Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Moringa Recipes

A yoga student gave me Moringa, powdered and the leaves, in return for a few yoga classes. What a nice exchange. benefits include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, balancing hormones and slowing the effects of aging, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels and helping fight diabetes, protecting and nourishing the skin, and helping stabilize mood and protect brain health!

Here are some ways to use moringa in cooking.

Wash and finely chop the leaves. A little lemon juice will take out the bitterness.

  • salad, soup, tea
  • scrambled eggs, omelettes
  • curry, dal, egg rolls, rice


Word of the Day – donacion – donation

Tip of the Day – Wash the leaves well and discard all the stems, which are inedible. While the leaves aid digestion and gastrointestinal health, they are  somewhat tough to digest. Cooking them will help.

Chia Plum Jam

I finally drank turmeric tea as the end result of having gas all day. Tried buscapina, shoulder stands, mint, lemon and ginger, elevating the hips. All of them worked all day, but not completely. You know what took it away immediately? Turmeric in my tea.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Plum Jam


1 T. chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 c. water

1 c. seeded plums, washed

1 T. honey or coconut syrup


Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes. Mash plums Stir chia with water into plums. Add coconut, agave syrup or honey, if desired.

Word of the Day – estomago – stomach

Tip of the Day – The video uses agave syrup of honey, but I would use coconut syrup these days, or stevia – much less glycemic. Serve it on celery with peanut butter, yum!

Chocolate Nispero Pudding

I came out to cut dandelions for my green smoothie, only to realize that the gardener, who did such a beautiful job cleaning the land, had cut down every dandelion on the land. So, poor me, I had to have chocolate nispero pudding for breakfast.

Recipe of the Day: Nispero Jam (Knee-Sparrow Jam)


30 loquats (like cumquats, but sweeter-Nisperos)

1/4 c. stevia powder

1/4 c. coconut milk

1 frozen banana

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 T. chia seeds

1 tsp. coconut extract

Directions: Choose the sweet, orange Nisperos. Cut or chew off the end of each, and take out the seeds. Put in the food processor or blender, then add the rest,  And chill!

Word of the Day: tranquilo = calm, chill, tranquil

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to go to the market for these. They’re from the wilds of the land!


Chia Tapioca

Gosh, my neighbor’s dogs on the street, on the corner of my driveway, got poisoned again. Rosita, my neighbor was so sad. She had four dogs. One left, after three were poisoned,They threw poisoned meat over the fence along the road, to any dog available. On purpose. It’s weird because I just posted a post from a year ago, almost to the day it happened to Tiko last year. So strange and so sad.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Tapioca

1/2 c. chia seeds

1/3 c. tapioca

2 c. coconut milk

1 dropperful stevia, 1 tsp. coconut crystals or honey

1 pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla


Pour the milk into a jar or glass container with a lid. Add the chia seeds, tapioca and sweetener. Put the lid on tightly and shake well. Let sit in the fridge for an hour, minimo, or overnight, to gel and thicken.

Word of the Day – mínimo, como mínimo – minimum

Tip of the Day – Think about using this daily as a staple. So filling and you won’t feel too full. Add cacao or carob, bananas, cacao nibs, coconut, or fruit on top.

Raw Chia Crackers

Twice now, I’ve got to use call a supplier or store in another city, instead of traveling to get a part. One to Quito, to get tires from Electrobikes. And another to Cuenca, to get the MacBook Charger from Marco Mendieta’s Tech Store.  I contacted them, ordered the part. They had me deposit money in their Pinchincha account, from our little store on the corner here in Vilca! And the item was here in 3-5 business days, wow!  Sure saved me a lot of travel and stress!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chia Crackers


1 c. chia seeds

2 c. apple juice/pear juice or a mix of both

3 c. water

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, or cinnamon+cloves+ginger

slices of strawberry or edible flowers

Soak chia seeds in apple juice and water Add pumpkin pie spice, gurum masala, or Stir to break up any lumps. Refrigerate overnight or 12 hours. Stir again and put dollops of the batter on dehydrator trays at 104 degrees. Place one edible flower, slice of strawberry or apple on each crisp. Check after 12 hours. If they’re ready to flip, peel them off the sheets and turn them over directly onto the mesh screen so the air can get through for the next 12-24 hours until crispy.

Word of the Day – enviar – to send

Tip of the Day – I LOVE this chia chip recipe! I’m so glad I put the pieces of strawberry and apple on top of each. They’re gently sweet and really add to the cracker.


Raw Veggie Seed Burgers

This youtube video also shows you how to grow garlic greens or whole garlic in your kitchen. Don’t forget, point side of the garlic bulb – up!

Recipe of the Day –
Raw Veggie Seed or Nut Burgers


1/2 c. ground sunflower seeds/pumpkin or chia

1/2 cup ground chia seed, sprouted nuts of any kind

1/3 c. chopped carrot or zucchini

1/3 c. chopped celery

1/4 c. green onion

1 T. onion powder

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

1 T.  fresh chives, chopped

1/2 T. olive oil

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste water as needed

Directions: Pulse a few times in the food processor, to keep it crunchy, maybe 20 seconds. Make little patties or balls on your dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours.

Word/Phrase  of the Day –qué alivio – What a relief!

Tip of the Day – Top with cashew mayonnaise, raw ketchup and homemade mustard! Roll in a lettuce leaf. Top with guacomole! Add zucchini instead of carrot. I added Italian herbs to this recipe and no olive oil, plus 21 Salute Seasoning

Raisin-Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting

 I made these two little desserts for a friend. One avocado lime pie and raisin-walnut brownies with coconut frosting.

Recipe of the Day – Raisin Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting

1 c.  walnuts
1 c. raisins

1/3 c. cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture starts to form a ball. Press into  a square or round glass dish. Freeze until firm. Slice. This may be kept refrigerated or frozen.


3/4 c. coconut cream

1/4 c. coconut water

2 grains salt

1/8 c. panela, coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

Pinch vanilla powder or /4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions. Blend.

Word of the Day – cortés – polite

Tip of the Day – You can cut the recipe way down when you just want a little bit. And these are so rich, you sometimes just want a couple bites. Perfect.

Mini Chocolate Candies

My daughter, Rachel, called me on New Year’s. “What’cha doing, Mom?”  “Oh…let’s see…sharpening a machete, getting rid of a rat Tiko killed, patching some plaster, lighting a fire….same as you, probably.” “What! Ha ha, I don’t think so!” she said.

Recipe of the Day – Mini Chocolate Candies


2 T. raw cacao butter, shredded and melted with

2 T. raw honey

2 T. raw coconut oil

1/4 c. raw cacao powder

1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla powder

dash cayenne pepper


Melt  ingredients in a dehydrator or double boiler.While its melting, set a mini cupcake paper in each cuocake tin, or grease with coconut oil. Fill just the bottom of each with your liquid chocolate. Chill or freeze for 10 minutes. Add goji berries, raisins, nuts or bananas! Chill or freeze for 10 minutes.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Se nota en su cara – It’s written on your face

Tip of the Day – The big tip for home-made chocolate is to stir and stir until creamy and shiny. Make it a meditation

Raw Chocolate Ganache

I asked my friend, Marli, to give me a ride home, and was staring at her beautiful skin. I’ve known her for three years, and she always looks and carries herself like a princess. I commented on how her skin looked so taut, like she was wearing makeup. But she said, “No!” She looked completely different. She said she’d been doing Face Yoga for three weeks only!  And her family and friends keep commenting on the results.

   She said to find Marie Claire on youtube and make a playlist of up to 30 minutes. That’s what she does.

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chocolate Ganache

1/3 c. soaked dates (reserve the date water to make the frosting more creamy, if needed.)
1/2 tsp. olive oil
2 T. carob/cacao powder
dash salt and vanilla

Directions: Cream in a personal blender.

Word of the Day – arrugas – wrinkles

Tip of the Day – Good to start face yoga now, instead of waiting ’til the wrinkles are deep, like I did. But you know, with my deep wrinkles, we’re gonna see huge change!