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Bonus Recipe: Healthy Simple Syrup

There is something just so tasty about toasted coconut.  It enhances anything from a sundae to a salad.  But traditionally prepared, it has gone through processing that destroys most of its nutrients and likely includes a sweetener that you’d be better off avoiding.

Trader Joe’s carries a really delicious one that is steeped in coconut milk and “roasted with a touch of sugar and salt”.  Just about anything labeled “sugar” these days translates to a combination of cane sugar and beets, which are genetically modified.  Traditional salt is acidic to the diet – and there is no specification as to using sea salt.  And finally, once you heat the coconut over 115 degrees much of the beneficial antioxidants and digestive enzymes are diminished.

These are made with coconut sugar, which is far superior to cane sugar as it contains powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is reputed to have health benefits.  (see meme below the recipe)

I have made these candy-like coconut chips with both organic dried coconut chips/strips and defrosted sliced coconut that I buy from Indian grocery stores.  Both have been sensational, but I think I like the “meatiness” of the frozen defrosted ones better.  When buying dried coconut, make sure you get the chips or strips rather than the small flakes or shredded variety.  You could certainly flavor those as a condiment or sprinkle, but the will not work as well for snacking.

An added bonus to making this recipe in your dehydrator is that you will have a stupendous Simple Syrup substitute to use in shakes, smoothies, cocktails or to sweeten juices and beverages for your kids! 

 coconut prep

 Un-Toasted Coconut Chips

Ingredients:
1-2 packages of defrosted sliced coconut slices or dried organic chips
1 1/2 cups of coconut water
5-6 TB. coconut sugar
1-2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
Optional:  A few dashes of sea salt

Directions:  Place coconut in a large bowl and pour on coconut water.  Sprinkle in the coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract and blend well using a large spoon or tongs, making sure everything is well-coated.  Let the flavors soak in for 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Place the coconut onto parchment paper covered dehydrator trays (you can also try this is a very low temp oven but they will not be “guaranteed raw”.)  If you like the sweet & salty type of snack, sprinkle on some sea salt.  Dehydrate at 105 degrees overnight until very dry.  You may want to turn off the dehydrator for 2 hours to bring internal moisture to the surface, then turn on again for 2 hours.  I store mine in the freezer — they remain dry and don’t really get very cold!  Great on salads, sundaes or as simple snacks!

Store the leftover liquid in a glass jar or covered container and use as a Simple Syrup or alternative sweetener.  Coconut sugar and nectar are only 35 on the Glycemic Index!

coconut sugar benefits

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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