Happy 4th of July my fellow Americans!! I know, I know, its a few days away but that doesn’t mean I can’t be excited or potentially get you excited for (what should be) a glorious day! All the politics and drama aside we live in an amazing country and we truly are blessed. Blessed. Really, we have an abundance of freedom for exponentially amazing possibilities. So I decided to make a Raw, Vegan & Gluten Free ice cream cake to celebrate. Nom. Nom. Nom. It was good. I mean good as in great. And it is quiet pretty too! It is so much more fun to eat ice cream when you know it isn’t loaded with fat dairy. gross. This is actually loaded with super foods which should translate into super powers! (Yes, super powers)! Have a fun filled day!
Benefits of RawVegan Ice Cream:
- Brain Freeze inducing
- Contains vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and rays of sunshine
- Cruelty free creamy, cool, dreamy summer time delight
What you need:
Strawberries, cut in half to fill the edge of cake pan
White Ice Cream Cake Layer:
cashews, bananas, pitted dates, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, vegan milk (I used almond)
Blue Ice Cream Cake layer:
frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries (can use blueberries instead for a more true blue layer) vegan milk, dates, walnuts, banana
I feel like a rabbit. This cake, which I have appropriately named the Cara Carrot Cake (CCC are my initials) has turned me into a carrot monster. It is Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free and BEAUTIFUL. I love love love all the colors. I have to say that I exhibited mild symptoms of OCD while individually applying each slivered almond and pistachio on the sides of this cake. It was creative expression of a kind I haven’t experience before and if you haven’t had cashew cream cheese icing then get ready for a new “could eat by the spoonful” obsession. I just want to thank the Universe or Mother Nature or what ever is in charge here for cashews. Thank you for cashews. This cake was inspired by my dad and I made it for Fathers Day! I can not wait to give him a piece today at our post hike in Malibu brunch! Nom, Nom, Nom. (Love ya, Pops)
Benefits of Carrots:
- Anti-Cancer- Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
- Glowing Healthy Skin- the Vitamin A in carrots protects against sun damage and premature wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin tone.
- Carrots are an Alkaline food and help balance pH levels in the blood
Unfortunately, this is going in my upcoming eBook and I cannot give you the recipe but below is a list of the ingredients!
Carrots, mangos, dates, almond flour, GF oat flour, coconut, cinnamon, cashews, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, almonds, and pistachios.
Say hello to my first attempt at vegan ice cream (it also happens to be gluten free)! Lychee is one of those fruits that sort of make me stop in my tracks and say “Oh, Mother Nature.” They look like jelly fish with their skins off, are loaded with nutrients and have such a unique flavor. Lychee is native to Southern China, Taiwan, Bangladesh and South East Asia! Its cultivation in China dates back to 2000BC – thats old. I am headed to Thailand at the end of the month so I thought I would create an inspired recipe. I don’t mean to gloat but this might the most yummy concoction ever to have come out of my kitchen (totally
not bragging)! This is insanely easy to make; if your new to the kitchen, give it a shot! I decided to add watermelon and mint to the recipe to add a differnt dimension to the flavor! NOM-ing as we speak!
Benefits of Lychee
- Contains Polyphenols– slow aging, fight cancer
- Increase Immunity
- Protects against Free Radicals
- Increase Blood formation
What you need:
lychee, diced watermelon, almond milk, chia seeds, mint leaves
Woah! I will never look at pudding the same ever again. I remember growing up opening my lunch box to such excitement every time my mom would pack a Snack Pack pudding. Did you know that the Snack Pack had a cameo in the movie Billy Elliot- Adam Sandlers character tries his best to snatch up some creamy, sweet, yummy childlike goodness!. I know you know what I am talking about! Well I am 25 now and still (sustainably) brown paper bag my lunch for work each day and this pudding has been constant since I first made it a week or so ago. This literally is loaded with only wholesome awesome ingredients! Chia seeds are so damn good for that you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t eat them on the daily. You really can eat this pudding with nothing but a smile inside and out! Yummy gluten free and vegan treats!
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- Perfect Egg replace- binds things together!
- Loaded with fiber- help lower cholesterol and ride the body of toxins
- Contains MINERALS- calcium, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium
What you need:
1 cup vanilla or chocolate almond milk (I used vanilla)
3 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 Tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
2 medium strawberries
1/4 cup dark choc chips
1/2 Tbs agave
In a blender or food processor add the first two ingredients and blend until a uniform consistency appears. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until mixed well. If you want chunks of fruit then you can pulse a few times instead. Leave this in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours (If you can wait that long, its hard) then ENJOY! This is creamy, yummy, childlike goodness!
This is a raw and vegan interpretation of the classic Fig Newton, which dates back to 1891, that I happily renamed the Fig-tastic Chewy Cookie Bar! It is also gluten free, kiddos! The Fig Newton is hands down my moms favorite cookie but I never fully understood why until I made these! HOLY COW they are delicious and positively bursting with health benefits! Also, being the adventurous cook that I am, I added some dried apricots to the mix up as well (good idea)! Feel free to get creative with the dried fruit my friends, this would be a hard recipe to mess up. Photographing these proved to be a challenge because I couldn’t stop eating them…
Benefits of Figs:
- High in potassium – which helps lower cholesterol
- High in dietary fiber- good for weight management and digestion
- Good source of calcium- bone density. KAPOW!
Recipe: FIG-tastic Chewy Cookie Bar – aka the Fig Newton
What you need:
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 tspn cinnamon
1-2 tbsp raw honey or agave nectar
1-2 tspn water
1 cup dried figs- soaked in water to soften
1/2 cup dried apricots- soaked in water to soften
1/2-1 tbls water
Combine the walnuts, cashews and cinnamon in the bowl of your food processor and grind until it resembles a meal. Add the honey or agave and process until it is well combined and crumbly. Then add 1tspn of water at a time until a ball of dough forms in the processor. If you add to much water, simply add more nuts. Remove the dough and form into a ball and roll out on a piece of parchment paper. Place in the freeze to stiffen. Clean out your processor and add the soaked figs and water. Process until a paste forms. Remove dough from freezer and spread the paste over the surface evenly. Roll up like a cinnamon roll/ pinwheel or completely in half to form a classic looking Fig Newton. Cut the cookies appropriately and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.