Berry Vegan Whole Wheat Cakes

These lovely ladies are my desperate attempts at squeezing out the last drops of sunshine this summer. The days are becoming cloudier and summer seems to be fading faster than my tan.

Ok, so let me pause my pleas for an endless summer.  What is stoneground whole wheat? That which is usually reserved for bread, makes it’s mark here with these lovely amigas.

Check this out.



Berry Vegan Whole Wheat Cakes
Prep time:  
Total time:  105 mins
Serves: 6
Ingredients

Dry bowl

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Buco (a lot) cinnamon( I eyed it, you do you)

Wet

  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla ( the real stuff from madagascar, don’t cheat)
  • 1 stick of butter softened (I used smart butter) equivalent to half cup
  • 1/2 c of sugar (was out of coconut, no date, so turbinada it was don’t judge me)
  • Lemon zest ( you decide how zesty you are)
  • 10 -20 blueberries, 5 strawberries ( find your berry)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350, and grease your pans and flour them. Usually I use parchment paper but that wasn’t going to work this time with these.
  2. Make 2 flax eggs, ground flax/ water 1:2 ratio in a coffee cup. I’m lazy I don’t like to wash a lot
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the dry bowl. I sift.  Sift if you sift girl.
  4. In a different bowl cream your sugar, and softened butter and vanilla. I forgot this step and did everything in one bowl with my hands. It turned out amazing. But the professionals say you should use a separate bowl to cream butter and sugar. Follow them.
  5. Add the flax egg and lemon zest, then combine dry ingredients with wet.
  6. Fill up your pans or pan. In this case I lined the bottom of my mold with berries first, filled it up full then shoved berries into it. I never incorporated the berries into the batter. Sometimes they drop, but with this recipe they stayed put.
  7. Bake for 40 mins on 350. I checked them every 20 mins. Bathe in the cinnamon vanilla aroma that becomes your house, and know Bath & Body Works got nothing on this.
Notes:
This is a vegan recipe, You can substitute out the whole wheat for white, and the flax for eggs, but I’d advise against it. Most people aren’t even accustomed to the flavor of whole wheat and could consider it strong. In “typical baking”,  flour is usually in the background, while sugars and fats take center stage. In this recipe the stoneground whole wheat is the catalyst for the deliciousness that you taste. Get use to it, it’s here to stay ya’ll.
I’m a sucker for this earthy wholesome flour and inside I secretly blush because it’s actually good for me.

 

 

Nice Cream

This isn’t my recipe. I learned it last year, but it sure is a favorite of my families.  I’m passing it on to you incase you don’t already know. Treasure it, because it can enhance many family nights at home.

3-5 Frozen bananas ( I never can have enough)

1/2 C of you choice plant based milk ( we prefer hemp)

This is your base, everything else is extra

Put your bananas in the food processor and pulse, add little amounts of milk until it loosens up and you have a nice creamy blend going. Be careful not to pour in too much, otherwise you’ll end up with a shake instead of nice-cream.

Being extra -You can include cinnamon, vanilla, cacao powder, or any other types of nutritional powders you use. You can also include other fruits like papaya or strawberries to change the flavor.

I usually serve this right away as soft serve, because it’s so hot in Panama. But if I want to surprise the kids, I store in some tupperware and freeze it for a few hours, so it firms up to scoop out.

 

Easy Lemon Pancakes (VEGAN)

1.25 C of Flour (I used organic non bleached artisanal flour, use what you have)

1tsp of Salt (I eyed it)

1/2 C  or less of a preferred sweetener (I also eyed this)

Lemon Zest ( I used half a lemon-1 lemon, I squeezed the lemon into it as well, yes I abuse)

Combine ingredients above. I make the neat egg, then in a small pan warm up the following ingredients. I do this, because they incorporate better. I start heating up the gridle at this point. 

1 Flax egg (make this in a cup, I use neat egg)

1.5 C of Plant based milk (I prefer hemp)

2 Tbsp Vegan butter

Combine both liquids and solids and spoon onto griddle, cooking each side until bubbly then flip,

 

 

 

 

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