Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Easy Vegan Apple-Chia Cake

My personal belief is that vegan baking is waaay easier than regular baking.
The part I don't like about baking is having to follow rules. You can't just throw a little bit of this here and there as you go, tasting it all of the way, but instead have to mix up everything in sequence using measuring cups (Hate em!) and hope that it all turns out okay.
If it doesn't, then you're dunzo and you just wasted a bunch of ingredients.

However, I've come to find that not using eggs, butter and regular sugar makes it a lot easier (for me, anyway). So I altered a generic vegan "Apple Sauce Cake" recipe into my own by using coconut oil, chia seeds and flavor twist.

Easy Vegan Apple-Chia Cake 
1/3 cup coconut oil (liquid)
1/2 cup of agave
1 & 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ginger (fresh or powder)
1 organic apple

Lemon-Apple Glaze
Juice of one lemon + 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
2-3 tbsp apple sauce
1/2-3/4 cup of sugar (depends on how much absorbs)
***You don't want this sauce too thick, but also not too runny. So measure on your judgement!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix oil, sugar and apple sauce.
3. Combine dry ingredients and add slowly to wet mixture and beat until smooth pancake-like batter.
4. Add chia seeds and mix.
5. Grease a deep cake dish (I used coconut oil spray).
6. Skin and thinly slice apples into half moon shape.
7. Lay one layer of apples, in a spiral fashion in the dish.
8. Pour half of the batter, and layer apples again (spiral).
9. Pour the rest of the batter, and spiral again on top.
10. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
11. Pour glaze on top and serve!

Good for breakfast or dessert! :)

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