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Tropical Island Popsicles – No Sugar Added

Tropical Island Popsicles – No Sugar Added

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If you’ve read any of my other dessert articles you know of my hubby’s wicked sweet tooth. He likes all sweets, healthy and processed unfortunately. So it makes me feel good to keep healthy sweets in the house.

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

One of his favorite treats is Outshine Bars but I don’t like the list of ingredients in them. The list below is for the coconut pineapple coconut water version.

Ingredients:

COCONUT WATER FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, COCONUT WATER CONCENTRATE), SUGAR, PINEAPPLE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR.

See what I mean? Modified corn starch in a Popsicle? And the ever ambiguous “natural flavor”. When I was out shopping a few weeks ago I came across a cute little Popsicle mold set for like $6.99 so it was my mission to make some yummy healthy low-ingredient frozen treats for my man. Plus, I love kitchen gadget things.

This recipe only has 5 ingredients and I can pronounce every single one. 

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

UPDATE: I made this tropical version and before I knew it, hubby ate them all. He just asked “hey, you got any more of those Popsicles?”. I told him we didn’t have any more pineapple but I had some frozen black berries. He said to go for it. I used all of the other same ingredients but swapped pineapple for blackberries. These are now my new favorite. I’m a little peaved that I have to share them.

popsicle tropical island banana coconut raw honey paleo vegan pineapple raspberry

Tropical Island Popsicles
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Paleo
Ingredients
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I use the Trader Joe brand)
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2½ cups fresh pineapple or fruit of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
Instructions
  1. Pour coconut milk in blender first, followed by all other ingredients.
  2. I recommend putting the raw honey in the middle of the ingredients so it doesn't get stuck at the top or the bottom in the blender.
  3. Blend until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Pour into Popsicle molds and put in the freezer for 3 - 4 hours.
  5. I ran the Popsicle mold under warm water until the Popsicle slid out easily.
  6. Nom nom nom.

Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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A little twist on the typical crab cake. I had a pound of frozen shrimp in the freezer and went on a search for a paleo, gluten-free shrimp recipe. I stumbled on this one and followed it to a “t”.

shrimp shellfish paleo coconut avocado cake onion protein

The only tweak I did make from the original recipe was pairing the shrimp cakes with this tasty, creamy avocado dressing. it was simple to whip up and really light and creamy.

shrimp paleo coconut avocado cake onion protein shellfish

I topped some mixed greens with the shrimp cakes, added a dollop of creamy avocado dressing, a squirt of lemon and sprinkled the green onions on the top. Delectable.

This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free sriracha.

{ I always use organics whenever available }

Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Avocado Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SHRIMP CAKES:
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp (shelled, cleaned, tails cut off)
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut, divided (⅔ cup, ⅓ cup)
  • 2 diced green onions (keep the white part and the green part separate)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • Squirt of sriracha
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon wedged
  • A generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 -5 Tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper infused rice vinegar
  • Dash of Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Put cooked shrimp in food processor and pulse until shrimp is the finely chopped, almost paste-like.
  2. In a medium bowl combine shrimp, ⅔ cup shredded coconut, white parts of green onions, dijon mustard, egg, sriracha, lemon zest, salt/pepper. Combine with a fork until all ingredients are well blended.
  3. Place ⅓ cup of the remaining coconut in a separate small bowl.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons coconut oil on medium/low. To test oil, drizzle a drop of water in the pan and see if it pops. If it does, your oil is ready.
  5. Form about 2 - 3 tablespoons of shrimp mixture into a flat patty, about a ½ inch thick.
  6. Sprinkle one side of the patty with shredded coconut (press it into the patty), turn it over and do the same on the other side.
  7. Place patty in heated oil. Cook about 3 - 4 minutes each side until nicely browned.
  8. Repeat until all patties have been cooked. You may have to do 2 rounds as all the patties may not fit in your pan at one time.
  9. Place cooked patties on a plate lined with a couple of paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  10. DRESSING:
  11. Place all ingredients for dressing in a food processor and blend thoroughly.
  12. SERVING SUGGESTION:
  13. Top some mixed greens with shrimp cakes, a dollop of avocado dressing, a squirt of lemon and a sprinkle of green onions.
  14. Enjoy!

 

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No Bake, Easy to Make Coconut Candies

No Bake, Easy to Make Coconut Candies 

almond joy coconut shredded oil gluten free dairy vegan raw honey

I don’t know about your house but a sugar addict lives in mine. My husband has a wicked sweet tooth so I like to have easy healthy sweet treats on hand for him. When I found this recipe I had to give it a try since we both LOVE coconut. These little babies taste just like Almond Joys except they only have 5 ingredients, are dairy free, gluten free and vegan.

almond joy coconut shredded oil gluten free dairy vegan raw honey

My unsweetened shredded coconut was already finely shredded. i buy it in the bulk section at Whole Foods. But if you can’t find already finely shredded coconut, you can just put your flakes in a food processor and give them a few pulses to shred. I used a square mold for my candies but any mold will work, even a mini cupcake molds if that’s what you have.

almond joy coconut candy vegan dairy free gluten free chocolate

These were ready in 15 minutes, that’s it. Combine the coconut flakes, coconut oil and raw honey. I found it easiest to use my hands to massage everything all together. If you find that the mixture is too dry, just add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil at a time to moisten up the mixture.

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No Bake, Easy to Make Coconut Candies
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • Optional: Handful of almonds
  • Dark chocolate chips (I used Chocolate Dream semi-sweet baking chips)
Instructions
  1. If your coconut flakes are not already finely shredded just run yours through a food processor.
  2. In a large bowl combine coconut flakes, ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of melted raw honey.
  3. Massage everything together with your hands to make sure everything is combined and moist.
  4. If your mixture is too dry, just add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the bowl at a time.
  5. Press the coconut mixture into your molds and firmly press down, filling each mold halfway.
  6. Top each mold with an almond if you choose to use almonds.
  7. Melt your chips and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in small pan on low heat stirring constantly stirring until chips are melted.
  8. Pour melted chocolate over each mold until covered.
  9. Place mold in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  10. Pop out of mold and enjoy!
  11. Keep any leftovers in the fridge because coconut oil melts easily.