This paleo friendly snack will have convert all coconut lovers to a sugar free version of their favourite chocolate bar, plus it’s really good for you, so win win!
I personally adore coconut, if I could put it in everything I would without a second thought. It always reminds me of my dad who would buy a brown nut for him and I on a Friday, then out would come the hammer, nail and bowl ready to crack it open.
I remember snacking on it as a child in the back of my parents car as we drove off to the Wadis for the day; the creamy flesh of a brown coconut is my favourite closely followed by the water of the orange king coconut.
I think one of my favourite things about this delicious nut is just how versatile it is, from food, oil and sugar to fabric, brooms and bowls made from its husk and shell. Packed with healthy fats and electrolytes it is great for post workout, a healthy breakfast that will keep you going all day.
One year when we were on holiday in Thailand I remember running up and down the beach littered with fallen coconuts, they were all green and I wondered why there were so many. I looked up to see two men from the hotel clinging to the top of the palm that towered over me each one wielding a large knife chopping off the coconuts and letting them fall to the floor, they would then jump down, collect up their harvest and disappear into the hotel again.
The next morning at breakfast was the first time I tried coconut water straight from the fruit. I was in love. The strange almost bitter but still sweet flavour of the coconut water was delicious, the slight earthy nutty taste was like nothing I had ever had before, it was nothing like the flesh of a mature coconut.
The ritual breaking of a coconut originates from ancient Hindu practice it is seen as a symbolic annihilating of one’s ego and humbling oneself. The structure of the coconut has a deep spiritual significance. The smooth outer skin represents man’s physical body, the matted husk represents the mind and the desires and attachments within the world; the hard shell represents a higher state of mind and the flesh inside represents the soul or man’s true self. During some rituals the fibre covering the coconut is removed except for the tuft on the top – making it look like a head – when it is broken it symbolises breaking of the ego, releasing the Vāsanā (man’s behaviours and tendencies) exposing the mind and soul to a higher power.
Some of the Health Benefits of Coconuts:
- Kills bacteria and fights infections
- Increases metabolism
- Helps build cells
- Boosts your immune system
- Helps prevent high blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves memory and overall brain function
- Aids digestion and improves overall gut health
- Can stabilize glucose levels and improve insulin levels
- Helps build muscle and reduce body fat
- Increase energy
- Aids proper thyroid function
- Improves skin issues
- Helps prevent gun disease and tooth decay
- Improves hair condition
- Balances hormones
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- 300g Shredded coconut
- Coconut oil
- 2tsp cacao/coco powder
- In a bowl mix the coconut with enough oil to wet all of it. Add a small drizzle of honey (leave this out if doing the Whole30)
- In a small bowl mix the cocao/coco powder with enough coconut oil to create a pourable paste.
- Place the coconut into a small baking dish and flatten.
- Drizzle with the chocolate paste.
- Refrigerate over night.
- Cut into small bars and enjoy.
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