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28 Uses for Coconut Milk: The Ultimate Dairy Alternative

Coconut is a dairy-free girl’s best friend. It’s that huge sigh of relief when you realize creamy ice cream can still be a part of your life. I did a little dance the first time I tasted coconut whipped cream. I wanted to shout, “Yay! My tastebuds are no longer deprived!” Coconut makes a delicious alternative that’s rich in key nutrients. High in magnesium, 1 cup of coconut milk contains 88.8mg and this combined with it’s content of calcium keeps muscles and nerves functioning properly. It is also an excellent source of potassium, where 1 cup has over 630mg compared to 422mg in 1 banana. It is also rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6. A saturated fat, coconut is a medium chain fatty acid and quickly absorbed as energy in the liver. The body views it as priority energy and is therefor less likely be stored Read More

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Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

After a savory meal, I need a little treat to get my sweet fix. One small piece is all I need but it has to be the right flavor combo to satisfy my insatiable sweet tooth. Chocolate and mint seem to send the right signals to my brain. I created this chocolate peppermint fudge recipe and it’s exactly what I need after a big meal. Chocolate gives my body the sweet satisfaction and mint sends the signal that the meal is complete. If you’re an Andes Mints lover, that’s exactly what these fudge bites taste like. You’ll absolutely love this recipe! I think it’s the mint that is so satisfying and stops you from eating more than one or two. These are very dark chocolate so if you’re more of a milk chocolate fan, add more coconut milk to tone down the intensity. Makes 24 pieces. Coconut butter – ½ cup – Read More

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Strawberry Coconut Butter

It’s strawberry season! Summer came a bit late to the northeast this year so we are just now enjoying the first crop of sweet strawberries. It is impossible to pass by this fruit without snatching up at least two cartons so I end up with more than my stomach can handle. I raided my kitchen last night to what I could possibly create. And since it was 10pm, I wanted to make something quick. I grabbed the food processor, some coconut flakes, strawberries and sea salt. Five minutes later I had this incredible fruit butter! Sometimes the recipes that take the least amount of time have the greatest reward. Makes 1 cup 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut 1/2 cup fresh strawberries dash of pink Himalayan sea salt ►Pour coconut in a food processor and pulse for five to ten minutes. If you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender you Read More