pumpkin cake recipe with chocolate chips

This delicious pumpkin cake recipe is very easy to make and is also vegan.  I am a little hesitant to call it healthy because it does contain a lot of sugar, but most of its ingredients - whole spelt flour, chia seeds and pumpkin, are very healthy.   So test it out and judge for yourself.

This is a vegan version of a recipe I downloaded a few years ago from food.com (now called genius kitchen) and in my opinion it is just as tasty as the original.  I am always trying out vegan versions of all kinds of recipes because one of my sons is a vegan.

Please forgive me for this very poor photo. I know it does not make this recipe look appetising. By the time I decided to add this recipe to my site, this little piece was all that was left. Next time, I'll try to remember a little earlier and upload some better photos of this great little cake.

Vegan pumpkin cake recipe with chocolate chips


2 Cups sugar

1 Cup oil ( I use grapeseed oil)

3 Tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 9 Tbsp water

3 Cups whole spelt flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves ( I used 1/8 tsp because I prefer just a hint of flavor)

1/2 tsp salt

15 ounce can pumpkin or fresh (find easy instructions for preparing fresh pumpkin here)

1/2 cup chocolate chips


Set oven to 350 F. 

Grease and flour a 10x15 pyrex dish or equivalent,  and set aside.

Blend sugar, oil and chia in large bowl

In seperate bowl combine all dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt

Pour into the oil, sugar, chia mixture alternatively with pumpkin. 

Stir in chocolate chips

Pour into pan and bake 45-50 minutes.  Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean

Let cool.

what are chia seeds?

Chia are edible seeds from a flowering plant in the mint family. They can be eaten raw or cooked. You can sprinkle ground seeds on cooked oats, rice and vegetables.  It can be added practically to any dish for additional nutrition. A really great way is to make chia pudding.  See the recipe below taken from bon appetite.

Chia seeds have become popular in the last few years as an excellent source for omega 3 as well as fiber. They also contain protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Chia seeds are very absorbent and when mixed with water form a gelatinous mixture which helps bind ingredients together.  It therefore makes for a great egg substitute.

chia pudding

1/4 Cup seeds mixed with 1Cup of  almond milk or your favourite fruit juice.

Lit set and gel for at least 15 minutes or place in fridge for as long as a couple of days and it's ready to eat.

Chia does not have much flavor on its own, so you will probably want to add some chopped fruit or nuts.  Spices such as cinnamon can also add flaor.  And if you want more sweetness add honey, maple syrup or silan.  

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