Those of you who have already embraced the vegan diet will know it well, but, if on the other hand, you only have some vague idea about the everyday diet of vegans, perhaps you have been under the wrong impression that it is very poor and “boring" from the taste point of view. If you want to know more about vegan cuisine and you enjoy experimenting, as well as being food and cooking enthusiasts, you will, however, discover that this type of diet has also allowed the most famous chefs to follow their imagination in creating wonderful dishes and can include many ad hoc versions of the most delicious recipes. Would you ever have believed, for example, that you can make a vegan chocolate cake? You don’t have to be a Michelin-starred chef, and there are many possibilities for making one, from the simplest to those for the most demanding palates. And this is only one of the many examples of sweet dishes that vegan cuisine includes in its menus and which you can prepare without using ingredients coming from animals.
Just as for every recipe designed to give an appetising and top quality result, of course, in the case of “vegan" recipes, too, it is fundamental to select the ingredients needed, opting for the freshest and best quality ones, preferring, if possible, organic and kilometre 0. Perhaps this choice will cost you a bit more but you will be repaid in taste and digestibility, with the certainty of eating healthy, light food and making a great impression on your guests!
If you aren’t used to vegan recipes, you will notice that certain foods which you have probably considered indispensable and irreplaceable in preparing a cake, such as butter, cow’s milk, eggs or cream, are missing. Well, in this case, you will see that you can obtain a perfect texture for your cake even by using soya milk, potato starch and vegetable oil. Obviously, a basic ingredient is cocoa; you will use a lot of it and this will make your cake not only tasty but healthy too. In fact, cocoa contains theobromine and is a vasodilator and diuretic. It also contains polyphenols which are excellent antioxidants.
Depending on whether you want to make a snack for children, something more appetising for breakfast, a dessert for a lunch or dinner with family and friends, or even a light but tasty snack which won’t break the strict rules of your slimming diet, there are lots of different versions of the recipe for baking a vegan chocolate cake. Here is the more classical version. The ingredients are:
- “00" flour – 170 gr (or Kamut or spelt flour)
- potato starch – 30 gr;
- dark cocoa powder – 90 gr;
- brown sugar – 220 gr;
- yeast – 1 packet;
- a pinch of salt;
- sunflower or peanut oil – half a glass;
- soya milk – 160 ml;
- icing sugar.
Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, yeast and salt and prepare the tin by lining it with kitchen paper. Pour the soya milk into a pan and heat it without reaching boiling point. Add the brown sugar and mix until it dissolves and at this point also add the previously prepared flour mixture to the pan. Add the oil until you get a creamy, lump-free mixture. Pour the mixture into the tin and place it in an oven preheated to 180°. When the cake is ready, leave it to cool and cover the top with a light layer of icing sugar.
To make this cake lighter, you can substitute the oil with a little water or some more soya or rice milk; if, on the other hand, you would like a more delicious version, you can fill it with jam or a vegan hazel-nut cream. You can add a cup of sugared espresso coffee or half a teaspoon of soluble coffee to give it more flavour but some people also suggest 2 teaspoons of apple or wine vinegar. If you don’t want to use yeast, you can try some baking powder.
- Idee Green