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Ginger Loaf with Maple Walnut Butter

Ginger Loaf with Maple Walnut Butter

This recipe is from the Veggie Tree Cookbook by Anna Valentine. Anna’s recipes also feature in our Vegetarian Living NZ magazine.

Moist, sweet and spicy this loaf is even better after a couple of days in the tin – if it lasts that long! The maple walnut butter is equally delicious on toast.

Vegan | Makes 1 loaf


Line an 11 x 22cm tin with baking paper. Gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 160ºC. Place a sieve over a large bowl and sift in:

1 c wholemeal flour

1 c plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

small pinch of salt

1 heaped T ground ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp cinnamon

Measure the following ingredients into a separate bowl:

½ c rice bran oil

1 c maple syrup

2 T molasses

2 T coconut syrup

1 c soy milk

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk the wet ingredients together until emulsified. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, then whisk together well. The mix will be quite wet. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour. Test it’s done by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake; the skewer should come out clean. Cool on a rack. I keep the baking paper on so it’s easy to transfer to an airtight container when completely cold.


Add to a food processor:

1 c walnuts

¼ c maple syrup

Whizz together until a butter forms. Serve with the Ginger Loaf.