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Confession…… I am NUTS about coconuts!

Posted May 09 2012 8:30pm

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. “

Crust
2 1/4 cups  dried shredded organic coconut
1/3 cup  extra virgin coconut oil
2 dates with pits removed
1 tbsp maple syrup (You can use honey, agave or whatever you have handy)
1 tbsp alcohol free organic vanilla
Place all ingredients into a food processor. Be sure the  coconut oil  is distributed and that the mixture is blended.

 

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.

 

ENJOY!!

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!

Please share your ideas with us.

To your health,
Elaine & Nevin


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