Ah, chocolate. I love it. This beautiful loaf is straightforward, unpretentious and delicious. The recipe is from the cookbook “How it all Vegan” by Barnard/Kramer.
My only changes simplify some of the measurements (do you really need to count out 7 tablespoons of oil when it ½ cup will do the trick?) and to add ½ a cup of vegan chocolate chips, because where chocolate is concerned, more is more.
1 cup plant-based milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp ground flax or chia seeds
6 Tbsp water
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ to 1 cup sugar (make sure you use unbleached or raw sugar, for a vegan cake)*
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup oil ( I use melted oil but you could use any flavourless oil)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan. Have your pan and your oven ready to go. Once you’ve mixed your batter and the vinegar hits the baking soda and baking powder, the leavening action starts happening and you want this baby in the oven!
Mix the milk, water, vinegar and flax or chia seeds in a small bowl. In a larger bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Yes –sift. I am a lazy baker but sifting here is a good idea so you don’t end up with weird, white salty bursts of unincorporated baking soda or baking powder in your finished loaf. Stir these dry ingredients together, then stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
Add the milk/water mixture, the vanilla and the oil to the dry ingredients and mix together until you have a sticky batter. Do not beat or over stir. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. I needed the full 55 minutes in a convection oven.
Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and slicing it.
*What’s the deal with white sugar? About 60% of white sugar produced in North America is whitened by filtering the unrefined sugar through charred animal bones. Ugh. This process doesn’t have to be noted on the sugar packaging. So unless you find white sugar that’s specifically labelled vegan, you’re better off going with unrefined or raw sugar. The taste is exactly the same except you know… no animal bones.