Treat Yo’ Self: Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

 

I’m just stepping to the vegan baking game, and let me tell you this recipe is the truth! I have been dying to bake a cake that reminded me of the cakes my grandma used to make. The smell of this cake baking in the oven literally gave me life. It felt so good to finally, be able to enjoy baking and eating something that I can feel good about and share with the family. I had some of the non-vegans in my life taste this and they were amazed it didn’t have any dairy or eggs. Even if you’re not vegan, you may want to try this one out. It’s super easy! If you’re gluten free, just use a gluten free flour for your cake.

  • 2 3/4 cups of Almond Milk
  • 2/3 cups of canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 1/2 cup of raw turbinado sugar

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Test with a toothpick, or a small fork. For the frosting, I used Duncan Hines Creamy Classic Chocolate Home-Style Frosting. It’s dairy-free, egg and gluten free, without any high fructose corn syrup.

This cake is so moist and fluffy, no one will care if it’s vegan because it’s so good! Try it, out and let me know how it goes.

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My 3 Favorite Plant Based Meat Substitutes

 

Seitan is a wheat gluten mock meat. It has about 18 grams of protein per every 3 ounces. The texture is really meat-like. The box in the photos comes in little chunks, but you can also get it in slices. I love stir frying it, adding some bell peppers and spice. Oh, if you’re curious, check out my Seitan Wrap Recipe Video.

Mushrooms, are a perfect meat substitute. They have that chewy and filling feel we associate with meat. Usually, I’ll add this to pasta dishes saute them along with a creamy sauce or marinara. I’ve been to a couple of vegan and vegetarian spots that will have a mushroom burger or fry oyster mushrooms like chicken. It just works so well!

Tofu, has been my go-to meat subby since before I was vegan, when I just dipped and dapped in a meatless dish or two. Half a cup of tofu contains around 10 grams of protein. It doesn’t really have a taste or flavor on it’s own. That makes it the perfect blank canvas for a spice master. It absorbs the flavor of whatever you dress it up with! You can fry it, saute it, or bake it. Try marinating it overnight in your favorite spice or sauce mixture. Then, after a few hours go for it!

 

Here are a few other vegan friendly meat substitutes…

  • Eggplant
  • Tempeh
  • TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
  • Lentils
  • Jackfruit…OMG!!! Watch this super amazing Vegan BBQ Sandwich Video! I’m definitely, going to try this one soon…

 

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Lemon & Spinach Vegan Pasta

 

Vegan Friendly Alternatives to Fish Oil

 

You may have heard a doctor or some kind of health practitioner say to you or someone you love, “Take, fish oil” or simply suggest eating more fish. Fish oils have been associated with good heart health, glowing skin, and healthy digestion. You may find yourself on aisle 3, looking for the right fish oil supplement, or in the meat section tossing salmon and tilapia in your basket. Don’t feel bad. I was right there with you. I was all about that salmon and tilapia life! And I even, did a post a few years back about an Omega 3 supplement I was taking, (say what?).

It wasn’t until I began to make that transition in my diet, that I began to have questions like…What if you’re a vegetarian, and vegan or have a seafood allergy? Are you doomed to high blood pressure, clogged bowels and dull looking skin? Nope!

Turns out fish oils are not the only or the best way to reap the major benefits of omega 3s or any other fatty acids for that matter! I’m sharing some down to earth plant based ways to work these fatty essentials into your everyday diet. Feel free to watch my YT video, Vegan Friendly Alternatives to Fish Oil where I’ll show you exactly how to use my favorite 3 non-seafood sources of omega 3s.

Other amazing sources of non-seafood omega 3s are…

  • Udo’s Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds

Bonus! Turns out that brussels sprouts, are another good source of omega 3 fatty acids! Check this quote from, Kimberly Synder’s, The Beauty Detox Foods, “About one and a half cups contain more than 1/3 of the daily ALA amount included in the National Academy of Sciences’ Dietary Reference Intake recommendations.”

Remember, if you’re curious, I’m sharing easy ways you can work more of these into your diet easily in the video below!

 

 

If you’re feeling social, let me know how it goes on Instagram

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Vegan Friendly Cashew & Banana Protein Smoothie

There is this HUGE myth that somehow being a vegan or eating plant-based diet means you won’t get “ENOUGH” protein. Listen, some of the world’s largest animals are thriving off non-meat sources of protein. Did you know that, hippos, rhinos, cows, and gorillas are all on plant-based diets. Plus, gorillas actually love bananas. So, it’s only right I share my favorite banana based protein smoothie recipe with you. But first, I’m giving you a quick little breakdown on the basics of protein.

What exactly is protein? 

These are building blocks, they are made up of amino acids. “Our skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, even hair and nails, are all thanks to protein. Protein helps form enzymes, hormones, antibodies and new tissues. It replaces old cells with shiny new ones, and it transports important nutrients in and out of those cells.” – Yumuniverse.com

Does protein really come from plants? 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Whole plant-based foods contain more protein than we’ve been told. In my post, Plant Based Sources of Protein I list out ALL the protein rich foods that may already be in your diet. If not, you might really find some good little nuggets to take with you on your next grocery shopping trip.

At the end of the day, if our diet is rich in vegetables we don’t have to be worry about a protein “deficiency“. All we need is in every colorful plant based meal! However, if you’re concerned and want to increase your protein intake, you can try working more spirulina into your diet, or try this EPIC banana based protein smoothie!

 

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Do you have a favorite vegan friendly protein smoothie? If so, sharing is caring! Follow me on IG. Find the photo to this post and share your protein smoothie recipe.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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