Afternoon Tea the Vegan Way!

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Most of you probably know that this month we are celebrating Veganuary! Veganuary is a registered charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year!!

Last year Qi Teas proudly became vegan certified and we are keen to help others get on board with giving vegan a try!

Here at Qi Teas we are all about delicious afternoon tea treats and although January is a time when we are all watching what we eat, these Vegan treats are too delicious to miss out on!!!

This blog has some super tasty ideas for incorporating a vegan diet into your afternoon tea recipes!

When we think of afternoon tea we think - tiny crustless sandwiches, hot teapots full off Qi Afternoon single-estate Organic Fairtrade Tea or maybe Qi Organic Fairtrade Earl Grey Tea with cake and or biscuits, or even extra special fruit scones to satisfy the sweet tooth most of us have on these chilly January afternoons!

Unfortunately preparing these special treats in a vegan friendly way isn't always easy for the novice (or experienced) baker… What do we use instead of butter? Is there such a thing as vegan cream?? What can I use instead of eggs?? Will they taste as good when I am substituting many animal based products? The answer is YES absolutely!! In fact some might argue they taste EVEN BETTER!

Fear not, vegan baking or cooking need not be scary and daunting. We have some great tips for you below on how to add a few vegan treats to your Afternoon Tea!

Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes

With a deliciously fragrant hint of bergamot, our Organic Earl Grey Tea bags can be used to create this fab vegan treat!

4 Qi Organic Earl Grey teabags (cut open and mix the contents into the flour)

160g self raising flour

95g white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

85ml cup non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)

40ml light oil (such as canola or vegetable)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


85g vegan butter - eg Vitalite or sunflower spread

200g powdered or icing sugar

Few drops vanilla extract

1 cup of Organic Qi Earl Grey Tea (use minimal hot water, just enough to cover the bag and release the delicious taste and goodness)

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add all the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon your mixture into cup cake cases and bake at 180 for 18 - 20 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted in the middle comes away clean. DELICIOUS!

Vegan Scones and Cream

475 g self-raising flour

70 g caster sugar

A pinch of salt

75 g vegan butter (eg Vitalite)

240 ml dairy-free milk (eg almond or soy)

(Optional) handful of dr