Fragrant Vanilla Cake Sweet and Savory Givaway!

I have really good news!  My book Fragrant Vanilla Cake Sweet and Savory is now published!  I have been working on this book for about a year, and I am so happy that it is ready to now share with you all! I have been making new recipes, tasting, and typing for what seemed like forever and now it is finally in print.  Over 100 recipes, mostly new and all delicious.  Since my last book Rawlicious Desserts was all desserts, I thought I should create a book with every meal of the day this time, and that is what Fragrant Vanilla Cake Sweet and Savory is.  Breakfasts, Drinks, Soups, Salads, Appetizers, Snacks, Main Dishes, and of course Desserts!  I have tried to include something for everyone here from the really simple to the fit for a celebration recipes.  To celebrate the book finally being published I want to give away two copies!  If you would like to win a copy, simply scroll all the way to the bottom of the page!  There are multiple ways to enter, good luck to you all! You have until July 12th to enter. On your way to the bottom of the page (scroll slowly) you will find that I have also included a sneak peak at some of the recipes in the book, as well as one of the recipes for a delicious dessert! If you simply can not wait for my book though, you can buy it HERE on Amazon in both print and kindle edition.

Raw Banana Oat Pancakes 

Raw Carrot Cake Scones
 Cacao Berry Antioxidant Smoothie

 Raw Kabocha Squash and Apple Soup

 My Favorite Salad

Multi Layered Salad with Sweet Citrus Pecan Chia Dressing

Raw Roasted Pepper Pizza 

Tropical Fruit Tacos

 Raw Crunchy Curried Onion Rings

 Raw Classic Vanilla Layer Cake

 Raw Antioxidant Berry Dream Cake 

Raw Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream 
Raw Strawberry Goji Berry Doughnut Holes

Raw Coconut Cream Pie Chocolate Cups

 So, since I am teasing you with all of the recipes for my book that you do not yet have, I thought I would share one of them with you!  My Raw Brondie Bites, a hybrid of a brownie and a blondie, these are so delicious and one of my favorites!  They require no dehydration, so you can enjoy them sooner!

Raw Brondie Bites (Brownie + Blondie =Deliciousness)
Makes 20
2 cups soft medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups ground flaxseed
1 cup shelled hempseeds
2 cups  finely shredded dried coconut
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
In a food processor, combine the dates, flaxseed, hempseeds, coconut, sea salt, and vanilla extract and process until smooth and starting to hold together.  Remove from the food processor and divide in two.  Place half back in the food processor and add the cacao powder and process until smooth.  Place on a foil lined sheet pan and roll out with a rolling pin into a 1/2 inch thick square.  For the other half of the filling, knead in chocolate chunks (being careful not to handle them too much because they will start to melt).  Then using a rolling pin to assist, place on a foil lined sheet pan and roll into a 1/2 inch thick square, and carefully using spatulas, place on top of the brownie layer and press down slightly.  You may need to reshape the edges with a bench scraper or knife to make them even.  Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes until cold, then cut into small one and a half inch squares.  Store in the fridge.

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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!

65 Comments
  1. July 6, 2014 at 13:34
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    I would like to win your new recipe book because I'm such a fan; you are an inspiration, Amy....I'm considering making a recipe book of my own, with a section for Fragrant Vanilla Cake recipes, all on it's own!! LOL! ;)

  2. July 6, 2014 at 13:56
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    Wow, congratulations on the publication, Amy!! a physical copy feels SO good in your hands, a thousand times better than an e-book i think :))<br />(btw: i DID make a delicious creamy pina colada ice cream today. unfortunately it's all gone already, haha!)<br />** Maisy

  3. Laura
    July 6, 2014 at 14:25
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    I am fascinated by the way raw cuisine uses everyday items in unexpected ways - such as red pepper boats for soup, cashews for cream, etc. I have not only increased my veggie and fruit consumption by eating raw - I've discovered new love for those I previously overlooked. I'd love to win your new recipe book because I can't wait to see the creativity (and deliciousness) you've created!

  4. July 6, 2014 at 14:38
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    I would like to win your book so I can sit down with it and pour over your recipes again and again, take it to the kitchen and discover new ways to work with raw ingredients, and of course: colour photos. Who doesn't love the amazing photos?! FR: Darcie Birdsell<br />

  5. July 6, 2014 at 14:51
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    Hi I would really love to have a copy of your book because I love healthy eating! I'm a budget tight college student all the way in Asia. Raw vegan food trends here are still not very much heard of yet so I have to make my own raw vegan desserts. And I would love love love to know how to make those Raw Strawberry Goji Berry Doughnut Holes because they look absolutely delicious!

  6. July 6, 2014 at 15:12
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    I would love to win your book because I have really been struggling with my food habits and have been falling back into eating unclean. Your book would help me get my habits back on track!

  7. July 6, 2014 at 15:19
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    Your desserts are amazingly beautiful and sooooo yummy - I'm in love with raw desserts. Who could use more of this in their kitchen? Would love to win your book!

  8. July 6, 2014 at 15:20
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    I would like to win your book because you inspire me to eat healthy and remind me that it can be delicious too!!

  9. Olga
    July 6, 2014 at 15:21
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    Hi Amy. I would love to win your recipy book as I find your recipies very inspirational, I have only recently started my adventure with raw food and I absolutely love it. I have already a list of desserts I want to try from your site. Only yesterday did the raw berry layered cake. It is delicious! :)

  10. July 6, 2014 at 15:35
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    To share more RAW love!❤

  11. Amanda G
    July 6, 2014 at 15:37
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    I would like to win your book because I am trying to find new and healthier ways to enjoy desserts. Your recipes look absolutely wonderful and I would love the opportunity to try more of them! :)

  12. Anonymous
    July 6, 2014 at 15:37
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    All of your recipes are amazing! It would be great to have a book that i could keep in my kitchen instead of running back to the computer or pulling the recipes up on my phone! lol

  13. July 6, 2014 at 15:39
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    I would love to win the Fragrant Vanilla Cake Sweet and Savory recipe book because I have always been a fan of Amy's recipes. Cheesecake is and have always been my favorite dessert. I discovered raw vegan recipe alternatives through Amy's blog and have been blown away by her desserts ever since. It is a great opportunity to be able to bring this recipe book into my home. No more writing down recipes and viewing from a laptop in my kitchen, I could have a book to sit perfectly on my recipe book holder. Thank you Amy, for this opportunity. Best of luck to all the entries. :)

  14. Stephanie Loa
    July 6, 2014 at 15:46
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    I have been so anxious for your new book to come out, that vanilla layer cake has been taunting me since you first posted pictures of it! So many hidden treasures I'm sure to find in it and it is so exciting! ♡ I Love your blog, I Love your soul, and I Love Love Love that you were able to put out this book into the world! Congratulations again! I guarantee if I win that book it will be put to use the very first day it arrives :)

  15. Anonymous
    July 6, 2014 at 16:39
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    I love your recipes and they always look perfect!

  16. Maria
    July 6, 2014 at 16:56
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    It would be great to win the book! Those recipes look delicious!

  17. July 6, 2014 at 17:00
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    I would love to win your book because raw desserts are so fun to make, and they use such fresh, wholesome ingredients :)

  18. July 6, 2014 at 17:09
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    I am so excited for you! You continue to amaze me with your creativity and beautiful recipes!! I can't wait to see how your raw food magic comes to life in this book!!

  19. July 6, 2014 at 17:13
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    Congrats Amy! You are such an inspiration with your creativity and beautiful recipes! I can't wait to see how it all comes together in this book!!<br /><br /><br /><br />

  20. July 6, 2014 at 17:57
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    I'd love to win because I love your recipes, the book looks lovely, and it would be so awesome to have some great options for new raw foods during the summer here. :)

  21. July 6, 2014 at 19:19
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    I love your recipes, are very delicious and amazing :) !! I really need your new book!! :D Please!!!!!!! The reason is because my family and I become fully raw vegans ;) Greetings and blessings from Costa Rica!!

  22. Anonymous
    July 6, 2014 at 19:34
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    Amy,I do not own any Vegan un-cookbooks or cookbooks of any kind. Seeing your wonderful food is like dying and going to food porn heaven. You are so gifted and creative! Thank you for all that you do~ :) I am not understanding how to select a profile though :(

  23. July 6, 2014 at 20:17
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    I've been a vegetarian for 28 years and you literally turned my universe of flavours by 180 degrees.

  24. Jaclyn F
    July 6, 2014 at 20:44
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    Your recipes always look amazing...having some in book form would be fantastic! :)

  25. July 6, 2014 at 22:45
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    Would love to win your cookbook it looks amazing! btw how do you stay so thin with all these delicious recipes?!<br />

  26. July 6, 2014 at 23:05
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    Your pictures are gorgeous and your food always looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Would LOVE a copy of your new cookbook!

  27. Anonymous
    July 7, 2014 at 00:18
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    Love your REAL food recipes. I love sharing them with others (which I do by email) but to show visiting friends from your recipe book, what they are enjoying with their cuppa not only tasted good but is raw & delicious (& that I'm not pulling their leg ...) inspires even more people. <br />I love the portion sizes & that you use obtainable ingredients & they all turn out amazing <br />Thankyou for sharing Amy<br />The Aussie Healthynut.

  28. July 7, 2014 at 00:52
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    I would love to have a copy as I think you're a culinary genius! Thanks for all the inspiration, and I hope your book is a raging success.

  29. July 7, 2014 at 01:32
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    Love your recipes and the wonderful photos. Would also LOVE to win a copy of your new book! Thanks for sharing your tasty recipes with us!

  30. Ashley P
    July 7, 2014 at 01:36
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    I have been trying to eat more raw and would find your cookbook to be very useful in helping me find great meals to eat!

  31. Colleen Vaught
    July 7, 2014 at 01:59
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    I want to win because I am in love with everything you post and I love actual books...not e-books!! Congrats on your new book!! <br />

  32. July 7, 2014 at 02:15
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    I would love a copy as I have your first book and love all the recipes on the blog. The more recipes the better!

  33. July 7, 2014 at 02:23
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    If someone had told me a year or so ago that I could make a complete meal raw I would not have believed them. After seeing your recipes on facebook and making some of your desserts, I so want your recipe book. They are amazing.

  34. Anonymous
    July 7, 2014 at 04:32
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    I have been raw and following your blog for one year. My husband is now 80% raw thanks to seeing and tasting raw food that is delicious and nutritious like you make and share. It would be a huge blessing to have an actual copy in my own kitchen.

  35. July 7, 2014 at 04:47
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    I would love to have a copy of your new book! I love your blog- the pictures make me want to try every recipe!

  36. July 7, 2014 at 04:52
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    Wow... congratulations!! I'd love to win a copy. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter!!<br /><br />Patricia<br />PS - I'd be happy to host a giveaway of your book on my blog if you're interested.

  37. July 7, 2014 at 05:07
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    These pictures look amazing, so do you! Not at all a too-skinny, unhealthy -looking raw foodist! I'd love this book, it would make me so popular with my friends. They love my versions of your website recipes already!

  38. Daryl from NZ
    July 7, 2014 at 05:09
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    I love your recipes and it would be wonderful to be able to drool over your book. Much as the internet is great, there is nothing like a book you can hold.

  39. July 7, 2014 at 07:45
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    I would love to win this book because I'm busy introducing my family to the concept of raw food and I would love to have a glossy book with me in the kitchen so that we can try out recipes together - less scary for n00bs and tastier when there are people to share it all with. Also, with such stunning photos and recipes, what's not to like? ;)

  40. Anonymous
    July 7, 2014 at 09:12
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    I would love to have a copy because I still value beautiful cookbooks! While on-line access to raw recipes is efficient, there is something special about holding a beautiful book in your hands...your recipes are pleasing to all of the senses!

  41. July 7, 2014 at 10:00
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    I'd love to have your book to have your recipes to hand instead of rushing up and down stairs to find and print something out. :)

  42. July 7, 2014 at 11:58
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    Looks like will be a delicious I think Personal chefs are responsible to control all the menu organization, grocery shopping, cooking, packaging and kitchen cleanup and make enjoyable and healthy meals that you will look forward to eating.<br /><a href="http://www.personalchef.com/" rel="nofollow">Hire a Home Chef</a><br /><br />

  43. July 7, 2014 at 12:06
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    I would love to win your book ^.^ I have been a fan of your blog ever since I came across it. <br />Recently I haven't been eating well because I had joint problems, but I would love to get some<br />inspiration and get my health on track again. I think your book would be a great help. <br /><br />Congratulations on your book!

  44. July 7, 2014 at 12:45
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    Congratulations on the publication of your second book! Here's to many more wonderful years in the kitchen!

  45. July 7, 2014 at 14:19
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    It would be absolutely perfect to win this book! I've been reading your blog for years and it's definitely my favorite food blog. And I read a lot of the very best raw food blogs. Nothing makes me want to create food as much as your wonderful pictures and recipes. So I definitely need this in my kitchen. I live in a romantic garden by a norwegian fjord where I try to live as self sufficient and environmentally friendly as possible, but that also means I'm on a low budget. So I would be beyond happy to being able to have this book in my old style kitchen ;) Love and blessings, thanks for the good work!

  46. July 7, 2014 at 16:27
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    Congrats Amy! I'd love to win your book, I use your first book every week!

  47. July 7, 2014 at 18:39
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    Congratulations! I would love to win your book because I adore the look and love the taste of the recipes of yours I've made so far. Granted they've been few due to my lack of access to certain ingredients, but I don't intend to remain a poor student forever, and your recipes are so delicious that I'd definitely be making more of them as soon as I'm able! And until then I'd just happily stare at the pictures much in the same way as one would stare at a book of paintings... Your food styling and photography are very much works of art. ^^

  48. July 7, 2014 at 21:43
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    Love your recipes and photos, and this book is sure to be amazing!

  49. July 8, 2014 at 00:54
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    your recipes look awesome, girl!! i've been following your blog for a while and i'm so happy you have got a cookbook! i'd like to try what you have created!

  50. July 8, 2014 at 04:55
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    I would like to win, because your recipes look like fun!

  51. Anonymous
    July 8, 2014 at 17:05
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    The photographs are enticing and mouth-watering. I would love the chance to win a copy of your book!

  52. hanna
    July 8, 2014 at 19:33
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    I would like to win this book because your recipes are simply magical <br />I tried several and I have never been disappointed! <br />I imagine that this book will also height and must be filled with delicious recipes

  53. andi
    July 9, 2014 at 18:09
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    I would love to win your healthy cookbook because I need to get my life back on track. I had a near fatal car accident 22 months ago and I have put on a fair bit of weight, I constantly feel tired and lethargic and I think your food will help me get my eating habits back to healthy ones. Your desserts will help the most as I have a sweet tooth and sugar is my downfall. ������

  54. July 9, 2014 at 20:06
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    To convince my family and friends raw foods not only look good but are delicious as any baked good.

  55. July 10, 2014 at 07:16
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    I'd like to win your book because I'm vegan and I want to add more raw recipes to my repertoire. =)

  56. July 10, 2014 at 07:18
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    Because we'd like to transition away from some of the more processed vegan food to a WFPB diet!

  57. Stephanie R.
    July 10, 2014 at 12:59
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    I would love to win your cookbook because your recipes are much more exciting than my usual cuisine!

  58. July 11, 2014 at 13:34
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    I am new to raw cooking and know you will inspire me to use more vegetables in sweet dishes!

  59. stephanie f
    July 11, 2014 at 22:16
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    I would love to win your book, I believe it would be a wonderful resource into a healthier lifestyle!

  60. Anonymous
    July 11, 2014 at 22:18
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    I would love to win your book to learn more about raw foods. I have tried a few of your recipes and love them! I am in the midst of a huge lifestyle change to improve my health. Raw feels better. Thanks!

  61. July 12, 2014 at 00:04
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    Fragrant Vanilla Cake in and of itself is/has been a fabulous uplift and inspiraction..I have shared this site and recipes with my children to inspire them with the awareness of Medicine is Your Food...the essence of the recipes, the writings and who Amy is lights the way w/ joy, fun, ease and happiness..tis a celebration each and every day using food as a conscious choice/uplifting/expanding awareness, joy and celebration..it begins in the kitchen...to have this essence as a book guide in my kitchen and have at the fingertips to browse, look at the gorgeous photos and lovely presentations with recipes and dialogue is inspirational...Nanny Paula Joyce p.s. ever heard of cook books passed down generationally? well this is one of them..passed down from me to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren...this is the story they tell the tale about: I remember first seeing this book my mother, grandmother, great grandmother's home...this is a book to be dog eared, writin in the margins, highlighted, tell tale ingredients on the pages of the recipe followed that day.

  62. July 12, 2014 at 00:20
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    Congratulations on your latest edition, I adore your photography and antique inspired settings not to mention love your recipes. I would love to win a copy to further aid me on my personal health journey. At the start of 2013 I went 100% Organic, June 2013 added on Gluten-Free, and April 2014 added on Vegan. Since the start of my journey I have lost 110 pounds and am now a size 4! I discovered you along the way which inspired me to include a mostly raw ratio with the hope and intention to become fully raw or nearly with some holiday exceptions. You have been a great inspiration!

  63. July 12, 2014 at 01:15
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    I would LOVE to win your book, but not easy for us that don't use Twitter to get many points. Too bad there isn't a FB option like other contests have....would have shared it with my friends.

  64. July 16, 2014 at 10:09
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    Nice post. I like it and love to enjoy reading new things and I also like to spread the all beneficial things for health.

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