Coconut Mango Parfait
I took a quick trip to the city last week and was fortunate enough to get my hands on a few young coconuts in addition to champagne mangoes which I really adore. I can down those gems like they're going outta style! So juicy and sweet.
Besides eating lots of mangoes straight up, I wanted to make something simple and quick with my goodies. I also wanted to keep the flavor of the coconut intact. Coconut whipped cream came to mind right away (I can eat a whole bowl of that stuff), but I didn't have time to wait around for coconut oil to melt, and then wait hours for the the cream to firm up in the fridge. No way! I wanted dessert NOW.
I decided a simple coconut cream was in order: Hack into coconut - drain water - scoop out pulp - add to blender with a little vanilla and stevia - blend. Done! I layered the cream with diced mango, chopped macadamia nuts, and granola. Mmm!
This parfait recipe is a perfect light treat for warm weather and is so easy that you can throw it together in 10 minutes or less (make sure the coconut is chilled in the fridge or chill the cream for half an hour before eating).
Easy Coconut Cream
1 cup packed young coconut pulp
2/3 - 3/4 cup coconut water*
3-4 drops stevia
8 drops vanilla essence (or pure vanilla extract, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender.
Eat right away or chill for a while.
*Depending on how thick you like it.
Or make a Mango Shake! Blend mango, fresh orange juice, and ice until smooth!
On another coconut note, here's a delicious Lemon Coconut Shake that tastes like lemon yogurt!
Lemon Coconut Shake
1/2 cup coconut water
1/3 cup packed coconut pulp
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 drops lemon stevia, or to taste
1/2-2/3 cup ice cubes
Blend all but the ice until smooth and creamy.
Add the ice and blend again to incorporate.
How do you like to eat mango and coconut? I have more to use up. Would love to hear your ideas!