Yucca Oat Biscuits

This morning I went to talk with the owners of Madre Tierra – the beautiful hotel on the hill. They wanted me to do a set of yoga instruction for the guests. And I think I can now – my back is soooo good! Anyway, After that they let me take a dip in the pool for my back, then gave me breakfast, what!!! i am SO lucky.

Recipe of the Day – Yucca Oat Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup yucca flour
  • 2 c. oats or oat flour
  • 4 T. coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar or panela
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg or 1 T. chia seeds soaked in 3 T. water
  • 1/2 c. water or nut/seed milk.

DirectiONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C)
  2. Measure the flours into medium bowl. Cut oil or butter into flour with a pastry knife the size of a small peas
  3. Add baking powder, sugar, salt to the flour mixture
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour egg and milk into the well. Stir well.
  5. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they just begin to turn brown (you can see some brown spots on the biscuits, but not too brown). Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – You could do these with less sweetening, depending on how you like your biscuits. Are you going to dip them in stew or soup? Then use less sweetening!

 

Oatmeal Yucca Bread

Here’s what my famous Neurologist brother says about the herniated disc: “Swimming is ideal for a herniated disc, Dot. Start with waist-deep wading 15 minutes, three times a week. Then progress to either holding on to the side of the pool or kickboard and kicking. If you can get up to freestyle swimming, you should be in good shape. Advil is far safer than other meds.”

The non-impact element combined with the exercise and blood flow will do wonders. Just be careful not to over fatigue the muscle groups. Maintain an easy adaptive stage. 

D- Okay! I will do exactly you as you say.

is it true that it can actually start healing, Pat?

P -Absolutely……just slowly…..

Recipe of the Day – Oat Yucca Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. yucca flour
  • 1 c. Oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. Water, rice water ir potato water from cooking your rice or potatoes
  • 1/4 c. Coconut crystals or sweetenr of choice
  • 3/4 c rolled oats
  • tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Mix dry ingredients. Then make a well in the batter and add the egg and water.Pour the batter into a nonstick baking pan (I used a non-stick 8-inch cake pan). Spread the batter out evenly  Bake for 30 minutes. Allow the bread to cool before removing from pan.

Note: I placed the bread in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes before serving the next morning to warm the bread.

Word of the Day – yucca – cassava

Tip of the Day – Okay, Vilcabambans, there is yucca flour in Jesus and Nancy’s store, right now!

 

 

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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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
Ingredients:
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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Orange Pineapple Oat Juice

There’s nothing that stops everything, even the sound of your own thoughts, than nature happening. Right in this minute there was a mud slide down the mountain. I could hear it first, then see it from my camping perch. It stills everything and gives me a sense of awe, like… Yeah, I am not the center of the Universe.

Recipe of the Day – Oat Orange Pineapple Juice

Ingredients:

1 orange

1 c. Pineapple

1 c. Water

1 T. Oats

Directions. Peel the orange  and throw in the blender wih the water and pineapple. Add the oats and blend until creamy. Yummy!

Word of the Day – montañas – mountains

Tip of the Day – You can make a whole pitcher of oat milk, if you want, by blending a pitcher of water with a cup of oats, straining, if you like, and adding sweetening. It doesn’t last more than a day or two.

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Passionfruit Oat Smoothie

I went to this Memorial for a guest friend, and an Ecuadorian friend of mine made this beautiful drink, Passionfruit Oat Smoothie. It was so good, that I had  two glasses, very unusual for me. The oat milk calms down the tartness for the maracuya – the passionfruit. And makes it just delicious!

Recipe of the Day – Passionfruit Oat Smoothie

Ingredients:

2-3 passionfruits

1 qt. water

2 heaping T. oats

optional: banana, almonds, coconut, mango

Direections: Take the wrinkly, yellow passionfruits and slice in half, Scoop the pulp and seeds into the blender. Pour in three cups of water and blend thoroughly. Strain through a cheesecloth or sprout bag into a pitcher. Discard the ground seeds. Then, pour the mixture back into the blender with the last cup of water and the oats. Blend well,

Word of the Day – maracuya – passionfruit

Tip of the Day – I watched the kids at this Memorial. They play, sing, and don’t treat the suffering children any differently. They do have great respect if a friend is sad, and that’s it!

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Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints

Okay, I another short, intense discussion when I asked the wonderful Meditation guru what he thought about relationships. Especially for a meditator who’s really not seeking anyone, not seeking a relationship, and feels, not only okay, but quite good by themselves. He gave me this analogy, There are four gases that aren’t missing an element – the noble gases that are odorless, colorless and barely or non-reactive. Since the noble gases have the exact full amount of electrons, they are not interested in forging compounds or reacting with other elements. They can, but they don’t need to, to fill  a missing piece. How cool is that and how cool is he!

Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints
Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Mints

Ingredients:

1/3 c. shredded coconut

1/3 c. oat flour

1/4 c. sesame seeds

pinch stevia powder

1 drop peppermint essential oil

1 drop peppermint extract

2 grains salt

Directions :

Blend, or mix ingredients well by hand. Then roll into tiny balls between your palms. Freeze, then dip into chocolate sauc and chiill again.

Chocolate  Sauce:

1/3 c. cacao powder

2 drops olive oil

3 drops liquid chocolate stevia

2 grains salt

1/2 tsp. turmeric

2 grains pepper

Directions:

Blend, or mix ingredients well by hand. Dip the balls into this sauce, yum, and good for your tummy and your breath!

Word of the Day – atracción – attraction

Tip of the Day – Don’t be afraid to stop a meditator and ask a question. He knew what I was asking immediately.

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Masala Oats

I was eating these oats when I looked over Toto and saw something bilbous and grey sticking out of his chest. Uh, oh. You got it – a tick. I started to reach automatically with my fingers, then realized I wasn’t outside on a hike. I was in the house with the tick puller-outer not two feet away! I slid it under the tick and gave it a  twist and it was out perfectly and cleanly. Nice! Thanks to whomever invented that!

Recipe of the Day – Masala Oats

Ingredients :

1 c. Oats
¾ c. veggies (carrots, peas, beans etc)
2 medium sized tomatoes
1 thinly sliced medium onion
¾ c. Vegetable stock or water
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Turmeric
1 T. Coconut Oil
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp cumin
1 to 2 green chilies
¼ to ½ tsp Garam masala powder or pav bhaji masala
¼ tsp coriander powder (optional)
¼ tsp red chili powder
3-4 Coriander leaves
Directions:
Dry roast oats until golden, them remove from skillet.
Heat the pan with oil. Add cumin and allow to crackle. Then add the ginger, garlic and onions,.
Sauté until soft. Then add the tomatoes, herbs, and spices. (Not the coriander leaves.)
Add water and bring it to a boil.
Add oats and stir well.
Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
Add coriander leaves.
Drizzle some coconut oil, butter or ghee over the hot masala oats.

Word of the Day – palabra – word

Tip of the Day – They say the ticks here din’t spread Lyme disease. If it’s true, that’s good news!

To make it to a porridge consistency, you may need to triple the quantity of water mentioned in the recipe.

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Oat Milk

I put a little leash on Toto, so he would stay with Tiko and I, and not run off into the bushes. He’s such a smartie, and such an explorer. But I really don’t want to go into the tall grasses to get him. So, anyway, he did great! But as we turned back to go home, Tiko asked if he could take the lease. (He often takes is own leash to walk back home.) So I let him take Cuko’s leash, and at first Toto would resist, and Tiko would turn around and wait, sweet!  And then Toto gave in and realized he could run and they would run together! And they did and it was so cute! They ran all the way back to the house and in the gate, and waited for me. All the time with Tiko holding Toto’s leash in his mouth. Dang,that is one smart dog. And he ‘s got a new job!

Oat smoothie

Recipe of the Day – Oat Milk

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 3 c. water
options: dash salt, pinch of vanilla powder, 1-2 dates, pitted and soaked, or liquid sweetener of choice

 

Directions:Pour the oats, water and any optional ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth. Strain the oat milk by pouring it through a sieve, nut milk bag (or cheese cloth) into a pitcher or bowl. Squeeze the milk out of the bag. Once no more milk is coming out, you can discard the oat pulp or use in a recipe. Chill. Shake before using. Will last 2-3 days.

Word of the Day – avena – oats

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to strain it, if you don’t mind the thick taste. Add 1/4 c. carob or cacao powder for chocolate milk! Use over my granola (see recipe this blog.)

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M’s Sprouted Veggie Crackers

I went to visit my sister in Virginia this past week, and she had a huge gallon jar of these crackers to eat with hummus, guacomole, and cashew, almond and peanut butter. Seriously, these crackers should be in a raw food restaurant. I’m going to make them and  leave these out for my airbnb and other guests!

Recipe of the Day – Sprouted Oat Crackers
Ingredients:

4 c. sprouted oats

8 soaked and pitted dates

Soaking water from dates

1 c. veggie broth

Water as needed to blend

1/2 cup roasted tahini

1 T. vanilla extract

1/8 c. low sodium soy sauce

1 lemon

Directions: The amount of liquid needed will depend on how much sprouted oats you are using and how sprouted they are. You need enough fluid for the sprouts to mix with the other ingredients without breaking your blender.
Sprout 4 cups of dry sproutable oats in enough water to cover and 1/2 times again.
Soak 7-8 dates overnight or until soft and remove pits. Save soaking water.
Place sprouted oats in blender with soaking water and veggie broth, and the soaked, pitted dates. Add water as needed to blend into thick batter.
At this point, if your blender is complaining, pour it all into a large mixing bowl and add the lemon, soy, tahini and vanilla.
Spread on dehydrator sheets and cut into squares. Dehydrate until dry. Flipping them over once they are semi-dry will speed the process. The higher the temperature the faster they cook.

Word of the Day- hermana – sister

Tip of the Day – Keeping the temperature at 105 degrees F., or below, ensures the enzymes needed for digestion are still intact. But sometimes, you just want a quick, healthy snack. So better to cook something fast if you’re tempted to eat something worse, I say!

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