Cara’s Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Icing! Happy Fathers Day!

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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!

Ingredients:

Carrots, mangos, dates, almond flour, GF oat flour, coconut, cinnamon, cashews, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, almonds, and pistachios.


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Blueberry Bliss! Mini Muffins

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These are kind of awesome! Vegan, gluten free and a little extra punch of protein, you’re welcome! I am a massive blueberry fan; not only are they exceptionally good for you, any way you eat them they are delicious. Toss them into some baked goodness and prepare yourself for some bliss. These little muffins are, as I am writing this, all gone. Yup! All 12 of them didn’t even last for 48 hours of existence. I brought them to work to share and well, now they are gone! It all started on Friday afternoon when I was in Whole Foods. For some beautiful, unexplained reason they were selling a pint of ORGANIC blueberries for $1.99. I bought 5 pints (5 is my lucky #) and made 3 blue-tastic recipes this weekend which I will of course all feature right here on the blog SO STAY TUNED!

Benefits of Blueberries

  • Antioxidant power house to build your immunity and slow aging- Vitamin A, C, E, copper, zinc, B complex, iron
  • Cancer Fighter– KARATE CHOP
  • Memory boosting benefits- Say hello to neurocognitive function as you age!

Recipe: Blueberry Blissed Protein Mini Muffins (makes 12 mini muffins) inspired by THIS recipe

What you need:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour- I used brown rice
  • 1/2 cup- vegan protein powder- I used Warrior Foods: aka the best!
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5-6 Tbsp sweetener- Agave, honey, brown sugar or 1/2 packet stevia (your choice)
  • 2 flax eggs (1 egg= 1/2 Tsp flaxseed meal + 1 Tbsp water)
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO or melted vegan butter (like Earth Balance)
  • 6 Tbsp vanilla almond milk (unsweetened is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease your mini muffin tin. Prepare your flax eggs in a cup and set side to mix. In a medium size bowl combine all your dry ingredients (including the dry sweeteners if using sugar or stevia). Otherwise, combine all the wet ingredients in the cup used for the flax eggs and whisk together. Work your wet ingredients into the dry and combine well until a dough forms. Fold in the blueberries. Put about a Tbsp of dough into each mini muffin tin and bake in the oven for 11-13 minuets. Check them with a tooth pick to make sure they are dry through out before removing. Place on a paper towel or cookie rack to cool. Then find your bliss: dive into these beautiful sweet muffins! (like I said, your welcome)!

xoxo,

SSP