Vegan Chocolate Loaf for a Free For All #SundaySupper

We had Abby spayed this past week. I was super anxious the whole time leading up to it. Imagining my little sweetheart on an operating table, with tubes going down her throat, being cut open – it freaked me out! Thankfully, she got through it without any problems and the incision was tiny. She recovered pretty quickly (we’re just waiting for the stitches to come out next week) but man, was she out of it when we first brought her home. It was all of those wonderful doggy drugs that they pumped into her. She was super sleepy but because the wound on her belly was so new, she kept moving around because she couldn’t get comfortable.

Here she is right after coming home.  Look at her sad, drugged up little face!

Here she is right after coming home. Look at her sad, drugged up little face!

Abby is our baby. We’re always doing research on how best to raise her, train her, discipline her and feed her. We started her on a raw diet over a month ago and she loves it. We’ve noticed that since starting her on raw, she has lots more energy and her poos are much smaller and less smelly (I know – you come to a food blog to read about poo, right?!). I’m also looking into what fruits and vegetables to give her. Although dogs don’t really need veggies for nutrition, it helps with constipation (I promise I’ll be done with the poo talk soon!). Here’s an adorable photo of Abby after eating a bowl of blueberries:
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I already have enough problems trying to feed me, the Husband and Abby good nutritious foods that are also tasty. I can’t imagine having to deal with dietary restrictions, allergies and medical needs. Which brings us to today’s Sunday Supper theme of [blank] free dishes, be it fat, dairy, gluten, meat, you name it, we’re making it!
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This week’s event is hosted by the super sweet, absolutely lovely Bea of The Not So Cheesy Kitchen. This subject is very close to Bea’s heart. Her two beautiful daughters have a rare metabolic disorder called Classic Galactosemia. I’d never even heard of this until I met Bea. It’s a rare genetic disorder that affects an individual’s ability to metabolize the sugar galactose properly. This means you can’t have anything with milk sugar in it. This is not the same as lactose intolerance – permanent damage can be done to the body when you have this disorder and you consume galactose. Bea, if I have any of this information wrong, please feel free to correct me! Bea has done an amazing job of making foods her girls can eat and transforming recipes that are traditionally dairy-laden into delicious dairy-free versions that look just as good as the original. Please visit her blog for more information about galactosemia, what it’s like to live with it, and all the yummy foods she’s made.
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I’m so happy to be taking part this week and sharing a dairy- and egg-free recipe with you. Seriously, this vegan chocolate loaf tastes so rich and decadent, I felt guilty while eating it until I remembered that it’s actually pretty good for me!
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Vegan chocolate loaf (adapted from Banana Wonder)

1 cup cocoa powder
11/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground black pepper (you can probably omit this – I’ll explain why later!)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 avocado (mine was medium sized)
1/2 cup sugar (I used my beloved Zulka Morena sugar)
2 tsp vanilla
2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
6 teaspoons warm water
1 cup hot coffee (or boiling water)
1 cup chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling over top (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9X5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper for easy release of the loaf after baking.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl or cup, mix together the flax with the warm water. It creates a gloppy paste (called a flax egg) that acts as a binder, the perfect replacement for regular ol’ chicken eggs. The first time I’d heard of flax eggs was from my friend Erika, aka The Pancake Princess. This girl lives up to her name but she also makes lots of healthy, good for you recipes, like these vegan cookies ‘n cream pancakes where she utilizes flax eggs and gives a nice description of how to make and use them.

In a food processor or a bowl with a mixer, cream the olive oil, avocado and cocoa powder until smooth. Add the sugars and blend until smooth.

I love you, food processor.  You make life so easy.

I love you, food processor. You make life so easy.

This smelled ridiculously good.

This smelled ridiculously good.

Mix in the flax egg and vanilla. I found that my oil started separating from the avocado/chocolate mixture. That’s ok – it’ll all come together when you add the flour and coffee.

Stir 1/3 of the flour mixture into the avocado mixture, then 1/3 of the hot coffee. Keep alternating until all the flour and coffee have been incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and then pour into your prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with sea salt if using. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 325 degrees F and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. When a cake tester comes out clean, remove from the oven. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then move your loaf to a wire rack. Let your loaf cool completely before slicing.
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I haven’t always had the best luck baking with avocado (see my post here for an example) but damn, this is a good loaf. It broke apart at the edges a bit when I was slicing it so I worried that it was overly dry. My worries were needless because this loaf is so moist and dense.
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The chocolate flavour seriously punches you in the mouth – it’s so dark and decadent, it’s overwhelming in the best possible way. The chocolate chips make it even better (duh – the proper thing to do with chocolate is always to add more chocolate). I wanted a spicy kick from the pepper but I couldn’t taste it at all, which was too bad. This loaf is so rich that I feel like I’m eating something laden with butter but it’s not – this is actually pretty healthy (compared to most of the stuff I make!). Success!
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Check out this amazing list of recipes. Given how I’m always looking to improve my diet, I’ll be making a lot of these dishes in the near future!

Breakfast

  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut & Soy Free Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding bygirlichef
  • Dairy & Nut and Sugar Free Blueberry Tangerine Muffins by Vintage Kitchen
  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Soy Free Homemade Mango Jam Recipe byMasala Herb

Main Courses

Sides
Breads

Treats

Drinks

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63 thoughts on “Vegan Chocolate Loaf for a Free For All #SundaySupper

  1. Oh my, Abby is so super cute!!! I am so glad she is feeling better after her surgery. Poor baby 😦

    Thank you so much for your kind words Nancy, and also for explaining this crazy rare disorder of Classic Galactosemia. You said it perfectly. Thank you! Now, I cannot wait to show my chocolate loving Alena this amazing recipe. I am quite certain that she will want me to make it right away. it looks delicious. Thank you so much my dear friend ~ Bea

  2. This is a chocolate cake that’s good for you with all the flax seeds and olive oil. The decadent-looking dessert photos are beautiful and are beckoning me to take a bite!

    P.s. So glad little Abby is feeling better. Furry darlings with their limited vocabulary can be challenging.Especially when they’re in pain.

  3. Abby is such a cutie, and you sound like me with my first dog. I think I went to the vet more times than new moms go to the ped.
    I´ve yet to make a cake with avocado and flax eggs, which intrigue me so much. This is a terrific loaf Nancy! Just the thing to have around to snack.

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  5. Abby is such a cutie pie! I’ve been through the spaying and neutering many times and it never gets easier. So hard to think about them going through surgery because they don’t have any way of understanding what is happening.
    Your cake looks so rich and chocolate-y. It’s amazing how far vegan recipes have come of the years.

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  10. Awww your poor pup! It’s so sweet that you guys are making sure she’s as healthy as possible, though 🙂

    And omg this chocolate loaf. SOOO decadent and fudgy and chocolatey!! Sometimes vegan chocolate stuff is the best, I swear! YUM

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  14. wooa she is soo cute! And you are right btw, doogies who eat no meat have a less smelling poop. Many dogs in my surrounding have always eaten rice and they are used to it and enjoy it.

    Anyway… Your vegan chocolate cake sounds perfect and I know a whole lots of people here who will enjoy your recipe. We keep an getting requests for vegan cakes, which is difficult since french pastry isn’t very vegan. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Nancy!
    I love this! I totally want to try this recipe! we’re babysitting again soon for my friend’s kids. . how do you think this would be with just all-purpose flour? I think Abby (my friend’s kid) might also be allergic to wheat. Also, for the kick, maybe try a teaspoon or more of good ole cayenne pepper or I’ve heard of using chili powder in baking?? although I’ve never tried the chili powder myself. . anyway, this just looks fabulous! my sister recently mentioned flaxseeds to me too. . totally going to try this! and I love how loving and diligent you are with your Abby!! I’ve never heard of a dog on a raw food diet but that’s so wonderful! so sweet!!

    • I bet this would be fine with all purpose flour. The original recipe called for spelt which I don’t have, so I swapped it for whole wheat. I’ve made spicy chocolate dishes with cayenne and chili before – they’re delicious but it wasn’t what I was going for here. Have you ever had black pepper chocolate bars? There’s a place in Vancouver that makes them and they’re delicious! I was inspired by that bar but it didn’t turn out that way. I’d probably have to put in a lot more black pepper to taste it. Flax seeds are awesome – they’re super healthy and if you buy them pre-ground, it’s super easy and convenient to throw them into your food, smoothies, yogurt, baked goods, etc. Yeah, having a dog is seriously like having a kid – so many things to consider! But she’s worth it 🙂

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  21. Glad Abby is doing good! And yes, we’ve got to look out for our fur babies, too! My white boxer had a ton of problems, and recently we changed him to a grain free diet, and no more itchy skin, ear infections, or other problems. Kind of funny thinking about how this allergic girl, got such an allergic dog too lol!

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  25. Oh Abby you poor darling, gorgeous dog, I hope you are feeling a ton better and your owner has spoilt you with lots of treats!
    Thank you for explaining about this rare disease, Bea sounds amazing in her ability to combat this! And this cake, I don’t mind being punched by its chocolate flavour!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  27. Oh I hope poor Abbey is feeling better after the surgery!Poor thing!Love her pic after eating the blueberries 🙂
    Your cake sounds and looks decadent for sure!I love that its vegan since I watch my fat intake due to my cholesterol issues (sigh).It looks so rich, so dense, so moist!Love it 🙂

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  29. Awe! My poor baby got her surgery when she was a pup too. Also – love this idea of a raw diet! are you going to blog more about it =) my dog loves veggies, haven’t given her much fruit though haha. also this cake looks delicious!! definitely have to try it

    • Hey Alicia! I’ll probably blog more about the raw diet in the future, especially since I love talking about my dog so much 😉 Abby eats a combo of raw turkey and beef right now, with organs and bone ground in. She loves blueberries and sweet potato so we give that to her on the side. We’re trying to incorporate mixed veggies into her meat but she’s a picky little bugger.

  30. A ultra delicious chocolate loaf. So very rich and decadent to behold. It’s often tricky to get a loaf cake to be do dazzling moist, (regardless) of whether there’s eggs or milk, or butter! 🙂

  31. This looks insanely rich, decadent, and amazing! I have an avo post on Thursday. I was SO CLOSE to making brownies but made some last week, so went savory with some avo’s I had. Now, I am wishing I had your bread in front of me. Stunning! And your friend’s determination to cook for her daughters in a way so they can enjoy things and not miss out – just awesome 🙂

  32. Ahhh!! I’m so flattered you linked to my explanation of flax eggs! Love you 🙂 This loaf looks absolutely AMAZING and I’m so glad you finally had luck with avocado baking! Must be something in the water because I finally made something acceptable with avocado after quite a few avocado baking fails. I’m like kind of drooling right now, that looks so good. I told Erik we’re going on a month of clean eating…but that month might have to start after I make this. Go you and your healthy vegan baking!!!

  33. Oh that sweet face, I hope Abby is doing well and enjoying her fruits and veggies! Sir Pugsley loves his carrots (one of the few words his knows) and we can’t eat fruit in front of him anymore because he goes nuts for it. He can actually be a little bit of a pain in the you know what but I love him too much not to give him a piece of something! Now the one thing he can’t have is this cake and I’m happy for that. I looks amazing Nancy, so moist, hard to believe it’s vegan! Also, love love love the redesign. When did this happen?!?!?

    • I can’t totally relate to the “pain in the you know what” part of being a fur baby mama! Sometimes I get so mad, I swear at her. Not my finer moments, that’s for sure. Then she stares at me with her cute face and I can’t stay mad. Then I feel guilty. Yeesh, what would it be like to have a kid?! I’d go crazy! As for the redesign – it’s probably not going to stay looking like this. I want to go self-hosted and am just playing around with the blog for now. I’m hoping there’ll be lots of changes in the next few weeks!

  34. Yummy Nancy! I love that you posted a vegan recipe and even moreso, a chocolate one!! It looks so rich and delicious! I’m always happy when eating chocolate. I haven’t enjoyed avocado in baking before, but this looks good. I recall that cookies’n’cream pancakes by Erika! I made them myself but made an oil-free version. I love how dark and dense this looks.

  35. I love that you take care of Abby so well – grooming, diet, etc. You’re such a good Mommy! You always make such wonderful things, Nancy. Truly. I have yet to bake with Avocado! Gosh…get with it, Lyn! lol This loaf is lovely looking and rich. Of course, I’m loving ALL the ingredients!!!

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