Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Edible Flowers & Fruit

I’m a big fan of raw desserts. They leave my sweet tooth feeling satisfied and my body feeling good post consumption. Here’s a recipe for a decadent raw dessert I made while cooking for a yoga retreat on the island of Kauai last year. I’m sure to make this regularly at home in smaller portions (you can too just 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe!) and it’s super simple and quick to whip up. Complete with fruit and edibles flowers it is sure to delight your pallet and your visual senses alike. I’m of a mind that food should taste good and be as visually appealing as it is nutritious. Packed with healthy fats and fiber, avocados make a wonderful base for this dessert. You can adjust the sweetness or chocolate richness to your taste and add fruits that are in season or to your preference. I encourage you to alter the recipe to your taste buds and be curious to experiment with different flavors and amounts. Some may prefer a rich super dark chocolate-y experience while others may want more coconut milk to have a lighter, creamier version. Have fun and enjoy!

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • flesh of 6 ripe avocados

  • 1 cup raw cocoa powder

  • 1 raw banana

  • 1/4 cup coconut or any nut milk (to help blend)

  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tbs freshly ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • sweetener of choice to taste (I like to start with 1/2 cup pure maple syrup)

  • fold in your fruit of choice to the filling before pouring it into the dish (for this one, I used strawberries, blueberries and blackberries) add a creative mandala of edible flowers

    Instructions:

    Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. I used 1/4 C coconut milk, but if you’re not using a liquid sweetener (say coconut sugar, for example) then you might want to add a little extra for a smoother consistency. Once blended, pour into a serving dish. Add fresh fruit and flowers to taste. Serve straightaway or feel free to put it in the fridge for an hour and serve chilled. Bon Appétit!

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This Being Human Thing: The Flu As A Spiritual Experience

Well friends, nothing is ordinary or it's all ordinary. Choose your Paradox :) Here's a little share on me having the flu as a spiritual experience...but then again, what's not a spiritual experience? This Being Human Thing.

I've spent the last 7 days down under (as in the underworld of influenza and diving deep with my inner child). I could barely get out of bed, achy, awful. More snot than I've ever seen in my life. A massive purgative clearing! It has been a true practice of surrender. It rained for nearly the whole week here in San Francisco. I cocooned up in my womb room, read, slept, rested, went inwards with the dark moon. After a few days (my Mars in Aries) was ready for some action. So, I tried to venture out for a matcha latte and came home feeling worse than before. Again, surrender, rest. I ordered Instacart a handful of times to deliver groceries and wellness goodies. Felt grateful in those moments to live in a tech savvy city where such things are possible.

This week I felt deeply into loneliness, the kind that comes when you are not partnered or living near family. Embraced the knowing that the absence is making space for beautiful things coming. And asking, how deeply can I show up for myself? Love myself. Nurture myself. Sweet friends, of course, came through. They brought their bright presence, acupuncture, medicinal mushrooms, hugs. I sat with my inner child and asked her gently how she would like to be cared for, and nourished during this time? What did she need? How were these needs met/unmet growing up? Where is the root of this loneliness that especially shows up when I'm under the weather? How could I love her most deeply, now?

This has been my continued journey of Self Love over the last year. Diving ever deeper. Learning to show up truly and fully, healing familial and relational wounds. I felt into longing for things let go...a heaviness in my chest/lungs (grief). Trusting that this massive purification was not just a purge on the physical realm but also the energetic and spiritual. Evolving, shedding, growing, healing as a unified and integrated being. The work continues.We are here doing so much more my friends than appears to eye. Lineages of our ancestry lines, collective healing... and of course, the seemingly personal, intimate and sometimes painful places within ourselves. The work continues and today I finally feel lighter. A lifting. Sunshine and blue skies after a week of rain. Life is like that, ebbing and flowing, rising and falling. I continue to learn the art of dancing between darkness and light. Within myself and all experiences. Attachment and aversion. Pain turned nectar. A teaching. A fruit. Wisdom reveals herself....<3

Feeling so incredibly grateful for my returning health today as my natural, vibrant energy returns slowly. Thanks for reading. It feels good to share more intimately and authentically on this platform which can so often lend itself to surface level mindless nonsense or a barrage of puppy videos. (guilty!)

Here's to remembering that no matter what we encounter in our human experience, we can choose the lens from which we view it. See: rose colored glasses or the eye of the pessimist. In my case, wisdom seeker bridging humanity with divinity for my fully embodied & integrated multidimensionality and ultimately, ascension ;)

Photo by:
Mariya Vancheva

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