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Secret Coconut Beauty Tips from Pinterest..Shhhhhh

Coconut milk and oil has been heralded as the secret weapon to protecting hair against the meanest heat tools around. And I for one definitely can go into dominatrix mode when getting ready for an evening out (blow drying, flat ironing, curling… oh my!)

So here is my modified secret recipe for super shiny and nourished hair… plus its all natural (no weird additives that no one can pronounce)

  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut milk (go for the full fatty version, you’re hair ain’t on a diet ladies!)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of honey (I used manuka honey or you can sub in raw honey)
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (it will invigorate the scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 table spoon of Virgin Coconut Oil

 

  1. Combine all ingredients into a plastic microwave safe container
  2. Nuke for 20 seconds or until luke warm
  3. While in shower, pour mix over head and massage into scalp (make sure you hit those split ends)
  4. Pull hair into bun or pin it up, and let mixture soak in for 15 – 20 minutes (it helps to cover hair with one of those cheap plastic shower caps so it doesn’t drip into your eyes)
  5. Rinse out and shampoo/condition as normal

Hair will be silky and de-frizzed. I try to do this every week to protect my curly, unruly hair from the cold fall weather. Feel free to get creative and add a dash of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

It’s Nanner time!… Harvest Banana Bread

Well if you didn’t catch my reference to MC Hammer… then its certainly time to make some Harvest Banana Bread! MMMM.. the smell of rich nutty bananany goodness wafting through the halls. This is not a vegan recipe (still working out the kinks)… so hold onto that hater-ade. I will post that soon!


So here is the tried and true recipe below… ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour (you can sub all-purpose instead)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup cane sugar (white sugar will work too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk (or you can use soy/reg. milk instead)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Dash of cinnamon
  1. Coat a 9 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and lightly dust with all-purpose flour
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  3. Mash bananas in a bowl (I used a potato masher… or a big fork will do)
  4. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda with whisk in another bowl
  5. Mix butter and sugar with spatula in a large bowl until creamy & smooth
  6. Stir in mashed bananas and eggs (one at a time, mixing before adding next)
  7. Stir in vanilla extract and milk
  8. Mix in chopped nuts, chocolate chips, and flour mixture until just a few flour streaks remain (don’t overmix)
  9. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets
  10. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top of batter
  11. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean
  12. Let the bread rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and serve!

Try it out and feel free to experiment!!!

Coconut Palm Sugar – Yeah…I’m throwing a curveball here

OK so new series idea – Coconut Product Review Sundays! (yay).

Lets jump in…. I found a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Latte drink concoction today and haphazardly tried to re-create it using vegan substitutes. Well, the recipe called for brown sugar, and I thought, what the heck, I can use my new Coconut Sugar!

Epic Fail…

I still drank it despite the funky flavor, but now I atleast can provide a personal review on initial taste:

Fast facts: Coconut Palm Sugar, made by Navitas Naturals, certified Organic, product of Indonesia, advertised as a super food as a “1:1 Alternative to Cane Sugar”, free of preservatives, paid $5.99 (USA)

Benefits: On the bag “healthy alternative sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar, agave, or honey. Organic evaporated coconut sugar is especially high in minerals including potassium, magnesium, and zinc, as well as vitamins B2, B3, and B6.”

Tasting Notes: Definitely has a granular brown sugar-like texture, the smell is of a super intensely rich, earthy caramel (the smell hits you as soon as you open the pouch). The taste on its own is sweet but in a Halloween candy corn sort of way (not bad, just intense). In my opinion, cane sugar is sweeter but this definitely wins the complexity category (faint coconut hint). No discernible weird aftertaste. I mean, its hard to compare to the other natural sweeteners out there (i.e. stevia, agave, etc.)…its just so unique!

Bottomline: I probably won’t try this again in coffee or another cold/hot beverage that relies on a sugar texture/taste. I think it would totally punch up a chocolate baked good recipe (like brownies…mmmmmm). I’ll try again except using it in lieu of sugar in a baking recipe and keep you updated on my thoughts. But if you’re in the market for a earthy sugar with huge vitamin benefits, definitely would give this a try.  (RATING — 6 out of 10 Coconuts)

Blog Focus – Juicing and Organic Living…and Wine too!

Ok, so after some brief thought… I’m thinking about devoting my blog to my attempts at juicing (non-steroid kind) and vegan dishes. Well, if you don’t know already I’m sensitive to gluten, dairy and am trying to cut out meat (basically anything with a face).  A caveat to this is that, try as I might, I still love wine (all varieties to be quite honest). SO maybe it will be a triple threat – wine, vegan meals and juice recipes.

OK, so I am also on Pinterest (through much coercing)

Well, I finally joined the masses of modern women (and we can’t forget the guys) who are on PINTEREST. However, I can truly see how this whole site can suck hours and hour and hours and hours (you get the idea) just posting pictures. I am now obsessed….damn it
Here’s my profile: http://pinterest.com/kimkelly85/

Hello world…

Well, hello there. I’m Kim and an avid coconut lover, no seriously. I am always trying to make everything in my life a little more interesting each day. I’m inspired by natural living and up-cycling anything I can find. I hope you will join me on my forays into the unknown…