Next up is a treat worthy of it’s title. This cake requires very few ingredients yet, of course, stars my favorite one. In fact, I never would have thought that just these ingredients would make a cake but according to Amber and her recipe from Almost Vegan, it does. This is a dense and rich cake full of whole-grain goodness and as a bonus, happens to be vegan. I imagine this is very similar to a dense Banana Bread minus the bananas and would make an outstanding breakfast to-go. I plan to make and share a maple version of this recipe shortly.
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2t baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond or rice)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2t oil (optional)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Combine the applesauce, soymilk, peanut butter, and oil in another bowl and whisk together until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir together until fairly well blended, then whisk until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and all but a tablespoon of the peanuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch round (or square) cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out with chocolate, but no batter.
2. Chocolate Glaze (optional): Use about 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 3T cocoa powder, and just enough milk to make it smooth (add it 1 tsp at a time). Spread the glaze over the warm cake, sprinkle with the remaining peanuts, and set aside to cool.
Original recipe by Amber at Almost Vegan.