Our “Outstanding Oil” Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Who has not savoured the refreshing taste of pure coconut and the images that it inspires of paradise. The oil itself is the intensified version, so the experience is heightened! An introduction into many meals creates a memorably exotic taste experience.
- Coconut oil products vary wildly in quality. Hydrogenated versions lose most of the benefits during the hydrogenating process, so keep it virgin and keep it organic!
- Great for vegans! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, making it a wonderful substitute for butter!
- Try ‘oil pulling’ as part of your oral hygiene regime: Swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. Spit.
Caution: the oil will solidify, so do not spit down the sink!
- One of the better oils to cook with.
- Coconut oil is a great base for making your own beauty products at home. Combine with natural almond extract and some water to create a spray-on conditioner that will encourage your hair to shine!
Basil and Walnut Pesto
Our serving suggestion – Courgetti!
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves (4 oz)
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (use a bain-marie to liquefy from solid)
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Toast the walnuts in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Leave to cool.
Put the basil leaves, cooled walnuts, and garlic in a food processor or blender.
Process all ingredients until they are well pulverized and blended. Slowly add the melted coconut oil.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
Serving Size: Makes 16 servings of 1 Tablespoon each.
TOP TIP: a bain marie is simply a bowl set in a pan of boiling water. It is used to melt chocolate and works perfectly for turning your solid coconut oil into a warm liquid.
- ¼ cup softened coconut cream, concentrated
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 ½ cups organic chickpeas (15 oz can, washed & drained)
- 2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
- Himalayan Salt to taste
- ¼ cup water
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice, optional
Pour in the softened Coconut Cream Concentrate & garlic into a blender (before chopping the garlic, remember to slice the clove lengthwise and remove the centre pith, especially if it is green, to avoid any bitterness!).
Add washed, cooked & drained chickpeas.
Next, pour in the melted coconut oil; sprinkle the Himalayan Salt over the centre, then the water.
Turn on the blender to pulse it. Use a spatula to bring any lumps into the centre and process until completely smooth.
Serve immediately & add lemon to taste.
If you are going to serve this later you may have to add some water to bring the hummus back to the desired consistency.
Serve as you would hummus – with vegetable crudités, corn chips, as a spread, mixed in with spaghetti and topped with lentils, or just straight from the bowl with a spoon!
TOP TIP: If it comes out a little too thick, simply add water to soften the consistency.
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