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?

Order Sweetly Raw Valentines chocolates from now until February 10th. Treat that special someone in your life - or treat yourself!

Coconut truffles. Mmmm!
Happy Sunday! 
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12 Comments
  1. January 29, 2012 at 16:29
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    Those chocolate coconut cups look YUMMY!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

  2. January 30, 2012 at 19:27
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    I have always wanted to make rpmy own yogurt, yummy!

  3. January 31, 2012 at 03:32
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    do u make the yogurt with fresh young coconut meat or with a packaged variety? If so what brand do you use?

  4. January 31, 2012 at 03:55
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    love coconut too! it has been forever since we have made yogurt, we have had no luck finding coconuts here. miss it.<br /><br />xoxo<br />pure2raw twins

  5. January 31, 2012 at 06:23
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    Have you ever made yogurt from almond milk? I've tried a couple of times and I just can't get it to work!

  6. January 31, 2012 at 14:21
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    I love coconut yogurt. So yummy. That's good stuff.<br /><br />Congrats on making it through another sugar cleanse!

  7. January 31, 2012 at 15:40
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    Thanks gals!<br /><br />Ru - Yes I use fresh young coconut. Never seen a packaged kind before. <br /><br />Chena - never tried with almond milk but I tried just with blended almonds and water before and fermented it and it was bad! lol. I should have strained out the skins at least.

  8. February 1, 2012 at 07:32
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    Heather,<br />I tried almond yogurt the way you described and it was gross! I tried it with almond milk once and it just tasted like rotten almond milk. If you ever get it to work, please share your methods as I don't have access to young coconut here in the 'frozen tundra' and I have yet to find an online shop that can send me the frozen pulp without it costing a bundle. Any suggestions as to where to order the pulp from? <br />Thanks!

  9. February 1, 2012 at 07:32
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    Heather,<br />I tried almond yogurt the way you described and it was gross! I tried it with almond milk once and it just tasted like rotten almond milk. If you ever get it to work, please share your methods as I don't have access to young coconut here in the 'frozen tundra' and I have yet to find an online shop that can send me the frozen pulp without it costing a bundle. Any suggestions as to where to order the pulp from? <br />Thanks!

  10. February 2, 2012 at 19:25
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    Chena, guess I'll never try to ferment almond milk! lol<br />I've never seen frozen coconut pulp. Fortunately I have access when I travel to the city and grab some.

  11. Angie
    February 7, 2012 at 10:49
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    I have the coconut yogurt in the dehydrator culturing, as I type this... can't wait to see how this turns out :)

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