This is a very special post. You are reading the very first words on The Green Life.
I’ve had this little dream of creating this space for quite some time now. I’ve thought about it for months, then I’ve worked on creating it for a few more…and now it’s finally here! I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome you into my little online space. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.
I’ll be sharing here healthy and delicious recipes that you can easily recreate at home, and will offer you some inspiration on how to make healthier choices and live a balanced life along the way. You can learn more about me and this blog here.
Now onto these beautiful green squares.
I came up with this recipe for a class, for which we had to do a food demo. I wanted to create something that could be prepared in 8 minutes or less, that would taste delicious, and that would look gorgeous.
Well, these beautiful little squares met all three criteria and I can tell you they were a success. I think I made myself some new friends that day.
The creamy middle layer of these beauties is made mainly of three high-fat ingredients: avocados, cashews and coconut butter. Yes, all high-fat foods. And foods that are insanely good for you.
But isn’t fat bad for us? Aren’t avocados and cashews going to make me fat?
No, fats are not going to make you fat.
There is a huge misconception about fats and unfortunately, they’ve been wrongly vilified for a very long time. All types of fat are seen as bad when in fact, the healthy kind is extremely beneficial to our health and could even promote weight loss. Fat is a macronutrient, along with protein and carbohydrates. This means that our body needs it in large amounts for growth, metabolism, and other body functions.
Fats are absolutely essential to our health and play many important roles in our bodies. They are a source of energy, they are crucial for our cell membranes, they help absorb nutrients, they support growth and development, they are essential to proper functioning of our hormones, and they promote a healthy brain and skin.
Being able to identify the “good fats” vs the “bad fats” is a key step towards a healthy diet.
Nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut, hemp, chia, flax, extra-virgin olive oil and ghee are among my favorite sources of health-promoting fats.
Make sure to avoid trans fats, canola oil, margarine, anything that is deep-fried or any oil that has been cooked at a high temperature. These are damaged fats that cannot be metabolized properly by the body and can cause damage to the arteries.
Notes: I included chlorella and spirulina powder to this recipe because I like adding in some superfoods to boost the nutrient profile of my meals whenever I can. They also enhance the green color I was looking for. Chlorella and spirulina are fresh water microalgae that are very high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are a nice little addition, but feel free to omit this step if you don’t have them on hand.
This recipe was made with homemade pistachio milk, but you could substitute with any other plant-based milk. Making your own nut milk is ridiculously easy. See for yourself here. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should definitely give it a go.
- 12 pitted Medjool dates
- ⅓ cup raw pistachios
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp spirulina powder (optional)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 1 cup coconut butter (coconut puree)
- ¼ cup pistachio milk (or other nut milk)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (or maple syrup)
- ½ tsp chlorella powder (optional)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Crushed raw pistachios
- Raw cacao nibs
- Place the pistachios in your food processor and pulse until they are crushed and start to form a flour. Add the other ingredients and blend until everything is combined. The texture should be smooth and sticky. If the paste is too dry, add a couple dates.
- Press into the bottom of a squared pan and set aside in the fridge while you are preparing the filling.
- Throw all of the fiiling ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the filling evenly onto your crust. Top with some crushed pistachios and cacao nibs.
- Put back in the fridge and let sit for 3-4 hours. Slice into squares and enjoy!
Prioritize your health. It’s the only thing that changes everything else.