For the love of yummy bread that is almost good for us, I present to you – Vegan Chocolate, fig, and Walnut Bread. If you are not a vegan and are too afraid to try a vegan recipe, have no worries you can adjust the recipe to suit your needs. I prefer vegan baking due to my allergy to eggs and sensitivity to dairy. Really, that is the only change you have to make, other than switching which type of chocolate chips you use.
This recipe is dedicated to my online buddy at KoA, “Princess”. (Yes, that is right I am an online gamer, a nerd if you will.) Princess wanted to see a picture of what I was making and after I showed her a picture, she wanted the recipe. So I am sharing it with all who come to my website blog, thanks to Princess (but do not call her a nerd, she is a kickboxing instructor and she can beat you up).
Get it Out of the Cupboard(or head to the market)
1 cup Chopped Dates
1 cup Chopped Figs (remove seeds first or make sure the seeds are gone)
1 cup Chopped Walnuts (rough chop, not too small bits)
1 cup Oat Flour
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup Boiling Water
½ cup brown or gold sugar (if you have coconut sugar that would rock too)
¼ cup vegan butter/margarine (I used salted, so go on – live a little)
¼ cup cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips)
1 tbsp Cocoa
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax and 6 tbsp warm water. Make first and let sit for 15 minutes)
1 tsp Vanilla extract ( I used Madagascar Vanilla)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of nutmeg
Heat the over to 350° Fahrenheit or 175° Celsius. Prepare two loaf pans lined with parchment paper.
Put the chopped dates and figs in a bowl with the baking soda. When the water is boiled put one cup in the bowl and stir. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes (just like the flax eggs). Add the sugar, vegan margarine, vanilla, and the flax egg and stir again.
For the Oat flour, you need a blender (I have a Ninja, but a Blendtec or Vitamix would work as well, as long as they have attachments to make flour). I use “Bob’s Red Mill, Steel Cut Oats”. (And if it matters to you, they are organic) I put more than a cup of oats in the blender and puree. When I am feeling energetic I sift the flour afterward, but normally I am not energetic.
Measure the oat flour again. 1 cup goes in the second bowl with 1 cup of all-purpose flour (easily substituted with rice flour or just blend two cups of oat flour for people who have issues with wheat). Add the cocoa, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, nuts, and chocolate chips in the bowl and whisk together.
When the 15 minutes is up for the date and fig mixture, use a hand-held blender to blend the dry to the wet. I blend a bit more than a ½ cup at a time to the wet until the mixture is fully combined.
Add the mixture to the two pans, halfway full. Bake in the oven for 44 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (toothpick check – insert a wooden toothpick into the loaf. If it comes out clean the bread/cake is ready). Let the bread sit for at least 10 minutes before you enjoy it.
This yummy Vegan Chocolate fig and Walnut Bread tastes super yummy on its own or with whatever spread you choose unless it is garlic butter or marmite. I don’t think those would taste good, but that’s your choice.