Posts Tagged ‘coconut oil’

Sweet Treat

I recently had the delight of making my buddy a healthy birthday cake! 

A sugar free, dairy free, flour less chocolate cake with coconut icing! Yum

 
To make your own you will need:
2 Cups of almond meal
1/2 cup of Natvia (granulated)
5 eggs
1/2 cup of Cocoa
150gm Olive Oil Spread
 
Beat the eggs and natvia for 7-8 minutes
Melt olive oil spread and mix cocoa through
Add almond meal, and cocoa/olive oil mixture to the eggs and natvia. Mix gently.
Pour into a round lined cake tin.
Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for approx. 50 minutes. Rest in tin for 10 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
 
To make the icing you will need
Approx 1 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of cocoa
 
Melt coconut oil and stir cocoa through.
Allow to cool and until almost hardened and spread over the cake with a knife.
Refrigerate.
 
Enjoy!

Healthy Snacks Part 2

Pancakes!

It’s easy to make a healthy version for a delicious snack.

Combine the following in a bowl to a batter consistency

  • Buckwheat flour
  • An egg
  • Shredded coconut
  • Peanut butter
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Almond meal
  • Almond milk

Also try by starting with a buckwheat flour base and trying different ingredients such as cacao, mesquite, coconut oil, lime, spelt flour, flaxseed, chia, cinnamon etc.!

Super Smoothie

This smoothie is soothing to the body and gut!

In a blender/food processor add:

Handful of kale
1 ‘Cocobella’ Coconut water
Half a large avocado
1 tablespoon of vital greens
The juice of half a lime

Blend and enjoy!

 

Coconut Oil

I remember as clear as day sitting in a nutrition lecture at uni hearing about the negative impacts of the fat found in coconut oil. Now 6 or so years on it has come out that the fats in coconut oil have health benefits!

I have had a bit of a play around with coconut oil to see what I think…..

I have tried cooking with it, which I haven’t really enjoyed because the brands that I have used have left my food tasting very coconut-y!

But I have discovered that I love coconut oil in my green tea! Sounds weird but it feels like I’m having a nice treat and it’s healthy!

The science behind coconut oil is that it is composed predominantly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). It is the MCFAs in coconut oil that make it different from other oils and which give it its remarkable nutritional and medicinal properties.

Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, unlike your typical oils such as olive oil. If you wish to use it you will need to heat it up and melt it.

I don’t know if I’ve physically seen any benefits of having the coconut oil but I enjoy it and only have a teaspoon or two a day which isn’t over the top.
I also find it a little filling as it has quite an oily texture so it would be useful if you are trying to lose weight…a green tea with coconut oil to ward off the nibbles! Just be sure to not have more then a teaspoon or two a day!

Coconut oil can be found in health food stores and online. Be sure to by 100% cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil to ensure you are getting the best quality.

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