Joy’s Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies

You know, on our trip to Zamora something wonderful happened. I got into the cold, cold Andean water, right? Submerged the whole body for a second, and it was so cold I couldn’t even gasp. And i said, “I”m gonna try and stay in for one minute, ” so I started to count. At 40 seconds there was this huge, “whoosh” of feeling from my solar plexus to the base of the throat. The whole area expanded and warmed with pleasure. I told Joy about it as it happened. And i was able to stay in for fifteen minutes, what!!!! Come on. Well, I mentioned in to three people . One said it was a heart-healing from the waters. Another said it was a gift from the fairies in the waters. I love that! the other said it was a kundalini experience. I think, now, maybe it was all three. I will never forget that in my life. What happiness.

Joy Lopez brought these cookies on our trip to Zamora. They were So good, it was all I could do to not eat them all!

Recipe of the Day –
Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies


1 cup almonds, soaked in water for several hours (alt: Peanut butter)*

1 Tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 Tbsp water for at least one hour

1/3 cup cane sugar (Panela)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 Tbsp freshly grated turmeric

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.F (175 deg.C) 2. Blend almonds in food processor till buttery. *3. Mix together the almond butter and sugar in a bowl. 4. Add the flaxseed, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. 5. Batter will be thick but not crumbly. *6. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto oiled cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the tops with the back of a spoon. 7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes .8. Let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.  *Alternates:Substitute peanut butter for the almonds.If mix is too runny, add ground flaxseed and/or coconut flour to achieve desired consistency.

Word of the Day – bienestar – well-being
Tip of the Day – Says Joy, “Here’s my Ginger cookie recipe. (Note, I used ground turmeric powder in the ones you tried because I didn’t have any fresh.)”


Date Cookies (GF)

“I ordered a new computer cable, Clare,” I said to my daughter. “You know how to do that, there, Mom?” she asked. I realized, all of a sudden, how comfortable I was here. “Oh, yeah! You just Whatsapp the guy in the Cuenca store and ask him if he has it. Then he gives you his Pinchinca bank account money. They you go down to Patricia’s store and give her the money and his name and account number. Then when he gets it, he sends it to you! Piece-a-cake.”

Photo by oh my sugar high

Recipe of the Day – Date Cookies


  • 2 c. dates, pitted and chopped (about 20 dates)
  • 2 c. walnuts
  • 1/2  c. cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. carob powder
  • 1/2 c. almonds, sprouted, if desired
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut or 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 T. of the soaked date water, tea or water
  • 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes


  1.  Place dates, walnuts, cacao, carob, almonds and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add coconut and vanilla pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
  3. Take 1/2 the dough and set aside. Press 1/4 cup into 6 little rounds (the bottom half of the cookie) or into 6 muffin tins.
  4. Mix the coconut, vanilla and liquid. Spoon onto each cookie.
  5. Top each cookie with the rest of the cookie dough.

Word of the Day – pedir – to order
Tip of the Day – You can make this with any type of nuts – cashews, almonds, peanuts. Taste them with the dates first, if you want, to see the combination.

Crystal Blueberry Breakfast Cookies

Standing around after yoga, when students and teacher felt a great sense of well-being, we stood talking, It was about living a full life and being ready to go. From the 78-year old to the -58. Three out of four women said they had lived such a full life, complete, and were ready to go. One of them said it’s partially because we have time…and no pressure of anyone telling us we have to be someone, be somewhere, or do anything. The relief of that pressure is nothing comparable.

Recipe of the Day – Crystal Blueberry Cookies


3 small carrots

1/4 c. blueberries, sliced

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water or 3 eggs

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c.  coconut crystals to sprinkle in top.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder

1/8 c. cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Directions: Juice the carrots and apple and use the shredded material for the granola. You can use a little of the juice, or all of it, unless you want to drink it. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want them raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. Spoon onto oiled cookie or dehydrator sheets. Sprinkle cacao nibs and coconut crystals on top. Slice blueberries into each cookie, If tiu want it faster, bake at 350 degrees F. 10-13 minutes.

Word of the Day -bienestar – well-being

Tip of the Day –Keep the cookies soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Carrot Corn Cookies

I find myself singing. Yay! For several weeks now. And I find myself singing the songs that only came out with the births of my new babies. Isn’t that something? Dare I write this! Yes, I do.                                                                                                                           My friend, Marli came in just now to trade sunflower seeds for bananas while I was taking these out of the oven, and said “Great cookies!”

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Corn Cookies

1 c. carrot pulp from making carrot juice

2 c. oats

1 c. soft yellow corn flour

1 egg

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. almond milk

1/2 c. coconut crystals

1 tsp. vanilla, or pinch vanilla powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions: Preheat the oven to 18o degres C./350 degrees F. Mash the oil, egg and vanilla together.,Add all the dry ingredients and stir well. Bake on an oiled baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, or 20 for high altitudes.

Word of the Day –  canto – i sing

Tip of the Day – You could make these with other gluten-free flours, but the soft pale corn flour works surprisingly well here.

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!”

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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Gluten – Free Apple Chocolate Cookies

What to do with the leftover apples, bananas and chocolate from the Potluck? Make cookies, of course, claro!

Recipe of the Day – GF Chocolate Apple Cookies
3 ripe bananas, mashed

2 apples, chopped fine
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. coconut oil
3 T. coconut crystals

2 1/4 c. oats
½ c. platano flour

2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp.salt (optional)
½ c. chocolate bits, nibs or raisins

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with oil or parchment paper. Mash the bananas, apples, vanilla, oil and sugar into a creamy consistency in a large bowl. Combine oats, flour, baking powder and salt and to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate or raisins, or both! Place rounded, heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet . Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Word of the Day – claro – clearly, clearly, of course!

Tip of the Day – The apples aren’t that special here, but they sure make a nice cookie, applesauce  or bread.

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Chocolate Bit Kale Cookies or Muffins

 The guadua hut is almost finished remodeling, woohoo! A lamp, a socket, a campIng shower and a new roof! Here’s the New Hanging lamp with wine bottles by Wilson Picoita.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Bit Kale Cookies



  • 1 cup gluten-free flour, platano, spelt, or oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar, stevia or xylitol
  • 1/3 c. chocolate pieces
  • 2 T. water, tea or coconut/almond/oat/nutm milk
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • pinch vanilla powder or 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw kale or spinach, stripped off the stem.


Preheat oven to 325 F. Wash and strip the kale off the stem, and dice it very fine. Combine all dry ingredients except kale in a medium bowl, then stir in remaining ingredients to form a dough. Stir well until it forms a stiff dough, adding more liquid if needed. Roll into balls. Place on a cookie tray, and bake 11 minutes – 15 minutes. Or dehydrate them at 105 degrees F. for 4-8 hours, depending on how you like the texture.

Word of the Day – lampara – lamp

Tip of the Day – Dehydrating them keeps the enzymes intact. You can also roll them into truffles and chill, yum!

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Turmeric Rose Tea Cookies

You know what I finally took, at my chiropractor’s advice, for the herniated disc? Steroids. Can you believe it? Me, who barely takes one or zero aspirin per year. I was supposed to take 3 the first day, then one a day for the next 4 days. But I just took one the first day, to see how my body could take it. Good! So then I took 3 yesterday and felt so good. Swelling going perhaps 95% away, even after teaching yoga. And today almost nothing yet. Oh, man. And I told my daughter how I feel expansive, strong, confident, loving, hugging people, extremely grateful, awakened! And she said that was entirely weird, ’cause steroids make you angry, edgy, etc… Wow, I’m grateful. Very, very grateful.

Recipe of the Day – Turmeric Rose Cookies

  1. 1/2 c. gluten-free flour (platano, quinoa or other)
  2. 1/2 c. oats
  3. 2 T.  ground flax seeds
  4. 2/3 c. coconut or other sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  6. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1 T. rose petals
  9. 2 T.Rose Petal tea
  10. 1/2 c coconut or almond milk
  11. 1 T. coconut oil, melted
  12. 1/3 c. pecans
  13. 1/2 c dark chocolate, chopped
Directions: Prepare the using the tea by pouring the hot, almost boiling water over the rose petals. Let sit for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 200ºC (400F). Whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, flax, turmeric and rose petals. Mix in with the flour mixture. Add in melted coconut oil and stir well. to combine. Chop pecans and chocolate and add . Place on cookie sheet or dehrator trays. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4-12 hours, until desired crispness, or bake  for about 10-12 minutes.
Words of the Day – disco herniado – herniated disc
Tip of the Day – We don’t like to put chemicals in our body. But isn’t it wonderful to realize how good we treat our bodies, and then to add one thing when you need, when it is there for you, and you just need it for a short time, is such a blessing!
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Apple Babaco Cookies

I was telling my son about how the gardener, W and his family found a baby rabbit out in the long grasses. After saying the words, “baby rabbit,” several times, he finally asked, with amusement, “Do you remember the word for baby rabbit?”      “Uh…I….Wow.”   Shoot, seriously? “Bunny,” he filled in. Wow. The same thing happened to me with that thing on the door, that you open the door with….doorknob. I had heard the spanish so long, I forgot the english, wow!

Recipe of the Day – Babaco Apple Cookies

2 c. Oats

1/2 c. Coconut flour

1 babaco fruit, cut in half and scooped out

1/2 c. Water, tea or coconut milk to make a cookie dough

2 bananas, mashed

2 apples, juiced

2 T. Flax seeds soaked in 6 T. Water or tea

2 tsp. Stevia leaves, crushed

pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 tsp. Baking soda

pinch salt

options : raisins, chocolate pieces, coconut, peanut or almond butter

Directions: Cut the babaco in half and scoop out the fruit. juice or blend with the apples, and blend again with the bananas. Mix well with the rest of the ingredients and shape into cookies. Stir in options. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. And bake 12-15 minutes until desired chewy-ness. You could est these raw!

Word of the Day – conejito – baby rabbit, (I mean, bunny.)

Tip of the Day – You can totally eat these raw. Shape into truffles and chill or freeze. You won’t need the baking soda.

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