Panettone, pesto and pies: New launches for your pantry

Plant-based panettone, pesto and pies: New food for your kitchen

Healthy, vegan, and very 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.

Baked Higgidy pie with veg and vegan gravy and turmeric hummus - delish! - Bikini Girls Diary

Baked Higgidy pie with veg and vegan gravy and turmeric hummus – delish! – Bikini Girls Diary

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:

HECK

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.

HECK's vegan, gluten-free Bollywood sausages - Bikini Girls Diary

HECK’s vegan, gluten-free Bollywood sausages – Bikini Girls Diary

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).

Rubies sauces

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.

Aquafaba mayo is our favourite new sauce! Made by Rubies in the Rubble - Bikini Girls Diary

Aquafaba mayo is our favourite new sauce! Made by Rubies in the Rubble – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Rubies in the Rubble work with hummus-makers to collect aquafaba, so there’s less waste – more taste. Buy the ketchup or mayo for £3-3.50 from Sainsbury’s, Ocado or the company website.

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.

 

New product from Plenish

New product from Plenish

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

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.

The Roasted Sweet Potato & Red Onion Parcels come in packs of two - Bikini Girls Diary

The Roasted Sweet Potato & Red Onion Parcels come in packs of two – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Slendier spaghetti

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.

Aussie noodle brand Slendier recently launched in the UK - Bikini Girls Diary

Aussie noodle brand Slendier recently launched in the UK – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Rice Style Rice Shaped Legumes comes in four different varieties (red lentil here) - Bikini Girls Diary

Rice Style Rice Shaped Legumes comes in four different varieties (red lentil here) – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

They are an absolute game changer and we especially love the chickpea and red lentil varieties. Sold at various health food retailers and Ocado at £3.49.

Seggiano vegan pesto

This high-quality top-selling vegan pesto from Seggiano comes in 4 varieties including raw basil, wild fennel and tomato.

Top-selling vegan pesto from Seggiano comes in 4 varieties - Bikini Girls Diary

Top-selling vegan pesto from Seggiano comes in 4 varieties – Bikini Girls Diary

RRP is £5.20-£6.40 and you can make plenty of pasta using just one 200g jar!

CICIONI

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.

CICIONI is a new raw vegan cheese which works crumbled, cubed, sliced and blended - Bikini Girls Diary

CICIONI is a new raw vegan cheese which works crumbled, cubed, sliced and blended – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Aged Black Peppercorn Cashew 'Cheese Alternative' from Abel & Cole - Bikini Girls Diary

Aged Black Peppercorn Cashew ‘Cheese Alternative’ from Abel & Cole – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Vegan panettone

The GoVegan Panettone comes in plain and chocolate varieties, made using traditional sourdough for slow and complex raising.

 

GoVegan Panettone (chocolate) - Bikini Girls Diary

GoVegan Panettone (chocolate) – Bikini Girls Diary

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.

Buy the GoVegan chocolate panettone for £14.99 fir 500g or get the plain one from Ocado for £13.99 or they even come in a pack of 6 on Amazon!

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.

With the calorie savings you'll be wanting to swap Peanut Hottie in for a lot of uses - Bikini Girls Diary

With the calorie savings you’ll be wanting to swap Peanut Hottie in for a lot of uses – Bikini Girls Diary

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).

Yorica! tubs

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.

New tubs are created by allergy-free ice cream shop Yorica! - Bikini Girls Diary

New tubs are created by allergy-free ice cream shop Yorica! – Bikini Girls Diary

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