Ancient Grains Cookies (Biscoitos de Trigo Sarraceno e chocolate)


This Ancient Grains Cookies with chocolate are an amazing treat, and a perfect way to incorporate them into your diet, so you can benefit from the health benefits they have.

Ancient grains include the grains buckwheat, oats and chia.

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup softened coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 chia eggs 
  • ~3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
 Make the chia egg and let it rest.

Preheat oven – 200ºC, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set a rack to the oven’s middle setting.

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and then add the wet ones mixing it well until well combined.

Drop tablespoonfuls of cookie batter onto a lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool for about 10 minutes to allow cookies to firm up a bit.

  • 1 caneca de farinha trigo sarraceno
  • 2/3 caneca de aveia
  • 3/4 caneca de coco ralado
  • 1 colher de chá de fermento em pó
  • 1/2 caneca de óleo de côco 
  • 3/4 caneca de açúcar de coco (ou outro)
  • 1 colher de chá de extrato de baunilha
  • 2 colheres de sopa manteiga amendoim
  • 2 ovos de chia
  • ~3 colheres de sopa de água
  • 1 colher de sopa de canela
  • 2 colheres de sopa de cacau em pó
  • 1/2 xícara de nozes picadas

Fazer o ovo de chia e deixar a descansar.

Pré-aquecer o forno a 200°C.

Combinar todos os ingredientes secos primeiro numa taça grande e adicionar os húmidos depois misturando bem. 

Colocar colheradas de massa num tabuleiro com uma folha de silicone ou papel manteiga.

Levar ao forno por 10 a 12 minutos. Deixe arrefecer para que fiquem um pouco mais firmes.


Delicious Vegan Mango Gummy (gomas veganas de manga)


These homemade vegan mango gummy are a game changer, it’s such a perfect and delicious snack, the only secret is to use agar powder instead of gelatin and sweet mango juice. I bet you will love them.

These homemade vegan mango gummy are a game changer, it’s such a perfect and delicious snack, the only secret is to use agar powder instead of gelatin and sweet mango juice. I bet you will love them.

These homemade vegan mango gummy are a game changer, it’s such a perfect and delicious snack, the only secret is to use agar powder instead of gelatin and sweet mango juice. I bet you will love them.

  • 1 large ripe mango 
  • 2 tablespoons agar powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetener (to taste)

Chop the mango and add it to a blender.  Blend until smooth.

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan on low heat, whisking frequently. Let the mixture simmer until it thickens to the consistency syrup. This will take a couple of minutes.

Pour the hot liquid into the silicon molds. Let cool at room temperature for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for at least an hour. They are ready when firm to touch.

Remove from molds. Store in a container in the fridge if you don’t eat them all right away!

  • 1 manga grande e madura (descascada e sem caroço)
  • 2 colheres de agar agar em pó
  • 1-2 colheres de sopa de adoçante (a gosto)

Descascar a manga e liquidificar.

Colocar todos os ingredientes incluindo o sumo da manga, numa panela em lume brando, e ir mexendo. Deixar a mistura cozinhar por alguns minutos até ter uma consistência mais espessa.

Despejar o líquido quente nos moldes de silicone, e deixe arrefecer à temperatura ambiente por 5 minutos. Depois levar ao frigorifico por uma hora, ou até que estejam firmes.

Retirar as gomas dos moldes e armazenar num recipiente de vidro no frigorífico.






Brown Rice Flour Oatmeal Cookies with hazelnuts and chocolate (bolachas de farinha de arroz integral e aveia com avelãs e chocolate)


Vegan chewy homemade cookies made with brown rice flour, hazelnuts and soft dark chocolate are simply delicious. Looking for an easy and tasty recipe to bake today? you just found it 🙂

  • 1 and 1/4 cups Oats Flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (dark)
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 3 flax eggs 
  • ~10 tablespoons Warm Water

Make the flax egg and let it rest.Preheat oven at 200ºC, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well.

Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto the lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. Don’t let them over cook.Let cool for about 10 minutes to allow cookies to firm up a bit.


  • 1 caneca e 1/4  de farinha de aveia
  • 1 caneca e 1/4 xícaras de farinha de arroz integral
  • 1 C. de chá de fermento
  • 1 caneca de açúcar mascavado
  • 1 caneca de pepitas de chocolate
  • 1/2 caneca de avelãs (cortadas)
  • 1/2 caneca de azeite
  • 2 C. de sopa de manteiga de amendoim crocante
  • 1 C. de chá de extracto de baunilha
  • 1 C. de chá de canela
  • 3 ovos de linhaça 
  • ~ 10 C. de sopa de água quente

Preparar o ovo de linhaça e deixar a repousar.
Pré-aquecer o forno a 200ºC e forrar um tabuleiro com papel manteiga ou um tapete de silicone. 
Numa tigela grande, combinar todos os ingredientes e misturar bem.

Com a ajuda de uma colher de sopa colocar porções de massa no tabuleiro já preparado.
Leve a cozer durante cerca de 10 minutos. Ter atenção para não deixar tempo a mais no forno caso contrario ficarão duras. Para uma cozedura uniforme, colocar o tabuleiro na grelha do meio.
Deixar esfriar um pouco e transferir as bolachas para uma rede metálica; quando arrefecem ficam mais firmes.





Raw Moringa Bliss Balls (bolinhas de moringa)

When I bought moringa for the first time, the jar sat in my cupboard for a long long time, because I didn’t like the taste, and every time I added it to recipe, I felt that I was ruining the food 🙂 Moringa has an earthy taste, that can be quite strange at first. But what I found is that you’re probably using it in the wrong way.. like I was..

Recently I found an eco-friendly farm that produces organic moringa, and I said to myself that I would give it another chance, and I’m glad I did. Moringa has been used for centuries for its wonderful health benefits and is one of the most concentrated superfoods on the planet, it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein.

This recipe is one my favourites, and with time I will share other great recipes where you can use moringa powder. This one is raw to keep all its nutrients intact.



  • 2tsp Moringa Powder
  • 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight )
  • 1/3 cup almonds (soaked overnight )
  • 1 + 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Soak the nuts overnight.

Drain the nuts and rinse.

Add all the ingredients to the food processor and process on high until creamy.

Roll the mixture into evenly shaped balls. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes or until firm.

Gently melt coconut oil and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat or microwave, then add the maple syrup and stir. Using either a spoon or a piping bag drizzle the balls with the melted chocolate, then return to the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set.

Store in the fridge or freezer in a glass container and enjoy


* It is advised to add 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of moringa to your daily diet.

* You can get dry moringa powder at health stores, speciality stores, and online.

I recommend the moringa powder from the Eco-Arava farm because is organic and the quality is great. If you want to know more about this nutritious plant, please visit the Eco Arava website.

Eco Arava is an eco-friendly, sustainable, and organic company run by a family of farmers, at the Arava desert. They have a plantation of moringa oleifera trees.  A tree that grows ideally in sandy soil, with a lot of sunlight and not much water.

I hope you like these bliss balls as much as I do! If you make them let me know!




Quando comprei moringa pela primeira vez, o frasco ficou esquecido no meu armário durante muito muito tempo, porque não gostei muito do sabor e, cada vez que tentava adicionar a alguma coisa acabava por estragar a comida 🙂 A moringa tem um gosto a terra, que pode ser bastante estranho no inicio. Mas o que eu descobri é que a estava a usar de forma errada 

Recentemente eu encontrei uma quinta ecológica que produz moringa orgânica, e eu disse a mim mesma que  daria outra oportunidade à moringa, e fico feliz por ter feito isso. A moringa é usada há séculos pelos seus benefícios para a saúde e é um dos superalimentos mais concentrados do planeta, é rico em vitaminas, minerais, antioxidantes e proteínas.

Esta receita é uma das minhas favoritas, e com o tempo irei partilhando outras ótimas receitas com pó de moringa.

Nenhum ingrediente nesta receita é cozinhado para manter todos os nutrientes da moringa intactos.

  • 2 colheres de chá Pó de Moringa
  • 1/2 caneca de cajus (demolhados durante a noite)
  • 1/3 caneca de amêndoas (demolhadas durante a noite)
  • 1 e 1/2 caneca de côco ralado
  • 5 colheres de sopa de xarope de acer
  • 4 colheres de sopa de óleo de coco
  • uma pitada de canela
  • 1/2 colher de chá de extrato de amêndoa

Cobertura de chocolate:

  • 50g de chocolate preto
  • 1 colher de sopa de óleo de coco
  • 2 colheres de sopa de xarope de acer

Demolhar os cajus e amêndoas durante a noite.

No dia seguinte escorrer e passar os cajus e amêndoas por água. 

Adicionar todos os ingredientes no processador de alimentos e processar em alta velocidade até ficar cremoso.

Humedecer as mão com água e moldar pequenas bolas com a massa. Colocar no frigorifico por 30 minutos ou até ficarem firmes.

Derreter o óleo de coco e o chocolate numa panela em lume brando ou no microondas, depois adicione o xarope de acer e mexer. Com uma colher ou saco de confeitar decorar as bolinhas com o chocolate derretido. Voltar a colocar as bolinhas no frigorifico até que o chocolate esteja duro.

Armazenar as bolinhas num recipiente de vidro no frigorifico por uma semana ou congelar por alguns meses.


* É aconselhável adicionar de 1/2 a 1 e 1/2 colher de chá de moringa na nossa dieta diária. 

* Pode-se comprar moringa seca em pó em lojas especializadas e on-line.
Eu recomendo o pó de moringa da quinta Eco-Arava porque é orgânico e a qualidade é excelente.

Se quiseres saber mais sobre esta nutritiva planta, visite o site Eco Arava.
A Eco Arava é uma empresa ecológica, sustentável e orgânica dirigida por uma família de agricultores, no deserto de Arava. Esta árvore cresce idealmente em solo arenoso, com muita luz solar e pouca água.

Espero que gostem dessas bolinhas energéticas tanto quanto eu! Se experimentares deixa o teu feedback nos comentários. 







Cashew & seeds Tempeh Stir-Fry (Tempeh salteado com cajus e sementes)


  • package of tempeh (~480g) sliced finely + marinade* 
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ~1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • ~300g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • olive oil
  • dates to taste

* Make a tasty marinade by combining your favourite ingredients such as tamari, soy sauce or teriyaki, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, thyme, spices, etc. (seasoning is very importante because tempeh has a mild flavour. So marinate is a great way to give it an amazing flavour)

Start by removing the tempeh from its package, and slice it finely, Then place the tempeh into the marinade for at least half an hour and up to overnight.

Put all the ingredients at once in large frying pan, and let it cook for 7-10 minutes adding small amount of the marinade, stirring and flipping the tempeh.

Adjust seasoning, and serve.


  • Tempeh (~ 480g) cortado em tiras finas + marinada*
  • 1 colher de chá de gengibre ralado
  • ~ 300g cogumelos frescos, fatiados
  • 1 cebola picada
  • 1/3 caneca de sementes de girassol e abóbora
  • 3/4 caneca de cajus cru
  • azeite
  • Tâmaras em pedaços, a gosto 

* Fazer uma marinada saborosa que combine os teus ingredientes favoritos, como tamari, molho de soja ou teriyaki, alho, azeite, sumo de limão, gengibre, tomilho, louro, especiarias, etc. (o tempero é muito importante porque o tempeh tem um sabor suave e uma forma fácil e eficaz de lhe dar um sabor delicioso)

Remover o tempeh da embalagem, corta-lo finamente, e coloca-lo na marinada pelo menos por meia hora ou durante a noite.

Colocar todos os ingredientes num wok/frigideira grande e deixar cozinhar por 7-10 minutos, adicionando pequenas quantidade da marinada sempre que necessário, mexendo e virando o tempeh.

Ajustar o tempero, e servir!


What to do with a Whole Coconut? bliss balls (o que fazer com um côco inteiro? bolinhas energéticas)


  • 1 whole coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup granola (with fruits and nuts)
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp cashews butter (or other nut butter)

Preparing the coconut:

Well to start, locate the 3 ‘eyes’ on the coconut.  They are easy to pierce with a screwdriver.  Tap carefully 2 of the holes, and  drain the coconut water directly over a glass. Then drink it, you deserve it 🙂

Now that you have an emptied coconut, you need to crack it. you can use a hammer or a metal mallet.

Then get coconut ‘meat’ out of the shell with a blunt knife. Then use a vegetable peeler or a knife to remove the brown skin and voilà.

Preparing the bliss balls:

Put the coconut pieces in a powerful food processor and process for a minute at full speed. Add all the other ingredients and blend together for another minute or so until creamy

Wet your hand lightly and form small balls with the dough.  Leave it as it is or roll them in coconut flakes.

Store the bliss balls in a glass container  in fridge for a week or freezer for a couple months.


  • 1 côco inteiro
  • 1 caneca de tâmaras 
  • 1 caneca de granola (com frutas e nozes)
  • ½ caneca de cajus
  • 1 colher de sopa de manteiga de caju (ou outra)

Preparar o côco:

Ora bem, para começar é necessário localizar os 3 ‘olhos’ do côco. Eles são fáceis de perfurar com uma chave de fenda, ou outra ferramenta pontiaguda.

Furar dois dos 3 olhos; despejar a água num copo e beber  🙂

Com um martelo ou contra uma pedra no jardim partir o côco. Com uma faca de barrar manteiga, inserir a lâmina entre a parte branca e a casca.

Com um descascador ou faca afiada descascar o côco.

Preparar as bolinhas:

Colocar os pedaços de côco num processador de alimentos por um minuto a toda velocidade. Adicione todos os outros ingredientes e misture por mais um minuto ou até ficar cremoso.

Humedecer as mão com água e moldar pequenas bolas com a massa.

Deixar as bolinhas assim ou rolá-las em flocos de côco.

Armazenar as bolinhas num recipiente de vidro no frigorifico por uma semana ou congelar por alguns meses.











Chocolate, Tahini & Almond Cookies (biscoitos de chocolate, tahini e amêndoas)


  • 100g tahini (sesame butter)
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 100g flour (can be wholemeal)
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • flax eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 100g dark sugar
  • water
  • 30g dark chocolate chunks
  • sesame seeds to decorate

Preheat the oven at 180ºC.

Start grounding the almonds in a food processor, then add all the other ingredients less the chocolate chunks and combine well. Add some drops of water until it reaches a cookie dough consistency. Add now the chocolate chunks and involve in the dough.

Take a small amount of dough, roll into a small ball,  flattening the tops slightly and sprinkle some sesame seeds over each ball.

Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.


  • 100 g de tahini (manteiga de sementes de sésamo)
  • 150g de amêndoas trituradas 
  • 100g de farinha (pode ser integral)
  • 30g cacau em pó
  • 2 c. sopa azeite 
  • ovos de linhaça
  • 1 colher de sopa de fermento em pó
  • 100g de açúcar mascavado
  • água
  • 30g pedaços de chocolate 
  • sementes de sésamo para decorar

Pré-aquecer o forno a 180ºC.

Num processador de alimentos triturar completamente as amêndoas até que fiquem em farinha. Adicionar todos os outros ingredientes com excepção dos pedaços de chocolate,  à farinha de amêndoa e combinar bem. Adicionar algumas gotas de água até atingir uma consistência de massa de biscoito. Adicionar os pedaços de chocolate à massa e envolver.

Com as mãos moldar  pequenas bolas e colocar num tabuleiro de ir ao forno com um tapete de silicone (tipo Silpats) ou com papel manteiga. Achatar até que tenham o formato desejado e polvilhar com sementes de sésamo.

Levar ao forno por 10 a 12 minutos.



Watercress Scones (Scones de Agrião)



This vegan recipe of watercress scones is surprisingly delicious, healthy and easy to make. A great way to introduce some more greens into your diet.

  • 150 g wholemeal flour
  • 50 g white flour
  • 30 g coconut oil
  • 40 g unrefined dark sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 flax egg
  • 100 ml any non-dairy milk  (oats/almond/coconut/rice/…)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g raisins, dates or mixed dried fruit (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C, place flour into a large baking tray. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.

Place them in the tray and wait until when they begin to turn golden  ~15 minutes. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

TIPS: Eat plain or serve with your favorite jam, vegan butter and fresh fruit.

PT-  Scones de agrião

  • 150g farinha integral
  • 50g farinha branca
  • 30 g óleo de coco
  • 40 g açúcar mascavado
  • 100 g leite vegetal (aveia, coco, amêndoa, arroz, etc)
  • 1 ovo de linhaça
  • 2 c. chá de fermento p/ bolos
  • 1 pitada de sal
  • 50g de passas, tâmaras ou mistura de frutos secos (opcional)

Pré-aquecer o forno a 200°C, colocar todos os ingredientes numa taça e mexer até que a massa esteja consistente.

Num tabuleiro de ir ao forno, polvilhado de farinha, deitar colheradas de massa. Levar ao forno até estarem dourados, cerca de 15 minutos.

DICAS: servir com compota, manteiga de frutos secos e fruta fresca.






Playa Del Carmen, México

Playa del Carmen is located in the Riviera Maya area on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, and is around 60 km away from Cancun and Tulum.

We read that Playa, (as locals call it), it’s the fastest growing city in Latin America, what is by itself a big no no. As you already know, I don’t do package holidays, and don’t normally choose places that don’t have anything to offer rather than tourist traps around every other corner. Plus I’m not into shopping or night clubs at all. So you are probably asking ‘why on earth have you decided to go there?’

Well that’s a good question, with a pretty easy answer, we just decided to pop in for a day because we had time in hands and had visit all the places we wanted, so we thought, well we are going to see what is all the fuss about…

As you can conclude for everything I just said my expectations were very very low, so the good point was I couldn’t really get despoiled.. and I didn’t, not even surprised 🙂 unfortunately..

To reach playa, we took a colectivo (45pesos) from Tulum, which is very frequent route. Collectivos can get a bit cramped sometimes but are a great way to move around.

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During the day we walked around, went to some art galleries, found some murals, street sculptures and luckily stumble into a wonderful Mexican performance ‘Los voladores de Papantla’.

The 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) is apparently the place to see and be seen. It is a very touristic place, packed with trinket shops and overpriced fancy restaurants… but who needs fancy? Leaving behind Playa’s tourist trail, is the only way to go off the beaten path and find the real Mexican flavors, and avoid paying inflated tourist prices. Ask for local restaurants and you won’t regret it.

We also explored the beaches that are easily accessible by foot.

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I can’t say that we add a bad day, far from that,  was an enjoyable day out, but not more than that.

There is a big difference between travelers and tourists. Playa is undoubtedly a top tourist destination with big resorts, fancy restaurants and a busy nightlife. But the question is just one … can Playa offer want you are looking for? if yes go for it, if not choose a different place.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha










The Entertainer Blogger Award


Thanks so much to Chrissy from Simply Chrissy for nominating me for this award, that’s so sweet. Please visit her blog, If you want to know more about natural health, wellness, recipes (vegan + vegetarian), eczema, care tips, fitness, life & good vibes 😍

Why did you start blogging in the first place? 

When I’m travelling, one of my top 3 things to have in my small bag is a notebook and a pen, where I write literally everything. I also have several books and loose papers where I write my ‘winning’ recipes.

For one or the other, people were always asking me for those, and for a long time in the back of my head I had the idea of having all my vegan travel adventures and recipes organised in just one place where everyone could access ❤  so it made sense to start a blog, and I’m loving it.

What is your favourite book?

This is a tough one because I love to read. So I will say a few …

  • Essay on Blindness by José Saramago
  • Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The War of the End of the World  by Mario Vargas Llosa 
  • Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit by Tim Butcher

What do you dislike the most?

I dislike negative, nosy, impolite and prejudiced people.

I hate to see food and resources going to waste.

What is your favourite food at the mall?

I don’t eat at the mall.. There aren’t many, if any good vegan option.

What is your favourite pastime?

I have so many..  blogging (the obvious one), reading, drawing, painting, cooking, snorkelling, trekking, yoga, watch films and series, sunsets at the beach… oh wait, I was supposed to choose only one pastime…. well … travel is what I like to do the most 🙂

My Nominees 🌿

🌿Pequena Vegetariana 

🌿healthy food and me

🌿Vegan on a desert island

🌿the portia post

🌿busy bee 

🌿a mindful traveller 


🌿 Pure imagination 

🌿 traveling matters

🌿yes all roads lead to food


🌿The vegan side of the moon

And YOU!  yes, you, reading this post 🙂 If you want to participate, let me know in the comments or send me a message and I’ll add your blog link, above 🙂

Congrats to all nominees 💚 Can’t wait to read your replies.


  • Thank the person who nominated you add link to their blog
  • Add the rules, so others can follow
  • Nominate people who you find fun, inspiring and entertaining!
  •  Answer the same questions
  • Include the graphic in your post


It is optional to participate in this, so please do not feel obligated to accept the award 🌱Thanks again! Wishing you all the best!🌱:)

Chrissy, thanks to you once again for nominating me 💚

Lots of Love, Ana xx