This February we’re celebrating one of our favourite ingredients at The Little Hen….Coconut!
Coconut has become a real celebrity in the health food world over the last couple of years and for just reasons. It is a hugely versatile fruit, with its water, milk and flesh being made into drinks, oils, crunchy snacks and even hair & skin products!
Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), in particular lauric acid. MCTs are rapidly metabolised into energy by the liver and it is likely they are used up more quickly by the body than other types of fat and therefore less likely to be stored as fat. Furthermore, lauric acid is converted into a highly beneficial compound; monolaurin which is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial which means coconuts may help protect your body from infections & viruses. Not to mention, they taste fantastic….what’s not to love?!
Quick & Easy Coconut recipes
There are so many ways to get more coconut into you diet and your life! These quick and easy recipes give you maximum coconut for minimum effort.
1. Coconut Bacon
- 2 cups Coconut Chips
- A tablespoon of Coconut Aminos (or Tamari)
- A tablespoon of Liquid Smoke
- A tablespoon of Maple Syrup
In a bowl, mix together all of the liquid ingredients (except the coconut) then gently cover the coconut chips with the mix. Bake in the oven on a medium heat for 12-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, until they are turning golden brown. They will get crispy as they cool.
2. Coconut Face Scrub
- 1 cup Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
Combine the oil and sugar (2:1 ratio) and voila, your own DIY face scrub.
Coconut Bulletproof Coffee
The popular bulletproof coffee combines coffee with fat (usually butter or ghee) to give you a more sustained energy boost. Here it gets a dairy free, coconut makeover.
- A tablespoon of Coconut MCT Oil
- A tablespoon of Coconut Butter
- Double shot coffee
- Hot water / milk to fill your mug
Combine the coffee, MCT Oil and butter with a little of the hot water or milk. Stir or blend until the butter melts and you form a paste. Top up with the rest of your water / milk and you’re ready to face the day. If coffee isn’t your thing, then why not try matcha instead?
- 1 pack Frozen Coconut (Amazonia)
- 350ml Coconut Water
- 1/2 Frozen Banana
Blend ingredients together. Simple, refreshing, hydrating.
Coconut Overnight Oats
- 3/4 cup of Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup of Oats
- 2 tablespoons of Desiccated Coconut
- A tablespoon of Coconut Syrup
Soak the oats and desiccated coconut in the coconut milk overnight with the coconut syrup. The next morning top with fresh fruit & nut butter.