What about a slice of cake together with having a nice cup of coffee? I used to make all kinds of cakes, brownies and blondies that are sugar-free, gluten-free and/ or dairy-free. But so far I haven’t made a lot yet that is vegan as well. It was about time!
Again, I had some overripe bananas on my kitchen counter and I felt like making some kind of vegan snack with it. I right away thought about my previous vegan cookies, crisps & bars, like:
- Vegan peanut coconut cookies
- Vegan date walnut squares with oatmeal crust
- Gluten-free chocolate chip almond cookies
- Black ‘n White crispies
- Hemp chocolate peanut cookies
- Cranberry maple oatmeal squares
- Pecan chickpea cookies
What I like about all of these is that they came out really well, even though there was no egg or dairy in it! (which are usually a great tastemaker). I hadn’t really made some kind of vegan cake or blondies yet, so that was my challenge this time. At the same time I was thirsty for coffee, so besides drinking a cup of coffee I felt like adding coffee granules in the cake as well. Yes, weird, but that’s how I get inspired to bake something new: by being conscious in what I am hungry/ thirsty for and thinking about a cool new combination of all these nutrients.
My potential vegan banana coffee snack was born! As egg replacer I wanted to try if a flax egg worked in a cake batter, to keep it vegan. Also, I wanted to use almond milk to keep it dairy-free and vegan. As additional sweetener (besides the overripe bananas) I chose to go with maple syrup. To keep it gluten-free, I chose to grind gluten-free oats to flour. So, in the end banana, coffee granules, flax eggs, maple syrup and oat flour were my biggest taste makers. I added vinegar to activate the baking soda (usually I prefer yogurt to activate the soda) and added cinnamon for an awesome finishing taste touch!
The blondies came out naturally sweet, moist and little spiced by the coffee granules. I loved it! It is a great snack in between meals; it provides in good & quick carbs (bananas, maple syrup), secondairy protein (oats, flax seed and almonds), and good fats (flax seeds, almonds).
Since it was a success, I would love to share the recipe so that you can make this snack yourself too. Recipe is below! Let me know how yours came out! 🙂