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vegan gluten free chocolate chip WAFFLES

The biggest hurdle we have faced as vegans is not only are we against any form of food that has caused harm to another animal, but the fact that our son has a issue with gluten it causes his eczema to flare up quite bad, however we still as with anyone else want the odd treat from time to time. I wont explain how many times i had to change the recipe on this, i felt a bit like alexander bell inventing the light bulb.

The key i found was to change the flour for one as the gluten in flour is what makes it rise, which is what we are trying to avoid here, when i figured that part out the rest was easy.

You have to try these we all love them, the ingredients are below and they dont take that long to make, the hardest part is waiting for them to cook, also fighting our son jack off as he try’s to claim them all as his and then hides them like some sort of hidden treasure.

Let me know how you get on with them, also what other recipes would you like me to do?

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of gluten free self raising flour
  • .5 teaspoon of salt
  • .5 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1.5 cups of non dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • .5 cup of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • .5 cup of caster sugar

No bake, millionaire bites

Ok so we have been buying the mini bites from Tescos, the problem is they come in small plastic packaging so that is not good, it always amazes me that companies that are meant to be healthy they spend all this time making a great product just to fall at the last hurdle, so I spent a few days trying to replicate the recipe if not make it better and found these came as close as I could to them. Now to the great thing is they don’t cost that much to make and no plastic packaging. Which means one less thing we have to buy in plastic.

Growing Food

It sill amazes me that supermarkets still pointlessly wrap vegetables and other products in single use plastic, it is this mind set that has put us in the situation we are in, however the good news is we don’t have to continue to buy these products from supermarkets, with a small space we can produce the food we need to eat thus reducing our impact and our spend. If we look back to the 1940/50s many families would grow there own food, this was back by the government, many of us have lost the knowledge to do so or just do not seem to have the space. In the series of videos i am going to show you how you an turn your back garden into your own personal vegetable isle with a difference, you will only be stocking the food you and your family like to eat, i am also going to show how you can grow some food in pots and containers as well, many of these foods can be grown outside as well as in, the benefit of growing inside is you an control the environment and could grow certain foods all year round.

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Being Vegan

Being Vegan is more than just a fad diet or some sort of phase each person who makes the decision to change goes through, it is a belief no more different than any belief, it is what you know and believe to be true, its about change.

I have been a vegan for around three years now and for me and the people around me it has been and always will be a journey. You see we as a species know when something is wrong we know the difference between right and wrong and when we see that a injustice is happening we have a moral obligation to stand up for those who are weaker than us, if we do not stand up for what is right no matter how hard it may be, then is there really any hope for us as a society.

We see it all the time and yet many of us still turn a blind eye, people of power and wealth manipulate those around them so they can become more richer and powerful, we see politicians constantly make false and empty promises and yet we still each year vote for some candidate hoping that they will make a difference but it never does. I am now 45 years old and have only ever voted once, because i know that all politicians only ever tell us what we want to hear, but when put into power never keep to the promises they make, they spend more time arguing like school children than really making a difference.

The facts as i know it are as follows, currently we are facing one of the biggest crisis we have seen in my life time and most probably our parents life times to, we do not need scientist to show us this we only have to see the news to see what is going on, or just walk outside and experience it first hand, after all I now see bees in November when did this start to happen, some of it is out of our control, but there is still much that is in our control, we have a choice we can decide wether what we buy, has a positive effect or negative effect on the environment. Currently one of the biggest causes of global warming is due to animal agriculture, we all know this now there is no disputing this but yet many of us still choose to ignore this because its a inconvenience to us, because we have to change what we do, some might say well being Vegan is expensive but buying meat and dairy can be just as expensive if not more. Currently millions upon millions of animals lose there lives just so those around us can buy a sausage or a piece of bacon, is any life not worth more than the taste of the food you eat. Some might say well i need it because of the nutrients it contains, but you only have to watch many of the top athletes in the world to see this is not so, i myself have never been healthier, i am more aware of what i eat now than i ever was as a meat eater, also the biggest cause of death is heart disease due to a diet high in cholesterol which comes from eating meat and dairy, after all how many people do you hear about dyeing from a piece of broccoli.

When i was a meat eater i never looked at the ingredients on the packaging of the food i ate, because i did not need to and it is this exact reason why many people today suffer from heart disease which is the biggest killer on the planet, we have seen many people who have been living a life on medication prescribed by doctors who get financial kick backs from pharmaceutical companies no longer reliant on the very medications that were meant to make them better, but yet they are not making them better if they were they would not become addicted to these pills they are given, many medicines provided are designed to make you comfortable not to heal and come with many side effects, so making you ill-er still, so off you go back to the doctors for another pill and then another until your life becomes daily ritual of prescription medication.

I think Dr Michael Gregor said it best, the body wants to heal itself and if you let it it will, but if you keep injuring it, it will stay broken, by changing your diet you can reduce your risk of heart disease massively, I am not just a Vegan i am a father i owe it not just to myself but to my children to stay healthy, i have witnessed what cancer and heart disease can do and i do not wish it upon anyone.

World hunger seems to me a problem that has been around for such a long time, yet it has now been proven that if we stop feeding the food to cattle not only can we start to give back the land to nature but we can also give the food to those who are starving in the world, much of the food we grow is given to livestock, it is estimated we need 8 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat, if we gave the food to ourselves rather than cattle we could then end world hunger and stop many people in third world countries from starving to death each year.

I don’t expect you to suddenly go out and change over night but I think we need to start to consider that it is not just the companies fault we are as much to blame, companies produce what we demand, if we stop buying it then companies will stop producing it, stop buying meat then there will be no more slaughter houses, no more animals will die, stop drinking milk or cheese and mothers will not be forcibly impregnated which wether we want to admit it or not is rape, just because we can does not make it right, we here it all the time she did not agree its rape, she tried to stop it but it happened any way its rape, we are raping millions of female cows every year just so we can drink milk and eat cheese. Now if you have got to this point and are getting angry at what i writ, then maybe you should take a moment and consider this, why are you so angry is it because what i am saying is wrong or is it because what i say is true and you know it but just don’t want to admit it so you can keep drinking milk and eating cheese. Picture this you want a glass of milk and then picture yourself drinking from a cow don’t you think this to be a little strange, and then ask yourself this would you walk into a field and start to suckle on the udder of a cow and if not why, after all this is where your milk comes from. The crazy thing is most people are lactose intolerant.

So lets come back to plastic then, many of the products we buy from the shops are wrapped in plastic and they don’t need to be, this very plastic ends up in the bin then in a landfill or in the ocean and is killing our planet and i don’t know about you but it scares me to think about what sort of future are we leaving our children. A few months back i was in London i decided to start to photograph each piece of plastic i saw on the thames my battery ran out on my mobile phone, i had only walked 100 yards, every where i look i see plastic, I see people throwing rubbish from there cars, dropping it in the street and we wonder why this world is dyeing. Make the choice today don’t wait until tomorrow start to look and see what you can change in the way you buy and purchase your groceries, buy lose vegetables not pre packed, find ways of buying products that can be reused make them yourself if you can, you, me we all can make a difference we just need to start.

So i ask you to commit today i want you to comment below one thing you are going to do to make a positive change, if you need any help or advice please message me i am always happy to help. Thanks for reading and watch out for my next video I have made gluten free no bake mini millionaire bites.

DIY – Make your own Cashew Milk

Plant based milks are so easy to make and the great thing is you can tweak the recipe based on your own preference. When looking at making my own i tried various methods to sweeten the recipe, and found that artificial sweeteners and syrups even the natural ones did not taste right, however the dates worked really well & the fact that it comes from a plant and not processed even better.

For the recipe you will need Cashew nuts, Dates and Water it is that simple, you will also need a blender and some sort of bag to squeeze the liquid through, the ratio is for every cup of cashews you want 2 dates and 2 cups of water. Links are below what i use, the blender is fantastic its great for smoothies and i use it for making breakfast bars for the kids and gluten free treats as well. Hope you liked the video and please leave a comment, any questions please message me at Facebook the links below.

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the sponge a breeding ground for germs

Did you know it takes around 100,s of years for a sponge to decompose, so after its use it just sits in a landfill for all that time and lets not forget the negative effect from all those chemicals as well. The sponge is very effective at its job, it can clean the dishes, the side the car window and has so many applications. However what actually is a sponge made of, well i did a bit of digging and found that a sponge is made of a mixture of petroleum, bleach, assorted sulphates and a mixture of chemicals, as a product it cant be recycled because we cant melt it, we cant burn it because it produces very nasty chemicals.

A sponge is also a feeding ground for bacteria, in fact it is estimated that there are more germs on a sponge than a toilet seat, however you can buy anti bacterial sponges, which you would think great problem solved, but no this just adds different problems. To make a sponge antibacterial we add a substance called Triclosan, this is a harmful pesticide which is a very effective antibacterial and anti fungal agent, this substance is linked to many health conditions and when you wash your dishes you also add it to the water you are washing up in, it then goes down the sinc and is washed away and thats the last you will need to worry about it right?

Tricoslan

Tricoslan cannot be removed by water treatment, when in the water supply it destroys the fragile aquatic eco system in our oceans and some times it ends back with us. So not only is it poising our seas and water potentially it could be also poisoning us as well. Research has shown that there are links between Tricoslan and many health conditions it can interfere with the thyroid and cause skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis, but also there are links between Triclosan and Dioxin. Dioxin weakens the immune system, decreases fertility, increases the chance of miscarriage and birth defects, you would think that based on even the slightest evidence of the potential risks that the government would say “stop wait a minute lets check these findings first, just to make sure there safe” but no its a case of carry on using them until proven the negative effects, the problem is by then its to late, the damage is already done.

It is a crazy world we live we call ourselves intelligent, yet we are slowly destroying the very world we rely so much on to survive, we cut down the trees that produce oxygen and remove carbon, we poison the water we need to drink , we pump toxins and and chemicals in the air we breathe, slowly and surely we are killing ourselves and for what, because its convenient because it cheeper.

So what are the options here what else can we use, well over the past couple of weeks i have been trying a few alternatives i bought a loofa which is grown from a plant i bought a scrubbing pad made from coconut and i bought some scourers made from coconut as well, out of all the products i tried i found the coconut scourer did a better job, the ones i bought are produced by a company call EcoCoconut you can find a link below and I have added a link to there products on the vegan products page. My findings are below.

Loofah

The Loofah Sponge is grown on a plant called the Luffa Gourd, which produces long fruits that when mature can be harvested, the skin is removed which leaves a long Loofah sponge which can be dried and cut into smaller pieces, the problem i found with this product is much of the dirt got caught up in the loofah sponge and when washing anything oily it would stick to the individual fibres, i believe this products is possibly ideal for the bathroom but would advise against using it in the kitchen.

Safix Scrub Pad

Now i picked one of these up in the Clean Kilo and tested it out there was not much to it, it was made up of coconut fibres and was no larger than the regular sized sponge just not as thick, however it seemed that there was not much to this product, i felt that it would break apart quite easily and would not last to long, i also felt it did hold onto the grease a little as well.

Eco Coconut Scourer

Of all the products i have tried so far i have found this to be the best so far, it is made from coconut bristles, its easy to keep clean and durable so it should last for some time, i fits well in the hand and strong enough to get rid of many stubborn stains, also it does not hold onto the grease like the loofah sponge. It is made from natural resources, naturally anti bacterial and biodegradable so less germs, there is a small amount of metal in the centre but it can be recycled

Summary

So if you are looking for a strong long lasting durable scourer for your dishes i would recommend the EcoCoconut Scourer they are not to expensive and last for ages.

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New Youtube Channel

Ok so i know i usually only post on a Saturday, however i just wanted to mention this new Youtube channel i have now started here is the link to my first video zero waste vegan, its a update on how i am getting on with soap nuts as it has been a few months now and i have also mentioned a few new finds i have come across i am trying out at the minute, i would ask if you please could subscribe and share with your friends as the more people who watch the more videos i will be doing, also hopefully eventually i will be able to get enough subscribers and views on social media that i can do this full time, which i am hoping will help many others who might be considering going zero waste as well.

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The Mighty Soap Nut

I would like to introduce you to one of the most amazing nuts in the world and no i am not on about myself lol….. THE SOAP NUT.

Soap Nuts have been used for many centuries going back as far as the as ancient asians. The nuts themselves come from the Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus Mukorossi) found in the Himalayas. What makes them so special is that each nut can produce a substance called SAPONIN. Saponin is a surfactant and has the amazing ability to clean many things around the home, it can also be used as a screen wash for your car, boil some water and flax seed and you can make a chemical free shower gel and shampoo.

The thing we love about Soap Nuts, is they are 100% natural and when done with them you can add them to a compost pile. They are not irritant to the skin and so ideal if you suffer from some sort of skin condition such as eczema, which makes them as far as we are concerned, the most valuable and amazing nut on the planet.

So far we have made washing up liquid, car screen wash and have used them several times to wash our clothes, the key to getting them to work effectively is you have to get them warm so try adding 1 cup of soap nuts to 5 cups of water, bring them to the boil for around 20-25 minutes, part way through we find it best to use a potato masher but anything will do, crush them this will help release some extra Saponin we also added a cut up lemon and orange, firstly for the smell and secondly because the lemon helps cut through grease.

When washing clothes we find a small handful of around 10-12 nuts works best, tie them up in a muslin style bag and then just pop them in your washing machine, with white washing add a cup of bicarbonate soda and to soften the clothes a small amount of white wine vinegar, you can also add a essential oil at the same time, dont worry your clothes wont smell of vinegar it will be gone by the time you take your clothes out of the machine, if you would rather not add the nuts to your washing machine then you could always just add some of the liquid soap you have made previously. We also found that they can do around 3-4 washes so dont throw them straight in the bin, we spread ours out after each load to allow them to dry. One important thing you should remember with this is due to the water involved, you should not make to much liquid in one go, however if you do want to make a large amount you can always freeze some, just pour the liquid soap into ice cube trays and take them out as and when you require them.

We as a family give this product a 5 out of 5 for good environmental impact and a 5 star for practicality. We would recommend anyone trying to live a life free from a negative environmental impact to get these as they will not only reduce your global footprint but also save you many hundreds of pounds on cleaning products and toiletries throughout the year.

I use this company on amazon for mine you get 1kg for £9.95 and let me tell you that will last you for ages Salveo

Please let us know how you get on with this product yourself.

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