Yes to Yummy

Tag Archive: coconut

Double-Layer Coconut Cake

April 3, 2015 Print this page

Light, delicately sweet, and wonderfully textured, this coconut cake makes the perfect early spring dessert…or even breakfast! A layer of frosting and toasted coconut flakes on top make this cake truly something special.

Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 35 min
Total Time 1 hr
Yield 1 cake (about 10-12 servings)

3 1/2 cups of spelt flour

3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of baking powder

Zest of 2 lemons (about 3-4 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon of salt

2/3 cup of coconut nectar (or honey if you’re not vegan)

2 cups of full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Coconut frosting, double the recipe (or even triple it if you love frosting!)

1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two 9-inch cake pans with a circle of parchment paper and grease both well with coconut oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the spelt flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together to combine, then add the shredded coconut and lemon zest. Stir and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients, one half at a time. Use a spatula to fold everything together until JUST combined–too much and you’ll wind up with a tough cake.

Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, and bake until a toothpick comes out mostly clean in the center, about 35 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the coconut frosting. Toast the coconut flakes on a baking sheet in the 350 degree oven until golden-brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning. Set aside.

Once the cakes are cool, use a serrated knife to cut off the rounded top on one of the cakes. (You can eat this–shh–I won’t tell anyone!) With a spatula or preferably an inverted spatula, spread a thick layer of frosting on the now-flat cake top. Place the other cake on top, then use the rest of the frosting to cover up the outside of the entire cake.

Strategically dump all of the toasted coconut all over the cake. I know the phrase “strategically dump” is an oxymoron but basically just go with it in an attempt to make something pretty. It will taste good no matter what.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cashew, Coconut, and Orange Granola (gluten-free + vegan)

January 25, 2015 1 Comment Print this page

061

I am a thinker, and if you observe me in my day-to-day activities, this fact becomes particularly apparent. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve blocked out Pythagorean identities and musings on Herman Melville in lieu of contemplating human existence, love, or the vastness of the cosmos.

Or food. I think about food a lot.

027

As both of my parents can tell you, I am incredibly picky when it comes to choosing a recipe to make. After you’ve been seriously cooking and baking for a while, you start running out of appealing flavor combinations you haven’t tried yet. My dad will suggest strawberry and oat, chocolate and almond, ginger and cranberry, and I will rattle off a list of things I’ve already made with these ingredients that would bore me to make again.

The quest continues to confound me.

So sometimes, I just randomly throw stuff together and hope that it tastes good. And you know what? It often works out. I present this granola as testament.

051

My sweet potato soul mate (AKA Natalie, my dear love that has the nerve to live 1,500 miles away 🙁 ) requested a baked good or treat with orange as an ingredient, so I spent weeks (yes, weeks) mulling over what would make a happy marriage with this vibrant citrus. I decided to take a tropical route (because I’ve already made almond and orange scones and orange, ginger, and pistachio biscotti, and there was no way I was mailing Natalie poultry), including coconut and cashews as a salute to the ones I’ve seen growing in Hawaii and St. Lucia. A touch of vanilla and maple added a lovely sweetness, too.

014

I make granola almost every weekend–it’s such a breeze to put together and tastes SO. GOOD. It’s so easy, in fact, that you can make it while simultaneously dancing to Ed Sheeran. (I may or may not be a little obsessed…) All you do is mix the dry ingredients…

005

…heat together the wet ingredients…

002

…stir everybody together…

009

(BTW doesn’t this look like a face?!?!?!?!)

…then bake in the oven until golden-brown and smelling of dancing woodland pixies (er, maybe not…I don’t think they’d smell good after frolicking with chipmunks and searching for wild mushrooms…). I’m going to stop now. 😛

011

Print this page

Cashew, Coconut, and Orange Granola

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 30 min
Total Time 45 min
Yield 8-10 servings

3 cups of gluten-free rolled oats

3/4 cup of raw cashew pieces

1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

The zest of 2 medium oranges

2 tablespoons of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of  maple syrup

The juice of 1 large orange (about 3-4 tablespoons)

1/3 cup of smooth, unsalted cashew butter

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of coconut extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cashew pieces, coconut flakes, sugar, and salt. Set aside while you mix together the wet ingredients.

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice, and cashew butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk together until the coconut oil has completely melted.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and coconut extracts.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir everything together with a spatula. Make sure you don’t break up too many clumps–granola clusters are the best part.

Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure even browning.The granola is done when it is golden brown and firm to the touch.

Let the granola cool completely before serving. Do not eat it all as soon as it comes out of the oven. Best advice you’ll ever receive. 😉


038

Do you daydream about food? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cashew, Coconut, and Orange Granola

January 25, 2015 Print this page

Crunchy, sweet, and just a touch tangy, this granola will brighten your morning or afternoon with a wonderful punch of flavor and texture. Pair with yogurt, fresh fruit, and/or your favorite milk (be it nut milk or regular) for a light but satisfying breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 30 min
Total Time 45 min
Yield 8-10 servings

3 cups of gluten-free rolled oats

3/4 cup of raw cashew pieces

1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

The zest of 2 medium oranges

2 tablespoons of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of  maple syrup

The juice of 1 large orange (about 3-4 tablespoons)

1/3 cup of smooth, unsalted cashew butter

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of coconut extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cashew pieces, coconut flakes, sugar, and salt. Set aside while you mix together the wet ingredients.

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice, and cashew butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk together until the coconut oil has completely melted.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and coconut extracts.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir everything together with a spatula. Make sure you don’t break up too many clumps–granola clusters are the best part.

Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure even browning.The granola is done when it is golden brown and firm to the touch.

Let the granola cool completely before serving. Do not eat it all as soon as it comes out of the oven. Best advice you’ll ever receive. 😉


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Almond Joy Brownies (gluten-free + vegan)

November 11, 2014 1 Comment Print this page

140

OK, so I was planning this recipe for Halloween (otherwise known as my best friend Natalie’s birthday), but that wound up just not happening. Conveniently, Halloween was also the end of the academic quarter, which meant that I had at least one test or essay for every class the week prior.

Oh well. I don’t think anyone would ever say no to brownies, even if they were two weeks late…right?

145

Honestly, brownies are one of the hardest desserts to make exciting. I mean, there’s plenty you can do with chocolate chip cookies, for example: change up the add-ins (perhaps make them cranberry-almond cookies, or white chocolate macadamia nut cookies), use different flours (hazelnut flour or add in cocoa powder), flavor with a special extract (peppermint or coconut, maybe)…but brownies? I suppose you could add extra chocolate or some nuts, but other than that, brownies are neither the most stunning nor the most creative of desserts.

That’s what I thought until now, at least.

115

Chocolate and coconut are a match made in heaven. Chocolate-covered almonds are glorious. So why not combine chocolate, coconut, and almond?! Genius. While I called these Almond Joy Brownies to appeal to my (primarily) American crowd, they were also inspired by a Bounty bar, which is really popular in Europe.

As you may (or probably don’t) recall, the Bounty ice cream I had at Fenocchio in Nice two summers ago was heavenly…and these brownies taste faintly like that incredible frozen treat.

P1070861

Oh, France. I miss you and your ice cream dearly.

Anyway, even though it isn’t Halloween anymore, these brownies will still make your day ten times better. Maybe a tasty Thanksgiving dessert for those who hate anything with cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin? (Do those people even exist?)

098

These might seem complicated to make, but they’re actually quite easy! Simply make up the brownie batter…

072

…bake it, top with a yummy coconut mixture and some almonds…

084

…then drizzle with chocolate and say HALLELUJAH!

086

And you really want to get to that hallelujah part, right?

Print this page

Almond Joy Brownies

Ingredients

Prep Time 2 hr
Cooking Time 30 min
Total Time 2 hr 30 min
Yield 16 brownies

FOR THE BROWNIE (recipe adapted from here):

3.5 ounces of dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of coconut flour, sifted

1/4 cup of tapioca flour

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

FOR THE COCONUT LAYER (recipe adapted from here):

2 1/2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

A pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

TO FINISH:

16 dry-roasted, unsalted almonds

1 ounce of dark chocolate, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Grease well with coconut oil and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate with the unsweetened almond milk and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Heat over medium-low, and once the chocolate just melts, take it off.

Pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer and add the pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, coconut flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a generous pinch of salt. Mix on low to combine, scraping down the bowl once or twice to make sure everything gets incorporated.

Using a spatula, spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan, then place in the preheated oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Let cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, then transfer to the fridge to cool for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the coconut layer.

In the bowl of a food processor, process 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until the consistency of a thick paste, about 3 minutes. Next, add the coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt along with the remaining 1 cup of shredded coconut, and pulse several times to combine. If necessary, add more shredded coconut to thicken and more coconut milk to thin.

Once the brownies have finished cooling, remove them from the fridge and, using a combination of your hands and a spatula, spread the coconut layer on top. Top with the 16 almonds, placed in whatever positions you desire. Put the pan with the cooked brownies, coconut layer, and almonds in the freezer for 30 minutes to cool further and harden slightly.

After the 30 minutes have elapsed, drizzle the pan with the melted chocolate. Let harden in the fridge for 1 hour more before slicing and enjoying.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


100

What are some of your favorite ways to make simple brownies a little more exciting? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Almond Joy Brownies

November 11, 2014 Print this page

Brownies are delicious…but wait and see what happens when you top them with a sweet shredded coconut mixture, almonds, and a dark chocolate drizzle. Amazingness happens, that’s what.

Ingredients

Prep Time 2 hr
Cooking Time 30 min
Total Time 2 hr 30 min
Yield 16 brownies

FOR THE BROWNIE (recipe adapted from here):

3.5 ounces of dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of coconut flour, sifted

1/4 cup of tapioca flour

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

FOR THE COCONUT LAYER (recipe adapted from here):

2 1/2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

A pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

TO FINISH:

16 dry-roasted, unsalted almonds

1 ounce of dark chocolate, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Grease well with coconut oil and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate with the unsweetened almond milk and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Heat over medium-low, and once the chocolate just melts, take it off.

Pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer and add the pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, coconut flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a generous pinch of salt. Mix on low to combine, scraping down the bowl once or twice to make sure everything gets incorporated.

Using a spatula, spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan, then place in the preheated oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Let cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, then transfer to the fridge to cool for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the coconut layer.

In the bowl of a food processor, process 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until the consistency of a thick paste, about 3 minutes. Next, add the coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt along with the remaining 1 cup of shredded coconut, and pulse several times to combine. If necessary, add more shredded coconut to thicken and more coconut milk to thin.

Once the brownies have finished cooling, remove them from the fridge and, using a combination of your hands and a spatula, spread the coconut layer on top. Top with the 16 almonds, placed in whatever positions you desire. Put the pan with the cooked brownies, coconut layer, and almonds in the freezer for 30 minutes to cool further and harden slightly.

After the 30 minutes have elapsed, drizzle the pan with the melted chocolate. Let harden in the fridge for 1 hour more before slicing and enjoying.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,