Chilled Double Chocolate Torte (Oh She Glows)

Hello fellow yoginis! What better than enjoying a Saturday watching movies and eating chocolate desserts? Here’s the recipe for the chocolate tarte I am currently devouring, courtesy of my fave fave fave vegan food blogger, Angela Liddon @ Oh She Glows.

Crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 6 tbsp whole grain spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup white sugar OR 1/2 cup sugar + 1/3 cup Sucanat
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp + 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup

Filling:

  • 2 cups avocado flesh (approx 4 medium avocados), pitted and scooped out
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (revised amount)
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, sift together the dry crust ingredients (spelt, cocoa powder, baking powder, arrowroot powder, sugar and salt). In a medium bowl, whisk the wet crust ingredients (oil, maple syrup, milk). Add wet to dry and stir well.

In a 10 inch springform cake pan, scoop on the crust batter and spread out with a wet spoon or wet hands. The batter will be very sticky so you will have to keep wetting your spoon/hands. Spread out as evenly as possible and bake for 25 minutes at 375F.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling by placing all filling ingredients (except chocolate chips) into food processor. Process until smooth.

Once the crust is done baking, remove from oven to slightly cool off for about 5-10 mins. Now melt your chocolate chips in a small bowl and place melted chocolate into food processor mixture. Process until smooth. Scoop this filling into cake pan on top of crust. Smooth out as much as possible and then place in the freezer for 1.5-2 hours to firm up.

Remove from freezer and allow to sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes before serving chilled. Serves 10-12. Place leftover torte in the freezer wrapped and placed in a seal container.

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Genius Blondies: Yum Yum Yum

Just baked some vegan blondies courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie…

Who knew you could make such great desserts with a can of chickpeas? Stay tuned for a recipe posting in the coming hours - seriously, fellow yoginis, you must try them :)

I’m about to start one of the busiest weeks in life, basically - organizing Health Week, AGD Initiation, 2 full length scientific papers, working on a 12 page history paper due December 9, labs, physics, classes, working Fashion Night Out at The Core on Wednesday… If I survive this week, I think I deserve like an award or prize or something. Seriously.

But I’ll still be posting - stay tuned for recipes, photos, wise words and rants, yoginis!

Namaste :)

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Back to Tumbling

Did you all miss me?

I see that some of my photos have been reblogged a TON. Glad to see some movement despite my absence! I find that ever since I took my unintended (and long) hiatus, I’ve had the tendency to slack a bit on my healthy lifestyle.

Which is ironic, since I’m organizing Healthy Eating week at my university this week! I feel kind of like a hypocrite for giving workshops and handing out free fresh fruit and veg when all I’ve been eating for the past several weeks are bagels and coffee. The library cafe is not particularly the best source for healthy eating.

So here I am, as finals approach, to hold myself accountable to treating my body like a temple.

The Model Yogini became Little Miss Piggie these past few months and it’s time to feel good about myself and my health again!

Expect frequent posting, more pictures of my beautiful face (obviously), and tons more healthy recipes, yoga photos, and inspirational words! Let’s get the show on the road!

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photoshoot: midterm stylez
model: zahra c (aka the model yogini)

I thought I’d provide you all with a little snippet of my life right now - it’s dominated by books (all I see in my head are line angle drawings for Chemistry) and Ashtanga twice a week (my only remaining snippet of sanity) and sorority life and extracurriculars and boy troubles.

But photoshoots at home on Thursday nights while frantically finishing a History paper tend to brighten my mood.

Back to regular posting next week!

Where Art Thou, Model Yogini?

I turned 20 this week, wrote three midterms and a history paper, volunteered several hours and pledged Alpha Gamma Delta at my university (recruitment was hectic but SO worth it)! It has been a very busy past few weeks, and I apologize for leaving on an unintended hiatus. I promise I will be back in the coming weeks once midterm season is over (next week is going to be CRAZY). I promise to do lots of yoga and post more photos and answer any questions any of you might have.

Here’s to the rigours of life, the value of an education, the importance of friendship and sisterhood, and to peace of mind!

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the little things - september 17th

Excuse my absence. I was locked in a study cubicle in a basement at the University toiling away at Physics. I’ve learned my lesson - I should have done Physics in high school. Now I have screwed myself and have to self-learn Physics while balancing Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Psych and Magic (ok, The History of Magic, Science and Religion Before 1600 - I wish it was Potions or Care of Magical Creatues, I really do). I think I’m going to die.

That being said, I found a way to insert some yoga into my day by awakening and doing 10 Sun Salutation As and 10 Sun Salutation Bs. It aided in maintaining some sort of zen throughout my day. I then went to toil away in the depths of Retail Hell for several hours before returning home, catching up with The Devil (Shaun T, that sly bastard), and reading a chapter of Genetics and enjoying my nightly clay mask, green tea and 30 Rock re-runs and the latest episode of Project Runway (which made a whole week of surviving school worth it, by the way). Olivier, my little minimalist, Alexander Wang-inspired doll. You have finally, finally said something worth quoting this season.

“You know, I don’t like women having boobs. I just want them to be flat. I just think that distracts from the whole line.”

No, really, he’s like a doll, isn’t he?

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Insanity and Pandemonium

I guess you’re doing the Insanity workout properly when you start retching during the cool down… right?

Anyways, I have finished two weeks of Insanity and am seeing great results - I don’t know my weight since my scale is broken (and I’ve since stopped caring and have started going by how I feel/measurements). I have lost an inch off my waist and half an inch off my hips and thighs… and gained half an inch on my chest (which it so desperately needed… thanks, push-ups!). All of this despite enjoying far too many Baked Lays Ketchup chips and Maltesers. I really enjoy seeing muscle definition in my legs and abs without needing to flex. Miracles can happen, kids.

Here are my fit test results:

Switch kicks: 92 to 125 (I count each kick, and not both legs as a set)
Power jacks: 48 to 61
Power knees: 76 to 96 
Power jumps: 19 to 30
Globe jumps: 10 to 12
Suicide jumps: 15 to 20 (the bane of my existence)
Push-up jacks: 10 to 20
Low plank obliques: 32 to 52

I feel like a freakin’ superhero. I just want to run to the bad side of town and stop gang fights and muggings and deflect bullets with my biceps. And save puppies stuck inside couches (which was actually on the news the other day) and cats from trees and deer from oncoming traffic. I’m going to run a 5k around the ‘hood tomorrow timed before class and see if this has really improved my endurance like I hope it has!

In other Model Yogini news, school started today. Which meant that the university was extremely busy (as it always is in the first few weeks, when people actually go to class), the Starbucks and Bookstore lines were an hour long, and I basically spent five hours listening to various professors going on about course outlines and what their office hours were. I spent all my class breaks weaving my way through crowds of lost freshmen (my school is legitimately confusing and as a junior, I still don’t know my way around). I also, despite having the same type of lock/locker two years in a row, have no idea how to open a damn lock. Cue me asking for help from innocent passers-by (and cue half the school knowing my combination, basically). Cue more, ‘Is this your first year here?’ questions with my, ‘No, it’s my third year’ replies and their startled faces, thinking, ‘Oh poor thing, can’t even open her own locker.’ I’m not actually this dumb, I swear.

On the bright side, my elective - HIST 371 (aka The History of Magic, Science and Religion before 1600) for any University of Calgary folksies - is shaping up to be amazeballs. I found myself giggling at all of the prof’s remarks. You know you’re going to enjoy the class when you find yourself gushing with the bookstore cashier about your textbook aptly named ‘A History of Witchcraft’. Expect me in Gryffindor robes by Wednesday’s lecture. I think I found my own Cedric Diggory sitting at the front of the lecture hall. I know where I’m going to be for the rest of the semester!

Speaking of Witchcraft, it’s time to Accio my books to my desk and get all of this reading done before 30 Rock re-runs get the best of me! If any of you have gotten this far in reading my ramblings, you owe yourselves a very large pat on the back - and perhaps a snack. Does reading burn calories? I’m sure it does. It better damn well, anyways, since I’m one wordy bitch.

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80 plays

Ending the day Reading in Bed, with my girl, Emily Haines.

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the little (big) things - september 9th

So driving to the health food store today, I noticed something that wasn’t there before.

A new yoga studio down the street from my house. Say what?

I’m so used to driving half an hour to my studio that walking five minutes to one is unfathomable. That, and the fact that they’re offering half off memberships until October 15th (right in time for my birthday). It’s like they’re psychic and know that I’m a broke-ass student. I can’t wait for them to open… I’ll be the keener banging the doors down for the very first 6 a.m. Vinyasa class. I feel like I have to pinch myself to confirm this isn’t a dream.

No really…

Is this real life?

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Just finished Insanity Pure Cardio and running on a crazy (insane) endorphin high! Going to go fuel up with Ben & Jerry’s a super healthy meal.
Then I’m going grocery shopping for ingredients to make Veggie Burgers and will end the day focusing on the First (Root) Chakra with this class by Yoga Today.