Have your cake… and make it too!

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I love to cook and bake.  In a perfect world, I would cook and bake all of my own food and choose not to rely on restaurants and outside eateries.  For one reason, it is impossible to have a clear picture of what exactly is in your food.  On another hand, restaurants (even the healthier ones!) love to add unnecessary fillers such as oil, butter, cheese, artificial colors and flavors… to name a few!  These are many of the unsafe, unhealthy and overly processed ways that our food is often treated when mass produced.

So… in an effort to share that you can have your cake and eat it too J  Here is one of my favorite recipes for chocolate cake… all natural and vegan!

If you have yet to try vegan baking- don’t think it tastes like granola and cardboard.  In fact, vegan baking is not even usually lower in fat, but it does include better ingredients that give you the taste you desire while not compromising on a healthier lifestyle and eating habits.

For the record, there are ways to make vegan recipes such as this one with minimal fat and lower calories… I will share those swaps in red!

Happy eating 🙂

Original Recipe Yield: 1 – 9×5 inch loaf pan

Prep time 15 min, Cook time 45 min, Ready in 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar (sub 1 cup splenda)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (sub 1/3 cup applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 275 | Total Fat: 9.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

The subs that I have, will lead to substantially less total fat, lower sugar and some less calories… this is the nutritional information for the recipe as it was originally made, FYI.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegan-chocolate-cake/

Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

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