Creamy Almond Truffles

Poor me. No one showed up for yoga at the Raw Food Retreat tonight. They were exhausted from their Steam session, Podocarpus hike, change of diet, and very few even showed up to eat! I had to do yoga alone in the Bamboo Pavilion, walk in the Enchanted Forest, hang in the yoga swing, sweat in the sauna, and then eat the raw food feast. Sigh. What a day. But I’ll be back tomorrow!

Recipe of the Day – Creamy Almond Truffles

Ingredients:
  1. 1 c. ground almonds or the pulp from making milk
  2. ½ c.  almond butter
  3. 3 T. coconut syrup or honey
  4. 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. ¼ tsp. salt
  6. For Coating:
  7. ¼ c almonds, ground
  8. ¼ c. cacao nibs, ground

Filling

  1. 1/4 c. cashew butter
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the truffle ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well until fully incorporated.
  2. Roll round balls in your hands to form the truffles.
  3. Chill the truffle balls slightly before rolling them in either ground almonds or cocoa nibs. Cut each in half, and fill with cashew butter. Put the top on each truffle.
  4. Keep the truffles refrigerated in an airtight container.

Word/Phrase of the Day – pobre de mi – poor me

Tip of the Day – It’s easy to get spoiled with daily beauty. Good for me to let something be cancelled and take time to sit and breathe and remember this gorgeous setting I’m in.

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Cashew-Onion Creme Cheese

I started teaching yoga for the Raw Food Retreat again Sunday And I got to enjoy their raw food breakfast of cashew cheese and crackers, granola, almond milk and stevia, and  gynostemma tea! I haven’t had that in years; used to live off it. Wed. I get to have dinner with them after an afternoon yoga and enjoy Karl the Chef’s Raw Food Feast!

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Creme Cheese

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. Italian herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary
  • pinch powdered garlic or 1 minced clove
  • salt, to taste
 Directions:
  1. Soak the cashews in the water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain off water. Add to the blender with the onions ,lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Word of the Day – comi – I ate

Tip of the Day – This is incredibly good on raw crackers, and also mixed with avocado, yum and creamy!

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Raw Barbecue Chips

I call Tiko in the middle of the night, even in the softest voice, and he comes and lays down by me. A guanchaca… footsteps… things that go bump in the night. I love camping with Tiko. I love him.

Recipe of the Day – Raw BBQ Chips
They’re amazing and they taste like junk food. (Except they’re good for you!)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. water
2 carrots
2 tomatoes
4-6 dates (soaked for 30 min.) or sweetener of choice
2 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 celery stalk
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes (soaked 30 mins)
3 dashes of cayenne pepper
Bragg’s amino acids or crystal salt to taste
2/3 c. flax seeds (soaked over night)
1/4 to 1/2 beet (optional)
dash cumin
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 T. onion
1/2 tsp. garlic

Directions:
Put all ingredients in blender except the flax seeds. Blend well and check taste. Then add flax seeds, blend well again. Mixture should be slimy and a little thick, but runny like pancake batter. Drop by spoonfuls on Teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 105 degrees. Flip and remove sheet. Continue dehydrating 8-10 hours or until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – guardian – protector

Tip of the Day – Man, my workers were right for me to get a dog. Tiko is my warrior angel.

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No Bake Pecan Pie

I’ve found two disadvantages for having an electric bike. One is that I can’t say, “Buenos Dias,” fast enough to my neighbors. I’m going too fast! And the other is that my hair stays flat wearing my helmet. Que lastima, (What a shame), my curls are gone!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

1 small papaya, sliced, or mango
8 strawberries, sliced
3/4 c. pecans, ground

Filling:
Blend:
5 soaked dates
3 bananas,
1 T. lemon juice

Directions: Line Pie Plate with the papaya, strawberries. Grind up 3/4 c. ground pecans . Sprinkle 1/2 cup on top of the fruit. Leave 1/4 cup for the top of the pie. Blend and spread the filling on top Sprinkle with 1 T to 2 c. raw, whole, honey-soaked pecans and the rest of the ground pecans.
Chill.

Word of the Day –nueces  pecanas – pecans

Tip of the Day – Pecans delay age-related neuron activity, perhaps delaying Alzheimer’s, etc. Lowers cholestrol and helps you lose weight!

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Raw Eggplant Parmezano

The Delaney family reunion I am missing very much! It’s my eldest brother, Brian’s 70th birthday. And they are all celebrating tonight at my my brother, Paul’s house in Joshua Tree, California. Estoy muy celosa! I’m very jealous. And also a little sad.

My nephew, Dylan Diego Delaney and Clare.
My cousin and Anne and beautiful sister, Mary.
Clare and my niece, Teagan
Clare, Brian and Paul

Recipe of the Day –

My daughter, Clare, and brothers Martin and Paul

Raw Eggplant Parmezana –

Ingredients;

One very large or two medium eggplants.

Marinara Sauce,

Parmezano
1. Peel and slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch round slices.
2. Soak the eggplant slices in salted water for 1-2 hours.
3.Drain the eggplant slices, coat each slice with breading, if desired, and place them onto the dehydrator tray.

Marinara sauce:
1 cups tomatoes
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, soaked
1/8 cup olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic
1 T. parsley
pinch  cayenne
pinch of Italian herbs
1 tsp. sea salt
Directions:Combine the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour over each slice as it lays in the dehydrator.
Sprinkle with parmezano.

Parmezano :
1/2 c. raw almonds, pinenuts or cashews
2 T. nutritional yeast
1 tsp. miso
1 clove garlic (optional)
1/4 tsp. salt, heaping
In a food processor, by hand or in a grinder, combine the cheese ingredients and blend until smooth.
OMG.

Directions: Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4-6 hours.

Word of the Day – eggplant

Tip of the Day – When dehydrated longer, the eggplant becomes crisper, making it into crisp little pizzas! These are the best raw pizzas I’ve ever had!

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Gluten-Free Pancakes

Here’s what my nutritionist friend said, Dorothy., about getting your body back to normal after taking steroids. Nothing to do but continue eating healthy.

I asked, “Hi Dr. T,  What do I need to take after a steroid prescription for my body to come back to normal?  Probiotics and potassium? I can’t find anything on a quick internet search.”

“Hi,

I would recommend drinking orange juice and eating other things that are high in potassium.  Such as beans, potatoes, bananas and other fruit.  It is very dangerous to be too high in potassium so I am afraid the supplements could bring you up higher if you are not monitoring your levels.  It is always safe to consume more potassium but not necessarily take the supplements.”

Recipe of the Day – Living Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 c ground flax meal
1 c. coconut flour
2 ripe bananas
2 dates, soaked
1 T. almond butter
1 T. cinnamon
1 T.coconut oil
dash salt
pinch vanilla
water,or barley water as needed
Directions:
Blend the banana to puree it. Mix in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. The batter will be pretty stiff. I use a spoon to shape it into a pancake and smooth it out. The batter will keep in the fridge for several days.
Dehydrate for 4 hours at 105 degrees.

Serve topped with fruit and a syrup of choice: honey, strawberry chia jam, orange syrup:
Orange Syrup:
1 blended orange
1/3 c. soaked dates
pinch vanilla powder

Huckleberry Syrup:
1 c. huckleberries or any berries
1 T. chia seed, soaked for 10 minutes
1 T. honey
Blend.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Jugo de naranja – orange juice

Tip of the Day – You know what’s funny, is that my whole life I’m not interested in orange juice. It doesn’t go well with my body, even though the taste is so good. And these last two weeks, orange juice appeals to me so much! I must’ve needed it. So go with your body!

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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

Ingredients
  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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Spirulina Chocolate Truffles

I taught yoga for the staff at Monarch (The Raw Food World estate today. Their retreat starts soon and I’ll be teaching the retreatants, but this week the staff! In a beautiful bamboo forest on their land in their yoga house. They (the staff) invited me to their raw food lunch of guacamole salad and spirulina chocolates by the swimming pool and sauna, whoa. That was a very cool day. I asked Chef Karl what he was serving for the breakfasts next week, and he said raw granola, fruits, nut milks and almond butter, man!

Recipe of the Day – Spirulina Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

½ c. walnuts
½ c. dates, soaked 10 minutes, pitted & chopped, (Save the date water)
¼ c. shredded coconut

1/8 c. spirulina powder

1 pinch Vanilla powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch sea salt, to taste
Orange zest, to taste (optional)
Water, as needed for binding

Walnuts, finely chopped (garnish)

Dark Chocolate Sauce

2 T. coconut oil
2 T. cacao powder
1 ½ T. date water or coconut nectar
Pinch salt

DIRECTIONS:

Truffles

Put the nuts in a small food processor fitted with an S-blade. Grind,
Add the dates and shredded coconut together with vanilla and spirulina, cinnamon, sea salt and orange zest to taste until it forms a ball.
Roll the dough into small truffles. You can use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon for this so they look uniform,
Put the truffles in the freezer while you make the chocolate sauce.
Dark Chocolate Sauce:

Melt your coconut oil on low heat. Mix the oil with the date water or syrup  and  salt in a small bowl.
Gradually add the cacao powder and stir well.
Take your truffles out of the freezer. Using a fork, dip the truffles in the chocolate sauce.
Add a sprinkle of finely chopped  nuts for garnish, or other toppings such as orange zest or cacao nibs.
Pop the truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes so the chocolate can harden.

Word of the Day –enceño – I teach

Tip of the Day – Replace the dates with other dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, apple slices, figs.

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No Cook Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

I’m proud of myself for going to the water meeting. Ninety-nine Eduatorianos and one red- haired gringa. No chance of skipping out early for me! Dang it. and I probably understood only about 20/30% of the words. But I got to learn the ways of the people, how they have no problem speaking up and saying what’s what. I love that. They had to skip work to come, some of them, to avoid the penalty fee, so the atmosphere wasn’t that great. It was about the money they spent last year on improvements in such in our three water areas, and the projected expenditure for the upcoming year.

Recipe of the Day –Raw Ginger Snaps

Ingredients:
3/4 c. coconut oil
1 c. coconut crystals, raw sugar or palm sugar
1/4 c. yacon or coconut syrup, liquid sweetener of choice
1 T. flax seed soaked in 3 T. water for 10 minutes
2 c. sprouted grains: oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth of choice – Soak one day, sprout 1.5 days
1/2 tsp.  ground cloves
1 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/3 c. raw coco ut sugar for decoration

Directions: Blend everything in the food processor and spoon cookie size blobs onto the nonstick trays in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 104 degrees about 36 hours, until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – junto – meeting

Tip of the Day –  Be friendly, and go to a neighborhood meeting once in a vlue moon. good to get to know your neighbors and their personalities!

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Fig Bars

Evidently I have the richest tasting banana tree alive – the seda! I only have one, but it has five babies, wahoo!

Recipe of the Day Raw Fig Bars

Soak the figs and prunes/dates overnight.

Ingredients:
The filling-
14 figs, soaked overnight
6-7 prunes or dates, soaked overnight
juice of 1/2 lemon

The crust:
1 1/4 c. walnuts
1/3 c. raw coconut oil
1 T. coconut crystals
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
optional – 1/3 c. sprouted, ground, dehydrated oats
– 1/3 c.sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat kernels

Directions: In a food processor, mix until smooth the walnuts, coconut oil, crystals or sugar, cinnamon, sprouted grains and salt. Remove and place 1/2 of this mixture in a bowl, set aside. Flatten the other 1/2 of walnut mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 inch square pan. This will be the layer of the bars.

Place the soaked and drained figs and prunes in food processor and blend until smooth with the lemon. Spread the fig-prune puree over the top. Then very very gently spread the reserved other 1/2 of the walnut-coconut oil mixture over the top of the figs and prunes. Chill, or warm in the dehydrator. Makes approximately 8 huge bars, depending on your bar-size preferences.

Word of the Day – uno – one

Tip of the Day – Ask your workers everything, why som trees producand some don’t, wh these banabas look different than the others. Ask everything!

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