Plant-based panettone, pesto and pies: New food for your kitchen
Your favourites but healthy, plant-based and allergen-free.
We’ve always got our eye out for interesting, light and delicious new products on the free-from market, catering to vegan beliefs as well as diet preferences, allergies and intolerances.
With veganism constantly rising in Britain, supermarkets and online stores are stocking more and more vegan food, and there are several online stores which stock exclusively fully vegan food as well.
From pies to peanut butter powder, sweets, sausages, and so much Italian food, here’s the most awesome line-up of new, healthy vegan food launches for your fridge and pantry:
We love these new delicious products – vegan sausages form HECK.
The Yorkshire-based brand started out making meat sausages, burgers and balls but due to huge success of their vegan product (the green balls) they’ve expanded and are now releasing four gluten-free vegan sausage varieties made of pulses, grains and veg.
You can buy them now at Sainsbury’s or Asda for £3 for a pack of six sausages.
Choose from Sweet Fusion (fragrant Thai pesto, sweet potato & sticky rice), The Beet Goes On (beetroot, carrot, chilli and horseradish), Super Greens (quinoa, spinach, kale, ginger and mint) and Bollywood – our favourite! (cauliflower, green lentils, pulses and seeds, spiced withchilli, ginger, cumin and turmeric).
Aquafaba mayo and vegan ketchup are our favourite new sauces made by British gourmet condiments brand Rubies in the Rubble.
They use fresh fruit and veg that would otherwise go to waste – whether it’s too big or too ripe for supermarkets, or just plain pear-shaped.
The sustainably sourced, natural ketchup contains 3x the fruit and 1/2 the sugar of regular tomato sauce, while the mayo is smooth, creamy and made with aquafaba!
Aquafaba (the Latin for bean-water!) is the protein-rich water left over from cooking chickpeas. It mimics the effect of egg whites in many recipes including mayo, cakes and pancakes.
Plenish oat milk
Amazing juice brand Plenish come out with another outstanding product – Organic Oat M*lk.
It’s the UK’s first organic, gluten-free, vegan and unsweetened oat m*lk with only three ingredients – 100% organic oats, filtered water and a pinch of sea salt, available now in Waitrose for £2.50.
Plenish Organic Oat M*lk contains 70% less sugar than other brands thanks to a unique production process that means less starch is turned into sugar. It is also free from any additives and stabilisers like gums, oils and carrageenan.
This product offers multiple health benefits and it’s a fab source of soluble fibre, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium – and it can even help lower cholesterol.
Higgidy has just launched some flavourful veggie parcels which make the perfect quick and tasty working lunch. The Roasted Sweet Potato & Red Onion Parcels come in packs of two, available in Waitrose at £3.50.
They’re made from hand-folded vegan pastry with a spiced tomato and lentil filling, with chilli-roasted sweet potato and red onion, then topped with millet and black onion seed.
Ready to eat from the packet and great with a generous tub of baba ganoush and a bag of peppery rocket leaves, or extra tasty heated up with gravy on top and spuds on the side.
Aussie noodle brand Slendier recently launched in the UK and they’re amazing if you’re on a diet or cutting down on carbs or gluten but still love a pasta dinner.
Choose from low-GI noodles, rice, vermicelli, fettuccine and spaghetti all made from flour of the Konjac plant. Plus, the range is a great source of fibre and protein.
Free from fat, sugar and artificial colours and flavours, Slendier products are only 12 calories per 125g serving. They’re perfect if you’re in a rush with an average cooking time of under one minute. Simply drain, soak in hot water and serve.
You can buy it now for £10 for a pack of 6 Spaghetti packets from Amazon. Each pack is a serving of 2.
Rice shaped legumes
Another pasta alternative is the Rice Style Legumes by Free From Italy. Everything they do is vegan and (with the exception of vegan croissants) everything is gluten-free too.
Organic, high in protein and high in fibre but with all the versatility of rice, Rice Style Rice Shaped Legumes comes in four different varieties: Chickpea, Red Lentil, Green Pea and Tricolore.
Seggiano vegan pesto
This high-quality top-selling vegan pesto from Seggiano comes in 4 varieties including raw basil, wild fennel and tomato.
RRP is £5.20-£6.40 and you can make plenty of pasta using just one 200g jar!
Made from only four ingredients: organic fermented almonds & cashews, plus water and a pinch of salt, CICIONI is a new raw vegan cheese which works crumbled, cubed, sliced and blended.
Have it with some olive oil and crackers or sourdough, or crumbled on salads and pastas.
Our favourite base is either Nairns flatbreads if you like a minimalist palate cleanser for the full ‘cheese’ flavour, or Genius gluten-free Bread Crisp crackers from Sainsbury’s for something crumblier, nuttier, and all in all more fanciful.
CICIONI is sold on Ocado, as well as in Whole Foods & Planet Organic, for £8.49.
Abel & Cole
The organic Aged Black Peppercorn Cashew ‘Cheese Alternative’ from Nutcrafter Creamery is one of my favourite vegan cheeses, period. It has a creamy, smooth texture and a mildly lemony flavour, and costs £7.95 from Abel & Cole.
Abel & Cole is an all-organic farm-to-front-door delivery service, supplying delicious produce is sourced from local growers, makers and bakers across the UK.
Their new Christmas range features lots vegan options for a festive feast, and they also do a special vegan box – the One Pot Wonder Recipe Box – with all the ingredients to make a one-pot meal with six portions, plus seasonal fruit too.
The GoVegan Panettone comes in plain and chocolate varieties, made using traditional sourdough for slow and complex raising.
Organic, palm oil-free and sweetened with agave syrup, the panettones are full of flavour, super soft and taste exactly the same as regular Italian Christmas cake – but they’re totally cruelty-free.
Peanut butter powder
The wizards at Peanut Hottie bottle pure peanut flour with a pinch of sugar and salt for a product with 80% less fat than actual peanut butter.
The taste, when paired with water, is smooth, silky, creamy and delicious, and it can be made into a drink or used as an ingredient in all kinds of recipes.
With the calorie savings you’ll be wanting to swap Peanut Hottie in for a lot of peanut butter uses! Buy from Tesco (for £3.60).
Created by allergy-free ice cream shop Yorica!, these yummy ice cream tubs will change your life.
Yorica! established a dedicated following at its London ice cream parlour serving the tastiest vegan ice cream with all the toppings, sauces and trimmings.
All recipes and ingredients have always been completely free from gluten, egg, dairy, nut and peanut (along with 9 other major allergens!).
The first flavours to launch exclusively in Ocado are Double Chocolate Cookie and Salted Caramel, RRP £5.50 a tub.
We adore the chocolate most – but a mix of both chocolate and caramel is delightful too! Buy the chocolate for £4.50 from Ocado now.
The Bikini Girls xox