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  • 9th June 2014

    Coconut Oil 

     

    Coconut products seem to be the hit health item out there at the moment. All things coconut are getting serious attention and the possibilities with the humble fruit seem endless. From oil to chips, butter to skin care products, milk and water, coconut is EVERYWHERE! Not everyone is convinced of the oil variety (it is pure fat after all…..see below for the KIND of fat) so I'll leave it to you to make your own educated decision about whether or not you decide to consume coconut oil in your diet.  

    First up, how does this product come about? Well basically the meat of the coconut is dried and then the oil pressed from it. A question we often got at Nana's was about the consistency of the oil in the jar. Generally, the oil is solid at room temperature but can easily liquefy in higher temperatures….ie. Bundy!  

    So what of the fat?! The fats in coconut oil and meat have been shown to kick start your metabolism, fight bacteria, keep your skin and hair looking beautiful, keep you slim and heal your gut. It is saturated and in the form of medium chain fatty acids. These are able to be quickly absorbed by the body to contribute to the above mentioned health benefits.  

    Coconut oil is a great source of lauric acid as well. This can help the immune system and have antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Basically, it can support the good bacteria and fight the bad in the gut.  

    As stated earlier though, be aware that it is extremely calorie dense. Many reputable doctors are against overt consumption of fats (even spruked healthy ones such as coconut, olive etc) so make sure you do your research before ingesting.  

    So that is internal…but what about external? Some of you may or may not know that coconut oil can be used for topical treatment on the body in many different ways. It is a natural moisturizer, can help various skin conditions and even keep your head hair looking schmik when applied after washing. Do some experimenting! Don’t think I'll be rubbing it through the dreadlocks though!  

    Coconut oil is a very versatile product and can be used in smoothies, baked goods, a substitute to butter or margarine or used to cook vegetables. This week though, Tegan whipped up a desert (or could be used as a snack) suitable for everyone, even those gluten intolerant. It is a great recipe from a new cookbook I got called ‘Oh She Glows’ which I strongly recommend! Enjoy friends!

     

    Gluten Free Chocolate-Almond Brownies 

     

    4 Tsps ground flaxseed 

    1 cup whole raw almonds 

    Three quarters of a cup plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour 

    2 tbsp tapioca flour 

    Half cup raw cacao Half tsp salt 

    Quarter tsp baking soda 

    Half cup plus quarter cup non-dairy dark chocolate chips 

    Quarter cup plus 2 tbsp coconut oil 

    1 cup raw sugar 

    Quarter cup nut milk (almond, or other non-dairy milk) 

    1 tsp vanilla extract 

    Half cup finely chopped walnuts 

     

    Preheat oven to 180deg. Spray oil a square cake tin and line with baking paper.  

    In a small bowl, whisk together flaxseed and three tbsp. of water. Set aside.  

    Grind the almonds to meal in a food processor or high speed blender. In a large bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, brown rice flour, arrowroot, cacao powder, salt and baking soda.  

    In a saucepan, melt half cup of the chocolate and the coconut butter over low heat. When almost melted remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Mix in flaxseed, sugar, milk and vanilla.  

    Pour the chocolate mixture over the ground almond mix and stir well. Fold in walnuts and remaining quarter cup of chocolate chips.  

    Spoon batter into the pan and place another sheet of baking paper on top. Press it down to spread the batter out.  

    Bake in oven for approx. 30min. Let the brownies cool and don’t remove from the pan until cooled or they will crumble. EAT!!!! 

    Coconut Oil Organic

    Matt Grills

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    Matt Grills

    tattoorunner.blogspot.com

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