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Vegan Oil Free Chocolate Malt Cake

vegan oil free chocolate malt cake

Malt is one of those flavours I have always loved from childhood but alas, two of my favourite malt products contain dairy which rules them out for me. I’d love a vegan version of Milo, a popular malted milk powder in Australia.

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe is hosting this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge which is run by Choclette of Tin and Thyme. Johanna’s chosen theme is malt. I’ve used the syrupy malt extract before but this time I wanted malt powder. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be sold in any supermarket, bulk food or health type stores but I did end up finding the powdered form in the online shops of home beer brewing suppliers. Bad news was that the malt powder I wanted was either out of stock or the shipping was more than the product itself. So I stuck with the liquid version of malt extract.

First I made a malted chocolate banana smoothie, though I went a bit too easy on the chocolate. This smoothie was made with oat milk, banana, cacao powder and a heaped teaspoon of malt. I could barely taste the malt and wonder if the powder form would be more obvious (and I clearly could do with a little more cacao! And a garden rake):

malt cacao smoothie

And then we had our yearly problem where our upright freezer iced up so badly we had to take everything out to defrost it. I found a packet of pear sauce I’d made so my mind turned to chocolate cake made with pear sauce instead of using oil or a vegan butter. When I make cakes or cake-like loaves more for snacks, I prefer to make them oil free or at least quite low in fat.

This cake was a mish mash kindof experiment where I crossed my fingers and hoped it would all turn out okay and surprisingly, it did. This worked well for the kids to have as a snack (and my kids have that radar thing where as soon as I sit down with a cup of tea they come up asking for food). The malt flavour is quite strong and the kitchen smelled pretty good.

It’s a simple cake, nothing mind blowing, but it was nice to have something that was both chocolatey and malty. Next time though, I’d love to try the powdered malt extract. I used coconut sugar as that’s what I had on hand, but brown sugar would work too. Any sugar really!

And here’s my favourite malt-like thing of all, our cat Maltesers. This week marks two years since Maltesers and his brother Punky came to live with us via Melbourne Animal Rescue. Both kids got to choose a name each, one was in to watching Punky Brewster at the time, the other chose the name of his favourite chocolate (and I wish Maltesers were vegan because I loved those too). It’s really funny how they really seem to match their names. I mean sure, if we’d chosen other names they’d match those too, but you know what I mean.

lazy cat on a hot day

Vegan Oil Free Chocolate Malt Cake
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This chocolatey malt cake is made oil free and lower in fat by using pear puree in place of oil or dairy free butter.
Servings Prep Time
12 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Vegan Oil Free Chocolate Malt Cake
Print Recipe
This chocolatey malt cake is made oil free and lower in fat by using pear puree in place of oil or dairy free butter.
Servings Prep Time
12 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to a moderate temp (about 180C). Prepare your preferred cake tin, I used a bundt style tin.
  2. In a blender (or whisked by hand), blend the milk, pear sauce, malt extract and sugar. Sift the dry ingredients in to a bowl then mix in the blended liquids, taking care not to overmix.
  3. Bake for about 45 minutes, checking with a toothpick or skewer. When done, turn on to a cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar if you ah, slightly burn it like I did.
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Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

I am linking this recipe up with Healthy Vegan Fridays, hosted by Kimmy over at Rock My Vegan Socks.

This is one of those recipes that came about because I was cleaning out the freezer and found stuff that needed to be used: pear sauce I’d made slightly too long ago in the past, just by stewing pears in a little water then pureeing without sweetener, and some almond meal.

When I bake muffiny kinds of snacks for the kids, I prefer to dial the oil way down and often omit it entirely. I’m not a fan of using margarines or the vegan butters in my cooking, instead opting for aquafaba or a pureed fruit.

The problem with this, sometimes, is that the resulting baked goods have Health Food Taste. And often, Health Food Texture. You know what I mean? Of course there’s nothing wrong with ‘health food’ but hhhnnngggghhhh if I was to be making muffins or cakes for guests I wouldn’t be using my oil free variations unless they were specifically requested!

Now, that’s not to say oil free baking sucks across the board. It doesn’t! And I’m pleased to say I was mighty happy with these oil free almond pear muffins. They’re nice and light with a bit of substance and are perfect snacks for my kids who are always hungry.

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

Making the pear sauce was really easy. Get the overripe pears that you bought with every intention to eat but never did so now they have to be used TODAY. Peel, core and dice them, put them in a pot with a good splash of water, stick a lid on the pot and let them stew over a low to medium heat until softened. Let them cool a bit and puree.

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

And that’s really it! Of course you can swap flavours around or use apple sauce instead, or whatever fruit puree floats your fruity boat 🙂

Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins
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An oil free vegan muffin perfect for breakfast or a light snack. Pear sauce is used in place of oil or melted butter making this a healthier alternative if you're watching your oil consumption!
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins
Print Recipe
An oil free vegan muffin perfect for breakfast or a light snack. Pear sauce is used in place of oil or melted butter making this a healthier alternative if you're watching your oil consumption!
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: mini muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to a moderate temperature (about 180C).
  2. In a small bowl or mug, combine the ground flaxseed with the 3 tablespoons of water and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour in to a large bowl. Sift in the salt, baking powder, cinnamon. Add the almond meal and coconut sugar, sifting if you have lumps.
  4. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the pear sauce and plant milk. Whisk in the flaxseed mixture so everything is evenly mixed through.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine without overmixing. Spoon in to your muffin containers and top with some oats (or coconut or flaked almonds-- whatever you like).
  6. Bake at 180C (a moderate oven temperature) for approximately 20 minutes. Cool before eating! I used silicon cups and had to wait until they had cooled significantly, otherwise the muffins may split when removing from the cups.
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