Raw Cheesecake

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The sun is shining, the birds chirp-chirping… top it off with a creamy avocado cheesecake to enjoy outside and holy bliss, life is awesome!

It’s been a month full of BIG decisions for me, tumultuous change, and incredible growth. I feel like a little caterpillar karate-kicking out of my cocoon… and shyly peeking out at the world for the first time. A little scared, a lot excited. Oh, the places we will go!

But how lovely it is to settle still for awhile and simply enjoy: the tickling winds, a rich avocado, the giggling kiddies in my yoga class.  Life is simple. Life is easy. Life is good.

Wishing you lifetimes of happiness! <3

~ Sufey

INGREDIENTS: 

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Filling:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • love ;)

DIRECTIONS: 

Coat little cake pan in shredded coconut (to help with sticking).

Chop pecans in food processor, add in shredded coconut, then dates. Pat 1/2 mixture on bottom of cake pan, saving the rest for the top.

Mix cashews and pine nuts in food processor. Slowly add in dates, avocado, bananas + love. When creamy, pour on top of crust.

Put one more layer of crust on top to seal the cake. Freeze overnight. To serve, let thaw slightly, slice and decorate with fresh fruit and coconut!

Bless with happy thoughts and enjoy! :D

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Banana-Oat Cookie Bars

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Q: How did the Mama Banana spoil the Baby Banana?

A: She left him out in the sun too long!

Okay, okay. Beyond cheesy- I know. ;)

But this is a fantastic way to use up all those brownin’ bananas AND indulge in comfort-food-like cookies AND it’s super duper simple! Win-win-win.

It’s exam week, and it’s hard to justify making fancy-pants food porn (when I could be partying with my textbooks), so here we go- quick ‘n’ easy cookie bars: mix, bake, cut and go!

Good luck to all the other students out there writing finals! You’ll rock it! :D

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, chopped
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, crushed
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • few shakes of cinnamon (optional)
  • sea salt

** Note: You only really need 3 ingredients: bananas, oats, and a whole lotta love! Add nuts, seeds & dried fruits as you please. :D

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 350oF.

Toss everything into a big ol’ bowl and mix ‘er up!

Place aluminum foil on baking sheet, grease with coconut oil. Spread batter into an even 1/2″ layer rectangle.

Bake for 12 minutes. Cut into bite-sized squares. Bless with gratitude & enjoy!

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Banana-cado Love Pie

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“What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies.” 
~ Aristotle

A single soul in the bodies of two, or three, or four, or more. This is how I feel about the people in my life: my gurus, my friends, kindred spirits and souls.

On my first day in Las Cruces, a four-mile stroll ‘round the scenic route led me to Downtown Desert Yoga. A place full of love, charm, and the home of my very first studio job.

A place for me to breathe, to grow, to inspire and be inspired.

Last week, we gathered after my final PlayFlow class to feast on organic brownies, raw apple pie and avocado cheesecake (recipe below), to share laughter and stories, presents and presence.

I looked at the incredibly beautiful women and men surrounding me, people I deeply admire and aspire to learn from, and felt a surge of overwhelming gratitude for the souls fate has led me to.

Such beautiful, beautiful souls. Inside and out.

So for me, this little pie is reminiscent of saying goodbye to the people we love, but keeping their lights bright in our heart. Of sharing our humble offerings with the big universe, because even though we are small, we can bring great joy to the people around us.

It is made in love, with love, for love.

For you.

Sufey

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INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup pistachios (green-chile, if you got ‘em!)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

**Note: Any nut crust will do, really, but I adore how truly decadent this one is- sweet, salty, and spicy at the same time. I experimented with green chile pistachios in honour of New Mexico and fell in love with the taste!

Filling:

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ¼ – ½ cup honey or maple syrup or pinch of stevia to sweeten
  • Optional: ¼ cup carob powder (for chocolate pie!)
  • Optional: ¼ cup maca powder (for super-food-powers!)

Toppings (time to get creative ;)):

  • Shredded coconut
  • Gogi berries
  • Maca powder
  • Nuts
  • LOVE!

DIRECTIONS:

Spread a layer of shredded coconut onto cake pan to prevent sticking. Toss nuts, pitted dates and coconut in food processor. Press mixture onto pan until firm.

Blend up bananas, avocados, optional sweeteners and powders. Pour overtop crust and smooth over. The colour of the pie is a bit strange, but hey, it’s the inner beauty that counts! :D

Make it real pretty with sprinkles of coconut, gogi, maca, nuts, or whatever you want! Add in oodles and oodles of love!!

Freeze overnight. Slice, share, spread the joy! <3

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Cranberry Carols | A Sugarless Sauce

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Stovetops sing, are you listening?

In our homes, food is glistening…

A beautiful sight,

We’re happy tonight,

Feasting in a winter wonderland! 

I’ve been shamelessly singing Christmas carols since summertime, but ‘TIS THE SEASON, my dear joy-givers!

Bright lights are magically appearing everywhere (elves, perhaps?) and even the skies are dressing up extra-festive in brilliant crimson and gold. And you know what that means… it’s time to cook up some Christmas cheer!

This healthy homemade cranberry sauce is rosy as Rudolph’s nose and as sweet as Santa’s smile. I’ve been using it in pies and wraps and stir-fried with my veggies (I know it sounds weird but it’s seriously delish… recipes coming soon!!) but here’s the super-simple star of the show!

Wishing you very, very merry almost-Christmas days!

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 oranges
  • 16 dates (minced)
  • ½“ ginger (minced)

DIRECTIONS:

Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into saucepan. Toss all ingredients in and cook on medium-high until desired consistency, approx. 12-15 minutes. Listen to the cranberries pop, pop, pop and sing along!

Yes, it’s really this easy! Happy carolling! :D

**Update: For a fabulous cranberry muffin, head over to Bam’s Kitchen for a tasty treat! I love her creativity!

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Green Goodness | Juicing 101

“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” – Hippocrates

Our bodies are truly magnificent creations.

We are made to survive. We have epic armies fighting battles in our bods to keep us happy and healthy. And these hard-workin’ germ-whoopin’ wellness warriors need our support!

Our greatest responsibility is to keep ourselves bright, inspired and ablaze with life, because our energy affects everyone around us. After all, we can only give to others if we give to ourselves!

So take some time today to check in with yourself: physically, mentally and emotionally. Listen carefully to the signals sent to you by those on the front lines. Dis-ease is a sign of imbalance in the body, and prevention is the best cure!

Nourish your body with nature’s best. Sleep well. Soak up sunshine. Smile!

One ritual that empowers me is starting off every day with thoughts of gratitude, meditation, yoga, hot ginger tea and a fresh green juice (recipe below!).

Personally, I love juicing. It’s a fabulous way to get an abundance of nutrients that we may not consume otherwise, and it makes me feel fresh and clear. I could rave about this forever, but try it for yourself and see how you feel over the course of a few weeks! :D

Think of this superjuice as the ultimate multivitamin, courtesy of dear mama earth. All you need is a juicer, fresh greens, and an honest heart-to-heart with your inner guru about how you want to live the best life for you.

And regardless of whether you decide to juice or not, just make time to re-connect with your beautiful bodies. That’s the most important thing!

Wishing you health and happiness, from the bottom of my heart to yours. <3

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

I like to mix and match from:

  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • kale
  • broccoli stems
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • dandelion greens
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • ginger
  • small piece fruit if needed (lemon, green apple, pear or cranberries)

Sample combination:

  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 3-4 stalks kale
  • 2 broccoli stems
  • 1 apple
  • ginger
  • a kick-ass attitude!

**Note: My staple juice is made purely out of green veggies and ginger. But if you don’t typically consume a lot of raw veggies, I recommend starting with a pure cucumber juice or a cucumber/ apple mix (which is deliciously refreshing) and slowly adding darker greens as you go to get used to the taste. You may also want to dilute the juices with filtered water if they are too strong to begin with. Always listen to how your body feels!

Lemons cut bitterness and apples and pears add sweetness to juices. But keep your juices mostly green to prevent sugar overload from sweet fruit juices. Also, as juicing removes the fiber, which concentrates both nutrients and pesticides, be sure to buy organic and rinse well!

For optimal results, consume immediately on an empty stomach. Let’s get started! :D

DIRECTIONS:

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Cut thick veggies in half or thirds lengthwise if needed (depending on the size of your juicer’s mouth).

Push all produce through juicer slowly, alternating different types of veggies. To make it easier, push loose leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach) in at the same time as another firmer vegetable (e.g. cucumber).

Drink up delicious vitality, a delicious day! :D

**Note: Clean the juicer immediately to make it easier for yourself. I push my lemon through last to pre-clean, rinse all the pieces right away, and use dish sponges or old toothbrushes to scrub the filter well!

PS. Thank you to beautiful Éva for inspiring this piece by asking me about juicing. I am certainly not a health expert of any kind, but I am always open to questions and happy to share the little I do know. So feel free to ask me anything, and I’d love to learn from you too!

CHEERS to our healthy, wealthy lives! <3

Banana Brownie Bites | A Raw Dessert

Why did the banana go out with the prune?

Because he couldn’t find a date!

(But don’t you worry dearie, we’re saving ol’ buddy banana from this tragedy today. ;))

Both ice cream and brownies are yummilicious alone, but pair ‘em up and you’ve got a power couple in the house. And, oh baby, I am STARSTRUCK!

Plus matchmaking is just so fun, especially when you invite these sexy mamacitas in: pecans, pistachios, ginger, and chocolate of course…

I’m in a goofy mood today, but aren’t those just the best of days? When you let yourself be silly and free and stop worrying about what the world might think of you?

I’ve been blowing big, glittery bubbles made from dish soap, rolling ‘round grassy hills like an overexcited puppy, and squealing through pillow fights with my boyfriend. I walk around campus with leaves in my hair and a big, sappy grin plastered to my face, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to live any other way!

So join me in this bliss, will you? Take a big ol’ bite of delicious life (with extra sprinkles on top) and lick the icing off your fingers!

Happy living!! :D

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 full baking sheet):

Brownie Bliss:

  • 3 cups pecans
  • 2 cups dates
  • ¼ cup carob powder
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup shredded coconuts

Ginger Ice Cream:

  • 6 large bananas, frozen
  • 2 slices ginger (to taste)
  • few drops vanilla (optional)
  • glee!

**Note: I buy bananas overripe at my co-op because they’re always on sale. I peel, chop and freeze them immediately in little containers. Perfect to have ready for smoothies and ice cream!

DIRECTIONS:

For brownies: Grind up dates in food processor. Add pecans, pistachios, carob powder, maple syrup, shredded coconuts and mix till even.

Spread onto paper or foil-covered baking sheet. Use another sheet of paper to smooth overtop if desired. Refrigerate. Do a happy dance.

For ice cream: Blend frozen bananas in food processor till creamy. Add ginger and a few drops of vanilla if desired. Scoop generously onto brownies.

Indulge, darlings! Live freely. Giggle gleefully. Bless your beautiful hearts. <3

Sunny Siesta | A Raw Soup

Avocados aren’t red

And oranges aren’t blue

But this soup is sweet

And so are you…

Okay, okay. I’m not a poet and I know it. :P

But what I can do is serve you up a sunny smile and a yummy new raw soup. I like a little something sweet after my midday siesta, and this is a delightfully light re-energizer to freshen up any day!

It’s so important to make time for ourselves: to sleep, eat well, move, and worship our body temples. We can only brighten up the world if we keep our own flame lit, right?

So go ahead and treat yourself to some sunshine, a smile, a siesta and soup! Sweet dreaming! <3

INGREDIENTS (1 large serving | source organic and local ingredients if possible!):

  • 2 oranges (approx. 1 cup juice)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2-4 slices ginger
  • ¼ cup water (only if needed to blend)
  • cayenne (optional)
  • turmeric (optional)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • pumpkin seeds (to garnish)
  • sesame seeds (to garnish)
  • delight!

DIRECTIONS:

Squeeze fresh orange juice into blender. Toss in chopped carrots, avocado, garlic, ginger, water and blend till smooth.

Add a pinch of cayenne if you like it spicy, a pinch of turmeric cause it rocks your body, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and delight! Happy sipping! :D

Simply Sprouting!

I was ecstatic this morning to find the cutest little eensy-weensy baby sprouties playing peek-a-boo in my glass jar. Yes, I see you!

I’ve been flirting with Raw Veganism for awhile. But last Monday, I committed to a month-long trial relationship to see whether we’re crazy ‘bout each other or not.

Our first awesomely epic date was sprouting, and boy-oh-boy, am I in love with this simple, fresh way to rock your healthiest self!

By sprouting, you “awaken” the dormant seeds. These sleeping beauties come alive with revitalized enzymes, vitamins, easier digestibility and dis-ease-fighting antioxidants. Hiiii-yah!

Oh, and they’re delicious, of course. Crispy and crunchy, perfect for salads and juices (recipes to come, I promise).

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get sprouting!! :D

MATERIALS:

  • 1 large jar
  • 1 large bowl to catch water
  • cheesecloth
  • rubber band

INGREDIENTS:

  • organic mung beans! (Or whatever bean/ seed/ grain you want, but this is a great starter. Just fill a small bottom layer in your jar, they will grow a lot!)
  • 2-5 days worth of patience

DIRECTIONS:

Soak beans overnight in filtered water.

Rinse beans and discard any hard ones that float to the top. Fasten cheesecloth over jar opening with elastic band. Flip jar upside down at 45° angle overtop bowl (for air).

Tuck them into a dark corner in your kitchen. Don’t worry, you can visit them lots so they don’t get lonely.

Rinse every few hours, taking care not to disturb the wee ones too much. Sing them a lullaby or two. Watch them grow with child-like fascination.

**Note: They are ready to eat as soon as you see a little tail peek out, but you can grow them however long you want.

Pat yourself on the back. Smile brightly. Crunch away! :D

Choco-Coco-Chia-Craze | A Vegan Fudge

Cashews and coconuts and chewy chocolate fudgsies

Dragons and handstands and bright crimson fall leaves

Waltzing into love and swinging on swings

These are a few of my favorite things!

So… “When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad!”

Adapted from the song “My favorite things” in The Sound of Music

What are some of your favorite things? :D

I’ve been finding new blessings to give thanks for every day. Like final shavasana after a hot, sweaty yoga class. Long inspiring letters from daddy. Twirling ‘round the kitchen floor with my darling. Biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy, sunshine-kissed mango. And of course, chocolate-covered delights, which I’m about to share with you!

Becoming part of this wonderful blogging community has also been an incredible experience for me. I am endlessly grateful for all the support and inspiration you give me!

So here’s to wishing you a weekend FULL of your favorite things, and some yummylicious fudge to start it off! xo

Love, Sufey

INGREDIENTS (makes two baking sheets full):

  • 3 cups raw almond butter
  • 2 organic avocados
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½  cup almond milk
  • ½ cup cashew chunks
  • ½  cup unsweetened shredded coconut + more to garnish
  • ¼  cup raw carob powder
  • 2 tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • chocolatey bliss!

DIRECTIONS:

Blend avocado, almond butter, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and carob powder in a big bowl. This is the basis of the fudge; all other ingredients are optional. Mix it up with nuts, spices or dried fruit, and share what you like!

Stir in everything else with a big smile and an extra-big scoop of blissful anticipation.

Spread the whole yummy mess onto parchment-paper covered baking sheets. Smooth the tops over with another sheet of parchment paper. Lick the bowl, of course. ;)

Sprinkle with shredded coconut or gogi berries to decorate & stick in freezer overnight. Slice into squares or mini-hearts!

ENJOY!! <3