Once Upon A Time, There Was A Vegan Blogger…

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Our story begins on a crisp autumn morning, when a young vegan decided that she needed to expand her blog’s readership.

She thought and thought about how to do this, when suddenly, while reading about Virginia’s upcoming elections, it came to her.

Bribery.

She knew that a couple of fat stacks would be just what she needed to persuade some neighbors to hop on the computer and take a look.

So she piled them high,

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and topped them with liquid gold.

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The warm, gooey morsels of apple, plum and streusel were better than currency.

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So with full bellies and sticky fingers, they all lived happily ever after.

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Bon appetit.

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Ingredients

3 apples

3 plums

Caramel sauce

Streusel filling

Caramel Sauce

1/4 C. light corn syrup

1/2 C. water

2 C. white sugar

1/2 C. coconut milk

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. vegan butter or margarine

Streusel 

4 Tbsp. vegan butter or margarine

1/2 C. flour

1/4 C. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon
the dessert tower

Method

Core and slice the plums and apples (firmer plumbs will work best for this)

Layer apples, streusel, plums, streusel, and apples again until you have 5 layers

Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until the apples are just soft, not mushy

Remove from heat and allow to cool

Top with caramel sauce, and chopped walnuts

Caramel Sauce

Bring sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and water to a boil

Continue cooking on a strong simmer until the mixture turns a deep golden-brown color, about 30 mins depending on your stove (once it begins to brown it goes fast, so watch it)

Remove from heat and carefully add the coconut milk and vegan butter (this will bubble up quite a bit; always be careful with melted sugar)

Allow to cool and thicken for 10 minutes before drizzling on apple-plum stacks

Streusel filling

Blend vegan butter, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Let’s talk about cake, baby.

As a vegan, the number one thing I have difficulty with is dessert. (Most) dark chocolate is thankfully a-ok, but when it comes to grab and go options, pretty much every pre-made dessert on the planet includes dairy. As more of a cook than a baker, this saddens me deeply.

However, necessity is the mother of invention so naturally I took to google and found me a recipe.¬†Posted by aliciak on instructables.com, it might be the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. And I like my cake like I like my men – rich, dark, and freakin delicious.

This is the third time I’ve made this cake, and they’ve all turned out fantastic (even the second one, when still drunk from the night before I forgot to add the flour and turned it into a “torte”).

It’s moist, decadent, rich, and she even includes a glaze recipe that knocks it outta the park. Or, you can be like me and skip it all together because like I said, I’m lazy like that.

The best part – we’re vegan, which means we can eat the batter.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar

Method

Put it all in a mixer, and mix. That’s literally how I did it.

Serving suggestion: in your mouth, all at once.

Bon appetit.