Lately I can’t get enough of coconuts, as they truly are a magical superfood. I mean, what other food can you eat but also use for cosmetic purposes?! I first heard about coconut oil several years ago from my Mam, who would buy it to use as a body moisturiser!! Now my cupboard is stocked with coconut oil, coconut butter, dessicated coconut, coconut water/milk, the list goes on. So why should we all ensure we include this superfood in our diet?
- Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
- Boosts metabolism and increases energy. This is because the body burns the fat from coconut as fuel rather than storing it as body fat.
- Reduces sugar cravings as the healthy fats in coconut slow down any spikes in sugar levels.
- Coconut helps to aid digestion by promoting the absorption of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids, while also providing beneficial dietary fiber.
- May prevent strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Can kill disease causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses.
- Prevents damage to hair and soothes skin issues such as dry skin, sunburn, insect bites, due to its healing properties.
- Using coconut oil for a technique called “oil pulling” can prevent tooth decay and whiten teeth.
- Relieves stress by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is soothing, thus helping to lower your stress level.
- Coconut water is the ultimate hangover cure; it can help settle your tummy and replaces lost electrolytes.
The list above gives a small few of the many benefits of the humble coconut, however my favourite use is for cooking, and I have created a fun treat that will definitely take you back in time
Here is a recipe for my Bounty Bites, a recipe based on the famous “Bounty” chocolate bar.
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- 50g 85% dark chocolate (or raw equivalent)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
1. Place the 2 cups of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut butter. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides with a spatula until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Don’t over blend, some larger pieces of coconut are ok.
2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt, and process until combined.
3. Shape the mixture into squares and refrigerate for at least an hour to set.
4. When they’re ready, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over hot water, and dip each bite in until fully coated.Transfer to the fridge again to set.
Hope you enjoy 🙂