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Vegan Double Chocolate Smarties Cookies

Vegan Double Chocolate Smarties Cookies

12th May 2020
By: Ash - F&F

Do you ever dream of your childhood treats being vegan? Vegan Smarties are here and we've put them in cookies for a doubly delicious treat! 

There's a warm feeling that fills our heart when we think of one of our favourite childhood treats; Smarties. Whether you sorted them into colour groups, made pretty designs on a cake or traded your Halloween candy for a mini box of these, we're all a bit sad they're not accidentally vegan!

Thankfully Clarana realised the importance of this classic candy-coated chocolate and made a vegan version for everyone to enjoy. Clarana's vegan chocolate treats are also gluten and palm oil-free and made with all-natural colours which ticks all our boxes.

These cookies are so easy to make and use just 4 ingredients. They are crunchy on the outside, fudgy on the inside, and filled with yummy hazelnut bits. We decorated these cookies with Clarana chocolate buttons, but you could also top them with hazelnuts, chocolate chips, or just leave them plain. Enjoy with a glass of your favourite nut mylk

Vegan Double Chocolate Smarties Cookies Vegan Double Chocolate Smarties Cookies

Vegan Double Chocolate Smarties Cookies

Makes 10 cookies

Ingredients

1 200g jar Vego Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

¾ cup plain flour

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

3 tbsp water

Clarana chocolate buttons 

*Ground flaxseed and water mimics the consistency of an egg and helps to bind the cookies. If you can't find ground flaxseed at the supermarket you can use a Ninja blender or even a coffee grinder to grind your flax seeds. 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Mix the ground flaxseed and water and allow it to thicken for 5 minutes.

  3. Combine the flax mixture and Vego spread, then gently stir in flour.

  4. Divide dough into 10 balls and place onto the baking tray. Flatten each ball slightly, then decorate with chocolate buttons.

  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will be very soft when hot but will firm up as they cool down.
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A little bit about our resident baker

When Ash isn't busy organising our team in the warehouse she is likely baking up a storm in her kitchen. Pre-coronavirus, Ash blessed us weekly with vegan treats that are on another level. We asked Ash a few questions about her baking skills and favourite recipes. Scroll down for the recipe and get to know our resident baker! 

Interview with Ash

How long have you been baking and cooking for and what is your advice to people that are just getting started? 
 

I've loved cooking and baking for as long as I can remember, but studying nutrition and food science at uni has made me even more passionate about making (and eating!) food. My best advice would be to start simple - before attempting a five-course meal for 20 friends, build up your skills and confidence with cookies or a tasty pasta dish. 

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What is your favourite meal ever and have you been able to 'veganize' it?

I love mac and cheese! I first developed my vegan mac and cheese recipe for a uni assessment, and I've lost count of the number of times I've made it since then!

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What is your favourite cookbook and/or vegan foodie inspiration and why? 
 
The guys from BOSH! They make those viral vegan recipe videos that you see on your Facebook or Instagram feed. They make vegan food accessible to everyone by creating recipes that are straightforward and use easy to find ingredients.  
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What are your favourite products and F&F? 
 
My favourite food products at the moment are the Pana Cashew & Caramel Spread and the East Bali Cashews Chocolate & Vanilla Granola Bites. My favourite non-food products are the Ethique Damage Control shampoo and The Guardian conditioner, and the Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil.
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How long have you been vegan and what was your reason to make the switch to a plant-based lifestyle?
 
I've been vegan for three years now, before that I had been vegetarian for 11 years. I want to reduce my carbon footprint on this planet, and not eating animal products was a great place to start.
 
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What do your family and friends think of your recipes? Can they tell they are vegan?

They enjoy my vegan recipes. I always tell people that my cooking is vegan, but people often say that they wouldn't be able to tell either way.

 

If you liked this recipe, you might want to check out some of our other vegan recipes:

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lamingtons

Vegan Custard Tarts

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