Coconut Flavored Scones

Breakfast, Desserts | March 17, 2016 | By

Coconut Flavored Scones

When I was in Ireland, there wasn’t a day I didn’t indulge in a scone. A mix between crumbly pastry and dense cake, scones were the quintessential food item that just screamed “Irish” to me. So, what better thing to share on St. Patrick’s Day than my take on the traditional scone: Coconut Flavored Scones.

Though my research shows that scones are not native to Ireland (Scotland claims to be the home of the scone), someone obviously forgot to tell the Irish people that since scones are available on almost every breakfast menu, bakery counter and even convenient store. And, even if you ate one every day, you would hardly get tired of them — they come in almost every flavor combination available. My favorites were baked with cherries and other seasonal berries; they were so delicious I almost want to go back just so I can buy more cherry/berry scones.

Now that vacation is over, I’ve gone back to something that more closely resembles my normal diet — restricting my sugar intake, increasing my veggies and all-around trying to eat more healthy. This means, no more Irish scones — full of butter, whole milk and refined white flour.

That’s where this coconut flavored scone recipe comes into play. I replaced the white flour with whole wheat, sour cream for yogurt and swapped out the butter for coconut oil. To add an extra coconut taste, I performed my final swap: replacing whole milk with coconut milk.

Coconut oil is like the champion of superfoods. Not only is it great for your heart and can assist in things like weight loss, it also makes your kitchen smell amazing when you cook with it and your body feel great when you use it as a body lotion or hair mask for a little extra TLC. I always try to buy organic to make sure that none of this superfood’s superpowers are lost to things like pesticides or additives used to improve shelf life. After all, what’s the point of using a superfood if you are going to cancel all the goodness out with junk? (If you are interested in swapping some of your kitchen ingredients for coconut oil, check out this link here for a free 15 oz jar of organic Nutiva Coconut Oil from Thrive Market. Listen to me when I say Hailey and I wouldn’t just recommend anything unless we wholeheartedly believed in it. Thrive Market’s mission is very similar to our own — to make organic, healthy living easy. Now how could we not stand behind that?)

Anyways…back to the coconut flavored scones. Even after all the swaps, the scones came out even better than some of its Irish rivals. Better yet, I don’t have to feel as guilty indulging in one of these every once in a while.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Cheers!

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Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Desserts | December 4, 2014 | By

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Welcome to Day3: Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies. Though Hailey might not approve of these cookies (as you could probably tell by her aversion to coconut macaroons versus her love of macarons in yesterday’s post), this has to be one of my favorite cookie recipes this year. In fact, every time I’ve made these cookies, they’ve been a hit.

The last time I made these cookies was for a movie night hosted by one of my coworkers. There were suppose to be around eight or ten of us attending, so I decided to double the batch (to 24 cookies), just to be on the safe side. That said, I still thought I would have a couple leftover for a snack breakfast the next day. Boy, was I surprised. The cookies were gone in a snap. In fact, people raved about them days after the movie night. I still sometimes get asked for the recipe.

Here’s why I love these cookies so much: 1) They are incredibly easy to make, and only take about 20 minutes from prep time to finished product. Whenever I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to put in the work, I turn to this recipe. 2) For being a member of the dessert category, these cookies are moderately healthy. 3) These cookies are bite-sized (read portion control!), making these the perfect accessory for the holiday season.

Cheers!

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Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe adapted from The Detoxinista)

1/3 Cup of Coconut flour

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil, Melted

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup

1 Tsp. of Vanilla

1/4 Tsp. of Salt

2 Eggs

1/3 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

3-4 Pinches of Toasted Coconut Flakes

Directions:

Mix together the flour, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and eggs until the batter starts to come together. *Note: the batter will appear to be very wet.* Mix in the chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Using two spoons, shape the cookie dough roughly into a ball and drop onto a cookie sheet. Use one of the spoons to gently flatten the cookie. **Note: as these are gluten-free, the cookies won’t spread on their own. Keep that in mind while shaping and flattening the cookies.** Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the bottom edges turn golden.

Makes 12 cookies.

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