I always laugh when people ask me what vegans eat. “They just eat grass” “Rabbit food” “Must be boring.”
I guess it’s not their fault though- they simply don’t know all the foods there are to eat. Anything that you eat now can be made into a vegan version: cake, waffles, burgers, pancakes, hot dogs, ice-cream, chocolate bars, pizza; you name it, vegans can make it.
The best way to introduce your family and friends to veganism is by showing them how amazing the food is. People are always so shocked when they try something vegan I’ve made. “Oh, this is vegan!?? Wow, this actually tastes good.” Or, “Oh, it tastes good for something vegan.”
Vegan baking is literally just baking without the use of eggs or milk. Or honey if you use that. And you can easily substitute any dairy milk with a non-dairy milk. (Almond, coconut, oat, hemp, rice, etc). Eggs are easily substituted as well. (Mashed banana, apple sauce, chia seed egg, flaxseed egg, etc) And as for honey; well, there’s maple syrup (my favourite), agave syrup, rice malt syrup, date syrup, and so many other vegan syrups.
Long story short, vegan baking is not boring, and it is not gross. It is freaking delicious.
So enough rambling from me. Let’s get right into the recipe, shall we?
- 3 cups oat flour
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup carob powder
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup apple sauce (or mashed banana)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out two circular pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in all of your wet ingredients, (almond milk, vinegar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, apple sauce) and whisk together
- In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. (oat flour, coconut sugar, carob powder, baking powder)
- Add your dry ingredients gradually into your wet ingredients while whisking it together
- Grease your two pans with a tiny bit of coconut oil and pour your mix in.
- Place them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Once finished, remove the cakes from the oven, stick a toothpick in the center, and if it comes out dry, they are all done.
- Let cool for an hour before cutting or icing.
- In a blender or food processor, add in 1 cup of pitted dates, 3 tbsp. of chocolate peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice), 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 tbsp. carob powder, and 1 tbsp. maple syrup.
- Once mixed together, let it sit in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to thicken up, then spread evenly over your cake.
- Keep in the fridge for optimal results