Cocos Nucifera… aka Coconut!

August 09, 2015

Coconut

This recipe is gf, df, nut-free (coconuts are not nuts), vegan, soy free!

Coconuts are known on many islands as a primary part of their diets. Not only because they grow there, but for other reasons! People from around the world of diverse backgrounds value coconut as a food and medicine.

 Coconut

 

FOOD IS MEDICINE:

It’s not only in stories and legends that coconuts have magical powers, but science has proven so too! Coconut can kill viruses that cause the flu, the measles, hepatitis C, AIDS, and many other diseases. Not only can it help with diseases, but also it can help kill fungi and infection. Better yet, coconut can help improve memory in Alzheimer  patients in addition to controlling seizures in children.(2) And if you don’t need coconut for medical reasons, have coconut to boost your energy!

Coconut has other benefits besides medicine, like increasing your energy. Coconut is known to help increase energy and endurance, which can lead to an improvement in physical and athletic performance.

And don’t worry, coconut will blend right in with your diet. Coconuts will actually help with your digestion, as it helps your body absorb all the vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids you’ll need.

There are many different forms of coconut.  There is actually coconut meat, juice, milk, and oil. As a matter of fact, coconut oil was once mistakenly thought to be unhealthy due to the high levels of saturated fat. But since, coconut oil has proven its’ unique health benefits, and is described as “the healthiest oil on earth.” The high levels of lauric acid help increase the levels of good cholesterol in the body.

If you don’t believe all the health claims, just look at coconuts’ nutritional value. In 3 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut there is 100 calories, only 10 grams of fat; 9 grams saturated, 1-gram monounsaturated, and 1 polyunsaturated, 6 grams lauric acid, 4 grams of carbs, 1-gram protein, 5 mg sodium and 2 grams of fiber. You can’t go wrong adding some coconut to your diet.

If you don’t know how to add coconut to your diet here are some ideas. Coconut adds a good flavor to pies, cookies, soups, and even shrimp dishes. You can even add some shredded coconut on top of your dessert to boost the flavor. Or grab an Amrita Bar, all of our six bars have unsweetened shredded coconut in them! One of my favorite foods with shredded coconut is a coconut macaroon. I personally like the crunchy outside and soft middle. Plus they’re gluten free! There are many different recipes if you’d like to add nuts or dried fruit. I follow the recipe found in the link; http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/12/coconut-macaroons.html.  If you’re looking for something different, you can try coconut breakfast pudding with sautéed nectarines. For the recipe go to http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-shredded-coconut-4027.html.

Peach Cobbler

 

Here at Amrita we decided to make a peach cobbler in a skillet with all things COCONUT! It was kind of magically if I do say so myself. Peach cobbler normally can call for A LOT of sugar and butter but if using coconut as a substitute you can’t go wrong! Just look at how beautiful it turned out!

 

Cooked

 

  • Peach Cobbler in a Skiller-
  •  5 Peaches sliced up
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  •  ½ cup of coconut surgar
  •  ⅓ cup of gf flour- or coconut flour if your feeling it!
  •  fresh coconut peices

 

Preheat

 

 

 Preheat oven to 350F. Slice the peaches place in the bottom of the skillet. Combine coconut oil, coconut sugar and gf flour in a bowl until the mixture is chunky. Add more gf flour if needed. cook in oven for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool before serving. Using a cheese grater or peeler place pieces of fresh coconut on top for color and flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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