OK, I must make a confession ………… I AM NUTS ABOUT COCONUTS!!
BENEFITS OF COCONUTS
Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose
Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots
Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems
Functions as a protective antioxidan
DELICIOUS COCONUT PIE WITH BERRIES & SECRET INGREDIENT!
“Hi, Elaine Gibson here! I want to share with you this unbelievable, be-careful-about-licking-your-fingers, Coconut and Berry Cream Pie. This is our recipe for today and I want to give you one warning: you WILL lick your fingers, you WILL lick every utensil you have – be careful when licking the blades. There is a secret ingredient in this Coconut Cream Pie. The secret ingredient is…Avocado! It’s AMAZING! Let us know how you like it! The recipe is below. “
Scoop the mixture into a 10 inch deep pie plate or shallower square dishes. (This is what I do.) I make one main dish and a few smaller ones to freeze. Spread evenly.
Crust Lining 2 cups organic strawberries mixed until smooth. (I use my Magic Bullet ). Spread evenly on crust. Honestly, any fruit you love works well here. Experiment and let us know what you try. Chill for 30-60 minutes. In a pinch, I will freeze while I mix the filling.
Filling 2 cups young coconut meat (approx 2 coconuts opened, scooped and diced) ½ cup diced, peeled mini zucchini SECRET INGDIENT ½ – whole AVOCADO! Amazing 1/2 cup cashews, soaked 30 minutes & drained 1/3 cup coconut oil 1 1/4 cups fresh young coconut water (from 1-2 coconuts depending on size) 1 1/2 tbsp alcohol free organic vanilla 2 tbsp maple syrup or to taste (You can use honey, agave or whatever you have handy)
Note: If you do not have fresh coconuts, shredded and purchased coconut water are fine
Place in blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
Note: be careful here. You WILL lick your fingers and blades!
Pour this yummy mixture on the strawberry lined crust. If you place larger amounts around dish, it works best.
Chill for 4-6 hours or over night
Topping Strawberries Fresh mint sprigs Since I grow mint on my deck, I just walk outside and pick what I need. Mint is so easy wonderful to grow; inside or out.
Slice about a dozen organic strawberries. Experience has taught me to keep like sized berries together so I can make an even topping design. Again, you can use whatever fruit you love.
Once your pie is set, decorate.
COCONUT ALMOND COOKIES WITH LEMON
Ingredients 2 cups almond meal from almond milk or cashews 2 cups coconut ¾ lemon juice 1/4 cup agave or honey Blend all ingredients in a food processor until dough is formed.
Since I wanted more lemon in mine so I grabbed my favorite citrus squeezer and a fresh lemon. We use this tool every day.
Form dough into cookie shapes and dry in dehydrator at 105 degrees. You want them dry but soft.
ALERT: you may find yourself eating the raw cookie dough so plan ahead if you are serving for guests!