Vegan Chocolate-Zucchini Bunt Cake

Have you noticed a trend here?

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Chocolate. Chocolate is prevalent in most sweets I make.  As Isa Moskowitz wisely says in my favorite vegan cookbook, Isa Does It, how do people know that it is chocolate that mimics feelings of love? Perhaps its love that mimics the feeling of eating chocolate. I think the latter is correct…

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With all that chocolate, the zucchini is hardly noticeable. But, there is just enough in the cake to make you feel better about eating said piece of cake.  This is the kind that will have you sneaking little bites throughout the day, letting the morsels melt in your mouth. Its vegan too, so no harm can be done, right?

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-This recipe is slightly adapted from the one in the cookbook Isa Does It –

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup almond milk (room temp.)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil + extra to grease

1 tbs. vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini

3/4 cup chocolate chips/chunks

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and generously grease a 12-cup bunt pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda, and salt. Then add the sugar and mix well. Making a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the apple sauce, milk, oil, and vanilla. Use a whisk to mix the liquids together in the well, then incorporate it into the dry mixture. Once incorporated well, fold in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour into the bunt cake pan and bake on the middle rack for 45-50 minutes. The cake will be denser and less dry then most, so a knife in the middle should come out only somewhat clean. Let it cool for 10+ minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack until the cake is completely cooled.

P.S.- Bet you guys did not notice in the photos, but when inverting the cake, only half came out! This was the first time I’ve made a bunt cake, so next time, I’ll use more oil. If the same happens to you, don’t be discouraged- its the taste that counts! Oh, and don’t mind the eaten piece…

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Tropical Granola

This granola gets addicting. Like having a cup, then another… every day of the week, until its gone. Then, its time to make some more!

Tropical-Granola

The thing I love about granola, is its diversity! There are so many ways to make it your own. Whenever I make this, I make at least 2 different flavors as experiments. This one so far has been my favorite!

Tropical-Granola

With chunks of fresh coconut and various tropical dried fruits, this granola makes me excited to eat breakfast in the morning! It is also makes for a great gift when stored in a mason jar or parchment paper bags.

Tropical-Granola

Who would not love and appreciate a jar of homemade granola?

Ingredients (Yields to 8 cups):

5 cups  rolled oats (Try Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup almonds

1 tbs. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tbs. chia seeds

1/2 tbs. vanilla extract

1/2 of a small coconut, or 2/3 cup dried coconut shavings

2/3 cup honey

1 cup dried fruit (Pineapple and papaya work well)

Preparation:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Chop the almonds into fourths and place in a large bowl with the oats, coconut oil, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut open the coconut using a small saw, carful to catch any liquid if you want to keep it. From there, cut the coconut in half again, so you have four pieces, which will make it easier to extract the coconut meat. once you have the meat from two of the fourths, cube them into small pieces and add to the mixture. Make sure to combine the ingredients well, then spread the mix evenly in the prepared pan in one single layer. Depending on the size of the pan, you may have to split the batch up. Drizzle the honey over the mix evenly. Place in the oven to bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping and checking for a light golden color that signifies when it is done. Meanwhile, chop the dried fruit and add it in after the granola has cooled outside of the oven. Store in mason jars for extra cuteness.