so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
These are the yummiest! Crunchy, but not too sweet, with a rich carob flavor—a real treat that is good for us! We made these macaroons after snow had dusted the ground, and Rex dubbed them "snow cookies", partly because of the snowlike resemblance from the coconut sprinkled on top.
(makes 14-18 macaroons)
1+ cup shredded raw coconut
1/2 cup raw carob powder
1/4 cup pure water
3 Medjool dates
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, or chopped almonds
2 tablespoons Thompson seedless raisins
1 tablespoon Spectrum walnut oil (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Real Salt (or Himalayan, Celtic)
Additional coconut for topping
Directions:Mix carob in food processor with dates, salt, and oil.
Add water and puree.
Add sunflower seeds (or almonds) and raisins.
Add 2/3 of the coconut, running machine until well mixed.
Remove from food processor and put dough into bowl.
Add remaining coconut, mixing by hand.
(If the cookies are too moist, add a little more coconut until they hold together nicely.)
Take about 1 tablespoon at a time and roll into balls between palms.
Place each cookie ball onto a plate.
Sprinkle with coconut.
A Little Story: Embracing Essence
In the beloved book, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the fox is waiting for the little prince to come. After several days of these visits, the fox realizes that he has been "tamed" by the prince. It is then that they both come to a deeper understanding of the nature of love. When the time comes for the little prince to leave forever, the fox bestows him with this secret: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
When we were working with various layouts for the photo shoot of our power smoothie recipe (several weeks ago), this image of an empty glass reflecting the light, surrounded by colors and stars, captivated me.
My first impression of the hidden language that was embedded in the picture was about the quality of being a clear vessel, and of emptiness. Yet over the weeks, more understanding came: I began to see that the empty glass was also about essence—our essential beingness, the core of who we truly are, timeless and eternal.
Living food has assisted us in getting to levels of emptiness and essence. Although raw food is not the only way to open up to these soul qualities, eating this way has given us an edge. Cooked comfort foods that often mask emotions are just not there, so it's easier to see what's actually within, or what's driving us to do what we do.
As Rex and I let go of nonessentials, this in turn allows fresh states of consciousness and activities to come in. This week we celebrate the cultivation of inner emptiness with snow cookies, all the while moving closer to pure essence, discovering hidden and new treasures that will fill our being.