vegan melted chocolate butternut espresso cake

Need I say more? I don’t know about you but this Friday is calling for some chocolate. And not just any chocolate; the super rich, indulgent taste of this melted chocolate butternut espresso cake. This recipe is completely vegan, can easily be made gluten free, and is super delicious. The cake is full of earthy tones of espresso and of course that classic dark chocolate taste. You can even get your veggies in because the base of this recipe is butternut squash! Super simple, super indulgent, this cake is just what you need for a cozy and oh-so chocolatey Friday night. Enjoy warm from the oven with a dab of vegan yoghurt and you’ve got yourself just the hug you’re looking for. Let’s get to it!

  • serves: 8
  • preparation time: 15 minutes
  • cook time: 40 minutes
  • total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 100g vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 cup homemade butternut puree*
  • 70ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 50g 100% cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp espresso powder
  • 70g organic almond flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp unsweetened plant milk
  • 50g vegan chocolate chunks

*follow the recipe for homemade pumpkin puree but using butternut squash instead.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (350˚F). Grease and line a round cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. Over a bain-maire, melt the chocolate until smooth and glossy. Once the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the butternut puree, maple syrup, vanilla, and flax eggs, whisking until everything is well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the cacao powder, espresso powder, almond flour, and salt, stirring everything together until combined. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold everything in together until full mixed. If the batter is too thick, add in a few tablespoons of the plant milk until the batter is a bit thinner (but not pourable).
  4. Transfer the brownie batter into the prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes then sprinkle on the chocolate chunks. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the chocolate has melted.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Dust with icing sugar, cut into slices and serve hot with a dab of vegan Greek yoghurt. Enjoy!

Once completely cooked, this cake can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you make this Vegan Melted Chocolate Butternut Espresso Cake, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful week, happy February, and I wish you a warm and safe rest of the winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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soulful vegan three bean chili

Chili is definitely one of my all time favourite dinners. There’s something about a bowl full of warm and spicy chili that just comforts me entirely. Since going vegan, finding a GOOD chili recipe has been difficult but I finally have the answer! This Soulful Three Bean Chili is hearty, warming, soulful, and everything you could ask for in a chili. Even my bean-hating sister loves this! Full of veggies, beans, and spices, this chili is perfect for any night of the week, and it’s super easy to make! Serve with a slice of Vegan Cornbread Loaf and you’re set. Let’s dig in!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, minced
  • 3 x 400g tins of different beans in water**
  • 1 x 400g tin tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp rich dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • ½ – 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

*Pictured: kidney beans, borlotti beans, butter beans

*My favourite beans to use: kidney beans, cannellini beans, black beans

Method:

  1. In a large cooking pot, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add in the onion and sauté for 5-10 minutes until soft and golden brown. Add in the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add in the pepper, stir everything together, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and add them to the pot along with the tinned tomatoes. Stir everything together and leave to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomato puree, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, stock cube, and spices. Stir until combined and leave to simmer on a medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste.
  4. Once the flavours have matured to your liking, serve into bowls with a slice of Vegan Cornbread Loaf, and a dab of vegan yoghurt. Enjoy!

Once completely cooled, this chili can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and consumed within 3 days.

If you make this Soulful Vegan Three Bean Chili, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful week, happy February, and I wish you a warm and safe rest of the winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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festive blackberry mulled wine

There’s no better way to end a cold day than with this Festive Blackberry Mulled Wine. Made with real fruit and velvety red wine, this Blackberry Mulled Wine is crammed full of warmth. Not only does this mulled wine TASTE delicious, but it will also make your home smell DIVINE whilst it’s brewing. What a perfect winter warmer to provide Christmas time with the delicate and summery taste of the blackberry. This mulled wine is super simple and great for every occasion. Pour into your favourite mug and snuggle by the fire for a warm hug, or glitz it up with some wine glasses and top it off with star anice to wow your Christmas party guests. With sugary winter spices and warming fruity flavours, this Festive Blackberry Mulled Wine is exactly what you’re looking for.

WOULD YOU LIKE THE RECIPE?

THEN YOU’RE IN LUCK! I HAVE AN EBOOK JUST FOR YOU!

To find our easy-to-follow recipe, and many more other recipes that will help you to make the most of your blackberries before autumn hits, you can visit our Etsy shop! We’ll be sure to lead your straight to our first official e-magazine, containing all-vegan, authentic, and well-tested blackberry recipes.

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Our magazine not only contains all-vegan and well-tested recipes, but also a guide on how to wash your blackberries, information on the history and nutrition of the blackberry, and our very own serenade to the humble blackberry. By purchasing our magazine, you’re not only supporting us as a small business, but also helping yourself to eat seasonally and make the most of the fruits of the summer! We want to help you to savor the produce of the summer in a multitude of different ways, as well as encourage and raise awareness on the importance of preservation. How rewarding will it be to open up a jar of delicious blackberries in bleak mid winter, the satisfaction from all of your hard work over the summer?!

To find out more about this magazine, and what ‘The Serenade Series’ is all about, you can click HERE – where you can read all about the inspiration and creation behind our magazine, what our magazine contains, and a word from me (Katherine) to personally say thank YOU!

Thank you so much for choosing to support our small business. We’ve been working hard all year to gift you with this little magazine, as a way of saying thank you and expressing our gratitude to all of our readers and followers. Once again, THANK YOU!

If you make this Festive Blackberry Mulled Wine, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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vegan panettone – my christmas favourite

If you’ve never had panettone before my friend, then you’ve been missing out! Panettone is by far my FAVOURITE treat to have at Christmas time. This soft, spiced, and sweet bread is jam-packed full of Christmas fruits and a cheeky splash of festive brandy. This Vegan Panettone can be enjoyed at any time of the day – I love treating myself to slice for breakfast on Christmas morning! We’ve even developed this recipe to be as simple as possible, so you can enjoy your very own handmade Panettone. And don’t worry, this recipe is 100% vegan!!! I could not be more excited about this fluffy, fruity, sugar-dusted Italian Christmas delicacy!

Got Christmas cravings yet? I sure do! Luckily for YOU, I share this heavenly recipe in my latest ebook ‘A Simple Christmas’ – get your copy HERE

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

SHOP HERE

For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you make this Vegan Panettone (my Christmas favourite), make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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a nutty nog for noël (vegan eggnog)

Who doesn’t dream of the creamy cinnamon taste of eggnog over the holiday season? Well, this VEGAN no-egg-nog is like a dream come true! Using whole and simple ingredients, we’ve developed a 100% vegan version of this Christmas favourite! With nutty undertones of cashew or coconut, whichever method you choose, and the comforting scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, this Nutty Noël Nog will give you all the feelings of that perfect snowy Christmas. Every sip is just chai-spiced melty velvet heaven, sure to warm you up on a frosty winter’s evening.

Excited? I know that I am! Lucky for you, I share this darling recipe in my latest e-book ‘A Simple Christmas’ – you can get your copy HERE

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

SHOP HERE

For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you make this Nutty Noël Nog, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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vegan stollen – the perfect treat for snowy days

Stollen is one of those traditional Christmas treats that just make your heart SING! Crammed with all the spices, fruits, and not to mention all the deliciousness of almond marzipan, this Vegan Stollen for Snowy Days is perfect for any occasion over the winter. Serve warm from the oven with a mug of hot cocoa as you watch the snow fall. Full of gooey marzipan, packed with winter fruits, and dusted with icing sugar, this Stollen is not only really simple to make, it’s also 100% VEGAN! You can make this Vegan Stollen at the beginning of December and wrap it up to let the flavours mature too! Come Christmastime, simply take it out of the wrappings and enjoy then and there, for whatever occasion! This simply delicious recipe also makes the perfect homemade Christmas gift, a treat for all of your loved ones.

Tempted? Me too…. BUT WE ARE IN LUCK! I share this divine recipe in my latest ebook ‘A Simple Christmas’ – get your copy HERE

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

SHOP HERE

For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you make this Vegan Stollen, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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how to eat seasonally at christmas

Ah, Christmas… the season for food! Who doesn’t love all of the deliciousness that comes with the festivities of this holiday? For me, Christmas is a time to pull out all of the stops, and that includes what goes on in the kitchen too! I’m a foodie all day anyway, but Christmas is the perfect excuse to cook a little more often and enjoy slightly more indulgent treats than normal!

This does not mean, however, that we should forget the importance of, or abandon seasonal eating at this time of year. Actually, Christmas is even more delicious when the food’s you’re enjoying are in season! It just makes everything that little bit more special.

Since making the change to eating more seasonally, I have genuinely found that I get so much more enjoyment from the food that I’m eating and that each month really does provide us with new fruits (figuratively and literally). No longer am I buying my favourite things out of season, but rather making the most of when they are in season and preserving them when I can so that I can enjoy them later too. This simple change has made a huge difference to how I shop and how I eat, and that continues all through the Christmas period too!

To put it simply, seasonal eating is about buying and consuming fruits and vegetables that are currently growing. Of course, at Christmas time this seems like it might not be a lot, but everything has its own season, and each month has its own fruits. Strawberries are not meant for December and pumpkins are not harvested in the spring. Noticing this actually makes each time of year even more exciting as it makes times when certain produce are in season a lot more special. It is good to wait. You can find more happiness at Christmas, and in each month, by embracing what that time of year has to offer.

Let’s talk about seasonal eating at Christmas.

What’s available? The easiest way to see what’s in season at each time of year is to visit your local farmer’s market or farm shop. Most small farm shops only ever sell what’s currently available, making it incredibly easy for us to eat more seasonally Buying local produce also means we can rest assured that our fruits and vegetables haven’t been importance from far away countries, helping us to reduce our carbon footprints.

It’s also important, however, that we also know for ourselves what is in and out of season where we live. Christmas is right at the beginning of winter in the UK, which makes seasonal eating as hearty, cozy, and warming as it can get! Here’s an idea of some of the in-season fruits and vegetables you can enjoy over the Christmas period:

  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Chestnuts
  • Clementines
  • Cranberries
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pomegranates
  • Swede
  • Turnips

This is just a snippet of what’s available to us in December! Produce available in the winter, and around Christmas time, are hearty and festive, helping you to stay warm and full throughout the colder months. There’s something special about going to the farmer’s market and buying fresh cranberries, going home and making something special with them! You can make an event of anything! That’s what I find so great about seasonal eating (especially at Christmas) is that you savour the profits of each season so much more than you would otherwise.

Now, it’s as equally important that we know what’s NOT in season at this time of year is too:

  • Asparagus
  • Blackcurrants
  • Gooseberries
  • Lemons
  • Nectarines
  • New potatoes
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring greens
  • Strawberries
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes

And the list goes on. Produce may seem like it’s limited, but I assure you that December still provides us with an abundance of its own fruits and vegetables! To find out what’s in season near you, I recommend looking for online resources – these can be found by searching ‘seasonal fruits and vegetables’ into your search engine and selecting your location. For you readers who live in the UK, here is one of the resources that I love using:

BBC GOOD FOOD SEASONALITY TABLE

Of course, anything that has been preserved from the earlier months of the year can still be enjoyed at Christmas time! Instead of buying fresh fruits, why not buy them tinned or dried? Or try preserving your own next year! I know I spent my September putting up as many different fruits and vegetables as I could from over the summer so that I can still enjoy them in the winter. Things like four fruit marmalade, fig & apple chutney , blackberry gin, tomato salsa, and apple jam to name a few.

NOW THAT WE’VE LEARNT A BIT ABOUT SEASONAL EATING AT CHRISTMAS TIME, WOULD YOU LIKE SOME RECIPES?

WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK! BECAUSE I HAVE AN EBOOK JUST FOR YOU!

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

SHOP HERE

For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

I hope that this blog post has provided you with some new ideas for how to enjoy Christmas time and all of the food that comes with it more seasonally, and that you’re now a little more aware of the importance of seasonal eating and how beneficial it can be!

If you have any questions, or if you try out any of my recipes, please feel free to contact me and I’ll try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make any of my recipes and decide to share, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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vegan sourdough maple pecan cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting

Cinnamon rolls have always been an absolute favourite of mine. But lately, I’ve really been enjoying switching up the flavours from your basic cinnamon rolls. These Vegan Sourdough Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls not only use bubbly sourdough starter instead of dry yeast, but they’re also filled with a deliciously sticky maple pecan filling. Topped with delicately sweet maple cream cheese frosting, these Sourdough Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are going to be your go-to all day long! And the best part… they’re 100% vegan! Cinnamon rolls do not get better than this! Super simple, super delicious, you can’t go wrong with these beauties.

Prep time: 3 hours (+8-12 hours proving, overnight)

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 4 hours

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SOURDOUGH DOUGH:

  • 115g vegan cooking butter
  • 125ml unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g bubbly, active sourdough starter
  • 375g plain flour

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 3 tbsp vegan cooking butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 110g pecans

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 120g vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD:

TO MAKE THE SOURDOUGH DOUGH (IN THE EVENING):

  1. In a small saucepan combined the butter, plant milk, sugar, and salt. Heat the ingredients over a medium-low heat until the butter has melted, the sugar and salt have dissolved, and everything is well combined. Remove the mixture from the heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture has cooled to 27-32˚C (80-90˚F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter and the butter mixture until everything is combined (be careful not to overmix). Add the flour to the bowl and stir everything together using a wooden spoon until everything is only just combined. The dough will be a little dry and flaky. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface. Take the top of the dough, stretch it away from you, and then fold it over the top of the rest of the dough. Turn the dough 90˚ and repeat this process 3 more times until you have gone all the way around.
  4. Repeat this process (step 3) 3 more times until the process has been done 4 times in total. After doing this 4 times in total, cover the bowl with the damp tea towel once again and leave the dough in a warm place to rise for 8-12 hours, or overnight.

TO MAKE THE ROLLS (THE NEXT MORNING):

  1. On a clean, well-floured work surface, turn out the dough. Stretch-and-fold the dough all the way around one more time, then turn the dough over so it is fold-side-down and leave it to rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Whilst the dough is resting, line the bottom and sides of a brownie tin with parchment paper.
  3. To make the filling, combine the melted vegan butter and maple syrup in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Chop the pecans into small pieces.
  4. After 15 minutes, roll the dough out into a large rectangle until it is about 1 cm thick. Brush the maple-butter mixture over the entire surface of the dough, until all the maple-butter has been used up. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough until the entire surface is evenly overed. Evenly distribute the chopped pecans over the dough.
  5. Starting from the lengthways edge, carefully roll the dough into a log shape, making sure the roll is not too tight, as it needs room to prove. Cut the dough-log into 12 individual rolls and place them cut-side-up inside the lined brownie tin. Leave some space between the rolls (this will fill as the rolls prove).
  6. Cover the rolls with a tea towel and leave them in a warm place to prove for 2 hours.
  7. Towards the end of the 2 hours, preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F). Once the oven is up to temperature, remove the towel from the top of the rolls, and place the tin in the centre of the oven. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 20-30 minutes until they are golden brown on the top and hot in the middle.
  8. Once baked, remove the rolls from the oven and leave them to cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vegan cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until everything is well combined. Place the frosting in the fridge to thicken until the cinnamon rolls are completely cooled.
  2. Once cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cinnamon rolls, until all the rolls are covered. Serve with a hot mug of chai tea and enjoy!

Keep these cinnamon rolls stored in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

If you make these Vegan Sourdough Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful day and stay safe and warm this winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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vegan chai cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting

There is no sweeter way to define fall that with these Vegan Chai Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Autumn never tasted so good! Super cinnamony, vanilla chai spiced cupcakes made with delicious maple syrup and cozy fall spices. Each cake is topped cheekily with a creamy, delicately sweet maple syrup frosting, and finished off with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Who couldn’t fall in love with these little cakes? And the good news… they’re 100% vegan! You simply cannot beat these warming afternoon treats.

preparation time: 30 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 60 minutes

serving: 8

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE VEGAN CHAI CUPCAKES:

  • 85g vegan cooking butter
  • 75g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg*
  • 90ml maple syrup
  • 190g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 60ml unsweetened plant milk

*1 flax egg = 1 tbsp milled flax seeds + 3 tbsp warm water, combine and leave to sit for 10 minutes.

FOR THE MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 100g vegan cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting

METHOD:

TO MAKE THE CHAI CUPCAKES:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the vegan butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla and whisk to combine.
  3. Add in the flax egg and the maple syrup, whisking until everything is well combined (don’t worry if the mixture splits).
  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt to the bowl and stir using a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth (be careful not to over-mix).
  5. Gradually add in the plant milk and stir in well to combine. The cake batter should be smooth and glossy.
  6. Spoon the cake batter into the muffin cases two thirds (2/3rds) of the way full, making sure the batter is evenly distributed between the muffin cases. Place the muffin tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the cupcakes are cooked (a skewer inserted into the centre of the cupcakes should come out clean and the cupcakes should be golden-brown on the top).
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place them on a cooling rack. Leave the cakes to cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the vegan cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together until smooth and well combined. Place the frosting in the fridge until the cakes have cooled completely.
  2. Once the cupcakes have cooled, carefully top each one with a spoonful of the frosting until the top of the cupcakes is completely covered.
  3. Dust each cupcake with some ground cinnamon and enjoy!

I love serving these cupcakes with a hot mug of chai latte, snuggled up after a good long walk in the cold autumn air. Keep these cupcakes stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you make these Vegan Chai Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful autumn and a safe and warm November! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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seasonal living activities to do this autumn

In my last seasonal living in autumn post, I talked about seasonal eating. Today, I want to focus on seasonal living activities. Seasonal living isn’t just about what you can grow and what you can eat. It’s also about what you can DO! Finding things that are special to do for each season and that help you make the most of the current month are essential for year-round happiness and help you to thoroughly make the most of the current season. So let’s talk about a few things that you could do to live seasonally this autumn. Most of the activities that I’ve listed below can be done given our current circumstances and all are slow and simple activities, helping you to embrace a more deliberate approach to your day.

Adventure into the great outdoors

The days may be getting colder, but nature is also shining her brightest. Ever since I was very little, I have loved going for walks around my village, at every time of the year. Going for a walk in the autumn is probably one of my favourite things to do. You can go puddle-busting, jump in piles of fallen leaves (make sure there are no little hedgehogs sleeping in them first), collect chestnuts, the list goes on! What better way to spend a day in the autumn than venturing outside! Nature is absolutely beautiful at this time of year because the autumn has simply got the best colours on show! The leaves turn from vibrant greens to shimmering golds and burning reds, all catching alight in the chilly sunshine. If walking isn’t your thing then why not try cycling? There is so much to be enjoyed outdoors at every time of the year! Remember to wrap up warm, unplug from the rest of the days happenings, and simply enjoy what the earth has to offer.

Try your hand at gardening

I know this seems like an odd thing to suggest for the autumn, but gardening can be a year-round hobby! This year, I’ve decided to extend my gardening season and am growing some year-round crops! If you’re an avid gardening like myself, then you might be interested in knowing what types of things you can grow in the autumn time too. This year I have garlic growing outside in the vegetable beds, and cauliflower seedlings growing on my kitchen windowsill (I will be raising my cauliflowers indoors until it is warm enough to plant them out into the soil). This time of year is also perfect for planting new berry bushes and fruit trees e.g. spring-fruiting raspberry canes or a blueberry bush.

You don’t to be an experienced gardener to grow all year round either. If you’re interested in starting a garden of your own, why not start by growing some herbs on your windowsill? I recommend a hardy herb if you’re thinking of starting them out in the autumn, such as thyme or rosemary. Growing something like microgreens is also really simple at this time of year and it provides you with some leafy greens now that lettuce is out of season. Of course, winter climates differ from country to country and some of you might be able to grow more in the colder months. I am just making suggestions from my own experience, as someone who lives in the UK. I am no gardening expert and a lot of what I am growing this year is experimental. I am solely writing about what I’m currently growing here to provide you with some inspiration. In no way is this supposed to act as a guide.

If you would like a guide on gardening in the autumn time, here are a few resources that I have been using:

https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/tidying-the-garden-in-autumn/

https://www.thompson-morgan.com/top-10-winter-garden-tips

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=707

Care for the critters

Summer is over and food is scarce for our outdoor friends! The bird and insect population has seen a dramatic decline in recent years, and it is VITAL that we make an effort to look after them! A way you can help the little critters is to build a ‘bug hotel’ or ‘critter cabin’ for the insects and worms that are so important for our environment. Feed the birds with birdfeed to keep them healthy and help them to survive the winter (birdfeed is generally available at gardening centres and stores). Rake your leaves up under the bushes and out of the way to provide a home for a little hedgehog so that they have a warm place to stay before the frost creeps up on us all! We don’t realise it, but our insects and our birds are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to our environmental balance and biodiversity. Give them a home, give them food, give them warmth, but most importantly: DO NOT DISTURB THEM! Yes, it is good to help our critters by providing them with suitable food and shelter, but that doesn’t mean we should touch them, or take them away from their natural habitats. Look after our birds and our bugs but leave them alone.

Make ‘natural’ decorations

Autumn is the time of year when all the trees drop their goodies. When it comes to decorations, I always prefer to make my own, so I wanted to provide you with some ideas for what decorations you can make out of natural items that you find on autumn walks.

  • First off, there are a lot of things that you can make tinsel with – popcorn, dried apple slices, pinecones, even conkers (if you drill the holes in them carefully). Tinsel isn’t just for Christmas, it can be a great way to spruce up any area of your home and making your own out of natural autumn finds means that you aren’t going to be buying a load of plastic either!
  • Another thing that I like to make out of my autumn finds are dried leaf collages! Gather together a bunch of leaves of different colours and types and textures and make a collage to hang on your wall. The good thing about using dried leaves here is that it will last for quite a long time!
  • My family are sticklers for reserving a wreath for Christmastime, but I say different! What’s to stop you from making a fall-themed wreath out of fallen sticks or prunings? A simple wreath to bring a little of the rustic outside into your home (you can always add some dried flowers or pampas grass to spruce it up a little bit too).
  • My final decoration idea is some windchimes made from autumn finds. I love windchimes, but the autumn winds can cause them to rack up a fair bit of noise. Why not try making your own out of small fallen branches, pine cones, and conkers as a quieter, more fall-themed windchime to hang from your window or porch?

Get busy in the kitchen

You’ll find me in the kitchen at any time of the year, but autumn is probably my favourite. I have an excuse to bake everything with cinnamon or pumpkin or pears. Over the autumn, I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite recipes for the fall season, and it is my hope that I can inspire you to get your bake on too! It’s never a bad time to practice your cheffing skills. Often, of course, the dilemma is what to make first?! To make things simpler for you, here are some of my favourite seasonal eating focused recipes that you can make this autumn:

homemade pumpkin puree

pumpkin and apple upside down cake

frozen berry cinnamon rolls

dirty rich billionaire’s mocha

almond maple crunch granola

no-fuss mushroom walnut pâté

vegan chai cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting

vegan sourdough maple pecan cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting

vegan winter vegetable wellington

(I will be adding to this list as I publish more recipes)

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Learn something new

As the days get colder and the weather gets wetter, we tend to spend a lot more of our free time indoors. I know that I can find this to be a little bit boring at times, but to make life more interesting, I like to try my hand at something new! Since finishing my education, I have been addicted to learning new things as much as a I can. Whether that’s testing a new recipe, reading non-fiction books on something I’m curious about, or trying my hands at a new craft. Maybe this year you might take up knitting and learn how to make scarves for your friends and family, or learn how to play an instrument?! I encourage you to invest time in learning something new, whatever that might be. This autumn, I am learning how to become a better writer and have been practicing a lot lately. Let me know what new things you decide to try this autumn!

Host a games night

Now, if you’re currently in lockdown, like me, then this games night is going to have to be virtual. But don’t let that make it boring! Why not video call your friends and make quizzes about each other or find a game you can all play together online. If you’re at home with your family, then why not get everyone together around the table one evening to play board games. If there’s anything that this year has taught me, it is how to spend quality time with the people that I love. Playing games is a great way to do that, and it’s a really fun way of keeping in contact with people. If none of these options are available to you, then let me know if you’d like to see some games or quizzes from me! I don’t really know how I’ll do this yet but I’m willing to have a go! We are all together in this struggle, and it is important that we support each other in any way that we can. It is my hope, as always, that you may find rest here, and peace in simplicity.

Have a movie marathon

Never have I watched so many movies than in this year! Where I used to struggle with watching movie after movie, I find it all too easy nowadays (I convince myself this isn’t a bad thing!). The perfect Friday for me, is curling up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and watching some of my favourite films. In dark times we turn to the artists, so whether you’re watching something by yourself or screen-sharing with a distant loved one, take the time to enjoy some art and restore your soul a little. If you’re stuck for something new to watch then here are a few movies I’ve been watching recently (I tried to include a variety of genres):

  • Snow Cake (if you need a cry)
  • Gremlins (if you want to laugh)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (for a feel good fairytale)
  • Inception (if you like conceptual mind bogglers)
  • Joker (no explanation required)
  • Eddie the Eagle (if you need a spark of hope)
  • Jungle (for a true story)
  • The Truman Show (a Carey classic)
  • This Beautiful Fantastic (a poetic feel-good story)
  • 2012 (because I’m a sucker for doomsday films)

Read

Ah, the topic I’ve been waiting to get onto!!! If you’re not already aware, I LOVE TO READ. It is my favourite past time. I try to read as much as I can and working from home gives me a lot of opportunities to do so. If you haven’t already, head on over to my summer reading list for some really good book inspiration. Rainy days in the autumn are the perfect excuse to spend all day curled up on the sofa reading a book. I know I’m notorious for whiling away the house with my nose buried betwixt the pages. Whether you’re re-reading a favourite from your bookshelf (if this is Harry Potter for the millionth time, I relate), learning something new with a non-fiction, or simply feeding your inner bookworm, reading is just one of those things in the autumn that makes the heart sing.

If you’re not sure what to read this autumn, or are in need of a little inspiration to get started, I’ve decided to share with you a few books that I have really enjoyed reading this year, in the hopes that you find something that you might like to read too (F = fiction, NF = non-fiction):

  • The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens (F)
  • Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith (NF)
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (F)
  • The Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling (F)
  • The Wall, John Lanchester (F)
  • World War Z, Max Brooks (F)
  • The Binding, Bridget Collins (F)
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (F)
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt (F)
  • The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn (F)
  • The Life of Pi, Yann Martel (F)
  • The Last, Hanna Jameson (F)
  • The Painted House, John Grisham (F)
  • The Long Walk, Stephen King (F)
  • Atomic Habits, James Clear (NF)

I am currently reading: ‘Sapiens: a brief history of human kind’ by Yuval Noah Harari (NF), and ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by J. K. Rowling (F).

Shop small

It is vital, more than ever, that we support our small businesses, our artists, our dreamers. This autumn, whatever you buy, try to buy small, try to buy local, try to buy sustainable. By buying from a small business, you’re helping someone to live their dream. “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.” You can rest assured that whatever you buy from a small business has been made with love. You’re buying something that someone has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into, and supporting something that someone really cares about.

SHOP SMALL. SHOP LOCAL. SHOP HANDMADE.

As the Christmas period inches every closer, I know how difficult it can be to gift your friends and family with something that they will truly love. If you’re stuck for gift inspiration this Christmas, why not try something new and exciting in the kitchen?

My latest ebook: ‘A Simple Christmas’ is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmastime in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

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I hope that you enjoyed reading this article and that you now have some inspiration on what you can do to live seasonally over the autumn. If you would like to see more content like this, or if you have any questions, please contact me and I will be sure to get back to you soon! If you would like to stay ‘in the know’ with this blog and keep up to date with all of our latest recipes and articles, please subscribe! By subscribing, you’ll receive a notification every time we post something new!

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Once again, thank you for reading! We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope that November treats you well and that your day is filled with joy!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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