Vegan restaurants in Dublin

I flew across to Dublin last week for a whirlwind trip around Ireland, so, of course, I was keen to find out where to go for vegan food in the city. As someone from Northern Ireland, who has ordered the 'vegetarian option' of chips when I'm back visiting family, I'll admit I didn't have high hopes for finding vegan restaurants in Ireland. I was pleasantly surprised then to find that Dublin is bursting with vegetarian and vegan food - in fact, I didn't even get to try  everywhere on my list! Ah well, I guess that gives me the perfect excuse to go back then... For anyone else considering a trip to this wonderful city (and if you're not already, you should be), I've rounded up a little vegan guide to Dublin.


Oh my, will you just look at those vegan pancakes?! Pop in to Yogism in George's Street Arcade for a plate of these buckwheat flour and banana pancakes, served with homemade coconut yoghurt, caramelised banana, almond nibs, walnuts, and syrup. Yogism isn't exclusively vegan, but still worth a visit for pancakes, smoothies and coffee (or ask them to skip the honey on their porridge, which is cooked in coconut milk). There's even a peanut butter tap, which, if you ask me, is reason enough to visit Ireland. 

Umi Falafel

Umi Falafel is a vegetarian restaurant serving up fresh falafel wraps and salads, to sit in or take away. I ordered 'The Palestinian Falafel', a pitta bread full of hummus, tomato, cucumber pickles, fried aubergine, flat parsley topped with chilli and tahini sauce, and sweet potato fries. With two different locations in Dublin, including one on Dame Street around the corner from Dublin Castle, Umi Falafel is also really convenient when you're rushing around from one tourist sight to the next (or on your way to a pub crawl and need something to line your stomach...).


Okay, so curry isn't the most attractive food to photograph, but I promise you that this was all so delicious! Govindas is a vegetarian, canteen-style restaurant, with two locations in Dublin, so grab a tray and tuck in. We asked the server what was vegan and he heaped our plates with rice and curry sauce, cauliflower and potato curry, curried chickpeas, homemade brown bread, and insisted that we also try the lentil shepherd's pie. I would like to point out that plate of shepherd's pie was for two to share - I'm honestly not that greedy... 

Antoinette's Bakery

We headed to Antoinette's Bakery on our first day in Dublin, because when I hear about vegan doughnuts I don't hang about! This gluten-free bakery has a counter packed with freshly baked cakes and biscuits, with vegan options clearly marked. I was delighted not only find vegan sugar doughnuts, but also cinnamon or chocolate snickerdoodles and chocolate cupcakes. These were all so creamy, light and tasty but the cinnamon snickerdoodle had to be my favourite. We were also served coffee and tea (with a choice of different nut milks) in wonderfully mismatched mugs - I do wonder if the waitress handed Sam the Scotland mug after hearing his accent!

Sova Vegan Butcher

Not far from Antoinette's Bakery is the wonderful Sova Vegan Butcher. This BYOB restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has one of the most creative vegan menus I've ever seen anywhere. King skallops with beurre blanc sauce, dill potato cakes, marinated cauliflower, black pudding crisps and kelp caviar is just one of the incredible options on the dinner menu, for example. I've shared two photos from Sova Vegan Butcher because, even though I ordered the chia burger (served with red onion marmalade, fermented cucumber, coleslaw and jalapeno mayo), I have to mention the seitan doner kebab. This beauty is served with beef tomato, guacomole, white cabbage, mixed salad and tzatziki, has an incredible smokey taste, and is making me hungry just remembering it. 


I'm going to finish with Cornucopia and their tasty take on a vegan cooked breakfast: sausage, grilled mushroom, hash brown, scrambled tofu with peppers and mushrooms, homemade baked beans, and freshly baked toast. This spread - washed down with a teapot of breakfast tea with almond milk - was exactly what I needed before heading to the Irish seaside for a day of exploring.  Carnicopia is another canteen-style restaurant, so grab a tray and choose from a 'fry up', fruit or granola for breakfast, then a daily selection of soups, salads, wraps, and five different mains from noon until closing. Oh, and cakes and desserts, of course!

Let me know if I've missed out any of your favourite places for vegetarian and vegan food in Dublin!

Lean and green vegan protein

The question every vegetarian and vegan dreads: 'Where do you get your protein?!' While the powerful meat industry might want to us to believe that a plant-based diet means vegetarians and vegans are doomed to be weaker and slower, it simply isn't true. If you don't believe me, take a mosey at just some of the Olympic athletes who shun meat, including the only male US weightlifter to qualify for the 2016 Olympics (look at Kendrick's muscles then tell me vegans don't get enough protein)!

Okay, so we might not all be aiming for the Olympics, but protein is necessary for everyone: an essential nutrient, it's responsible for building tissue, cells and muscle, as well as making hormones and antibodies. While most of us will reach our daily requirement by following a healthy, balanced diet, if you do endurance sports or weight training you may find it helpful to increase your protein intake. Whether you're looking for a new recipe for after your next workout, or just want inspiration for a protein-packed snack which will stop your office biscuit cravings, I've shared three healthy recipe ideas using Bio-Synergy Lean and Green protein powder:

Butterscotch protein pancakes

Makes approximately 10 pancakes


2 scoops butterscotch flavour vegan protein

2 scoops self-raising flour

1 scoop porridge oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

2½ tablespoon water 

300ml unsweetened almond milk


Start by mixing the ground flaxseed and water together, then set aside to thicken. 

Mix the protein powder, flour, oats and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl, then pour in the almond milk until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Stir in the flax 'egg'.

Cook on a medium temperature, flipping carefully.

Top with chopped fruit.  

These pancakes are thick, filling and sweet. I had mine topped with mashed banana after a morning workout and felt full right up until lunch time. However, if you fancy pancakes for dessert, this recipe is from the Bio-Synergy website, where they've topped their stack with dairy-free fudge and ice cream!

Butterscotch, cacao and peanut butter protein shake

Makes 2 large glasses


1 scoop butterscotch flavour vegan protein

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup cold water

1 cup ice cubes

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 tablespoon cacao powder


Whizz all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. 

Drink straight away while still ice cold. 

I'm not lying when I say if I'm feeling unmotivated this protein shake could convince me to work out: creamy and sweet, it tastes like a butterscotch and peanut butter chocolate bar blended together in a glass. Also, who doesn't love an excuse to eat more peanut butter?!  

Butterscotch and coconut protein bites

Makes 20 balls


1 scoop butterscotch flavour vegan protein

1 cup oatmeal

2/3 cup desiccated coconut 

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 ground flax seed

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cacao 


Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well combined

Place the bowl in the fridge for an hour to let the mixture firm up.

Roll into 1 inch balls. 

I can't believe this is my first time making protein bites at home, despite a rather pricey addiction to the shop-bought versions... The flavours in this recipe blend together really well, which means the protein bites taste lovely and sweet, without any one flavour overpowering the rest. These can also keep in your fridge for up to a week, so are a perfect snack to take to work in case the mid-morning hunger pangs kick in!

As part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, protein powder can be an easy - and tasty! - way to hit your daily protein requirement, or supplement your workouts. However, I should stress that protein powder alone won't get you into shape, especially if you skip the workout and just glug down another glass of butterscotch, cacao and peanut butter milkshake...

Bio-Synergy kindly sent me their Lean and Green vegan protein powder to try, but all thoughts, opinions, and peanut butter addictions are my own.
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