Fudgy vegan black bean brownies

Vegan brownies

After 2 weeks of successfully following our vegan diet at home, we have been faced with our first “social challenge”. We were spending Sunday lunch with good friends, and realised we would have to ask them to cook something vegan for us. Thankfully, they took it well and seem to have enjoyed the challenge. Of course, I offered to bring dessert. And I thought it would be a good occasion to test a vegan cake recipe … and not any cake, a chocolate cake! For me a rich, fudgy, melt in the mouth chocolate cake epitomised what I was giving up on a vegan diet, so let’s see if I proved myself wrong here..

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Super easy baked vegan falafel 

(null)_1Since we started our vegan challenge, I have to admit the grocery bill has gone up quite a bit, as we buy more organic products and things we can only find in the “nature store”. That’s fine though, as we cook with better, higher quality ingredients. We are made of what we eat,  so let’s not eat too much sh*! And frankly after 12 days of vegan food, we are both feeling great and full of energy.

One thing on my shopping list that has been bothering me are the falafel we were buying – which I found a tad expensive for what they were. £2 for 5 (dry) little chickpea balls in a plastic box? Not convinced.  I have always loved falafel dishes when going out, and the ones in my fridge did not live up to my expectations. So I set out to making them myself and realised it was oh-so-easy!

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Vegan raspberry pancakes

Vegan raspberry pancakes

That’s it, I went through the whole book I was talking to you about, Eat & Run from Scott Jurek. And I have to say the story of this vegan ultra-marathoner was quite an inspiration, especially since I am running a half-marathon tomorrow (OMG tomorrow already!). I really loved the book and read it in less than a week. It was very interesting to go through Scott’s transformation from a meat & potato guy to a convinced vegan. According to him, being a vegan is the key to his amazing athletic performance and fast recovery … so the hubby and I decided to challenge ourselves to a month of veganism, and see how we feel after that!

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