Vegan Chocolate Cake

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar (reduce by 2 tbsp for a slightly less-sweet cake)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened non-alkalized cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Prepare an 8×8 inch pan or circular pan by greasing and placing parchment paper on the bottom. This will help with the release later on.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl
  3. Combine the wet ingredients and add them to the bowl with the dry ingredients
  4. Stir until smooth and scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly
  5. Allow the cake to bake approximately 25 to 30 minutes, so that when a toothpick is inserted into the center, it comes out clean
  6. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove the cake from its pan


Although this cake is fantastic by itself- for decoration, you can add powdered sugar to the top. For added flavor/kick, pair with a raspberry reduction, dulce de leche, or a chocolate sauce. If you would like to turn this batter into cupcakes, or would simply like to ice your cake, the icing I recommend making is as follows:


        • 5 oz. dark chocolate
        • 2/3 cup heavy cream
        • 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions



        1. Break up your chocolate if it is in block form
        2. Pour in the heavy cream and extract
        3. Melt in the microwave or over a double broiler and then mix together with a hand mixer or whisk until the desired consistency



Sofritas Copycat (Seasoned Tofu)

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 chipotle chilies, along with 2 tbsp adobo sauce from container
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano (Preferably Mexican or South American, but any will work)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or similar
  • 1 (14-16 oz) package of extra firm tofu


  1. Begin by pressing your tofu. To do this, place paper towels on a plate and then place your unpackaged tofu on top of the paper towels. Place another set of paper towels on top, along with another plate. Place some sort of heavy object atop the second plate. Leave alone for approximately 30 minutes.
  2. While the tofu is being pressed, begin to make your marinade. If you have a very strong food processor, you can kip cutting your vegetables, but if it slightly older, quarter the pepper, onion, and tomato
  3. Place all of the ingredients except the oil and tofu into a blender or food processor and process on the highest setting until you have a slightly chunky marinade
  4. Once your tofu is pressed, put your oil in a medium sized pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Cut the tofu into 8 even slices and place it into the pan. Allow the tofu to brown, cooking it until slightly golden on each side
  6. Process or chop up your tofu until it is in pieces approximately 1/4 inch large
  7. Place the marinade and tofu into a container and mix together. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes. This can be left in the fridge overnight.
  8. Once you are ready to eat your Sofritas, place the marinated tofu and extra marinade in a pan with a dash of water and warm over medium heat.

Note: I enjoy eating this in a knock-off burrito bowl with black beans, lime-rice, tomato salsa, and lettuce, but this delicacy is amazing on its own!

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Mandelbrot Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen


  • 3 Eggs (Can be replaced with egg replacer to make vegan cookies)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 ¼ cups Unbleached Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar (for topping)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, to add to the Cocoa for a sweeter cookie
  • Lemon or Orange Rind
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped Walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add sugar and mix well, then add oil and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and any additional ingredients
  4. Add to the egg mixture to your dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
  5. Divide the dough in half and add the cocoa to half the dough.
  6. Take ½ of the vanilla half and ½ of the chocolate half, and squeeze them together to form a long marble

roll about 13 inches long by 3 inches wide. This is easily done right on the baking sheet with floured

hands. Repeat the process, forming one more marble roll with the remaining dough. Sprinkle sugar on

top. (This is how it is traditionally prepared)

  1. Alternatively, my family takes the same process but flatten the vanilla dough, place a log of the cocoa dough in the center, and roll it into a log with vanilla on the outside and cocoa in the center. It allows for a nice mix of the flavors! The dimensions will remain the same
  2. Bake these rolls for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and once slightly cooler, cut into ¾ inch slices. Let the cookies cool well before enjoying

Vegan Hazelnut Spread


  • 1 generous cup (appx. 5 oz) of toasted, skinned hazelnut
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut liquor (like Frangelico or similar) or 1 1/2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp plain soy milk powder or some kind of dehydrated milk. (This can be left out if you want your spread to be darker or if you cannot find it)
  • 8-10 tbsp oil (peanut or hazelnut works best)


  1. If hazelnuts are not pre-toasted, you can do so by allowing them to toast on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes at 300° F. Once they are ready immediately remove from oven and place onto a large dish towel. Gather the ends of the towel so the hazelnuts are trapped inside and shake vigorously to remove the skins. Pick the hazelnuts out of the towel and proceed
  2. Empty the hazelnuts into your food processor bowl. Set to pulse and process the hazelnuts into crumbs and then until an oily paste forms.
  3. Scrape the sides and add the hazelnut liqour, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, and coca. Blend until a crumbly mixture forms. Add the powdered soy milk and 4-5 tbsp of oil. Continue to pulse until the mixture resembles a thick fudge
  4. Drizzle a tbsp of oil at a time and pulse/scrape. Do so until the desired consistency is achieved. If you would like it to be sweeter, you may add about a tbsp more of sugar.

(Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. To make it back into a spreadable mixture, place it outside of the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to warm up. Stirring may be necessary.)

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Vegan Latkes (Passover Friendly)

Yield: appx. 18 latkes


      • 2 1/2 lbs white potatoes, peeled (Russet, Idaho, etc.)
      • 1 small yellow onion, peeled
      • 1/4 cup potato starch or cornstarch
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
      • 2 cups matzo meal (this is so that these Latkes can be eaten during Passover, but all-purpose flour works equally well.)
      • Lots of vegetable oil (for frying)


    1. Prepare vegetables as directed in ingredients section
    2. If using a food processor, use the grating blade to shred the potatoes and the onion. If shredding by hand, use a grater to shred all the potatoes. Dice the onion as finely as possible.
    3. Remove as much liquid from the potatoes as possible. Either press between paper towels, or place paper towels in a salad spinner and remove liquid that way.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes and onions with the starch until the potatoes have released more moisture and the starch is dissolved (about 2 minutes)
    5. Add the salt and pepper and stir
    6. Add the matzo meal and mix well. Set aside for about 10 minutes. The mixture should now be liquidy, yet sticky
    7. Preheat a large, non-stick or cast iron pan over medium heart. Pour a 1/4 inch of vegetable oil. You will know the oil is hot enough if you add a bit of batter I and excited bubbles rapidly for around it. If it smokes, it is too hot and the temperature should be lowered.
    8. With wet hands, roll the batter into golf ball-sized balls. Flatten into thin, round patties.
    9. Fry about six at a time, frying on one side for about 4 minute, until golden brown. Flip over and fry for another 3 minutes.
    10. Transfer onto paper towels and allow to drain. To re-warm, place in a baking pan and keep at 200° F, or cover with aluminum foil

Black Bean Burgers

Yield: Approximately 6 burgers


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated or minced
  • ½ small onion, grated
  • About 2 tablespoons olive oil plus olive oil spray


  1. Mash the beans with a fork in a mixing bowl, leaving some of them half but none of them whole.
  2.  Add the wheat gluten, bread crumbs, chili powder, cumin, water, tomato paste and cilantro (if using). Grate or mince the garlic into the mixture or use a garlic press. Grate the onion by using the large-hole side of a box grater.
  3. Mix everything together with a fork, and then proceed to knead with your hands, until the mixture is firm and uniformly mixed, about a minute.
  4. Preheat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
  5. Divide the burger mixture into six equal pieces. Roll each piece into a firm ball. Use your palm to press the ball down on a clean surface to form a patty that is about 1/2 to 1-½-inch thick. Press to make the patty flat on both sides.
  6. Pour a thin layer of olive oil into the pan. Cook the patties three at a time for 5 minutes on each side, gently but firmly pressing down on them with a spatula. Spray with olive oil spray before turning over, for uniform browning. Once cooked, the patties should be very firm when you press down on them.

Recipe adapted from “Veganomicon The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook,”by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Split Pea Soup


  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 pound split green peas (about 2 cups per pound)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Combine cold water and split green peas in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour
  2. While the water and split peas simmer, prepare the vegetable as directed in the ingredients list
  3. After the hour is up, stir in the cut vegetables
  4. Simmer until the peas are tender. This should take approximately 1 hour.
  5. Season with a large amount of salt and pepper, to taste

Note: for a thicker consistency, simmer for a longer time.

Garbanzo and Potato Curry


  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (I prefer coconut)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala, or similar
  • 1, 1 inch, piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz of canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 14 oz of canned coconut milk

(Most ingredients can be found at local Asian markets or ordered online, but most spices can be substituted for commonly found alternatives)


  1. Prepare ingredients as instructed above
  2. Place the potatoes into a large pot or frying pan and cover with salted water
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes
  4. Drain and allow to steam dry for a couple of minutes
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  6. Stir in the onion and garlic, cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent (about 5 minutes)
  7. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, curry powder, garam masala, ginger, and salt
  8. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the remaining ingredients
  9. Bring the mixture to a simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and then serve

(Original recipe from allrecipes found on citations page)


Lemon Greek Potatoes


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 1/2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups hot water
  • Chopped fresh parsley (to taste)


  1. Preheat your oven to 475° F
  2. Cut potatoes into cubes or wedges and chop garlic and parsley.
  3. Toss together the potatoes, lemon juice, oils, spices, and garlic in a baking pan, approximately 8 x 12 inches in dimension.
  4. Add the water and bake uncovered for about 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every twenty minutes and adding extra water if sticking occurs or previous water disappears
  5. Be cautious not to burn potatoes in the last twenty minutes of cooking. Allow for the evaporation of the water
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve

Mac N’ Cheese Sauce

Makes approximately 2 servings


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • Cheese- any kind, to taste (I choose to use about a cup of cheddar)


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Once melted, add the flour to create a roux and let cook until the mixture begins to turn golden.
  2. Once golden, add the cup of milk and whisk together until there are no clumps of roux left. Add nutmeg, if desire, and allow the milk to heat until lightly boiling.
  3. Add in the desired amount of cheese and mix until incorporated. The sauce should be thick, but note that it will thicken as it cools down or extra cheese is added

To serve, simply mix with your pasta of choice and enjoy! If you would like to make a vegan version, simply use a plant-based milk of your choice (I like almond milk for this recipe) and a vegan cheese substitute.