No-Bake Macaroons

One of my three kids has just made the statement, after wanting children forever, that she and her partner can’t quite, with all integrity, bring a child into this world in the state that it’s in. Quite a disheartening statement, for our earth isn’t it.

Recipe of the Day – Quick and Chewy Macaroons
5 c. shredded coconut
2 c. coconut milk
1 pinch vanilla powder, 2 tsp. vanilla
Directions: Mix together all ingredients. For raw macaroons, roll into balls and drop into your container. For cookies: Drop 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 ˚ for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool.
Word of the Day – raices – roots
Tip of the Day – This country is full of a culture who remembers their roots. It’s what makes them strong.
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4-Ingredient Sour Lemon Tart

Find Wilson, my gardener, in this tree. He’s cutting the fice, (mesquite) branches from over the roof, where the little needles were turning the roof grey. The guest thought it was mold, but whew! It was grey needles that were covering the tiles – much easier to deal with,just sweep them off, yay!

Recipe of the Day – Sour Lemon Tart


2 c. dates (or 1/4 c. coconut syrup/honey or raisins)

1 c. lemon juice

1 1/2 c. walnuts

1 T. lemon peel

Directions: Soak dates  or sweetener in lemon juice. Process with the walnuts and stir in
the lemon peel. Press into a  pie pan. Sprinkle with 1/8 c. sesame seeds. Chill.

Wor od the Day – jardinero – gardener

Tip of the Day – You gotta keep up on the rain gutters, the roof, and a lot of other things in Ecaudor, it’s so wet!

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Cashew-Onion Creme Cheese

I started teaching yoga for the Raw Food Retreat again Sunday And I got to enjoy their raw food breakfast of cashew cheese and crackers, granola, almond milk and stevia, and  gynostemma tea! I haven’t had that in years; used to live off it. Wed. I get to have dinner with them after an afternoon yoga and enjoy Karl the Chef’s Raw Food Feast!

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Creme Cheese

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. Italian herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary
  • pinch powdered garlic or 1 minced clove
  • salt, to taste
  1. Soak the cashews in the water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain off water. Add to the blender with the onions ,lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Word of the Day – comi – I ate

Tip of the Day – This is incredibly good on raw crackers, and also mixed with avocado, yum and creamy!

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Peanut Butter Fork Cookies, Gluten-Free

I haven’t had the use of my washer for a few months, right? Wilson tried to fix it, the one guy, Vicente, the only washer guy in Vilcabamba, never came out. And while the guest family was here, I came home to find that Jim Royer, my neighbor and guardian fixer for everyone’s mechanics in Vilca, had taken the part. He stopped me on the road to say he took it to Loja, got the part, and would put it in Saturday. Which he did, ANd cleaned all the little filters on my faucets, whoa. Oh, my gosh. Just in time to clean all the sheets and guest towels. Now, don’t you be calling Jim for help!

Recipe of the Day – Fork Cookies


1 c. peanut butter

3/4 c. coconut oil

1 c. coconut sugar

1 pinch stevia powder

2 T. flax seeds soaked in 4 T. water, or 2 eggs

2 c. gluten-free flour (I used oats and platano)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 ½ c. coconut

1 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:  Cream peanut butter, oill, sugars, and flax/eggs. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in coconut, walnuts, and oatmeal. Chill dough. Take a small amount of dough, 1 to 2 teaspoons, and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and flatten each ball with a fork which has been dipped into cold water. Bake at 375 ˚ for 15 -18 minutes.

Word of the Day – washer – lavadora

Tip of the Day – You gotta take the help when it comes here, and don’t say, “no!”

Poppy Seed Raisin Bars

Last night I was a little achy and sneezy from the cold of camping. I took one poppy sprout while camping, poured hot water over it and let it steep for twenty minutes. I slept so deeply and soundly for eight hours, with dang good dreams.

Recipe of the Day – Poppy Seed Bars

1/2 c. coconut syrup/honey with a
little water

For the dough:
1 c. oats or popped, dried quinoa
4 T. almond flour or more oats

For the filling:
1 1/2 c. ground poppy seeds
pinch of ground vanilla (or vanilla extract)
1/4 c. raisins, soaked ten minutes

In a food processor, mix all the pastry ingredients with just enough of the syrup water to get a crumbly texture, which can be pressed into a dish.
3. Mix the filling ingredients with the rest of the honey-water.
4. Using the back of  a spoon, press half of the pastry batter into a pan,, followed by the poppy seed mix and top with the rest of the dough. Press down as hard as you can. Chill. Cut gently into 8 bars.

Word of the Day – estornudar – to sneeze

Tip of the Day – I also upped my vitamin C intake from 5,000 mg. to 15,000mg. for 3 days. Boy did that wipe it out!

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No-Bake Coffee Cake

Oh, my gosh, it’s so sweet to have neighbors. I’m camping up on the fence line, near the road, right?  I messaged C to beg for DVDs, since my internet was spotty. After a week without diversion, they drove by in the dark of night, and passed a bag of DVD’s over the fence. Then, tonight, my other neighbors family passed an empty jar over the fence for me to fill with aloe for them. So sweet! I love this passing over the fence thing!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Coffee Cake

¾ c. almonds
¼ tsp.  salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
3 dates, soaked for 10 minutes or more, with the water
1 tsp. almond butter
1 T. coconut oil

1/4 c. coconut crystals or raw sugar of choice
1 T. coconut oil
½ tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. lemon juice
some of the rind

Process almonds, salt and cinnamon in food processor until finely ground. Add the dates, coconut oil and almond milk, blend ’til combined.  Press into a small glass dish
Add the frosting,
then the topping:
Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl.Sprinkle on top of cake.

Word of the Day – fence – cerca

Tip of the Day – Dates are so expensive here, so be sure and use your own sweetener.

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M’s Amaranth Waffle Cookies

I went to this beautiful luncheon hosted by a beautiful woman, for all the ladies and children on our mountain. Such a vibrant experience with good, solid people and wonderful food. While we were speaking of how different individuals could hear everything that goes on on this mountain, we made a decision to get foghorns. If anyone hits the foghorn for three seconds, anyone in hearing distance is to call 9-1-1. Good one, right?       M also made us these incredible waffle cookies made feom Amaranto (amaranth) flour.

Recipe of the Day – Amaranth cookies

1 c. amaranth flour

1 c. platano flour

6 dates soaked for 10 minutes, or sweetener of choice

(save the date water)

pinch sea salt

2 T. coconut oil

oil for the waffle maker

Directions : Combine all ingredients by hand or in a food processor. Oil the machine and Heat the waffle machine until the light goes off. Add the batter until all holes are covered. Cook until the light goes off again. Remove with a fork.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Use any gluten-free flour. Our local gluten-free waffle maker at the Juice Factory uses a combination of haba (bean) flour, quinoa and platano.

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No Bake Pecan Pie

I’ve found two disadvantages for having an electric bike. One is that I can’t say, “Buenos Dias,” fast enough to my neighbors. I’m going too fast! And the other is that my hair stays flat wearing my helmet. Que lastima, (What a shame), my curls are gone!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Pecan Pie


1 small papaya, sliced, or mango
8 strawberries, sliced
3/4 c. pecans, ground

5 soaked dates
3 bananas,
1 T. lemon juice

Directions: Line Pie Plate with the papaya, strawberries. Grind up 3/4 c. ground pecans . Sprinkle 1/2 cup on top of the fruit. Leave 1/4 cup for the top of the pie. Blend and spread the filling on top Sprinkle with 1 T to 2 c. raw, whole, honey-soaked pecans and the rest of the ground pecans.

Word of the Day –nueces  pecanas – pecans

Tip of the Day – Pecans delay age-related neuron activity, perhaps delaying Alzheimer’s, etc. Lowers cholestrol and helps you lose weight!

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Berry Chia Energy Bars

There are so many fireflies and dragonflies this year, on my land! People say it means ultimate and rich health on your land. It’s interesting that the word for Dragonfly here, “caballo de diablo,” means “devil’s horse.” Cute!

Recipe of the Day – Energy Bars


For the berry chia jam:
1 cup raspberries, moras or strawberries
1 tsp. coconut crystals, coconut syrup, honey or pinch of stevia
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 T. chia seeds

For the bars and ctopping:
1 cu oats
1 c. walnuts
6 pitted  dates, soaked 10 minutes (reserve the water)), or 1/3 c. sweetener of choice
pinch vanilla powder, or 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt


  1.  Pulse the oats until they become the texture of coarse flour. Add the walnuts, dates, vanilla and salt. Turn the processor on and with the motor running, add the dates through the feeder one at a time until the mixture is uniform in texture. Add a little date water, if needed.
  2. Evenly press 3/4 of the mixture in an 8-inch by 8-inch square pan, reserving the other 1/4 as the crumble topping.
  3. Place the chia jam ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.No need to wash the processor. Set aside.
  4. Spread the chia jam over the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining crumble topping. Cover and rchill for at least one hour before cutting into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Word of the Day – caballo de diablo – dragonfly

Tip of the Day –Top these bars with peanut or almond butter. Take them on the road or to work with you. They sure make a great, filling snack!

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