THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUTS

Raise your hand if you have noticed coconut products popping up everywhere now!  Not really sure what all the fuss is about? Well here are some reasons why coconuts are so great, plus a delicious coconut based recipe to try this weekend.

Some amazing benefits of coconuts include:

  • Supports weight loss
  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Anti-viral properties
  • Supports immune function
  • Good source of antioxidants
  • Source of fiber
  • An excellent source of healthy fats
  • Supports healthy digestion and bowels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Soothes skin irritations

 

The most common forms of coconut include:

  • Coconut flour – Swap white, refined flour for nutritious coconut flour, which is light and delicious in all baked goods. Be sure to sift well before using to avoid a dense and heavy finished product.
  • Coconut water – Ditch the sugary sports drinks and have a glass of coconut water after a workout instead!  It is an excellent source of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • Coconut oil – The uses of coconut oil are endless. It is an ideal oil to use for high heat cooking (i.e., stir fry’s) since it is very-heat stable oil. Coconut oil is also great as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, or to use after the sun.
  • Coconut sugar – Use this low GI natural sweetener in place of white, refined sugars. It can be used to sweeten your coffee or tea and is super easy to bake with. For an easy sugar swap in any recipe, coconut sugar can be replaced using a 1:1 ratio.
  • Coconut milk – For a tasty, dairy-free alternative, try unsweetened coconut in smoothies, coffee or baking. Be sure to buy a coconut milk that is free from additives and preservatives such as carrageenan.
  • Coconut flakes – These delicious unsweetened flakes are the perfect flavour enhancer for so many meals and snacks, including oatmeal, smoothies, salads and homemade trail-mixes.

 

COCONUT FLOUR BANANA BREAD

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut flour, well sifted
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 6 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla powder

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 F
  2. Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
  3. On one bowl, add bananas, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla powder and eggs.
  4. In another bowl, mix the coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
  6. Gently add the batter into your lined bread pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Slice and serve!

Serves 14

Nutritional analysis: calories 186, fat 10g, carbohydrates 20, fiber 8g, protein 5g

For another great coconut based recipe, click here.