Vegan Brownie Cake

This recipe started off more like a mud cake but we have adapted it so that it has more of a brownie consistency. People are always impressed when you can make a really good cake that is vegan. There is a misconception that eggs are needed for binding but this one will prove them wrong! We don’t have any great pics just yet but we make this so often that we’ll be sure to update this post when we take some more photos.

If you grind your own nut meal in the thermomix then feel free to make the meal for this recipe a little bit chunky – it will add a great texture to your brownie cake!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Rapadura or Sugar
  • 125g Vegan Margarine (we use nutellex), or butter or neutral oil
  • 1/2 Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water
  • 1 Cup Soy Milk + 1 Tsp Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup Spelt or Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Almond Meal (or any other nut meal)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda

 

Method:

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (if you have a”slow” oven then turn up the temperature to 190). Grease a large cake pan or line with baking paper.

Add rapadura and margarine/oil to the thermomix bowl and combine on speed 6 for 10 seconds.

– Add the soy milk + vinegar to the thermomix and allow it to curdle while you gather the remaining ingredients (and boil the kettle for the hot water).

– Add the remaining ingredients and combine on speed 4 for 30 seconds.

– Pour into your prepared cake tin and bake until the cake feels firm and an inserted knife comes out looking like a brownie 🙂 around 35 minutes.

 

If the cake is a little undercooked it will set and have a very gooey centre and if it is a little overcooked it will have more of a cake consistency. Practice makes perfect with this one!

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Orange & Thyme Sticky Sauce

This sauce can be used in stir-fries, as a dipping sauce, atop cooked veggies or to glaze baked tofu or meat. It’s also a good way to use up excess oranges that you thought you would get around to running through the juicer (not in this wintery weather).

We have thyme growing in a pot near the kitchen so it’s easy for us to use the fresh stuff but dried thyme is fine for this recipe. In fact, if you don’t have any, swap it for rosemary or basil or just leave it out all together! Whatevs!

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Ingredients:

  • 450-500g Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1-2 Clove of Garlic
  • 40g Rapadura
  • 1 tsp Salt

 

Method:

– Juice oranges and weigh. Set aside in a bowl.

– Place onion & garlic in TM bowl and turbo until chopped. Cook on 100 degrees, speed soft for 3 mins.

– Add remaining ingredients and cook on varoma temp, speed 2 for 15 mins. If the sauce has not reduce enough for you then cook for a few more minutes.

Fruit Crumble

So you may have tried our roasted fruits and wanted more. Or perhaps you’re just in the mood for a crumble, so are we! This recipe is just for the topping, for the method on making the fruit go here. Or if you need this baby immediately, just chop your fruit up small, top with crumble and put it in the oven and hope for the best! Although we recommend pre-cooking your crumble filling.

You may find that this mixture makes up too much for what you need, if so you can reduce the amount of flour or omit the oats. Alternatively, just scale back the entire thing to suit you.

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Ingredients:

  • 1, 1/2 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Rapadura (or Sugar)
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Margarine (or Softened Coconut Oil + 1 tsp salt)

 

Method:

– Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

– Combine flour, oats and rapadura in a bowl.

– Add margarine or coconut oil and work through with your fingertips until a sand like appearance is achieved and there are no large lumps.

– Top your fruit with the crumble mixture and pat down.

– Bake for 30-40 mins until edges brown and crumble feels firm to touch.

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Roasted Fruits

This dish can be enjoyed on its own or topped with our delicious crumble. Choose your glass or ceramic baking dish and aim to fill it up with enough space to mix things around without losing anything over the side! Remember that this fruit will reduce in size as it cooks and leave space on the top for crumble (especially if you’re using rhubarb which virtually disappears and just leaves that incredible tang!)

The amount of fruit listed below if just a guide. Add more or less if you like and adjust the other ingredients accordingly. Traditional crumble fillings include apple, pear and rhubarb but there are loads of other things that you can try. Believe it or not but banana, orange, pineapple and stone fruit can be amazing too!

This is a time consuming recipe. I do a lot of cooking in the oven (and the thermomix for that matter) because I am lazy! For a Mum like me that spends a lot of time at home, it’s easy to just do the prep work while my daughter is asleep and then just let it cook away by itself. I often make this dish the day before I plan to use it. If you bake it in a dish that has a lid then you can just plonk the lid on and refrigerate it until you need it.

If you’re in the mood for a crumble and you want it now (I totally understand) then you can cook it on the stove top rather than waiting around for it to roast. I’ve made some notes in the method below for when you just need crumble fast! BUT you will miss out on one of the best things about this recipe…. the smell that fills your house! mmmm.

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Ingredients:

  • 700g Fruit of your choice (including Rhubarb)
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Rapadura
  • Juice & Rind of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water

 

Method:

– Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

– Peel and chop fruit and place in your baking dish.

– Add other ingredients and combine.

– Roast for 1-2 hours until fruit is soft, stirring at least once.

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If you need a fruit fix faster than this then see stovetop instructions below:

– Add all ingredients to a saucepan and include an additional cup of water (you might need some extra if it boils down)

– Cook on a medium heat with a lid until fruit is soft, stirring regularly.

– Drain any excess liquid if too wet.

Honey-Soy Tofu

I know that honey technically isn’t vegan (and neither am I) but alot of vegans tend to eat it. It pops up alot in my recipes but it’s so easy to substitute it with another sweetener so just choose the sugar that’s right for you. Rapadura and other granulated sugars can be used in this recipe, just add a touch of water to the pan.

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This tofu can be served atop quinoa or rice, tossed through a salad or stir-fry or could even be a great little side dish. We mostly use it in stir-frys and salads. It is SO easy it’s ridiculous.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Block of firm Tofu (organic please), chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey (or preferred sweetener)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • Splash of oil

Method:

– Heat a non-stick frying pan on a high heat on a small hotplate (a high heat on a large hotplate will be too hot) and add the oil to the pan.

– Once the pan is hot add the tofu.

– Add the honey and tamari by drizzling over the tofu.

– Flip the tofu once desired crispiness is reached. Cook both sides evenly and take off the heat. Done!

Coco-Cacao-Cookies

These cookies have the loveliest combination of cacao (or cocoa), dessicated coconut and jam! They are insanely decadent on their own or can be iced if you’re feeling like an extreme Bad-Ass! They are one of Bob’s childhood favourites.

 

Ingredients:

  • 120g Olive Oil (or coconut, or butter/margarine – we normally cut in a little bit of cacao butter)
  • Rapadura
  • 130g Dessicated Coconut (or shredded coconut)
  • 140g Plain Flour 
  • 50g Jam of your choice 
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1tsp Bicarb Soda

 

Method:

– Preheat oven to 200 degrees

(If using coconut oil or cacao butter, place in Thermomix bowl and heat on 60 degrees, speed 2, until melted or melt on stove.)

– Place all ingredients in Thermomix bowl and mix on speed 5 , until combined

(If not using a Thermomix, simply combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl or food processor.)

– Form mixture using a tablespoon and shape into a “puck” shape approximately 1cm thick and gently squish with a fork.

– Bake for 8-15 mins depending on your oven.

– Remove cookies at first sign of edges browning (or just before then once you’ve made them a few times) & allow to cool.  Cookies will set as they cool.

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