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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bundt Cake – Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Regular Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is not vegan and gluten-free. HOWEVER, Van’s makes a reasonably close VGF alternative, Cinnamon Heaven. I reviewed this cereal last year. TC challenged me to make a coffee cake with cinnamon toast crunch.

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Pinterest yielded several recipes, precious few from scratch. For my junior paper on diets and religion, I picked up a series of essays on women and food, and I recall one that was elaborating on why women in the ’50s felt pressured to “do it all”: keeping the perfect house, dressing neatly, managing the children, and making dinners with all the new electric gadgets and convenience foods. That drive to use convenience foods is why I find some 1950’s cookbooks gross (et tu, ridiculous Sunset cookbook in my grandparents’ home library). I think the essay was from this book?

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Fortunately, while Natalie Slater’s Bake and Destroy has been a cookbook of about 50% success for the recipes I’ve tried, she includes a “cake mix” recipe. I substituted some soymilk powder and made it gluten-free for the base bundt cake, to imitate the “pudding added” aspect of some cake mixes. My streusel I modified from Fifteen Spatulas, including all kinds of cinnamon heaven cereal, as “flour” and as chunks.

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I wish I could be a food studies researcher!

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bundt Cake
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  1. 1 cup vegan and gluten-free cinnamon square cereal, blitzed to powder
  2. 3/4 cup of the same cereal, chopped into small bits
  3. 1 cup almond meal
  4. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  5. 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  6. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 cup cinnamon cereal
For the cake
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour
  2. 1 cup GF oat flour
  3. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/2 cup powdered soymilk (or other nondairy milk powder)
  5. 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  6. 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  7. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1 cup coconut sugar, blitzed to powder
  10. 1 3/4 cups nondairy milk
  11. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  12. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  13. 1 cup cinnamon square cereal (yes, another)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour a large Bundt pan and set aside.
  3. For the streusel: In a small bowl, whisk together the slightly crushed cereal, the cereal "flour," almond meal, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Use a pastry cutter to blend in the margarine until small clumps form.
  5. Stir in the additional cup of cereal.
  6. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  7. For the cake: In a large bowl, sift and whisk together the powdered coconut sugar, flours, soymilk powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
  8. In a large measuring cup, combine the nondairy milk, vinegar, vanilla, and oil.
  9. Add wet to dry and mix well.
  10. Fold in the cereal.
  11. Sprinkle 1/3 of the streusel in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  12. Add 1/3 of the batter to the pan and smooth out the layer.
  13. Repeat layering with the rest of the streusel and batter, finishing with a layer of batter.
  14. Tap the pan several times to make everything settle.
  15. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test, has pulled away from the sides of the pan, and springs back to the touch.
  16. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes before inverting onto a plate to cool completely.
  1. Yes, in this recipe you combine the sugar with the dry ingredients instead of the wet. It's important to "powder" (aka: grind into a powder) the coconut sugar for this cake because of the assembly method.
Adapted from Bake and Destroy and 15 Spatulas
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Parting shots:

This week in protein bars: another pretentious chocolate date and nut bar, the Skout bar.

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Oooh, it’s organic. Ooh, it tastes like every other chocolate peanut butter “granola” bar.

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“For those who wander.” Uh-huh. It was on sale at Natural Grocers and I wanted a snack, hence why I bought it.

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Oh look, it’s my shoes. I drafted a guest post for a friend’s blog today and it involved shoes. Am I the only person who’s looking for a second pair of Vibram FiveFingers? I like my “toe” shoes, but I only wear them for HIIT and outdoor yoga, not running.

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