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Vegan tofu (sugar free) chocolate cake with coffee frosting and pecan topping!

Vegan tofu (sugar free) chocolate cake with coffee frosting and pecan topping!

As it’s my Dad’s birthday today, I decided to make a cake with a bit of a difference and with no guilt element attached to it! It was a great experiment for me as I have never made a cake using tofu before and I haven’t really ventured very far into vegan cake making yet. I will definitely be making more cakes like this…….this is only the beginning!

The recipe was adapted from this site: http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/cakes/r/veganchoccake.htm

I substituted maple syrup for honey (as I don’t trust myself with judging stevia in cake recipes and as of yet do not have any coconut sugar), canola oil for coconut oil, and I used spelt flour. I also added a handful of cacao nibs into the mixture.

The frosting was an invention that was inspired by the recipe at this site: http://www.instructables.com/id/coconut-oil-frosting/

I used 1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil, 2 sachets of stevia, 2 tablespoons of almond milk, 4 tablespoons of freshly brewed coffee, and ground arrowroot.

I am pleased with my first attempt 🙂

Living Paleo….I am intrigued!

Living Paleo….I am intrigued!

I’m on a bit of a quest for more health tips today and stumbled across a blog that is titled as ‘going paleo’ http://littledutchwife.com/2013/01/03/going-paleo/ .  I’ll be totally honest here and say that this is the first I have heard about this sort of approach (well, I have not seen it referred to as Paleo before) and am now wondering if I have been missing out on a very interesting lifestyle direction for all these years!  Come to think about it, this normally happens most days – I find out something new and interesting and wonder where I have been my whole life (probably in a daydream as usual :-p ) !

I got pretty excited and downloaded a kindle edition of a book called ‘Living Paleo For Dummies’ which I came across on this blog http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/12/26/living-paleo-dummies/ .  I guess I just couldn’t wait to get hold of a physical copy of the book and I really want to sink my teeth into my shiny new kindle version over the next couple of days!  I’d just like to add that I’m a real geek when it comes to books and would rather have a physical copy of whatever I fancy reading over a virtual copy any day but this item called for drastic measures!  I’m the same with music, I would choose a physical cd with artwork and lyrics that I can hold in my hands over an mp3 download every time!

Anyway, I digress.  I am excited to get stuck into my new book and will report back with any points I find particularly useful.  See you in a few days!

…..I joke, but this may well happen, haha!

Amanda Leigh Flaker

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