Foodie Tuesday: A Very Vegan Birthday

Hey, remember that time my mother and sister had to save my hair from catching on fire? Yeah, I do.

It’s my birthday, and I’ll bake if I want to. And by bake, I really mean make  (raw and vegan) ice cream cake. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an ice cream cake at my birthday. It’s become such a tradition that the first thing my mom said when discussing my birthday party this year was, “Oh, now you can’t have ice cream cake!”

Here’s the thing: I don’t believe in the word “can’t” on my birthday. I can, I will, and I did do anything I want on my birthday, including eat ice cream cake.

Now obviously, I didn’t eat your traditional dairy-laden treat. I (well, the internet) got creative. After doing a few Google searches, I came upon this recipe from DAMY Health for  a healthy, vegan ice cream cake. Believe it or not, that wasn’t even the best part– it was cookie dough ice cream. Two of my favorite things coming together in honor of my birthday? It was fate, or at least that’s how I saw it.

Still, my mom, lovely lady that she is, was skeptical. One of the main ingredients in this ice cream cake is frozen bananas; and even though she’s seen me make vegan frosties for months, she was absolutely convinced that I could not make an ice cream cake out of bananas. Now, I didn’t necessarily want to prove her wrong, but I did want to prove me right. And I did.

It may not look super appetizing, but this was a diamond in the rough.

I finished the cake off with Damy Health’s Avocado Chocolate Ganache. Bananas and avocados…in a birthday cake? Sure it was unconventional, but so is the birthday girl. (The Little Mermaid candle can vouch for that one.)

Now, that's better.

A few words of caution: You might not like this cake if you don’t like the taste of bananas or peanuts. Although most of the taste is covered up, there is a hint of banana/peanut taste in every bite. This was fine for me, but might not please all taste buds. Also, I would suggest soaking the nuts for two to four hours before blending them. The recipe does not call for this, but I have tried it both ways and soaking makes a huge difference. Not only is the finished product much smoother, but your blender has a much easier time with the softer nuts. I had a brief panic attack when I thought I broke my blender with my first batch, a feeling which I do not care to relive.

A few words of awesomeness: You’re probably going to have leftover cake, which is perfect for quick smoothie making. Just take a square of the cake, combine it with a 1/2 cup of non-dairy chocolate milk and about four ice cubes, and before you know it, you have a seriously delicious smoothie. I kid you not when I say that this is the best freaking smoothie I have probably ever had, not to mention the easiest to make.

So, if your birthday is coming up and you’re not sure how to celebrate, try some guilt-free indulgence in this delicious ice cream cake! Or if you’re into more traditional birthday treats, here are a few classic cake recipes:

However you slice it, you can’t go wrong.

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