Caramel Banana Cream Dream Cake and Giveaway of Raw Food Made Fun, Easy & Beautiful

When Jonny Freesh asked me to be on his book tour for his new E-book, Raw Food Made Fun, Easy & Beautiful I was excited.  How could I not be?  I love his recipes, and I am always drooling over the deliciousness he is posting on his blog and Facebook pages.  He uses some amazing exotic ingredients to create things that are both beautiful and tasty.  I am always sort of jealous that I do not live in Bali where he does so I could have access to all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies year round.  

Anyways, this book is filled with tons of delicious raw recipes, both sweet and savory, that everyone can appreciate. Even if you are new to raw food, you will find them inspiring and easy to follow.  I made the Banana Caramel Cream Dream Cake, and it was yummalicious!  Check it out:

Layers of vanilla scented banana cream, and sweet date caramel on top of a crunchy chocolate crust and topped off with heavenly!  This reminded me of some of my banana recipes, and that is one of the reasons I loved it!  I had to make mine in a 6 inch pan though, because I don't have a 10 inch as the recipe specifies, but it still turned out pretty and I just ate the extra filling.  Here is a photo of his 10 inch cake in case you are wondering what it looks like bigger:

So Jonny's other dessert recipes in his book are pretty amazing too!  Here are a few pics:
 Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
 Strawberry Pineapple Dream Cake
 Cinnamon Walnut Ice Cream with Lucuma Almond Butter Cookie Dough Bites
So, as part of the book tour, I am giving away two recipes of Jonny's Book Raw Food Made Fun, Easy & Beautiful!  To enter the givaway, scroll to the very bottom of the page!  

Here is the recipe for his amazing Cake too:

Caramel Banana Cream Dream Cake

Makes one 10 inch cake


2 cups Raw Almonds (soaked & dehydrated)             
½ tsp Salt
½ cup Cacao Beans (Raw Cacao Nibs)                                                  
1 cup Raw Medjool Dates, pitted
¾ cup Flax Meal                                                                     
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Liquid Sweetener of Choice

Banana Filling/Swirl:
1 ¾ cups Raw Cashews (soaked)                                            
1 ½ cup Chopped Banana
½ cup Liquid Sweetener of Choice                             
A Pinch of Salt
1 cup Raw Coconut Oil                                                                      
¼ cup Melted Cacao Butter
4 tsp Lecithin                                                              
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Caramel Layer
2 cup Dates soaked in 1 cup Filtered Water overnight (use water)
½ cup Raw Coconut Water                                                 
¾ cup Raw Coconut Oil
A Pinch of Salt                                                            
¾ tsp Cinnamon
1 ¼ tsp Lemon Juice                                                   
Seeds of 2 Vanilla Beans

Blitz almonds in food processor until they are a meal consistency. Blitz remaining crust ingredients until mix sticks between your fingers. Wipe down spring form pan with coconut oil and press crust in along the         bottom and as high up the sides of pan as possible.

For the filling, blend all banana layer ingredients except coconut oil, cacao butter and lecithin until smooth and creamy. Add coconut oil, cacao butter and lecithin and blend until well incorporated. Set ¼ cup aside for swirling, pour rest of banana layer into crust. Let set partially in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Take ¼ cup of banana filling for swirling out of fridge 30 minutes before making caramel layer, you don't want it to be too solid for swirling.

Blend all caramel layer ingredients except coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Add coconut oil and blend until incorporated.

Pour caramel layer into crust, then put little dollops of banana swirl filling around cake and swirl with skewer or toothpick. Put in fridge to set for 4-6 hours or freezer for 2-3 hours.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. June 26, 2014 at 14:28

    I would love to win this book because I am just getting into raw foods and I love anything that can help keep me in this lifestyle.

  2. June 26, 2014 at 15:36

    Wooow, this looks really beautiful. it's been a while since i made a raw cake that wasn't for anybody else's birthday, so actually this will be great for the upcoming weekend, as i am visiting my family and have a bigger kitchen to work with! :)<br />xx maisy

  3. June 26, 2014 at 15:43

    Love that recipe and would love to try the others they all look amazing. I'm a big baker and always love trying and blogging on recipes =)

  4. June 26, 2014 at 19:53

    This looks amazing. I love raw and raw banana desserts. Bananas are so versatile.

  5. Tori
    June 26, 2014 at 21:09

    Because anything to help me and my family on our way to health and wellness would be much appreciated! Thanks for all of your genius work :)

  6. June 26, 2014 at 21:59

    Love his recipes and would love to have this book as well!

  7. June 26, 2014 at 22:00

    yummmmmmmmmmm. i'm making this asap! Looks just as delicious as all of your amazing recipes! Thanks for posting!! <3 <3 <3

  8. June 26, 2014 at 22:31

    I would love to win this book because I need more recipes for everyday in the raw vegan lifestyle of me and my family, including our little raw vegan baby ;) !! The recipe are amazing and yummy :) I love bananas :P Also I am a cooking teacher on raw vegan food, then I need more recipes for share with my students :D

  9. June 27, 2014 at 00:04

    Thank you for the recipes! I would love to win the cookbook...actually I would like to win you as my personal chef :)<br />Kim

  10. As
    June 27, 2014 at 00:17

    The recipes look amazing! I've been vegan for 2.5 years now and have recently been looking to add more raw foods so this book would be perfect!

  11. Ange
    June 27, 2014 at 01:35

    Looks delish!

  12. Nicola
    June 27, 2014 at 05:11

    i cannot wait to try this. such a pretty looking pie!

  13. June 27, 2014 at 06:21

    I'd like to start adding some raw foods to my diet so this book would be great for that!

  14. June 27, 2014 at 07:34

    I would love to win this book because, among other reasons, my oven has been broken for a month and I need guidance & inspiration to get to grips with raw deliciousness. My family and in-laws all have different dietary restrictions (diabetic, gluten-sensitive, etc) so raw food seems to be an awesome compromise, not to mention all those cakes look tasty! :D

  15. Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 at 08:27

    Wanting to learn and try more!

  16. Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 at 11:46

    If it is anywhere near as good as Amy's recipes it would be great to have it inspiring me in my kitchen to created delicious REAL food masterpieces

  17. Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 at 11:48

    Those REAL food masterpieces <br />The Aussie Healthynut

  18. June 27, 2014 at 14:36

    Would love to win want to try out new ingredients and raw desserts. Made your raw plain cheesecake recipe did not have cashews so used macadamian nuts and sunflower seeds topped with fresh strawberries. Pecan & date crust very good. Thanks

  19. June 27, 2014 at 17:42

    Looks delish! Love both Johhny and Fragrant Vanilla Cake's recipes!!! Thank you both so much for sharing!

  20. June 27, 2014 at 18:10

    This cake looks absolutely amazing. I'd love to win a copy of the book so I can create more of the recipes!

  21. June 28, 2014 at 15:17

    I am the raw food new comer, this new raw food recipe definitely will give me some great ideas on how to prepare raw food and I am sure that I can go extra mile with it! Great Job!

  22. June 29, 2014 at 00:22

    I am just starting raw food and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  23. June 29, 2014 at 09:13

    Can't get enough Raw Foods recipes- variety is the spice of life! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  24. June 29, 2014 at 11:42

    this is a great offer, thank you so much, all the recipes look so yummy<br />

  25. June 29, 2014 at 14:34

    Ik wil dit boek graag winnen zodat ik de mooiste, lekkerste en gezondste raw food producten kan maken en mijn vrienden hiermee kan verrassen en overtuigen.

  26. June 29, 2014 at 21:38

    I most certainly would love to win this book.

  27. Sunnie
    June 29, 2014 at 23:31

    Yummmm, looks good!! I love bananas - funny though, I used to hate them . . .<br />Bananas + caramel sounds like a great combo!

  28. June 30, 2014 at 09:51

    This would be a very useful book for me -- I am always looking for ways to prepare raw food.<br />Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  29. Natasja
    June 30, 2014 at 11:23

    Yumm...I wish i could eat it right of the screen. They all look so yummy :)

  30. June 30, 2014 at 17:48

    Delish - looking forward to trying Jonny's recipes!

  31. July 1, 2014 at 17:30

    raw recipes > everything else

  32. Anonymous
    July 1, 2014 at 17:49

    The recipes look amazing and I love looking thru recipe books!

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