Have you noticed I’ve done a few chocolate chip cookie recipes?
Well, even if you haven’t noticed, I have. I seem to have a bit of an obsession with chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies are just such a soothing, all-American treat. When I was a kid pre-celiac diagnosis, I had a chocolate chip cookie obsession then too. Soft Batch cookies, remember them? Oh, yeah. Heated up for just a few seconds until the chips were all mice and melty…heaven in a bite.
Now that I’m a bit older, gluten free, and aware of nutrition, I try to have some redeeming qualities in my treats for the most part.
As a part of designing my diet to provide maximal quality and nutrients, I try to use coconut products on a regular basis. Coconut is not a miracle cure for anything, and please run screaming from anyone who tries to tell you so. However, it is a food that has some very interesting and unique properties. And, it tastes pretty darn yummy.
Funny random fact about me: I like coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut flour, and coconut flavor in general. However, I don’t like actual coconut. Like, the shredded kind. I hate macaroons. I think it’s a texture thing. But I digress.
Coconut oil is also not the devil as opponents to saturated fat may try to state. Actually, saturated fat itself is not the devil. Saturated fat in combination with refined carbohydrate may in fact, be the devil. But again, I digress.
I feel compelled to say that coconut products contain calories.
This seems obvious, but I have heard stories of people adding large amounts of calorie dense coconut products to their diet and expecting the laws of thermodynamics to no longer apply. As much as that would be fabulous, it is in fact false. If you add calories in, you have to take some out from somewhere, or you will gain weight.
Tropical Traditions is where I get my coconut flour and coconut oil. I saw they had a product called coconut cream concentrate, which I had never heard of/tried before. They very kindly supplied me with a complimentary sample to try.
Coconut Cream Concentrate is pretty cool stuff.
From the Tropical Traditions website:
Coconut Cream Concentrate is certified organic whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It contains no additives* (not even water). The dried coconut meat is ground very finely, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content. Since it is 70% fat, it is a rich source of pure coconut oil. Note: this is a food, not a cooking oil.
It reminded me a lot of natural nut butter, how the oil separates and comes to the top? Same gig.
I highly recommend watching the video provided by Tropical Traditions on how to prepare your concentrate to use. Me being me, I skipped that part thinking I could stir it like nut butter. No, you can’t. Warm it first. What’s really cool about this product in my opinion, is that you could theoretically pour off the top coconut oil and use that, and then use the meat part to make coconut milk (they recommend a couple teaspoons per 16 ounces of water, and it will be “grainy” due to the fiber in the coconut.) It’s pretty darn versatile. I mixed up a couple tablespoons in a quart jar with water and use it in my coffee.
Here is my coconut cream chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Have you used coconut cream concentrate? What’s your favorite way to use coconut? Hit it up in the comments!