Coconut Cream Cheese

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I love cream cheese, unfortunately it doesn’t exactly align with the paleo diet. That love has led me to try and find a recipe for coconut cream cheese. I had no luck until I made it on accident in an attempt to make coconut yogurt more easily.

So here it is… how to make no hassle, coconut cream cheese.

INGREDIENTS

1 can of coconut milk (the fuller fat the better)
2 probiotic tablets (mine were rated at 10 billion), you’ll need to break these open as you’ll just be using the powder and be discarding the casings.
3 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of gelatin
*you’ll also need 1 mason jar.

RECIPE

Turn your oven light on, just the light you do not need to turn on the oven. The heat from the light will be enough to incubate the mixture and give it the slightly sour taste that is similar to cream cheese.
Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the thick coconut cream that has formed at the top of the can and place in a clean mason jar.
After you have scooped out the thick coconut cream, add roughly 3 tablespoons of the remaining liquid to the mason jar with the cream. (The remaining liquid can be saved and added to smoothies or other recipes.!)
Add the probiotic powder, honey and gelatin the mason jar and stir to combine.
Stick in the over with the oven light on for 24 hours (do not cover).
After 24 hours remove from the oven.
You’ll notice that the mixture has separated, a milky color liquid on the top and a clear liquid on the bottom
Spoon the milky top layer into a blender and blend(the clear liquid can be used for other recipes).
Place the mixture in a new mason jar and cover.
Place in the fridge and wait a couple days, the mixture will solidify.
After the mixture has solidified it is ready to eat.

This cream cheese is the perfect addition to many paleo recipes, it will give you the creaminess you’ve been missing. You may notice a similar recipe coming up soon on the blog as we learn how to make coconut yogurt with no hassle.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Coconut Yogurt Made Simple

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I’ve tried several different methods for making coconut yogurt. My biggest issue with all of them were that they were extremely involved and time consuming. I decided I needed to find an easy way to make coconut yogurt with as limited involvement as possible, because let’s face it we try to keep recipes as simple as possible on this blog.

Don’t worry though, in this case simple is exactly what you need to make fantastic coconut yogurt.

INGREDIENTS

1 can of coconut milk (the fuller fat the better)
2 probiotic tablets (mine were rated at 10 billion), you’ll need to break these open as you’ll just be using the powder and be discarding the casings.
3 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of gelatin
*you’ll also need 1 mason jar.

RECIPE

Turn your oven light on, just the light you do not need to turn on the oven. The heat from the light will be enough to incubate the yogurt and give it the sour taste that you like.
Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the thick coconut cream that has formed at the top of the can and place in a clean mason jar.
After you have scooped out the thick coconut cream, add roughly 5 tablespoons of the remaining liquid to the mason jar with the cream. (The remaining liquid can be saved and added to smoothies!)
Add the probiotic powder, honey and gelatin the mason jar and stir to combine.
Stick in the over with the oven light on for 24 hours (do not cover).
After 24 hours remove from the oven.
You’ll notice that the yogurt has separated, a milky color liquid on the top and a clear liquid on the bottom
For a thicker yogurt, spoon the milky top layer and half the clear liquid into a blender, blend and enjoy!
For a thinner yogurt, place all liquid into a blender, blend and enjoy!

As a note, if you plan to refrigerate the yogurt and not consume it right away it is best to prepare the thinner yogurt. The yogurt will become thicker the longer it is in the fridge. While there are several steps for this recipe it is well worth your time, you’ll become addicted to this recipe quickly!

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Coconut Fudge Bars

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Sometimes mistakes are gifts waiting to show up! In this case it couldn’t be truer. I was playing around with making a coconut cream pie and ended up making fudge bars! These bars are rich and will conquer your sweet tooth and coconut cravings.

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups shredded coconut (the all natural, unsweetened kind)
1 3/4 cans coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons tapioca flour
2 tablespoons gelatin

coconut pie crust base (Instead of pressing into a pie you will press into the bottom of a rectangular pyrex or glass dish and bake, no need to make it come up the sides you are simple making a base for the fudge)

RECIPE

Prepare crust bottom for fudge, see notes above and link to recipe.
Toast shredded coconut in a frying pan over medium heat, this will take a few minutes and it is best to keep stirring the coconut and keep your eye on it.
After coconut is golden brown remove from heat and set aside.
In a pot combine coconut milk, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt; simmer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes turn off heat.
Then add 6 tablespoons of the heated milk mixture to a small bowl and whisk in gelatin.
Add gelatin mixture, tapioca flour and toasted coconut to pot; combine everything thoroughly.
Pour combined mixture over coconut crust base and place in the fridge.
Let set for 2 hours.

This is just what you need when you’re craving something sweet!

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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