Eating vegan does not necessarily mean eating healthy, which is a good thing in our books. Some days, you just need to indulge, which can be a bit difficult when you can't eat traditional fats like butter and cheese. Vegans, forever a clever bunch, have found many ways around the butter-barrier, our favourite being 'fry it.' That's basically the strategy behind these Vegan Apple Fries with Vanilla Whipped Cream by The Veg Life, which turn a regularly healthy apple into a decadent breakfast/snack.
Cut, coat, and fry, that's all you really need to do to make these sweet treats. There is a final step of coating a final time, with cinnamon and sugar, which fully rounds out the dish's ranking as "unhealthy but delicious." We're always willing to accept the former as long as it comes with the latter.
Making vegan vanilla whipped cream seems oddly impossible, though there's an easy food-hack to making a creamy topping without any dairy. Just put a full-fat can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, which will cause the contents to condense into a thick cream. Then just whip with icing sugar and some vanilla, and you're totally set. Check out this step by step guide as a reference.
See how you can make your very own Vegan Apple Fries with Vanilla Whipped Cream through the photos below, and be sure to check out the full recipe from The Veg Life here.
Cut your apples into fry-like shapes, and coat with cornstarch
When: Garden is open every day; visitors are encouraged to reserve a time slot online
Address: 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Check It Out: To get your first taste of spring weather in one of the city's most beautiful settings. The exterior gardens might not be blooming just yet, but there are also nine greenhouses to explore!
And the great news doesn't stop there — not only can you eat vegan fried chicken guilt-free here, but the restaurant confirmed it plans to have a terrasse for locals to eat and drink "fun cocktails and local craft beers" come summer.
Montrealers two favourite things put into one: terrasses and (fake) fried chicken.
"With all the new fried chicken places, we thought it was important to have a vegan version especially for the sustainability of the planet and good vibes for the animals," the owner told us.
Address: 417, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a taste of vegan fried chicken or the "smashburgers" for yourself and see what all the hype's about.
The ramen restaurant always has amazing monthly specials, so we're sure this one won't disappoint.
The dish is made with "thick noodles in a vegetarian miso broth topped with pork belly, onsen tamago, kakiage, sweet corn, scallions, nori, chilli pepper, chilli oil, butter, and a blow-torched tomato with swiss cheese."
For an extra $2, you can also add another onsen tamago, which is basically the equivalent of eggs benny.
The dish is available for just $14.95 for takeout and delivery.
It may be a breakfast dish, but we're sure it makes for a great meal any time of day.
Just be sure to give it a try before March 31.
We can't wait to taste it! What about you?
Address: See website for multiple locations
Price: $14.95, order online
Why You Need To Go: For an all-day-breakfast like no other.