Sample Recipes - Taken from the Free Vegan (Vegetarian) Cookbooks: A Taste of Vitality and Desserts of Vitality.
The page lists a very small sampling of the recipes from the two free cookbooks available from the Vitalita Culinary Group (VCG). To obtain the full cookbooks (A Taste of Vitality and Desserts of Vitality), visit the main cookbook page.
- A dish with a combination of cuisines (style from Italy, ingredients from Asia) for a meal more nutritionally-dense and complete than the original Italian lasagna.
1 1/4 cups brown rice flour -- (or spelt flour if it OK for the cake to have gluten)
1/4 cup millet flour -- (or spelt flour) (or brown rice flour)
1 1/2 cups sorghum flour -- (or spelt flour) (or brown rice flour)
4 tablespoons tapioca flour
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 1/4 cups cocoa -- (unsweetened)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder -- (double acting)
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup high oleic sunflower oil -- (or coconut oil) (or other oil high in monounsaturated fat)
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil -- (or other oil as above)
4 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened -- (or puree about 1/3 of an apple)
1 3/4 cups maple syrup
1/2 cup unrefined granulated sugar -- (such as Rapadura or Sucanat) (or any granulated sugar)
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
14 ounces coconut milk -- (or water)
1 cup water
10 ounces raspberries, frozen -- (or 10 ounces fresh raspberries) (or .5 cup jam mixed with 1 T lemon juice)
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup -- (or maple syrup)
1 recipe Chocolate Icing -- (see recipe below)
4 ounces fresh raspberries
1 teaspoon citrus zest -- in long, thin strips (from 1 pieces of citrus fruit)
1 teaspoon chocolate, bittersweet, dairy-free -- shaved
1/3 cup pecan halves -- toasted, glazed
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Oil and flour two 10 inch round spring form pans (it is also possible to use one 9 inch by 13 inch pan) (for more information refer to the Cake Pan discussion in the "Cake Notes" at the beginning of this chapter).
Sift dry ingredients together (except ground flax seed). Stir in ground flax seed.
Blend liquids, then stir into the flour mixture. Pour into the prepared cake pans.
Bake for 30-40 minutes (longer if using one 9 inch by 13 inch pan). Test to be sure the cakes are finished: the cakes should slightly pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the cake should come out fairly clean (not wet with batter clinging to it). Also be careful not to overbake the cakes because they can become too dry and dense in this case.
When making a layered cake (using 2 identical sized pans), make the raspberry layer filling by lightly cooking the frozen raspberries with brown rice syrup, adding tablespoons of water as needed.
Once raspberry layer filling has cooked down a bit, and after the cakes have cooled, place the bottom layer of the cake on a serving plate (with parchment paper under the edges), and spread filling over the top of this first layer. Then place the second layer on top of the first, and frost/ice the entire cake.
Garnish cake with fresh whole raspberries, citrus zest, shaved chocolate, and toasted, glazed pecans (chopped nuts around the edge and halves for the top).
- "Carob-Raspberry Cake" - Use carob powder in place of cocoa, and "Carob Icing" in place of "Chocolate Icing" (see recipe). This will yield a lower fat cake.
- "Black Forest Cake" - Use cherry jam in place of the raspberry filling, and then garnish with pitted cherries (either fresh, drained cherries from a can, or thawed frozen cherries).
- "Chocolate Sambuca Cake" - Add 5 tablespoons of Sambuca liqueur to the batter, and add 4 teaspoons to the icing. Additionally, glaze the pecans with the liqueur after they are toasted.
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 401 Calories; 16g Fat (34.3% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 64g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 162mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 3 Fat; 2 Other Carbohydrates.
100 grams chocolate, bittersweet, dairy-free -- melted (about 3/4 cup when cut) (or 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips)
12 1/3 ounces silken tofu, extra-firm or firm (aseptically packaged) -- (do not use soft or medium or fresh tofu because it will not make a firm enough icing) (see the "Glossary of Ingredients" for more information about silken tofu)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown rice syrup -- (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unrefined granulated sugar -- (such as Rapadura or Sucanat) (or any granulated sugar)
2 tablespoons cashew butter -- (optional) (or other type of nut butter with a compatible flavor for the dessert such as almond butter or hazelnut butter)
1 pinch sea salt
Blend all ingredients with an electric hand blender (immersion blender) (this makes for easier clean up) or a food processor until smooth.
Refrigerate icing to firm it up and make it easier to spread on a cake.
Spread on cooled cake. Optionally, if you feel it is needed to setup the icing, refrigerate briefly to set the icing to the cake. Do not leave the cake in the refrigerator too long because that will dry out the cake.
Should have enough icing to cover a double-layered-10-inch round cake.
- Add more cashew butter (or other nut butter) for a thicker icing.
- As the sweetener, any combination of sweeteners (maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, agave syrup, granulated sugar, etc.) can be used, and in varying amounts depending on your tastes (see "Dessert Notes" for more information about sweeteners).
- For a lower fat icing, use 2/3 cup cocoa powder in place of the dairy-free, bittersweet chocolate. Although this icing will not be nearly as rich and smooth, this will yield an icing which contains only 12% calories from fat (about 0.5 grams of fat per serving).
- "Carob Icing" - on a carob cake, use chunks of dairy-free carob bars or chips in place of chocolate (or carob powder in place of cocoa powder if making the low fat variation listed above).
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 69 Calories; 3g Fat (37.2% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 9mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.