I just recently came back from Beirut. I did not know how easy it was to be vegan in Lebanon, the fruit and vegetables are just so fresh, available everywhere and cheap! Check out some of my recent photos from there by following me on insta @rana.banana A few inspired Lebanese vegan dishes are defo coming up!!
Meanwhile -This is the fudgiest (is that a word?) cake I have EVER made! I made this for my friend at work, she is on a Paleo lifestyle and me on Vegan so I had to come up with a cake that suited us both 😉 #Paleo&VeganUnite
I usually follow a recipe when baking but this is different, I just made this one up as I went along. Depending on the consistency, I would add in coconut milk or if I wanted more sweetness I would add in more dates. So feel free to amend bits and pieces to your liking
Ingredients: (Go Organic where possible)
- 2 cup hazelnut flour
- 3 cup dates
- 1 medium ripe Avocado
- 1 cup raw cocoa powder
- 1 tsp coffee
- 2 tbsp of flax seed
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup soaked dates
- 2 tbsp peanut butter ( My homemade recipe ehre https://zaatarandquinoa.com/2014/07/18/homemade-peanut-butter/)
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1. Combine dates, oil,avocado, vanilla and milk in a food processor and run until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.
2. In a separate bowl, add all the dry ingredients and stir together. Now add in the melted ingredients and date-mixture from previous step and begin stirring. Once it has reached the consistency of a thick pancake batter
3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and bake in a 7″ pie pan for 35-45 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). Place cake on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
While the cake is baking you can begin to prepare the frosting
1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and run until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. If necessary, add in a dash more milk to get the desired texture. Use the picture below as a reference for what the consistency should look like.
2. Add the frosting to the cooled down cake, sprinkle with any nut/seed/dried fruit for decoration purposes 🙂 I used sesame seeds
The cake tends to be a bit crumbly so after it has been frosted I recommend putting it in the fridge.