How to SLOWLY introduce a more vegan lifestyle: the EASIEST Vegan Pumpkin Cake Recipe you will EVER MAKE

October 24, 2016

How to SLOWLY introduce a more vegan lifestyle: the EASIEST Vegan Pumpkin Cake Recipe you will EVER MAKE  

 

Beyonce and Paul McCartney are both in amazing shape. Paul is pushing past 70 years old and has more energy than I do. Beyonce has a child and can still dance her way through a 3 hour concert, and repeat it the next night. Both attest their impeccable health to their lifestyle choices and being vegan. Vegans have longer life spans and less chronic illness than those who eat meat and dairy products. Now, I love eggs and steak. Everything in balance and moderation. If you're hesitant to try the vegan lifestyle, an easy place to start is with dessert. 

 

Growing up in a home with a sister who was deathly allergic to milk, I was eating vegan and diary free desserts before Beyonce made it cool. It’s quite simple to alter any existing recipe to make it vegan, but sometimes replacing a dairy product can take away from the comforting taste you are expecting. In today’s post, I’m going to discuss both easy swaps to make any recipe you already love a vegan recipe and a recipe that is simple and naturally vegan. 

 

Alternative for eggs: 

 

1/2 mashed banana = 1 egg

1/2 cup applesauce = 1 egg

3 tablespoons peanut butter = 1 egg

 

Alternatives for milk:

 

Go down any “milk” aisle and you’ll see everything from soy milk, to almond milk, to cashew milk  depending on your personal preference. If you're looking for something creamier, I suggest Silk Cashew Milk. If you're looking for an easy staple that can be used for everything, I suggest Trader Joe’s Almond Beverage in Vanilla. It’s price is unbeatable and the taste beats out all it’s competitors. 

 

Alternatives for butter:

 

Coconut oil is my absolute favorite. It mimics butter the most because it is solid at room temperature and liquid when heated. 

 

Olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, and other vegetable oils can be used, but they tend to make your desserts oily and greasy. They can also cause the dessert to fall flat depending on what you're making. 

Some low fat options for butter is pureed fruits or vegetables. 

 

 

Easiest vegan pumpkin cake you will EVER make: 

  • 1 box of Duncan Hines Spice cake mix (naturally vegan) 

  • 1 can of pureed pumpkin

  • Spices and additions to your taste (coconut, cinnamon, chocolate chips, etc.)

Mix together. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees in the dish of your choosing (baking time varies depending on bunt cake or traditional sheet cake). 

 

 Let it cool and serve.

 

You will be amazed by how AMAZING it tastes.

 

Nutrition Breakdown for 12 pieces: Per 1/12 piece

Calories - 185

Fat - 3g 

Carb - 36 g

Protein - 2g 

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