I recently bought a TUB of coconut oil. Completely by mistake, mind you. That’s what happens when you late-night shop on Amazon. Anyway, I’ve managed to use it for a couple of things – chapstick, moisturizer, hair mask. However, I’ve been a bit nervous about trying it out in food. I don’t necessarily want my eggs to taste like coconut by using it as an oil.
I’ve tried mixing it with peanut butter like this recipe calls for. But let’s just agree that you don’t want to see the blob it actually came out as. #nailedit
Luckily, I came across Anna Eastick’s blog Heart+Bowl. She has super healthy bowl recipes like this drool worthy chocolate mousse recipe, with coconut oil! I’ve been seeing avocado mixed with chocolate for a while now, so it’s about time we give you a damn delish recipe for it.
1 large ripe avocado (or 2 small)
1 tbsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut milk (or any nut milk of your choice)
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 chunk of bittersweet dark chocolate, grated
2 tsp cocoa nibs (optional)
In a food processor, purée the avocado until smooth. In a jug, combine the cocoa powder and milk until a smooth paste forms. Add the cocoa and milk mixture to the avocado, along with the remaining ingredients. Blend everything together until smooth and well combined. Transfer the mixture into individual bowls and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Top with grated bittersweet dark chocolate and sprinkle over cocoa nibs.
For some reason I’ve always shied away from making mashed potatoes. They seemed too daunting – would I mash them enough? Would they be too dry?! There also was that one time I tried putting them in my mixer and covered our new kitchen in potatoes…
It wasn’t until I tried goat cheese and chive smashed potatoes at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain that I knew I had to get over my fear. These were the best damn mashed, smashed, potatoes I’ve ever had. I needed them in my life. The good news is, with smashed potatoes you don’t have to worry about them being “perfectly whipped”. You want a little chunkiness in them. Which means you don’t need to use your mixer, just your muscles. Which also means you don’t need to spend hours wiping milk and potatoes from your ceiling.
4-5 medium russet potatoes, skinned and diced
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1/4 cup goat cheese
1 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
Boil the potatoes in a large pot for roughly 20 minutes, until soft. Drain water and place potatoes back in the pot. Begin to “smash” the potatoes with a wooden spoon, smasher, or I even used this pastry blender. Not what it’s intended for, but still does the job. Once chunky, add in the chives, goat cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until fully combined. These also make great leftovers. When ready to heat, crank the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.
A little while back, one of my co-workers brought in chia seeds. I tried them, but I can’t say I was a fan of them in just plan ol’ water. They’re too, slimy, if you will.
However, I did some research and found out just how healthy they are for you. Not only do they provide a ton of energy, they’re full of antioxidants, and they help you feel full longer. (Read all of the healthy details here.) So, now that you’re an expert in chia seeds, you can see why these tiny energizers are perfect to start your morning off with. We’ve put together a simple 3 ingredient recipe for a jam that you can use on toast, waffles, or to sweeten up plain yogurt.
3 cups blueberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp chia seeds
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the blueberries and maple syrup. Give it a stir every few minutes. You’ll notice the blueberries start to “melt”. Add in the chia seeds and stir until fully combined. You can store this in a jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.