recipes

11 Oct TRY THIS: Coconut cookies

A super tasty coconut cookie recipe to try this weekend! Perfect with a cup of coffee in this grey weather from our amazing Ania 🙂

Ingredients:

1 cup of cashew butter
100 g coconut butter, soft – try Coconut Merchants for an extra creamy texture
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 gr almond flour
2 eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup (try our coconut syrup!)
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method:

1. Mix butter with sugar until creamy.
2. Add cashew butter, vegan eggs and maple syrup.
3. Add flour and mix, until well combined and then add chocolate chips.
4. In preheated oven to 180 c bake cookies for 12-15 min, or until brown.

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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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13 Jan Natural DIY Coconut Deodorant

Keep your underarms happy and odour-free with our DIY completely natural coconut deodorant!

Not convinced? Don’t worry, we were a little sceptical too, but it turns out shop-bought deodorants and antiperspirants could be exposing our precious bodies to some extremely destructive chemicals. In fact, most deodorants we use contain aluminium, a known neurotoxin (a substance that is poisonous or damaging to nerves or nerve tissue), as well as up to 20 other toxic ingredients. (http://bit.ly/1mYkNUM) These harmful chemicals and synthetic preservatives have been linked to allergic reactions, Alzheimers, and even breast cancer in women. (http://bit.ly/1N7fVS1) Plus, by clogging up our sweat glands to prevent us from sweating at all, antiperspirants could actually be interfering with one of our body’s best ways of detoxifying. One research study concluded, “Sweating deserves consideration for toxic element detoxification.” (http://bit.ly/1mVjohh) Deodorants on the other hand, work by simply neutralising the smell of the sweat, instead of completely preventing it – better, but many are still packed with nasty ingredients. Luckily this completely natural deodorant will keep you fresh and odour free without exposing your precious body to any questionable substances! It may require a little more effort than grabbing a deodorant or antiperspirant in your local chemist, but the good news is it will last a whole lot longer and, most importantly; it will keep you naturally fresh!

What you’ll need:

- 3 tablespoons coconut oil Add to cart
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot (optional)
- A small glass mason jar


Let’s get started:

1. Begin by melting your coconut oil and shea butter in a heatproof bowl over a simmering pot of water.
2. When melted, carefully remove your bowl from the pot and add in the baking soda and arrowroot then mix until well combined.
3. Now add in your favourite essential oils (if you opted to include them!).
4. Finally, transfer your mixture into a glass mason jar (or any container) ready for use. To apply, simply swipe two fingers into your sweet smelling mixture and gently run on your underarms! As with most deodorants, it’s best to wait a couple of minutes before dressing.

Time to enjoy fresh underarms with your homemade & healthy alternative to deodorants!

See more of the amazing benefits of coconuts here!

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16 Dec 100% Natural Coconut Oil Lip Balm


You already know all about the beauty benefits of coconut oil for oral health, luscious locks, shaving, or as an all over body moisturiser, so this time we thought we’d show you how to use our little coconut friends to make a soothing lip balm! This DIY Coconut Oil & Lime Lip Balm from the lovely Harriet (@_harrietemily) is packed with coconut oil to keep your lips hydrated all winter long! Using just five ingredients, this recipe is quick and easy to whip up, and completely natural! Plus, once you’ve mastered this custom lip-balm you can modify the ingredients for various scents or even add a few drops of essential oil for enhanced therapeutic effects! One batch will fill up to six 15ml tins. So, shall we get mixing?

What you’ll need: 

- 3 tablespoons coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons carnauba wax
- 1 tablespoon mango butter
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon lime oil


Let’s get started!

1. Begin by pouring some water into a large pan over a medium heat.
2. Pop a heatproof bowl on top, making sure it’s not touching the water!
3. Next, throw all your ingredients into the bowl and stir until all ingredients are melted and nicely combined. Then remove from the heat.
4. Leave your concoction to cool for around 1 minute, and then spoon the mixture into your awaiting tins!
5. Finally, pop your tins into the fridge and allow around 1 hour for your lip balms to set.
6. Remove from the fridge, apply to lips and await smooth, glossy lips! (Your lip balms will be happy stored at room temperature!)

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10 Dec Coconut Oil Body Butter


As delicious as this sounds, we must clarify- it is meant for your body!

Unfortunately along with all the festive cheer, this cold and dry wintery weather puts brings great suffering to your precious skin. Luckily, we have the answer to keeping your skin soft all winter. This whipped coconut body butter is completely natural, richly moisturising and as an added bonus, it will leave you smelling like chocolate – what more could we ask for? Unlike, lotions and moisturisers, body butter contains no water, meaning it will take longer to sink into the skin (without being greasy), and moisturise to a deeper level.

The key ingredient is – you guessed it- coconut! Among the many benefits of coconuts, studies have shown its value in minimising water loss and increasing hydration in desperately dry skin. You’re skin will adore you for this, and so will your bank balance- with our step-by step instructions of how to make your own!

This blissful body butter also makes an excellent festive gift – just pop it in a vintage jar, with a ribbon on top and you have the perfect homemade gift to keep your friends and family winter-proof! Shall we get started?

What you’ll need:

- ¼ cup coconut oilAdd to cart
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- 15 drops essential oil (pick your favourite scent or if you prefer - make it unscented!)
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup sweet almond oil



Let’s get mixing! 

1. Begin by mixing the coconut oil, coconut butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil in a medium sized pot.
2. Gently heat on a low-medium temperature until your ingredients have melted.
3. Once your ingredients have turned to liquid, turn off the heat and leave your mixture to set slightly. To test – stick your finger/a utensil in and make sure it holds the space once removed.
4. Once your concoction is partly set, drop in your essential oils then either combine by hand or with your food processor until you have a velvety smooth mixture with stiff peaks.
5. Transfer your mixture into a dressed up recycled jar. Your delightful body butter can be stored at room temperature, however if you find it turning slightly liquidy again, just re-whisk!

Enjoy your silky, smooth skin!

 

 

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