Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How to Make Fresh Coconut Milk (Mylk) and Grain Free Three Seed Coconut Pulp Crackers!

Coconut mylk is so much better in a wine glass. :P
Hi all! I hope you are all doing well and are having an oobertastic day! Sorry, I get a little goofy sometimes. :P Still going with the theme of how to's, I decided to do a coconut mylk recipe along with a coconut pulp recipe!

The coconut mylk recipe is very similar to the almond mylk recipe that I just posted but, has one slight difference that can make or break the recipe. It's minor though and is still super duper easy! :) I also wanted to showcase the use of coconut pulp. Did you know that coconut pulp is the same thing as the coconut flour sold in stores? Except that coconut flour is ground down to a finer texture. So, if you like coconut mylk, then you can make your own coconut flour and use it in baked and raw pastries! Just dry out your pulp via the dehydrator or at a super low temperature in your oven (about 200F for a few hours) and whiz it up in your blender. Easy peasy and Super cool! :)

I like to leave my coconut mylk unsweetened because I like to use it in savory dishes. But feel free to add a few dates, coconut sugar, or whatever other sweetener you prefer when you are going to blend the coconut flakes with the first half of the water. Adding a pinch of salt will bring out the yummy flavor even more too if you'd like to add it in!


Fresh Coconut Milk (or Mylk)

Yield: 2 cups (500 mL)
Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Ingredients:
95 grams (1 cup) raw unsweetened coconut flakes
500 grams (500 mL/2 cups) water
dates, coconut sugar, or other sweetener (optional)
pinch of fine pink Himalayan salt (optional)

Instructions:
Warm up the water in a small pot until tepid. Add half the amount of water with the coconut flakes and sweetener, if using, into a blender and blend until somewhat smooth on medium/high speed (you make need to use a tamper). Then add the rest of the water and blend for 5 seconds on medium/high speed again; not too long so as not to create too much air bubbles
Place the nut mylk bag in a medium sized bowl. Pour the contents of the blender through the nut mylk bag (or pillowcase or doubled up clean pantyhose) and gently squeeze the mylk from the bag into the bowl. Set aside the pulp for another use (or the yummy recipe below!). 

Add the pinch of salt (optional) to the mylk and swirl around to combine. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Tips:
  • The reason why I warm up the water first is to make sure the fat of the coconut doesn't separate from the liquid part when I start to squeeze the nut mylk bag. I've had to throw out batches of coconut mylk one too many times, where I've used cold water to blend up the coconut flakes. Big no no. All that comes out is fat globules and water. Not pleasant. :/
Now it is time for the crackers! These crackers completely surprised me. I couldn't believe how yummy they turned out! The flavor reminds me of a mixture between Mary's Gone Crackers and papadum (which is an Indian cracker that is usually made of black gram, chickpeas or other legumes and/or rice flour). They are super tasty and give such an awesome crunch to any dish, or can be used as a dipper for any dips! I varied the salt amount because I thought that the 1/2 teaspoon used was too much for me, while my boyfriend thought it was the perfect amount. Start off with less salt and see what taste better suits you. :) I hope you enjoy!


Three Seed Coconut Pulp Crackers (Grain Free, Gluten Free, and Nut Free)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: ~32 crackers

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons ground flax
4 tablespoons water
100 grams coconut pulp (1 cup)
30 grams tapioca starch (1/4 cup)
15 grams chia seeds (1 tablespoon)
10 grams sesame seeds (1 tablespoon)
10 grams flax seeds (1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt (depending on your salt preference)
1/8 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
125 grams water (1/2 cup or 125 mL)

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350 F (177C).
In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and the 4 tablespoons water until uniform. Set aside to thicken while making the rest of the batter.
In a medium sized bowl, mix the coconut pulp, tapioca, chia, sesame, flax seeds (not the ground flax mixture), onion powder, salt and turmeric until combined. Then add the water and the ground flax/water mixture.
Mix to completely combine. On a parchment (or silicone mat) lined baking sheet, drop the mixture by 1/2 teaspoonfuls. and spread these little lumps almost to paper thinness (about 1/16 inch), but not so thin that you can see through to the parchment (or silicone mat) underneath. Bake for about 12 minutes until crispy.
Take off the crackers and let them cool on a plate for about a minute. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Enjoy!!! :)

Tips:
  • Feel free to use any other seeds for the whole flax, chia and sesame seeds used in the recipe, such as pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, poppy or any other seed! :) Get creative and have fun! 
  • If you don't want to take the time to spread each cracker individually (who can blame you? It is time consuming), you can spread the batter into a rectangle shape and score it into squares or triangles. The baking time will be a little bit longer though (about 20 to 30 minutes). Check on them periodically to make sure they don't burn though! I know I always happen to forget things in the oven and end up burning them. :P 
  • Change up the spices in these to get a different flavor! Cumin seeds would be lovely in here, as well as some minced garlic, Italian herbs, or whatever suits your fancy! :)
  • I added turmeric to these for some extra yellow color, (love me some color!) but feel free to leave it out.

What I love about these crackers is that they are full of fiber as compared to other crackers on the market, and have a good amount of iron, carbohydrates and protein. Woot for homemade crackers and not wasting anything! :) Here is the nutritional information for them from CRON-O-Meter. 

I hope you all enjoy the post today! Let me know if you tried these recipes and what your thoughts are on them. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Sending out good vibes and happy thoughts!

Love,
Rawnessa <3


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