My weekend was great. We had a super-relaxing weekend, and also spent a lot of time organizing and cleaning our space. Yesterday afternoon, we finally made it out to swim in the river again! It was so refreshing and relaxing to do on a lazy Sunday. It also made me realize that I need to have more faith that things will always work out as they should. No matter how many times the universe tries to teach me this lesson, I still haven’t learned (yet!)
I think maybe it was having such intimate contact with the Earth yesterday, but I woke up this morning feeling super groggy. I didn’t really want to have coffee, so I made this drink that I also had on Saturday afternoon when I felt my energy flagging a bit. I don’t want to call it a coffee substitute, as it is what it is in its own right, but it does share a similar flavor profile. Whatever you want to think of it as, give it a try when you need a pick-me-up!
Energizing Superfood Elixir
- 2 cups nut milk (I used a combination of pumpkin seed, cashew and sesame- amazing!)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. he shou wou extract powder
- 1 tbsp. chaga powder
- 1 tbsp. lucuma powder
- 2 tbsp. carob powder
- 2 tsp. maca powder
- 1 dropperful English Toffee stevia (raw honey would also be incredible in this- I would use 1-2 tbsp.)
Blend it up and enjoy! Serves 2.
Elixir Energetico con Superalimentos
- 2 tazas leche de frutos secos (Yo usé una combinación de sesamo, anacardo y semillas de calabaza- salió rico rico!)
- 1 cucharada aceite de coco
- 1 cucharadita extracto en polvo de he shou wou
- 1 cucharada chaga
- 1 cucharada lucuma
- 2 cucharaditas maca
- 2 cucharadas algarroba
- 20 gotas estevia líquido English Toffee (o bien miel cruda- 1 a 2 cucharadas al gusto)
Batir y disfrutar! Sirve 2
As I mentioned the other day, I bought some matcha powder to play around with. I don’t know if it is some sort of weird pregnancy craving or what, but I HAD to have matcha! I’ve been dreaming about it for months but just couldn’t seem to get my paws on any of it. Well, I went into the city to have my third trimester blood test, and on my way back to the metro, I saw a tea shop. I thought to myself- maybe? I went in, and lo and behold there it was. And organic to boot. Also, the woman working was so, so nice. She kept giving me glasses of iced vanilla rooibos and a spicy chai tea that was delicious. It was such a change of pace from the usual level of customer service experienced here in Madrid, i.e. non-existent!
When I got home, I thought about making some brownie bites and then rolling them in the matcha powder. Nah, too easy peasy. I wanted something a little more spectacular and that more importantly would eat into the kilo of coconut oil I have. Alas, these babies were born!
Matcha Fudge Covered Brownie Cake
For the base:
2.25 cup walnuts
2.25 cup dates, pitted
4 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp. cacao powder
2 tbsp. carob powder
2 tsp. chaga powder (optional)
pinch of sea salt
Process walnuts until crumbly and add all other ingredients to food processor. Process until well combined and sticky. Add 2-3 tablespoons water if necessary. Press dough into a round spring-form pan and set aside while you make the topping.
For the topping:
1 cup cashews, finely ground
1 tbsp. lecithin (I recommend sunflower lecithin but if all you have is soy, like me, make sure it is non-GMO!)
.5 cup + 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
.25-.5 cup raw honey (depending on your sweet tooth. You can also substitute agave if you wish to not use bee products)
1 tsp. matcha powder
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour topping on top of base and put in fridge to set for half an hour. Then cut into squares and share with friends 🙂
Makes about 25 small but dense squares.
That’s it! Now I am off to make a big fat green juice and some salt and vinegar kale chips!
Have a great Sunday afternoon.