Give Me Coconut
Coconut is one of my favorite foods. In fact it finds its way into most of my desserts in one form or another. I love the jelly of a fresh young green coconut, thick creamy coconut milk, the texture of shredded dried coconut, sweet coconut water, coconut butter, coconut oil... in any form really. Just give me coconut!
I'm off my sugar cleanse. Three weeks I was on it and am feeling great! Now I'm enjoying sweet things again. I made coconut yogurt the other day and turned it into a few tasty treats. I love it and have made it before but never posted about it. If you like coconut, I hope you'll make it too. It's a great and tasty way to get probiotics into your system!
The process is easy peasy and it's only two ingredients. Young coconut and powdered probiotics (I use one from Natural Choice Products).
Raw Coconut Yogurt
1 1/2 cups packed young coconut pulp
1 - 1 1/2 cups young coconut water
1 teaspoon probiotic powder
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth, starting with 1 cup coconut water.
If your pulp is really thick and meaty, you probably need the extra 1/2 cup. Adjust accordingly.
The blender should make the mixture warm which is good.
Transfer to a glass bowl and cover with a towel. Place it in a dehydrator at 100F or into an oven with pilot light on, or near fireplace - basically somewhere warm.
Allow the yogurt to "incubate" for at least 5 hours, or up to 12 hours depending on how warm it is. Look at it and taste it after 5 hours. It should have "poofed" up a bit. If you want it tangy leave it much longer.
At this point stick it in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap - or transfer it to a container.
Chill and eat! Use it in recipes. Yum yum!
I made this simple yet delish Yogurt Parfait today by layering the coconut yogurt with goji berries, blueberries, sprouted dehydrated buckwheat, and shredded coconut. It had all the textures I like and a nice subtle sweetness to it.
Yesterday I turned yogurt into a Frosty Strawberry Coconut Pudding. I blended frozen strawberries, coconut yogurt, ice, and protein powder. Oh boy this stuff is yummalicious!
Chocolate Coconut Cups were on my agenda yesterday too... Chocolate and coconut just seem to go hand in hand, don't they?
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