The abundance of coconut on Kauai is incredible, and since it's one of my favorite foods here, I thought I'd share a refreshing summer treat using it. Coconut is satisfying, hydrating, full of fiber and healthy fats, and has a perfect sweet creaminess that lends beautifully to dessert recipes. I also included orange, banana and of course some additional super herbs to the mix, for an extra special boost to both the flavor & feeling. The additions for this recipe are schisandra & turmeric. Both are part of my personal daily routine, which you can read about below the recipe. But feel free to play around with flavor combinations in this recipe, it's easy to switch out for whatever local fruit you have available, or any herbs that really excite you.
For this frozen treat, coconut meat that is young is ideal, the type that has a bit more heft to it than the 'jelly' texture is my favorite. You can purchase young coconuts and open them yourself, or you can get little packets of frozen coconut meat, both will work great. I feel super lucky right now to be in Kauai, and have fresh cocos available around every corner it seems. All you need for that is a machete to open it up, and some patience! :)
Coconut Creamsicle Pops
1 cup orange juice
1 cup coconut water
1 cup young coconut meat
2 bananas (or 3 apple bananas)
1 tsp ginger juice or 1/2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp turmeric juice or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 droppers schisandra extract or 1/2 tsp schisandra powder
a few pinches sea salt
2-3 T raw honey (optional)
>> Open coconut and filter the coconut water of any husk particles. Scrape out meat. Or use frozen coconut meat.
>> Blend all ingredients in a high power blender until smooth.
>> Pour mix into ice pop trays and use popsicle sticks to top it off.
>> Freeze for at least 4-5 hours or until set. Remove from molds & enjoy immediately!
Herbal Additions :
>> Schisandra : Known as the five flavor berry, great for the skin & hair. Purifying, cleansing, astringent to aid in detoxification. Flavor is puckering, sour.
>> Turmeric : One of the best anti-inflammatory herbs out there, has a pleasant earthy flavor. Also great for boosting immunity and high in antioxidants.
My daily routine of herbs & superfoods >> I get asked this question often, and I usually respond with my current practices. This changes over time depending on what I'm working through and what my body needs. Right now I'm a big fan of a turmeric extract, schisandra extract, reishi mushroom, mucuna & rhodiola. Those are a daily experience, and I love to share them with others whenever possible. Most of the herbs I use are adaptogenic, or tonic herbs that can be used on a long-term basis for the best effects. They will help in repairing damage done from different types of stress as adaptogens, and balance the body. Rhodiola is especially useful in this, but also has a very strong flavor so I tend to just take it on its own. What are your daily practices, feel free to share your personal wisdom in the comments below!