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cyndy40
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« on: January 29, 2012, 01:32:14 PM »

T2 and others,

Made this today based on a reccomendation by a friend who has just begun to eat clean.  I used this to mix in my super shake this morning and again in a click frappe.  I thought it was just like having a Blizzard from Dairy Queen!  Anywho, here it is!

Ingredients:

6 TBSP of Coconut Oil Melted (measure first then melt)
1 1/2 TBSP of Natural Unsweetend Cocoa
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Xylitol or Stevia
2 TBSP of Unsweetened Coconut
1/4 C Raw Chopped Almonds

Method:

Line 8X8 baking dish with parchment/wax paper

Mix melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetner together until completely dissolved.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Add remaining ingredients and mix completely.

Pour in prepared pan.  Tilt the pan to spread the mixture to cover the bottom of the pan.

Freeze for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and keep cold.

This melts very quickly.

I have this crunched up in pieces in a ziplock bag in the freezer.  I just grab a bit when I need it!

Watch out!  Addictive!
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 08:47:53 AM »

Wow, sounds yummy.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 08:52:47 AM »

Cyn - it sounds incredible, but I'm not on the coconut oil train yet. Any suggestions on subs? Or should I just get on the train? LOL!
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 01:48:04 PM »

Get on the train!  It is actually good for you!  I have read many sources and research and they all say the same thing!  I put a TBSP in my super shake every morning and in a hot cocoa before bed.  The best part?  It seems that it acts as a thermogenic as well!
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012, 02:42:55 PM »

May I ask where you get yours? The best stuff either comes from Amazon or Tropical...something, and it seems pricey to me with shipping. Maybe I should check out Whole Foods?
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 06:57:54 PM »

I get mine at Basic Foods and HEB.  It is a bit pricey, but it lasts a long time.  Make sure to get Extra Virgin Unrefined.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 12:59:37 AM »

Whole foods has it.

I am still wondering why they made everyone stop using coconut oil in baked goods and movie popcorn when it's so healthy. I thought it was loaded with trans-fats.

I am forever confused...
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 07:38:43 AM »

the "scare" about coconut oil was when saturated fats became evil. They were blamed for raising cholesterol. And... coconut oil does... but further studies have shown it raises both the hdl and ldl, and while the numbers rise, it maintains a healthy ratio, and it's not like they just keep going up and up and up.

But yes, you need to use unrefined.. as the refining process "damages" the oil and you basically screw the stuff up... pretty much the same applies to olive oil.

and Leslie, trans-fats are man-made. Well, man-altered. They start out at unsaturated fats, which are liquid/soft at room temp and they add extra hydrogen atoms to "stabilize" them, make them firm at room temp, the way coconut oil, butter, lard are naturally. This add shelf-life and stability to products, and they're cheaper to produce because the oils being used to make them are much cheaper initially.

Even if a product says "no trans-fats" on the front, read the ingredients. If there is any mention of hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated on the ingredient lists, those are trans-fats. They may be able to say no trans-fats because they can have up to .5g per serving and legally round it down to 0. You have more than one serving of these items throughout a day, a week, etc, and they add up quickly.

BTW, the same rule applies to non-stick sprays. They are still oil. They are handy, and i use them myself, but don't kid yourself about them being no fat/no calories. They are less than .5g per "serving", but you spray enough on that pan and you are adding fat/calories.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 08:18:33 PM »

There was a Planet Money Podcast on the decline of lard and talked about how they invented hard cottonseed oil.  According to this podcast, the decline of the lard was based on the marketing of the newly hydrogenated cottonseed oil.  But like Rob said, lard is hard (funny, huh?) just as it is and cottonseed oil was changed into a solid by science.  Interesting stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 11:54:13 PM »

Thanks for the info. I knew about hydrogenating but never could get a grasp on the whole trans-fat thing...I believe I understand now...thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 05:17:49 AM »

Rob, thanks for posting the goods on coconut oil. Before anything crosses my lips it is researched. The thing is moderation just like everything else. I oven fry squash in this oil also awesome! One must remember if the food industry has put their grubby little paws on an item (modified it in dome way) it probably has been tainted. Food is best in its natural form and ummonkied with whatsoever!
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2012, 06:07:51 AM »

CYNDY! Dear, sweet Cyndy. You are a genius, my friend.

I finally broke out the coconut oil and made this Almond Joy Bark last night. WONDERFUL! Your directions were spot on. I saw exactly what you meant about allowing it to completely dissolve (you could see the graininess at first). When I first panned it up, I thought - this is just not enough. It's a very small amount, so I spread it really thin all over the bottom of the pan - used No Stick Reynolds Foil, which was perfect. Then to the freezer.

The amount is perfect! I crunched it up quickly and put it back in the fridge in a baggie - again, you are right - it does melt very quickly. The texture when eaten on its own is quite different at first - almost silky in the mouth - I had to take a minute on that one. I assume that's the coconut oil.

But this morning? I made an AMAZING protein shake - cold coffee, skim milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 scoop Click, a glug of chocolate SF syrup, a glug of coconut SF syrup, a couple pieces of bark, and ice. WOW! Just perfect - so much so that I posted a pic on Facebook!

THANK YOU for this recipe. I'm now so fascinated with coconut oil that I also made a peanut butter bar recipe with it that I'll post today. Lovely and addictive!
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