Celebrating Ideas: National Baking and Chocolate Week
Navigating London can prove to be a real challenge to us who are not fluently Vegan. In a country well-known for traditional meals of meat, pudding and more meat, we can get caught in the downward spiral of endless fish and chips or the full English breakfast after a long night out. Choosing to eat more sustainably is your way out of this mess. The benefits are hard to be missed when choosing eco-friendlier foods. Not only do they contribute in cutting carbon emissions and conserving water, but they dial back the destructiveness the meat industry alone has done through its use of immense resources and energy.So, fear not. Along with some of the best bakers in all of London, and to celebrate National Baking Day, we’ve done all the work for you. London offers some of the best vegan, naturally-sourced bakeries in the sustainable game. They are truly some treats that will make any bangers and mash lover a newborn vegan. No pollution, no lies, and no compromise of tastiness- all you have to do is eat!
Cupcakes & Shhht
11 Dispensary Lane, Mare Street, Hackney E8 1 FT
What’s a good recipe for natural goodness? Cait and Soph, co-founders of Cupcakes and Shht will tell you: no responsibilities, no worries, a burning desire to be free and follow your dreams, and a 100% vegan menu. They truly dance to the beat of their own drum, passionate about the Earth through “WAVE: we are vegan everything”, their newest company sector that expresses their passion for making good, honest food. “We want people to feel like they’re not missing out on anything. We want to prove that vegan food can taste better than non-vegan food, adding healthy twists on as many menu items as possible.” And holy shhht are their baked goods delicious.
18 Weighhouse St, Mayfair W1K 5LU
Deliciously Ella is here to help you live better and make vegetables cool. It’s plants galore! Inside the London shop, a plant-ruled menu provides you with bakery goods that you would never believe is 100% plant. Pop in for some banana bread, homemade pancakes, and lovingly made sweets and snacks that are sure to make your National Baking Day the best one yet. Five cookbooks, a recipe app, a yoga app, five food product lines, a London deli, and a podcast for Deliciously Ella- yet they are just getting started with the plant revolution.
Unit 12-13 Enterprise Row, RangeMoor Industrial Estate, Tottenham N15 4LU
Paradise bakery has two simple goals: bake wholesome, great tasting bread and inspire healthier living through healthier choice. What’s not to love about that. Chocolate croissants, chocolate cookies, almond croissant, baklava- the list goes on. But the list that doesn’t go on is their ingredients. Paradise only uses pure, natural food. That means no artificial preservatives, additives, sweeteners, or ingredients that you can’t pronounce. The only thing they’re serving up is a plate of all-natural goodness.
139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Craving a wonderful sense of variety that is 100% free from dairy, egg, and gluten? Pop into Vida Bakery on Brick Lane to try a range of 12 different cupcake flavors from red velvet, mocha, lemon and passion fruit, Nutella and double chocolate. Feeling risky? Try flavors like banoffee (a delicious mix of banana and toffee) or a vanilla cupcake with a pink donut on top. Vida bakery is sure to blow your mind and taste buds, all while keeping you free from harsh ingredients.
408 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF, United Kingdom
All hail London’s first entirely vegan bakery! Nothing is better than enjoying a cupcake that has no added sugar or toxic ingredients. Enjoy a menu that gives you any baked good option from cookies and muffins to cakes and cupcakes. Flavors like the well-loved Oreo and Salted Caramel will make you want to come back every day. Go crazy on national baking day and order a few … or a ton. Independent, homemade, and made to order.
Ruby’s of London
5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ, United Kingdom
A trendy stall in Greenwich Market, Ruby’s offers high quality using the finest ingredients that puts the true meaning behind the term “handmade.” The finest ingredients found here, despite the 100% plant-based menu, is love and attention to detail. Browsing through the brownies, cupcakes, and baked donuts so moist that they melt in your mouth, we are sure that the vegan inside you will be happier than ever.
Did these amazing bakeries make you want to be a vegan lover? Or vegan curious? Maybe you just love the Earth and are hungry for more. Here are the best chocolates that will satisfy that sweets cravings and still manage to give some love to the planet on National Chocolate Day:
Endangered Species Chocolate
Where to buy: https://www.chocolatebar.com/
A deliciously crafted, non-GMO, fair trade chocolate that tastes as good as the quality that is put into it. That is that standard of Endangered Species Chocolate. But, that isn’t all they are known for. Endangered Species Chocolate ensures that all products advocate a sustainable ecosystem that encourages habitat conservation and nurtures communities that enrich farmers and their families. Together with all chocolate lovers they’ve given over a million pounds to support conservation efforts for endangered species and habitats. In fact, with every chocolate bar bought Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of net profits to partner organizations for species conservation and humanitarian efforts. What’s so bad about helping the world by eating more chocolate?
Where to buy: https://lovingearth.com/
From bean to bar, Loving Earth is a fully plant-based chocolate. Would you expect anything less? This chocolate does exactly what its name says- the company uses regenerative practices and compostable packaging to put more love back into the Earth than they have taken out to make their delicious, organic chocolate. Like us, they love Earth! But what they also add to this bar is an all organic, sustainable, direct trade, non-gmo, gluten free, cane sugar free, and raw regenerative cacao mix. But, it doesn't stop there (how could it!). Loving Earth also packages their chocolate in fully compostable wrapping that, like their chocolate, is 100% plant-based. Choose from flavors like salted chocolate, cheesecake, raspberry, or mint, and never look back.
Alter Eco Foods
Where to buy: https://www.alterecofoods.com/
This chocolate company is taking the world by storm one organic, fair trade product at a time. Alter Eco Foods works to pioneer a full circle approach to eating, farming, and doing business to inspire others to do the same. This full circle approach means that all their chocolate is chosen from clean ingredients, they invest in their farmers, they eliminate waste, and above all, they regenerate the Earth. If you are not inspiring, you are not progressing! The care, quality, and love this company puts into creating mouth-watering chocolate that gives, not takes, is unmatched. They go full circle for you so that we may eat our chocolate in peace.
Seed and Bean
Where to buy: https://seedandbean.co.uk/collections/dark-chocolate
Seed and Bean reigns as the first UK chocolate brand to have fully compostable packaging in addition to being 100% organic and fair trade. What is so incredible about Seed and Bean is that their production facility makes batches of only 45 litres at a time compared to industrial chocolatiers that make 20-50,000 litres! Chocolate is their craft, and the incredible taste is just what they do well. For all adventurous chocolate lovers, Seed and Bean offers flavors that no one else in the industry does- tangerine, lemon and poppy seeds, coconut raspberry, even chili and lime! It is something that will get the taste buds tingling.
Where to buy: https://ocelotchocolate.com/
A small business based out of Edinburgh, Scotland, Ocelot chocolate is obsessed with good chocolate practice. Matt and Ish, co founders of the brand, only use the highest grade organic and fair trade produce when making their bars. Artists themselves, each chocolate bar is packaged with sustainable wrapping and their very own personal artwork made especially for you. To them, chocolate is an experience made intimately for you, your taste buds, and the moment in which you lose yourself. Give into that delight!
Where to buy: https://mastchocolate.com/
Mast Brothers chocolate wants you to choose one thing and one thing only- love! The family promise Mast Brothers makes is to always produce chocolate that is simple, delicious, sustainable, organic, and not drowning in sugar. The chocolate speaks for itself- it is almost exclusively chosen by legendary chefs worldwide in kitchens such as Eleven Madison Park, The French Laundry, Chez Panisse, and Shake Shack. You will be pleased with the inside and the outside, with beautiful graphic collections painting each of their wrappers. It’s all real- never artificial.