Want to create your very own delicious and healthier afternoon tea?
To celebrate NATIONAL TEA DAY on the 21st April I am sharing 5 delicious recipes that would be perfect for afternoon tea.
Vegan & Refined-Sugar Free Afternoon Tea Recipes
- Oat & Coconut Scones with Strawberry Tea Jam
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse infused with Aztec Chai Tea
- Earl Grey Biscuits with Lemon Cashew Icing
- Raw Vegan Berry Cheesecake
- Millionaire Shortbread with Pure Roobois Caramel
A few notes on the recipes
The recipes were made using tea from the Birdhouse Tea Company, which I would highly recommend. The teas are a blend of natural ingredients and really pack a punch on flavour. You can use any similar tea though.
There are a range of flavours in the recipes including typical strawberries and (coconut) cream, lemon and chocolate! I think it’s always nice to have a variety and something to please everyone.
I have tried to make the recipes cost effective by using the same base ingredients in all recipes (.e.g. oat flour). This means that you don’t need to spend money on a million and one ingredients and won’t have as many left over ingredients that you don’t know how to use! Also, I purchased all of the ingredients at my local supermarket so they should be easy to find if you live in the UK. If you have any problems getting hold of anything then let me know in the comments and I will try and suggest an alternative for you to use.
In addition, I have used unrefined flours (oat & almond) and natural sweeteners (maple syrup & dates) to make the recipes more nutritious than a typical afternoon tea platter of cakes. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with a traditional high tea as a treat every now and then if that’s what you enjoy. But when I am making something at home I like to challenge myself to make a healthier version- although remember, as registered nutritionist Jenna Hope informed us in this post, just because the recipes uses less processed ingredients and a lower amount of sugar than traditional cakes it’s not an excuse to go crazy and eat the whole lot yourself! I ended up eating waaaay to many when I was testing them (especially because the scones failed twice!) and ended up feeling a bit sick by the end of the day!
On another note. If you’re making all of the recipes for one occasion I suggest you do some prep before and make them over the course of two or three days. I managed to make and photograph everything in one weekend, but it was a bit full on and the amount of washing up was insane.
HAPPY NATIONAL TEA DAY
Have you ever tried to bake using tea before?
Or do you just enjoy a slice of regular cake/ a biscuit with your cuppa?