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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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!!