DIY Easy Coconut Butter

Since the Coconut Cheese Post, people have been asking me where to get coconut butter. In the States, it’s easy…it’s in the health food store. But here, not so easy. But this recipe is!

Recipe of the Day – DIY Coconut Butter


2 c. shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of salt

A little extra coconut oil if you need it for the right consistency

  1. Add the shredded coconut or flakes to the blender of food processor with a pinch of salt.
  2. Scrape the sides down every minute or so with a spatula. Continue until the coconut has turned to coconut butter and is liquefied. Store it in an airtight container like a mason jar. The blender is fast, but the food processor could take up to 10 minutes, if you’ve got a little one, like mine. Worth the wait, though! You’ll use this for everything!

Word/Phrase of the Day – Vale la pena –  it’s worth it

Tip of the Day –  Use coconut butter for anything you would use butter for. Great in gluten-free brownies, cookies and other baked goods, popcorn, potatoes, and as a spread for your breads!

Coconut Parmezano Cheese

Clare’s here, my daughter! The place has my orders: Tiko, not to bark too much. The banana tree not to give the yellow bananas ’til she got here, and the roses to produce the most they ever had! The rain to do it’s thing every day so I don’t have to water four hours while she’s here. So far, so good. Thank you, Nature!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Parmezano


1 c. shredded coconut

1/8 c. coconut milk

2 tsp. coconut oil, for blending

1 tsp. salt


  1. In your food process or blender, blend shredded coconut, coconut milk, and salt.
  2. Add the oil last and blend briefly until it’s the texture of parmesan.
  3. Pour into a baggie or glass jar and use as you would parmesan!

Word of the Day – naturaleza – nature

Tip of the Day – Put this cheese on potatoes, rice, veggies, chips to make nachos!

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Ground Avocado Pit Soap/Shampoo

Story from my daughter in Montana – “It was really fun! This guy said he pawned his trumpet ­čÄ║ earlier today but he heard Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that I put on through the door and so he came in and gambled $20. He won $1400 and gave me $100! He said he only needed $400 to get his trumpet back and that he would’ve never stopped in if he hadn’t heard my music!”

A friend gave me these great ideas for natural make-up: Beet juice for the lips. The ash of one burnt almond for eyeliner. And here is Avocado Pit Shampoo!

I did a blog on the avocado pit smoothie. But avocado seeds can be added to your soaps and shampoos to use as an exfoliant, and to eliminate dandruff.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Avocado Pit Shampoo


1 avocado seed

2 c. water

8 oz.water

3 T. aloe vera

3 T. castile soap

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

20 drops essential oil of choice – I used rosemary today, or fresh herbs:

2 tsp. dried rosemary

2 tsp. dried rose petals


Wash and dry your avocado seed. Grate (The color will turn orange ) and put into a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 min. Strain into a bowl, cool and pour into a bottle with the rest of the ingredients, shaking often. Shake before using.

Word of the Day – champu- shampoo

Tip of the Day – You can use this forever. You never have to use commercial shampoos. I’ve been using my natural ones for years and years.

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Joy’s Blueberry Ice Cream

Joy is the town’s blueberry seller here. Fresh, beautiful organic blueberries from Peru. And here is her Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe!

Recipe of the Day –
Blueberry Ice Cream


2 c. frozen bananas

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. frozen coconut cream from the young coconut

Directions: Blend. Freeze again.

Word of the Day – vendedor – seller

Tip of the Day – The fruit must be frozen in this recipe. Of course, I put cacao powder in mine, ha ha.

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Moroccan Lentil Soup

Oh my goodness. my daughter, Clare spent Thanksgiving working at the cafe/bar/gambling place/ The Hideaway in Montana. She thought they were gonna have a regular work day, and was hoping to make $100 in tip. Bu they were giving food to the poor, for free. She spent all day feeding the poor and giving away food boxes. She made $12 in tips, ha ha, which she put in the gambling machine, and made $200! Universe back at her!

The part she told with the old guys sitting there shaking with DT’s, from not drinking, and the boss having her hand them a beer to qualm their dts, oh my gosh.

This reminds me of a Jesus story. The boss lady said, “Clare, if you don’t mind, we have all this food leftover. Go out into the area and see if you can find people who look hungry, and give them these boxes or bring them in.”
Recipe of the Day – Morroccan Lentil Soup
    • 2 T. olive oil
    • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1/4 c. chopped parsley, leaves and tender stems
    • 3/4 c.chopped cilantro, leaves and tender stems
    • 2½ tablespoons minced garlic (about 5 large garlic cloves)
    • 1 T. minced ginger
    • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 T. sweet paprika
    • ┬Ż tsp. pepper
    • 11/2 dry red lentils, rinsed
    • 2 c. cooked chickpeas
    • 3 c. chopped tomatoes
    • 6-7 c.hicken broth or vegetable broth
    • Coarse salt
    • Optional
    • Dates (1 per person)
    • Lemon wedges (1 per person)
In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, warm the oil and sauté the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and ginger over medium-low heat, 5-7 minutes. (Don’t let them brown) Add the spices: turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, to toast the spices. Add the tomatoes and broth (start with 7 cups and add more later, if you want a thinner soup). Bring to a simmer. Add the lentils, chickpeas, cilantro and parsley. Simmer, uncovered, for about 35 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
Word/Phrase of the Day – golpes, rodar, rodar con los baches – bumps, roll, roll with the bumps
Tip of the Day – Do this recipe with tomatoes instead of potatoes, which is the traditional way, Clare says. Serve with lemon and dates!
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Energy Clearing Infusion

This concoction was given to me as a gift from Americ, the beautiful masseuse in Vilcabamba. When you’re clouded, worried, anxious, got a lot of energies around you and you’d like to feel calm…this infusion from Ecuador is fantastic. The rosemary is a pain-reliever, as well! Amethyst helps with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing.  and is said to calm, protect, and cleanse the spirit. Its color strengthens the muscles of the eyes. Gazing into an amethyst sphere will exercise your eye muscles.

Recipe of the Day – Energy Clearing Infusion


8 ou. alcohol or vodka

1 tsp. amethyst, ground

1 tsp. rosemary

1 stick palo santos

Directions: Put your alcohol into a bottle, or used the bottle it came in. Add the herbs. Leave the palo santos in for 10 days, then remove. Shake well before using.  You can rub it into sore muscles, and sprinkle some on the top of your head clear thinking and meditation!

Word of the Day –

Tip of the Day – Amethyst crystal therapies are mainly to do with the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra. “Stone of Spirit,” our doorway to the Divine. Amethyst is used in Mala beads as a meditation tool in Tibet.

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Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata


Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Orange Cacao Truffles

Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.

The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles


1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)

1/4 c. orange juice

1/8 c. orange rinds

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. cacao powder

pinch stevia leaves


  1. Soak the raisins ten minutes.
  2. Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice  at a time to create a stiff dough.
  3. When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
  4. Chill for an hour, or so.
  5. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits

Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.

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M’s Peanut Butter Kale Chips

Our little town of Vilcabamba -Sometimes it feels like we live here like it’s one home. Like, when you go home, you feel like you’re just going to a different room of the house. “I’m gonna go to my room now,” I often feel like saying when I’m in town.

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Kale Chips

M – I was trying to come up with kale chips so we can get more greens and we love these.


1 Tbsp peanut butter

1/8 cup peanut vinaigrette

1/8 cup water

1 Tbsp Garlic Parma (this is ground sunflower seeds with chipotle, salt and garlic so leave out or substitute garlic powder if you want; it’s really about the peanut butter!)

4 drops olive oil

1 bunche Kale

Directions:  Wash and strip the kale from the stem. Make a paste of the other ingredients and massage the leaves with the paste. Cook at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Toss and cook another 5 or 10 minutes till dry.  Eat while warm!

We totally made this one up – but it works!

Word of the Day – al revés/ boca abajo – upside down

Tip of the Day – M says, “I’ve only seen this peanut butter vinaigrette in Trader Joe’s refrigerated section.  Try regular vinaigrette and increase the peanut butter to taste. D- You could also dehydrate these at 105 degrees for 24 hours or until crispy.

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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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