I’m in Love… With Coconut!

coconut

Okay so it doesn’t have a heartbeat, but so what?  You can totally be in love with a drupe! (it’s actually not a nut)  Coconuts are a naturally deliciously sweet superfood with amazing medicinal health benefits.

Coconut oil has been the hot topic in the nutrition media the last couple of years and rightfully so.  Aside from its touted (and true!) ability to actually help you lose weight, coconut oil also has an incredibly powerful immune boosting effect.

Check out some other awesome health benefits of this gorgeous drupe:

  • Boost your thyroid
  • Improve heart health
  • Increase your metabolism
  • Fight viruses, fungi, yeast & candida
  • Improves cholesterol levels
  • Prevent fatigue

So don’t be afraid of this friendly fat- which will not make you fat if eaten in moderation.  Try adding it to your smoothies, shakes, baking recipes, cook with it or eat it raw by the spoonful!  If you’re a newbie to coconut oil, try this fun recipe to get you started.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Chip Cookies BY VEGA (*From Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Foods Book)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1⁄3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp  coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup Medjool dates, pits removed (about 6-7 large)
  • 1 ¾ ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • Pinch sea salt (Celtic or Himalayan)

Directions

1. Heat a small frying pan over low heat and add the coconut. Toast the coconut until it has turned an amber color (about 1 minute), stirring constantly as coconut will burn easily. Remove from heat.

2. Place the toasted coconut, coconut flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and sea salt into a food processor and start the machine. Add the almond butter and vanilla extract, then, one at a time, add the pitted dates and process until a crumbly dough has formed.

3. Stop the machine and check the consistency: the dough should stick together easily between two fingers when pinched. If too wet, add additional coconut flour. If too dry, add water about ¼ tsp at a time until correct consistency is reached.

4. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the dark chocolate chunks. Using clean hands, grab a small amount—about a tablespoon—and squeeze and roll to form a tight ball. Flatten the ball using your palm or the back of a glass to form a small cookie.

Time: 15 minutes • Makes about 1 ½ dozen

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