Ethical Eating!

Going vegan is the new lifestyle choice people are making. It can be restrictive, but is quite delicious

8/1/2016 3:36:36 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Move over vegetarians, vegans are in. Not just Hollywood celebrities like Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood or Bryan Adams but the Bollywood brigade has also embraced it with the likes of Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut and even Alia Bhatt following this animal and dairy-free diets. No wonder the Indian community here is also experimenting with it.

Vegetarianism is not new to India and has been an integral part of the Ayurveda and other ancient texts. In fact, it was not only the Hindus, Buddhists or Jains who followed this food regime. Some of the ancient Greek philosophers and thinkers like Pythogras have been vegetarians. 

The earliest concept of veganism dates back to 1806 CE and started taking shape with Dr William Lambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley amongst the first to publicly object to eggs and dairy on ethical grounds. The first vegetarian society was formed in 1847 in England, but it was in November 1944, a British woodworker named Donald Watson announced that because vegetarians ate dairy and eggs, he created a new term called “vegan,” to describe people who did not eat them.

Veganism is defined as ‘a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude - as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose… In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

Here are four recipes that are delicious, easy to make and vegan. You’ll be happy eating them! 

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze

INGREDIENTS

For Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

For Peanut Butter Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp real vanilla extract

 

METHOD

For Chocolate Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Pour the batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 40-50 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through the baking time. When a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, it’s done.
  3. Let the cake cool completely, then top with Peanut Butter Glaze.

For Peanut Butter Glaze:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand blender until the sugar crystals are dissolved. If they aren’t dissolving, you can gently heat the mixture until they do.
  2. Spread the glaze on the cake. Slice and serve.

 

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