Thursday, 8 March 2012

Sylvia Says #5: Our Top Vegan Products

If we run out of any of the below products, I feel a sense of panic. How could we survive a day without flaxseeds? Wouldn't we collapse without our daily dose of savoury yeast flakes? What will happen if Sylvia asks for "vegemite toast" and - horror - we've run out of natex? You get the idea... 

Here are some of our favourite vegan products.


This is a great Vegemite substitute (actually, Sylvia calls this Vegemite) because it is low salt and has no artificial colours or flavours. It's a great source of B12. Sylvia has always loved this on toast on its own or with avocado.

Savoury Yeast Flakes

Sylvia calls these "sprinkles". If you're vegan, then you've probably tried this or at least heard of it. We absolutely love them. They have a kind of cheesy salty flavour and are rich in vitamin B. We use this to make creamy sauces, sprinkle on top of avocado on toast and pretty much anything else!


This is a great healthy sweetener and is high in calcium and iron. Molasses has quite a strong licoricey flavour but mellows when it is mixed with other foods/drinks. We use it in baking, mixed in "milk" or on toast - tahihi, molasses and savoury yeast flakes on toast... try it!


We grind these seeds, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, in a coffee grinder and keep it in a jar in the fridge. We mix it in our porridge and use it in baking - it is my favourite egg replacer in baking.


I was surprised to see that Sylvia likes tahini on its own because it has quite a unique taste. We have it on toast, mixed into puddings or in sauces and dressings. This is a great source of calcium and so many other nutrients.

Chia seeds 

We've only discovered these quite recently. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They're great in chocolate pudding or in overnight oats

Dairy free chocolate chips

OK, not healthy at all but I had to include this because Sylvia is a chocoholic! Great in cakes, biscuits, pies... need I go on?


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