Coconut oil is natures bounty as far as I’m concerned. It has so many medicinal benefits. The medium-chain fatty acids found in Coconut Oil have been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Coconut Oil is easy to metabolize and as a result, may aid in weight loss.
Coconut transformed my miserable chocolate free existence. It is the missing link in the medium-chain fatty acid house party, the piece of the jigsaw that made my life bearable on my strict diet. You can make a simple chocolate, or biscuits, it is what binds all the ingredients together but like a connective tissue, it is perhaps the most essential element as it tastes sooooo divine.
To make approx 12 biscuits:
4-5 tablespoons of coconut oil, u can buy it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004VM9HMA/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this is extra virgin which is the best health wise. It has anti microbial, parasitical and viral properties as well as a myriad of other health benefits. I am not sure how much these properties diminish if the coconut oil is not extra virgin. You can also fry and bake with the coconut oil, it really is the healthiest oil on the planet. The same oil you can use on your skin also.
150g UN-sweetened dessicated coconut
3 tablespoons of UN-sweetened coco powder,
Xylitol to taste,
can be purchased again from health food shops, they sell bigger bags than the supermarkets.
Shredded or desiccated coconut for topping, save a tbsp of coconut oil and a tbsp of xylitol to pour over the coconut on the top.
100g-150g of ground almonds,
quantity depending on if you wish to add other ingredients such as pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, nuts etc, and also if you like the taste of almonds? supermarket bought almonds I find don’t have much of a taste, others such as most organic brands do, which I like but some find it pungent.
The almonds help to bind the ingredients and make it slightly softer than if it were just coconut. But you could try other ingredients, if you can be bothered baking then you could try different flours, though I prefer not to use grains or to bake. Almonds are a key alternative to flour, high protein and low carb too.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan, mix in the other ingredients, you can experiment with quantities, I find the wetter the mix the more tasty and melt in the mouthy, but you may want to cut back on the price on the coconut oil.
Spoon mixture into the baking tray, don’t have to be a Yorkshire pudding style, any tray will do, and you don’t have to grease or line.
Stick in fridge or freezer if your in a hurry, they set real quick and just tap them hard upside down to release.
Finally you can grate chocolate on top, there are a range of alternative bars available from most health food shops.
Make sure they are not left in a warm place though because the oil will melt, room temp is fine.
Other ideas I like are adding pure peppermint oil with coco-powder (again from health food shop, about 4-5 drops) real good for you. V melty-in-the mouthy.
Grating rind of UN-waxed lemons and some drops of lemon oil, omitting chocolate powder but adding some vanilla essence, yum!
You can use any of the biscuit recipes for the base of cheesecake also. You can make cheesecake without cheese using tofu. Watch this space for next recipe…..
Here is some info on coconut oils: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil
Finally, this is a really good blog to follow on FB: https://www.facebook.com/HomemadeMommyATX?fref=ts (she is amazing, and been promoting the anti Monsanto campaign which I’m really impressed about)