Ten years ago my family (and some friends) were still coming to terms with the fact that I’d given up meat. The idea of going vegan? Unimaginable. Giving up dairy and eggs was considered “hippy”, “unhealthy” or downright strange.
Luckily things have changed and most people can now see the benefits of a lifestyle that doesn’t involve three portions of meat a day. In fact, according to a recent survey, 3.5 million people in the U.K are now vegan. Whilst I don’t think I could give up dairy or eggs full time, where possible I too have made attempts to adopt a healthier lifestyle and try to include one vegan meal in my daily routine.
This Courgette and Pistachio Cake is vegan! Once again, it’s really simple (there should be a drinking game for every time I use that word in this blog!) to make and includes two portions of veg, which I’m pretty sure can be counted towards your five a day…maybe.*
The idea of veg being the main ingredients in a cake may sound strange but trust me, this is really delicious and works well as a mid morning snack. I tested it for the first time this week with my colleagues and they all seemed to really like it.
To make the cake you’ll need a loaf tin.
- 1 large courgette
- 75g/2.5 oz pistachio nuts
- 225g/8 oz plain flour
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 80g/2 oz golden caster sugar
- Juice of half a lemon
- Vegan butter or margarine for lining the tin
- Grate the courgette and carrot
- Chop the pistachio nuts, mix them with the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and lemon juice in a bowl
- Add the grated veg followed by 150 mil (5 fl oz) water and stir everything until everything is combined evenly.
- Pre heat oven to 180 C. Grease the tin, pour in the mixture and bake in the lower part of your oven for an hour.
- Use a knife or a cake tester to check the middle of the cake.
- Once it’s baked all the way through, remove it from the cake tin, leave to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
*So, I’ve read about it and turns out that fruit and veg in cakes and bakes do count towards your five a day, however it does come with a lot of sugar. For more information about what counts, check out the BBC Good Food guide.