Hope everybody has had a wonderful festive break and sending good wishes for 2020.
Of course January equals Veganuary and so many people are taking part this year. Each year the supermarkets are stocking up with more ranges of exciting plant-based food and all kinds of alternatives that make trying Veganuary so much easier.
When I thought about starting a plant-based diet I was really worried about baking. It was my job and I couldn’t imagine how one could bake without eggs and butter. How could the bakes possibly taste the same? After talking to vegan bakers, looking online and reading vegan cookbooks I discovered that there were many great substitutes for both dairy and eggs. The proof is in the pudding and I sampled lots of vegan cakes and bakes, delighted to discover they tasted just as good as non-vegan bakes.
So if you are participating this Veganuary, like to bake and want to try a
vegan cake that is delicious but also incredibly straightforward plus can be made in one mixing bowl, I thoroughly recommend this coconut raspberry banana loaf that I discovered at www.sylviascucina.net. The bananas work as egg replacements and it is so easy that it’s a perfect recipe for children to make.
RASPBERRY COCONUT BANANA LOAF
2 ripe, large, mashed bananas
100g desiccated coconut
180g plain flour
2 tsps of baking powder
150g caster sugar
250 mls of plant based milk
Juice and zest of 1 lime
125g of raspberries (frozen are fine)
Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan and line a loaf tin.
Put mashed bananas, milk, flour, baking powder, sugar and desiccated coconut into a large bowl and mix together until it’s all well combined. Then add lime juice and zest and mix again.
Add three quarters of the raspberries and, yes, mix again.
Pour the batter into the lined loaf tin and then scatter the remaining raspberries over the top.
Cook for 40 mins until golden and a skewer (or knife) comes out crumb free. Leave to cool and then slice and enjoy.
If you can manage to not eat all of the cake once it has cooled, rest assured, it does freeze really well.