I confess…sometimes there is a direct discrepancy between what I¬†blog¬†about and what is actually happening at my house. For example, one time my kids kept interrupting me while I was drafting a post about gentle parenting. Did I¬†employ the gentle parenting approach I was writing about? Nope!¬†I¬†yelled at them¬†to go outside and let me get my work done. ¬†Or recently while I was busy writing this blog post¬†about healthy eating, my kids were actually downstairs eating¬†cupcakes (3¬†cupcakes a¬†piece to be exact). I wasn’t thrilled about them eating cupcakes for breakfast, however I was happy to have them completely occupied for about 10 whole minutes.
The irony of my kids eating cupcakes while I posted about pomegranates, made me realize I need to share recipes for some of the sweet treats¬†we eat. Surely you didn’t think we survive solely on quinoa and kale? Hardly! We enjoy¬†sweets¬†too.
I have experimented a lot with vegan baking and my conclusion is that baking without eggs is tricky, but not impossible. I have had great success with this particular recipe. I attribute it to the unusual, yet palatable ingredients.
1 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together dry ingredients¬†in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl mix coffee and oil. Add oil/coffee mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Quickly stir in apple cider vinegar. Bake in an 8×8 greased baking pan for 30 minutes.¬†Allow¬†to¬†cool before serving.
Now here’s¬†the secret weapon for making this cake extra fantastic. It’s a sugar, chocolate, and coffee bean grinder from Trader Joe’s and it’s THE perfect compliment to this cake! Generously sprinkle it on top of the cake. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you (then petition to get one! ), you can substitute with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar.
This cake is especially delicious when enjoyed with¬†a hot cup of coffee while children are still asleep.