So you think you can bake?
How about baking with coconut flour? It’s great if you’re looking for a low-carb, gluten free or paleo alternative but it’s pretty challenging to get it right.
Take the coconut challenge
Using coconut flour is beneficial because it is rich in fibre, offers healthier fats and is an exceptional source of lauric acid – which strengthens your immune system.
The problem is that in baking coconut flour soaks up a lot of liquid which means that your cake can end up denser and drier than you’d like. But, if you get it right you’ll create a light, soft bake with a richer, sweeter texture than normal flour.
A few intrepid bakers have managed to master coconut flour and offer recipes you can try. Get hold of Biona Organic’s Coconut Flour and see if you can recreate their Nic’s Fairy Cakes, Laura’s Traybakes or Ceri’s Pancakes.
The best tip I’ve come across is to pre-mix the coconut flour with the liquid ingredients in your recipe, beat it well to remove the clumps and then leave it to soak for 15 minutes. It helps sort out any ‘graininess’ in the texture and helps your mixture find the right saturation point. You can also separate the egg whites and beat these separately beforehand to achieve a lighter batter.
For more coconut products visit GoodnessDirect’s coconut shelf.
Paradise on a stick
There’s a mass of coconut based foods out there for the vegan and dairy free.
So it was only a matter of time before someone successfully developed some coconut water based ice lollies.
Just in time too considering summer is around the corner.
OkoBay ice pops are made with real coconut water and pineapple juice. They taste a lot like a sorbet on a stick but have no artificial ingredients to sour the experience. They’re even free from soya and have no added sugar.
Kind of healthy all round – a delicious taste of the exotic – on a stick.
Vegan milkshake that demands you try it
If I introduced these milkshakes as just another flavoured coconut milk, I wouldn’t be doing them justice.
The vegan ‘mylk’ drinks from Rebel Kitchen have flavour that fights back!
As reviewer Shari writes, “they are very rich in texture. The chocolate flavour tastes great, while we love that they have an orange flavour – something a bit different that we haven’t tried before. It reminds us of drinking a dark chocolate orange – or something like that! There’s also a banana flavoured milkshake although it doesn’t taste that banana-y to us. It includes cacao and looks brown – more like banana chocolate with more emphasis on the chocolate! Still nice though!”
When you drink a Rebel Milkshake you’re in for a real taste treat. There’s a lot of depth of flavour and no refined sugars, just a few simple natural ingredients.
As Shari says, there’s a chocolatey Cacao Coconut flavour, the Crushed Banana and a Chocolate Orange, though there’s also plans to bring out Chai and Matcha Green Tea versions.
But the final statement should come from the character on the back of the Chocolate Orange Mylk carton:
“You look good riding my bike, punk!”
(With all that flavour, I think I know what he means.)
If you think that biscuits can’t be healthy, think again…
Here’s a biscuit made without sugar or sweetener, with no butter or margarine, that you won’t be able to stop eating.
And to all those ‘raw foodies’ who thought they’d have to give up that perfect biscuit crunch… heaven has come early.
Crunchy, sweet, nutritious biscuits
rawLicious have created ‘Snackaroons‘ made from cashew nuts and coconut with dates, raisins, ginger and vanilla for sweetness. Add a little sea salt and that’s it! Biscuit heaven from seven natural ingredients, no nasties, nothing artificial, nutritious, naughty… another biscuit please…
(Not to mention they’re organic, gluten free, wheat free and vegan.)
As the name suggests, rawLicious love making raw food, specialising in snacks that are never heated above 40°C to keep all the nutrition and flavour locked in.
They also make a wholegrain brown rice protein powder, the first of its kind to be certified as safe for use by athletes. It’s a hypo-allergenic dietary protein which means it’s easily digested and suitable for everyone, including vegans – available in Natural, Vanilla and Chocolate flavours.
But please check out the biscuits. They’re not only healthy, they’re unstoppable.
Posted in Chocolate, Coeliac (Gluten-Free), Dairy-Free, General Food, Nuts, Organic, Raw, Vegan
Tagged biscuits, coconut, Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Organic, raw, Vegan, Wheat Free
When I predicted that a new sweetener would take off in 2013, I didn’t know I’d be so right but so wrong.
The all natural monkfruit sweetener is now available in the UK, but manufacturers are trying to conquer the American market first, so all their efforts are focused there.
Natural sweetness in a bottle
In the meantime the most successful health food in recent times (which I also wrote about) has stepped in to the gap: the coconut.
Biona Organic has introduced its own version of a coconut syrup; with its rich and mellow honey like taste it’s a perfect alternative for vegans and diabetics. Try it in your baking or on your pancakes.
The Blossom Nectar, as it is called, has a low GI which means it won’t raise your blood sugar levels and leave you hungering for more sweet foods.
Best of all, coconut nectar has such a high antioxidant and mineral content it is seen as the healthiest form of sugar around. It’s also the most sustainable.
Change your future health with a bottle of natural coconut sweetness.
Lucy Bee coconut oil ticks all the boxes
Lucy seems crazy about coconuts.
She uses coconut oil for her fried eggs, her morning porridge, making smoothies and baking cakes. She gets it in her hair (which looks all the better for it), she moisturises her skin with it, it’s even used to wax her dad’s garden shears!
How can she afford to use so much of the stuff? It’s pretty pricey after all, and she uses high quality, fairtrade, organic,extra virgin coconut oil too…
Well, however she’s managed to wangle it, Lucy wants to make sure others can enjoy coconut oil as much as she does – so she set up the company, Lucy Bee.
Through ‘Lucy Bee’ she offers the lowest price on a 500g jar of coconut oil we have at GoodnessDirect. Given the health benefits of using coconut, I know it’s worth it.
Coconut oil can strengthen your immune system, boost your metabolism, enhance your energy levels, sort out your digestion and improve your skin. IT has anti-fungal, anti-inflamatory, antioxidant properties and, despite being a saturated fat, it’s easy for your body to process so it’s likely to help rather than hinder your cholesterol levels.
There’s so much more to coconut aided health than we imagine. For more information visit the Lucy Bee website. Such a relief to know there are cheaper, high quality sources out there too.
Posted in Antioxidants, Complementary Health, Vegan
Tagged coconut, extra virgin, faitrade, Oil, Organic, paleo, raw, Vegan, virgin
Coconut oil is one of the best things you can do for your hair and body.
Beauty blessed with coconut & pineapple bodycare
It blocks 20% of ultra violet rays. It cleans toxins, fungi and bacteria from the skin. It keeps the skin soft without making it greasy. Its antioxidants penetrate into the underlying tissues to revive the cells that make up your skin.
For hair, it strengthens the structure of damaged hair. It helps remove dandruff, lice and itchy scalp. It delivers vitamins and minerals right where your body needs them.
No surprise that organic bodycare company, Faith In Nature, has a new range of coconut products. It makes sense to harness the healing powers of nature.
Similarly, pineapple is very effective for acne, prevents cell damage and even heals burns. It rehydrates and firms your skin by locking in moisture and boosting collagen.
It’s another wise move for Faith In Nature. They produces soaps, hair products, deodorants and face wipes – all from natural sources. If you have sensitive skin, are vegan or organically minded then its time to put your Faith in Nature.