A-Z of Vegan at Little Hen
We wanted to show off our vast range of vegan friendly products stocked here at Little Hen, and we thought what better way that to A-Z it. Scroll for 26 of our favourite vegan brands in stock today.
A IS FOR AMAZONIA RAW
“But where do you get your protein from?” Is one of the more common questions asked of vegans. For centuries mainstream culture has conditioned our learnings to synonymise protein with meat, but dig a little deeper and there’s plenty of other sources of protein available. One of our favourites at Little Hen is Amazonia Raw Protein.
This Raw Protein Isolate is the perfect way for Vegans to increase their protein intake. The Organic, raw, prebiotic, dairy-free formula is easily absorbed and completely natural, gaining protein from a range of amino acids, peas and brown rice. The gut-friendly powder is enhanced with live digestive enzymes and high levels of BCAA.
Completely free from artificial ingredients, and synthetic minerals and nutrients, this powder is bio-fermented and free from common allergens such as wheat and nuts. This supplement comes in delicious Cacao Coconut and Vanilla flavours.
B IS FOR BOTANICAL CUISINE
Botanical Cuisine products are handmade locally in Collingwood using certified organic raw vegan produce. With a thoughtful approach to fermented raw plant based food, they hand make deceptively simple, nutrient dense products in small batches. The Botanical Cuisine range is made at low temperature with minimal processing, no artificial additives, applying sustainable methods. Using premium ethically sourced certified organic raw vegan produce, Botanical Cuisine products are free from dairy, gluten, cane sugar, soy and preservatives.
Staff Review: Botanical Cuisine Mushroom Truffle Cashew Cheese “Truffle is that ingredient which makes choosing from a menu really simple for me. The rule is; if it has truffle in it, order it. Most of the time I’m disappointed because they’ve skimped on the expensive delight and I can barely taste the truffle. This is NOT the case with Botanical Cuisine Mushroom Truffle Cheese. I’m not vegan, but man, I eat this on pretty much everything since I discovered it –instead of cheese in toasties, the cream in a mushroom sauce, as a dip with carrot sticks, hell I eat it from the spoon. I tell everyone about this product. Now I’m telling you… TRY IT!” –Georgia, Marketing Manager
C IS FOR CHEF NA THAI
Originally hailing from Thailand, Chef Na is on a mission to revolutionise the Vegan Thai market in Australia. And, she’s doing a damn good job. Chef Na and her husband Frankie embody a strict vegan lifestyle and their products match their philosophy and ethics; they oppose animal cruelty in all forms, and they believe that our purchases cast deterministic votes that consequentially shape future choices and future options. Chef Na’s Plant-Based Kitchen is also fully committed to sustainability, and they are currently seeking out new ways of achieving this goal. Ultimately, Chef Na’s Plant-Based Kitchen has been designed by a professional vegan chef, made for everyone seeking a healthier, cruelty-free, restaurant quality choice while being dedicated to a sustainable paradigm. Chef Na’s insanely delicious range of organic vegan curry pastes are a must for any vegan, or conventional pantry.
D IS FOR DAMONA
When the local Melbourne founders of Damona set out to create a dairy free cheese brand, they had a number of boxes that had to be ticked in order for the product to live up to their own plant based satisfaction standards. The dairy-free cheeses that they produced had to be: • hand made by people that care and love what they’re doing; • come in a great range of flavours and styles;
• do well on a cheese board; • have all the right flavours; • taste a way that that everyone can enjoy them (even dairy cheese lovers); and finally, it had to be able to melt! Yep, that’s pretty much all the things that cheese should be, and trust us when we say that Damonda has succeeded in creating one hell of a vegan cheese range. Their range includes, Pepperjack, Mozzarella, Baked Almond Feta, Cheddar, Brie, Bocconcini and they even have a vegan Paté.
E IS FOR ECOTAN
With more beauty awards than you can poke a stick at, Ecotan is Australia’s first certified organic tanning product manufacturer. We all should know by now that tanning in UV rays is ridiculously stupid and can lead to horrific skin cancer and melanoma. What’s not as widely known is the all the toxic crap that goes into making conventional fake tan formulas. Ecotan is organic, cruelty free and, of course Vegan. If you love a summer glow and hate cancer and animal cruelty, then this product is for you.
F IS FOR FIELD ROAST MEAT CO
he original maker of grain meats, Field Roast uses fresh whole food ingredients — grains, vegetables, legumes and spices — to craft their artisanal plant-based meat and cheese offerings. Since the brand’s launch in 1997, Field Roast has been a pioneer in the plant-based industry by creating flavourful products that satisfy without mimicking the taste of traditional meat and dairy products. For example, their Celebration Roast is the ultimate in vegan sophistication. The creation starts with a rich and savoury sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain meat, fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and granny smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. They then surround the stuffing with luxuriant grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice. Um Yum?! Did someone say Vegan Christmas Day Lunch sorted?!
G IS FOR GLUTEN FREE FOOD CO
Primarily a Gluten Free brand (obvs) the ‘Gluten Free Food Co’ has got a pretty stellar lineup of vegan products, including their infamous Mac & Cheese. Made With only 7 clean, natural ingredients, their vegan Mac ‘n Cheez is your answer to a quick, delicious meal without gluten, dairy or nuts. Just add water, cook and enjoy the journey to comfort food heaven.
This is an excellent, quick meal to whip up for tired kids (and adults!) when your cupboard is bare. Just add water! Trust us, this is a good one to have in your pantry AT ALL TIMES.
H IS FOR HEMP FOODS AUSTRALIA
From the Byron Hinterland, Hemp Foods Australia is the largest Australian Certified Organic Hemp Food manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere. Bit of Background; Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of vegetarian and vegan protein, they’re a popular source for plant-based protein powders. Hemp protein powders are just as versatile as the seeds are in their purest form–they can substitute 25 percent of flour in baked good recipes. And when consuming hemp seeds, you can either dry toast them, eat them raw or even bake them into muffins. All you need is a few tablespoons. We’re completely serious when we say this seed can pretty much do it all! Little Hen stocks a wide range of Hemp Foods Australia products for all your hemp loving needs.
I IS FOR INSIDE OUT MILK
It’s no secret that non-dairy milk is a massive trend at the moment and there’s no shortage of options to try and buy. Inside Out Milk are pretty damn convincing with their ethics and flavours, and that’s probably why their Australia’s largest producer of fresh non-dairy milks. Inside Out products are 100% natural with no added sugar, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and are cold pressured to lock in the nutrients and get rid of any nasties – avoiding the need for any damaging heat treatment. Just the way we like our vegan goodies.
J IS FOR JOMEIS FINE FOODS
Food’s ability to nurture and heal is the foundation of Jomei’s Fine Foods.
The name Jomei means "he who spreads light", which is the ethos embodied by Jomeis Fine Foods #spreadingthelight is their mission, to educate people that they can eat well, good quality, heathy, nutritious wholefoods & it can taste good. Their latest product offering is their nutritional latte blends, and we’re so glad they crafted these insanely delicious blends. These café delights are vegan and completely ‘non-nasty’, best part is they were formulated to be predominantly mixed with non dairy milks. Minty Cacao Almond Latte Anyone? Yes. Me, I’ll have two please!!
K IS FOR KEHOES KITCHEN
Kehoe’s Kitchen is Australia’s first producer of Certified Organic raw vegan fermented sauerkrauts, award winning kimchi, probiotic cashew cheese and many other pickled things. Kehoe’s Kitchen vegetable ferments are fully fermented before being jarred and sent to retailers. This ensures more digestive enzymes, higher probiotic content, less or no fizz in the jar and most importantly a beautiful mature traditional acidic sauerkraut or kimchi flavour. Kehoe’s Kitchen foods are grain free, gluten free, dairy free, soy and sugar free making them suitable for those on Paleo, GAPS, Body Ecology, RAW, Vegan, wholefood and most other healing diets.
L IS FOR LOMA LINDA
Plant Based since 1890 (now that’s ahead of the game) Loma Linda is an American plant based protein company that creates meat substitute products. We realise these products aren’t for ALL vegans, but for those transitioning into vegan life we highly recommend these unique products. With lines such as Fishless Tuna, Chick’n, Vegan Chorizo and Hearty Stew with meatless chunks. If you not quite ready to give up meat products but embrace the vegan ethos, then these are for you.
M IS FOR MIIRO ICE CREAM
Picture this… a Magnum ice cream that is dairy free, refined sugar free, made with raw cacao and has no artificial anything.
You’re picturing Miiro ice-creams.
Yup, they exist, and are in stock at Little Hen. These imported European delights come in peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut and salted caramel varieties and should most definitely be on your vegan treat radar this summer.
N IS FOR NOYA NUT BUTTER
Butter, arguably a tough one to abstain from as a vegan… Until you try Noya Nut Butter. Made by the Royal Nut Company, Noya Nut Butters taste as good as they look (and they look good AF).
Their rainbow of flavours include favourites such as Almond and Cashew, and some more interesting varieties such as pistachio and Brazil and Flaxseed Butter.
Apart from eating it them straight from the spoon, we recommend using these creamy delicious spreads in smoothie bowls, baking and on veggies as a snack.
O IS FOR OVER THE MOO
“Dairy Free ice cream that’s good enough to fool your Granny” is how Over the Moo describe their devilishly good vegan ice-cream.
Over the moo pride themselves on the smooth and creamy texture of their coconut based desserts.
With classic flavours like Mint, Cookies and Cream and or course chocolate, we suggest you skip the bowl and attack this directly with a spoon from the tub.
P IS FOR PRIMASOY TEMPEH
Tempeh is a highly nutritious soy product which is very popular in its country of origin, Indonesia.
Tempeh is made from Soy Beans and a brilliant source of vegan protein.
Good quality tempeh should be firm, dense and covered with white mycelium. It should have a pleasant, clean, subtly sweet or mushroom-like aroma.
It may be fried, deep fried, grilled, braised, steamed or boiled. Cooked on its own without seasoning, tempeh has a nutty, mushroom taste.
When seasoned however, tempeh will readily accept the flavours of the seasonings it is cooked in.
Primasoy offers a range of delicious tempeh products such as; plain, chilli, tamarind, garlic and coriander and tamari and ginger.
If you’re yet to try this versatile product… you probably should. It’s a game changer.
Q IS FOR QUINOA
Ok, so ‘Quinoa’ isn’t a brand but we all know Q is a ball ache of a letter in scrabble and a-z guides alike. Plus, Quinoa is freakin’ amazing, so we’re talking about it. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fibre, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. The other ridiculously cool thing about Quinoa is how versatile it is as an ingredient; add it to salads, make burger patties, make ‘taco mince’, add it to Buddha bowls, make breakfast porridge and use it in healthy treats. We stock a range of different quinoa products at Little Hen to make all your legit superfood dreams come true.
R IS FOR ROZA'S GOURMET
Roza’s philosophy that “the right sauce can turn any meal into a feast”. We tend to agree with Roza and can attest to her products living up to their mantra.
Roza’s has a particularly great range of vegan condiments, sauces and products. Their Vegan Mayo is a personal fave of many Little Hen staff, and their Vegan Pesto is one of our top selling products.
Brand new to their range are their range of Vegan crackers in flavours like beetroot and spinach and sesame.
Yum. Salivating writing this.
S IS FOR SUZY SPOON VEGE BUTCHER
Suzy Spoon started her business after discovering that a lot of vegan products available in supermarkets were tasteless, rubbery and highly processed.
Her range of 100% plant based products are definitely a welcomed antidote to the bland and texturally challenging vegan products on the market.
Vegan sausages, vegan bolognase, vegan pepperoni and vegan bacon are all in her line up of acclaimed products.
Level up your Vegan BBQ game with Suzy Spoon.
T IS FOR TALLYHO FARM
Ready for some alliteration?!
Tallyho Tirelessly Tease us with Their Terrific Tofu and Tempeh treats.
Made lovingly in Perth WA, all Tallyho farm products are Vegan, Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic and Gluten Free.
Similar to Tempeh we discussed earlier, Tofu is a classic vegan staple food. Tofu, or bean curd, is a popular food derived from soya. It is made by curdling fresh soya milk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it – in much the same way that traditional dairy cheese is made by curdling and solidifying milk.
Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.
It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.
U IS FOR UPTON NATURALS
Imagine eating delicious, saucy, falling-apart pulled pork and then discovering that it was not pork at all, but the impressively versatile jackfruit.
Now, imagine discovering this brilliant product in your local ethical grocer… oh wait, you don’t have to, it is!! Upton Naturals bring you the most mouth watering range of pre-made jackfruit and seitan for all of your vegan desires. Barbque, Sriracha, Chilli Lime these tantalising flavours of this wonder product are all ready for you to devour at Little Hen.
V IS FOR VITAL GREENS
It’s very important that a vegan diet contains a healthy amount of protein. Protein can be consumed from many more products than meat. Vital Protein is a high quality complete protein supplement and vegan protein powder. Vital Protein is extracted from the highest quality European golden peas and has a balanced amino acid profile, one of the highest of any plant based protein. It also has the highest bio-availability due to a unique extraction process that allows access to the full amino acid profile.
This easy-to-digest vegetarian protein is suitable for vegans and is free from dairy, lactose, gluten, soy and wheat, making it perfect for sensitive tummies. And because Vital Protein is free from nasty additives, you can be assured it only contains pure and natural nutrition, making it the obvious choice when it comes to protein supplements.
W IS FOR WELL & GOOD
Cake is freakin' delicious, but unfortunately most conventional cakes contain eggs and dairy as essential ingredients. Enter Well & Good, rescuing all your conventional cake nightmares with their dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free cake and bread mixes. While Well & Good might be free from a lot of things, taste absolutely isn’t one of them. Our personal fave is the all purpose muffin mix, so you can get creative with your muffin game without compromising your values.
X IS FOR FRESH PRODUCE (WILD CARD)
X, it’s always the “ugh” of the A-Z game. We don’t stock any brand or even foods that begin with the letter X, so we’re using it as a wild card. We’re using X to talk about Fruit and Vegetables. Without question fruit and veg are the absolute staple of a vegan diet. At Little Hen we have an extensive fresh produce section that contains everything from Apples to Zucchinis. The best part is, pretty much all of our fresh produce is organic. As a vegan consuming a plant based diet, it’s recommended that you consume as much organic produce as possible. Companies like Monsato cover conventional produce with potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals, you don’t want them in your system. Come in and explore Little Hens Fruit and Vegetable haven today.
Y IS FOR YAY FOODS
Quickly establishing itself as a cult vegan product, Yay Macadamia Feta is one of the best things you’ll ever taste. YAY! is run by two sisters, who are passionate about ethical business, passionate about veganism, and passionate about amazing food. The name YAY! was born when they tapped into how they wanted people to feel about their food, and how they wanted to feel while running the business. YAY! By name, YAY! By nature. You will hear nothing but rave reviews for their vegan cheese, however you’ll have to be quick as this product never lasts very long on our shelves.
Z IS FOR ZEBRA DREAM
Another one for those of us who like their fridges to look, as well as taste on-point. Zebra Dream create rich and deliciously nutritious coconut ice cream flavours that are full of swirls, chunks and delightful surprises. It’s like music to your mouth.
Zebra Dream ice cream has the dreamiest and creamiest texture ever. It’s not just “Oh this is nice and creamy.” It’s more like “Holy Sh!#, how did they make it so velvety silky and smooth?” But don’t take our word for it! Open the lid and take your taste buds on a whimsical new adventure!