4 Must-Try Vegan Recipe Ideas

Find inspiration this Veganuary with our easy and delicious recipes

It’s the start of a brand new year, which mean it’s the perfect time to get into the swing of new habits and make positive changes for the months to come.

Whether you’re giving Veganuary a try, or you’re open to trying something new but you're not quite ready to commit to an entire month of plant-based food, we’ve teamed up with Samantha (@travelsandveganfood) to whip up some fantastic vegan-friendly recipes for vegans and non-vegans alike.

All made using our delicious vegan chocolate products, our recipes are completely dairy-free and so delightful that you wouldn’t even know the difference!

So, not to worry if you’re still on the fence about trying Veganuary 2022; these indulgent chocolatey recipes will have you enjoying a perfectly tasty vegan treat in no time.

Bright & Bold Breakfast Bowls

It’s a well-known saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for the right reasons too. It’s essential to fuel your body for the day ahead with something nutritious to build up your energy reserves, but it can often be challenging to know where to start when you want to broaden your breakfast palette.

From shelves full of cereals, to aisles of yoghurts and granola in the supermarkets, the choices can sometimes be a little overwhelming. It can often feel like more hassle than it’s worth when you’re trying to decide what to have before your first brew (or hot chocolate) of the day. So, how about keeping it traditional with a dish that’s survived the test of time?

Banish January blues and brighten up your day with a good, old-fashioned bowl of porridge. It’s a classic breakfast that never fails to fill you up with the perfect balance of energy and fibres, leaving you with that ‘get up and go’ feeling to tackle the day.

Now, a bowl of plain porridge might not appeal to everyone, and that’s more than understandable. Plain porridge can be a bit hit and miss – you either love it or you don’t (we’re certainly not fans!). However, with a multitude of ways to jazz it up with toppings, it can quickly become a delicious and straightforward way to kickstart your morning.

If you want to test some new additions to your breakfast, turn your porridge into the ultimate vegan breakfast bowl by adding some vibrant fruits and a row of our Vegan Rainbow Candy Bar!

As first seen on Instagram, vegan chocoholic Samantha completed her porridge bowl with berries, a scoop of peanut butter, and added a pop of colour with our candied vegan-friendly chocolate bar. It’s not quite dessert for breakfast, but it certainly is a dessert-lover’s dream… And of course, it’s 100% vegan too!

Recipe 1:

50g Gluten Free Oats
1tsp Chia Seeds
1tsp Flaxseeds
30g Vegan Protein Powder
Almond milk (ml depending on thickness preference)

Toppings:
Cocoba Vegan Candy Chocolate Bar
Fruit of your choice (pictured: raspberries and blueberries)
Nut butter of your choice (pictured: pecan butter)

Samantha’s method: Microwave for 3 mins and 30 seconds, stir, then return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Once the porridge has thickened, bring your bowl to life with an array of delicious toppings!

 

And if one porridge bowl wasn't enough, Samantha found it was such an enjoyable treat that it deserved a second go. Using a homemade vegan chocolate porridge, Samantha topped her second bowl of oats with beautifully displayed banana slices, almond nuts and walnuts, before finally adding the star of the show to mark her masterpiece: our Vegan Marshmallow Bar. How’s that for sweetening the deal?

Recipe 2:

50g Gluten Free Oats
1tsp Chia Seeds
1tsp Cocoa Nibs
5 Marzipan Sugar free drops
30g Vegan Coffee and Walnut Protein Powder
Almond milk (ml depending on thickness preference)

Toppings:
Cocoba Vegan Marshmallow Chocolate Bar
Cocoa Protein Crispies
Banana (sliced)
Nut butter of your choice (peanut butter used in photo)
Nuts of your choice (walnuts and almonds used in photo)

Not only do these pretty porridge bowls look incredible, but they are also completely vegan-friendly because they’re made with dairy-free ingredients. Of course, they can be adapted if you’re not keen on making your porridge with plant milks, or if you’re simply not a fruit and nut fan, but we definitely recommend making chocolate feature in your porridge bowls for an exciting vegan twist! So, if you’re up for being a bit adventurous this Veganuary, you can be sure to stick to your plant-based resolutions this month without compromising on a flavoursome breakfast.

Extra Chocolatey Vegan Pancakes

Whoever said you can’t have cake for breakfast was fibbing, because you most certainly can whip up a batch of pancakes for breakfast and no one would bat an eyelid! Pancakes are an ideal go-to meal for breakfast, lunch, or snack time if you’re in the mood for something sweet and satisfying. They’re a popular treat that can be found on breakfast and brunch menus almost anywhere. So, how about changing it up with a stack of vegan-friendly pancakes in true Veganuary style?

With a scrumptious fluffy texture and the flexibility to adapt them however you wish, pancakes are a simple dish that can go a long way when it comes to pleasing hungry mouths (including your own!). Plus, with only a handful of vegan ingredients required, it won’t take you long at all to have them served up on a plate and covered with irresistible melted chocolate and the preferred toppings of choice.

Recipe 3:

1 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil to grease the frying pan

To make the pancake batter:

150g Plain Flour
300ml Almond Milk
Pinch of Salt
3-4 Drops of Vanilla Extract

Toppings:
Cocoba Vegan ‘Milk’ Marshmallow Chocolate Bar

If you love the look of these as much as we do, you can experiment with a variety of our Vegan Chocolate Bars to find your perfect vegan pancake recipe. They’re sure to brighten up your breakfast plans on the weekend, and we don’t doubt it’ll be a spectacular way of encouraging little ones to get one of their five a day if you add some fruit toppings to the mix as well for a balanced meal!

Deliciously Dark Vegan Hot Chocolate

With all the excitement of Christmas now feeling like a distant memory, it doesn’t go unnoticed that the cold weather remains, and it can make you feel a little glum in January as you’re faced with the non-festive reality of the season. However, there’s no doubt that hot chocolate is a popular choice to warm you up throughout the countdown to Christmas, and there’s certainly no reason that it can’t continue to be your go-to brew in January to save you from the blues.

Whether you’ve pledged to be plant-based for the 31-day period or not, our decadent Vegan Dark Hot Chocolate Bombes are delicious with any milk of your choice and can be enjoyed by both vegans and non-vegans.

From the creamy consistency of oat milk, to the tasty hint of nutty flavours in almond milk, our vegan bombes blend beautifully with all plant-based milks to create a frothy cup of chocolatey bliss that will lift your spirits this month. Bursting with vegan-friendly marshmallows, you can easily make a dairy-free alternative to hot chocolate this Veganuary.  

Worried you’ll find dark chocolate too bitter? Not to worry! You can simply add a shot of vanilla syrup to your hot chocolate to sweeten things up a to suit your tastebuds. However, as our vegan hot chocolate bombes are made from 55% Belgian dark chocolate, we can assure you that they’re the perfect balance of rich and sweet, without a trace of any unpleasant bitterness!

Recipe 4:

Cocoba Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombe (OR Vegan Dark Hot Chocolate Spoon)
255ml heated Almond milk
Vanilla Sugar Free Syrup (measured to taste)

Check out our guide on How to Make the Perfect Vegan Hot Chocolate for the best tips and tricks.

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