Micah and Asher are not vegan, though they do eat a lot of plant based foods. They put in a request for some vegan desserts, and vegan desserts were what me made. One of the requests was for a vegan cheesecake. Well, to be honest, I have never made a cheesecake. I hate cheesecake. So that wasn’t on the menu. Instead, we made some vegan chocolate pudding and a vegan strawberry cake.
I didn’t take any pictures except at the very end. We were busy in the kitchen and we were on a timeline because they boys had another lesson closely following ours. Time was of the essence.
Vegan Chocolate Pudding
This is super easy to make, and unless you are vegan or have made this before, you are going to be really surprised that the main ingredient is Avocado. Yep, you read that right, avocado.
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup vegan milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Put everything into a food processor and blend together until smooth and creamy, then refrigerate until ready to eat. I did not take my food processor with me, so we just did it the old fashioned way and put some muscle into it. We mashed the avocados with a masher then mixed everything together by hand.
Our other vegan recipe for the day was a strawberry cake. Originally it was going to be a banana cake, but I found out that one of the boys was allergic to bananas. No problem. We substituted strawberries for the bananas and all was good.
Vegan Strawberry Cake
Preheat the oven to 375* F or 190* C.
Spray a 9×13 cake pan with cooking spray.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup strawberry yogurt
1- 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
2 TBSP vegan butter
the equivalent of 2 eggs of vegan egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla
If using bananas, use 1 cup or 1 large mashed banana and 1 6-oz container of banana custard yogurt.
Just like any cake, mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix all the wet ingredients together and then carefully and slowly start incorporating the dry ingredients and mix together with a mixer. Mix until just blended. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until it is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. When the cake is completely cooled, add the frosting and top with extra sliced strawberries if you like.
Powdered Sugar Frosting
1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 TBSP vegan milk
2 TBSP melted vegan butter
Mix everything together until it is smooth and creamy. Then frost your cake once it is completely cooled.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these desserts. they are good for everyone. So many people are afraid of vegan cooking, but it really is not difficult at all. You just have to know what to substitute.
Life is short. Make sure you make time to enjoy the desserts along the way. Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.