The variety of uses for the humble coconut has taken off in recent years thanks to it’s incredible health benefits, delicious taste and versatility. Coconut oil, juice, meat, flour and sugar can be extracted to create delicious meals, refreshing drinks and natural beauty products.
It’s a must-have staple of the paleo diet and its versatility means you can use it in virtually every meal.
How to cook with coconut
Coconut water – can be used as a base for juices and smoothies (or enjoyed on it’s own!)
Coconut milk – for smoothies as well as sauces in stir fries and casseroles.
Coconut cream – slightly richer than milk, coconut cream is ideal as a substitute for dairy cream. It can be served with desserts and used as an ingredient in creamy sweet treats such as ice-cream.
Coconut yoghurt – a dairy free probiotic that can be enjoyed over fresh fruit or in smoothies.
Coconut oil – extremely versatile, can be used in baking and frying, as a spread (when it’s set) and added to smoothies and desserts. Perfect in Anzac Biscuits.
Coconut sugar – used in small quantities, this is a healthier way to enjoy sweet treats.
Coconut flakes – a great addition to Paleo Granola or sprinkled on top of your favourite treat.
Coconut aminos – if you’re a fan of asian cuisine this is a great way to mimic a soy flavour, used as a dipping sauce or to flavour meat and vegetables.
Coconut vinegar – another great probiotic and extremely healthy ingredient to add to salad dressings.
Red Velvet Smoothie with Beetroot
Coconut is the perfect accompaniment to berries and beetroot. Add a bit of avo and raw cacao powder and it’s a match made in heaven!
You will need:
- 1/2 large raw beetroot, grated
- 1/3 avocado
- 2 large or three small strawberries
- handful of blueberries
- tbsp goji berries
- tbsp organic raw cacao powder
- tbsp linseed meal (or LSA mix)
- tsp chia seeds
- tsp organic coconut oil (room temperature is best)
- 1/2 tsp maca powder (not essential)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- coconut water to top
Blend all ingredients together. You can make it into a thick smoothie so you can enjoy with a spoon, or add more coconut water to enjoy as a drink.
Coconut Flour Pancakes
Our friends at Niulife are passionate about providing organic, sustainable and natural coconut products which can be used for any meal occasion.
This recipe for coconut pancakes is a great alternative to regular pancakes. Suitable for the paleo lifestyle, this is one you will be going back to again and again!
- 4 organic, cage free eggs
- 1/4 cup Niulife Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or butter, melted
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or whole milk
- 1/4 cup sifted Niulife Coconut Flour
- 2 teaspoons Niulife Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Mix together eggs, oil, coconut milk, sugar and salt.
- Combine coconut flour and baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a fry pan.
- Spoon batter onto hot pan making pancakes about 7-8cm in diameter. Batter will be thick but will flatten out when cooking.
- Serve with a sprinkle of coconut sugar and lemon juice or a dollop of Niulife Coconut Syrup.
Thanks to Niulife for sharing this recipe with us.
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