raw cocoa-coconut fudge

raw cocoa coconut fudge1

Oh my yum…

It was one thing after another today.  Between a teething toddler who decided to take on the terrible two’s 9 months too early and a sick dog, we needed this treat to look forward to tonight!

My latest obsession has been coconut oil.  I’ve been cooking with it, baking with it and drinking it…yes, drinking it!  It has so many healing qualities that I will get to in another post (I promise!).

coco oil

This is a satisfying dessert high in protein and healthy fats with a hint of sweetness from pure maple syrup.  This recipe is SO simple and delicious, try it this weekend!

Raw Cocoa-Coconut Fudge

adapted from RAW FOOD, REAL WORLD


1 cup raw cashew butter (creamy peanut butter would work too!)

1/3 cup coconut oil

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla


-Line a small baking dish with plastic wrap.

-Mix together cashew butter and coconut oil until smooth.  (It was chilly in the house tonight and the coconut oil was solid so I placed the cashew butter and coconut oil in a sauce pan over a very low heat and gently warmed for a few seconds until melted).

-Add in cocoa powder, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla.  Mix until combined.

-Pour mixture into baking dish and place in freezer, let chill for one hour.

-Remove fudge from baking dish by pulling on either end of plastic wrap.

-Cut into squares and enjoy!

raw cocoa coconut fudge

This fudge melts very quickly so serve directly out of freezer!

Stay tuned for recipes that will be served at GLOW YOGA’S 2 year anniversary celebration on May 18th!!!


blueberry parfaits ~raw dessert~

raw blueberry pie parfait

I made these little treats last Sunday to celebrate the completion of the Spring Renewal Yoga and Nutrition Series.  These Blueberry Parfaits are a guiltless raw /vegan/gluten-free dessert that tastes sinful!  You can prepare them a few different ways.  For the class I put the crust into mini muffin cups.  In this variation I layered the ingredients in a small bowl.  Other times, we even ditch the crust completely and eat the pie filling like ice cream!

I promised the group I would give them the recipe, here it is!!!

Blueberry Parfaits


1 cup dates, pitted

½ cup coconut or almond flour

1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon vanilla

water as needed

~This produces a LOT of crust!  I used a third and refrigerated the rest for later use~

raw blueberry pie parfait 1

Pie Filling

1 ½ cups frozen blueberries, partially thawed

3 tablespoons agave syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla

¼ cup cashew butter

½ cup coconut oil (liquid)


-Put crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined.  Add water a tablespoon at a time until a fluffy consistency is achieved.  Remove from food processor.  If making mini-bites, press a layer of crust into the bottom of the cup and place in freezer.

-Place pie filling ingredients into a food processor and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved.  Add layer to the mini-muffin cups and freeze or layer in a parfait glass.  My favorite, simply enjoy directly out of the bowl!


So, we’ve been getting a lot of grief from certain family members (no fingers pointed) to cut Noah’s hair.  Shaye and I know we will be heart-broken if we do, but we are starting to think we may be growing his hair for our own selfish reasons.  Help us out!  What do you think???

raw beet slaw

This is the beet salad I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  Warning…it is highly addictive!

raw beet slaw

Beets are on my “Superfood List” because of their phytonutrient called betalains.  This phytonutrient is essential for the detoxification process and quenches inflammation in the body.  Research is showing that these powerful red pigments may also slow tumor growth…exciting stuff!   Beets are also great for pregnant women thanks to the B vitamins and iron essential to cell development and replenishing the body!

All the nutrition facts aside, beets just make you feel vibrant and alive!  In the Yogic world beets are said to support the first chakra or the “root” chakra, which keeps us grounded, energized and secure.  The root chakra is red, and beets are a red root…maybe there’s a connection here?

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me.  She is studying nutrition at Bauman College in Northern California.  Once again, I modified the recipe a tad and this is what I came up with…

 raw beet slaw

Raw Beet Slaw

2 raw beets, shredded (I used a mandolin)

2 carrots, grated

1 apple, diced

2 scallions, chopped

½ cup pecans

½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut flakes

juice of 1 orange

juice of 1 lemon

drizzle of olive oil

salt to taste

raw beet slaw

Mix all the ingredients up in a large bowl, chill for at least an hour (if you can wait that long, I couldn’t) to let flavors blend.

Raw Beet Slaw