I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz by now that the entire Oprah show staff took the One Week Vegan Challenge. That’s right, nearly 400 people went vegan for a week. How incredible is that!
The show about Oprah’s Vegan Staff week aired yesterday and featured the lovely Kathy Freston, author of several books, one of my favorite being Quantum Wellness. In this book Kathy describes how our lives are constantly in a state of development. She says, “The more we adjust or shift – even in tiny ways – the more we can look forward to sweeping changes showing up in our lives.”
I applaud Oprah and her staff for their commitment to the One-Week Vegan Challenge. Below are some links to help you consider your own One-Week Vegan Challenge. And just to show you how easy and fun it can be, here’s a recipe for a Gone Bananas Vegan Cake.
“We can rejoice in losing weight and lowering our cholesterol, but at the end of the day how much love we are putting into the world and how much stress or suffering we are alleviating are the more significant measures.” — Kathy Freston from the book Quantum Wellness
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” — Albert Einstein
Gone Bananas Vegan Cake
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 – 4 large bananas, ripe, mashed
- 1 cup soy buttermilk, (soy milk combined with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour, (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
- 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, (optional)
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 16 oz container Vegan Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 stick dairy free margarine, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons soymilk
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl combine the soy milk with apple cider vinegar and set aside to the let the two ingredients combine.
Next, mix together the vegetable oil and sugar. You can use a mixer or beat well by hand. Add the remaining wet ingredients (including the soy buttermilk) and stir until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. I started with adding about half the dry ingredients to the wet, mixed that together and then added about half of the remaining dry ingredients until they were both well combined.
Add the chopped pecans to the batter and stir together. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 40 – 50 minutes (depending on your oven). I usually insert a piece of spaghetti into the center of the cake to see if it comes out clean. If it does, then your cake is done!
Set aside the cake to cool and in the meantime, prepare your Frosting.
Frosting: Cream together the vegan cream cheese and margarine until smooth. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until well combined. Add soy milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.
Once the cake has cooled completely, top it with the frosting and decorate with whole or chopped pecan pieces (optional).
- The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Veganism in a Nutshell
The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine offers Information on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets including a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
- The site Crazy, Sexy Life offers many tips on vegan lifestyles
- Victoria Moran writes about her vegan life in a Hufftington Post series called Veg and the City
- Kathy Freston’s site offers lots of resources about vegan life and her 21-day cleanse.
- The book, Skinny Bitch has a provocative title, but also is packed full of motivation for taking on a vegan lifestyle
- Christina Pirello is host of the Emmy-award winning cooking show, Christina Cooks, highlighting tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes.
- The Oprah Show is also offering a Vegan Starter Kit.
- You can find a large variety of vegan recipes at Finding Vegan.