Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cake (vegan)

I always buy too much when it comes to holiday cooking & baking, there tends to be ingredients leftover. This is NOT a bad thing. This just encourages me to get creative past the holiday. I had a can of pumpkin, maple syrup, and cranberries left over after Thanksgiving and I've been craving sweets (not too sweet, though). I poked around the internet looking for a pumpkin-cranberry-oatmeal like cookie thing. I found this recipe for pumpkin oatmeal cookies over on My first thought was to make it exactly as is, my second thought was make it vegan.

Well, when the time came to get out the butter to let it get to room temperature, I decided I didn't want to put vegan butter in it. Vegan butter out, canola oil in. Then, reading through the recipe, I realized I didn't have any brown sugar, sucanat to rescue! Oh, but I didn't have any of that either. In came the maple syrup (and some extra agave nectar), out went the sugars. Last but not least, I mashed up some banana for the egg, cause let's be honest - who really likes working with egg replacer? Not me.

I measured and mixed and what I had was not a dough - nope, not even after I chilled it. This cookie became a cake! A delicious, fluffy, not-too-sweet vegan cake. Now, I have the perfect breakfast for the rest of the week. The only thing I would add next time? Some chopped nuts!

Recipe to come....

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