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Angel Foods Vegan Goodies & Cherub Dairy-Free


Would you like to be sent 2 packs of Vegan Cheesey Sauce from Angel Food and 2 tubs of Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?
NZ Vegan
I know Zaedyn would!
Vegan Mac N Cheese
We bought some Orgran Gluten Free rice and corn pasta macaroni to try out our Vegan Cheesey Sauce. I posted this photo a little while back on Facebook which some of you may have seen because he was so excited. He loves pasta, and this was the first time he had macaroni.

I used rice milk to make our cheesey sauce, and once I turned the stove up a little bit higher, it started to thicken up nicely. It was the first time we had ever tried this sauce so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Mixed in with gluten-free macaroni, it was a great combination by the look of Zaedyn’s expressions!

He had plenty of servings of vegan cheesey macaroni. I honestly cannot remember the last time that I had macaroni so it was hard to compare, but it did remind me more like a white sauce. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Either way it was yummy, but I cannot decide what it reminds me of.

Also, it makes 3 cups of sauce which can be a lot depending on how many people will be eating. There are plenty of other possible options to use this sauce with as well including a cheesey sauce on vegetables, lasagna, or even for nachos. We did try a few tortilla chips out in the sauce, and I think it would be perfect for nachos.

Do you eat Angel Food Cheesey Sauce? How do you use it, or what would you like to try it with?

Click here to see lots of photos posted previously from Gluten-Free Vegan Bagels with Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative. Zaedyn gave it two thumbs up, and he also enjoyed it on toast and with Orgran Toasted Multigrain Crispibread with Quinoa (similar to Cruskits).

vegan cream cheese

Although Zaedyn was not quite sure what to think of the cream cheese alternative at first, he ended up loving it. He kept asking for “cheese”. When it was all gone, he said, “Oh no! The cheese is gone!” I was laughing as it was just so cute how he said it. We definitely made sure to get some more to enjoy on some gluten-free vegan hot cross buns.
Cherub Dairy Free Cream Cheese
This was another yummy way to use our cream cheese alternative. Obviously softer than bagels, but it reminds me of cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese. Yum! The cream cheese didn’t seem as melty this time around, and I put a lot on Zaedyn’s. He would eat all of his “cheese” off the top, and then ask for more.

Check out Cherub Dairy-Free on Facebook as there are different creative ways to use this cream cheese alternative. Would you use the cream cheese alternative as a spread, or in recipes?

Good luck with your entries in the giveaway, and make sure to share every day for extra entries.

Thanks heaps to Alice from Angel Food & Cherub Dairy-Free!

Another product from Angel Food that we eat is Cheezly which is perfect for pizza, cheese toast, toppings for tacos or nachos, quesadillas, added as cubes in pasta salad, or mixed in with scones. Anything you can think of really!

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Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway


Wow! I am so excited about such a HUGE response from some awesome vegan and eco-friendly New Zealand businesses. I hope that all of you are supporting them already, but since some of them might be new to you, this is a great time to check out their websites and Facebook pages. They have all been extremely generous in offering some amazing products which you will have a chance to win!

Rather than do a bunch of separate giveaways, I thought it might be fun to combine everything together and run one big giveaway through Rafflecopter on my Facebook page in hopes to gain even more awareness. Please take the time to share the photo or giveaway links with friends as there are lots of opportunities to win. All of these companies are making a huge effort whether their focus is on helping to protect our environment or providing cruelty-free alternatives, and I think that we can all help make an impact by supporting these companies as well.

Below you will find the details, and throughout the giveaway I will write some individual posts to give you more insight and our personal thoughts about each. However, it will just give you more reasons to be excited as we love all of these businesses and have had such positive experiences 🙂

vegan giveaway

To enter, go to my Facebook page Giveaway tab, or use this link:
Here is the mobile-friendly link:

*This current giveaway is only open to NZ, but as soon as it is finished, I have 5 $20 vouchers from Veggie Grill. Yum! Wish we were in California to eat there!

Angel Food (Facebook, Twitter)& Cherub Dairy-Free (Facebook):  2 Angel Food Cheesey Sauce Mixes & 2 Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative

NZ Vegan

BeBops (Facebook): 1 OSFA pocket cloth nappy & 1 baby amber teething necklace (your choice of colour/pattern from stock available)

Cloth Nappy

Ecostore (Facebook, Twitter): 1 cleaning pack with 1 500ml laundry liquid, 1 500ml dish liquid, 1 auto dish tabs, 1 spray cleaner, 1 toilet cleaner, 1 lemongrass soap, 1 bucket


ExtraFresh (Facebook): 4 winners for a 6 pack carton each giving you 365 days of freshness for a one vegetable drawer fridge


Go Bamboo (Facebook): 5 winners for a pack each including 1 adult toothbrush, 1 child toothbrush, 1 box of 20 clothes pegs, 1 box of cotton buds, 1 wax comb

Go Bamboo

Hemp Farm NZ Ltd (Facebook): 1 250ml Organic Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Farm

Posh Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows (Facebook, Twitter): 2 winners for a box each of gourmet vegan marshmallows

Vegan Marshmallows

Wildflower Botanicals (Facebook): 1 Storybook Selection Pack

Organic Tea

Good luck with your entries, and please continue to support these awesome vegan and eco-friendly businesses. Keep following for more information about each business, and remember to leave your comments below on what you hope to win, what you have tried, or what you already love 🙂

Arohanui Vegan Love: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Gluten-Free Vegan Bagels with Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese


gluten free bagels

We waited so patiently to take these out of the oven as they smelled delicious. Our house still smells amazing! This is the first time that I have ever made bagels and experimented with yeast so I still feel that there is a bit of room for adjustments, but we definitely enjoyed these nonetheless.

My inspiration for these bagels was the recipe from Fork and Beans. Actually, I was just going to try out Cara’s recipe, but we needed to make some adjustments to work with what we had. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, she has some pretty amazing recipes that you may want to try.

Coming across this recipe on Pinterest along with the new release of New Zealand’s Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative made me super excited for bagels and cream cheese. I grew up enjoying bagels and cream cheese. In California, there were bagel shops which made fresh bagels daily. It used to be pretty exciting to go buy fresh bagels from the bagel shop for breakfast. Now, I cannot even remember the last time I had a bagel with cream cheese, but I do remember that they were yummy.

gluten free bagel

So onto the recipe now. I was going to buy brown rice flour at Bin Inn the other day, but since they didn’t have any sorghum flour, I figured that I would get it when I came back. In the end, I ordered the flours online, but they only stocked white rice flour. I decided that it would have to do. Then I completely overlooked the fact that I didn’t get arrowroot powder either because they did not stock that either. My alternative was replacing the same amount with tapioca starch. Oh, and I ordered my flours from Gluten Free Store Ltd. The prices seemed a lot cheaper than many other shops, but unless you live in Auckland or close by, it may not be worth it. My shipping costs were extremely high! You can even pick up your items if you live in Auckland.

polentaAfter mixing my dough, I found it to be a bit dry. I was tempted to leave it, but then I could not resist wetting my hands and trying to make it a little better, but I did not want to make it too wet. Turns out, I probably should have. As this is something completely new to me, I did not want to risk ruining it. I should usually just go with my instinct though. As you can see in the pictures, they were not exactly perfect since it was a dry dough, but they still looked yummy. After letting them sit and boiling them in water (something I had not known before about bagel making), I set mine in polenta and then onto my tray. If you have cornmeal, that will work fine as that was what the original recipe called for anyways. As I am still stuck with finding a cooking brush, I had to just spoon some of my glaze on and add my toppings. I chose to add poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion flakes, and cumin seeds. You can play around with all sorts to come up with your favourite type of bagel. I am pretty sure I will stick to everything bagels as they are my favourite!

gluten free bagel

dairy free cream cheese

vegan cream cheese

Zaedyn gave it 2 thumbs up! He was lucky enough to have a little try a couple weeks ago from Hazel. I have been waiting to open ours knowing that it would have to be eaten within 7 days, but with plans to make bagels today, Zaedyn enjoyed some Cherub dairy-free cream cheese alternative on Orgran Toasted Multigrain Crispibread with Quinoa and on toast. He was a little bit uncertain about it at the start, but I think he has grown to like it. It is probably such a different taste than what he is used to, but he continued to eat it and was full of cheeky smiles.

dairy free cruskits

dairy free bagels

What do you think of Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese alternative?

It is hard to know whether or not you will like it, but I definitely think that you should try it at least once to find out. Alternatives might not always be the same as what you remember, but at least they are cruelty free and over time your taste buds change. If you are someone who misses cream cheese or is just a bit curious like I was, you can order online or buy from stockists. Alice from Angel Food has done an awesome job providing dairy-free and vegan treats, and Cherub Dairy-Free is the next step which creates local dairy-free alternatives. I love the fact that these are being made right here in New Zealand. To find out more, you can visit their website, join their Facebook page, and check out an awesome interview from Doctor Feelgood.

Oh, and as far as the bagels, they were a super yummy way to enjoy Cherub’s cream cheese, but I think I will be experimenting a bit more to adjust the bagel recipe. I think that they could be just a bit softer in texture, but I am still loving the yummy smell coming from our kitchen. Let us know how else you enjoy your cream cheese alternative.

Mocha-Peanut Fudge to Mooloo



Dairy-free dark chocolate, soy condensed milk, Olivani (dairy-free margarine), instant coffee powder, & peanuts. Yum! I first came across this recipe when looking for ideas for Zaedyn’s birthday back in April. The photo above is from his Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party. I made it again Thursday night, and I think that this rich soft fudge is very yummy. Vegan or not, most people seem to enjoy it. Check out Angel Food for the recipe and other vegan products.

So why did I decide to make this mocha-peanut fudge again? Zaedyn and I wanted to share something yummy with our friends on our last day at our early childcare centre. I have worked with some amazing teachers over the past four years, met some lovely families, & have enjoyed my days playing, teaching, and learning from tamariki. I started out working with toddlers 18 months to around 3 1/2 year olds and began working with infants 3 months to 18 months when returning from maternity leave. Although I will not be working at the centre anymore, my passion for teaching has definitely not ended. I look forward to spending more time with Zaedyn at home and will continue to share my research, knowledge, and development on learning.

Thank you so much for all of our lovely gifts. Below are some photos as well as a lovely bowl that will be very useful in our kitchen and a creative painting for Zaedyn from his friends. We love and appreciate them all. We also look forward to finding a place to plant our feijoa tree. Can’t wait until we can eat our home grown feijoas!

FeijoasWith a very busy week, we enjoyed an evening out in Hamilton to watch the rugby. Waikato played Hawke’s Bay at Waikato stadium, winning 28-3 to retain the Ranfurly Shield. Zaedyn spent the game giving cheeky smiles to everyone around us, looking around for the noise of the cow bells, and watching Mooloo. He also thought that he could get some iPhones by looking at his new friends behind us and saying “ta”.

In Zaedyn’s eyes, Mooloo was the highlight of the game. He was constantly pointing him out and even learned some dance moves from him. Toward the end, we made our way down so that Zaedyn could see Mooloo. By now, the rain had washed some of Mooloo’s face paint off. He came over to see Zaedyn, but Zaedyn actually decided that he was a bit uncertain about this cow now that he was in front of him. Luckily Dad knew that a high five would change things. David said, “high-five” to Zaedyn, and of course he couldn’t resist that. I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of the boys in their Waikato gear. Then we made our way back to the top as the game was just about over. We found David’s brother, the Waikato technical analyst, in the coach’s box. Zaedyn wanted to tell Mark about Mooloo as he pointed out to him. I definitely think Zaedyn loved Mooloo more than the rugby!

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