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Fabulous Finger Foods For Everyone To Enjoy

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Gone are the days when people with dietary requirements and preferences struggled to find things to eat at parties—in the 21st century, it's important to be able to cater for all your guests. If you don't want to fall into the trap of leaving people with nothing to nibble on but carrot sticks and hummus, try incorporating some of these delicious and versatile finger foods into your party spread. The best news is that every single one of them is both vegan and gluten-free!

  1. A huge number of popular dips are both vegan and gluten-free. In addition to the ubiquitous hummus you've also got salsa, baba ganoush, guacamole and plenty more—so the real trick is coming up with new and interesting things to dip into them. Vegetable crudites and corn tortilla chips are always a good start, but why not also look into roasted sweet potato fries, crispy plantain or homemade polenta chips? For an alternative way to serve your dips, try scooping out the innards of a cherry tomato and filling it with a homemade dip for a delicious bomb of flavour.  
  2. Using mashed beans and pulses, all your favourite spices and a vegan binder such as a 'flax egg' you can easily form falafel-style patties and shallow fry them to make a finger food everyone will love. Actual falafels are of course made using chickpeas, but all kinds of legumes work to make delicious crispy patties—kidney beans are particularly good with chilli-style spices, while the more aromatic flavours are a great match for harissa, butter or other white beans.  
  3. For those with a sweeter tooth, fruit dipped in dark chocolate is always a hit. There's no need to stop there, though; by flavouring the chocolate with chili, cardamom, clove or anything else that takes your fancy, you can make these little treats into something truly special. Keep the bain-marie bubbling on the table and let people dip their own for a vegan and gluten-free fondue dessert that looks good in any spread. You don't have to stick to just fruit, either--fudge can be made vegan simply by substituting the butter, and is a great choice for those who really like it sweet. Scoops of frozen extra crunchy peanut butter are like an improved version of home-made PB cups, and saltier choices like tortilla chips are surprisingly good if given a chance. Even baby carrots are pretty delicious, especially with spicy chocolate mixtures!