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Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Cake

It's pumpkin season and I have been loving trying different recipes this year.

My passion is baking more than cooking, I find it easier and I am obsessed with the delicious smell of a freshly baked pie or cookies in the house.


Pumpkin nutritional values

Pumpkins should be one of your go-to starchy squash during autumn. They are very nutritious versatile, as you can cook them into savoury and sweet dishes alike. Interestingly, pumpkins are a fruit as they contain seeds, however, in terms of nutrition they are more like a vegetable.


Pumpkins are loaded with a variety of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It offers a long list of nutrients that protect and support the heart, such as vitamins A, B1, B6, and C, copper, fiber, folate, and manganese. Pumpkin provides calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which can help keep your heartbeat regular and your blood pressure low.


Ingredients

  • 20g cacao powder

  • 50g dark chocolate

  • 150g demerara / brown / cane sugar

  • 200ml coconut / soy / almond / hazelnut milk (I used Plenish coconut milk)

  • 80ml sunflower seeds oil

  • 300g pumpkin puree

  • 270g wholemeal flour

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla syrup

  • 16g baking powder

  • 1 small orange (we will use the peel, so make sure it's unwaxed)

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 °C (I hate when I prepare everything and forget to do this step!)


Pumpkin puree

You can either make your own pumpkin puree, or buy it.

I made my own because it's super simple and I really encourage you to do the same.

Peel pumpkin and dice it. Cook in the oven until soft. Mash it with a fork or use a food processor.

My pumpkin was very dry, so I added water to make it softer.


Cake mix

Place the puree in a large bowl, then add the sifted flower to avoid lumps, baking powder, cacao powder, sugar, pinch of salt, the peel of one small orange and mix all ingredients. Add in your milk of choice and the sunflower seeds oil.


Chocolate

You can either chop the dark chocolate and add in as chocolate chips, or you can melt it slowly in a pan, and add it to the mix.


Bake

Once all the ingredients have been added to the mix, pour in a round cake tin.

Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes at 180 °C.


Enjoy!

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