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GF Wholegrain Scones

20 Mar Wholegrain, Gluten-Free Scones

One beam of sun at Coco HQ and we’re all sitting around in sunglasses and shorts. And with the (very) early signs of warmer times starting to appear, we thought it best to follow suit with a coconutty twist on a summer classic. These scones from Vicki (@freefromfairy) are definitely a sight for sore eyes and a treat for hungry bellies. And if being gluten-free and wholegrain wasn’t enough, they’ve also had a helping hand from our very own Organic Coconut Sugar for a warm flavour and a crisp top. Sound tempting? Yep, we know!

What you’ll need:

- 230g Free From Fairy self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon psyllium powder (xanthan gum will work fine, too!)
- 20 grams coconut sugar, plus a little extra for the topAdd to cart
- 75 grams butter, cubed
- 70 grams full-fat yoghurt, plain
- 70 grams full fat milk, plus a little extra for the top

 

Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, let’s get that oven going. Preheat to 220C and pop a baking tray inside.

2. Throw all of the dry ingredients into a blender and whizz until combined. If you don’t have a blender, feel free to do this by hand.

3. Add in the cubed butter and either blend again or use the more traditional method of rubbing in to achieve a crumb-like consistency.

4. Next, add in the yoghurt and milk, then combine until you have a dough that holds itself together.

5. Dust some flour onto a work surface, then tip out your dough and lightly knead until you have a ball shape. Press out with the palms of your hand until it’s around 2cm thick.

6. Make as many scones as possible by using a round cutter that’s around 7cm in diameter. Try to remould the dough as few times as possible to keep that fluffy texture on lockdown.

7. Using a pastry brush, rub a dash of milk on top of your scones. If you feel like an extra crunch, sprinkle some coconut sugar over them too.

8. Remove your baking tray from the oven, place the scones with enough space for them to spread a little, then bake for around 15 minutes until golden.

9. If you can wait, leave to cool for 5 minutes before tucking in. These are best eaten the same day as they are made, but if you don’t manage that, just pop them in the freezer and re-heat in the microwave when needed.

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Got the baking bug? There’s loads more coconutty recipes over here.

 

 

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Turmeric Cookies

03 Mar Vegan/GF Ginger and Turmeric Cookies

Don’t see eye-to-eye with gluten? Had a dispute with dairy? Sticking to an all-natural way of life? No problem. Here at Coconut Merchant, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy tasty homemade treats, no matter their diet. Because, at the end of the day, what’s a perfectly brewed cuppa without a deliciously dunkable biscuit? Thankfully the lovely Niki (@rebelrecipes) is on hand to ensure biscuits are accessible for all. Her latest creation is not only vegan and gluten free, it’s also totally tantalising and  jam-packed with powerful ingredients, like ginger and turmeric, which your body will be eternally grateful for. Plus, with a little helping hand from our all-natural Organic Desiccated Coconut, Organic Vegan Honey Alternative and award-winning Organic Coconut Oil, you really can’t go far wrong with. Pop the kettle on and let’s get mixing?

What you’ll need:

- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds
- 1 cup desiccated coconutAdd to cart
- Salt, a pinch
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons ginger, ground
- 1 small knob ginger (grated)
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric, or 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/3 cup coconut nectarAdd to cart
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons almond butter

Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius. Stir all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Pop your melted coconut oil into a bowl, then add the coconut nectar, mashed banana, almond butter, fresh ginger and turmeric. Give it a good old mix until nicely combined.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and combine together with a spoon or a hand whisk.
4. Time to get your hands dirty! Using your palms, take small parts of the mixture and roll into balls then place on a baking tray with a little coconut. Repeat until you’ve used all of the mix.
5. Bake! These will take around 20-25 minutes until browned and crispy.

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There’s plenty more coconutty recipes over here.

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Roost

17 Feb Spotlight On… Primal Roost

Welcome to Spotlight, a new monthly feature where we’ll be highlighting the accomplishments of our amazing independent retailers! This month, we’re shining the light on Primal Roost, an all-round fantastic primal-paleo café and pantry in Bagshot, Surrey. We’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with the lovely team at Primal Roost since they opened their doors two years ago, and we absolutely love their community focus, their passion for health, and of course, the mouthwatering paleo goodness they whip up every day!

We sat down with Jodi Ditton, founder and director of Primal Roost, to hear more:

 

What inspired you to start Primal Roost?

Primal Roost was the creation of 3 couples – Jody & Stuart Diton, Ollie & Leisa Moss and Kirstie & Kelvin Prince.  Our children go to school together and we have known each other through school for quite a few years.  All three families had been following very similar styles of eating based loosely around the Paleo or Primal framework.  This isn’t the easiest of frameworks to stick to if you are going to friends house for dinner or eating out! Us three girls would often try out recipes for cakes, biscuits and other goodies and be waiting for the others at the school gates to get their opinions and suggestions to make them better, or to share our absolute delight in finding a new fantastic recipe.

After a while of regularly chatting about our style of eating, we though that surely we mustn’t be the only people out there who are trying to eat this way and who would appreciate being able to grab a quick lunch, or go out for coffee and cake and not constantly feel like we were missing out.  We wanted to be able to go somewhere that was grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free as a given, so you knew you could have whatever you wanted, not just the fruit salad on the menu!  And so the concept of Primal Roost was born.  We started talking about the business concept in September of 2014 and we opened the shop in July 2015.

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What’s your favourite part of running the business?

The best part of running your own business is that when you make mistakes, you are the one who is fully accountable for them.  Only you get the opportunity to rectify those mistakes, you bear the full impact of them and you learn quickly from them.  For us starting a cafe and pantry has been a HUGE learning curve, but we are so excited to be putting ourselves out there and learning in our imperfect way!  People have tended to be much more forgiving of our mistakes as they see we are here working for our passion and we are so excited and enthusiastic about going to work every day as we have full control of the outcome.  That is so exciting, yet scary at the same time!

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What exciting events do you have coming up?

We have some very exciting things coming up at Primal Roost!  We hold monthly seminars at the shop – these are often on a Wednesday evening.  To name a few: on Monday 13th March we are very excited to announce that we are hosting a screening of the documentary “What’s with Wheat?” by Cindi O’Meara.  She is an Australian nutritionist who is flying over to the UK to travel around and share this ground-breaking documentary with our communities.  This event will also feature a Q&A with Cindi; Jennifer Tschieche, The Lunchbox Doctor; and others after the screening.  On Wednesday 15th March we have Nutrition Consultant Emma Randell featuring at Primal Roost talking about Good Fats vs Bad Fats.  We also have the creator and founder of Love Kombucha, Melanie Millin coming to Roost on Wednesday 19th April to talk all about the importance of fermented foods and kombucha making.  And on 24th May we are welcoming back Nutritional Therapist Keris Marsden for her second talk at Roost.  All our events are listed on our Facebook page and can be booked through there on Eventbrite!

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What advice would you give to those who want to start their own shop?

If anyone is looking to start their own shop, my fist piece of advice would be to make sure you have sat down with someone in the trade (if you aren’t yourself) and be fully aware of how much the venture is really going to cost.  You can’t pay bills with passion and enthusiasm!

Secondly, have a very clear business plan of what the company will look like and what your business objectives are.  That way, whenever you are stumbling around and looking for direction, marketing ideas and even training staff, you have a solid foundation to build upon for each of these things.  Otherwise you will find yourself winging it and things can start to take off on tangents.  You need to make sure everything ties back together and everything works towards your business objectives and vision.

But even more importantly, I would also recommend you look beyond your own goals and purpose, to a higher involvement in your community where you can link back to the people that you look to for business.  We are learning this now.  We are extremely passionate about health and wellbeing, hence why we have chosen to eat in this particular way!  But the wellness that it has brought us has surpassed even our own expectations.  I attribute much of our drive and determination to the fact that we look after ourselves.  We see the importance of our own health in building our families, dealing with stress, even just having the motivation to get out of bed every day.  We used to be stay at home mums – we had little jobs on the side, but none of the three of us were properly pursuing careers.  And this experience has taught me that if you believe it, you can achieve it.  If you take care of yourself, work hard and have faith then anything is possible.  We have built a business to prove it, and we want to support other women to realise the same.

Having a business of our own gives us the opportunity to do that. With a venue at our disposal we are starting to run Women’s Empowerment courses, called Shine.  We hope to encourage other women that they are valuable and that they have strength and purpose.  We are every excited to have the opportunity to contribute to build women to believe in themselves.

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Check out Primal Roost’s website here, and make sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all of their exciting developments!

 

If you’d like your shop, café or restaurant to be featured on our next Spotlight, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

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17 Feb A Guide to Coconut Nectar Honey

Heard of coconut nectar but not sure what the buzz is about? Noticed that 2017 is the year of the vegan and on the lookout for some delicious alternatives? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a handy guide to help educate you and your customers on the latest innovation in coconuts!

What is it made from?

Our organic coconut nectar is made from 100% pure coconut sap, so there’s no need to worry about any added nasties! Coconut trees are one of the most versatile out there, and the blossom is one of the many parts of the tree that can be used to produce delicious ingredients.

How is it made?

We use the thick flowering blossoms (some people call this the ‘palm’) from the tree. When these are tapped, they produce a sweet sap, which is then treated at low temperatures. This creates coconut nectar as we know it – it’s that simple. Communities across the globe have been doing this for centuries, so our farmers definitely have the skill perfected!

How is it different from honey and other natural sweeteners?

First of all, it’s vegan! Coconut nectar is one of the closest substitutes for normal honey, so it’s a great way for vegans to get a bee-free honey fix. Low GI and positively packed with coconut goodness, it also makes for a delicious swap for sugar in cooking and baking.

What can it be used for?

Some more good news for your customers: coconut nectar is extremely adaptable. Some people like to use it in place of normal honey – in porridge, on toast, or in drinks. It makes for a brilliant baking alternative to refined sugar, and marinades, roasted veggies and breakfast options will thank you for adding this natural boost, too!

What does it taste of?

Surprisingly, not coconut! Just like regular honey, coconut nectar is runny and sweet. That’s accompanied by a rich, warm and slightly more complex flavour than honey – tempting, right?

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09 Feb Valentine’s Heartache

Whether you’re lost in a haze of love or superbly single, we think we can all agree that Valentine’s Day can be a little OTT. From overcrowded restaurants to £50 roses, it can be pretty hard to live up to the hype, even for the most loved-up among us. But if you’re still mourning the bae that got away, rest assured that nothing remedies a broken heart like a series of terrible coconut-related puns. So with this in mind, we took some time off work to see who could come up with the cringiest – and ultimately be crowned Coco HQ’s king/queen of puns.

Here are some of our favourites:

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“All this coconut butter, but I still couldn’t butter you up”

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“All this savoury sauce, but you’re still salty”

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“All these boxes, but we still couldn’t fit in”

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“All this sugar but you still ain’t sweet”

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“All this coconut nectar but you’re still not my honey”

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“All these dressings but I never got you undressed”

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“All this wall but you still left me blue”

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“All this coconut water but you’re still thirsty”

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“All this oil, but I still let you slip away”

Like what you see? Think you could do better? Let us know @coconutmerchant – you might even see your break-up banter featured on our pages! And as always, remember what they say: a coco-family is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day.

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The perfect pancake

09 Feb Pancake Day Done Right!

It’s time to put the long-standing feud to rest. Whether you’re traditional with lemon and sugar or like to mix things up bacon and maple syrup style, the time has come to unite in honour of one of the best days of the year: Pancake Day. Fluffy or folded, savoury or sweet, the sheer versatility of these tasty little treats is unrivalled. Here are some of our absolute favourites:

Kelly’s Coconut Flour Pancakes

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Simple and delicious, Kelly’s coconut-flour based pancakes are brilliant for both beginners and pancake experts alike. Naturally gluten free, these fluffy discs of loveliness are perfect loaded up with either sweet or savoury toppings. We’re particularly partial to adding shredded duck and hoi sin sauce for a cheeky Asian twist!

Pixie’s Apple Pie Pancakes

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Feast your eyes on Pixie’s gorgeous Apple Pie Pancakes: tantalisingly thick, vegan and naturally gluten free. Packed with superfood chia seeds, it’s never been easier to justify devouring the lot in one go.

Fresheather’s Chocolate Orange Pancakes

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Is there anything better than chocolate orange? We thought not – until we tried it blended with banana in FreshHeather’s pancake recipe. Zesty, sweet and rich, these mouth-watering vegan pancakes are perfect for breakfast, dessert – or let’s be honest, any meal!

Hedi’s Spelt Flour Pancakes

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Spelt flour is packed with more protein, nutrients and minerals than traditional wheat flour – and it makes delightful addition to these vegan and dairy free pancakes. Better still, they’re topped with a generous helping of our very own Organic Coconut Syrup, so we won’t blame you if you eat them all! Thanks, Hedi.

Hedi’s Beetroot Pancakes

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Hedi’s all-natural beauties use the power of beetroot to give these pancakes a pretty in pink finish. Plus, if you love someone enough to give a couple away, you’ll definitely earn a spot in their good books.

 

Psst! We’ve got more coconutty recipes than you could shake a pancake at over here.

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08 Feb Coco-Collaborate: How We’ve Used Collaboration as a Tool For Success

The world of start-ups can be pretty isolating and lonely. Unless you have past experience in the field, there is a lot to figure out. At the same time, your major customers are HUGE in comparison and have a wealth of institutional knowledge. At Coconut Merchant, we overcame this early on by making our natural love of collaboration core to everything we do. Here are four simple reasons why we think other companies should too!

We can build more together!

We’ve loved working with other brands since we started. You might know some of them! They include: Aduna, Pip & Nut, Virtue Energy Drinks, CharbewSimplee Aloe, Pic’s Peanut Butter, and iQualTech.

By working together, we can share information on what has worked with retailers, share contacts, run joint competitions and even do instore promotions together. Collectively, we can guide and support each other towards our mutual benefit.

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Let’s Innovate!

Two heads are definitely better than one! By combining our knowledge of tastes and the market here, with the expertise of our farmers and production teams overseas, we’ve been able to innovate and come up with products that are first in their field! This means that we cannot only stay ahead of our competition, but we can stay true to our goal of revolutionising how natural foods are enjoyed!

Spread the Word!

If other people share your vision and mission, let them help you! We are blessed with a team of people who are experts in their fields, from videography to developing recipes. They share our passion for natural foods and vision for working with farmers in developing countries. Together we collaborate and each contribute what we can to the greater good. For example, we share our range of coco-goodies with our Contributing Chefs and they in turn develop the incredible recipes on our social media pages. We then cross-promote each other and now have a collective reach of over 5million people!

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Just Six Degrees of Separation?

You know what they say: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know! The buyers and customers we work with are so incredibly busy, so getting their attention can be a bit of a mission. And there’s nothing better than an introduction from a friend to shortcut – something that we have both benefited from and taken part in on several occasions.

There are so many benefits to collaborating. It has been one of the tools that has helped us grow, and escape the great isolation and unknown that is the FMCG start up world. If you’re in the same boat, give us a shout and let’s grow together!

 

 

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Sains

06 Feb Find Us In Sainsbury’s!

Brace yourself, coconuts: we have some extremely exciting news. Our Great Taste Award-winning Coconut Snack Chips have gone and hit the big time. They’re brushing shoulders with the stars. Preparing their acceptance speech for outstanding performance.

That’s right, our tasty little snack chips have landed in Sainsbury’s stores throughout the nation! With a presence in over 1,300 stores, it’s safe to say it’s now easier than ever to get your coconut fix. And at just £1.20, they really do make the perfect grab and go snack for coconut fanatics and newbies alike.

Spotted us in store? Make sure to snap a photo and tag us @coconutmerchant – we’ll send you a free bottle of Aqua Coco Active to wash them down!

If you’re looking for where else you can find our all-natural delights, head on over to our stockist page. And if you’re all stocked up, pop over to our recipes page – we’ve got a great selection of sweet and savoury treats for you to try!

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Check out our other stockists here!

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Aqua Coco Protein Smoothie

06 Feb Coconut Latte Protein Smoothie Shots

February is all about balance. Salad in the day, chocolate at night. Sticking to those New Years Resolutions on weekdays, and throwing the rule book out the window at weekends. If there’s one thing that Charley (@charleys_health) knows how to balance perfectly, it’s creating recipes that taste tantalisingly sinful, which are unbelievably guilt free. These Coconut Latte Protein Smoothie shots are no exception. With a hit of potassium from our friend Aqua Coco Active and protein powder to help muscle growth, this post-workout treat definitely isn’t one to be missed.

What you’ll need:

- 1 banana
- 2 cups of Aqua Coco coconut waterAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons of oats
- 1 teaspoon of instant coffee (coconut flavour works great!)

 

Let’s get started!

1. Pop all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz until lovely and smooth.

2. If you like your smoothies a little runnier, add up to another cup of coconut water and blend again.

3. For an indulgent treat, serve with coconut whipped cream. Enjoy!

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For more smoothie recipes, click here!

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Soup Day

03 Feb Soup, Glorious Soup!

A big, warming bowl of soup: is there anything quite as comforting after a long, chilly day? In fact, we think it might be just the cure for the all-too-familiar winter blues. Soups are a delicious way to fill up on those all-important nutrients needed to keep you going in the cold – and they’re so simple to make, there’s no excuse!

Here at Coco HQ, we’re lucky enough to collaborate with some incredibly talented contributing chefs. And aside from being all-round lovely people, they’re the culinary geniuses behind the tasty recipes we share with you all. So in honour of World Soup Day, we’d like to say a very special thank you to them – for providing the inspiration behind so many unique bowls of coconutty goodness!

Try some of our favourites:

Creamy Coconut and Mushroom Soup

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Let’s start simple. Creamy, comforting and delicately flavoured with thyme and our very own Organic Coconut Milk, Charley’s mushroom soup is the perfect winter’s evening companion.

Kelly’s Halloween Pumpkin Soup

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Who said pumpkins were just for Halloween? Positively packed with fibre, vitamin C and potassium, this warming little lunch is as good for your taste buds as it is for your body.

Coconut Milk, Pea and Basil Soup

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One of the best things about natural cooking is the vibrant colours! This one takes a little detour from your traditional soup combo with a fresh mixture of peas and basil. And at less that £2 to make, there’s certainly no reason not to give this one a go!

Beetroot Cooler Soup

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Ania’s pretty in pink soup isn’t just easy on the eyes; fresh beetroot gives it an earthy sweet taste, with dill and parsley providing a fragrant finish. Kick the freshness levels up a notch: like Spanish gazpacho, this unique soup is best served cold!

Coconutty Sweet Potato Soup
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Oh sweet potatoes, how we love thee. This vegetable is arguably one of the most versatile around, and if baking, mashing or roasting isn’t your game, why not try whizzing some up with coconut milk for Hedi’s divine two-ingredient sweet potato soup?

 

If soup’s not your thing (we’re not sure why it wouldn’t be!), why not try out some of our other recipes?

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Mushroom and Coconut Soup

30 Jan Creamy Coconut and Mushroom Soup

Ever stopped to consider that your soulmate might actually be an inanimate bowl of soup? Nope, us neither. It had never crossed our minds. That was until the day we set our sights on Charley’s (@charleys_health) irresistible mushroom and coconut soup.

Blessed with our very own creamy Organic Coconut Milk, Charley’s creation is rich in flavour and smooth in texture – in other words, exactly as a mushroom soup should be! The recipe is also vegan, dairy, and gluten free, making it the perfect dinner party starter to please even the trickiest of tummies. And if you’re tight for time, you’ll be pleased to hear, there’s only 4 steps in the process! So you simply mush have room for this one! See what we did there? OK, let’s just get cooking, shall we?

What you’ll need:

- 350g mushrooms
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut milkAdd to cart
- A handful of fresh thyme
- 200-300ml vegetable stock

Let’s get started! 

1. Crush your garlic with the flat side of a knife and toss it into a pan along with the onion. Fry for a few minutes.
2. Chop your mushrooms and add them to the pan, along with some fresh thyme and black pepper. Leave this to sizzle for a few minutes until the mushrooms are soft.
3. Pop the mix into a blender with the coconut milk and about 2/3 of the vegetable stock. Give it a good whizz, taste, then season accordingly with salt and pepper. If your soup is a little thick, simply add some more stock.
4. To achieve Charley’s picture perfect finish, slice and stir-fry some more mushrooms with some herbs and a little garlic. Finally, enjoy with a stack of warm crusty bread!

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Why not check out some of our other soup recipes?

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30 Jan Coconut Energy Bites

Looking for a mid-morning pick me up to keep you going through the incessantly grey days? Congratulations, you’ve came to the right place! With a triple dose of our favourite friends in the form of our Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Desiccated Coconut and Organic Coconut Oil, these little bites are any coconut lover’s dream. They’re also an excellent source of all-natural energy, and most importantly – they’re utterly delicious! Thanks, Harriet (@_harriet_emily).

What you’ll need:

- 1/2 a cup (100 grams) pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons coconut nectarAdd to cart
- 1/3 cup (45 grams) plain mixed nuts
- 1/3 cup (30 grams) oats
- 2/3 cup (60 grams) desiccated coconutAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon coconut oilAdd to cart


Let’s get started! 

1. Pop all of your ingredients into a food processor. Give it a good whizz until it has formed a sticky, slightly chunky mixture.
2. Take small handfuls of the mixture and roll it around in your palms to create a ball shape. Repeat until all of your mixture has been used, then voila, you’re done! We did say this was an easy one.

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Feeling inspired? Why not give our other recipes a bash!

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Peanut butter day

24 Jan All Hail Peanut Butter!

Ah, peanut butter. The giver of life. The light at the end of a long dark day. The little (or not-so-little) pick me up that just seems to make life that little bit sweeter.

From an unbeatable dip for cucumber sticks to an indulgent toast topping and an instant off-the-spoon pick me up, it’s safe to say it’s our favourite office companion at Coco HQ! Some say a home without a dog is just a house – well, we’d go as far as to say that an office without peanut butter is just a building.

Okay, so you get it: we’re crazy about peanut butter. Possibly almost as crazy as we are about coconuts, and that’s saying something. So we’re getting in on the action for arguably one of the most important public holidays in our calendar: World Peanut Butter Day. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a selection of our most-loved peanut butter recipes. From a natural take on the famous peanut butter cup to a devilishly good peanut rice dish, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get making!

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

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If it was sustainable to live on a diet consisting purely of this fudge, there would be no looking back. Peanut butter lovers, get ready for a taste sensation: Rachel’s all-natural PB fudge topped with homemade chocolate peanut butter cups is not to be missed!

Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits

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A double hit of deliciousness straight from the oven of our lovely contributing chef Ugne. If blackberry ice cream and crunchy PB biscuits sounds like your kind of combination, then this one’s definitely for you.

Raweos

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Oreo addicts, prepare yourselves. They said it couldn’t be done, but Rachel has worked her magic to create a dreamy guilt-free take on our favourite chocolaty treats. This mouthwatering version is completely raw and packed full of natural foods that your body will love, like our own Organic Coconut Oil and Butter, medjool dates, and nuts.

Asian Brown Rice Salad

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Feeling a bit more savoury than sweet? There’s a peanut butter dish for you! Peanut sauce is used in Asian cooking for a creamy, sweet finish, and this tasty salad from Harriet makes no exception. Healthy, simple, delicious AND peanut butter packed? Sign us up!

Raw Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts

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Deliciously dark and positively brimming with natural deliciousness, these peanut butter doughnuts are another of Rachel’s divine raw creations. The best part is that they’re raw, so you only have to pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes until you can devour one…or the lot!

Craving more delectable coco-treats? Head on over to our recipes page.

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Brew Dog

19 Jan GETTING CRAFTY WITH BREWDOG

There’s nothing we love more than coconuts – but craft beer is definitely a close second. So you can imagine our excitement when the world-conquering BrewDog asked us to help out with their latest small batch brew. Described as “a porter of papal proportions,” the brand-new Self Assembly Pope is a distinctive stout with a winning combination of ingredients – including cocoa powder, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and our very own Toasted Coconut Flakes!

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Not to cause widespread panic, but this unique brew is a special edition and only available for a limited time only, so if (like us) you’ve thrown in the towel on your attempt at Dry January, you know what to do. Hurry on over to BrewDog pubs nationwide for a taste of the craftiest brew that’s ever graced your presence. Happy drinking!

Click here for lots more exciting coco-news!

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09 Jan Veganuary

We’re sure by now you’ve heard the (albeit difficult to pronounce) word that’s been on everyone’s lips recently: Veganuary. If, like many, you’re still in Christmas mode and continuing to eat everything in sight, going vegan for a month probably isn’t the most attainable New Year’s resolution. However, if you’re embracing the trend, we’ve got your back. Read on for some great motivators and vegan-friendly recipes!

1. Simply put, being vegan is the easiest way to help animals. Studies have shown that the average vegan saves over 100 animals a year – that’s a lot of furry friends!

2. Going vegan is one of the kindest things you can do for the environment, due to the pollution caused by the production, transport, and sale of animal products.

3. Since many processed foods and ready meals aren’t vegan, it’s time to get your chef hat on. Making your own meals means it’s much easier to avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients.

4. Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy on the wallet too! There are some great affordable protein sources out there; adding chickpeas, quinoa, and lentils to your shopping basket definitely won’t break the bank!

5. It tastes great. Here’s a selection of our favourite vegan recipes to show you that Veganuary really isn’t as difficult – or restrictive – as it sounds:

Creamy Pesto
Ah pesto – while this wondrous ingredient coats pasta like nothing else, shop bought varieties are rarely vegan-friendly. Kelly’s recipe has just five ingredients and one simple step to pesto perfection.

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White Bean Brownies
Brownies: a staple food for any dedicated sweet tooth. The white beans in these gooey delights are a great source of protein, whilst the cacao and natural coconut sugar ensure they’re just as rich and delectable as normal.brownies

Sweet Potato Massaman Curry
Curries are an excellent way to expand your vegan cooking horizons, since many are naturally vegan-friendly, and just as delicious without meat. Niki’s creation is filled with flavour from a variety of warming spices, and positively packed with some of our favourite veggies.curry

Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Good news – even if you’re an untameable cheese addict, all is not lost. Charley’s quick and easy recipe proves you don’t have to cast aside your go-to cheese dishes on your quest for veganism. All you need is some creativity, love, and a little nutritional yeast!mac-n-cheese

Banana Bread
The rumours are true! Fresh Heather’s mouth-wateringly beautiful banana bread is completely vegan, as well as gluten and guilt-free.banana-bread

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21 Dec Honey and Hazelnut Gingerbread Reindeer

Well it wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread, would it? And let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be Coconut Merchant without a natural take on an absolute classic! This perfectly spiced little treat from Charley (@charleys_health) is free from refined sugar, and features our very own Organic Coconut Oil, which means you can eat Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the whole gang without feeling guilty… right?! Plus, it only takes five steps to create – so there’s really no excuse not to get in the Christmas spirit.

What you’ll need:

- 1 cup of oats
- 2 tablespoons of hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 heaped teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of water
- A pinch of sea salt
- Raw chocolate (to decorate)

 

1. Get your oven heating to 180C and line a tray with some baking paper. Blend your oats into a flour with a food processor.
2. Toss everything in else apart from the water and whizz again. This should form a dough, but you can add in the liquid to help it along if you need to.
3. Gently roll out your dough, then cut your gingerbread shapes. We love Charley’s reindeer, but get creative! Choose whatever Christmassy figures you fancy. Pop them onto the tray and bake for about 8 minutes or until lovely and golden brown.
4. Leave them to cool, then melt the chocolate and drizzle over as much or as little as you feel like. Voila!

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21 Dec Protein Chestnut & Pear Cheesecake

We know what you’re thinking: just looking at this luxurious cheesecake is developing your Christmas food baby from the second trimester to the third. But, fear not, coconuts! Our lovely contributing chef, Ugne (@ugnebakes) shows us yet again that indulgence doesn’t always have lead to guilt. This Chestnut and Pear Cheesecake is the perfect gasp-inducing Christmas centrepiece, and in true Ugne style, it’s low in fat, sugar free, and positively packed with protein.

What you’ll need:

For the base:
- 95g rolled oats
- 15g free sweetener
- 35g chocolate flavoured protein powder
- 90g crunchy almond butter
- 20g coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2-3 tablespoons water

For the filling:
- 2 pears
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 500g fat free cream cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 35g vanilla flavour protein powder
- 150g fat free yoghurt
- 200g chestnut puree
- Vanilla flavour stevia, to taste

To decorate
- 1 pear, sliced length ways 2-3mm in thickness
- Toasted almonds, finely chopped

 

Let’s Get Started!

1. Begin by preheating your oven heating to 160C and lining a loose-bottomed tin (ideally around 20cm wide) with baking parchment.
2. Let’s get to the baking! Place all of your base ingredients into a food processor and blitz. Pile the mixture into your tin and press down, building it a little up the sides to avoid any leaking.
3. Pop the base into the oven for 15 minutes while you prep the pears. Peel and core them, then slice into thin strips. Toss them about in a bowl with the ginger, then arrange them over the base once it’s out of the oven.
4. Now, blend all of the filling ingredients until nice and smooth. Give it a taste (and only a taste!), then pour over the base and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if the centre is a little wobbly – it will set in the fridge.
5. Leave to chill in the fridge. Overnight is best, but if you really can’t wait, 3-4 hours should do the trick. Once chilled, run a knife around the edges and transfer to a serving plate.
6. Finally, cut your pear into thin slices, and brown in a pan on a medium heat, turning occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated. Pat dry using kitchen towel then carefully arrange your pear slices around the edge of the cake, sprinkle with toasted almonds, then devour!

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19 Dec Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Sandwiches

In the latest instalment of ‘how on earth does she do it?’, Rachel (@rawberryfields) creates yet another a delectable treat that sounds far too good to be true. This time, Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Sandwiches that are free from vegan, gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Featuring our very own multi-award winning Organic Coconut Oil, Rachel’s ingenious creations are sweet indulgence at a not-so-naughty price. Shall we get mixing?

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What you’ll need:

For the vanilla chocolate chip nice cream:
- 2 ripe bananas (freeze these overnight!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2½ teaspoons cacao nibs

For the cookies:
- 95g cashew nuts
- 40g ground almonds
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons maple (or coconut) syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 tablespoons carob powder

For the chocolate fudge sauce:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 2½ tablespoons carob powder
- 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon maple (or coconut) syrup

 


Let’s get started! 

1. Firstly, let’s get cracking with the nice cream. Whizz your frozen bananas in a food processor until nice and smooth (this might take a little while!). 
2. Once smooth, throw in the vanilla and blend again, then stir in the cacao nibs. Transfer your nice cream to a bowl and allow to set in the freezer.
3. Next, pop your nuts into the food processor and blitz until floury. Add the rest of the cookie ingredients and pulse again – the mixture should come together to allow you to form a dough in your hands.
4. To make the cookie shape, split the dough into equal parts, roll into a ball and flatten onto a lined tray. Transfer to the freezer for half an hour to set.
5. For the fudge sauce, combine the melted coconut oil and maple (or coconut) syrup. Then, add the carob powder a little at a time and keep stirring until you have a thick treacle-like sauce.
6. Once your ice cream has hardened, take a scoop and pile it onto a cookie then top with some carob fudge sauce, and whack another cookie on the top. Time to dig in!

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15 Dec Mini Vegan & Gluten Free Christmas Puddings

Christmas pudding: the ultimate festive luxury for some, a muddled mash-up of strange spiced fruit for others. Love it, or hate it, we’re confident we can all agree that nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like an up-side down, flame engulfed, fruit pudding. And this pyrotechnic display is just the start of the excitement – enter numerous dollops of brandy butter, lashings of cream and an entire tub of ice-cream. If you haven’t indulged in this rich alcohol-soaked tradition and subsequently fallen into a deep, highly satisfying food comma you simply haven’t ‘done’ Christmas.

Luckily, Niki (@RebelRecipes) is here to proudly lead the way for tricky-tummies everywhere. Her ingenious raw, vegan and gluten free mini Christmas puds, are also lighter than the original but just as jam-packed with juicy fruits and aromatic spices. Plus, each individual little pud is finished with a generous drizzling of coconut cream – what more could we ask for?  Now you really can have your Christmas pud and eat it. So, shall we get mixing?

For the pudding:
- 15g goji berries
- 150g dried dates
- 40g cranberries
- 50g apricots
- 50g figs
- 40g raisins
- 50g almonds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 10g yellow raisins
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
- 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Juice ½ orange
- 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons yellow raisins
- 2 tablespoons cashew nuts
- A pinch of sea salt

For the coconut cream:
- 4 tablespoons desiccated coconutAdd to cart
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
- A little water

To top:
- Pomegranate seeds
- Star anise


Let’s get started!

1. Begin by soaking your dried fruit in water for 2-3 hours, or until soft. Squeeze any excess liquid from the fruit then toss into a food processor and whizz for a few seconds.
2. Remove the dried fruit mix from your food processor and throw in the almonds and pulse until you’re left with a fine crumb. Add all the remaining dry mix and pulse until well combined.
3. Next, throw in the grated ginger, soaked fruit, orange juice, additional raisins, cashews and salt, then mix thoroughly.
4. Finally grease around four small ramekins (baking dishes) with coconut oil then spoon in your mixture. Press down firmly to ensure that all-important mound, then cover with cling film and pop in the fridge to harden for 2-3 hours.
5. To make the coconut cream, simply blitz all three coconut cream ingredients in a food processor.
6. When your puds are sufficiently hard, run a knife around the outside of the pots then turn them upside down. Finally, top with coconut cream and pomegranates.

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13 Dec Vegan & Gluten-Free Banana Bread

‘Tis the season to eat cake, fa la la la la, la la la la. With Christmas just around the corner, we see no reason why we should hold ourselves back any longer. Starting with the lovely Fresh Heather’s (@fresheather) Vegan Banana Bread, we intend to fully immerse ourselves in a world of sweet indulgence. This mouthwatering creation not only tastes and looks divine, it does good too – the recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and even includes our premium quality Organic Coconut Oil. So, shall we get baking?

What you’ll need:

- 4 mashed bananas
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 1/3 cup agave (or coconut!) syrup
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup spelt flour, gluten-free
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 tablespoon baking powder
- A pinch of cinnamon
- A splash of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut milkAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder

 

Let’s get started!

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 180C.
2. Mix your chia seeds with a couple of tablespoons of water, then add in the mashed bananas, coconut oil and agave (or coconut) syrup.
3. Sift in the flour and baking powder and give it a good stir.
4. Next, pop a third of the mixture into a separate bowl, and add in the coconut milk, cacao powder, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla.
5. Finally, pour your plain mix into a lined loaf tin, and top with the chocolatey mixture. To achieve that lovely marbled effect, gently swirl a knife through the mixture. And, for extra effect, why not top your creation with a banana that has been sliced lengthways!
6. Pop your masterpiece into the oven for 35-40 mins (a knife or toothpick should come out clean when it’s done). When cooked through, it’s best to allow it to cool on a wire rack before slicing. For a heavenly combo, try topping with our Organic Cacao Spread!

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13 Dec Gluten & Dairy Free Stollen Bites

One thing we’re grateful for this Christmas is our lovely contributing chef, Vicki (@freefromfairy). From oatless flapjacks to strawberry bliss balls, she always has just the thing to tantalise our tastebuds. And this one’s no exception. Stollen is a newer addition to Christmas time in our neck of the woods, and we’re not complaining in the slightest. Best accompanied by a warming mug of glühwein, this bread-like cake, packed with fruit and nuts, is one Christmas tradition we simply can’t live without. Vicki’s masterpiece offers a delicious combination of spiced dough, marzipan and all the flavours of Christmas, lovingly coated in our very own Organic Coconut Oil. The recipe is just made for sharing with friends, family and festive revellers. Why not whip up an extra batch for a cheap and cheerful festive gift – if anyone asks, it’s the thought that counts! 

What you’ll need:

- 100 millilitres coconut milkAdd to cart
- 14g yeast
- 250g plain flour (or gluten-free flour)
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 50g fruit sugar (or granulated sugar)
- A pinch of salt
- 200g raisins
- 30g mixed peel
- Zest of one clementine
- 30g ground almonds
- 50g coconut oil, melted (plus a little extra to brush on top!)
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- Icing sugar, to dust

 

Let’s get started!

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper that measures around 12 x 30cm.
2. Warm your coconut milk for 30 seconds, then throw in the yeast, and sit aside for 10 minutes.
3. Sift your flour, xanthan gum and mixed spice into a large bowl. Throw in the sugar, salt, dried fruit, clementine zest and almonds, then give it a good ol’ mix.
4. Next, add in the coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice and milk, then use your hands to form a squidgy dough. Once content, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes.
5. Time for the marzipan! Begin by rolling your marzipan into a rectangle that’s around the same size as your baking tray.

6. Once your dough has rested, pop your dough onto the baking tray. Scatter a little gluten-free flour and roll it out until it fills the tray. Lay the marzipan across half, then fold the dough across. Once the edges are sealed, it should create a lovely marzipan and dough sandwich.

7. Give the dough another hour to sit, relax, and rest- it should rise again this time. Bake for 30-35 minutes, then brush with a little coconut oil after you’ve taken the lovely golden-brown stollen out of the oven.

8. Make it snow! Sprinkle a generous helping of icing sugar over the top, leave it to cool, then cut into small pieces and devour!

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These bitesized treats can be frozen- just defrost and pop in the microwave for a few seconds to keep the Christmas cheer going long after the fun’s over!

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08 Dec Christmas Coconut Snowball Truffles

Don’t let the weather man decide if you have a white Christmas or not this year. Let’s make it snow ourselves! The lovely Charley’s (@Charleys_Health) crowd-pleasing Coconut Snowball Truffles are quick, easy and positively packed with coconutty goodness, in the form of our award-winning Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Coconut Nectar Vegan Honey Alternative. They’re also deliciously guilt free – making that second helping of turkey, with all the trimmings, totally acceptable. Similar to macaroons, with an added cashew nut and raw chocolate hit, they’re perfect when paired with a festive tipple and a classic christmas movie. What more could you ask for after a long hard day of eating chocolate in your pyjamas? Snowball fight, anyone?

What you’ll need:

- 1 cup desiccated coconutAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectarAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- ½ cup cashew nuts
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon maple (or coconut!) syrup


Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, get out your food processor and blitz those cashews into small pieces. Add your coconut nectar, desiccated coconut, and cashew butter, then blend again until you have a lovely smooth consistency.
2. Separate your mixture into evenly sized pieces and roll them into golf-ball sized snowballs.
3. For the chocolate topping, melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or over a gentle heat on the hob. Stir in the cacao and maple syrup until you’ve got a not-so-naughty take on melted chocolate (yum!)
4. Get drizzling! Pour that lovely cacao mixture over your snowballs and you’re done.

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25 Nov Apricot, Oat and Ginger Biscuits

If there’s one thing us Brits are good at, it’s pairing the perfect cuppa with a deliciously dunkable biscuit. After undergoing the gruelling tests, Kelly’s (@eatpraycook) scrumptious spiced Apricot, Oat and Ginger Biscuits have successfully  graduated as grade A dunking biscuits, with just the right combination of crunch and crumble. The quick and easy recipe is vegan and free from refined sugar – meaning it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in anywhere between 3-6 of these, all at once. Let’s get dunking.

What you’ll need:

- 7 chopped apricots
- 100g rolled oats
- 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A large pinch of pink salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut butterAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon coconut oilAdd to cart
- 3½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
- 80g ground almonds
- 4 tablespoons coconut syrupAdd to cart
- 1 egg white


Let’s get started:

1. Begin by grabbing a large bowl and coating your chopped apricots in cinnamon and ginger. Add in the rest of your dry ingredients and mix again.
2. Next, melt your coconut butter in the microwave on a low setting until it has just softened then throw it into the dry mixture. Add in all remaining wet ingredients and mix again.
3. Separate your mixture into evenly sized balls and mould into biscuits on a lined baking tray. If you find your mixture is too dry, add a little more coconut oil. Too wet? Simply throw in some more oats.
4. Finally, bake for around 8 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack, then dig in!

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25 Nov Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

If, like us, you eat, sleep, and breathe peanut butter, we urge you to take a few deep breaths and prepare yourself. This drool-worthy delight, from the lovely Rachel (@rawberryfields), is everything we peanut butter-aholics dream of, and more. Requiring only four main ingredients – peanut butter, organic coconut oil, syrup and chocolate – and packed full of healthy fats, it’s the ultimate in natural indulgence. And, just to add fuel to this glorious fire, the recipe also features home-made peanut butter cups and a delicious chocolate swirl. Fudge it! Let’s get cooking.

What you’ll need:

For the peanut butter cups
- 150g dark or raw chocolate
- 4 tablespoons of peanut butter
- A pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or organic coconut nectar!Add to cart

For the peanut butter fudge
- 350g peanut butter
- 80g organnic coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 60ml maple syrup (or organic coconut nectar!)Add to cart
- A pinch of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional)

For the chocolate swirl
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter fudge
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 tablepoon maple syrup (or, you guessed it, organic coconut nectar!)Add to cart


Let’s get started!

Peanut Butter Cups
1. First, slowly melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
2. Once melted, place a tablespoon of the chocolate into a mini cupcake case so that it covers the bottom, repeating until you have 10 chocolate filled cases, then pop them into the fridge to set.
3. Next, combine your peanut butter, salt, and syrup (or nectar) in a bowl then plop a teaspoon of the mixture on top of the chocolate disks and cover with the rest of the melted chocolate.
4. Finally, pop your chocolate cups into the freezer and move onto the fudge.

Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Fudge
1. To begin, stir all of your fudge ingredients together.
2. Next, take 3 tablespoons of the fudge mix, and in a separate bowl, combine with the cacao, syrup (or nectar), and a tablespoon of coconut oil.
3. In a lined dish, pour the fudge and spread until even, then get creative by blobbing bits of the chocolate mix on top and swirling into patterns with a knife.
4. Finally, grab your chilled peanut butter cups, chop them into bits, and add into your fudge mix before freezing for an hour or two.

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22 Nov Strawberry Bliss Balls

It’s true what they say – three really is the magic number. Whether that be the amount of members in Destiny’s Child, the amount of episodes you can watch on Netflix without moving, or the amount of steps in this super-satisfying Strawberry Bliss Balls recipe, good things seem to always come in threes. These delicious little balls of goodness from the lovely Vicki (@freefromfairy), are 100% natural and free from refined sugar, gluten, dairy, and egg, making them suitable for even the trickiest of tummies. We recommend whipping up a batch to share with deserving friends, family members, colleagues, or even your boss (did someone say, promotion?). 3, 2, 1, let’s get mixing!

What you’ll need:

- 100g strawberries
- 50g pecans
- 1 tablespoon coconut flourAdd to cart
- Desiccated coconut (enough to thoroughly coat)Add to cart


Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, blitz your strawberries, nuts and coconut flour to form a paste. If your mixture is very sticky, add a little more coconut flour.
2. Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once set slightly, roll the mixture into evenly-sized balls.
3. Sprinkle some desiccated coconut on a plate then roll, roll, roll.
*You’ll want to munch these little balls of bliss up within four days – somehow we don’t think that will be too difficult.

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11 Nov Mushroom Stroganoff

Introducing our new Coconut Milk Powder! We must admit, we’re rather proud of this one. Simply mix in some water to create a coconut milk that is as light or creamy as you like. From smooth cereal milk, to creamy coconut milk for adding richness to your curries, and coconut cream for all your baking exploits, our newest product ticks all the boxes and offers an excellent long-life alternative to traditional tinned coconut milk. To demonstrate it’s incredible versatility, we enlisted the help of our lovely contributing chef, Hedi (@hedi_hearts) who once again left us in awe. This mouth-watering mushroom stroganoff recipe is creamy, tasty, and all done in under half an hour. We strongly recommend pairing it with an open fire, wooly socks and a good book. Let’s get cooking.

What you’ll need:

- 300g mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk powderAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon spelt flour (or regular flour)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 pint vegetable broth
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- A pinch of salt and pepper


Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, melt your coconut oil in a large pan and fry your onion and mushrooms for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and paprika and cook for another few minutes.
2. Pop in the vegetable stock, coconut milk powder and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then bubble away on a low-medium heat for 10 minutes.
3. Add the water and the flour to the mix, stirring for two minutes until nice and creamy.
4. Garnish your stroganoff with parsley, serve with or without rice, and enjoy.

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02 Nov Vegan Sweet Potato Massaman Curry

As we reluctantly tumble into a world of colder, darker evenings, we must focus on the good things in life. Sitting by a roaring fire with fluffy socks on. Getting tucked up in bed with a good book and a cuppa. The aroma of a warming massaman curry wafting through the house. And while we may not be able to provide the fluffy socks, we sure can help with the great food. With the help of our wonderful contributing chef, Niki (@rebelrecipes) and a handful of spices, we’ve got a sure-fire way put a smile on the face of any teeth-chattering sun worshipper. Let’s get cooking! 

What you’ll need:

For the curry paste:
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or coconut nectar)Add to cart
- ¼ cup tamari or other GF soy sauce
- 2 limes
- A knob of ginger
- 1 teaspoon chilli
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- A stalk of lemongrass
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- A pinch of nutmeg
- A pinch of pepper
- 2 shallots, sliced

For the curry:
- 1 can coconut milkAdd to cart
- ¾ a cup curry paste
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 cups chopped red peppers
- 1 cup green beans, chopped


Let’s get started!

1. Load your food processor with all of the paste ingredients and blitz until a scrumptious paste is formed.
2. In a large saucepan, add the coconut water, curry paste, and a cup of water. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Add the sweet potatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes before adding the green beans and leaving to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
3. Finally, dish up, top with crushed peanuts and fresh coriander, and dig in.
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26 Oct The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Pie may just be the greatest thing on Earth. Savoury or sweet, shortcrust or puff pastry, if we could eat pie all day every day, you can bet your bottom dollar we would. And this one’s no exception – all hail the new Queen of autumn spice, the wonderful, Charley (@charleys_health) and her irresistible Cacao Crusted Pumpkin Pie. Believe it or not, this perfect little pie is completely vegan, free from refined sugar and filled with only 100% natural ingredients, meaning we can have our pie and eat it without that all too familiar post-pie-eating guilt. So pop that oven on, grab your cosiest jumper, and let’s get baking.

What you’ll need:

For the Base
- 1 cup of oats
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut OilAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon date syrup
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- A pinch of sea salt

For the Filling
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup dates
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 teaspoon of Organic Coconut OilAdd to cart
- A generous pinch of cinnamon
- A pinch of ginger
- A pinch of ground nutmeg

For the Cashew Sauce
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or Coconut Nectar)Add to cart
- A dash of vanilla extract
- Coconut milk (to achieve desired consistency)Add to cart


Let’s get started! 

1. Begin by blitzing your oats in a food processor until you’re left with a fine flour. Throw in the remaining base ingredients and blitz again until well mixed and sticky.
2. Next, transfer your mixture into a cake tin (springform or loose bottomed is best for avoiding pre-pie meltdowns) and press down until smooth and even. Make a wall of crust around the edge of the tin to create the pie sides then pop in the freezer and move onto the filling.
3. For that lovely creamy middle, blitz all of the filling ingredients in a food processor before pouring the mixture over your crust and returning to the freezer.
4. Finally, to create your scrumptious sauce, combine the cashew butter, vanilla, and maple syrup (adding a spoonful at a time). Once smooth, throw in a little coconut milk to achieve your desired consistency
5. Now for the hard part, pop your perfect little pie in the freezer to set for a few hours and wait patiently. When satisfied, cut in to slices, drizzle with sauce, top with crushed pecans and dig in.

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10 Oct Gooey Cashew and Vanilla Frosted Blondies

Baking goddess, Charley (@charleys_health) is back with yet another winning recipe. We like to think of the blondie as the caramel flavoured little cousin of the legendary chocolate brownie. With the same moist texture and irresistible appearance and the added bonus of a sweet caramel flavour, these gooey little bites of goodness are a treat for all the senses. Plus, the recipe is gluten-free and features a triple coconut hit in the form of our very own Coconut Sugar, Coconut Oil, and Desiccated Coconut. You know what they say, a life without Gooey Cashew and Vanilla Frosted Blondies just isn’t a life worth living. Let’s get baking!

What you’ll need:

For the blondies:
- ¾ cup coconut sugarAdd to cart
- 3 tablespoons coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- ½ cup ground almonds
- ¼ cup brown rice flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- A splash of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt

For the vanilla frosting:
- 3 tablespoons of cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- A splash of vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons coconut milkAdd to cart
- Desiccated coconut, to decorateAdd to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. To begin, grab a wooden spoon and combine the coconut sugar and coconut oil.
2. Next, throw in the cashew butter and vanilla extract then mix some more before beating in your egg.
3. Combine all other dry ingredients before very carefully fold the mixture into your sugary mix.
4. Pour the golden mixture into a lined tin and pop into your oven to cook for approximately 16-20 minutes  at 180 degrees Celsius.
5. Time for the frosting! In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Once your blondies have cooled, top with the frosting and dig in.

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05 Oct Beetroot Cooler Soup

It’s officially that time of year. We spend the mornings cosied up in our warmest sweaters and the afternoon dying from heatstroke. We just can’t win. So whilst we walk around in our winter coats and sandals, we’ve recruited the help of the super talented, Ania (@myfatmeania) to help us stay cool whilst enjoying a deliciously vibrant bowl of soup. Of course, asides from being the prettiest soup dish we’ve ever seen, this bowl is also filled with coconutty goodness in the form of our very own creamy Organic Coconut Milk and Organic Coconut Oil. We’re pretty sure this coco-creation is the root to all our October happiness.

What you’ll need:

For the soup
- A bunch of beetroot (3 or 4), leaves attached
- 2-3 litres prepared chicken stock
- 1 can coconut milkAdd to cart
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- A handful of fresh dill
- A handful of fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp coconut oilAdd to cart

For the stock
- 2-4 organic chicken legs
- 3 litres of water
- 2 cloves of garlic
- A handful of fresh parsley
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 parsnip, roughly chopped
- 2 chopped celeriacs
- 3 bay leaves
- Pepper, to taste


Let’s get started!

1. Let’s start with the stock. Pop all the stock ingredients into a pan and simmer for about 90 minutes.
2. When your stock has been gently bubbling away for about 80 minutes, get cracking on the beetroot. To prepare, remove the leaves, peel the beetroot, and grate in a food processor. Chop up the leaves and stems until small.
3. Drain the ingredients from the stock so that you’re left with your own gloriously golden broth. Pour into a pan and add the potatoes and carrots then cook on a low heat for about ten minutes.
4. Add the beetroot and vinegar then cover with a lid and wait for 20 minutes while your concoction turns into a magnificent pink pop!
5. Brown your onions in a frying pan then add to the mixture, along with the garlic and seasoning.
6. Once your beets are nice and soft, remove from the heat and leave the soup to cool. Finally top with chopped dill and parsley for a little extra zing then slurp away.

 

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05 Oct Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes

Cake. Whether it’s washed down with a good ol’ cuppa, delicately nibbled with a side of prosecco or gone to town on Bruce-Bogtrotter-style, they’re pretty delicious. In fact, we’re yet to find a cake we didn’t like. It’s not like we don’t try. Every single Friday Coco HQ is filled with cake, cake and more cake, but it seems we’ll never get our fill. I think they call it, unconditional love or something? So this week we’re going with a not-so-naughty twist on the ultimate classic – Harriet’s (@harriet_emily) sweet little Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes. With a helping hand from our very own Organic Coconut Oil and a good dose of our Organic Coconut Sugar, we’re pretty confident this one won’t disappoint. The recipe should make approximately 6 perfectly-sized cupcakes – ideal for sharing (or not sharing.) Let’s eat cake, coconuts!

What you’ll need:

For the cupcakes:
- 2 large lemons
- 60 ml coconut oilAdd to cart
- Half a courgette
- 110g organic coconut sugarAdd to cart
- 50g millet flour (or flour of your choice)
- 50g buckwheat flour (or flour of your choice)
- 30g ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or coconut vinegar)Add to cart

For the drizzle:
- 2 tablespoons xylitol (or sweetener of your choice)
- 1¼ teaspoons lemon juice


Let’s get started!

1. Combine your dry ingredients (coconut sugar, millet flour, buckwheat flour, ground almonds, baking powder) with the zest of 2 lemons.
2. Juice your zested lemons until you fill half a cup then add to a blender along with your courgette, and whizz away!
3. Pop your lemon mixture into your dry ingredients and combine well with a hand whisk. Scoop the mixture into approximately 6 cupcake cases held in a muffin tin.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 30-40 minutes until your cupcakes are golden, slightly bouncy to the touch, and oh-so-delectable to the eye.
5. Finally, set aside to cool while you prepare the drizzle. Blitz your xylitol with a blender to form a powdery sugar then transfer to a bowl, stir in the lemon juice and drizzle away.

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28 Sep BEAT THE MICROBEAD WITH ALL-NATURAL SCRUBS

On the 3rd of September this year, the government ruled that microbeads would be banned in the UK market, starting mid-2017 and we couldn’t be happier. These tiny plastic particles  are used in beauty products, like toothpaste and face scrub to banish unwanted cells, whether that be on the skin, in your mouth, or in the home. However, it’s recently become apparent that these nasty little fellas don’t biodegrade, meaning nearly 100,000 per shower head straight for our oceans causing great pain to our precious sea life and mother nature as a whole. And that’s not all, this toxic plastic is even reaching us humans. Put simply, the oceans smallest fish eat the microbeads thinking they’re food, the bigger fish eat these small fish and us humans eat the big fish. A tale even more terrifying than Roald Dahl’s, The Witches, we’re sure you’ll agree.

That’s why we’re on a mission. A mission to revolutionise natural products and save our fishes. If we had it our way, every bathroom cabinet and kitchen cupboard through the land would be jam-packed with coconut based products but for now let’s start with some all-natural replacements for these plastic-based beauty products.


Triple Coconut Face and Body Exfoliator

– 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon of coconut syrup or regular honey
– 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar

Lemon Face and Body Exfoliator

– 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Let’s get started!

1: Combine all three ingredients
2. Apply to the skin in a circular motion
3. Leave for a couple of minutes to leave your skin feeling super smooth
4. Rinse off and be on your moisturised way!

 

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28 Sep Coconut Oil in the Home

By now, we all know that coconut oil is a must-have for both cooking and cosmetics. Its amazing natural versatility makes it one of the few products as kind to your outer body as it is to your inner!

However, we have a funny feeling that its lesser-known applications may be the ones most beneficial to our hectic lifestyles! From last Friday night’s wine spillages, to that ever-growing pile of laundry, there’s plenty of reasons your cupboards should be stuffed full of our favourite little superfood. Here are some of our favourites:

 

Homemade Soap for Laundry

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While mainstream laundry detergents may leave your clothes smelling like you’ve just rolled in a field of passionflowers on a fresh spring day, this pleasant scent comes at a price. Filled with artificial nasties, colourings, bleach and even phosphates, mass-market detergents have severe environmental implications. Cue the coconut oil! This all-natural alternative makes the perfect base for a DIY laundry soap and will leave your clothes smelling even better than a bed of roses. And with only four or five ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to extend the coco-love to your clothes.

What you’ll need:

– 8 tablespoons of coconut oil
– ½ a bar of soap of your choice, grated with a cheese grater
– 2 cups of washing soda
– 10 drops of your favourite essential oil

Method:

1. Combine the coconut oil, grated soap and washing soda. Make sure you use gloves as some of these ingredients can be drying to the skin in concentrated form!
2. Add your chosen scent of essential oils and give it another stir.
3. Pop into an airtight jar for safekeeping, and reap the rewards of the coconut!

Top tip: Use 1-2 tablespoons of your all-natural detergent per load.

 

Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet

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Cast iron skillets are a thing of beauty and a kitchen essential for any real foodie. The question is, do you know how to treat your skillet? Much like Aladdin’s genie lamp, this magic piece of equipment requires a little bit of love to get the most out of it. The term ‘seasoning’ is used to describe the process of coating a new skillet, and you guessed it – coconut oil is perfect for this. All you need is some good quality coconut oil (we can help with that!), an oven, an old rag, and some baking parchment.

Method:

1. Place the pan in an oven preheated to 160 degrees celsius for 5-10 minutes.
2. Remove, leave to cool, then rub a thin layer of coconut oil across the pan.
3. Pop your pan back in the oven upside down with a layer of baking parchment underneath to catch any drips.
4. Leave for 1-2 hours, then cool completely in the oven.

 

Removing Disobedient Labels

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We’ve all been there: for one reason or another a label needs to be removed. You might be trying to upcycle a jar, or slyly remove the sticker from an overpriced or underpriced purchase. Whatever the case, you’re left with the painstaking chore of picking away at a label that just won’t budge. Well, cry no more, fellow coconuts. Simply coat the label in question with a layer of coconut oil, leave to soak for a minute or two, then seamlessly remove with your hands or a face cloth.

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27 Sep Fad vs Trend: Where Do Coconuts Fall?

The Oxford Dictionary defines a fad as ‘an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived; a craze’. We’ve seen them come and go, and whether it be Angry Birds, Planking, Low-carb diets, or Loom Bands –  fads provide fleeting success before epic downturns in interest.

So what makes a trend? Although trends can withstand as much popularity as fads, trends can be classified as such because of time. For example, many thought that the popularity of yoga would diminish alongside hippy culture, after it shot to mainstream success in the 1960’s. However, this has instead continued to grow in popularity still to this day and has reached trend status. This can be attributed to longevity in the practice, with a less visible group involved for a much longer timespan than when it shot to fame.

We look at coconuts in this way. While it’s undeniable that the coconut has been taking over the Western world in the past few years, Eastern cultures have depended on the plant as a food source and a means of living dating back thousands of years. Coconuts are a staple ingredient for around 1/3 of the world’s population, providing a pretty substantial recommendation for the rest of the world!

And that’s just what has happened. The rediscovery of coconuts in the West has provided us with increased demand, allowed us to produce innovative offerings, and created large consumer base which, like us, know and love the fruit (yippee!). The depth and staying power of the coconut is proving itself as a trend, able to reinvent to meet a food landscape that just never stops changing.

 

Sustainable

With consumers becoming more aware of the social and environmental impact of their purchasing habits, it’s safe to say that environmentally unsustainable trends or fads simply won’t last. Coconuts are far more sustainable than highly controversial palm oil, responsible for the endangerment of a third of all mammal species in Indonesia.

When coconuts are harvested, it is easy to regrow them, since the whole tree does not have to be chopped down. Considered a three-generation tree, coconuts can be grown in almost any type and quality of soil, and are able to live and produce fruit for up to sixty years. At Coconut Merchant, we work with farmers at cooperatives to ensure that everyone benefits from our sustainable coconut production.

 

Substantial

Many fads are great at playing on emotive wants and needs, but never provide real-world backing (here’s looking at you, Cabbage Soup Diet!). Coconuts, however, are a functionally based item with loads of uses. Not only perfect for cooking and eating purposes, coconuts can be transformed into great beauty and home products. Much like the olive oil trend which flourished in the 1990s, coconut oil has now passed the initial ‘craze’ market stage and is transforming into a cupboard essential for many households in the UK and overseas. It’s safe to say, we’re super happy about this.

Coconuts associate with many other ways in which food consumption is currently changing, and so at Coconut Merchant we aim to cater to the interests of our current consumers. For example, we provide products suitable for those following a gluten-free lifestyle such as our Organic Coconut Flour. Many people now favour products classed as authentic rather than local, which was more popular in the past. This is why we love to create products which are both true to their origin and relevant to our modern consumers.

 

Versatile

The coconut palm is an extremely adaptable resource; with many different parts of the plant used to produce a varying array of results. We feel at Coconut Merchant that this is one of our main strengths; it allows us to make innovative products such as our award winning Coconut Jam, Coconut Vinegar, Coconut Nectar Honey Alternative, and Beauty Balm. We love being able to produce top quality ethical products, with consumers in mind, which cater to a vast range of tastes and uses.

It is undeniable that fads can provide success. This success, however, is momentary, and in the long-term provides more downfalls than it does benefits. Coconuts, unlike this, continue to prove to be a growing trend within the food industry. Here to stay, they demonstrate a shift in the market towards authentic, quality, adaptable natural products.

 

 

Written by Nicole Goyder

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26 Sep The Five Ws of NPD at Coconut Merchant

At Coconut Merchant, we pride ourselves on being able to push the boundaries of where natural products can go. Staying fresh and ahead of the curve requires us to know what our current and potential consumers are looking for (sometimes even before they know themselves!), while staying true to our core values and the Coconut Merchant spirit. New product development is vital to start ups like us, since it allows us to broaden our scope and develop our range, which is what we’re here for! Let’s go through the key notions which we consider when bringing exciting new coconut products to market.

 

Who?

Understanding our target audience inside out is crucial to developing new products. At Coconut Merchant we stay ahead of the crowd so that our customers are as excited and interested as we are when new developments surface. We acknowledge that while some consumers are open to trying new product advances and uses, others prefer to keep it traditional. This is why our products vary from staples like Coconut Oil to the exciting new ventures like Coconut Amino, a condiment similar to soy sauce.

What?

Our new products all have one thing in common; a proposition that separates us from the rest which we can’t wait to shout about. Whether that’s in the quality of the product (our Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil), the nature of the product (Coconut Nectar, a great vegan honey alternative), or the innovative nature (Coconut Jam, the first on the market), we know that the most successful products have at least one singular differentiating factor.

When?

We feel that NPD works best for us when at least one of two factors are met; an amazing product, or an existing route to market. Considering UFC Refresh Coconut Water, we were fortunate enough to meet both of these criteria. We had already forged a positive existing relationship with both Tesco and Asda, enabling us to spread the reach of UFC much further and faster than would have been possible without such connections.

Where?

At Coconut Merchant we are built on collaboration, with everyone we engage throughout the supply chain. Our business values mean that we have a great pool of knowledge to draw on, allowing us to spread the coconut love in the most effective way possible. We work closely with both farmers at cooperatives, industry experts and even retail buyers to create new products; this means we can find a sweet spot of innovative product uses alongside optimum market environment.

Why?

Quite simply, because that’s the Coconut Merchant way. It’s at the core of our nature to create amazing products, constantly redefining how far the coconut can go in providing a vast range of new concepts.

 

NPD allows us to broaden our horizons, experiment with new market trends and consumer habits, and set the bar for what natural products can achieve. So, next time a new innovation from Coconut Merchant surfaces, consider the process we go through and our best practice guide to getting the most we can out of every opportunity.

 

Written by Nicole Goyder

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09 Sep Coconut Jam and Peanut Butter Bars

This #cococreation from the wonderful Nancy (@superfoodsscrumptious) is quite simply a combination of two of the greatest things on earth – peanut butter and our incredibly scrumptious Organic Coconut Jam. Free-from gluten, dairy and all things nasty, this recipe is ticking all the boxes for that indulgent treat we long for everyday, sorry – every now and then. And, if you haven’t already heard (perhaps you live under a rock), our 100% natural Coconut Jam has just been awarded with a 3 star Great Taste Award as well as being listed as one of the UK’s Top 50 Products of 2016!

Shall we get baking? This recipe will make 12 bars – plenty to share around the office (hello promotion!) or just stash away for a rainy day!

What you’ll need: 

- 75ml agave (or coconut!) syrupAdd to cart
- 200g gluten-free (or regular) flour
- 3 tablespoons Coconut JamAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons of linseed
- 75ml almond milk
- 100g crunchy peanut butter
- Desiccated coconut (optional)Add to cart


Let’s get started!

1. Begin by whisking together your peanut butter, agave (or coconut!) syrup and almond milk.
2. Throw in your flour and Linseed then stir well until a mouldable dough is formed.
3. Grab a lined baking tray and press most of the dough into the base, leaving around a 1cm thickness. Keep a small part of the dough back to top your beautiful bars.
4. Next, add a thick layer of our Organic Coconut Jam to the top of the dough and crumble the rest of the dough over the top, adding some desiccated coconut for even more coconutty goodness.
5. Finally, bake your delicious coco-creations for 23-25 minutes at 180°c then leave to cool, slice up and dig in!

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08 Sep Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

This, my coconutty friends, is the reason we love our incredible contributing chef Charley(@Charleys_health). Allow us to introduce you to your new favourite mid-week meal – a seriously scrumptious, not-so-naughty take on the classic dish we all know and love! A dish so perfectly balanced it will settle even the most intense cravings without leaving you with that all-too-familiar after-dinner regret. Plus, this classic comfort food recipe features our multi-award winning Organic Coconut Oil and creamy Organic Coconut Milk and will take just 12 minutes of your precious time to make – we think we may have just found heaven in a bowl. Let’s get cooking! 

What you’ll need:

- 75g brown rice pasta (or pasta of choice!)
- 3 teaspoons buckwheat flour (or flour of choice!)
- 1 teaspoon raw organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- A pinch of seasoning, to taste
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 240ml organic coconut milkAdd to cart

Let’s get started!

1. First, cook your pasta, according to the packet.
2. Next, stir together your flour and coconut oil over a low heat until well combined.
3. Remove from the heat and whisk in half of your coconut milk.
4. Pop your saucepan back on the hob and bring to a medium heat, slowly adding in the rest of the milk until you get a lovely thick consistency. Season your dish with salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and nutmeg.
5. Lastly, combine your pasta and sauce together, top with your favourite fresh herbs, tuck that bib in and dig in!

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05 Sep Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits

It’s crunch time! In true Great British Bake Off biscuit week-style, we’re digging straight in to a fresh batch of Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits. These not-so-naughty delights are fresh from the oven of former GBBO contestant, Ugne (@ugne_bakes), and feature our very own low GI coconut sugar – so naturally we’re in biscuit-heaven! With a delectable chocolate and blackberry ice-cream centre and an impressive biscuit sandwich, we think even Mary Queen of cakes herself would struggle to keep her hands out the biscuit jar. And while these tasty treats look tantalisingly sinful, they are both gluten and dairy free! It’s clear to see why our lovely coco-friend, Ugne managed to pave her way into the ultimate baking hall (tent!) of fame.

What you’ll need:

For the ice cream:
- 1 can coconut milk, chilledAdd to cart
- 30g cacao
- 60g agave (or organic coconut!) syrupAdd to cart
- Yolk of 1 egg
- 150g blackberries
- A dash of coconut syrup (to sweeten up those berries!)Add to cart

For the peanut butter cookies:
- 230g smooth peanut butter
- 145g organic coconut sugarAdd to cart
- Sea salt, a pinch
- 1 large egg
- 10g organic coconut flourAdd to cart


Let’s get started!

1. Let’s start with the ice cream! Grab a medium sized pan, and heat the the coconut cream from the top of your coconut milk, along with the cacao, coconut syrup and egg yolk.
2. Next, blitz your concoction with a hand whisk until it starts bubbling then remove the pan from the heat. Pour into a heat-proof tupperware box, pop the lid on (if such a thing exists in your house) then leave to cool completely before popping in the freezer to set.
3. Time for the berry jam! Pop all your blackberries in a small pan then gradually bring them to the boil. If your berries are very sour, now would be the time to add a little agave (or coconut!) syrup. Simmer for 3/4 minutes until you get that unmistakable fruity jam consistency then allow to cool completely.
4. Next, drop dollops of your jam into the ice cream and swirl to create that delectable marbled effect. Pop your ice cream back into the freezer to set for approximately 4-5 hours.
5. It’s biscuit time! Combine all peanut butter cookie ingredients in a large bowl then shape the dough into biscuits, pressing down with a fork to flatten.
6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes (until golden brown) at 180°c on a lined baking tray.
7. Finally sandwich together with your ice-cream and let the mind-blowing cookie experience ensue!

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26 Aug 5 Reasons Why the Coconut Market is the Place to Be

A staple ingredient in Asian, African and Caribbean cultures for centuries, coconuts have gone through the process of rediscovery in the West in recent times, skyrocketing back into the public eye with great success. At Coconut Merchant we honour the merchants of old by sharing our quality coconut products to the eager global market.  Here are five reasons why coconuts continue to be the plant to beat in 2016.

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Frequency of ‘coconut’ search term 2010-present. Source: Google Trends, 2016

 

  1. Coconuts: the new… everything?

The impressive versatility of the coconut has certainly forged an impact on the popularity and market size. Growing from just a tropical water and an alternative to standard cooking oils, the versatility of coconuts is now coming into full display with different parts of the palm being used for varying results. This has lead us at Coconut Merchant to produce innovative products like our award-winning coconut jam, syrup, sugar, savoury sauce (a soy sauce alternative), flour, butter, vinegar and Beauty Balm – amongst many others!

 

  1. Free-from-frenzy

One in three people now buy or eat free-from foods, with three quarters of those doing so even though they don’t have a food intolerance (Mintel, 2016). Food consumption and perceptions are changing; gluten and dairy alternatives are now a viable and healthy option. Coconuts are a great substitute to products usually containing gluten and other substances which people try to avoid. We understand that knowing our consumers’ needs, views, aspirations and interests is key to delivering a relevant product offering. That’s why we tailor our new products towards these trends, like our Coconut Nectar, a vegan honey alternative, perfect for the many people out there following a vegan lifestyle.

 

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Value of the free-from market. Source: Mintel, Free-from foods, 2016

  1. Health

Studies suggest that specific parts of the coconut have antibacterial, antiviral, disinfectant, and positive electrolyte properties which can be beneficial to health (Mandal et al, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 2011). This serves as a market driver and helps showcase the positive, adaptable properties of coconuts and our products at Coconut Merchant.

 

  1. Authentic is Best

Food sourcing preferences of consumers have seen a shift in recent years. Previously, food characterised as local received the most added emotional value to consumers. However, this trend has shifted to authenticity proving more important. Searching for food that is true to its origin and has a culturally significant background gives consumers more satisfaction. Consequently, at Coconut Merchant we are proud of the the origin of our products and the authenticity of the ingredients, production methods and farmers that help us bring our products to market.

 

  1. Ethical Produce

Linked to the above, of importance to customers is the providence of products – with the ethical methods used to bring products to market having key importance. At Coconut Merchant, ethical sourcing is a central part of our business ethos and company culture. This has great value for customers who share our values, beliefs and mission – as well as providing a key point of difference from our competition.

 

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Ethical Spending in the UK. Source: The Independent, 2015

 

  1.  Google Trends: Coconut Search Term. Google. Available from: https://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore?date=2009-07-19%202016-08-19&q=coconut [Accessed 19 August 2016].
  2. Ford, R, 2015. Yellow Fats and Edible Oils – UK. Mintel, [Accessed 19 August 2016].
  3. Hudson, E, 2009. How to build coconuts’ health and wellness credentials. Passport Insights, [Accessed 19 August 2016].
  4. Rodionova, Z, 2015. Ethical spending surges to £38bn in UK as consumers look to green alternatives. The Independent, Available from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ethical-spending-surges-to-38bn-in-uk-as-consumers-look-to-green-alternatives-a6790956.html [Accessed 23 August 2016] 
  5. Soininen, K, 2016. Free-from Foods – UK. Mintel, [Accessed 19 August 2016].

 

Written by Nicole Goyder

 

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25 Aug Summer Salmon Burgers

These 100% natural salmon burgers from Charley (@charleys_health) are the perfect accompaniment to any sizzling summer BBQ! Free-from gluten and all artificial nasties, and cooked in our award-winning Organic Coconut Oil, Charley’s scrumptious salmon patties are a not-so-naughty alternative to your usual burger of choice. Enjoy these summer must-haves in a burger bun, or with salad, or even stir-fry, rice, or fresh veggies! In fact, they’re extra delicious paired with Sweet Potato Fries! Okay you get the point, just give them a go, will you?
Let’s get cooking, coconuts!

What you’ll need:

- 2 salmon portions (the fresher the better!)
- ½ red onion
- A few chilli flakes
- 1 large garlic clove
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- A pinch of mixed herbs
- Fresh coriander
- 1 teaspoon coconut oilAdd to cart

Let’s get started!

1. First, grab your food processor and gently blitz the salmon so it breaks down a little.
2. Next, slice your onion and garlic, then add to the salmon. Pop in all other seasoning before blitzing again to combine all ingredients.
3. Time to get your hands dirty! Grab a small amount of mixture and roll into a pattie shape. Repeat until the mixture bowl is empty and you have a plate of perfectly formed salmon patties!
4. Heat your coconut oil in a frying pan, then place the patties in once hot enough. Fry until crisp and golden on the outside – this should take no longer than 5 minutes.
5. Finally, top with your favourite burger essentials then dive straight in!

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