Decadent Chocolate cake with chocolate & strawberry frosting

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This is a slight variation to my best vegan chocolate cake I use. Made it for a friends tea party… This is an indulgent cake and no one will guess it’s vegan.

Recipe as follows:
1&1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup warm water mixed with 1 tsp instant coffee powder
1/2 cup homemade apple sauce (from 1 small apple)*
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp margarine
2 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt making sure it is really blended together.keep aside.
Add the water, vanilla, oil, sugar,cocoa, and vinegar in a bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into dry mixture and fold in. Bake at 180 C for 30 mins.
Allow to cool for 2 hours or overnight.

Glaze:
In a pan, mix cocoa, milk, butter and sugar. Turn the heat on and keep stirring till sugar melts and bubbles appear on top of the sauce. It will get a glossy look. Turn off heat, add the vanilla essence.
Pour over the cake and spread along sides. Decorate with strawberries. Chill in fridge.

Tip: This cake tastes even more rich and flavorful the day after it’s made.

*Homemade apple sauce: 1 apple makes 1/2 cup sauce
Peel and dice 1 small apple.put in a pan with half cup water and 1 /2 tsp cinnamon pwdr(optional)
Cover and cook for 10 mins till soft. Puree and use.
Storage- Home-made apple sauce can be stored in the fridge and used within 3 days.

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Baby spinach, avocado and strawberry salad

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This is a tasty light lunch or dinner salad. I ate this last night for dinner with 2 slices of a vegetarian pizza. Perfect for a summer night, as the weather gets warmer here, I’m craving more cool and light salads. Balsamic vinegar can be used instead of lemon juice.

Baby spinach leaves 1 cup
Strawberries halved 5
Avocado sliced, 1/4 of a big one
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Olive oil 1 tsp
salt to taste

Assembly:
Layer the avocados and strawberries on a bed of spinach. Mix lemon juice and olive oil and pour on top. Sprinkle with salt.

Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

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This is such a fail proof recipe , easy and quick using items that are regular pantry ingredients.
Can be frosted or eaten as it is. And the best part, it’s egg free,butter less and vegan. No one will ever guess its vegan, just don’t tell them!!!

Adapted from here

Cake Ingredients

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar or lemon juice

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp almond/soy milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt making sure it is really blended together.
Add the water, vanilla, oil, sugar and vinegar in a bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into dry mixture and fold in. Bake at 180 C for 30 mins.

Recipe tips:
Non vegans don’t have to use almond or soy milk or margarine, you can use butter in place of the margarine, and whatever milk you prefer in place of the almond or soy.
I used 1 tsp of expresso coffee granules in the warm water to give it a deeper flavour.
Can use apple puree instead of oil to make it fat-free.

Healthy Brekky Banana Bread

Healthy Brekky Banana Bread

This is a low fat,low sugar,butter less,egg fee, vegan bread. So healthy and hearty for breakfast or a snack.
This is a guilt free treat, with a cuppa green tea and a good friend.

Dry:
1 cup whole wheat flour(atta)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon pwdr

Wet:
2 ripe bananas, mashed with fork or blended
4 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (or 1/4 cup sugar)
1/4 cup almond milk (or normal milk or buttermilk)
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients first.
Mix wet ingreds in a separate bowl.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingreds and fold with a spatula, immediately put into oven to bake. Bake 20 mins.
Use a knife to check the middle. If it sticks, keep baking for another 5 mins.

Recipe Substitutions:

You can cut the amount of sweetener down to your taste.
Quinoa or brown rice flour can replace the wheat flour to go gluten-free
You can olive oil or vegetable oil. I made it with as little as 1 tablespoon of oil for a low-fat banana bread.
For dessert, throw in a handful of chocolate chips and shredded coconut!
This recipe is also great for muffins. Muffins take 15 minutes until done

Additions: Any of the below can be added for variation and to make it super healthy::
Walnuts chopped
Chopped dates
Almond slices
Pecans chopped
Dried Cherry
Blueberries
Pureed fresh strawberries swirled through
Pureed fresh raspberries for a marbled effect
Flax meal

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Mocha Chocolate Banana Bread

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This is a moist and flavorful decadent bread that tastes just like chocolate cake . The coffee adds to the overall oomph factor but feel free to leave it out. This recipe is adapted from live.love.learn.eat.blog , one of my favorite vegan blogs. I love the recipes there, I love the writer and how compassionate and real she is and I feel so connected to Tiffany as a person even though we live continents apart!
Original recipe here
I made this for a mothers group meeting we had, not a crumb left I tell you.
Make it, eat it and share the love.

SR flour 1 cup
Salt ,under 1/4 tsp
Cocoa pwdr 5 heaped tsp
Raw sugar 1/2 cup (Acc to taste)
Bananas 2 ripe
Canola oil 1/4 cup
Almond milk 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Instant coffee decoction 1/3 cup

Blend bananas,oil and cocoa powder in mixer. Add this mixture to a bowl, add the coffee decoction, almond milk, and vanilla essence. Mix well.
Add the sugar set and mix it in.
Finally fold in the flour quickly. Do not over mix. Sprinkle some raw sugar on top for added crunch (optional)
Bake in preheated oven at 160-170 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Cool and slice.

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The story of Life

By- unknown author

“Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be, your neighbor, your coworker, a long lost friend, or a complete stranger. When you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.

Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly if you Love someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live. That’s the story of Life.”

“My life has been filled with miseries and failures, most of which have never happened.” Mark Twain