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Pineapple-Pecan Cake (it's whole grain!)
Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine That's Easy and Delicious, ©2011 by Laura Theodore. Reprinted with permission from Book Publishing Company.

Pineapple keeps this cake moist, and pecans add a wonderful taste and texture, making for a mouthwatering dessert. It's rich in whole grain and isn't overly sweet, so it can do double duty as an indulgent breakfast as well.

1/2 ripe pineapple, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar or raw sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 to 2/3 cup brown sugar or raw sugar
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 1/4 cups plain or vanilla nondairy milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Makes 6 to 8 servings.)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spread vegan margarine over the sides of an 8-inch square baking pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper. To make the topping, put the pineapple slices in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. Turn the slices over gently to coat them evenly. Arrange the pineapple slices in a single layer in the prepared pan, slightly overlapping them. To make the cake, put the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir with a dry whisk to combine. Add the pecans and pineapple and stir until coated with the flour. Add the nondairy milk, oil, and vanilla extract and stir just until evenly incorporated and smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the cake begins to brown too much during the last 15 minutes of baking, tent it with foil. When finished, put the pan on a wire rack and loosen the sides with a knife. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Invert into serving platter and carefully peel off the parchment paper. Let cool for 10 minutes longer before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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