Although most people don’t want to bother with the mess of a fresh coconut, it can be seen as a fun family project. Also, coconuts are extremely healthy, full of ascorbic acid, B vitamins, proteins and electrolytes. The following coconut recipe may be geared toward the power tool wielding women and men in our lives. The most effective way (and fun as well) to drain a coconut is to bust out the power drill, and drill a few holes in the side of the coconut. Drain water over a cup or bowl, reserving it for your recipe. Use a saw to cut open your coconut. As an alternative, use a thick flat head screwdriver to puncture the side of the coconut. Take a hammer and bang the screwdriver until the coconut breaks apart. The most important thing to remember about this recipe is HAVE FUN! Kids and men will love being a part of this process. Don’t forget to clean your power tools first! See the back page for a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Pudding.
Chocolate Coconut Pudding
- 2 cups coconut meat
- 3/4 cup coconut water, at room temp. (or more, if needed for thinning out)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup agave nectar (or replace with additional maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (any salt will do)
Directions: In a Vita-Mix or high-speed blender, puree all the ingredients until completely smooth. Make sure to stop and scrape the sides of the blender as necessary. Transfer to bowl and chill, or just go for it! Try this with raspberries, fresh mint or chopped nuts.