If you’ve incorporated coconut oil into your diet, you may be wondering how you can incorporate the good stuff into your Christmas cooking! We’ve compiled some of the simplest ways to include the good stuff into your festive recipes - read on to find out more!
Now, traditionally goose fat is used to cook roasties in, but did you know coconut oil does just as good a job? Here are our tips for creating top roast potatoes; so tasty that everyone will want to know your secrets. Here they are:
● Always par boil your potatoes, in salted water for 5 minutes.
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate truffle at Christmas time? This recipe is a treat, and with no refined sugar you can offer them to even the most pickiest healthy eater.
In a food processor, mix 450g of cashew nuts with 3 tbs of coconut oil. The process of making will take around 10 minutes, and at the end you will have a delicious cashew nut butter which will form the base of your truffles. It’s also a delicious and healthy alternative to peanut butter, so you may want to make more and keep in a jar in the fridge.
To the cashew nut butter add your choice of sweetener (honey or maple syrup are great options) along with some salt.
To give your truffles extra texture, chop some dried fruits (dates are great) and nuts (almonds and Brazil nuts are excellent) and add to the mixture. This is best done by eye (or by mouth!) till you get the consistency you would like to see. If you want to make chocolate-y truffles, also add cocoa powder and/or nibs at this stage.
Next comes the rolling of the the truffles. You can use a variety of superfoods and spices, try experimenting with: goji berries, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, cinnamon, spirulina (works particularly well with the dark chocolate flavours) and bee pollen.
Most meat eaters will be subjected to leftover turkey this Christmas at some point, and turkey curry is quite a tradition in the UK. Make it delicious with an extra coconutty flavour.
Recipe (Serves 4)
2 tbs coconut oil
Add the turkey meat and desiccated coconut, season to taste and warm through - don’t cook the turkey for too long else it will be drier than it was on Christmas day.
Serve with rice, rotis, naan bread or chapattis.