Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fat-Free Vegan Chocolate Cake

This dessert is vegan and fat-free!! I know, right?!  I titled it in my Jordan's honor because he makes it for himself, he makes it for me, he makes it for neighbors, he makes it for anybody and for any reason.  I think everyone knows about his delicious cake!  It's fast becoming a legend.  And if you don't know about it yet, you have only to ask... he'll make one for you, too!  Be sure to pair this dessert with a fat-free frosting: Just use applesauce or mashed bananas in place of margarines or oils in your favorite recipe.  Enjoy!  Makes 24 servings. (The picture above features a half recipe--it bakes as a 9x9 cake beautifully!)

Jordan's Fat-Free Vegan Chocolate Cake

Organic Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of white flour (or use wheat flour)
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups sugar or dry sweetener
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups water or plant-based milk

Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder and mix on lowest speed setting.  Set aside. In a separate bowl mix applesauce, sugar, vanilla, and water/milk.  Now pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until "just mixed" and the batter is smooth.  Pour into baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into cake center. It's hard to burn this moist cake, so if in doubt leave it in the oven an extra 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool before applying frosting. Easy-peasy! Enjoy! 

Bo Urr! Corn Pancakes

“Oi dearly do luv pancakers wi brekkist!”
--Grumm the mole, from Brian Jacques’ novel of Redwall, Martin the Warrior, page 310.  

Jordan and I agree that many a Redwaller may have enjoyed such a "brekkist". We “dearly do luv pancakers” too, Mr. Moler!  Although, it must be said that we usually eat them at dinnertime.  Serve with organic vegan butter and organic pure maple syrup or any favorite jam. Makes 16 small cakes.

Bo Urr! Corn Pancakes

Organic Ingredients:
1 16oz. can of corn, drained
1 1/4 cups white flour
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups of plain soymilk

Pour corn into a food processor and blend until kernels are well pulverized. Set aside. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add soymilk and mashed corn to the dry ingredients. Stir carefully until “just mixed” (if you mix too vigorously, the pancakes won’t get fluffy!). Set stove top to medium heat. Portion out 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly greased, non-stick pan/griddle. When the pancake center starts to congeal and bubble, flip it over and cook the other side until golden brown. Each side takes approximately 3 minutes. Repeat steps until batter is all used up. Keep cakes warm in a covered pot until ready to eat.