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April 23, 2014

One of the best things about Spring is the abundance of colorful fruit in season. As a Caribbean girl, I am particularly fond of tropical fruit and among those; mango is by far my favorite.

Recently I’ve been experimenting with baking and adding unusual ingredients into healthy recipes like combining rich herbs with tons of medicinal properties (cardamom) and tropical fruit (mango).

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This recipe has turned countless friends on to the goodness of vegan desserts. I hope you enjoy it too!

Vegan Mango Cake (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 25 mins

Cook time: 55 mins

Serves: 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of brown rice flour
  • 2 cups of fresh mango, peeled and pureed (about 4 medium mangoes)
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup of grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Coconut oil (to great the baking sheet)

Instructions

Preheat the oven at 350F.

Peel and cut the mangoes and add the pulp to a blender until smooth.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and sea salt. Add the cardamom and mix with a fork.

In a separate bowl, add the mango puree, oil, vanilla and sugar and whisk until smooth.

Add the flour mix to the mango puree mix slowly, while mixing gently. Do not over-mix.

Great the cake sheet with coconut oil and pour the batter into it, while smoothing the top.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Adjust according to your oven.

Let it cool for an hour at room temperature. When the sides of the cake separate from the baking sheet, your cake is ready.

Dust with powdered sugar (optional) and garnish with fresh mango on top. Enjoy!

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Jovanka Ciares
Jovanka Ciares
Wellness Expert, Author

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program and the Sexy Body Reset, an online weight loss program that focuses on cleansing, nutrient-rich foods for natural weight loss

Jovanka studied nutrition with best-selling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University and life/wellness coaching at the Spencer Institute. She offers lectures, workshops and wellness coaching in both English and Spanish.

She has spent over 10 years studying and experimenting with alternative therapies, nutrition, herbalism and more. Jovanka has personally experienced the healing power of a holistic lifestyle and proper nutrition. Her journey towards self-healing, peace and happiness became her motivation to inspire and support others to do the same.

Jovanka is a featured expert at Whole Foods, Veria Living, Fox News LA, NPR and CBS Radio. She’s also a regular contributor in Spanish-language media outlets like Telemundo and a contributing guest expert at The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, BlogHer and PositivelyPositive. Jovanka gave her first TEDx talk on "Rethinking Failure" in November 2013.