Coconutty Bites

So the actual name of this recipe is No-Bake Almond/Coconut Energy Morsels. The recipe was created by Linda from Brooklyn and posted to the Tropical Traditions website on February 1st, 2009.

Yuck to the name, woo-hoo to the snack! From this point forward I will be calling these bites, Coconutty Bites. Sorry Linda from Brooklyn, I’m just going to take that liberty.

Per usual, I have made some changes to the original recipe. Where I use ground oats, Linda opts for almond meal. I also chose to use raisins rather than a different dried fruit.

Coconutty Bites
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Food It Forward – Via Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup assorted raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans)
  • ¼ cup ground oats
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup raisins, dried cranberries or cherries
Instructions
  1. Chop raw nuts so they are in small chunky pieces. Place in a bowl and mix in shredded coconut.
  2. Lightly heat almond butter and coconut oil until melted, then add honey, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Mix ground oats into liquid mixture and fold in the nuts and coconut. Add dried berries last and mix well.
  3. Form mixture into bite sized pieces and refrigerate until solid.

 

  • These were great! They are perfect to find when you open the fridge hoping for something exciting. If you bring them with you on errands, bring a napkin as the coconut oil leaves its mark. I mentioned that I was given a jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. Here’s what it looks like.

My last jar of coconut oil lasted me a good 5 months, so I was a bit confused as to what I would do with a quart of oil! That was my first question, my second was…uh, what is virgin coconut oil? I still haven’t quite figured out what extra virgin olive oil is. There wasn’t a “Like an extra-virgin” Madonna video from my youth for that one.

So I have to add these words before telling you what I thought about this coconut oil; Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.  Ok, done.

While this jar is serious in quantity, it is better in quality. I didn’t think I would be able to tell the difference between coconut oils, Tropical Traditions is coconut oil as Plugra is to butter. *FYI: Plugra is the Euro-style butter in the silver or gold wrapping. It costs a bit more, but you’ll end up looking for any excuse to spread your butter on food.

Mmm, why have I never tried butter on apples before? Yum, butter in my yogurt is good. 

There are about 3.714 times a million coconut recipes if you visit the Tropical Traditions website. There is a huge page dedicated to coconut oil recipes alone.

 

This is our Elf, Mr. Nog, making snow angels on the counter. This morning he was found riding in Iron Man’s iron-mobile(?). No real reason to show you, just needed a photo to break up some text.

I am trying to use coconut oil more and more in place of other ingredients and am pretty pleased with the results. One of my favorite oil uses is as a lip balm or moisturizer. Honestly, this is where I can tell the difference in quality. There is no chemical coconut smell that I have found in other oils, and TT seems to be much smoother, without the little baby lumps I have always found in other jars.

Once I get a few more recipes under my belt, I’d like to do a giveaway.

Other than coconut oil, here is what’s up in my hood:

 

A bit cross-eyed, sloppy and Tammy-Fae Baker posing with Santa.

Thanksgiving at Grandpa Sean’s.

Have you seen Chris Rock’s Bigger & Blacker stand-up routine? Jy and I were able to see him perform it live back in the day and we still quote it all the time. Although he has one filthy mouth, Chris Rock wrote one of the best routines in the business.

Chris Rock: What does daddy get for his hard work? The big piece of chicken at dinner! My mamma would kill us if one of us ate the big piece of chicken by accident!
[Pretending to be his mamma]
What the… you ate the big piece of chicken! Oh, lord no! Now I gotta sew up some chicken! Give me two wings and a porkchop, daddy won’t know the difference!

Jy got the big piece of turkey.

 

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