The course includes:

  • 4 weeks of in-depth advice on all aspects of vegan cooking, from picking good produce and ingredients, to cooking methods, kitchen gadgets, time-saving tips, and more!
  • Practical course notes and videos with Dave and Steve 
  • Course content can be done in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Guidance on how to cook a wide variety of delicious plant-based meals without having to rely on recipes
  • Printable course notes 
  • Weekly supportive Q&As with Dave and Steve
  • Access to a private online community to help support you on your cooking journey
  • The support of a dedicated online customer care team



Deirdre Donnelly

"The course has meant that cooking has become a hobby and no longer a chore!"

Eva Salamon

"The course is really helpful if you want to live a zero-waste lifestyle!"

Georgina Tully

"The course gave me greater inspiration and more ideas to cook delicious vegan food!"

About The Happy Pear

David and Stephen Flynn started The Happy Pear in 2004 in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland to create a happier, healthier world and build community. Today they are renowned wholefood and plant-based chefs, award-winning authors, international bestselling authors, YouTube stars with more than 20 million views, regular international, inspirational speakers and media contributors, and they have a combined online and social media following of over a million.

What the course covers

  • Kitchen basics

    • knife skills
    • equipment and measurements
    • seasoning - the dark art and subtleties
    • textures in cooking (Crunch, moisture, creaminess and bite)
    • oil free cooking basics
    • spices and herbs
    • quick tips for being organised
    • Flours
    • binders
    • sweeteners


    Produce & store cupboard staples

    • picking good produce
    • store cupboard staples
    • alternatives to dairy
    • specialist ingredients
    • label reading
    • organic vs non organic
    • seasonality of produce


    Quick easy dinners

    • intro and basics
    • sauce ingredients
    • beans and pulses
    • flavour agents, seasoning and garnishes
    • putting a dish together
    • bowl meals
    • our 5 minute meal series



    • pancakes
    • granola & muesli
    • making non daily milks
    • smoothies and juices
    • fried breakfast basics
    • omelettes and frittatas
    • overnight oats and chia seed puddings
    • brekkie toppings


    The basics of plan based nutrition

    • whole food plant based VS vegan
    • protein, calcium and iron
    • some nutrients to keep in mind
    • whole fat versus refined fats
    • The law of diminishing returns.. Dave’s thought'
  • Pasta & Pizza


    • Pasta basics
    • pasta sauces
    • lasagne, cannelloni and baked pasta dishes
    • pizza basics - making your dough and tomato sauce
    • pizza toppings and vegan cheese options
    • cooking methods and bringing it all together



    • soup basics
    • stock basics
    • key soup elements - texture, colour and taste
    • suggested recipes



    • salad basics
    • how to take your salad to the next level
    • green salads
    • bean salads
    • grain salads
    • salad framework


    Eating out and travelling while vegan and plant based

    • Eating out
    • travelling
    • being prepared
    • falling off the wagon -
    • explaining your new diet to family and friends


    Plant based nutrition - cardiovascular disease

    • oil free cooking
    • happy heart
  • Burgers

    • burger basics
    • whole food burgers
    • meat alternative burgers
    • novelty burgers
    • fries


    Dips and sandwiches

    • hummus
    • vegan mayo
    • ketchup
    • harissa
    • guacamole
    • other condiments
    • sandwich masterclass


    Stews and curries

    • stew framework
    • stew sauces
    • how to vary cooking time
    • curry basics
    • fancier more complex curries
    • noodle based curries
    • rice based one pot wonders


    Meal planning and batch cooking

    • meal planning basics
    • planning the week ahead


    Plant based nutrition - gut health and the micro biome

    • low FODMAP diet
    • micro biome basics
    • 5 tips for a healthy gut
  • Bakes, pies and wellingtons


    • basic framework
    • bakes
    • pies
    • wellingtons


    Introduction to fermentation

    • introduction to fermentation
    • sourdough bread
    • making your own yoghurt
    • sauerkraut and kim chi
    • kombucha and ginger bug
    • picking 101


    Plant based nutrition - sustaining a vegan diet in the long term

    • Dave & Steve tips for sustaining a vegan diet after 18 years


    Further resources

    • vegan athletes
    • useful websites
    • podcasts and books
    • well known vegans and instagram accounts to follow

"Unbelievably tasty veggie food for lunch today at The Happy Pear 😍👌🏽 Buddha bowl and vegetarian lasagne 🔥♥️ Thanks for having me stay over guys. I’ve loved the food, the calmness of the countryside, the wonderful community you’ve created and the dip in the sea this morning ♥️🙌🏽 "

Joe Wicks
The Body Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

You have access to the course for 12 months.

You will be able to find almost all the ingredients on this course in your local supermarket or health food shop.

The course is self-led and can be started any time!

The course notes can be accessed at whatever time suits you and it is a self-led course. We advise you to cook as much as you can on the course, so cooking time will depend on how much you choose to cook. The meals are all designed to be quick and easy to make.

Yes, all the course content is online, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time you like!

Yes, your course can be accessed on both a mobile phone and laptop/ computer.

While we cannot guarantee that our Ultimate Vegan Cooking Course will help you to lose weight, this can be a side-effect of taking part.

It is not designed to be a weight-loss programme. There is no counting calories or meal plans.

There are no meal plans on this course. It is designed to be a culinary adventure where you are invited to cook whatever dishes you like each week.

You are entitled to a full refund within one week of your payment, in accordance with Distance Selling regulations, provided that the course has not already started.
We cannot refund fees in respect of cancellation after this time but we can facilitate a transfer to the course at a different date. We cannot offer partial refunds to students who do not finish a course. In the event that you are unable to complete the course within the intended time period, please contact [email protected] discuss an extension.

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