Healthy Peanut Butter Mud Cake (vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free) - recipe via Nourish Everyday
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Vegan Peanut Butter Mud Cake

Fall in love with vegan baking with this indulgent Peanut Butter Mud Cake! Dairy free, gluten free and egg free, this cake is made with almond meal, creamy pure peanut butter and cacao.

Course Desserts and Sweets, Healthy Baking
Categories dairy free, egg free, gluten free, grain free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices (approximately)

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 200 mL water
  • 100 grams almond meal - 1 cup
  • 28-30 grams cacao powder - 3 tbsp
  • 18-20 grams coconut flour - 2 tbsp
  • 2 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large banana overripe, weighed peeled - you will need 100-120 grams of banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter - natural 100% peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup* - 83 mL
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil measured melted - 60 mL
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Date Frosting

  • 7-8 medjool dates - about 120-130 grams
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter - natural 100% peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Make your flaxseed egg replacement. Combine the ground flaxseed + 200ml of water in a small bowl, whisk together and then leave until the mixture combines to a gel-like substance, whisking occasionally to help it blend. This will take about 15 minutes, so you can continue with the recipe until it's ready.

  2. Preheat oven to 160˚C and line a small (20 cm diameter) cake tin with non-stick baking paper.

  3. Combine the dry ingredients - almond flour, cacao, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt - in a large bowl.
  4. Take a small saucepan and add the peanut butter, rice malt syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Over a low heat on the stove, melt the ingredients together to they're smooth, then remove from the heat.

  5. Mash the banana into a puree. Then, add the peanut butter mixture, flax "eggs" and mashed banana into the dry ingredient mix and combine into a smooth batter. It should look quite thick. 

  6. Scoop the batter in to your lined cake tin and smooth the batter down evenly.
  7. Bake for approximately 50 minutes to an hour until the top of the cake feels dry and cooked. The cake should feel just firm (not rock solid!) all over the surface, if gently touched. Leave to cool, removing from the tin after 30 minutes or so.

  8. For the icing, remove pits from the medjool dates and then soak dates in very hot water for 15 minutes to soften. Remove from the water but reserve the soaking liquid. Add dates to a food processor with peanut butter, cacao powder, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid. Blend. Check the consistency. If it's too thick to spread as an icing add a few more tablespoons of soaking liquid and blend again. Repeat until you have the right consistency, then spread over the top of the cooled cake.

Recipe Notes

*This cake is not super sweet. If you would like to alter this and make a more noticeably sweet cake, simply swap the rice malt syrup in this cake to honey or maple syrup (these are both sweeter gram-for-gram than the rice malt syrup, so either will work - stick to maple syrup for a vegan cake).