Raw Vegan Magic Chocolate

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Ingredients:

ripe banana

coconut oil

cacao butter (optional)

sea salt (optional)

spices such as cayenne, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and turmeric if you like spicy chocolateπŸ”₯; herbs such as peppermint; orange peel or other dried fruit πŸ“ (optional)

 

Preparation:

Blend until creamy and smooth and serve at room temperature or freeze for a solid chocolate consistency.

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Share Your Gifts!

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A tree whose fruit is not enjoyed, weeps under the weight of its own gifts.

We are meant to share our gifts and talents with the world and to connect with others in this way. Express yourself and share your gifts with others – someone out there is bound to appreciate them! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Raw Vegan Turkish Delights

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– pitted whole dates
– tahini
– coconut flakes
– cacao powder and/or cacao nibs
– banana (optional)

Stuff whole dates with a bit of tahini. Blend Tahiti with cacao powder and/or banana for more chocolaty sweet taste.

Add coconut flakes and cacao nibs on top.

You can also add a slice of banana on top if you’d like.

Simple, easy, oh-so-sweet, and incredibly tasty – enjoy!!! πŸŒžπŸžπŸ˜„πŸŒΉπŸŒΈ

Sarajevo Fairy Tale

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Last fall, I made this short film in my birth city of Sarajevo in Bosnia. I named it “Sarajevo Fairy Tale” because the city inspired me to trust myself, practice self-love, commit to my bliss, and express my creativity freely.

Here is the link to view it:

I used to have mixed feelings and confusion about my identity since I moved around and lived in different places all over the world. It used to drive me crazy when people asked me about my accent because it was so hard to get into all the details about my life story with a stranger. Sometimes I felt people tried to exoticize me or put me in a box based on my looks, my accent, and their idea of Bosnia without getting to know who I really am.

With life experience and a lot of heartbreak, I realized that I and all of us are very much unique individuals on our own journeys and that to know ourselves and others has nothing to do with where we were born or have lived (although exploring and enjoying these places is a part of our journey).

We are eternal cosmic spirits that got the opportunity to experience a 3D world so that we can explore all the universal possibilities. How amazing is that! Enjoy this incredible opportunity – live and love to the fullest! πŸ’–πŸŽΆπŸ˜‰πŸŽΆπŸ’–

Raw Vegan Chilaquiles Verdes

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Tortillas/Tostadas:

– zucchini
– yellow bell pepper
– flex seeds, soaked
– lime juice
– turmeric
– cumin
– cayenne or jalapeno pepper (optional)
– sea salt
– olive oil (optional)

Soak flax seeds for about 1 – 2 hours.

Blend all the ingredients together except flax seeds.

Mix in soaked flax seeds for a coarser texture or blend in the flex seeds with other ingredients for a smoother texture.

Pour the mixture on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 8 – 10 hours at 113F.

Salsa Verde:

– green chile (such as jalapeno, serrano, verde, pablano)
– cumin
– onion
– garlic
– lime juice
– cilantro, fresh
– tomatillos
– sea salt
– oregano, fresh or dried
– raw pumpkin seeds, soaked, preferably sprouted (optional)
– green bell peppers (optional)
– cayenne or black pepper (optional)
– olive oil (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together until the consistency is slightly chunky.

Preparation:

Break dehydrated tortillas into smaller pieces and pour salsa verde over them. Add cilantro, radish pieces, or even avocado chunks on top.

 

I had this amazing dish for the first time in Mexico City. I fell in love with it immediately and have recently decided that I have to create a raw vegan version. This hits the spot! πŸ™ŒπŸ’•

Lemon Balm: the Nerve Charmer

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This is lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a beautiful, versatile, calming, and vibrantly fragrant herb – no wonder bees and butterflies are so attracted to it! Lemon balm is very commonly found growing wild and has a knack for taking over a garden but I would never complain since it is an herb with magical healing properties that dreams are made of (I tend to say this about every herb πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸ˜Š).

Lemon balm has a way of both uplifting and calming the nerves. I often pick up a leaf and rub it between my hands to smell its uplifting lemony fragrance. If I feel restless, anxious, or cannot fall asleep, I eat it in my salad or make tea from its fresh or dried leaves. If you travel often, this herb is for you!

How else can you benefit from the amazing properties of lemon balm? If you ever get an insect bite, a small cut, or a rash, you can chew up a few of its leaves and place it on the wound. This poultice will clean and soothe the wound and will help it heal faster. You can also makes a tincture or an oil infusion from fresh or dried lemon balm and use it as medicine internally and externally just as you would use the fresh herb.

How can you incorporate lemon balm into your diet? Use it in salads, pesto, lemonade, smoothies, juices, dishes in which you would normally use spinach and other greens, warm or iced tea, salad dressings, as garnish…there are so many possibilities!

Do you have lemon balm in your garden? Enjoy this heavenly herb!!! πŸŒ±βœ¨πŸ’šπŸπŸ’“πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸ™βœ¨πŸŒ±

In the Flow of Joy

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Whenever we put ourselves out there, be it by opening a new business, performing our music, posting a selfie, showing our artwork, telling our life story to others, or being vulnerable in a romantic relationship, we take big risks because we open ourselves up to the unknown, to something that may not always feel good or safe.

But, these risks are necessary in our expansion as human beings and co-creators with the universe. Not only do we open ourselves up to bliss but also to precious learning experiences that only make that bliss even more possible and more intense.

The trick is not to get consumed by the darker aspects of the contrast we can experience when we are open. Why give away our power to someone (most likely a small minority anyway) that judges and doesn’t appreciate what we have to offer? Compassion towards those who judge is crucial because, as we do sometimes, they are acting from their past wounds and this has nothing to do with the person that is their target.

By doing what we love and expressing fully who we are (this may change over time as we get to know ourselves better), we are living in our highest potential. That is all that matters! The more we hold this positive feeling and we focus on how good we feel, we will not be distracted from our path. No one has power over us, we are our own masters. Even if we were imprisoned or hurt, no one has power over our thoughts and happiness. We can chose to be happy in the harshest circumstances.

There is no need to “work hard” to please others or to be dependent on how they feel about us. If we go with the flow of our authenticity and joy, we will attract others who resonate with us and find value in what we have to offer. The love energy will flow freely, unconditionally, and without demands. Decide to create a beautiful life for yourself today! Nothing can stop you! πŸ’œπŸŒΈπŸ™πŸŒΈπŸ’œ

Raw Vegan Baklava

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Crust (3 layers):

– ripe bananas
– coconut oil
– vanilla extract or powder
– cinnamon

Filling:

– walnuts, soaked
– dates, soaked (keep date water for the syrup) or date paste
– cinnamon
– clove (optional)
-sea salt

Pour-over Syrup:

– lemon juice
– date water or date paste dissolved in water

Blend bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla together and pour the batter on dehydrator sheets.

Shape the batter into a desired shape making sure that it is not too thin. Make three shapes for three baklava layers.

Dehydrate the layers at 113F for about 10 hours or until the layers are easily peeled off.

To make the filling, combine soaked walnuts with soaked dates (or date paste) and cinnamon (use twice as much walnuts as dates by volume) and pulse in a blender or food processor until the walnuts are finely chopped.

Place the first baklava layer on the bottom of a pie pan.

Add half of the filling you made and spread evenly.

Place the second layer on top and add rest of the filling.

Cover the filling with the last layer.

Cut the baklava into smaller pieces resembling diamonds.

Make the pour-over syrup by combining lemon juice with date water (or dissolve date paste in lemon juice and water). Pour the syrup over the pre-cut baklava.
Pour as much of the syrup as the baklava can absorb.

Enjoy at room temperature or chilled in the fridge. The longer the baklava stays in the fridge, the more its flavors will develop.

This is my parents’s favorite raw vegan dessert recipe! I don’t blame them – it’s yummy, richly sweet, and extremely satisfying. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Healing in Nature

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Do you have a nature park with a body of water where you live? Spending some time in the sun, breathing fresh air near water, and walking barefoot are excellent tools for healing. πŸ’šπŸšπŸŒΉπŸŽΆπŸ™πŸΎπŸŒžπŸŒŠπŸ‘’πŸ’œ