I’ve been slightly nervous about vegan baking, as all the recipes I’ve seen seem to have about twice the amount of ingredients that non vegan did (still does I suppose). However, I’ve been doing my research on baking, and this was my first amazingly delicious creation.

Don’t be put off by the spinach, I used this to give it the green colour, without using artificial colouring, you can leave it out if you really want to, but you don’t taste it and gets in a few vitamins into this otherwise, not so healthy recipe. I did use peppermint extract in addition to the tea to give it a stronger flavour, but if you try this with peppermint tea instead of cocoa peppermint like i did, you can probably surpass the extract. The glycerine was added to give this an incredibly moist texture (warning you will want more than one slice) and without further ado, here’s the recipe for my first (successful) vegan baking creation!

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225g self raising flour

125g caster sugar

1/2 cup of peppermint and chocolate tea (cold)

1 tsp glycerine

½ tsp peppermint extract (optional)

1 tbsp ground linseed

45ml warm water

50g fresh spinach

knob of vegan butter or margarine

100g dark chocolate chips

Per serving (10 servings) Kcal 155 Carbohydrates 30.2g Fat 23g Protein 25g Sodium 84g Sugar 12.9g

1. Preheat oven to 150/gas mark 2. Boil a kettle and make up some tea using peppermint and cocoa tea bags (plain peppermint flavour will also work) then leave to cool.
2. Meanwhile, grease a loaf tin with the spread (my tin is approx. 25cm by 10cm by 7cm). If you don’t have a loaf tin, you could make these into muffins, just shorten baking time. Mix the linseed with the warm water in a separate bowl until it becomes a thick mixture.
3. In a food processor, mix the spinach with the cold tea.
4. Add all the wet ingredients (the blended spinach mixture, linseed mixture, glycerine and peppermint extract) to the flour and water then use a whisk to mix.
5. Add in the chocolate and gently mix in, making sure that they’re evenly distributed.
6. Pour the mixture out evenly into the greased loaf tin
7. Put in oven for 40mins then check. I used a halogen oven (my normal oven is being temperamental at the moment) so may take slightly longer in conventional oven
8. Leave to cool, then serve plain or also tastes great with a bit of vegan spread!


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