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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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

finale

Fruity Fiesta | Raw Pie in a Cup!

WARNING: This pie is seductive. Eating this may cause you to love raw, organic goodies!

Growing up, my brothers and I were always fed foods fit for royalty. Mama is an artist, and the infinite love and beauty in her meals nourished our spirits along with our bodies. Her food always looked good, tasted good, and made us feel good- and that’s what I aspire to create in the kitchen!

Our bodies are such magnificent temples. We must cherish our health and worship our senses with vibrant flavours that radiate vitality, energy and life!

INGREDIENTS (all raw & organic if possible- makes 6 scrumptious cups!):

Crust:

  • 2 cups dates
  • 1.5 cups pecans
  • 1.5 cups almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other nut milk works great!)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconuts

Two layers of fruit filling:

Red-purple fruits (can also be substituted with blueberries, blackberries, etc.):

  • 4 plums
  • 4 figs

Orange-yellow fruits (can also be substituted with mangos, oranges, nectarines, etc.):

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana

Optional to blend with fruits:

  • Ginger
  • Mint

Optional décor:

  • 2 kiwis
  • Gogi berries
  • Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Toss pecans, almonds & dates in the food processer to blend, baby, blend! Add nut milk to the slightly crumbly crust and mix it real yummy-like. Try to resist eating the whole delicious mess right away (but you can lick the spoon).

Divide crust into six cups and mold it to the insides of the glasses with a fancy little flat edge around the top. Sprinkle shredded coconut love around the edges.

Blend the purple fruits up together & pour them into each cup. Repeat with the orange fruits, adding ginger or mint if desired. Add another layer if you want. Make polka dots. Play with colours. Let your inner creativity go wild!

Optional décor (as shown in picture): Peel kiwis, cut in half & slice super thin.  Arrange in a pretty flower-like pattern around inner edges of crust. Add mint leaves in between slices of kiwi & two baby gogi berries in the shape of a heart.

Bless with a generous serving of love! Enjoy!!

breakfast

Steamy Creamy Breakfast

I adore piping hot breakfasts that fill my tummy up in a mouthwateringly good-for-you way.

Mama always had an early energizer on the stove at dawn, be it fresh bread, homemade noodles, bean porridge, or another unique concoction of her own. We would wake up to the crisp scent of her heavenly creations & know that it would be a wonderful day.

Mama-inspired (always & forever), I discovered this little gem of a porridge that warms me to the core on chilly mornings. All you need is a baby crockpot that’ll share its heat overnight. :)

May all your mornings be creamy, dreamy & bright!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pearled barley or quinoa
  • 2 tbsp mung beans
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • fresh ginger
  • gogi berries (optional)
  • coconut flakes (optional)
  • happy thoughts!

Personally, I like this best plain, but I’ve also experimented with cinnamon, cacao & honey, so try and see what tastes best to you!

(easiest) DIRECTIONS (ever):

Rinse barley & beans until water runs clear. Toss in crockpot with chia seeds & fresh ginger. Stir in almond milk & happy thoughts.

Let sit overnight while you dream good dreams. Wake up to a to a delicious breakfast, a delicious day!

Optional: garnish with gogi berries, coconut flakes, fresh fruits, or nuts & seeds!

Good morning! <3