Coconut recipes you’ll love
Coconut lovers don’t have it easy in Singapore – we’re faced with macarons when we really want macaroons, and the realest and quickest fix is priced at $4 per Thai coconut from your hawker centre drink stall. Sure, you can buy coconuts on the cheap at the supermarket, but you’ll regret it once you’re faced with the dangerous task of chopping them open.
Luckily, we’ve found middle ground. There’s no need to throw a fit the next time those cravings hit – here are 10 easy recipes with a coconuty twist that’ll transform you into an under-the-radar Violet Oon.
1. Coconut pancakes
Contrary to popular belief, those pillowy discs of fluff they call pancakes are not all that bad for you. The very first pancakes were made from the most basic ingredients: eggs, flour, and baking powder. Only when cafes started to zhng them with all things sweet and savoury, did they become calorie grenades.
You’re better off making your own bespoke pancakes at home! Dig into these wholesome coconut pancakes you can whip up for breakfast in less than 30 minutes thanks to this no-fuss batter recipe.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup Coco Life Coconut Water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 egg
Learn the full recipe on how to make these super light coconut pancakes here.
2. Acai bowls with Crispy Buckwheat Cocoa Clusters
Source: The Full Helping
An alternative to ice cream that’s both both heavenly and healthy – if you’ve ever tasted an acai bowl, you’ll know why it’s earned itself a near cult-like status. Rich in antioxidants and all things good, coconut water is one of the magical ingredients that go into making this bowl of awesome.
Ingredients For Acai Smoothie Base
- 2 frozen bananas
- 100 grams (about ½ cup, or 1 frozen pack) acai puree
- 1 cup Coco Life Coconut Water (more as needed)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
Find out the full recipe to make this acai bowl to kickstart your morning here.
3. Fruity Ice Popsicles
Source: Martha Stewart
This goes out to all of you looking for a quick dessert fix on a hot day without the added sugar. Literally as easy as 123 – it only takes minutes to make this 3 ingredient ice popsicle. Chop up your favourite fruits, fill the mould with coconut water, and pop them in the freezer overnight.
- 1 cup chopped fresh mango, papaya, pineapple, or kiwi
- 3/4 cup Coco Life Coconut water
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
Change up your fruits and beat the heat with these ice pops!
4. Peanut Butter-Coconut Pancake Sauce
Peanut butter is a universal ingredient you can slap into virtually anything and still have it taste good, but a whole spoonful of Skippy’s on your pancake stack is going to make the chew more tiresome than it is tasty.
Water it down into a smooth, light glaze with some coconut water. You’ll find it tastes as good – or even better – than butter or thick cream! Step aside, maple syrup. You’re no longer the only pancake glaze in the game.
- 1 (500ml) carton Coco Life Coconut Water
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
Pour contents of carton into a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 10 – 15 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and sugar.
5. Raw Coconut Cupcakes
Cupcakes are light, moist, and decadent miniatures that make the perfect midday perk-me-up. Coconut cupcakes double the stakes. But you almost always need an oven if you wanna make these babies. So for people like me without an oven at home, no-bake recipes are a godsend.
These raw coconut cupcakes are dairy-free, naturally sweetened by fruits, and get their richness from the coconut cream incorporated into their icing. Best part: they’re super instagram-worthy so expect some swooning!
Ingredients To Make Cupcake Base:
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 3 slices of dried mango, finely chopped
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for topping
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp plain Coco Life Coconut Water
Ingredients For Icing:
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 2 tsp agave syrup or maple syrup
- A handful of blueberries and strawberries
Find out the full recipe on how to make these super adorable cupcakes here.
6. Fruit Smoothie
Ditch that overpriced juice for a two ingredient smoothie you can make in a minute. With almost no fat in it at all, you don’t have to let guilt stop you from slurping up that slushie.
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup Coco Life water
Simply puree your frozen berries, add coconut water and blend until you get a smooth, sweet slush.
7. Tender Coconut Pudding
If you always find yourself reaching for mousse and puddings at the dessert table, we’ve got just the dessert for you. This is one fuss-free pudding with a 100% success rate – it’s eggless, milky and fresh as Mother Nature intended.
- 1 tin (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup sugar (or less if preferred)
- 10 grams of agar
- 2 tins (300 ml) of preferably non-fat milk
- 1 tin (300 ml) of Coco Life Coconut Water
- ½ cup of tender coconut meat
Catch the full step-by-step directions to making this creamy coconut pudding here.
8. Chilled Melon Lavender Soup
It might be called a chilled melon and lavender soup, but coconut water makes up the bulk of this smoothie bowl. When acai gets a little hard to afford, you can always count on this low-sugar alternative to jazz up your day.
- 1 large ripe melon, chopped small
- 3/4 cup Coco Life coconut water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender
- Blueberries, shredded coconut, and mint leaves for garnish
Blend all these ingredients together until smooth, chill for 30 minutes, and you’re good to go!
Go beyond your usual cooking style and see the full recipe here.
9. Malaysian Curry Chicken
We’re ending the list off with two savoury recipes just in case your tastebuds need a break from all the sweet stuff. Curry chicken isn’t a novel invention. It’s so popular, you’ve probably even tried your hand making it a couple of times.
Swap the coconut milk out for coconut water for the same fiery curry you love – just with less of the fat.
- 500-600 g of Chicken Breast (cut into rough chunks)
- Meat Curry Powder
- 3 dried Red Chillies
- A pinch of Salt
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tbsp chopped Garlic
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1 tbp Sambal Olek
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1tsp ground White Pepper
- 1 cup of toasted Desiccated Coconut
- 1 cup of Cocolife coconut water
- 1 Kaffir Lime Leaf (shredded finely)
- Sliced Red Chillies (for garnishing)
Spice up your tastebuds with the full recipe found here.
10. Colombian Fried Chicken
Source: Hendry Dimbleby and Jane Baxter
Bet you never thought you could use coconut water to cook chicken wings. It’s time to change that. Marinate your wings and drumsticks in coconut water to tenderise it and lighten the texture without diluting its flavour.
- 400ml coconut water
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 cm cube ginger, grated
- 2 red chillies
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 -10 chicken thighs (about 1.2kg)
- 100g plain flour
- 100g cornflour
- Grapeseed oil (or other vegetable oil) for frying
Find out how to master this sweet and tender fried chicken with the full recipe here.
Made from 100% coconut water to keep you satisfied
Aside from serving its purpose as a hydrating beverage, it’s a shame many of us don’t think of using coconut water for much else. From shaving calories off your local homemade staples like Laksa and Nasi Lemak, to concocting fresh cocktails for your next aloha-themed party, there are so many things you could be doing to kickstart your healthy living and satisfy your coconut cravings.
Cocolife, made from 100% coconut water, is nature’s gift in a carton, conveniently packed with naturally occurring electrolytes and contains no fat, cholesterol or artificial flavours. And now that it comes in 330ml and 1 litre packs, you’ll always have the right amount of ingredients to turn your meal coco-nutty!
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