One of my colleagues is vegan, and doesn't normally get to enjoy the treats people bring in, so I went hunting for some recipes that would work for him too. I started with the basics—banana bread and chocolate cake.
Vegan Banana Bread
Adapted from PostPunk's Banana Bread by substituting oil for margarine, reducing the white sugar, and adding ginger.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons oil
6 tablespoons soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed
6-8 pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease and flour an 8×4 bread pan (use oil or margarine, not butter!)
- In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- Mix the sugars, liquid ingredients, and mashed bananas. I puréed the liquid ingredients because I don't like chunks of banana in the resulting cake.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just enough to moisten everything.
- Pour the batter into the pan, garnish with pecans (if using).
- Bake for aproximately 45 minutes.
Vegan Cocoa Cake
Adapted from The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Amazon Cake
This is a very easy, everyday cake.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold coffee or water
5 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the liquid ingredients together. (I dissolved 4 teaspoons of espresso powder into a cup of cold water.)
- In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and mix well so that there are no lumps.
- Pour into the greased cake pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, carefully turn the cake out onto a cooling rack, peel off the parchment paper, and flip onto another cooling rack or a plate.
- Just before serving, sieve some icing sugar over the cake. (Use a paper doily or other cut out to produce a pattern.)