Day in the Life of a Food Blogger & Practically Raw Desserts Giveaway

May 22, 2013

I got some good feedback from my “day in the life” feature combined with my daily food photo journal I did a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d try that again today for my day yesterday (you can see the first one here).

Day in the Life of a Healthy Food Blogger:

5 a.m. – Wake-up. Feed cats, clean litter box, meditate for 5 minutes and observe sunrise <—-this is one of the best parts of my day (that is, the sunrise part, not the litter box part).

5:20 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. – Work on my school project. Submit latest section to my advisor (yay!).

6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. – Prepare green smoothie with mango, kale, romaine, hemp milk, cinnamon, carob powder, sesame seeds, frozen berries, fresh mint, ginger, amla powder, and frozen pineapple. Before I forget, I have a new secret ingredient for my smoothies! I have started brewing just about a tablespoon of decaf green tea that I add to the mix, leaves and all:

Decaf mango green tea.

7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Consume green smoothie and chat with husband:

This is how much green smoothie I drink for breakfast.

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Read blogs, Facebook, and catch up on e-mails, whilst consuming a hot cacao beverage. I have another confession. I have started drinking a hot drink every morning with cacao, hot water, my homemade almond milk (see how I make it here), and about a teaspoon (okay, maybe two) of coconut palm sugar:

Ingredients for my hot cacao.

I’ve been drinking this off and on for several months now. I cannot lie, I am hooked (Roxy doesn’t drink any, she just likes to sniff):

Hot cacao.

The hot cacao is a mild stimulant from the theobromine, but it’s fairly low in caffeine and it feels so indulgent to me, in a good way.

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Informational interview (over the phone) about a project I am considering after I get my master’s degree in December. I will let you know as this develops.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Stair-climbing workout at the gym with a brief stretch.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Last-minute errands as part of getting ready to leave town.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Prepare lunch and eat with husband. Yesterday’s lunch was also my final meal of the day as part of the intermittent fasting program that I am doing right now (you can read more about it here and here). So, lunch was a salad and my caesar dressing (recipe here), kiwi, cherries, a bean and rice burger, avocado, bell pepper, chopped onions, chopped kale, and tomato:

Lunch salad with bean burger, avocado, and fruit.

It is still a bit weird to think that it’s my last meal of the day, so I’ve been having a bit more food just so I feel completely satisfied. Yesterday, I had a bowl of Mary’s crackers with some peanut butter (plus an extra teaspoon of unpictured almond butter):

Mary's crackers with peanut butter.

I’m not even usually a crackers-eater, but I saw these at Costco and they are gluten-free and made with no oils, so I couldn’t resist.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Conference call for my volunteer work with the Nutritional Research Foundation.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Work on random projects including my blog. :)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Nap

4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pack, make dinner for Alan, shower, do last-minute organizing for trip.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Read my book, check e-mail, social media-ize (I made up that word), relax.

7:30 – 8:50 p.m. Watch tv with Alan and snuggle with cats. Last night was “Extreme Homes” on HGTV and part of V for Vendetta.

9:00 p.m. Light’s out!

Practically Raw Desserts Giveaway:

Practically Raw Desserts

Remember when I reviewed the amazing new cookbook by Chef Amber Shea here? That’s the post where I included recipes for Amber’s Tropical Fruit Tartlets and my PB Chocolate Pie. I know I haven’t forgotten that post. :)

I’m so excited to announce that the publisher and Amber have generously agreed to do a giveaway of the book for one of you lucky readers!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite vegan dessert. Feel free to give as little or as much detail as you wish. I will randomly select the winner of the book on Friday, May 31st. This giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental United States and you must be over the age of 18 to win. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed].

Oklahoma Tragedy:

Did y’all know I’m originally from Oklahoma? While I’ve lived in California long enough to be considered a native now (25+ years), I was very saddened to hear about the devastation and deaths that occurred from the tornadoes earlier this week. What a scary, sad situation. My thoughts go out to everyone affected.

Conclusion:

I’m traveling most of today, but I’ll be posting on Friday with a brand-new post.

Please connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, and don’t forget to help keep my blog going by purchasing my recipe app, Vegan Delish, on the iTunes store. Thanks for all of your support!

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Sara May 22, 2013 at 7:27 am

My favorite vegan dessert is any cupcake from Spiral Diner in Dallas!

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Virginia May 22, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hi Carrie, love your blog! You are an amazing young woman. Have a wonderful time at the conference!
I am a fairly new ‘almost there’ vegan, so I haven’t made many desserts yet, but one that I’ve tried is a kind of ice cream in my Vitamix. I used frozen dark sweet cherries, a little bit of unsweetened almond milk, a hanful of raw cashews, some vanilla, some cocoa powder, and my homemade date paste, or just straight dates. I used about a pound of the cherries, unsweetened of course. Blend it all up in the Vitamix, that thing is amazing! Don’t know what I’d do without it. I don’t use exact measurements, I just kind of eyeball it. I love coming up with new recipes and being able to learn the right amounts just by feel! Carrie on! Virginia

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:52 am

Awwww, thanks for the kind words, Virginia, you made me smile. :)

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Alison May 22, 2013 at 7:45 am

Jeepers, I have to choose just one! I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chocolate Covered Katie’s deep dish cookie pie. SO much fun, and so much better when I think of it being healthy. For store-bought, I will always have a soft spot for Liz Lovely’s cookies!

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janet @ the taste space May 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

I love cookbook giveaways. :) The carrot cake is divine – I’ve already made it and plotting spin-offs already. :)

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Katie May 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

My favorite vegan dessert is a chocolate mousse/pudding. The secret ingredient that makes it creamy, smooth and delicious? Avocados!

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Candace May 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

Sorbets made with frozen berries in the blender! Delish!!!

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Sarah May 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

There’s a chocolate mouse/French silk pie recipe that I have that is quite delightful ~ I’ve made it a few times and my non vegan very skeptical friends have gobbled it right up… I never told them what was in it or that it was healthy… what they don’t know won’t hurt them ;)

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Ana May 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

My favorite vegan dessert is chocolate avocado mousse for sure!!
Ana

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Brittany May 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’m a brand spankn new vegan, so I haven’t explored the world of homemade desserts until now, but I love So Delicious Almond Mocha Fudge Ice Cream and dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups!

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Tiffany May 22, 2013 at 8:22 am

I just made Chocolate Covered Katie’s fudge pie for the first time, and I’m obsessed! So easy and sooo delicious! http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/06/the-ultimate-chocolate-fudge-pie/

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Pam May 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I make banana oatmeal mini muffins that have become my favorite dessert: bananas, raisins, sunflower seeds, baking soda, cinnamon, and gluten free quick cooking oats that I turn into flour using my Blendtec. These muffins are so yummy.

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Nicole May 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

My favorite vegan dessert is just something simple like frozen bananas and almond butter blended together. I love this and so does my husband and daughter.

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Corey May 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

Omg I was so hoping for an opportunity to win a copy of her book. Excited!

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Kerry Cloud-Pitt May 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

My favorite dessert (right now) is raw vegan key lime mousse. Soooo delicious!

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Amelia May 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

My favorite vegan dessert is probably home-made tagalongs (the PB/chocolate girlscout cookies). Absolutely love that combination and the homemade version has the almond meal and coconut oil… so yummy.

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Nancy May 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

My favorite dessert is black bean brownies, it’s so delicious and I love the fact that it uses whole food ingriedients!

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Diana May 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

Dr. Fuhrman’s Yum Bars are yummy. They are made with bananas and coconut. Also love Vegan cupcakes at Whole Foods.

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Liz @ The Sixth Letter May 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

I love me some banana soft serve and I make a mean vegan dark chocolate walnut coconut cookie that is delish!!! I loved this look into your life (I’m on a similar early to rise, early to bed schedule!)

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

Thanks Liz! I’m glad I’m not the only early bird. :)

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Ozlem May 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

Love this!! Thanks Carrie. I will be making your smoothie when I get home and break my fast :) Thanks!!

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Lauren May 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

I have so many!! I guess my favorite is very simple: raw vegan chocolate. I have a little daily! Perfect way to combat cravings. Decadent and delicious!

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Vicky May 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

Wow! That is a packed day! I LOVE my hot chocolate drink made with almond milk – it’s so creamy and lush!

I don’t qualify for the competition but thought I’d let you know that my favourite vegan dessert is apple and blackberry crumble or apple crisp, I just can’t get enough of it! I often make mine with fresh fruit juice instead of sugar and you wouldn’t know!

Hope you’re feeling VERY well now!

Vicky

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:50 am

Thanks, Vicky! :)

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Laura S. May 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

Yay! Love Amber and this giveaway!! I’m a huge peanut butter fan so my favorite vegan (and GF) dessert recently is these high-protein peanut butter bites:

http://happyhealthymama.com/2011/07/high-protein-energy-balls.html

Just use agave instead of the honey.

YUM!
Can’t wait to hear about VVC!!!

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Luv What You Do May 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love mango black tea, but I will have to go looking for some green tea! My fave vegan dessert is definitely vegan cookie dough balls. Although vegan frosting from Babycakes NYC is pretty amazing too!

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Dalores May 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

My favorite vegan dessert right now is making ice cream from frozen bananas. I used to eat a lot of ice cream and I’m trying to be healthier. I would like to be more adventurous in my cooking.

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Stacy L. May 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

The Whole Foods in our area has an AMAZING Almond “Ice Cream” that meets all of their Health Starts Here guidelines (oil free, sodium free, no added sugar, etc..). It’s my favorite “dessert date with my husband” dessert ever! :)

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Beth May 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

My favorite vegan dessert are crunchy peanut butter bon bons by the spork sisters. Those babies are so delish!

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Diane May 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

I love Mary’s crackers with almond butter too. Those crackers are wonderful with just about anything. Some day I hope to buy an Excalibur dehydrator and make this type of cracker from pulp and seeds. Ah, some day!

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SusanM May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

I like chocolate mousse made with silken tofu. One if these days I’m going to put it in a nut crust and make chocolate mousse pie.

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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) May 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

My favorite vegan dessert is fresh (or roasted) berries on coconut milk ice cream!

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Angelique Soleil May 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

My favorite raw vegan dessert is raw chocolate fudge. Almost every recipe I’s ever used for it, from blonde fudge, to simple chocolate, to chocolate coconut fudge has been amazing!

Thanks for being here!

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Diane May 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

PS – if you ever do a giveaway for one of those Excalibur’s, I am sooooo in!

PSS – my current favorite dessert: Organic Raw Cacao Goji Energy Squares. They are dangerously good. http://www.nuts.com/snacks/energy-squares/cacao-goji.html

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Amy S May 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

My favorite dessert is pie… any pie… pumpkin, coconut cream,apple,cherry,blueberry,peach, lemon, pecan… oh the choices!

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Patty May 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

I’m loving the day-in-the-life combined with the what I ate, Carrie, it’s cool! Thanks for doing it! :)

Right now, I’m loving your Cherrie Tahini Gelato for my favorite dessert. I feel like I’m eating something yummy and decadent, but so healthy too.

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:50 am

Glad you liked it, Patty. That one was for you! :)

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TashaO May 22, 2013 at 10:46 am

I love Chia Seed Pudding. you can make it different each time you make it if you wish. You can always change the fruit to what you have on hand or what is in season. Super easy to make and its made ahead of time!

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Johanna B. May 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

I know I’m late to the “banana soft-serve” party, but I just tried it yesterday for the first time and had to make a second bowl! It totally hit the spot and satisfied my sweet-tooth and my need for something cold and creamy.

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

It’s amazing, right? :) I can’t believe how sweet the bananas are and how much it tastes like soft-serve. You can make all kinds of fun combinations with it, too.

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Amy N May 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

I get really excited about any vegan dessert that involves chocolate. Please don’t make me pick just one! Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, homemade Thin Mints, chocolate mousse, chocolate-dipped fruit, peanut butter pie, chocolate smoothies, lots of flavors of nice cream, etc. Yum! Thanks for the chance to win a great cookbook! :)

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Food and Loathing May 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

My favorite dessert are the ones I make from Amber’s first book, Practically Raw, which is probably my favorite cookbook ever. Raw desserts have a far less dramatic result on my blood sugar (I’m a type 1 diabetic). I love to make her 5 minute blondies if I need to whip up something sweet quickly.

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Marianne May 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

The cupcakes from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World” have never let me down. My favorite recipe is for the banana split cupcakes which are so decadent and have left many an omnivore turned into drooling zombies left in my wake! ;)

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Sarah May 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

Any and all alternative baking company cookie!

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Ruta May 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

Excited to learn about your site from Chef Amber Shea. My favorite dessert is raw “ice cream” made with frozen bananas and blueberries. Put them in the food processor and voila – frozen yummy treat!

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Hilary May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

So excited to find your blog! I had to laugh because I was eating a Mary’s cracker when I read his post. I just bought them for the first time ever at Costco this morning. Glad to know you agree they are an okay treat. My favorite raw treat of all is raw raspberry cheesecake; but the treat I make the most is no-bake cookies with all whole, natural ingredients.

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The Peace Patch May 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

Vegan pudding parfait is my current fave. :)

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Andrea Wyckoff May 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Oh, Yum! My favorite raw dessert?!? Eek, so hard to commit to just one!! Lately I am totally in love with these raw dark & white chocolate candy cups I have been making!! I add in lots of frozen berries too, and just eating fresh or frozen berries is the ultimate raw treat too. I would love to win a copy of Amber’s book! Thanks so much for holding this giveaway!!

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michelle May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Do I have to choose just one? I love Amber’s 5 minute blondies… Chocolate Covered katie almost anything… and chocolate
have fun on your trip

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Emily May 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

my favorite vegan dessert would have to be congo bars (aka chocolate chip blondies) using chickpeas instead of flour!

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Joanne Zdrojewski May 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

My fav is a gf vegan brownie with some vegan vanilla ice cream – A Brownie Sunday!

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Jan-Marie May 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Carrie (aka Wonderwoman!)

My favorite dessert is anything chocolate… particularly something cold and chocolatey, like chocolate (n)ice cream or my creation, Grinning Gorillas which is a chocolate peanut butter (n)ice cream. That’s is for the quick desserts. But my new ultimate favorite is your chocolate PB pie from the blog post you reference above!

See you in 5 short weeks :-)

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

Anything chocolate is a woman after my own heart! :)

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Terri Cole May 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is a few squares of dark chocolate with sea salt.

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beth May 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I love vegan chocolate cake

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Karen D May 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Apple crisp…sliced apples mixed with cinnamon & nutmeg, topped by a mixture of freshly rollled oats, spices, sometimes walnuts held together by coconut oil. No sugar needed!

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Nicolette May 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I am not too creative with desserts. I usually just have fresh fruit! My husband’s birthday is coming up and I would love to be able to make him something wonderful! He is not vegan, but I know if anyone can make a dessert that will even wow an omnivore, it’s Amber!

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Katherine @ Green Thickies May 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I love reading about your fasting experiences and a day in the life. It’s fascinating that we all live our lives so differently. Are you coping OK with this fasting and are you getting hungry at other times of the day? Since I cut out my toddlers snacks, this now means I don’t snack either as she’ll want what I’ve got, so I find myself overeating at every single meal as it’s got to see me through until the next meal. The result is that I am always eating when I’m not hungry and I’ve piled on loads of weight! I’ll have to address this at some point after I’ve had my baby!

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

Hi Katherine! Great questions. I find that I’m eating enough (probably a bit too much) during my “eating window” that I don’t really get hungry the rest of the day. If I do get hungry, it passes fairly easily. That being said, a lot of people who practice intermittent fasting eat their meals toward the end of the day. I’m different in that I prefer to eat earlier. I think the bottom line is that if I eat when I’m truly hungry and not because of any need for emotional comfort or because I’m bored or something, then I’m giving my body what it truly needs. This fasting experiment is helping me learn the difference between real hunger and everything else. But, obvs, you have to be careful about any kind of fasting when pregnant or nursing. :)

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Wendy May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

anything from cafe gratitude!

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kimmythevegan May 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Sounds like a very well rounded and productive day! Time spent on work, things you enjoy, making good & healthy food, blog and time with hubby – sounds great =)
I came across Mary’s Crackers a couple of years ago and enjoy them occasionally. They’re pretty great with hummus, never thought of trying nut butter. YUM.

I would love to win the cookbook! I have too many favourite desserts to choose from, but basically, I’m in love with any sort of raw pie =)

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Maria May 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

It’s kind of impossible for me to choose a favorite vegan dessert, but I love going to Babycakes in Downtown Disney – they have delicious gluten-free cupcakes and other assorted desserts! Also, I’ve made the most amazing vegan pumpkin pie from scratch – I don’t see how any non-vegan, much unhealthier pumpkin pie could come close :)

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Jessica Forrestt May 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I love banana ice cream, sometimes I add mango, strawberries, raspberries – any frozen fruit really!! I LOVE it :) I want to make vegan cheesecake, I have such a sweet tooth this would be perfect for my raw journey :)

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Kathy's Kitchen May 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is “Banana Berry Frozen Dessert” which is simply frozen bananas and berries: http://rawchef30days.blogspot.com/2013/04/banana-berry-frozen-dessert.html I love Amber’s book and would love to win her dessert book!

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D'Ann Martin May 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I found an amazing recipe for mint choco chip ice cream that uses water, walnuts, avocado, maple syrup, pep extract, van extract, spinach, bananas and choco chips (vegan). I fooled my kids with this stuff! So tasty and so good for us to!!!! Amber’s book looks great!

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

Yuuuuuummmmmy!!!! I might have to try that one, D’Ann. :)

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Veronica @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure May 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is fruit – followed by chocolate. Or maybe raw chocolate is first. Hum…Ya, raw chocolate is probably first ;-)

I also love making my raw peanut butter brownies with cashew milk chocolate frosting. I could eat the whole pan!

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

Ha ha, I hear ya Veronica. Chocolate always comes first for me, too! :)

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Susan May 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is called Ying and Yang. I get it at a vegan Vietnamese restaurant. Sesame balls with red bean paste inside sitting on plate with half chocolate sauce and half coconut cream! So good!

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Staci Kesler May 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Newly vegan and not a big dessert eater but I do love chia seed pudding and fresh berries! Yum!!!

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Marcia S May 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is the Banana Cream pie from cafe Gratitude. It is raw and it is awesome! Thanks!

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Christina K May 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I’m a total fiend for gluten free vegan pumpkin muffins!

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Monica May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I was about to say that my favorite vegan desert was peanut butter by the spoonful (which is when I’m home!), but I once had an excellent raw chocolate avocado mousse pie with a date crust at a vegan restaurant in Miami- holy YUM!

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Shelley Thornton May 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

“Ice Cream” made with home made cashew cream and topped with fruit….sooooooo gooooooood! ;-D

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Helen May 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

My favorite is the carrot cake recipe from rawtarian. It ends up being a dehydrated cookie of sorts. I add quite a bit of fresh and powdered ginger to really give it a kick. This is the perfect sweet, crunchy, chewy treat that is full of good things.

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Carla Moschetti May 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’ve been vegan for a long time and a dessert lover for much longer, so I’ve been able to convert most of my favorite desserts to vegan. I suppose if I had to choose a favorite, it would be vegan brownies with vegan vanilla ice cream.

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Jordan D May 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I adore chia pudding and tofu protein custard. I also love banana peanut butter “soft serve”

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Amanda May 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is banana almond butter ice cream!

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Becca May 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I really love anything with chocolate. I had a microwave mocha cake with soy vanilla ice cream today. yum!

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:42 am

Microwave mocha cake!?! Do you have a link to recipe? I’m intrigued. :)

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Becca May 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I do :) it’s so easy and I’m so lazy that I just microwave it in the bowl I mix it in and eat it right out of the bowl. I use barley flour because I’m allergic to wheat but it’s still delish.
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/19/single-serving-mocha-chocolate-cake/

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Kelly B May 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Your blog has been such a blessing and inspiration to me and so many others Carrie! My favorite vegan dessert right now is brownies :) I have yet to master the black bean ones and these aren’t the “healthiest” but I am excited about altering the recipe to incorporate more whole food ingredients.

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:41 am

Thank you for the kind words, Kelly. :)

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Sara May 23, 2013 at 3:05 am

I was wondering when you were going to post something new on your blog. Then I went to look in my blog reader and noticed I wasn’t following your blog anymore! I wonder how that I came.. But I’m just glad you’re back in my blog reader now ;-)
Have fun on VVC! (I’m jealous at everyone going)

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:41 am

Thanks, Sara, and glad you’ve got me back in your reader. :)

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Kristin Mo May 23, 2013 at 3:18 am

Vegan/raw spirulina cheesecake from a place called Earth’s Healing Cafe in Chicago. :)

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Amanda J. May 23, 2013 at 4:36 am

My preferred desserts tend to involve peanut butter and chocolate. :)

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Julia A May 23, 2013 at 5:41 am

My favorite vegan dessert is cashew ice cream- so smooth and decadent!

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TC May 23, 2013 at 6:00 am

My favorite vegan dessert is probably the donut holes from Amber’s first book. :)

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Linda May 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

In summer my favorite dessert is frozen fruit ice kream; in winter, I love a nice baked fruit crumble. Occasionally in winter I’ll make hot chocolate (homemade seed milk, fruit, carob powder)–does that count as dessert?

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hi Linda! Yes, I think hot cocoa counts as dessert. I’m curious, though, what kind of fruit do you put in your hot chocolate?

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Linda May 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

I often sub banana for dates (much cheaper to use one banana than five dates!); sometimes I also add blueberries. GO, anti-cancer foods! Once my kiwi vine starts to bear, I plan to try with kiwi, too…
Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways you do; I love reading your reviews of products, books, etc. Having opportunity to win one is the (Nutritarian) icing on the cake.

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Lydia May 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

I just discovered your blog and I love it! Thanks for your helpful information. Right now, my favorite vegan dessert is probably raw cookies made with dates, walnuts, cacao nibs, carob powder and some kind of nut butter (sometimes coconut, too). I like to roll them up and give them dirty names like “Sweet Balls of Joy.” All in good fun, of course. Thanks for the opportunity to win Amber’s book!

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Amy May 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

Carrie,

Thanks so much for the give away and for showing us how the Fast 5 is working in your day. There are some nights that I am not too hungry and often don’t want to eat dinner, generally after I work out in the evening. I’m often afraid to do this, in trying to avoid putting my body in the “conserve energy mode” while I am still trying to lose some weight. What are your thoughts on this? Would the fasting be an OK idea for every few days, or is it better to commit to every day? I would love to hear your advice from experimenting with it lately.

For the giveaway: I love cold and fruity desserts the most (perfect for raw foods, right?!). I tend to stay away from anything with chocolate in it anymore, as any caffeine bothers me, and it usually leads to me overeating. Thanks again for the giveaway!

-Amy

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Carrie May 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Amy! I’m certainly no expert, but from what I’ve read, really short term fasting doesn’t affect your metabolism in a negative way. I have heard that it takes a good 3-day fast before the metabolism really slows down. Again, I am no expert. I have only had a good experience so far with this intermittent fasting. I don’t think a daily approach is necessary either. You might want to check out the book The Fast Diet that uses a 2-day a week approach with restricted calories, also known as the 5:2 plan.

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Cameron May 23, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hi! I love pureed frozen bananas with walnuts and dark chocolate chips. Yum!

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Emily May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

I love raw macaroons!

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Kaycee May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

I love making vegan cheese cake! It’s amazing how much it tastes like my old favorite dessert. I serve it at many omni gatherings, and everyone loves it!

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Marielle May 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Love this blog! :)

My favorite special occasion dessert is a luxurious raw vegan carrot cake that I love to have on my birthday (I use this recipe…http://www.healthfoodstalker.com/recipes/raw-vegan-carrot-cake/)

For an every day treat, nothing beats pureed frozen bananas!! :)

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Miachel (Spiced Curiosity) May 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I love raw chia pudding, made with raw almond milk. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

I’m sad to hear about Oklahoma, too. Wish the affected families well.

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Miachel (Spiced Curiosity) May 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

By the way, I’m adding you on Instagram! <3

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Carrie May 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Thanks Miachel, I added you too! :)

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Cassie May 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is coconut whipped cream! Doesn’t matter what it goes on, just as long as it’s there!

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Donna F. May 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is coconut cacao date balls. They’re easy to make, yummy and super healthy!

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Adele May 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I love to make vegan “ice cream” using bananas. This can be done in a Vitamix, food processor or in the Yonanas machine. I also like to add in other fruits to the mix.

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Mandi May 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I just came across your blog through the contest link on Chef Amber Shea’s Facebook page and I’m super excited to check it out!

My fav vegan dessert right now is a Mint Oreo cupcake that I made for my son’s birthday party. Even non-vegans have been going crazy for them.

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Maren May 24, 2013 at 2:14 am

My favorite vegan dessert is super easy and yummy. I use frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, half a frozen banana, dark chocolate cocoa powder and a few cashews in the food processor and it makes a delicious berry cherry soft serve. Yum!

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Lydia Claire May 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Vegan cake with lots of frosting with a side of vegan ice cream!

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Kerry May 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

My favorite dessert right now is chocolate peanut butter banana soft serve. I use 2 ripe frozen bananas, 1Tbs. peanut butter, and 2 tsp cocoa powder. I run it all through my yonanas machine, and it comes out just like ice cream!

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Carrie May 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

My favorite too, Kerry! :)

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Hillary M May 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Frozen bananas in the blender…tastes just like ice cream. My son calls it Banana Swirl, after he saw it made on a tv show :) he sounds so cute when he says “swirl” and circles his head like he’s getting dizzy!!

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Carrie May 26, 2013 at 6:35 am

Ha ha, such a cute story, Hillary! :)

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Deb Nicholls May 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

The favorite dessert in our house is Banana Mango ice cream from Dr F’s boards. (banana, mango, dates, almond milk and walnuts…yum) But he also loves your spinach black bean brownies-he wouldn’t touch them until I tried your version and he loves them now, especially buried in frozen dark cherries.

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Karen Faivre May 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

My favorite vegan dessert will have chocolate in it. I usually end up making chocolate chip cookies because they are quick and easily customized. I have a billion recipes for chocolate chip cookies with different grains, different sweeteners, low fat, high fat, you name it. I am trying, really, really hard, to find the perfect dessert using dates as a sweetener, preferably low fat, but still good for me. I try to get off on fresh fruit but living in Alaska, it’s hard. Although I have been eating some awesome fruit salads with fresh strawberries and oranges.

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Debbie @ Live from La Quinta May 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

My favorite dessert is a scoop of soy vanilla ice cream on top of a vegan chocolate chip cookie. So yummy!

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Lolly May 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is the most simple of simple…..frozen banana and berry “ice cream”……love love love!!

And I love your blog as well!

Lolly

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Kay Lynn May 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is anything made with chocolate.

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Carrie May 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

Me too!!! :)

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Amanda J. May 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Anything PB + chocolate!

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bitt May 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Chocolate mousse pie

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April M May 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is super simple – core apples, put brown sugar and cinnamon in the middle, wrap in foil and bake or toss on the grill. Yum!

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Sara May 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

I am in love with Hail Merry Miracle Tarts! The raw chocolate almond butter one is amazing, and the mint chocolate, too. Oh, boy.

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I love raw key lime pie!

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Tessa May 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

My favorite dessert is chocolate beet cake topped with avocado mousse. So rich and yummy!

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Rachael May 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

I just made the Adonis cake from the book My Beef With Meat, it was delish. I adore baking and I’d love to have more options as a new convert :)

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Alison May 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

These days my favorite vegan dessert is definitely fruit, a nice piece of dark chocolate, or some sort of nut/date concoction.

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Kristine May 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

BRAND NEW VEGAN! Only 3 days vegan now. I don’t have a favorite dessert yet although a banana with peanut butter was pretty great this morning!

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Linda Curry May 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hi Carrie. I would LOVE a dessert recipe book. I have a monthly luncheon called Meatless Mondays and always include a dessert and running out of ideas. This would help tremendously. Thanks for all your posts. Truly inspirational!

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Sara May 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

This cookbook looks great and I would love to try the recipes. Thanks!

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Ruth Tinkham May 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Carrie, I’m new to the Vegan life, but so far doing extremely well and would love a chance for this cookbook. My favorite dessert that I’ve found so far is banana oatmeal bars. I get to play with that one recipe and change it up each time I make it. I love reading your blog and getting ideas and support to continue on my new path of health!

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Terri da Silva May 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Carrie you are amazing! I’ve tried so many of your recipes & so far I’ve loved every single one of them! I discovered your blog after a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis compelled me to switch to a whole foods vegan diet. And I’ve never felt better!! (I am chronicling my story at http://www.gracefulwomanwarrior.com & have mentioned your site many times!).
I love vegan baking! Some of my favorite desserts are those by Canadian vegan cookbook author Dreena Burton.
Thanks for all that you do! – Terri

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Oly Jacobsen May 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I’m not much of a dessert girl, but a banana ice cream with some raw cacao and a few dates is very good! So if I win, I would love to send the book to one of my American friends!

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Carrie May 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

My new favorite vegan dessert is “coffee ice cream” — that is, frozen bananas pureed with Dandy Blend. Tastes amazing even though it doesn’t sound all that great. ;-)

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Jacque May 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

My emergency dessert is Go Raw Real Live Chocolate. I enjoy your site, thanks for sharing!!!

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Becky May 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

My favorite are the salty, crunchy cashew cookies from Amber Shea’s first cookbook.

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Sarah May 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is a good fruit crisp. Apple, peach, berry, or some combination of those!

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Lindy-Lou Bath May 30, 2013 at 4:10 am

Now that it’s summer my favorite vegan desert is vegan ice-cream. The base being frozen bananas. Now think tropical, use frozen pineapple and coconut milk. Endless combinations and options and toppings. Move over dairy, the vegan ice-cream queen is here.

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Dianne S. May 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

My favorite vegan dessert is from The China Study Cookbook- Quick Apple Bread. I guess it’s not technically dessert but its my indulgence. :-) I’m relatively new to being vegan so I’m still experimenting and love trying new recipes.

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Dianne S. May 30, 2013 at 7:36 am

My favorite vegan dessert is from The China Study Cookbook: Quick Apple Bread. I guess it’s not technically dessert but its my indulgence. I’m relatively new to being vegan so I’m still experimenting and love trying new recipes.

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Jennie L. May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Anything with chocolate!! Thanks.

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Renee G May 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

My favorite vegan dessert is baked apples.

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Kristy May 31, 2013 at 12:25 am

My favorite vegan dessert is cookies with ice-cream or a cookie ice cream sandwich if you will. Any vegan cookie-oatmeal choco chip, pb, etc. with banana “fro yo” or coconut milk ice cream. YUM!

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gina June 1, 2013 at 7:06 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!! I’m super jealous of your amazing days. :) I’ve already ordered her book and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

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gina June 1, 2013 at 7:13 am

Also, quick, probably silly, question. I”ll be trying your hot beverage this morning. Yay! I didn’t have coconut palm sugar, so I went to my local health food store and bought some. I couldn’t find coconut palm sugar, only coconut sugar. Is there a difference? Thanks!

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Carrie June 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’m 99% sure that the coconut palm sugar and coconut sugar are the same thing. How did you like the drink? It’s pretty amazing, right?!? :)

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gina June 2, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks for responding! Yeah, from everything I can find on the internet, I think it’s the same thing, too. The drink is SUPER yummy! I think I used a little too much cacao the first round, so I’m excited to try it again today…and tomorrow. :)

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Carrie June 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

Wait, is it possible to use too much cacao?!? :)

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Toni June 7, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love this hot cocoa beverage! Thank you for giving me this alternative over coffee! Love this and I might too become addicted. It’s a nice energy boost but also a craving substitute! Thanks Carrie…

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Carrie June 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

You’re welcome, Toni! I am pretty addicted to the hot cacao now, but I think it’s a manageable addiction in the scheme of things. If I overdo it and have too much, I get a little jittery, but nothing compared to how I used to feel when I was drinking diet Coke.

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