This week I revisited and revised a recipe I created a while back as a final project for a course I took in energy medicine. The course was based on the belief that achieving holistic health means addressing our energetic body, as well as our physical, psychological and spiritual selves.
According to Hinduism, chakras are energy centers in the subtle energy system of the body; human beings have 7 main ones. The word, “chakra” comes from Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk”. Each chakra is associated with particular organs of the body, emotional and inter-relational issues, and life lessons.
We had the creative freedom to do whatever we wanted for a final project, as long as it reflected what we had learned about the chakras. I, of course, jumped at the chance to create a recipe in which I could add ingredients addressing the different chakras. I imagined that if I made a recipe which included ingredients associated with each chakra, the result would be a balancing of the whole chakra system, and hence, a resulting feeling of bliss.
Just as certain crystals, colors, incense or yoga poses are associated with each chakra and can be used to work with the chakra to bring it into balance, so too can foods serve us in this way. If you feel that one of your chakras is out of balance, you can look at which foods you may be eating too much of or may be lacking in your diet. Here is a list of our chakras and the vegan foods that are typically associated with each one.
Root Chakra – Related foods:
-all root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes
-spices such as cayenne pepper, horseradish, chives, and paprika
Sacral Chakra – Related foods:
-all liquids, including soups
-sweet fruits such as watermelon, passion fruit, mangos
-spices such as vanilla and cinnamon
Solar Plexus Chakra- Related foods:
-all complex carbohydrates such as rice and pastas, including granola
-seeds, such as flax and sunflower seeds
-spices such as ginger, turmeric, fennel, mints, chamomile
Heart Chakra – Related foods:
-all green leafy vegetables
-sweeteners from green plants, such as stevia
-vegetables which grow above ground, such as cauliflower and broccoli
-spices such as basil, sage, cilantro and parsley
Throat Chakra – Related foods:
-tart fruits such as lemon, lime, grapefruit
-other semi-sweet fruits like apples, pears, coconuts
-fruit juices, water, herbal teas
-spices such as salt, lemongrass
Third-Eye Chakra – Related foods:
-dark bluish fruits like blueberries and blackberries
-grape juice and wine
-spices such as lavender, mugwort, nutmeg
Crown Chakra – Related foods:
None. Fasting. The absence of food is related to the Crown Chakra.
My original recipe was a very tasty and satisfying treat, but I wanted to add a little kick to the mix, so I experimented with adding more spices. I chose cayenne pepper, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom. The result was definitely a taste explosion, maybe even a bit too spicy for some! Cayenne pepper is very strong so some of you may want to leave it out or add less of it.
Try a bliss balance brownie ball and bliss out!
Enjoy, in joy and in health!
Bliss Balance Brownie Balls
½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
½ cup raw brazil nuts, chopped
¼ cup flax seeds
12 fresh dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup cacao powder
3 teaspoons cacao nibs
1 small carrot, shredded
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
3 teaspoons coconut oil
¼ cup purified water
½ cup almond flour
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
5-8 drops stevia
1. In a food processor, blend walnuts, brazil nuts and flax seeds until powdery texture is achieved.
2. Add carrot, ginger and water to the food processor and blend until mixture starts to look smooth and sticky.
3. Add dates, cacao powder and coconut oil and blend. If mixture is too hard, add a tiny amount of water.
4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add spices, cacao nibs, stevia and almond flour. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. Mixture will be very sticky.
5. Place mixture in the refrigerator for one hour to harden and make it more manageable.
6. Remove from fridge. Using the palm of your hand, form small round brownie balls.
7. Coat brownie balls with coconut flakes.
8. Refrigerate in glass container for 2-3 hours to harden. Serve and bliss out!
“The world, we are told, was made especially for man – a presumption not supported by all the facts. Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? “ ~John Muir