Coconut Popsicles

Well since I’m on a coconut theme lately, let’s keep it going with some refreshing, healthy, candida fighting Coconut Popsicles!

I’m sure you have heard of the many health benefits attributed to the versatile coconut but here are two more to remind you:

Vitamin Rich: coconut milk contains an abundance of vitamins C, E and B which boost your immune system and contribute to glowing, elastic, healthy skin!  Coconut oil is a great way to keep your skin healthy, especially with the extra sun exposure we get in the summer time.

Lauric Acid: “Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is abundant in mother’s milk. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, lauric acid has many germ-fighting, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that are very effective at ridding the body of viruses, bacteria and countless illnesses. Lauric acid may also reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which lowers heart disease and stroke risks.”  Quoted from The Health Benefits of Coconut Milk by Tanya Brown, Demand Media

Full of good for you fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, coconut milk, meat and oil are all excellent additions to your healthy diet and skin care routine.  And these popsicles are a delicious way to get those health benefits!

This one is super easy, all you need is a Popsicle mold, like the ones in this post.

Tovolo brand popsicle molds.

Tovolo brand popsicle molds.

Once you have your popsicle mold, figure out how much mix it will hold, mine has 4 molds and will hold a shy 1/3 cup in each so I make up about 1 1/4 cup of mix.

I use canned coconut milk as the base or use my previous post and make your own!  Then I add a few drops of stevia, some vanilla extract and about 1 Tablespoon dutch cocoa powder.  Whisk to combine, pour into the molds and wait!

I have also combined coconut milk with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla with a touch of stevia for a chai flavor. Awesome!

Coconut milk with lime juice is also yummy.

How about fresh mint with or without dutch cocoa powder for a refreshing treat?

And, for a cool pick-me-up try mixing some espresso (powder will work too) into the coconut milk with stevia and your favorite extract: vanilla, almond, coconut…?!

I’m sure you can come up with more Candida diet friendly frozen treats using flavorful, healthy coconut milk as the base.  Stay cool and enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Some of you have been asking me if I have any new holiday cookie recipes and thanks to the Farmer’s Almanac, the answer is YES!  On page 40 of the 2012 Almanac is a recipe for ‘Dark Chocolate Chili Balls’.  I have taken the advice of my celebrity chef friend, that is, he’s my friend and he cooks for a lot of celebrities, not something I personally have the stomach for after my experience working as a nanny for certain 1%-ers, but his advice was this: refrain from using the word ‘balls’ when naming a food.  So we’ll call them cookies, you can shape them however you like and make any inappropriate jokes you deem necessary for this time of the year.  These spicy, rich chocolate cookies are mostly a mix of 85% dark chocolate and unsweetened chocolate with some walnuts and hot pepper of your choosing.  The original recipe was easy to adapt since it only called for a 1/4 of wheat flour, and I substituted with a tablespoon of coconut flour.

I made these last weekend and they were a hit at our Sunday night family dinner.  At the end of this post I’ve linked to my other cookies and sweet treats in case you want to make up a variety of holiday cookies for you and yours!

Chocolate cookies spiked with chipotle and walnuts.

Ingredients:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped. I used Trader Joe’s brand ‘The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Bar’ which has 5 grams of fiber and only 8 grams of sugar per 40 gram serving (about 2/3 of the whole bar).

2 ounces Unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon coconut flour

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground chiles, I used a shy 2 teaspoons of ground chipotle peppers and the cookies were spicy!  I would use less spice next time.  If you like hot, go for it, if not, 1/2 a teaspoon will do.  You can use Ancho chiles for a more mild and smokey heat, Cayenne for a lot of heat and not much else or Chipotles for heat and smoke, yum!

2 large eggs

stevia to taste

1 Tablespoon espresso powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup of chopped walnut pieces

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unsweetened Chocolate, butter and some 85% dark chocolate make the base of these rich cookies.

In a saucepan over low heat melt the two kinds of chocolate with the butter.  Add stevia to taste, a bit sweeter than you’d like and the flavor will balance out when you add in the rest of the ingredients.  After it’s melted, set it aside to cool a bit.

In a bowl mix together the coconut flour, baking powder, salt and hot pepper.

In another bowl beat the eggs, espresso powder and vanilla at high speed for 2 minutes.

Cowboy coffee for the modern foodie: whipped organic farm eggs, espresso powder and vanilla extract.

This last part should be done quickly so have your baking sheet ready and your oven up to temperature.

Add the melted chocolate to your egg mixture and beat well to blend.

Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.  Stir in the walnuts.

The chocolate will begin to solidify so immediately begin to shape spoonfuls of dough into rounds and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies have a shiny skin and are slightly firm.  Let them cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.  Makes 24-36 cookies depending on size!

Some of my other dessert recipes:

Nuts and Seeds Cookies

Chocolate Lavender Tart

No Bake Chocolate Cake

Pumpkin Pie and Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Cake

Carrot Cake