Coco Nuts!

It's hard to believe I grew up thinking that coconut was an ice-cream flavour! I barely recall desiccated coconut as the occasional chocolate filling and decoration topping.  Today, a day doesn't go by without us using Coconuts in some form or the other. I try to include all the different forms it offers. Just a few ideas:

1. Fresh coconut water

Ideally taken from a young coconut, those with the soft creamy flesh as opposed to the hard fibrous ones, unless you like a more mature and fermented taste. You can drink this water as a hydrating drink, used it as a base for smoothies or make fermented drinks out of it (fizzy coconut kefir). 

Getting a coconut water refill, bliss!

Getting a coconut water refill, bliss!

2. Coconut Oil

Considered the healthiest oil on the planet by many cultures and researchers, it is extensively used in traditional medicine amongst Asian and Pacific populations. This healthy saturated oil is so versatile that it can be used in every single room of the house, we use it as a base to make all sorts of skin products including a facial oil, mosquito repellent, deodorant and skin moisturizing. It is also one of the most stable oils for cooking and baking. People take spoonfuls of coconut oil for healing and cleansing purposes. It also makes the perfect hair conditioner and massage oil.


You can literally use Coconut Oil in every single room of the house
— David "Avocado" Wolfe - Author

3. Young Coconut Meat

We usually have it as is, it tastes so good that it never even makes it to the fridge. I've also made desserts (mousse like treats), ice-cream, smoothies and dehydrated pancakes.

Zaya's absolute favourite! Young Coconut Meat    -    Coconut shells make the perfect Coconut Ice Cream bowls

Zaya's absolute favourite! Young Coconut Meat    -    Coconut shells make the perfect Coconut Ice Cream bowls

4. Mature Coconut Meat

When you get a mature coconut, it looks much smaller and compact. You crack it open and grate it, this becomes your fresh grated coconut, which you can use to make fresh coconut mylk, salads, granola, fruity treats, etc. You could also dry it for longer storage, to make desserts,  and even coconut butter!

Fresh grated coconut    -     Chocolate Truffles dusted in dried coconut

Fresh grated coconut   -    Chocolate Truffles dusted in dried coconut

A real treat!

A real treat!

CocoNuts Ice Cream Recipe

This creamy, grounding treat has been a true favourite during our stay in Africa. The abundance and availability of coconuts made it very easy for us to enjoy it regularly!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Cup soaked Cashews
  • 1 Cup of frozen young Coconut Meat
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Pink of Salt
  • Stevia
  • Ice Cubes

HOW WE DO IT...

Blend and Serve! Sprinkle with Cinnamon.

4. Coconut Dried Shells, Husks and Leaves

The shells are used to make kitchenware such as spoons and bowls, the husk is normally used to make ropes, brushes and even fishing nets. The leaves are dried and made into brooms, and the sap, which some people call it "Palm Wine" is a popular brew in the coastal areas of East Africa.

Using dried shells as bowls and pots for seedlings and sprouts 

Using dried shells as bowls and pots for seedlings and sprouts 


SOURCES:

Photos by: The Mindful Sprout

Book: The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife (Author), Jon J. Kabara (Foreword)