Sweet Tooth: Kiwi, Lime, and Coconut
Happy Friday! It always feels like Friday rolls around so fast. Is it the same way for you?
I'm taking off for an adventure in the city this weekend. My mom and I are traveling to Winnipeg (one of the closest cities to us - a solid 5 hour drive away) to visit with friends, go on a shopping spree, and see Sex and the City 2. Our friend Denyse, who we will be staying with, makes the most fabulous raw food, and is a master chocolatier, so there is sure to be great eats! I've been working on a little addition to tomorrow night's dinner party - moonie pies in a new flavor (pics to come next week). I'm also excited to buy a new camera and find a dress for Marcy's wedding (fingers crossed).
Thank you so much for the amazing comments in reply to my last post on gratitude. I encourage everyone to pop over and take a look at all the sharing from the heart.
For today's sweet treat, I have a really simple, yet flavorful Kiwi Coconut Cream, used two ways. I often like to take leftovers from a recipe and turn it into a few things.
First, I made Cream Stuffed Kiwis - a perfect finger food, and light for the summer since there are no nuts or powders involved. I think they look a bit funny, but they really are delicious!
Zingy Kiwi Coconut Cream
3/4 cup packed young coconut pulp
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons coconut water
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
1 teaspoon lime juice
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
In a blender, combine all but the coconut oil, until smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend to incorporate.
Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least a few hours to thicken slightly.
Slice the top and bottom off kiwi fruits (as many as you like - I made 4 and used the remaining cream for the drink)
Slice the skin off the kiwi.
Use an apple corer to punch a tube from one end of the kiwi to the other.
Set the kiwis, flat side down, on a plate.
Pipe or spoon the cream into hollowed fruit.
Optional: roll the kiwi in shredded coconut, or ground goji berries.
For Kiwi Bites: slice in half and pipe cream on top. Garnish with gojis.
Switch It Up!
Turn the cream into a drink by blending the following:
Leftover kiwi cream
Bit of water
1 whole, peeled kiwi
Sweetener, to taste
For an oldie treat, let's have a little chocolate... here are some easy, dehydrator-free chocolate macaroons, sure to please your sweet tooth. We made these in my raw chocolate class in September 2009. That was SUCH a fun class! There's a picture of the macs in the post, but I don't have the photo anymore, so I've used a pic that I took of Nelly's most scrumptious chocolate covered chocolate macaroons that I won via her giveaway (I was lucky enough to receive one of her choccie moonies, coconut macaroons, and mint choco cookies too).
2 cups dried coconut flakes
3/4 cup cacao powder
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
In a bowl, stir all ingredients to combine.
Spoon balls of dough onto waxed paper.
Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm.
I wish you a wonderful weekend!
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