Do you have a sweet tooth but want vegan or nondairy options? I am here with you. Being lactose intolerant for the last 15 years has in no way stopped my cravings for baked goods. If you're lactose intolerant, you know better than to gamble with donuts, cheese cake, and other heavily dairy-based foods no matter how decadent they may appear. Or if you're like some of my friends, you enjoy it in the moment and suffer the consequences a few minutes later.
Stepping into London recently as an expat, I heard the commotion about #Veganuary on social media and everywhere I go there are signs for vegan alternatives. What a wonderful idea! But often times in the States, vegan alternatives do not pass the taste test for "the real thing" or you have to pay an egregious cost for two bites of these plant-based substitutions. Not anymore. Not in London, my friends. In this post, I'll introduce you to some delightful vegan desserts I ventured out to try on your behalf and all under £5.
Living a short walking distance from the Camden Market has its perks as is the case today. In my previous post, I mentioned that the market has many vegan food stalls. So it made sense to try out another one, but for desserts this time. That's where I found this adorable bakery called Nora and Nama | Vegan Bakery and Deli. Understandably, my eye caught the most colorful dessert on display: the vegan berry cheesecake.
It has a crispy, thin pie crust with a thick, decadent, melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese center, a thin top layer of a berry cheesecake, and then topped with a thin layer of berry jam. Are you wondering at this point if it's "too sweet for me" or "I could probably only handle one bite"? For someone who drinks their coffee and tea black because I don't enjoy sweetening most things, I have to say, I could keep eating several pieces of this cheesecake. I mean... SEVERAL. That's probably why I went again the next day for another slice (don't tell my husband) and to taste-test for you another baked good: the Banana Bread.
The second time I went, I asked for a recommendation because the many appealing choices were overwhelming. The nice gentleman behind the counter told me his favorite is the banana bread and after one bite I understood why. It's soft texture and delicate banana flavor is contrasted by the chew and flavor of the nuts. It's again lightly sweetened but not too sweet. I don't know about you, but this is what I consider a great breakfast along with a cup o' joe or tea. Most of the baked goods that I spotted were under £5, including the berry cheesecake and banana bread. The bakery also has deli sandwiches, which you may want to try since this will make Nora and Nama's a one-stop shop for a complete meal while you wander the Camden Market.
Do you want some more recommendations for #cheapeats in Camden Market or around London? I'd love to chat! Feel free to e-mail me or DM me on instagam. Can't wait to hear how you indulged on the cheap!
Disclaimer: All images contained on this website remain the property of Esther Chiang. Images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without express written permission.