Graduation and Yoga Treats

April 8, 2013

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A big, big congratulations to our Yoga Teacher Training Graduates! Our course started in October and it has been an intense, emotional, joyful and life-affirming journey for all of us. When we started the message Caroline and I gave to our students was ‘you are training not just to become a great yoga teacher, you are training to become a great yogi.’ These wise words were shared with us by our teachers, Yogi Vishvketu and Chetana Panwar, and they have fueled our path for these many years.

Our new graduates are indeed, great yogis, they teach and live with joy and enthusiasm and have a passion to nurture and educate their students and share their love for the many, many gifts of yoga.

Both Caroline and I are so blessed to be leading these trainings and we highly encourage you to contact us if you even have a faint idea that the Elation Yoga Teacher Training program may be right for you.

Each weekend of the training we enjoyed amazing food during our dinner break, and this past weekend the feast was outstanding, a beautiful pot luck and treats and tea with all our family and friends who came to the ceremony.

Here is a recipe shared by Andrea (I added the chocolate chips), these are treats worthy of our amazing new teachers. Namaste

Banana-Granola Yogi Bars

Makes 12 bars

  • 1/2 cup any seed/nut butter (sunflower, peanut, almond all work well)
  • 2 bananas, mashed (frozen works and mashes very easily too)
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds (for nut free, replace with any seed combo of same quantity)
  • 4 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries or dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (PC brand is vegan)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed or quinoa flakes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line wide loaf or square pan with parchment paper (or grease well with coconut oil).
  2. In a small pot gently heat nut/seed butter with mashed bananas. Stir until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Coarsely chop the almonds, dates, and cherries in a food processor (chopped by hand works fine too). Add in the coconut flakes and process another second or two. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats. Fold in the nut butter mixture.
  4. Press the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.
  5. Enjoy!




One Response to “Graduation and Yoga Treats”

  1. Jennifer Wrightsell-Hughes on April 10th, 2013 12:48 pm

    Hey Donna, this recipe sounds so yummy! I was wondering whether it would work with tahini instead of nut butters. I would like to make it for my kids’ lunches but they are not allowed to bring any nut products. What do you think?

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