One Week Vegan Challenge

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.

Gone Bananas Vegan Cake is a great vegan dessert!

“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

A Vegan Banana Cake is a sweet snack for any dessert lover!

“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).

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11 Responses to One Week Vegan Challenge

  1. Thank you for this post, Marly! I hope it will encourage more people to try out a vegan diet:)

    p.s. I CANNOT wait to try this cake!! It sounds like a delicious banana bread in cake form:)

  2. Love this one! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Hey Marly! I love that Oprah did that-what a statement that is! I do vegan weeks and sometimes even months all the time, and I really don’t know why the idea is not more accepted. Even if one isn’t looking to be a vegan, the food is wonderful and it really does help with cholesterol and weight loss. It’s just a good diet/lifestyle in which to be familiar.
    Ooh, and I totally almost went bananas recently, so this cake is perfect for me:) Hmm, I suppose that isn’t really that funny if one thinks about it (smile). *Tee Hee*

  4. That is quite an accomplishment – to have that many people change their diets so radically. While I am not vegan, I can certainly see the benefits if it is done in a balanced way (just like any other way of eating).

  5. Mmm, this looks wonderful. Totally worth going vegan for 😉 And I love thinking about all the miniscule changes that can create one BIG change for the better.

  6. This cake looks heavenly. Isn’t it amazing how great vegan desserts can taste? I often find that I prefer them! They are usually so moist…and this cake looks no different! I love the push to eat less animal products, and I’m glad that this is becoming more mainstream. Thank you for sharing, Marley. Stay warm and safe!

  7. What a coincidence just saw the ad running for Oprah’s Vegan Week on the tube. I’ll have to tune in. I’ve not put a frosting on banana cake before, must try it. Looks delicious, love the pics Marly!

  8. The cake looks wonderful!

  9. Albert Einstein is my all time favorite person since childhood, and I am a vegetarian but have never seen this quote…I am tickled beyond words 🙂
    Now on to the cake…looks amazingly delicious 🙂

  10. It looks like banana bread x1000. Count me in! Beautiful job!

  11. Great looking cake. I wonder why it does not convince more people to go vegan. Hopefully, with the influence Oprah has, people will make a move on it.


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