Happy fresh start to your week! Do you remember the cleanse I started last week? I did pretty good for most of the week. BUT I didn’t realize what an addiction to white flour I have. Sooooo…I had a weak moment Friday, and then Saturday, and enjoyed some delicious bread.
So this week I am hitting the “Do-Over” button! I know I can beat this addiction, because I beat my soda and candy addiction. I have had too many addictions in my day. OR are there just too many delicious options out there?!?!
I should probably tell you that this month I am celebrating one year without soda! Thank you to NoFizzCLT, and their 30 day no soda challenge. I now don’t even have a craving for the sugary mess.
So wish me luck this week, and next, and next….
Now time for a fun recipe with the amazing coconut oil!
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of receiving a free 32 oz container of Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions. Honestly when I got it I had no idea what to do with it. I had never had coconut oil EVER! I was obviously missing out.
I have since learned all the ways you can cook with coconut oil, and how healthy it is for the body. For my cleanse, I knew I could not use butter. Coconut oil is a wonderful alternative, and can be cooked at high temperatures without losing its healthy properties. Instead of canola, olive, or even vegetable oil, coconut oil can be used in their place perfectly!
I found a recipe on Earth Balance’s website for a Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bar. I decided to alter it, and make it more of a breakfast bar. This bar would be a better alternative to buying a processed cereal bar at the store. This bar is a perfect breakfast bar for my cleanse, and can be made in all kinds of different ways. I have already made it two ways, both including coconut oil, of course!
1/2 cup Golden Raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup quick cook oats
About 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
About 1 tsp nutmeg
About 1/2 – 1 cup honey or sorghum (homemade molasses)
1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Grease 9×9 pan with coconut oil. Place ingredients in pan, press down with spatula. If you need to, put coconut oil on spatula and press mixture into pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more, and cut into squares. Enjoy!
The bars will probably fall apart some, be prepared to have a plate or napkin with you when you eat them.
Now time for some fun! It is a giveaway party! Who wants some of this delicious coconut oil? Are you wondering what you could make with this delicious stuff if you win? Well personally my mind has been working since I first tried it, but here is a link of some fun recipes to try. What should you do to be a part of the giveaway? You can follow me on Twitter at @CafeTerraBlog and let me know what you think of coconut oil, and if you have ever had it before. Please leave me a comment below of your favorite way to use coconut oil. Or please share with me if you have ever had coconut oil before, and some of your experiences. For a bonus: Head on over to twitter and follow @TropTraditions, leave them a message too! Please subscribe to Tropical Traditions email newsletters.
Bonne Chance! (Good Luck!!)
Until next time, Come on over, Have a seat,