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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)

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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…