Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Bars

Yesterday a whole family i did reiki for came over to visit.My idea, before they head back to Canada. I was so happy to have them, I made chia puddings, tangerine apple juice, green shots, lemongrass  tea, coffee and the oat bars I used to make for my kids. And what do you think they liked the best? The oat bars.

Recipe of the Day – Oat Bars

Ingredients:

4 c. oats

1/2 c. honey

1/4 c. coconut crystals

dash salt

1 pinch vanilla powder of 1/2 tsp. vanilla

 

Topping:

1 c. peanut or almond butter

1 c. chocolate pieces

Directions:

Stir the first five ingredients together, and press into an oiled, 9 x 13″ cake pan.You can bake these at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, or dehydrate them in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 4 hours. Melt the nut butter and chocolate and pour over all. Chill. But they’re awfully good warm!

Word of the Day – fiesta – party

Tip of the Day – Deydrated these get a little dry. So I serve them as granola with tea or coconut milk on top!

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

What does a girl do, when she’s a little down? Missing her kids at Christmas. Meditate, breathe, make chocolate, sharpen machetes, meditate. Make a berry pie, chop up the old banana tree, eat granola and chocolate coconut milk, meditate. Walk, rest, meditate. Be in the moment, oh yeah.

Recipe of the Day – Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 c. chopped sweet potato or yam
1 c. sprouted oats
1/3 – 1/2 cup dates, pitted and soaked

Filling:
2 c. shredded pumpkin or butternut squash
1 c. dates, soaked
1 c. macadamia nuts
1 c. raw honey
1 dash vanilla powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ c. coconut water,water or almond milk

Directions For Crust:
1. Add all ingredients and blend until smooth.
2. Pat down into a pie plate.

Directions For Filling:
1. IN a food processor, process pumpkin with macadamia nuts and a little of the water/milk.
2. Add other ingredients and blend until smooth
3. Place filling on top of pie crust.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, coconut or pecans. Top with cashew cream, if desired.

Cashew Cream:
Soak 1 c. cashews or macadamia nuts
In food processor, process nuts with”
1 hpg. T. coconut oil
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. salt
dash vanilla powder

Directions: Process until creamy. Drizzle in 1 T – 1/4 c. water until creamy.

Word of the Day – calabaza – pumpkin

Tip of the Day – Be in the moment. it’s a lot quicker than doing things to distract yourself.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

I felt so rich today, when I got on my bike, that when I saw a taxi in a neighbor’s driveway, I asked him to take me and my bike into town. Which is usually 50 cents. And then, sitting there, I realized, as I searched my purse, that none of the money I was so happy about was in there. It was in the bank! Yikes. “I’m so sorry,” I said to the taxi driver. “Lo siento. I only have 38 cents. Can you take me to the ba…?” I didn’t even finish my sentence when he brushed it off. “No! No pase nada!” And he had even put my bike in the back and took it out and everything. Gosh.

chocolate-and-peanutbutter-300x279Recipe of the Day – Raw Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

For the cake:
1 c. raw oats, ground
1 c. almonds, ground into flour
2 c. coconut sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. cacao powder
1 c. water
1/2 c. almond or coconut milk
2 T. flax soaked in 6 T. water, OR 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

Icing:
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/3 c. almond or coconut milk
1/4 c. cacao powder
1/2 c honey
pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Line  a 9” x 13” baking pan with paper.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Melt the oil in a double boiler.
  4. Add the cacao, Then, stir in water, nut milk, and flax or eggs.
  5. Stir constantly, until completely melted.
  6. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
  8. Spread the peanut butter with a hot, wet knife over the cake.

Icing:

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Spread icing over peanut butter.
  3. The cake can be served immediately or can sit at room temperature to allow the icing to set.

Word of the Day  – centavos – cents

Tip of the Day – Check your wallet before you get in a cab. You don’t want to have to beg favors from the sweet drivers here!

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No-Bake Sugar Cookies

They’ve painted my house, a dream actually come true, this house, now a retreat center, wedding area, conference forum, a holder of people! And the workers, including the gardener, are did it altogether. I’ve never heard them laugh and sing so much as this last day of work. What’s it like to build a house? The feeling must be incredible. It’s fantastic, the wonderful energy here, the completion of a house! It’s the same color – Happy Melon, as the casita, and it looks GORGEOUS! . White pillars and archway over the front door, happy melon all around – I started crying. It’s SO beautiful to me!I gave them thank you baskets for them, with little Christmas notes with their pay, as advised by the locals.

 

Recipe of the Day – Raw Sugar Cookies

Raw Sugar Cookies  – These are a chewy, healthy way to make mom’s festive sugar cookies!  Sprinkle with coconut crystals  to give them that holiday cheer. The coconut oil is  a great natural fat for your health!

2 c. Almond Flour/Oat Flour. (I do a mix of these)Sugar cookies raw
3 T. Coconut Oil
1/2 c. raw sugar or coconut crystals
1/2 c. coconut milk
1 T. psyllium seed
2 tsp Cinnamon
pinch Salt
Sprinkle for top: Coconut crystals/Raw Sugar

Process almonds and oats until they become a fine meal. Add coconut oil, cinnamon, & salt; mix well. Add coconut milk slowly until the mixture becomes a dough. Spread on non-stick dehydrator sheet, cover with plastic wrap, roll until you get desired thickness. Score or cut into shapes. Prick each cookie with fork a few times. Dehydrate at 105 for 12-24 hours; or until crisp (flip half way and remove non-stick sheet). Enjoy!
Makes 16 cookies

 

Word/Phrase of the Day – Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas

 

Tip of the Day – The simplest recipes are often the most delicious. This one only had 7 ingredients! Keep it simple. You can also cook these at 350

No-Bake Cherry Pie

I was kind of, lollygagging around, little energy, when a  wonderful woman here called and asked me to make her a raw pie. And all of a sudden I had energy! Feeling wanted, useful, making a little money. Funny how that gives you energy, happiness! Plus it’s always so fun for me to create food! Here’s the pie. This one’s the Chocolate Mint, and below is a beautiful Cherry Pie Recipe! I’m getting wonderful berries in my garden, so berries are really on my mind right now.

Recipe of the Day – Raw Cherry Pie

This cherry pie is packed with vitamins such as A and C, with antioxidants and even melatonin! With the almond crust it makes a superb brain food. Use the tender and flaky crust to fill with other plump berries, or a mixture. The filling also makes a wonderful, healthy jam.
Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
3 c. almonds, walnuts or other nuts
6-9 soaked dates
1 T. coconut crystals or other dry sweetener
1 tsp. almond extract
dash sea salt

Filling:
6 c.fresh cherries
9  dates
½ c. coconut nectar or other liquid sweetener
1 T. psyllium seeds
1 T. chia seeds soaked 10 minutes
1 dash vanilla powder
juice 1/2 lemon
Directions:
Process almonds and dates through the food processor or juicer using the solid screen.  Add the psyllium and vanilla.  Press the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie pan, saving 1/4 of the mixture for the lattice. Roll the dough and carefully cut out your strips 1/2″ wide. Lift them with a knife onto the top of the pie creating a lattice effect. Cover and put into the fridge for up to 4 days. Makes a 9″ pie.

Place all filling ingredients in a food processor and process until thoroughly blended and creamy. Immediately pour the filling into the pie crust. Place in dehydrator for 4-6 hours at 105 degrees until filling is to the right consistency. Serve or cover and refrigerate.

Word of the Day – por ejemplo – for example

Tip of the Day – One thing I love about the people here, the Ecuadorians, is that they go around singing, break out into song. I love that SO much. “Pie, pie, me oh my.”

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No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies

As Jose, El Maestro (the head foreman) left today, he did what he does, occasionally, and walks around the house, having the workers wait for him as he checks that I have everything I need. “Jose,” I can’t find the water handles to the water supply anymore! (I have one for city water and one for irrigation.) And he uncovered the the dirt areas and “voila,” there they were! (He put them there nine months ago, so I knew he’d know where they were.) I thought maybe he’d moved them. They do that with the water pipes all the time. Then he checked my propane containers, and sure enough, there was zero gas left in the one that gives hot water to the house. Wow! How did he know it was time to look at it! So I asked the worker leaving for lunch if he’d bring me one after his lunch hour, and he brought me out a new one filled with gas ($2.50 for me, every 2 months or so), and took the old one away. Thanks for not letting me have a cold shower tonight, Jose and Franklin!

Here’s another gluten-free, great-for-you, anti-candida, whole-foods vegan recipe, that even Tiko and Cuko can eat! I wanted something interesting to do with my leftover rice!

Recipe of the Day: No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c. brown rice

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c. almond butter (or peanut butter)

1/3 c. coconut syrup

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. chia seed soaked in 3 Tab. water (replaces the egg)

1 pinch vanilla powder

1/4 c. coconut crystals/Stevia powder

1/2 tsp.  cinnamon

pinch of ginger

Chocolate Syrup:

1/4 c. cacao/carob powder

1 T.. water

pinch salt

2 drops olive oil

Directions: Mix together all ingredients for the cookies. Continue to mix until you can form 1 inch balls with hands – if the dough is too crumbly to stick together, add a bit more oil, almond butter or syrup until it comes together a bit more.  Flatten balls and press with a fork. For the chocolate syrup – stir ingredients. Drizzle over cookies. Chill or  you may bake these, as well! 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Word of the Day: arroz – rice

arroz integral – brown rice

Tip of the Day: Add a little sweetness to your day with a low-glycemic sweetener like Stevia, which is grown here. You can buy or grow your own Stevia plants, then dry and powder the leaves in your food processor. So easy to have your own stevia powder!

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