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.

 

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Cookie, Vegan Oatmeal Cookie. 

These are a delicious earthy biscuit of a cookie. This isn’t considered your classic Nabisco knock off. The are still soft, but have a nice chunkiness to them. I made them specifically for nicecream sandwiches!

If you’re interested in taking up a snack, thats more like a breakfast or a meal packed with protein this is your cooking.

Vegan egg here. In this case I had the “Neat Egg” but you can do your single flax egg if you wish. 1:2 Ratio  of Flax and water and set aside.
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In the food processor blend 
2 Cup rolled oats
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I transfer this to a bowl once done and include the following 
1 1/2 C of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt or less depending on preference
In the food processor blend the dates first until it’s nice and pulpy. 
1 Cup of medjool dates (use more or less depending on your preference)
Then add the following.
1 Cup of vegan butter
1 Tsp of vanilla or more (whose counting)
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With your hands, combining both groups working into a nice “masa” (dough)
Roll them into small golf ball sizes. On a lined sheet place each down, and squash the into thin “pancakes” . I bake one side for 7 mins or until golden brown, then flip them and bake for an additional 7 mins. I do this because I like the crispy both sides.  
No photo, but you get the idea. You’ll be eating “Not Oatmeal Cookies” for days!
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Adapted from: The Viet Vegan, amazing site! Check it out.

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