happy belated valentines

ian gave me the sweetest star wars valentine

happy belated valentines! i had a really good time. there was yummy food, cute valentines day cards, mustaches and time spent with good company.

organic italian parsley

spicy red pepper pesto
(serves 2-4)

1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup roasted red peppers, drained
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup parsley
1-2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
several pinches of black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

start by processing the walnuts, red peppers, basil, garlic and parsley. Then add the spices and olive oil until well mixed. Good as a dip or over bite sized pasta. I used a gluten free rotini for last nights dinner. This recipe could totally be made raw, by using a whole fresh bell pepper.


i don't normally celebrate to many holidays, but last night was fun. it was great to both cook and to un-cook, especially in the next recipe's case...

raw banana cacao pie
(serves 2)

cacao/ banana filling:
2 bananas
1 avocado
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
1 heaping tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 banana, sliced thinly
shredded raw coconut to garnish

pecan crust:
1/4 cup pecans
1/2 cup deglet noor dates, pitted
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

this is quite a simple recipe to make. i used a regular old bowl for the mold of the pie. start by processing the 2 bananas, avocado, evco, and raw cacao powder until you have a thick and mousse like consistency. pour into a a bowl lined with parchment paper. along the top place the thinly slice bananas on top of the mixture. let this firm up in the freezer for about 1-2 hours. While the cacao banana filling is freezing, process the pecans, dates, evco and salt. It will be a crumble like texture. When the filling is firmed up place the crust on top of the bananas and firmly pack it in. Cover and freeze for another 2-3 hours. When ready to serve pull the parchment paper from the edges so the pie pops out, and place onto a plate. gently peel away the paper to reveal your delicious treat. I garnished the pie with raw shredded coconut.

sorry for all the iPhone pictures. I stepped on my digital camera and the screen is broken. I am going to replace it one of these days. anyways, off to yoga!


  1. what a fun Valentine's day!!! Love that banana cacao pie..yum!!!

  2. @ melissa, it was so fun. the pie was so delicious, i love when raw pies are all melty. =)

  3. @ kelli, the back of the card has han solo on it :) the food was quite delicious as well. i also made a big salad with pecans and basil!

  4. my partner loves banana and i love chocolate so this pie has got to be a winner - happy belated valentines to you griffen

  5. thank you for the kind comment, griffen. perhaps we should swap blog titles, since you're the vegan one?=)