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Get In Our Mouths! Raw Vegan & Gluten-Free Carrot Cake With Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Laugh

I love carrot cake! It’s one of the desserts I wish I could eat for every meal (it does have vegetables, right?) Here is a version where you get the entire flavor without the guilt. FitPerez fan Victoria from Stockton, California requested a 4 ingredient recipe for a healthy, low-carb cake – and here you go!

It’s also raw (no baking required) gluten-free and vegan! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Carrot Cake

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 ½ cups buckwheat, oat or almond flour
2 cups dried fruit (I use ½ dates, ½ dried pineapple, but experiment with raisins, apricots, etc)
½ cup dried coconut

Add all ingredients to food processor, and pulse until combined and sticks together. For this recipe, you can pour into an 8 in round pan (I like the spring-form type for easy removal) or lined cupcake tins. Spoon icing on top of carrot mixture, spread lightly, and put pan in refrigerator until hardened; at least 2 hours. Garnish with a dusting of fresh ground cinnamon or nutmeg, and its ready to serve!

Cashew Frosting

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons lemon or fresh orange juice
½ cup maple syrup or agave

Combine all ingredients in blender, until smooth. Add water (if needed) 1 teaspoon at a time, to get a frosting like consistency. Set-aside until ready to use.

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4 Ingredient Vegan Cookies And Cream Ice Cream!

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Mariko Laugh

I’m obsessed with chocolate ice cream, and love the new versions that are vegan and gluten-free with a coconut base. With my habit getting out of control (these cartons are about $7 each) I figured I needed to make it myself! This is the perfect base recipe for making ice cream; just start experimenting with different flavor combinations and discover your favorite (I add a splash of mint extract to mine for a thin mint kick).

1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
10 crushed chocolate cookies (I use the GF Chocolate animal crackers)

Blend the first 3 ingredients in blender or food processor for 30 seconds. Pour into ice cream maker and follow the manufactures instructions. During last few minutes, add crushed cookies. Transfer to freezer safe container, and freeze until ready to serve. Don’t have an ice cream maker? Check out my website for tips on making your own at home!

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Simple Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies — PERFECTION YOU CAN EAT!

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Markio Knives

I am obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter!!! Here is a fast and easy recipe that will be ready in minutes! For a healthier kick, substitute ½ cup sugar with rolled oats. For a fancy kick, sprinkle the tops with sea salt!

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Drop large spoonfuls onto baking sheet (about 1 ½ tablespoons) and use a fork to press down the top. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let sit for 5 minutes before moving from baking sheet, and enjoy!

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes Time!

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Mariko Pot

Pancakes are delicious and addictive!!!! Here is a quick, healthy and easy version that you can enjoy for breakfast every day! You can double the recipe and freeze the leftovers (if you don’t eat them all) then they are ready for the toaster when you want them! Experiment with your favorite flavors of Greek yogurt for an extra tasty kick!

6 ounces Greek Yogurt
1 egg
½ cup flour (I use a gluten-free variety)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon batter onto greased griddle; heated to medium-high heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to bubble, and flip! They are ready when golden brown on each side. Serve with your favorite fruit and syrup – and voila!

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Celebrate Filipino Independence Day With Filipino Coconut Macaroons!

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mariko amekodommo gives four ingredient recipe for filipino coconut macaroons

Happy Filipino Independence Day!!! This weekend, I will be checking out the Los Angeles Filipino parade to support my community, while tasting all the delicious and unique food! I love anything with coconut, and Filipino desserts feature it in almost every recipe! If you can’t make it to your local festivities, try this recipe for the classic Filipino dessert at home. Traditionally, the recipe asks for fresh shredded coconut (sold in the freezer section at most Asian grocery stores) but you can substitute the dried variety instead.

1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add egg white and use whisk or electric mixer until whites form medium - firm peaks. Fold in remaining ingredients, and mix gently until combined. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet, or lined mini-muffin tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, cool on wire racks and enjoy!

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Summer Pesto Baked Salmon Recipe — Just Four Ingredients!

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Markio Knives

Salmon is perfect for a Fit Lifestyle! It has high levels of Omega-3, which is essential for healthy brain, heart, eyes - even skin and hair! I always have packages of frozen salmon in my freezer (no need to thaw before baking) so I can make a quick, delicious and healthy meal in minutes! Buy wild caught fish whenever possible, it has more vitamins and minerals than the farmed versions.

4 salmon steaks (4-6 ounces each)
½ cup pesto (link to the pesto recipe)
½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
1 lemon (zest and juice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and put salmon in an oven safe baking dish. Combine pesto, cheese, lemon juice and zest together, then spread over the top of salmon. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until done. Serve with your favorite steamed veggies or salad for a light and healthy summer meal!

Tip: When baking salmon, estimate 10 minutes per inch of thickness: measure at the thickest point, and the Salmon should flake when done!

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Summer Fresh Pesto Recipe In Just FOUR Ingredients!

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Mariko Sink

Every Saturday morning, I hit my local farmers and stock up on fresh produce for the week. My favorite purchase is always the huge bunches of Basil – and have started adding it to everything; soup, scrambled eggs, champagne - even my floral arrangements have sprigs of basil because the smell is incredible!

Basil has tons of health benefits: it reduces inflammation, relieves allergies and boosts our immune system! Here is a quick pesto recipe that tastes so fresh and delicious with everything, you’ll never buy the preservative filled type in a jar again!

4 cups fresh basil
1 cup Pignoli (pine nuts)
1 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
¾ cup olive oil

Add all ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and pulse until combined and smooth. Serve over your favorite pasta (I love the gluten-free brown rice noodles) or as a marinade for your favorite meat– and enjoy!

Love salmon? Check out my 4 Ingredient recipe tomorrow for Pesto Baked Salmon using your fresh pesto!

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