Sweet Potato Chips!

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It’s a lazy, hazy, Sunday. So here’s a little somethin’ to spice up your blue skies, sugar.

 A crispy, crunchy classic.

In all honesty, I debated posting this easy recipe (after all, you must have seen it before). But I thought, the simplest things can be enjoyed over and over again, can’t they?

Every time it’s so different, everything is. I never stop shivering delight when sun wakes me in the morning- it’s a new day, and I might do the same things, but they’ll be different. I never get tired of a deep, luscious shavasana at the end of a yoga class. I never get tired of hugs or kisses or smiles from strangers. I never get tired of connecting with beautiful people, of reading your comments, of sharing secrets, though some days are busier than others.

And at the end of the day, I hope I never get tired of living, of trying, of burning bright and out and lying soft in the shadows till a new fire alights.

And I hope you don’t either, because life is too short and too precious to be tired just yet. Save that for next century. ;)

A little deep for a post on sweet potatoes, but hey, it’s all with love.

Thanks for being here with me on this journey. I’m happy to be your friend. <3

~ Sufey

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • love ;)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450oF.

Slice sweet potato into thin 1/4″ circles. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, cayenne, cinnamon and love. Toss to coat and lay flat on baking sheet.

Bake 10 minutes. Take out of oven & flip slices over. Bake 10 more minutes.

Let cool (if you want the crunch), and enjoy! Mmm. Happy Sunday!

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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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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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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

Party in Paradise | Raw Cake in a Cup

“This tastes like what people eat in paradise!” – My roomie, professional food magician

(It’s true! He is very, very talented at making my desserts disappear).

But in all seriousness, this tastes incredible. Like food-gasmicly, bliss-bloominly, triple-unicornly phenomenal. Forget my other recipes. Make this one. You won’t regret it, I promise.

The crust in this cake is nuttily sweet, slightly salty, and simply divine layered with a creamy coconut cashew filling. I originally made this with a blackberry topping, but it was devoured before I could whip out my camera. So I re-created this with a ripe kiwi, as shown in the pictures, and you can go without fruit toppings or mix it up with whatever you wish!

I highly recommend you serve this up with a side of epic dance-offs, like we did last night. Try a lick of bliss and a LOT of booty shaking! After all, a dance party a day keeps the doctor away!

So get ready to blast those beats, unleash your inner party animal, make your cake and eat it too!! :D

<3 Sufey

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 cute cups):

Layer 1, 3 & 5 (aka the best crust EVER!!):

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Layer 2 & 4 (gloriously decadent filling):

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup or raw honey

Optional blackberry topping (the original creation):

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup coconut milk

OR try different fruit toppings, like the blended kiwi shown in the picture (I just love the rich green colour)!

Garnish:

  • sliced almonds
  • gogi berries
  • LOVE!!

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all crust ingredients (macadamia nuts, dates, pistachios, coconut) in food processor and happily press a layer into bottom of cups.

Blend all filling ingredients (cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup) and pour on top of crusty layer.

Alternate layers of crust with filling until all ingredients are used up! Try not to eat the whole darn delicious thing at once.

Blend the topping and pour on top. Garnish with pretty lil almond slices and heaps of love!

And the most important step… dig in!! :D Bliss out, my darlings. Go wild! xo

Pumpkin Prosperity | A Roasted Stew

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