started introducing the Funky Soap shampoo bars which on the short hair worked really well and I am still using them to this day. It’s a small independent British based company and it’s nice to also support smaller companies rather than big chains. They are well worth a look as they’re products are more natural and cheaper the for example Lush. To shop click this link Funky Soap. They also produce shaving bars and liquid shampoos amongst other things, well worth having a browse.

Balance Me has to be brought up again (admittedly this is another tester product and one I haven’t actually bought as they are quite pricey) however, I just love the smell of Balance Me products. They are so earthy and cosy and make you feel more connected to nature. Although not all vegan Balance Me is a cruelty free brand and uses mostly natural ingredients. To shop click this link Balance Me.

Hope you found this helpful! Please let me know if you have tried any of these brands before and if you like them too!

Love Carina xo