Mango Coconut Popsicles – Only Three Ingredients!

So, I came in to town to meet Joy, right? And there she is with a present from my daughter, huh? Clare paypaled her the money and asked her to go get me chocolate for Christmas, and she did! She wanted me to have a present to open  for Chrismas. And I was just about to go buy cacao powder, when there she handed me  the powdered chocolate, gorgeous chocolate syrup and three different chocolate bars!!! Holy cow, that was fun. And my ex- sent the Juice Factory money for smoothies! So of course we broke up the chocolate ginger bar and put it in the smmothi! I am one lucky gal.


Recipe of the Day – 3-Ingredient Mango Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. diced fresh mango
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • The cream of one young coconut

Directions:

  1. Blend the mango and the coconut milk and cream in a blender until smooth. Taste to see if you need any more sweetening.
  2. Pour the mixture into the popsicle or ice cube trays.
  3. Freeze for 35 minutes and gently insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid.

Word of the Day – por supuesto – of course

Tip of the Day – After blending, add a couple drops of stevia or honey, if you’d like it sweeter. Or papaya and a banana, if you want your popsicles creamier!

 

Raisin-Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting

 I made these two little desserts for a friend. One avocado lime pie and raisin-walnut brownies with coconut frosting.

Recipe of the Day – Raisin Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting
INGREDIENTS:

1 c.  walnuts
1 c. raisins

1/3 c. cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture starts to form a ball. Press into  a square or round glass dish. Freeze until firm. Slice. This may be kept refrigerated or frozen.

Frosting:

3/4 c. coconut cream

1/4 c. coconut water

2 grains salt

1/8 c. panela, coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

Pinch vanilla powder or /4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions. Blend.

Word of the Day – cortés – polite

Tip of the Day – You can cut the recipe way down when you just want a little bit. And these are so rich, you sometimes just want a couple bites. Perfect.

DIY Easy Coconut Butter

Since the Coconut Cheese Post, people have been asking me where to get coconut butter. In the States, it’s easy…it’s in the health food store. But here, not so easy. But this recipe is!

Recipe of the Day – DIY Coconut Butter

Ingredients:

2 c. shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of salt

A little extra coconut oil if you need it for the right consistency

Directions:
  1. Add the shredded coconut or flakes to the blender of food processor with a pinch of salt.
  2. Scrape the sides down every minute or so with a spatula. Continue until the coconut has turned to coconut butter and is liquefied. Store it in an airtight container like a mason jar. The blender is fast, but the food processor could take up to 10 minutes, if you’ve got a little one, like mine. Worth the wait, though! You’ll use this for everything!

Word/Phrase of the Day – Vale la pena –  it’s worth it

Tip of the Day –  Use coconut butter for anything you would use butter for. Great in gluten-free brownies, cookies and other baked goods, popcorn, potatoes, and as a spread for your breads!

Coconut Parmezano Cheese

Clare’s here, my daughter! The place has my orders: Tiko, not to bark too much. The banana tree not to give the yellow bananas ’til she got here, and the roses to produce the most they ever had! The rain to do it’s thing every day so I don’t have to water four hours while she’s here. So far, so good. Thank you, Nature!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Parmezano

Ingredients:

1 c. shredded coconut

1/8 c. coconut milk

2 tsp. coconut oil, for blending

1 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. In your food process or blender, blend shredded coconut, coconut milk, and salt.
  2. Add the oil last and blend briefly until it’s the texture of parmesan.
  3. Pour into a baggie or glass jar and use as you would parmesan!

Word of the Day – naturaleza – nature

Tip of the Day – Put this cheese on potatoes, rice, veggies, chips to make nachos!

 

Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Well, Lollie mentioned my ratty-old backpack so many times, these last months, that she finally gave me one for my birthday. And she remembered the exact one I liked from the exact store from months before. How could that be? Amazing friends, is what it is. And aren’t my friends beautiful? Here’s her recipe for Blueberry Mouse.

Recipe of the Day – Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

1 c. blueberries

1 frozen banana

touch honey

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – hermosa – beautiful

Tip of the Day – For an even more gelatinous mixture, I would add 1 T. chia seeds and let it sit. Maybe cacao powder. When I told her this, she said, “Of course you would. You’re the cacao lady!” Thanks, Lollie!

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Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata

Ingredients:

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Coconut Cream Granola

Three days of gas smell in my house, yikes! Turns out there was a bug under the cap of the propane tank! It’s all gone now!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Cream Granola

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut cream

3 mashed bananas

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. sweetener of choice. I used coconut crystals.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder.

Directions: Wach and chop the apple and mash the banana. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want it raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. If you want it faster, bake at 225 degrees F. until toasty, about 40 minutes.

Word of the Day – tanque – tank

Tip of the Day = Keep the granola soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

I filled my freezer with bananas, and am now dehydrating the next batch. Last season I did them with orange, lemon or lime squeezed on them, and sprinkled with cinnamon. Or covered them with chocolate. This batch I sprinkled with coconut extract, then cacao powder and cinnamon, yum!

Recipe of the Day – Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

Ingredients::

6 ripe bananas

1/2 tsp. coconut milk or  extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and slice bananas once lengthwise down the center, then twice more down the halves, Lay them on your dehydrator trays, then sprinkle with coconut milk or extract, cinnamon and cacao powder. Dry ar 105 degrees for 24 hours until bendable but not damp.

Word of the Day –  deshidratador – dehydrator

Tip of the Day – Don’t let them get crisp!

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Green Dream Smoothie

I wish I could whistle. I would whistle for Tiko and whistle for the taxi drivers!

Recipe of the Day – Green Dream Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

handful kale

handful spinach

1 mango, peeled and cut

1 T. peanut butter

1 c. coconut milk

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – easiness=Facilidad

Tip of the Day – You can project your voice to get a taxi driver. Nod your head, wave. It all works unless they’re not looking!

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Coconut Aloe Lassi

I got stung by a bee this morning, in my mouth! I took a drink from my cup in the darkness of the morning, not realizing a bee had taken a header in it. I pulled it out of my palate immediately, but felt the pain settle in, as well. What’s interesting was that the cup held my supplements, including fresh aloe vera from the plant. So I continued to swish that around before swallowing. I could feel numbness spreading across my mouth, as it does when you go to the dentist. On the way to the gate I felt the stinger with my tongue, and pulled that out. Then, I kept my mouth open on my bike ride so the cool morning air could keep it cool. When I got to yoga, 25 minutes later, the pain was gone. That’s pretty good, hey? Think it was the aloe vera thát made it heal so quickly?

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Aloe Lassi
Ingredients:

  • 2 C. coconut water
    1 sliced mango
    1/3 c. Almond, coconut or regular yogurt
    1/4 c. cream of coconut
    Juice of 1/2 lime
    1 T. Aloe Vera Gel
  • Directions: In a blender, add the ingredients and puree until smooth. Transfer to large pitcher.

Word of the Day – sting – picadura

Tip of the Day – Get that stinger out, if you can find it!

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