Recipes

09 Nov Make this: Spiced pumpkin soup

An easy, go to soup, great for winter and so creamy! You can even swap the pumpkin for a butternut squash – whatever you have in the fridge! Happy cooking ūüôā

 

INGREDIENTS

1 kg of pumpkin ( skin on) – cut into cubes

2 litres of vegetable stock

1 large onion

2-3 large potatoes – cut into cubes

¬Ĺ tsp of turmeric

stick of cinnamon

2 cloves of garlic

olive oil/coconut oil

fresh parsley to top

salt and pepper

coconut cream to stir in

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Roast the potatoes and pumpkin in 200C for 45-60 min.

In a large pot heat the oil, cut onion into cubes and fry until golden brown. Add pumpkin (without the skin) and potatoes, season with salt and fry, stirring for about 5 minutes. Finally, add turmeric, cinnamon, garlic  and the stock.

Cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick before blending.

Mix in a blender, topped with coconut cream and fresh parsley.

With thanks to Ania’s Vibrant Kitchen!

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08 Nov Make this: Vegan coconut macaroon cake!

She’s done it again – we’re dribbling at 8am from one of Ania’s recipes from Ania’s Vibrant Kitchen. Look at this delicious vegan coconut macaroon cake, using coconut honey too! Try it out this weekend and let us know how it goes, she’s topped it off with a vegan icing and toasted coconut chips ūüėõ

 

Ingredients

160 g desiccated coconut

240 g brown rice flour

400 ml coconut milk

1 tsp baking powder

¬Ĺ cup coconut honey

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 C

Sift the flour into a medium-size bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly again.

Grease an 18cm cake tin.

Spread the dough in the cake tin.

Bake about 30-40 min at 180 degrees – Enjoy!

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01 Nov Make this: Peanut butter truffles

Thank you so much to the lovely Hedi Hearts for bringing these delicious truffles into our lives! They are so good with a  cup of tea and keep us full for hours.

 

Ingredients

¬ĺ cup crunchy nut butter

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut honey

100 gr a dark chocolate of your choice (we chose a vegan one!)

Instructions

In a bowl mix together all ingredients apart from the melted chocolate.

Divide mixture equally into 10 – 12 balls and pop in the freeze for 1.5 hrs

Take the balls out of the freezer and dip in the melted chocolate

Place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes

Now dig in!

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27 Oct How to: Halloween bites

With halloween upon us we wanted to avoid the classic neon green, sugar filled snacks the supermarkets always bring out. Our lovely Anastasia has whipped up some easy how to videos to help you create some super easy, healthy and quick recipes that the kids (and adults) will love!

 

Vampire teeth bites

 

Ingredients:

Apples (1 apple will make around 4 bites)

Coconut jam spread

Sunflower seeds

Method:

  1. Cut the apple into a quarters and then take the middle section out of the quarters, leaving the skin attached to create the mouth shape!
  2. Spread coconut jam in the middle to line the inside.
  3. Dot sunflower seeds on the inside of the mouth to create the vampire ‘teeth’.

 

 

Banana ghosts

 

Ingredients:

2 bananas (makes 4)

1 bar of your chosen white chocolate

Desiccated coconut

Tube icing of your choice (we used chocolate!)

Method:

  1. Cut the bananas in half.
  2. Melt the white chocolate and cover the bananas with chocolate.
  3. Now coat the bananas in desiccated coconut and put in the fridge to cool.
  4. Now you can decorate with the tube icing and create faces for your bananas! Great for the kids to get involved in!

 

 

Avocado grave stones!

Ingredients:

4 avocados(makes 8 cups)

2 tablespoons cacao

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons Coconut syrup

Biscuits of your choice (crumbled)

Rectangle biscuits of your choice  (for grave stone)

Tube icing (we used chocolate flavoured)

Method:

  1. Add the avocado, cacao, vanilla essence and coconut syrup into the blender and whip until smooth.
  2. Distribute the mousse into your cups and crumble your biscuits on top.
  3. Now add your ‘R.I.P’ message using to the tube icing onto your rectangular biscuits and place them into the crumbled biscuits and mousse.
  4. Now dig in!

 

 

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17 Oct Make this: Bounty bites!

We’ve got this recipe from the lovely Hedi Hearts, these are the perfect after dinner sweet or mid afternoon snack at your desk!

Ingredients

2 cups desiccated coconut

¬Ĺ cup melted coconut cream

3 tbsp coconut syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Dark chocolate chips, raw chocolate or dark chocolate for coating (vegan if required!)

 

Method

Line a small baking tray with baking paper or tin foil and set aside.

In your blender or food processor, mix together desiccated coconut, coconut cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract until sticky.

Now form the sticky mixture into rounded rectangles or balls (whichever you prefer!) Wet your hands when moulding the bars as this makes them easier to shape.

Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate. Use a bit of coconut oil if you have it to make the chocolate even lusher.

It’s time to do the chocolate coating. Take the bars out of the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate, coating them completely. Then put them back on the tray; they will harden quickly so if you want to add some extra topping, be fast.

Pop the tray in the fridge or freezer so that they set completely. Then enjoy!

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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 ūüôā

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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29 Sep Make this: Crunchy coconut granola

 

Here is a crunchy and healthy alternative to shop bought granolas which are usually full of nasties! Created by our lovely Ania, from Ania’s Vibrant Kitchen this is a super tasty and easy recipe perfect for breakfast!

 

INGREDIENTS

1¬Ĺ cup of oats

1 cup coconut chips

2-3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp Milled Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries

¬Ĺ cup chopped almonds

1//2 cup chopped pecans

¬Ĺ cup chopped brazil nuts

¬Ĺ sunflower seeds

¬Ĺ pumpkin seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the almonds, coconut flakes, pecans, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt. (Nuts can be chopped or put in whole!).

Now melt the oil in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients – toss to coat.

Spread the granola on the prepared baking tray and bake for 15-25 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes.

Let it cool and keep in air tight container. Enjoy with yogurt and try adding a spoon of Coconut Merchant jam ūüôā

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14 Sep MAKE THIS: VEGAN CHOCOLATE HOB NOBS

Huzzah! Just what we need when the seasons are changing, a delicious biscuit to get us through the cold winter mornings and nights. These tasty treats were shown to us by the amazing Ania from Ania’s Vibrant Kitchen.¬†Give them a try and let us know what you think!

INGREDIENTS

 

FOR THE BISCUITS

120 coconut butter ( softened)

30 gr sugar

3 tbsp maple syrup

120 oats

80 g flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

 

FOR CHOCOLATE COATING

100g dark chocolate

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line the tray with baking paper.

In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and smooth.

Reduce the speed to low, mix in the oats, flour, baking powder, maple syrup, and salt.

Using medium icecream scoop, roll dough into balls and flatten on the tray. Make sure you leave room between the cookies so they don’t spread and attach as they cook ūüôā

Bake 12-15min, until golden brown.

Melt the chocolate and coat each cookie. Let them to cool and enjoy (handy trick: put them in the fridge for 5 minutes).

 

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08 Sep MAKE THIS: 6 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE ORANGE POTS

 

These super smooth chocolate pots are the perfect after dinner (or sneaky lunchtime) snack! SO easy to make and a really simple list of ingredients, could you ask for more? And the genius behind these pots a delight? The Free From Fairy!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil (I use Coconut Merchant)

1 tbsp nut butter (I used pecan that I had made by ‘whizzing pecans in a blender until smooth)

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Approx. 8 slices peach (I used tinned slices drained from the juice) – this is the sweetener so adjust according to taste

Orange oil – to taste (start with a one or two drops and taste)

 

 METHODS

Place all the ingredients together into a small food processor or a blender.

Whizz together until smooth and serve immediately.

Alternatively place in serving dishes and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

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24 Jul Coconut Jam Balls

Hands up if you’re guilty of eating coconut jam from a spoon out of the jar? Yep, we thought so. Don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat. Well, we’ve now got an even better idea, thanks to our friends over at Nutristrength. Combining our coconut flour, oil and jam with Pea Protein¬†provides a pretty drool-worthy finish, so let’s dig in to a warm, crispy Coconut Jam Ball (or ten)!

What you’ll need:

For the cake mixture:
- 50 grams coconut flourAdd to cart
- 1 scoop Nurtistrength Pea Protein Vanilla
- 1 egg
- 20 grams coconut oil, meltedAdd to cart
- 50-100 grams plant based yoghurt

For the filling:
- Organic Coconut Jam, chilledAdd to cart

To finish:
- A drizzle of Coconut Nectar Honey AlternativeAdd to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. To start, pop all of your cake mixture ingredients into a bowl (starting with just 50ml of yoghurt). Give it a good mix until everything holds together when pressed between your fingers.

2. Scoop a tablespoon of coconut jam from the jar and roll into a ball in the palms of your hands.

3. Scoop a slightly larger amount of the cake mixture, and flatten it out with the back of a spoon. Pop the jam ball in the middle, and mould the cake mixture so that it covers completely.

4. Repeat until you’ve used up all of the cake mixture, then pop them all onto a lined baking tray. Make sure they have space to expand – you wouldn’t want them to all stick together!

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sides are lovely and golden brown. While warm, drizzle a dash of coconut nectar for a sweet finish!

It’s as simple as that! These are lovely when still warm – but be careful when they’re fresh out of the oven as the jam will get very hot!

Enjoy more of our coconutty recipes over here.

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18 Jul Gluten Free Almond Muffins

Let’s be honest- none of us have much time any more. In between working 40 hours a week, doing the food shopping, going to that exercise class, and managing to uphold a social life, it’s easy to skip chilling out and taking time for yourself.

Now, the first thing coming to your mind now might be putting on your favourite TV program, but when the alternative is this easy, you just might reconsider. Plus, the results are FAR too yummy to resist!

Baking connoisseurs and rookies alike: behold. 3 step almond muffins- deliciously sweet with a hit of coconutty goodness thanks to our Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Coconut Butter and Organic Coconut Milk.

What you’ll need:

- 250 grams gluten free flour
- 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon GF bicarbonate soda
- 2 eggs
- 200 millilitres coconut milkAdd to cart
- 40 grams flaked almonds, plus 3 tablespoons for decorating
- 50 grams melted coconut butterAdd to cart
- 100 grams coconut sugarAdd to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. Line a muffin tin with cases and preheat the oven to 190C. In a large bowl, beat your eggs with the sugar and a pinch of salt.

2. Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl and give it a good mix until well combined.

3. Dollop equal amounts of mixture into each case, then sprinkle some flaked almonds on top of each. Bake for about 20 minutes until lovely and golden.

4. That’s it! Tuck in and enjoy.

 

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14 Jul Black Rice Soba Noodles with Miso Dressing

Our Charley (@charleyshealth) is pretty amazing. Not only is she an awesome person, she also manages to provide us with regular food envy in the form of her scrumptious all-natural recipes. For that, Charley, we salute you! Her most recent dose of foodie genius comes in the form of Soba Noodle Bowls with Miso Dressing (and yes- it really is as good as it sounds). Crammed full of ingredients that your body will thank you for, this recipe is bound to produce endless ‘oooh’s and ‘aaaah’s¬†at meal time. As if things couldn’t get any better, there’s¬†a sweet Asian hit from our gluten-free friend, Coconut Savoury Sauce. We all know the right thing to do at this point- shall we get cooking?

What you’ll need:

For the noodle bowl:
- 40 grams black rice buckwheat noodles
- 1/2 can chickpeas
- Mild curry powder, a pinch
- Turmeric, a pinch
- Salt and pepper, a pinch
- Frozen peas, a handful
- 50 grams tenderstem broccoli

For the dressing:
- 1 heaped tablespoon sweet white miso paste
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon rapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon Coconut Savoury SauceAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon honey (or Coconut Nectar if vegan!)Add to cart
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

To serve (optional):
- Black sesame seeds
- Fresh coriander

 

Let’s get started!

1. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. It can help to drain the noodles with cold water once they’re cooked, so that they don’t stick together.

2. While your noodles cook, get the rapeseed oil sizzling in a pan. Chuck in the curry powder and turmeric, then fry the chickpeas until lovely and crisp.

3. In a separate pan, sauté the veg in a little cooking spray until cooked through. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a jug, then pop your dressing into the saucepan with the veggies.

4. Add in the noodles and the chickpeas, then give everything a good stir to ensure it’s all coated. Sprinkle over the black sesame seeds and coriander for a tantalising finish.

“I’m ready for my close up!”

For more scrumptious recipes that are jam-packed with goodness, head over to our recipes section.

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12 Jul Vegan Banana & Raspberry Crumble

Crumble. There’s nothing quite so summery, simple, and scrumptious. Bound to put a smile on the faces of even the fussiest eaters, Niki‘s (@rebelrecipes) take is packed full of goodness and is both vegan and gluten free! If you fancy an afternoon activity with the kids or¬†maybe just want to unwind, bake, and have a boogie to the kitchen radio- this one’s for you.

Not that you needed any more tempting, but this recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep- so there’s no need to crumble under the pressure… (see what we did there?)

What you’ll need:

For the crumble:
- 120 grams mixed nuts
- 50 grams oat bran
- 2 tablespoons seeds
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconutAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or coconut nectar!)Add to cart
- 4 bananas- very ripe ones!
- Handful of raspberries

For the raspberry compote:
- 1 cup raspberries
- Splash of water
- A little maple syrup (or coconut nectar!)Add to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. It’s crumble time. Get prepped by heating your oven to 180C and lining a glass baking dish with some parchment paper.

2. Pop all of your dry crumble ingredients into a food processor and give it a whizz until you get a crumb-like texture.

3. Melt your coconut oil and drizzle it over the mixture along with the syrup and give everything a good mix.

4. Slice the bananas and lay them across the bottom of the dish (as neat or messy as you feel like!), then chuck over the raspberries. Pour the crumble over the top so that it covers all of the fruit.

5. Bake for 35 minutes. The bananas should caramelise and the top will go golden and toasted- two signs that your crumble’s good to go!

6. While the crumble bakes, add the raspberries to a pan with a little water and syrup or nectar. Give it a stir on a low heat until the berries break down to create a lovely compote.

7. To serve, whack some compote on your crumble (and¬†coconut yoghurt if you want to kick it up another notch!). Eat hot or cold- we think it’s best dug into¬†when still warm.

Liking our Niki’s style? Check out more of her coconutty recipes here!

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29 Jun Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pots

If you’re on a health kick for that summer bod, there’s no reason to have a little treat every once in a while. Our lovely contributing chef Vicki (@freefromfairy) knows just how to hit our sweet tooth without all of the guilt, and this recipe is no exception. Packed with all-natural ingredients, these lavish layers of chocolate and salted caramel taste just as good as they look. To make things even better, soya-avoiders and those¬†who don’t see eye-to-eye¬†with wheat can get in on the action too. MINI PUDS FOR ALL!

What you’ll need:

For the chocolate layer:
- 400 millilitres coconut milk Add to cart
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150 grams dairy free dark chocolate (70% cocoa at least!)
- 3 teaspoons ground chia seeds

For the salted caramel layer:
- 100 grams dates
- 100 millilitres boiling water
- 10 grams coconut butterAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon rock salt

 

Let’s get started!

1. To begin, pop your dates into a bowl and cover with boiling water to soften. You should leave this for about 15 minutes while we get on to making the chocolate layer.

2. In a saucepan, infuse the coconut milk with vanilla and heat them both gently together. When they’re just beginning to boil, take them off the heat.

4. Add in the dark chocolate and chia seeds and give it a good stir with a whisk to combine everything.

5. Divide the chocolate mixture between 6 small pots (or 4 if you’re feeling hungry!), then pop them in the fridge to set.

6. In a food processor or blender, whizz the dates, water, coconut butter, vanilla and salt until lovely and smooth. Try not to eat it all with a spoon now- it might take some restraint!

7. Smooth the caramel on top of the chocolate pots and place back in the fridge, they’ll take a little while to firm up.

Enjoy!

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23 Jun Marbled Banana and Avocado Bread

Picture this: it’s the end of a long week, you’ve finally got some time away from the daily grind, and you’re about to kick back with a cuppa and a good book. “What could make this moment any more perfect”, we hear you ask? Well, your questions have been answered and your wishes have been granted. Our lovely contributing chef Ania (@aniasVK) has gifted us with a recipe that’s nearly too beautiful to eat – but we’ll have a slice or two regardless! Cake, anyone?

What you’ll need:

- 350 grams flour (Ania uses a mix of rye, wholemeal and brown rice flour)
- 100 grams chopped hazelnuts
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons honey (or coconut nectar!)Add to cart
- A pinch of salt
- 1 ripe avocado, mashed
- 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Half a teaspoon baking powder
- Half a tablespoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 150 millilitres milk

 

Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, get your oven heating to 180¬ļC. Line a loaf pan with baking paper or grease with non-stick spray.

2. Grab a medium-sized bowl and combine all of the dry ingredients apart from the nuts and cacao powder. In another bowl, use an electric whisk to mix all of the wet ingredients together.

3. Next… you guessed it! Add the dry ingredients to the wet and give it another whizz until nicely combined. Divide the mix into two portions, then add the nuts and cacao into one.

4. Spoon the cake mixtures randomly into the prepared tin until all of the mixture is used up, then swirl gently with a knife for the desired marbled affect.

5. Pop the loaf into the oven for 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Feel free to use a skewer to check if the banana bread is cooked in the middle.

Have we got your taste buds tingling? That’s just the start! There’s plenty more coconutty recipes here.

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20 Jun Pic’s Peanut Butter & Coconut Smoothie

Our newest coconutty recipe has just three steps to smoothie perfection (one of them is drinking it!), and is born from a friendship with the people behind quite possibly the best¬†peanut butter in the world ‚Äď Pic’s. This smoothie is jam-packed full of superfood seeded goodness, and the flavour combo of peanut butter coconuts is one we just can’t let you miss out on.

If you’re feeling like a smoothie on the move or just don’t fancy buying all the ingredients, pop down to the Pic’s Smoothie Stand at Matlby Street Market. As well as this coconutty concoction there’s plenty more, and whether you like it crunchy or smooth, you’ll be sure to get your Pic’s fix here. Scroll down to get a taste of what you’re in for; catch them from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 11am-4pm on Sundays.

What you’ll need:

- 500 milliletres unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk if you like it extra coconutty!)Add to cart
- 1 cup of ice
- 2-4 tablespoons Pic's Peanut Butter
- Half a banana
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut syrupAdd to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. Pop all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Depending on how thick you like your smoothie, you can add a little more milk if desired.

3. Enjoy!¬†It’s that simple.

 

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08 Jun Creamy Veggie Potato Curry

While the calendar may be telling us that it’s summer, the weather’s certainly saying otherwise. We might not be able to force the sun out, but we can certainly help with some great food until it’s time to get the flip flops out again.

Charley¬†(@charleys_health)’s newest coconutty recipe is packed full of all the¬†creaminess and flavour you’d expect from a curry, but without that all-too-familiar post takeaway guilt. With our very own Organic Coconut Milk for a velvety texture and a sprinkle of Coconut Snack Chips for that added crunch factor, you’re just a few steps away from curry perfection!

What you’ll need:

- 1 large potato
- 1 can coconut milkAdd to cart
- 100 millilitres vegetable stock
- 70 grams green beans
- Half a large courgette
- 1 shallot
- 2 teaspoons curry powder, mild
- Coconut oil, for cookingAdd to cart
- Fresh coriander, to finish
- Coconut chips, to finishAdd to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, finely chop your shallot up, and pop into a large saucepan along with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Fry until the shallot is soft- this will only take a couple of minutes.

2. Wash and chop the potato into small cubes, then add into the pan with the curry powder.

3. Toss in the coconut milk, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Stir continuously so that all the spices mix in nicely.

5. Along with the green beans, add the courgette in semi-circle shapes and give it all a good stir. Pour over the vegetable stock, pop a lid on and leave to bubble away for around 25 minutes.

6. After 25 minutes, the potatoes should be nice and soft and the sauce should have thickened up. Spoon into deep bowls, add a sprinkling of coriander and coconut chips, and enjoy! Save us a bowl ūüėČ

Anyone for dessert? There’s plenty of sweet coconutty treat ideas in our recipe section.

 

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23 May Caramelised Banana and Ricotta Toast

Let’s be honest, we all know that if a recipe begins with the word ‘caramelised’, it’s going to be a good’un. This coco-creation¬†from the lovely¬†Olivia (@thecashew_tree) is no exception, and provides a deliciously simple solution to crank up your morning toast. Plus,¬†with just three steps, your sleepy morning routine has never looked tastier or¬†easier. Let’s go bananas!

- 2 tablespoons coconut oilAdd to cart
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or coconut sugar!)Add to cart
- 1 banana
- 2-3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- (Optional) pine nuts, to serve

 

Let’s get started!

1. To get started, melt your coconut oil on a medium heat in a frying pan. Add in your sugar of choice, stirring constantly until it has melted and formed a lovely golden caramel.
2. Next, slice up the banana, and add to the pan. Let them fry without checking the bottom for 30 seconds or so, and baste withe caramel in the meantime. Flip the bananas and cook for another minute until both sides are light brown in colour and dripping with caramel.
3. Spread your toast evenly with the ricotta and spoon the banana on top (don’t forget to drizzle any leftover caramel over, too!). For that extra bite, sprinkle some pine nuts over the top, and¬†add a little cinnamon. Enjoy!

Don’t let your new found love for breakfast end here! Why not try out some of our most loved¬†pancake recipes?

 

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02 May Gluten Free & Vegan Lemon Cheesecake

Oh cheesecake, how we love thee. Whether it’s a post dinner-time treat for the family or just you, the spoon, and the whole thing, there’s nothing quite like tucking into a creamy cheesecake. Our lovely contributing chef Vicki¬†(@freefromfairy)’s take has got all of the yum without any of the regret, and we think that’s a pretty good deal. Fussy foodies and those on restricted diets alike will thank you for this one!

What you’ll need:

For the Base
- 180 grams ground almonds
- 40 grams coconut oilAdd to cart
- 30 grams maple syrup (or coconut nectar!)Add to cart
- 1 teaspoon ginger, ground

For the Topping
- 185 grams raw cashew nuts
- Zest and juice of 3 unwaxed lemons
- 40 grams coconut oilAdd to cart
- 40 grams maple syrup (or coconut nectar!)Add to cart

 

Let’s get started!

1. This one takes a little pre-planning: if possible, soak the cashews in a bowl of water overnight. If you’re in a bit of a rush, 4 hours should be fine.

2. Combine the base ingredients, then press into a 15cm round tin. Pop into the fridge while you make the topping.

3. Next, get out your food processor. Blitz all of the topping ingredients until smooth and creamy.

4. With a spatula, smooth the topping onto the base. Leave in the fridge for about two hours, or if you’re impatient to give it a taste, the freezer will help it so set quicker.

5. Enjoy!

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27 Apr Jam Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a freshly made batch of cupcakes. Even¬†more so if they’re oozing with jam. So whether¬†you’re looking to get in someone’s good books or just feel like a bit of much needed self-appreciation, it’s easy to find an excuse to make Charley‘s (@charleys_health) newest coconutty creation.¬†This medal-worthy combo of raspberry and cacao is kicked up another notch with the addition of a creamy coconut frosting. And with all-natural ingredients and no refined sugar, you can feel slightly less guilty when you eat the whole batch in one go!

What you’ll need:

For the cupcakes
- 3/4 of a cup coconut sugarAdd to cart
- 1/2 a cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 cup of brown rice flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectarAdd to cart
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- A few drops vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Raspberry jam

For the frosting:
- 4 tablespoons coconut cream
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut nectarAdd to cart
- A few drops vanilla extract
- Raw chocolate of your choice and raspberries to decorate

Let’s get started!

1. Firstly, preheat your oven to 180C. Pop some cases into a cupcake tray and set aside.
2. Get out your trusty food processor and cream¬†together the coconut oil and coconut sugar. Add your eggs, nectar, and a little vanilla extract. Give it another whizz until it’s lovely and smooth.
3. Sift¬†all of your dry ingredients into the mixture and blend once more. Add the milk and (you guessed it!) blend one last time. Everything should be properly combined by now (and if it’s not after all that mixing, maybe it’s time to¬†invest in a better blender!).
4. Spoon some mixture into each case, add a dollop of your favourite raspberry jam, and top with a little more mixture. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
5. While your cupcakes bake, combine the frosting ingredients in a bowl and leave in the fridge to harden a little. This will give your cupcakes the perfect consistency for decorating.
6. Once cooled, pipe or spread some frosting on top, then top with grated chocolate, a dollop of jam and a single raspberry for that picture perfect finish.

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12 Apr Smoothies: Our Top Three

It’s bank holiday weekend and the sun’s out. You’re kicking back with a good book and inner peace is imminent. There’s just one more thing needed to achieve total bank holiday bliss: a refreshing, coconut water fuelled smoothie.

As always, we’re here to help you out at Coco HQ. We’ve scoured high and low, leaving no smoothie stone unturned, and compiled our top three fave recipes from our awesome contributing chefs.

Packed full of electrolytes and potassium courtesy of Aqua Coco Active, these mouth-watering delights as are as good on the eyes as they are on the taste buds. Plus, even those among the clumsiest in the kitchen can conquer these easy recipes! Let’s get blending…

Charley’s Zingy Lime Green Smoothie

Keep your precious body in tip-top condition: there’s a great dose of vitamins and minerals in this gloriously green smoothie. Plus, it tastes delicious too!

 

Kelly’s Berry Good Smoothie

Just 5 ingredients and 1 step to achieve this pretty purple drink means there’s even more time to relax and chill out. Topped with a helping of nutritious bee pollen, you’ll be buzzing to slurp on this sweet smoothie!

 

Charley’s Coconut Latte Protein Smoothie Shots

If fruity isn’t quite your thing, then this unique recipe might hit the spot.  A mild coffee hit and generous dollop of coconut cream on top makes this smoothie all the more indulgent. Go on, you deserve it.

 

If a tipple is more your game, head on over to our Pinterest for loads of coconutty cocktails.

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12 Apr Carb Free, Sugar Free & Gluten Free Granola

As much as we’d all love to eat pastries and pancakes every morning for breakfast, it’s safe to say that it isn’t quite sustainable. As well as our bodies not benefitting from one of the most important meals of the day, there’s nothing worse than having to delve into the snack supply because you’re hungry by 11am. Vicki (@freefromfairy) knows just the way around this little issue. This homemade granola is not only¬†much¬†better for you than store-bought alternatives, it’s delicious too! With a little help from our friends Coconut Oil and Coconut Flakes, it’ll definitely keep you going until lunch time.

What you’ll need:

- 200 grams mixed nuts of your choice
- 30 grams sesame seeds
- 30 grams pumpkin seeds
- 60 grams coconut flakes, toasted or untoasted
- 20 grams coconut oilAdd to cart
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed

 

Let’s get started:

1. Firstly, let’s melt that coconut oil. Turn your oven to 180C, pop the oil onto a baking tray and leave it in the oven for a couple of minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine the seeds, nuts and coconut flakes. Place them onto the baking tray and mix until coated in coconut oil. Give it another 5 minutes in the oven.
3. Mash your bananas until smooth. Take your nut mixture out again and stir in the bananas.
4. Leave the granola to bake for 5 minutes, give it a stir, then leave for another 5-10 minutes. It should be crisp, golden and dry.
5. Finally, stir in the spices. Leave to cool completely, then (if you’ve¬†managed to save any after the first tasting!) store in an airtight container.

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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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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 these. 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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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 ‚Äď until we tried it blended with banana in FreshHeather‚Äôs pancake recipe. Zesty, sweet and rich, these mouth-watering vegan pancakes are perfect for breakfast, dessert ‚Äď or let‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď and it makes delightful addition to these vegan and dairy free pancakes. Better still, they‚Äôre topped with a generous helping of our very own Organic Coconut Syrup, so we won‚Äôt 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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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!

Aqua Coco Protein Smoothie

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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 ‚Äď and they‚Äôre so simple to make, there‚Äôs no excuse!

Here at Coco HQ, we‚Äôre lucky enough to collaborate with some incredibly talented contributing chefs. And aside from being all-round lovely people, they‚Äôre the culinary geniuses behind the tasty recipes we share with you all. So in honour of World Soup Day, we‚Äôd like to say a very special thank you to them ‚Äď 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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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!

Mushroom and Coconut Soup

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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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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‚Äôs safe to say it‚Äôs our favourite office companion at Coco HQ! Some say a home without a dog is just a house ‚Äď well, we‚Äôd 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

Peanut Butter Fudge

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

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Biscuit

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

Raweos

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

Brown Peanut Sauce Rice

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

Peanut Butter Doughnuts

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!

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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 ‚Äď that‚Äôs 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 Рor restrictive Рas it sounds:

Creamy Pesto
Ah pesto Рwhile 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 ‚Äėn‚Äô Cheese
Good news ‚Äď even if you‚Äôre an untameable cheese addict, all is not lost. Charley‚Äôs quick and easy recipe proves you don‚Äôt 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

Craving more delectable¬†vegan treats? Simply pop ‘vegan’ into the search bar or go to our recipes¬†page.

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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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Protein Chestnut & Pear Cheesecake

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
- 2¬Ĺ 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
- 2¬Ĺ tablespoons carob powder
- 1 tablespoon + ¬Ĺ 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 Рthe 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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Christmas Pudding

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 Рwhat 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
- ¬ľ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¬ľ teaspoon nutmeg
- Juice ¬Ĺ 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
- ¬Ĺ 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.

Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding

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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 gl√ľhwein, 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
- ¬Ĺ 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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Christmas Coconut Snowballs Truffles

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
- ¬Ĺ 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
- 1¬ľ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A large pinch of pink salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut butterAdd to cart
- 1 tablespoon coconut oilAdd to cart
- 3¬Ĺ 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
- ¬Ĺ 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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