RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO CAKE

ChocolateAvocadoCake

ChocolateAvocadoCake

Here’s to celebrating life. Wether it’s earth day or any other given day.
Take a moment to realise how lucky you are and then you have a reason to celebrate, with a chocolate avocado cake for example. As you probably know by now, I could exist off of only avocados, raw cacao and cashews. The three alone are phenomenal but together, just heaven on earth. And as I like to treat myself and my loved ones with rich chocolate-y goodness, this creation is no exception. The crust makes very delicious balls too & the filling can be turned into a cold mousse or even ice cream. Yes and cheers to that.

As I get older, the things I am celebrating or lets say appreciating more, are becoming simpler and subtle with each passing season. The more I learn and turn inwards, the more profound and different I see each day, event, person and gifts. It’s my “Yoga off the Mat” – to be able to witness, appreciate, worry about less and love more.
So, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a big event to celebrate. It could be just the fact that I am able to afford a nice vacation with a job I really enjoy doing. It also ha a lot to do with gratitude. And every time we are grateful, even for the smallest things, we gain so much perspective. That is to be celebrated! Are you with me?

OK, now you can go in the kitchen, search for your (hopefully) ripe avocados and make that rich chocolate yumminess of a cake. Enjoy the heck out of it, please!


RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO CAKE

Crust:
1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup cashews (or brazil nuts)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp raw cacao

Filling:
2 ripe avocados
2-3 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 tbsp liquid of a chickpea can
2 tbsp maple syrup or rice syrup
a pinch of salt + vanilla

Directions
1. Prepare a small round or rectangle  (which is able to go in the freezer) with baking paper.
2. Mix the dates and nuts together in a food processor. Add the other ingredients until it becomes a sticky, crumbly crust. Press it into the form.
3. Peel the avocado, add all of the ingredients into your food processor. Mix until a mousse-like cream develops. Adjust the sweetness and the amount of cacao, if you are into a dark rich experience. Spread the filling onto the crust.
4. Cover and leave in the freezer for 2-3 hours or over night – take it out and into the fridge, one hour before serving.
5. Top it with crushed frozen raspberries and raw cacao nibs. I added some flowers for the looks and mini coconut balls. Enjoy!

INTERVIEW ELENORE BENDEL-ZAHN

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success. Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.

Get empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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This is a moment I have dreamt of (yes, I know it sounds a bit dramatic, but it is actually the truth) I am sharing the magical world and wisdom of Elenore Bendel-Zahn, founder of earthsprout. She is, among other things, a whole food chef, organic gardener, and health coach. Her blog played a huge role of inspiration to start heartybite, her way of living sparked a flame of curiosity and thirst for consciousness in me and for that I am ever grateful. I can remember Earthsprout, when it was “just” a blogspot – and I followed her journey ever since. She kept evolving and really found her voice in this overflowing blogosphere over the years. I am still in awe and enjoy her writing and recipes because she does her own thing, I love her adorable planet-loving attitude, her photography, insta-inspirations…oh and did I mention she is a Super-Mama and total babe living in Sweden?
Earthsprout the website, is where you can find extraordinary plant-based creations made out of such a passion and love for the plant-based world like this and moreover she created an App “The 30 Raw Breakfast” + has her own “Nordic Superfood Mix“. And if that isn’t striking enough, next to having two cute sons and running her business, she co-hosted a tv-show last year called “Vegorätt” its in swedish but I watched it anyway – because the scenery!!! And you can understand the recipes, sort of. It’s worth it.
Besides that, Elenore wouldn’t be in the series of Inspirational Woman, if she wasn’t authentic and radiant through what she is doing – and she is. I am stoked she joined and my praising could go on, but let her words show you more of her. Read all about her musings, what sparks a flame in her life and how she serves nature. Thank you dear Elenore.

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MEET ELENORE

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LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE + Love Links

A warm hello,
first of all I want to thank you for being here and follow my journey even though there hasn’t been a lot going on here lately. Second, I want to share my current Warm-Tonic-Addiction with you. Another reason to be grateful: Being able to make myself such a beverage with such amazing benefits and TASTE! Matcha + a good source of fat gives me sustainable energy, optimal brain function and focus. I don’t even miss coffee (I am not totally avoiding it, but don’t feel the urge these days).

It is so perfect before or with a breakfast. My life has become full and busy, yet another manifestation to be thankful, as the fullness is actually a state of richness. My days are filled with things and people I love, but it also often means late work hours and rare moments of being at home long enough to ground and enjoy my space. So I am making the effort to get up earlier (the Spring weather helps a lot!) to really enjoy myself, my surrounding and use the extra time to just sit, breathe and be. And it is so rewarding and powerful! I had my morning rituals before, but to be honest it was a lot of the “go” and “do”-mode. My new practice is more a gateway between dreamland and life & this is when the frothy and sexy Matcha Latte recipe was created.

What I also noticed: total clarity alongside my morning meditation. I love to make myself a frothy, luxurious tonic like this Matcha Latte and drink it during Meditation. Mornings are sacred and really special to me, I like the magical quiet and alone time. Having rituals in the morning you look forward to, make it easy to stay up a little earlier to gain some important time and set the tone for the rest of the day. A delicious Matcha Drink may become one of your Morning rituals? A sweet drink for long-lasting energy without making you jittery + perfect for Meditation. Taste the sweetness of life! I hope you find some special time just for yourself today!

LOVE LINKS for Spring:

  • THIS Podcast is everything. Listened to it twice already. Recommending it to everyone, single or in a relationship.
  • I am very much into beets lately, so I am planning to make this pasta, Smoothie inspiration from Sophie and Sarah’s Beet Bowl!!
  • Enjoyed yet another wisdom-filled video of the wonderful Guru Jagat.
  • Back at producing sprouts and micro greens every week and am loving it. Must be the spring vibe and the desire for alive + green food. Earthsprout’s Elenore has a Guide if you want to try it out. So easy and good (and sometimes a jar of ready Mung Sprouts is all it takes to make me happy)
  • For my German readers: Das nächste GLORY – Yoga & Frühstück Event findet im Mai statt, mit dem Thema “Pre Summer”. Kennst du schon unsere Website? Bald geht unser erster Newsletter raus mit einem Glory-E-book for free, trag dich gerne in die-Subscribe Liste ein!
  • Der “Instagram-Vergleichs-Wahnsinn” wurde beim DailyBreadMag schön auf den Punkt gebracht. Die Perfektion des eigenen Alltags.

LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE
makes 1 Tonic
Feel free to add Honey or Stevia if you want more sweetness. 

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
1 tsp Cashew Butter
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1/2 cup warm Oat Milk
1 cup hot Water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp each Vanilla, Reishi and Ashwagandha (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the Matcha Powder and hot water to your blender. Secure the top of your blender well and blend for 30 sec.
  2. Then add the Lucuma, Cashew Butter, Coconut Oil and vanilla + adaptogens if using. Blend again.
  3. In a small pot warm up the oat milk and then add it to the blender as well. Blend once again. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

 

INTERVIEW TONYA PAPANIKOLOV

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success. Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.

Get empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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Wow, I remember starting the Interview-Series and knew intuitively that it would bring me towards “meeting” / connecting with stunning women from all over the world. And the following lady is no exception. Meet Tonya, an artist in the kitchen and beyond. Her Business TheWellWoman is a beautiful place for modern holistic wellness. Her visionary, creations, style and words touch and amaze me. Inspiration galore, from just scrolling through her Insta-feed. But what pulled me to interview her, was her authentic way of living out her passions and soul work.

Harness self-trust and develop your capacity to feel, listen and follow your intuition. You will not be lead astray.

She works as a nutritionist with clients, as a plant-based chef, teaches workshops, you can find her on innovative pop-up dinners and events. I am happy to have her here, joining the other talented ladies in this Series. Empowerment! Thank you dear Tonya, you are special.
To my readers, enjoy this intimate conversation with Tonya Papanikolov, get to know her passions, how to connect a holistic lifestyle in the modern world and quite good advices.

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YOU ARE…

Tonya Papanikolov

PATH OF SERVICE…

Woman. Cook. Teacher. Lover.

YOUR MISSION…

Food as an art form to nourish and inspire connection to the sustenance, healing and greater power of nature.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

Curiosity, yoga, intuition, leaning into discomfort, an openness to change my lifestyle when it was making me unwell, key friendships

A TYPICAL DAY…

Water. Morning meditation. Smoothie/breakfast/elixir. Matcha or sometimes coffee with coconut milk. Evaluating my to-do list and prioritizing. Emails. Work [which ranges day to day since I’m freelance: Sometimes I’m working in kitchens, creating menus, recipe development, prepping for a dinner I’m hosting, private chef work, seeing a client, creative work…]. Yoga at some point in the day. Tea. Making a delicious dinner with music on. Talking to someone I love. Finishing up work/plans for next day. Reading. Relaxing. Bath. Back rubs.

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?

It is the greatest honor and privilege.

At the best times, it means being wild, free, powerful.

At the worst times, it is a crusade against inequality.

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?

Meditation. Living and teaching holistic wellness. Eating plants. Choosing local, organic food.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

My family. Being born in Canada. My parents and grandparents who immigrated to Canada from Macedonia. My friends, loved ones, community. Doing heart-centered work I’m deeply passionate about. I could go on and on.

IDEA OF HAPPINESS?

Being able to share happiness, laughter, life with my partner and loved ones.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

Eat plants and whole foods, organic and local if possible. Look at your body and spirit as a whole. We are not compartmentalized. Everything is connected. Learn to listen to your body, tune into your energy and intuition and trust it.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?

I aim to do this through the food I create and the experiences and rituals around them. I’m preparing a spring equinox dinner in a couple days. The season is inspiring the menu and equinox traditions are inspiring the installations, sound and ritual that we’ll guide the guests through.
I also find this connection by leaving the modern world (the city) and going into nature!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Freedom, creativity, art, love, nature, plants, women, travel

MOST IMPORTANT…

Personal growth?

Staying open and aware to the growth happening each day

Lesson learned?

To trust. Myself and others.

Advice given?

Stay woke. Advice given before I knew what the phrase meant.

Advice for women?

Harness self-trust and develop your capacity to feel, listen and follow your intuition. You will not be lead astray.

Advice for success?

Take time alone, away from what everyone else is doing and saying. Sit, be meditative and listen to what you are called to do without outside influence. Don’t try and do it the way anyone else is doing it. Find authenticity in your creative expression and connect to something greater than yourself.

Advice for your younger self?

Same as above.

Quality in a woman?

Vison. Clarity. Directness.

Relationship Advice?

An honest, open, compassionate heart

Thing you always carry in your bag?

Dehydrated snacks. My day planner. A good pen. My recipe book.

RITUALS…

Daytime?

Yoga. Meditation. Cooking. Warm elixirs. Dry Brushing.

Nighttime?

Cooking. Meditation. Reading. Baths. Love.

Beauty?

Washing my face twice a day. Hydrating creams. Gau Sha massages. Facials. Saunas. Everything Living Libations.

Medicinal?

Food. Herbs. Probiotics. Supplements (when necessary). Vitamin D. Coffee enemas. Essential oils. Acupuncture. Laughter.

NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul?

Meditation.

…for your heart?

Love. Blinding, nonsensical love.

…for the mind?

Meditation. Herbs. Yoga. Art.

…for your body?

High quality food. Breath. Movement. Touch.

…for your spirit?

Laughter.

FAVOURITES…

Breakfast?

Smoothie with supportive nourishing ingredients

Lunch?

Bowl of kitchari

Dinner?

Some beautiful and big creation of delicious plant food

Snack?

Seed granolas, coconut yogurt – both homemade

Recipe?

How to choose?!

Treat?

Cacao, always!!

Drink?

A warm elixir

Restaurant?

Elf in LA

Skills?

Communication

Kitchen appliance?

Japanese knife

Book?

Currently: The Course of Love
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

Music?

I listen to everything.
Currently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL998ajnjN4

Movie?

‘Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants’, 1979

Quote?

Rainer Maria Rilke — ‘The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.’

Artist?

Yoko Ono, Georgia O’Keefe, Yrsa Daley-Ward

Place?

Big Sur

Element?

Earth

Country?

Mexico

Way to move?

Slowly. Intentionally

Herb?

Shilajit

Plant?

All of them, the one’s I have yet to meet

Beauty Product?

Everything Living Libations for skin. RMS Beauty products.

Clothing?

Vintage mostly. My Levis jeans. My Kamm pants. Lots of hats.

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MEET TONYA

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First picture via Sofia Banzhaf, Rest by Kelly Brown and @thewellwoman_

tasting / testing with beet pigments

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BEET HUMMUS / ROTE BETE HUMMUS

Plants are beautiful, some might say sexy. Just look at that stunning pinkish hummus.
Hummus and spreads of any kind are a great and easy way to sneak in some veggies, get a good dose of healthy fats and protein – plus they lead me to create healthy bowls. Ever since my workload started to grow I noticed a slight change in my diet. It became more and more the scenario of quick and filling (sugar, caffeine, late night snacks, pasta…) All delicious and not bad per se, but consumed regularly and in big amounts they cause havoc. At least for me. Colourful and fun ways like preparing a vibrant/sexy hummus for the week and setting a healthy intention each day, gets me back on track. So the goodness of the plant world becomes the focus and main part of my diet whereas the sugar cravings and quick fixes out of laziness or tiredness take a back seat. That said, let me share with you my favourite beetroot hummus. Great in falafel bowls, on wraps, on bread, as a dip for carrots etc.
Simple, creamy, hot pink, lemony + full of vitamins and minerals! 

Much love,
Gina

 

BEETROT HUMMUS

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cooked or roasted beetroot
5 tbsp native olive oil
2 tsp tahin
1 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 or 1 lemon + a little water
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
fresh parsley

Crush the garlic and roast it for 1-2 minutes with some olive oil and cumin in a pan. Place chickpeas, beetroot and garlic in your food processor. Blend until only small bits remain. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust salt and pepper or olive oil if needed. Maybe even water to thin it out. Serve with fresh parsley. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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ROTE BETE HUMMUS

1 Glas Kichererbsen
1 gekochte Rote Bete
5 EL natives Olivenöl
2 TL Tahini
1 TL Honig
Saft einer Zitrone + etwas Wasser
1 Knoblauchzehe
1/4 TL Kreuzkümmel
Salz & Pfeffer
Frische Petersilie

Ggf. Kichererbsen und Rote Bete kochen (oder vorgekocht benutzen). Die Knoblauchzehe schälen und mit etwas Öl und Kreuzkümmel in einer Pfanne leicht anrösten. Rote Bete, Kichererbsen und Knoblauch zuerst in eine Küchenmaschine geben und mixen. Danach alle restlichen Zutaten hinzugeben und zu Hummus pürieren. Mit Salz und Pfeffer oder mehr Olivenöl abschmecken, eventuell mit etwas Wasser verdünnen. Im Kühlschrank aufbewahren.


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