Many of us are turning to a vegan diet or at least reducing our intake of annimal based products. I was therefore very interested to receive some Oggs Vegan mince pies to review.
When I opened the box my children were really excited to see the mince pies. My children are a good test for any product. They seem to be able to instantly detect when a recipe has been even slightly changed, so I feared the worst. To my surprise my children tried these vegan mince pies and immediatley loved them and asked for more.
The grownups thought they were lovely as well.
They are described as handmade and they could pass for home made, they don’t have the uniform mass produced look of most shop bought mince pies. They are a decent size and weight, filled with rich moist fruit and you can certainly taste the brandy.
I highly recommend these for mid-morning with your coffee or may be in the afternoon with a nice hot cup of tea when the children come home from school.
The key to these vegan mince pies is that the pastry doesn’t contain eggs. Instead they are made with OGGS® Aquafaba, an all plant, egg alternative made from chickpea water. You can buy this in the shops now to use in your own home cooking.
Normal mass produced mince pies will use bulk liquid egg. This is often made from surplus or misshaped eggs which can’t be put into boxes and sold in supermarkets.
The quality of the ingredients is obvious when you taste these. In making these vegan, all the other ingredients seem to have been carefully considered for their taste and texture to create a luxury product.
They do contain palm oil but the box say this is from a sustainable RSPO certified, well managed source. There is nothing wrong with palm oil as long as it is from a sustainable source and is a good alternative to using animal based fats.
The packaging is mostly compostable or can be put into the recycling bin.
In summary, I highly recommend Oggs vegan mince pies, not just for vegans but for everyone this Christmas.