Choc Peanut Butter Raw Pills – Vegan Recipe

By Nick Pendergrast

I’m not sure how nice these look close up, but they taste good!

This blog has gone from politics to pop culture to now vegan food blog. These are a nice snack/dessert that I’ve put together from just copying and gradually modifying/adding to the ingredients of a store-bought raw treat I liked. I enjoy raw desserts but they’re often ridiculously expensive to buy – much cheaper to make! Unlike most online recipes, I won’t give my life story before giving the recipe – all I’ll say is that I like these and they’re quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Dates
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Peanut Butter (my fave is Mayver’s smooth peanut butter – since I tried that I’ve gone to the “dark side” of smooth peanut butter!)
  • Cacoa
  • Coconut oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla essence
  • Salt

Directions

I usually follow recipes very exactly but this is one of the few things I make without measuring any of the ingredients. But the ingredients above are listed in approximate order of the most at the top, down to the least at the bottom ie most almonds, least salt.

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined. Taste and make any adjustments if necessary eg if not sweet enough, add more maple syrup. If too cacoa-y add some more shredded coconut and if still too cacoa-y after that, add some more almonds/cashews. If the mix is too dry, add some more coconut oil etc.

Once you’re happy with the mix, roll into balls and store in the fridge or freezer. I think they’re nicer straight out of the fridge than the freezer, so I put half the batch in the fridge and the other half in the freezer. Then, once those in the fridge are all eaten and I’m ready to eat some more, I transfer the second half from the freezer to the fridge.

Enjoy 🙂

In Defence of the Dominion Animal Liberation Disruption

Guest post by Dilan Fernando and Harley McDonald-Eckersall

Image from: http://www.kiis1011.com.au/newsroom/arrests-break-up-melbourne-cbd-vegan-protest

We were both a part of Green Collar/Dominion Animal Liberation disruption (specifically, the Flinders St action) on Monday the 8th of April. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that both us have spent the last few months immersing ourselves in social movement theory.

We’d like to share some of our thoughts on the actions and on some of the backlash that has followed. Although there has been so much positive feedback and responses that excite and inspire us, we wanted to take some time to respond to comments, criticism, questions and concerns that have been addressed to us and that we have seen across social media.

1. Disruption has a specific purpose in social change:

A lot of the criticism we have seen about this action has been variations on the phrase “this is not the right way to protest.” We’ve seen this comment repeated, not only from the general community but inside vegan groups with some claiming that actions like this are a “setback” for the movement. If you were to research social change (which we have and still are) you will find that throughout history and across movements for justice and change, disruptions have and continue to play a core role in advancing causes. They do this by creating polarisation thereby catapulting an issue into the public consciousness. What happened on the 8th meant that people across Australia, who might not usually even think about animal rights, were forced to recognise this cause as a political and societal issue. This has huge implications for our movement as it opens up our ability to become part of the mainstream discourse within society, something we have been struggling to achieve with the tactics we’ve used thus far. Animal rights messaging was seen in mainstream news outlets across Australia and even those who didn’t agree with us showed footage of a peaceful, non-violent protest demanding change, footage that reached millions of viewers.

2. Disruption isn’t about making vegans popular:

We’ve also heard the criticism that we’ve harmed the movement by making people hate vegans. In response, we’d again like to turn to historical examples. If we look to the Civil Rights movement for example, we’d see that activists were chastised, demeaned and criticised not only by white conservatives, but from within the Black community as well. Disruption is supposed to be divisive. It’s a tactic that serves a specific strategic aim, and as we mentioned above, that aim is to bring an issue to the fore and encourage conversation. What we did may have made some people angry. It may have made some people frustrated or hateful or vengeful but what it did more than anything is expose the reality of people’s attitude towards this issue as well as the tension that exists in our society’s views towards animals. For sure, some people may be less receptive to veganism (but it’s likely those people were not very receptive in the first place) but in the same way, so many people now have been given a much needed push to think about their choices and actions.

A powerful photo of Harley taking part in this action.

3. Disruption changes what’s acceptable in society:

Rather than acting as a setback, actions such as these allow everyone within the movement to take a step forward and begin playing on a new level. As more radical activists push the bar further, moderates become normalised and are seen as more palatable to mainstream society. Remember, 50 years ago, vegetarians were seen as extreme radicals. Now people won’t even blink an eye. We’re already seeing plant based diets becoming increasingly normalised and a big part of that is due to activists continuing to bring messages of animal liberation into the public sphere. If this were to stop and we were to rest purely on a largely consumer based, food movement, then there is a high potential for stagnation.

4. Consumerist food advocacy cannot, and will not, win on its own:

We’ve noticed that some vegans strongly believe that protest is not useful, and that we should mainly engage in consumerist advocacy that promotes plant-based food. They believe that through the mechanics of supply and demand, the animal agriculture industry will end as people choose more plant-based products. This approach to advocacy assumes that industries bend to the will of consumers. History tells us that in fact, the opposite is true. Industries create supply to manufacture demand and deploy billions of dollars of marketing budgets to ensure their survival. Of course we’re not all slaves to advertising, but what we do see time and time again, is that an exploitative producer will cash in on a rising trend such as veganism without actually changing other elements of their production. For example, take big producers of flesh-based products (e.g. Hungry Jacks), who have recently added a vegan range – they are not reducing the amount of animals they kill, simply diversifying their product range for profits. To clarify, we don’t disagree with food-based advocacy and believe it can be extremely effective. What we’re saying, is that in isolation, it is not enough to push society towards a new world view, which is what we need to do in order to achieve animal liberation and the liberation of others who are oppressed.

Image from: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6006138/forty-melbourne-vegan-protesters-charged/?cs=14231

Before we finish up, we’d like to say no action is perfect, and this post isn’t claiming that. This movement should be rich and varied, and healthy criticism, debate and analysis is essential for its growth. What we are saying, though, is that this action was an incredible example of disruptive organising, something which is a key element of social movements throughout history and all over the world.

And the results speak for themselves. We’ve seen more coverage of animal rights in 48 hours than we’ve seen in the past two years. We’ve seen editorials genuinely exploring the actual meaning behind animal rights, and the validity of our claims. Non-vegans have come out in support of the protest because they believe in the purpose of civil disobedience and non-violent resistance. And of course, the Dominion: Documentary received 30,000 hits in just over a day.

In addition, we have just seen an Australia wide, coordinated day of actions that shut down a city and multiple sites of slaughter. Our movement has shown unity, strength, trust, love and determination in the face of repression and this should not be overlooked. Our movement is our strength. When we stand together we stand with power.

We’re both proud to have been involved. Now let’s take a breath. Let’s figure out how to absorb the momentum from what we’ve done and keep moving forward. Thank you for everyone who organised and participated in all of the actions. We stand united with the Green Collar Criminals.

Below are examples of some media coverage which is very unlike anything we’ve seen before:
https://thebrag.com/the-melbourne-vegan-protest-some-thoughts/?fbclid=IwAR11Hzl5D_oB35wcLjYI19-yEQfTORzPP59dbXSy9PzRu1ZKQBwsuZxZkxs

https://theconversation.com/animal-rights-activists-in-melbourne-green-collar-criminals-or-civil-disobedients-115119?fbclid=IwAR0RDVZC09TJ8hWSpECwQN328kaSAyvwXwMNWQS2bHzhU2audKaSDWiSHvI

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/vegan-protests-could-be-a-tipping-point-in-australias-plantbased-future-activists-say/news-story/2ae68ba358841b6837b367c1f1b93755?fbclid=IwAR2lJqTntB8XZlpW-Lk6sSiLiKxrhaS02IKZXP13jZbAK_yoi1ulYNiBnDI

https://www.9news.com.au/national/news-animal-activist-protests-promoting-vegan-documentary-dominion/000cc94d-64df-41fc-8003-3a83c018eaff?fbclid=IwAR2pRAZlNEZZvMHzsCzCNWYJUfS0V4xRUssWArQHAI7PzyiZMWJOXqw11Rs

Further Information

You can watch the documentary Dominion here.

You can also hear Harley and Dilan discuss this action on episode 225 of our podcast.

Quick and Easy Vegan Meals

By Nick Pendergrast

daria-pop-tarts-toaster

Not really a meal, but on a side note, all UNFROSTED pop tarts are vegan!

I remember someone saying a while ago that there are great vegan recipes out there, but what do you do if you just want to make something really quick? You certainly don’t have to be into cooking/keen to make fancy meals with long and complex recipes/have a lot of time for cooking to be vegan!

Below are some ideas for quick and easy vegan meals – some are cheap, others not so cheap and some are healthy, others not so much. But all are very quick and easy to prepare. Add some salad/chopped up carrots or other vegetables to any of these to increase your vegetable intake and make them healthier. Please leave comments with additional suggestions that you like.

 

chicken sandwich

Vegan “chicken” burger.

 

  • Vegan “chicken” burger/sandwich:

Fry up oil, “chicken” stock (Massel chicken stock is vegan and available at pretty much any supermarket*), hard tofu (eg sliced garlic tofu available at Coles) and cook until crispy. Serve with bread or burger roles and vegan mayonnaise (Praise 99% fat-free is a vegan one that is available at most supermarkets, plus there are healthier vegan mayo’s you can find at health food/organic shops and sometimes in the health food section of the supermarket).

 

ingredients for chicken sandwich

Ingredients for the “chicken” burger above.

 

  • Toasted cheese sandwich using vegan cheese – Bio cheese slices are available at most supermarkets. For the best cheese sandwich, put cheese with some salt and pepper inside bread, cover both sides of the bread with vegan margarine eg Nuttelex and then fry until brown on both sides and cheese has melted. Occasionally push down on bread with a spatula to help with cheese melting.
  • Lentils and frozen peas fried up with stock and served on top of toast.
  • Sausages with frozen peas and pre-made hash browns. Sanitarium sausages are vegan and available at most supermarkets, Linda McCartney sausages are also vegan and available at some supermarkets.
  • Soup and bread. There are a number of pre-made vegan soups available at supermarkets, including some La Zuppa Soups, Pitango Soups and heaps more.
  • Pre-made falafel and hummus with wraps.
  • Spiced lentils mix:

Fry up oil, garlic if you have it, then add 3x 400 gram tins of lentils with stock if you’re using it, then add 800 grams of diced tomatoes and all spices, fry for a few more minutes, then mash a bit with a potato masher. Add spices for flavour eg Massel Beef stock (all Massel stock powders are vegan even though they’re called “Beef”, “Chicken” etc), chilli flakes, cumin, pepper, garlic powder if you’re not using fresh garlic, mixed herbs etc. Serve with rice or bread roles. Thanks to Adam from VeganSci for this one!

 

Lentils and Rice

Spiced lentils mix.

 

  • Baked beans on toast (avoid ones with cheese/meat).
  • Tinned spaghetti (avoid ones with cheese/meat).
  • Instant noodles eg Indo Mie Mi Goreng Fried Noodles and all Maggi two minute noodles are vegan.
  • Pre-made burgers with bread eg Sanitarium “Not Burgers”, Fry’s chicken schnitzels or burger patties etc (all of the Fry’s range is vegan, most of the Sanitarium range is and those that are vegan are marked as vegan on the front of the package).
  • Hot dogs with bread or hot dog buns and sauce, plus onions if you have them. Sanitarium hot dogs are vegan and available at most supermarkets.

 

Additional suggestions from when I posted this on Facebook – please leave a comment below if you have additional suggestions:

  • Dairy free shop bought pesto, in pasta with nutritional yeast for extra flavour sprinkled on top, fresh basil.
  • Toast with avocado spread on top, squeeze of lime juice, black pepper and either tomato, radish or peppers.
  • Quorn fishfinger sandwich with salt n vinegar, on white bread with vegan margarine eg Nuttelex and tomato sauce.

 

*For an endless list of vegan products you can find in an Australian supermarket, check out the Vegan Easy Cheat Sheet.

All CCM Ice Hockey Skates And Gloves Are Vegan!

By Nick Pendergrast

 

I realise most people reading this don’t care!

ice hockey chen diagram

But I thought I’d share it here so it comes up in searches if others are looking for vegan ice-hockey skates.

 

Below is the response from CCM regarding their skates:

 

ConsumerServices <consumerservices@ccmhockey.com>
Tue 1/08/2017, 9:39 PM

Hello Nick,

Thank you for contacting Consumer Services at CCM hockey
We apologize for not having responded to you sooner.
All of our skates are manufactured with synthetic leather, no animal products.

Respectfully
CCM Hockey Team
1 800 644-1677

…An update on this article. I recently needed a new pair of gloves and CCM have also confirmed that all of their gloves (and all of their equipment generally) are also vegan:

ConsumerServices consumerservices@ccmhockey.com

Wed 7/07/2021 12:09 AM

Hello

We do not use leather on any product, it’s all man made synthetic materials

thanks

CCM Hockey Team

1-800-644-1677