It’s no surprise that today, almost everyone knows about coconut oil. But it wasn’t long ago that hardly anyone not living in a tropical region knew the value of unrefined organic extra virgin coconut oil. As wonderful as coconut oil is, it’s not the only amazing food product that comes from the humble coconut. Yes, we found out about that. All thanks to the ingenuity and good taste of people fortunate enough to live in tropical countries!
Surprisingly, there are many ways to turn coconuts into delicious ingredients for healthy eating.
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1. Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is the dried, ground meat or copra of the coconut and should be nothing more! It is gluten-free, high in protein, and fiber. Also, it contains the added benefit of coconut oil.
If you enjoy baking and cooking, use coconut flour in place for ordinary flour. Then again, it does require some special considerations for the perfect outcome.
2. Coconut Vinegar
The health benefits of coconut vinegar are similar to that of apple cider vinegar. However, this one has zero calories and a much more pleasant taste.
3. Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is collected from the sap or coconut blossoms. It has been named the most sustainable sweetener in the world by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Additionally, it is lightly sweet and rich in trace minerals. If you are looking to try it in your favorite recipes, it can be substituted for cane sugar.
Bonus: Download a free coconut sugar recipe that will keep your blood sugar levels healthy.
4. Coconut Water
You know it as a replenishing drink after a hard workout or playing sports. It may be more accurate to call coconut water - the “juice” of the coconut. Why? That is because it is the naturally occurring liquid found in the center of a ripe coconut.
Take note though. Each serving of coconut water contains about 60 calories. Hence, it can be a mistake to treat coconut water as a substitute for actual H2O.
5. Coconut Jam
It sounds like something made from the fleshy white fruit. But coconut jam is actually made from coconut milk and coconut nectar syrup. It’s a delicious spread that can be used directly on toast, muffins, and fruits. Moreover, it can also be topped on ice cream. And did we mention that it’s also a perfect substitute for any type of liquid sweetener? Yes. That includes honey!
6. Coconut Nectar Syrup
We’re proud to say our organic coconut nectar syrup has one ingredient—the pure nectar or sap of the coconut tree. That’s it! So, use nectar syrup like honey, molasses or corn syrup. It should sweeten everything from a cup of tea to your fanciest dessert.