Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Coco Chia Cups!!

I'm trying to come up with yummy ways to get more coconut oil in me other than my usual two tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Blech. I also add a tablespoon or two to my smoothies, but I still need to come up with more ways.  Coconut is highly nutritious and possesses healing benefits beyond that of any other dietary oil.  I can attest to this as I was quite ill from November until April with asthma, congestion, and fatigue due to a metabolic disruption.  I decided to start taking two tablespoons of coconut oil three times a day as my naturpathic doc told me to do several years ago when I was sick.  It worked!!  The swelling in my lymph glands went down, my lungs cleared up and my energy returned.  Yay!!!  So I'm thinking it would be a good idea to keep the coconut oil flowing. =)

If you want to know more about the health benefits of coconut oil, this site is loaded with info.

I recently discovered Spectrum's Decadent Blend of Chia and Flax seeds with Coconut and Cacao.  How much better does it get than to have chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut and cacao in one blend?!!

Yeah baby!!

All I could think about was how much more nutritious my Coconutty Cacao Cups (previous post) would be if I added this blend to the recipe.  The newly revised version is just as yummy as the original version.  I also added a topping to the new recipe.  And the best part is, in addition to the coconut in the blend, there is also 1/2 cup of coconut oil AND 1/2 cup of coconut butter in the recipe.  YES!!!

Coco Chia Cups

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/3 cup raw almond butter (or cashew butter)
1/2 cup Chia and Flax Seed Decadent Blend
1/4 cup honey
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract
handful of sunflower seeds (for crunch) 

Mix together everything except sunflower seeds till well blended.  Then stir in sunflower seeds until mixed through.  Put 1 regular teaspoon (not measuring spoon) into small lined muffin pan and put in freezer.

1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 TBSP raw cacao
1 TBSP vanilla
pinch of salt

Mix above ingredients until smooth. Add to tops of muffin cups and place back in freezer.  Store in freezer.

My stepdaughter loved these!  Said they are delicious!!  Oh, and even hubby liked them!!

Bon Apetit! :-9

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Love Me Some Coconut and Cacao!

I went to a healthy recipe night recently and came away with something close to this recipe. I tweaked it just a tad.  Packed full of anti-oxidants, healthy fats and protein, this treat is not only heart-healthy, it's YUMMY!!

Coconutty Cacao Cups

1 cup coconut oil (soft, not melted) (I used 2/3 cup coconut oil and 1/3 cup of coconut butter since I did not have enough coconut oil)
2/3 cup raw Almond butter (or Macadamia Nut butter)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 TBSP of Maca
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract

Hemp Hearts
Himalayan Pink Salt

Optional topping: You can also take 1 tsp each of chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, grind them in your coffee grinder and sprinkle them on top to add a superfood punch.

Mix coconut oil, nut butter, raw honey, raw cacao and vanilla with a spoon.  No need for a blender.
Spoon into lined muffin pan cups.

Sprinkle tops with pink salt and hemp seed and freeze.