Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement

 

Coconut 2-Part Series

I discovered Coconut as the Dairy-Free Replacement when I was transitioning from the Standard America Diet to healthier food choices. Dairy was the hardest food for me to eliminate.

It took me months to let go of dairy products, and I fought it all the way! HA! I loved my ice cream, sour cream, and cheese.

But I am soo glad that I finally let go of dairy because I feel sooo much better now!!!

I have found coconut to be the best replacement for all dairy products! After all, coconut has got it all when it comes to non-dairy products, and coconut has many other uses!

Question?

Is Coconut a Fruit, Nut, or Seed? (1)

Answer!

Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. (1)

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Mature, ripe coconuts can be used as edible seeds or processed for coconut oil and plant milk from the flesh, charcoal from the hard shell, and coir, which is the fiber prepared from the husk of the coconut, used in making rope, matting, and for gardening too. (2)

Coconuts are distinct from other fruits because it contains a large quantity of clear liquid, called coconut water or “coconut juice.” (2)

Dried coconut flesh is called copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking, soaps, and cosmetics. (2)

As you can see, Coconut, the Dairy-Free Replacement, is one of the most versatile fruits on the planet and is classified as a “Superfood”!

In Part 1 of this 2-Part series, I will cover some nutritional benefits of using coconut in food. Plus, some of my favorite coconut recipes.

Part 2, I will share the benefits of using coconut for DIY body and beauti products, along with some DIY recipes that are easy to make.

Coconut is delicious and full of beneficial nutrients :

Nutrition facts for 100g (3.53oz) of raw coconut meat. (3)

Health benefits of coconut oil: (4)

  • Coconut Oil Contains Fatty Acids With Potent Medicinal Properties
  • Populations That Eat a Lot of Coconut Oil Are Healthier
  • Can Increase Fat Burning
  • Kills Harmful Microorganisms
  • Helps Reduce Your Hunger, So You Eat Less
  • Can Raise The Good HDL Cholesterol
  • Protects Your Skin, Hair, and Dental Health
  • Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Harmful Abdominal Fat

Here are some Coconut food items and their uses!

Now for the yummy part!!!

My Favorite Coconut Based Recipes:

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees ~ Bake for 8 to 10 min. ~ Makes 12 bite-sized cookies.

Ingredients
Instructions
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt coconut butter and honey until soft and mixable.
  • Mix, all ingredients (except chocolate chips); coconut flour will soak up all moisture.
  • The dough will be slightly sticky.
  • Add chocolate chips when the dough has cooled.
  • Divide into 6 medium or 12 small balls and flatten slightly on the baking sheet.
  • Bake until the edges are lightly golden, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • These can over-bake quickly, so keep a close eye on them.
  • Let cookies cool before removing them from the baking sheet to prevent crumbling.
  • Serve with coconut milk. Enjoy!

Chicken Salad Coconut Wraps

6 to 8 Servings

These are thin wraps with a mild flavor, and they come in:

Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement

Ingredients
Instructions
  • Mix the first four ingredients
  • Fill wrap with about 1/3 cup of the chicken salad
  • Top with broccoli sprouts, vegan cheese, and lettuce
  • Wrap it up, and enjoy

Other options:

  • Tuna salad
  • Eggs & ham scrabble and vegan cheese
  • Fruit
  • Leftovers
  • Just about anything!

Coconut Meltaway Candies (5)

Servings 21 candies – Prep Time 15 minutes

Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement

Ingredients
Instructions
  • Melt coconut butter and coconut oil in a small double broiler pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add vanilla extract and sea salt.
  • Stir well with a spoon until the mixture is melted and well combined.
  • Pour into ice cube trays or silicone molds of your choice
  • Then freeze for one hour.
  • After 1 hour, store in the fridge.

 

Chocolate Coconut Milk Banana Power Smoothie

Makes 16oz.

Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement

Ingredients

Mix all ingredients in a blender… Enjoy! 🙂

Coconut Yogurt Chive Dip

Makes 1 cup

Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement

Ingredients
Instructions
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Refrigerate for 30 min. before use
  • Dip sweet potato fries, veggies, chicken, and use as a spread

In conclusion

You can’t go wrong in choosing Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement when eliminating dairy or changing up your food choices!

Give some or all of these coconut products and recipes a try, and let me know what you think!

 

Here’s to Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement!!!

Susie ∞

P.S. Be sure to check out Part 2, where I share the benefits of using coconut for DIY body and beauti products, along with some easy-to-make DIY recipes.

 

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References:

1 – The Library of Congress

 https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/coconut.html

2 – Wikipedia

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut

3 – Nutrition and You

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut.html

4 – Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil

5 – Dr. Amy Myers recipes

https://www.amymyersmd.com/recipe/mint-meltaway-candies/