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Vegan Treats: Chocolate Oreo Cake

Yes, Oreos ARE vegan! Yay!! When unexpected things are vegan, we call it ‘accidentally vegan’; oreos are amazing, so I’m pretty happy that I can still eat them. Today is my best friend Ems’ birthday, and she is an oreo fiend, just like me; so it was only right that I made her an oreo cake🙂 Give it a go, it’s pretty dam good🙂

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ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour (I use wholemeal)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 flax ‘eggs’ (2 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water)
  • 3 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Frosting:

  • 2 cups cashews (soaked in water for at least two hours)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (more if needed)
  • 1 packet Oreos

 

Let’s Bake!

Pre-heat your oven to 180c.

Mix all of your ingredients together, making sure you add the baking soda last.

Bake in two sandwich tins for about 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer come out clean.

Leave your cakes to cool whilst you prepare the frosting.

Blend up your drained cashews and 10 oreos, adding almond milk until it reaches the desired consistency.

Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Spread between your cakes, then spread on top of the cake, adding more oreos.

Enjoy🙂

Maddison ♥x

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How Eating Animal Products HAS Destroyed, and Will End our Planet

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, another vegan that is trying to take over your mind, when all you want to do is enjoy your bacon sandwich. Believe me, I was one of those bacon sandwich munchers at one point, and I never would have thought I would be here, right now, as a vegan, and a very passionate one at that. This is because, if you really educate yourself, you will realise that we are being tricked into thinking that the death of our planet, is caused solely by fuel, coal, gas, etc. But, by researching, reading, and watching official documentaries, such as Earthlings and Cowspiracy, I assure you, you will think a lot differently. Today, I am just going to provide you with some of the information that I learnt from the Cowspiracy documentary, and I am sure you will be shocked at what you learn. I must note, that all of these facts have come from this documentary, so some of the information may have slightly changed, (probably worsened!)

I am sure you are aware that we all need to stop showering for so long, in order to save our water supplies. But, what if I told you that it takes 2500 gallons of water, just to produce one pound of beef, and it takes 660 gallons to create one hamburger? This is the equivalent of showering for two months. The government are very ‘hush hush’ about this situation, much like an awkward family topic that everyone avoids. But the truth is that:

  • 51% of our greenhouse gases come from animal agriculture, and we use up 1/3 of fresh water, 45% of land and 91% percent of Amazon destruction is caused by the very same thing.
  • Even if we completely stopped the use of all gas, fuel, etc, we would still exceed our carbon emissions limit by 2030, purely because of animal agriculture.
  • Methane emissions (that come from animals arses) would take decades to decrease in the atmosphere, whereas CO2 emissions would take so much longer.
  • We destroy one acre of rainforest per second, just to grow crops for the animals that we will then consume, and to allow room for grazing. It is predicted that our rainforests could vanish within a decade.
  • One hundred plant and animal species are lost within the rainforest every day.
  • It takes 1000 gallons of water to make one gallon of milk.
  • Three quarters of our oceans are depleted, and by 2048, we will have fish-less oceans.
  • There are 7 billion humans on Earth (2012), drinking over 5.2 billion gallons of water a day and eating 21 billion pounds of food a day. But just the 1.5 billion cows on Earth (2012), drink over 45 billion gallons of water a day and eat 150 billion pounds of food a day. ‘It’s not so much that we have a human population issue; but, it’s more likely that we have a human – eating -animals population issue.’
  • We grow enough crops to feed around 12 to 15 billion people, yet we choose to feed 50% to animals, in order to eat meat and dairy, which is causing food deprivation all over the planet.
  • You can grow 15% more protein from plant based foods than in the same space that we would use ‘grow’ animals.
  • It takes 1/6 of an acre of land to feed one person a vegan, plant-based diet, for one whole year.  To feed that same person, on a vegetarian diet, it would require three times as much land. And to feed a meat-eater, you would require 18 times as much land.

There are so many more facts I could give you, but I’m pretty sure that you can work out the best way to save the planet. GO VEGAN!

As a vegan, you will produce:

  • Half as much CO2 as a meat eater
  • 1/11th of the amount of fossil fuels as a meat eater
  • 1/13th of the amount of water as a meat eater
  • 1/18th of the amount of land

Each day, you will save:

  • 1100 gallons of water
  • 45 pounds of grain
  • 30 square feet of forest
  • 20 pounds of CO2
  • 1 animal’s life

So, if you don’t care about the fact that you won’t be here when the planet has been totally destroyed, think about your children’s children, and their children after that; is this really what you want for them and the world they live in? A concrete, meat-eating jungle. To me, that isn’t a life, and I think you would agree. Help to save the planet, put the need to satisfy your taste buds with meat aside, eat a sustainable plant-based diet, and spread the vegan message.

Maddison ♥x

 

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My October Round Up

Hello lovelies🙂 October has been a busy month for me, with lots of new things happening. September and October have to be my favourite months; the early evenings have beautiful colours in the sky, it’s still pretty mild, and the night sky is clear and full of wonder. But now we are getting close to Christmas, so I’m really excited for that; I love getting cosy and having fun nights in. Anyway, here is a little round up of my month🙂

Fun Times

I’ve had quite a few nights out, which have been really fun, but I do want to calm it down a little now, as I tend to go a bit nuts! I’ve been out as a pirate, been out with new friends, and I’ve really just enjoyed myself. I’ve missed having a good old boogie, so I’ve definitely been enjoying that. Here are a few piccies of the events..

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Amongst the nights out, I have been managing to get out and about when I feel a bit crappy; I’ve been on numerous late night walks, met up with friends, and had lots of fun nights in. I don’t often get to have a full night with my best friend Ems, as we find it hard to find spare time together, but we managed to have a full pamper evening; this was complete with face masks, painting our nails, and perving on pics of Tom Hardy. Typical girls, I know.

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The picture below was taken on Dartmoor, at Foggin Tor. We had a really long walk in the sunshine, and it felt so refreshing to be out in the fresh air. I kind of felt like I was in Lord of the Rings or something; Dartmoor is kind of mysterious like that. The long walk was made even better when we had a bit fat curry when we got in🙂

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I also gave myself a bit of a challenge this month; myself and my friend Simon went to Go Ape. Go Ape is basically like being Tarzan for the day, conquering various obstacles in the trees, and swinging around. It’s extremely good fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself; I don’t often push myself to do fun things, but I am so glad I did, because I had the best day🙂

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Wellbeing

As you know, each day is totally different for me, and I have had a lot of ups and downs; the crazy fool that I am. The good thing about my downs, is that I have been able to get out to see people, to make myself feel better. Unfortunately, my eating had gone a bit downhill, due to all the alcohol, but I have managed to get myself back on track again, and I have been exercising a lot more. I feel like this has just been a little blip, a moment of manic behaviour; but, unlike the times before, I have recognised that, and have taken time to bring myself back down to Earth. I actually enjoy being healthy, and it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. It makes me even happier when I can tell people my journey to veganism, and when they are actually interested in changing their eating habits. I wrote a post about the little things you can do to become a healthier person, so if it is something you would like to do, then take a little peep🙂

This month, I also started work back at the pharmacy. It is difficult, and at times I really struggle, but I felt like I needed to be doing something, so the part time hours are perfect for me. I never thought I would be able to work again, so this is a huge step for me, and it’s been great to see the people I haven’t seen for so long. The one thing I have struggled with, is the comments on my weight gain; I know people are probably saying it as a good thing, but it’s hard to accept, and at times it is really distressing; I just have to remember, that I’m doing this to be happy and healthy.

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Bits and Bobs

As usual, I have been enjoying concocting new recipes for the blog, and because it’s been Halloween, it was only right to make a pumpkin pie. I had never had a pumpkin pie until now, and I can’t believe I have been missing out all my life! It’s literally the tastiest thing, ever! You can try out your own pie by following this link. I really would recommend trying it; it’s the perfect dessert for a cosy Sunday afternoon.

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I hadn’t been in Lush for quite a while, but I went in just before Halloween, and I felt like such a child. I was like oh my god! at literally everything, and was sniffing everything in sight. I came home with the Heebie-Jeebie! pumpkin set, and as usual, it didn’t disappoint. The sparkly pumpkin gave me heart eyes, and I didn’t want to use it! I did a review of this set, and I have actually got a large collection of Christmas goodies, that are ready to be used and tested, so stay tuned🙂

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Ohhh I love foxes so much! They are such beautiful creatures, and they really do act like little dogs. I saw this photo on the Instagram of Kirsty Waterman, and I fell in love. She looks so happy and pretty. I don’t understand how people can fox hunt, I could get into huge debate about this, but it’s not for now.

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I have a love of all things tiny, but I came across this huge grape, and it really made me smile. In true Mads fashion, I took a picture, because I’m sad like that. Unfortunately, this grape no longer exists, sorry😉

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This is probably my last lot of tattoos, but I am so pleased with them. I really wanted a native american wildflower piece, and I am literally crazily happy with the results. It’s a bit daunting getting such a big tattoo, but I shouldn’t care what other people think, because it’s for me. I wrote about each of my tattoos, with their various meanings, so if you’re interested in that kind of thing, take a little looky🙂

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So, that has been my crazy month; now it is time to cool down, relax and stop being so manic. I need to look after myself a bit more, get back into my yoga, and get ready for the Winter ahead. I hope you guys had a lovely October, and here is to November 2015🙂

Maddison ♥x