REAL Veg, REAL simple !

I dedicate this blog to all those who ask us all the time "What does a vegan/vegetarian eat?" ....
This is it, the food on my plate !

It's not weird, it's not impossible and YES, it is TASTY! .... can't you tell?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Vegan Zucchini Cake

This is a cake, not a bread. It is VERY VERY moist and very light. If you like the denser, more "traditional" zucchini bread, this is not for you. =-) But I highly reccomend that you try it anyway and you may just find yourself eating more than one slice. You can also toast it and spread a little cream cheese on it to accompany your morning coffee, just a thought.
I also gotta warn that the ingredients list may seem a little lenghty, but the actual work of putting them together is a cinch, so it balances out. At the risk of sounding too foodie-snobish, I will say that doing your "mise en place" is very important. That is, having all your ingredients out and set up so you don't run around the kitchen like a chicken with it's head cut off, trying to get your ingredients out one by one as you mix. Just do it, it will make the process more time efficient and make you feel like a pro. Added bonus, you will be verifying that you in fact have all the ingredients you need before you get stuck half way through with not enough baking powder. (wink, wink!) ;-) Here we go...

2 c. grated zucchini (one large zucchini)
1 medium very ripe banana
1/2 cup (4 oz.) apple sauce
juice of one lemon and it's zest
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 c. soy milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 TB. flax meal

1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cups almond meal (if at all possible, Trader Joe's brand)
1 tsp. baking SODA
1/4 tsp. baking POWDER
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown)

1. Preheat oven to 350. In your liquid cup measure or small bowl combine flax meal and soy milk. Mix and let stand.
2. In a medium bowl combine zucchini, lemon juice and zest, banana, apple sauce and vanilla. Add oil to the flax and soy milk mixture. Mix vigorously and combine with rest of wet ingredients.
3. In large bowl mix all dry ingredients. Fold in wet ingredients. Pour batter into bundt pan. Bake for 1 hr or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool at least one hour before eating.


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