“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.
- 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!
- 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
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