Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy National Carrot Cake Day!

Blogger of the Day: Amber Shea at Chef Amber Shea
Pubs: Practically Raw, Practically Raw Desserts, The REAL FOOD Cleanse

A few years ago I was searching for a Valentine's Day miracle...a magically deliciously decadent treat that was easy and preferably no-bake because our oven was flaking out (nice timing meanoldoven!). I stumbled across Amber Shea's Caramel-Fudge Brownies which she had entered into the 2011 Hot Raw Chef Competition...hotdiggitydang, that was it! I voted (she won!), then I spun up a quick batch, wrapped them up and yay...they were a hit! I still love this recipe and all her other raw, almost raw and vegan recipes. Her specialty is raw desserts...lovely and stylish and perfect when you need a little package of yum!  :)

Note: Amber Shea has never been 100% vegan...she doesn't believe in labels, but features mostly plant-based cuisine. So far all the recipes I've found on her website are vegan, but check just to make sure and sub in vegan ingredients if needed. She did have a superfun slightly goth vegan can check it out here and here if you're looking for ideas!  ;)

Carrot cake with cream cheese is a classic, sometimes with chunks of nuts or raisins, sometimes without. My best friend loves it chunkless but with a thick plastering of vegan cream cheese on top...I'm talking thick-as-a-brick 2-ton topping! Layer it on or leave it off if you're eating light right now. Amber Shea's carrot cake has less than 150 calories a slice (without the icing) and is raw, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, low-fat, with no-added-sugar and no-bake... :P to all those meanoldovens!

Amber Shea cooks up plenty of recipes too like Whole-Grain Rotini with Pecan Cream Sauce, Eat To Live-friendly Pasta Bolognese, Tofu Paneer Tikka Masala, Curried Split Pea-Cauliflower Stew and Roasted Potato Wraps with Black Bean Hummus!

Do you like your carrot cake chunky or chunkless? Cream cheesed or not? Have you ever been to a vegan wedding? What would yours be like?

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  1. What a great batch of carrot recipes. I will be taking advantage of many of these. Thanks so much!

    1. Your Carrot Applesauce Muffins look so temptingly delicious! I need to get more carrots! :)