Whether for the coconut fan or the frosting fan, this super quick and easy recipe provides a most delicious, refreshing, and healthy coconut spread. Its soft, rich, and whipped-like texture can delight the palates of both kids and adults alike. It allows you to add a new and unique twist to your snacks and meals, and is an especially great choice for those with nut allergies.
With just two optimally healthy and wholesome ingredients, this spread provides an array of healthy fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
PREP TIME: 5 mins
SERVINGS: about 1.5 to 2 cups
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
- Refined sugar-free
*Dry coconut, even when it is pure, organic, unsweetened, and unsulfured is still typically dried out with some heat involved. Contact your dry coconut supplier if you require to know the temperature they use to dry it.
- Place the shredded coconut into the blender.
- Wash and peel the orange(s), break up into a few sections, and add to the blender.
- Blend on high power, and use your tamper to evenly blend the ingredients. When you see that the mixture has become uniform, stop the blender.
- Transfer the spread using a spatula to a dish or jar. Use fresh, or store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to several days.
- Serving suggestions: you can enjoy this delightful spread all on its own, or pair with a fresh fruit, like apples. If you use this spread for any breads or crackers, be sure that they are the most wholesome and healthy, like organic, flourless Ezekiel bread products. You can also thin this spread out some more, with another orange or so, and use it as frosting for healthy, wholesome, homemade goodies.
- You can easily make larger batches of this by multiplying the ingredient quantities. However, please note that the presence of the fresh orange will give this spread a shorter shelf life. To extend its shelf life for up to a few weeks, avoid the orange and use several medjool dates instead.
- This recipe will provide a very delicate orange flavor. For a stronger flavor, use slightly more orange.
- If you are not consuming this spread fresh, but storing it for a few days, be sure to use fresh oranges, as older oranges can cause the spread to develop a slightly bitter tone. This does not mean that the spread has gone bad, just the nature of older citrus, especially when all of its membraneous parts (other than just juice) are used.
- You can add in some maple syrup or a few dates to make it sweeter, but if at all possible try to enjoy it in its natural, delicately sweet and subtle form. This is especially helpful when making it for kids, so that they do not get conditioned to seeking ultra-sweet foods.
Meal Nutritional Benefits
Coconut (Dry and Fresh)
- provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates, fiber and protein
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C
- provides minerals, especially manganese, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
- supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- supportive for brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, and overall good health
- For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
- Health Tip: avoid sweetened, sulfured or preserved dry coconut
- provide healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and a little protein
- are virtually fat-free
- provide lots of antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provide some vitamins, like vitamin C, folate and vitamin B1
- provide some minerals, like potassium, calcium and copper
- support optimal health, healing and prevention
- support the immune system
- protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney stones, ulcers, respiratory infections and rheumatoid arthritis
- for more information, visit the orange detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
- provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
- provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
- provide most of the B vitamins
- especially rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium
- support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
- support digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
- for more info, see the medjool dates overview on Nutrition-and-You