6 Jun 2014

BANANA ICE CREAM CAKE with MATCHA, BLUEBERRY + VANILLA LAYERS


Heyo! To be honest, I wasn't too stoked on how this cake turned out, appearance-wise. I am still trying to develop my skills as a swirler (it's a word, shh), and you can really tell. If you wanna find the worlds best swirler, check out Fragrant Vanilla Cake! I am always in awe of her talent level of swirling. Anyhoo, back to my mishap: I messed up in the middle of the top of the cake, so I tried covering up my mistake with pumpkin seeds (don't we all? ... No.) Fortunately the lighting was nice today so the cake looks alright, but it still doesn't quite meet my standards in terms of prettiness. However, I am sharing it anyways because I love you. And since I love you, I of course want to give you as many delicious and healthy recipes as I can! Here's another one, folks. 

This is mostly bananas! As you may have learned from my reading my past posts and checkin' me out on Instagram - YES, I GOT INSTAGRAM! - I am eating essentially 80/10/10 now. That is, 80% carbs, 10% each for protein and fat. My diet looks a lot like *smoothiemania* all day (10 bananas per smoothie wasssapp!?) plus giant bowls of rice and vegetables for dinner. I ain't missing out on a thing! Even dessert! I love this lifestyle. I am so excited to eat everything all the time. And I have energy out the wazoo (we still do not have confirmation on the precise definition of wazoo though). Here I show you that you can have a tasty raw vegan treat, but it doesn't have to be filled with nuts and coconut oil! Those foods are awesome, but we don't need much of them; only a handful a day. You get just that with this cake. Actually, I'm gonna let you in on a secret - this cake is, for all practical purposes, a smoothie that is frozen in a cake mold. If that makes it seem unappealing to you, pretend I never said it. Blot it out from your mind forever. But if that fact makes it even MORE enticing... well, you're welcome. I think it's cool. Get it? 'Cause it's frozen? "OMG Em you are soooo funny!" Aw shucks, you're too kind. 


BANANA ICE CREAM CAKE with MATCHA, BLUEBERRY + VANILLA LAYERS

Matcha layer:
3 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon matcha powder
5 Medjool dates (optional)

Blueberry layer:
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Handful cashews
Handful dried coconut flakes

Vanilla layer:
3 frozen bananas
1/2 vanilla bean
2 tablespoon coconut nectar or other sweetener
Handful dried coconut shreds (optional) 

For each layer: just blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and very thick! If your blender cannot handle it, add some coconut milk to keep things moving, and keep things creamy (if you add water it'll just make it icy). Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the matcha and blueberry mixtures. Spread each layer evenly into a 6 inch cake pan (mine is adjustable), with the vanilla layer being on top. Now drop little dots of the matcha and blueberry mixtures onto the top of the cake. Use a toothpick or chopstick and drag the tip through the dots - it makes hearts! Freeze until sold. When you wanna serve this, I recommend letting it thaw for a bit so it gets creamy. 

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15 comments:

  1. I love the tone of your writing, always makes me laugh. I can totally relate to trying to cover up mistakes with garnishes or weird camera angles :)

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  2. hee hee, energy out the wazoo! this looks delish.

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  3. That looks delicious! I love the little heart designs, so cute and creative. :)

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  4. This looks so tasty!! Love the look of the layers too :)
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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  5. What a pretty little cake! Matcha,blueberry,vanilla sounds divine.
    I'm not going 80-10-10 any time soon but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy big smoothies and low-fat fruity desserts too :)

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  6. I honestly hadn't noticed any aesthetic inconsistencies in your cake until you pointed them out - and those purple hearts are darling! Well done on your swirling skills!

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  7. AnonymousJune 07, 2014

    You are a hero Em!

    you have taught me that food can taste infinitely better by being vegan, look amazing, taste amazing, karmic debt is zero in the process too.
    I just finished watching Earthlings.Have you seen it? if not you should.

    I love your blog , but after watching Earthlings I love your recipes even better.
    Trust me someone like you deserve all the good things in life because a hundred animals are thanking you for inspiring people to find joy and completion in vegan food.

    You go girl . My prayers are with you
    Hugs
    Katya

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  8. AnonymousJune 07, 2014

    Wow this looks so yum! Def love the idea of a cake-shaped smoothie :) Quick question: I want to eat tonnes of fruit and veg but can't afford to buy it all organic (student)- What are your thoughts on how important this is?I saw that EWG list of the 12 fruits and veg that contain the most pesticides - do you think that buying those organic is a good way to go? thanks Xx

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  9. You're too hard on yourself. The cake looks amazing!

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  10. @Anonymous - that Dirty Dozen list is a really great way to save money by buying the most important stuff organic, while buying the rest non-organic. i think organic is better, but you also have to be realistic. I mean organic cucumbers here are $4 each... not gonna happen. At the same time, organic bananas are only a few cents more! :)

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  11. love this! cannot wait to recreate it!

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  12. This cake sounds so yummalicious :)! I am flattered that you think my swirls are lovely! I think you are pretty amazing at making things look beautiful as well :)!

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  13. beautiful cake...yum ///h.m.

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  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is the best ice cream I have ever tasted! It's absolutely addictive!

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  15. Recipe sounds amazing and the look of this dessert- masterpiece !!!!

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