In the Kitchen: Coconut

From coconut water to coconut flakes, and from coconut milk to coconut oil; the coconut is an amazingly versatile product! Used in foods, body care, hair care, and even dental care; the coconut not only smells great but includes a number of health benefits too.

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Coconut is frequently used in a number of health and beauty products because it is known to be naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil, in particular, can be utilized for cooking, oil pulling, and skin care. It also penetrates better than other oils, making it a powerful moisturizer for both hair and skin. Plus, you get the added benefit of smelling like a tropical paradise when you use it!

Ritual Roasters cold brew mint coffee soap bar

Here are a few of our favorite coconut-based recipes, beauty products, and more.

Coconut Gin and Tonic: Nothing says summertime like cool and refreshing cocktails enjoyed outside in the sun. The coconut water in this cocktail not only adds electrolytes and minerals to your drink, but it lends a great coconut flavor without being too overpowering. Garnish with some lime, mint, and a little umbrella and you’re all set to relax.

Ritual Roasters Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap: The star of this show is Ritual Roaster’s cold brew coffee, but the main ingredient in this soap is a coconut oil base! The mint in this organic soap bar adds the just right amount of uplifting kick to the soothing and familiar aroma of coffee. Combined with coffee oil (for skin soothing antioxidants) and coffee grounds (to help exfoliate dead skin cells), this soap helps stimulate circulation, get you clean, and make your bathroom smell amazing!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Don’t have an ice cream maker? Don’t worry; you don’t need one for this recipe. This 3-ingredient vegan ice cream is not only easy to make, but it’s versatile too! You can use this coconut milk ice cream as a base to add your favorite flavors and topping to, or even make an “adult” version of it by spiking it with any booze of choice.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask: Coconut oil makes an excellent deep conditioner for your hair. This particular mask—combined with honey and heated slightly to help hair follicles open up and absorb the mixture—leaves your hair soft, shiny, and smelling like cookies! Just leave it in your hair for 30-45 minutes then shampoo, condition, and style as usual.

Makers Gonna Make: Ginger Vanilla Almond Butter

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Almonds and almond butter have been all the rage for the last few years and I’m guilty of jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve spent tons of $$ on almond butter. But it was so damn good, especially in smoothies, and on bread and with bananas…clearly the list could go on. When I finally got my hands on a Blendtec blender, I started whipping up my own because it’s ridiculously easy and I can control exactly what goes into it (seriously love that blender more than almost anything, except my soda stream…). This recipe came about after trying some of the amazingly inventive butters from Big Spoon Roasters (who we also happen to do a limited edition soap colab with – sadly sold out but stay tuned). The flavors of this butter are great for fall (or anytime, really). Slater over toast, add to a smoothie or just eat straight from the jar. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • A cup of almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2-3 pieces of candied ginger
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 or 2 tsp of honey

Tools
Blender, 8 oz jar, roasting pan, measuring spoon, measuring cup, spatula

Let’s do it!

  1. Roast the almonds in the oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes, let them cool for 10 minutes before using them
  2. Put 2-3 pieces of candied ginger into blender, pulse until pieces are broken down almost to a paste (unless you want chunks them pulse until they’re at the desired size)
  3. Add the room temp roasted almonds
  4. Add a couple shakes of cinnamon, coconut oil and vanilla.
  5. Add a pinch of salt
  6. Add 1 or 2 tsp of honey
  7. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth
  8. Store the butter in a tightly sealed container in the fridge or dig in immediately!

Tips:

  • Add a 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of sunflower oil to obtain a more creamy consistency
  • Replace cardamom for the cinnamon, yum.
  • You can store your almond butter in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Remove from the fridge 15-20 minutes before you want to dig in for the best texture!

Recipe: Antioxidant Chocolate Walnut Coconut Granola

Chocolate Coconut Walnut Granola 4Cool weather always makes me crave granola + it’s pretty awesome mixed with my favorite yogurt (Redwood Hill Farms Goat Yogurt). I decided it was time to try something new (check out the Cardamom Coconut Granola Recipe if you want something sans chocolate). I found this great recipe over at Texan Erin and tweaked a bit. I added dried berries to up the antioxidant quotient (berries + dark cocoa powder = major antioxidant boost which help fight free radicals) and coconut chips because we had a massive bag of them. It came out pretty darn good, not too sweet with a rich chocolate flavor.

Antioxidant Rich Chocolate Walnut Coconut Granola

  • 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup local honey
  • 1/2 cup best organic dark cocoa powder you can buy
  • 1/4 cup organic turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (homemade)
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut chips (these are sweetened, up sugar if you use unsweetened coconut flakes)
  • 1/2 cup antioxidant berry mix (goji berries, cherries, raisins, cranberries)

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a full sheet pan/baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  • Put rolled oats and walnuts into large mixing bowl.
  • In a sauce pan, gently melt the coconut oil.
  • Stir honey, cocoa powder, sugar and salt into melted coconut oil and bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the cocoa mixture to the oats and stir thoroughly, make sure oats and walnuts are coated evenly.

Rich and delicious Chocolate Coconut Walnut Granola

  • Spread granola mixture over parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-25 minutes.
  • Take granola out of the oven and add coconut and berries.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes to gently roast coconut.
  • Remove granola from oven and let cool completely (1-2 hours) before storing in airtight container.
  • Enjoy!