Pumpkin + chocolate + brewed coffee + pumpkin pie spices + almond milk = heaven in a dish!
This is totally Vegan and Gluten-Free!
1 flax egg: (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water)
1.5 cups rolled oats, ground into a flour (use certified gluten-free oats, if necessary)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup finely chopped non-dairy dark chocolate
1/2-3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 + 1/4 cup hot coffee (use decaf, if desired)
For serving: vegan vanilla ice cream and toasted chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375⁰F and lightly grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish with oil.
Whisk flax and water together in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to gel up.
In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, chocolate, salt, and baking powder.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flax mixture, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla.
Pour wet mixture onto dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
Scoop the batter into the prepared glass dish and smooth out evenly with a spoon.
In a small bowl or mug, combine the remaining tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle all of it evenly over the cake batter.
Slowly pour the hot coffee over the cocoa powder and sugar mixture ensuring that the coffee completely covers the powder and sugar. The cake will now look like a complete disaster, but this is normal. Promise!
Very carefully place the dish into the oven, uncovered. Bake at 375⁰F for 24-28-minutes (I baked for 25 mins.) until the cake is semi-firm on the top, but bubbly and gooey around the edges (see photo in blog post). It will look under-baked, but this is normal (we want it saucy!).
Let the cake cool for 10 minutes and then serve immediately with vegan vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans. This cake is best served warm straight out of the oven. I tried reheating leftovers in the oven the next day and the cake absorbed a lot of the sauce during the reheat. It was still good, but we preferred the cake the first day, fresh out of the oven. Leftovers are quite good served chilled, as an alternate suggestion.