Friday, January 22, 2010

coconutty sweets

ahhh, this picture's got me thinking of summer. john and i have a lot of fun thinking of names for our creations, and we both agreed tropical bliss-ard is fitting for this sweet, frosty beverage we enjoyed on a cold, january night! (i know the umbrella is a bit much, but i couldn't resist! =)

tropical bliss-ard

3 C. tropical fruit, chopped and frozen (i used 2 bananas and one mango)
1/2 C. coconut meat
1/2 C. coconut water

add a handful of ice cubes and blend all ingredients until smooth. yields about two 12 oz. glasses. tastes great topped with granola or shredded coconut!


these coconut kale chips are my new favorite snack. so sweet and crunchy! 

coconut kale chips

a bunch of kale
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp coconut oil
shredded coconut (optional)
few pinches of salt, to taste

trim off the tough stems and break kale into chip-size pieces. place in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with agave and coconut oil. (you may need more or less than 1 tbsp of each, depending on how much kale you're working with.) massage kale a few minutes, making sure each piece is saturated. if desired, add shredded coconut. allow to marinate (i marinate my kale overnight in the fridge, but a half hour or so should do). spread kale in a single layer on teflex sheet and dehydrate at 115° until dry and crispy.

have a sweet weekend!!!


  1. Coconut Kale Chips !?!? That's a combo I never would have thought of, but it sounds delicious. I love anything coconut :)

  2. I love making smoothies with young coconuts and fruits! Pineapple is awesome with coconut... Thank you for this lovely post :) Makes me think of summer!

  3. nikki - i wanted to make kale chips but was fresh out of olive oil so i subbed coconut oil. they are soooo good!!!

    joanna - i will have to try pineapple next time!

  4. i wonder if part of being successful with eating raw is liking coconut. it seems many of us do! there are times when i've disliked the texture of dried coconut but i am over that. :-)

    the smoothie and kale chips look delish!

  5. Two awesome looking recipes, love the umbrella, and the pink bowl!

  6. bitt - thanks girl. i've disliked the texture too - its like you need special teeth after chewing it a bit!

    thanks evergreen. that pink bowl was 50 cents at a thrift store! =)

  7. I was looking at your other recipes and I came across a really good looking granola. It called for sprouted oats. What are sprouted oats? Just oat groats, but sprouting them? I am looking for a really good raw granola/cereal without so many nuts, and yours looks great!

  8. hi katie, thanks! i used oat groats in that recipe, and i just soaked them overnight.

    i prefer the buckwheat granola recipe i posted here

    i'm sure it would taste great with the addition of oats. honey can also be used in place of the agave and maple syrup (and will probably work better to hold everything together, as my granola was pretty loose but delicious!


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