coconut

Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes

So I've been on a coconut kick lately. I was fortunate enough to win a giveaway that landed me some shredded coconut from Woodstock Foods. Plus, I've discovered probably one of the more amazing nut butter developments, coconut nut butter. Holy yum! I will be doing some reviews on a couple very soon, but I'll give you a preview, they are AMAZING!

So I figured why not combine all of this coconut yumminess into pancake form? I also make my pancakes with coconut flour, so this is perfect. And I must say, they're pretty darn good.

Here's What You'll Need:

-2 eggs
-2 egg whites
-1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp honey
-1 tbsp Manna Organics cashew coconut butter
-1 tbsp Woodstock Foods shredded coconut
-1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-Pinch of sea salt
-Coconut butter for cooking

Instructions:

1) Whip up the egg and egg whites together in a bowl for a minute or two.
2) Add in the remaining ingredients (minus the coconut butter to cook) and stir until mostly smooth.
3) Heat up the coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat.
4) Add your pancakes to the pan (about 3-4 inches in diameter) and cook  until they begin to bubble on the top (about 2-3 minutes).
5) Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
6) Remove the pancakes from the heat, serve, and top with your favorite toppings (i.e. more coconut nut butter).

If you don't have coconut nut butter, you can switch it out for some additional honey or other sweetener in the recipe. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below!
 

Healthy Almond Joy Smoothie Bowl

There's a saying that sometimes you pick the ingredients, and sometimes they pick you. Okay, maybe that isn't a real saying, but the latter was definitely the case in this situation.

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Wallaby Yogurt and Woodstock Foods. I received a Greek yogurt kefir and two small Greek yogurts of the flavors of my choosing (I went for plain on all of the above so that they're easier to play around with) from Wallaby and medjool dates, shredded coconut, and almond butter from Woodstock. Can you AMAZING ingredients?

I immediately started playing around with them for different things, and then it hit me. Do these ingredients not scream almond joy? Basically all I need is some cocoa powder, and we are good. And of course, I decided to throw in some greens because I can't help myself.

Here's what you'll need:

-1 cup baby spinach
-1/2 banana (frozen is probably ideal but fresh is fine as well)
-1 Woodstock Foods organic medjool date
-1/2 cup of Wallaby nonfat Greek yogurt kefir
-1/2 cup almond milk
-2 tbsp Woodstock Foods unsalted smooth almond butter
-2 tbsp Woodstock Foods organic shredded coconut
-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions:

1) Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. 
2) Pour the smoothie into a bowl or cup and top with desired toppings.
3) Enjoy!

I topped mine with chia seeds, crushed almonds, and a bit more shredded coconut.