Vegan Lemon Sice Loaf

My spiced up version of this lemon poppy seed loaf is bright, tangy and speckled with a variety of super seeds. A great way to use up a whole lemon, and a whack of seeds. A thick slice of this loaf is the perfect companion to afternoon tea. I use coconut oil, nut milk and ground flax to make this vegan. If the mild liquorice tones of anise seem too adventurous for you, try ground cardamom. Cardamom will lend a lightly floral fragrance and minty flavour.

Bring this loaf to your next business meeting—food bribery is a powerful tool in the workplace and everyone loves a good lemon loaf.

Zero Waste Tip

I don’t know how many times I have gone to bake something only to find an empty milk or egg carton in the fridge. Having flax or chia seeds in the pantry along with a tetra pack of shelf-stable almond milk means that I always have a backup. 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of ground chia or flax mixed with 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water can replace 1 egg.

Lemon, Seed & Spice Loaf

Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • ¾ cup honey warmed if too thick
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup melted coconut oil +extra for greasing
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • cup spelt or all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp ground anise or cardamom
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease pan with coconut oil.
  • In a large bowl, stir together wet ingredients with lemon zest and seeds. Set aside for a few minutes to thicken.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk remaining dry ingredients together.
  • Stir dry into wet ingredients until just combined. The batter will be on the runny side but don’t worry.
  • If wanting to add frozen wild blueberries, fold into batter now.
  • Pour into greased pan and bake 30–40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

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