Ok, so it’s no secret that I am a huge coriander fan, probably one of the few on the planet! I am not a sweet tooth kinda girl, never have been and I doubt I ever will be, but every now and then I do enjoy a little sweet treat. I was up late one night and a thought popped into my head, “what would a desert with coriander taste like?”. And so it began. Now, I’m not weird enough to put coriander in something like a raw snickers bar (that would be a bit too strange, even for me), but in a coconut slice? Why not?
I did a couple of experiments and I was pleasantly surprised, although in both instances my only regret is that I simply did not use enough of this magical herb!
Let’s looks at some of its benefits shall we?
- It can help lower blood sugar, so adding it into a natural, refined sugar free healthy treat makes it even more guilt free!
- It can help decrease blood pressure
- Aids digestive discomfort and IBS
- Helps fight against urinary tract infections
- Helps regulate the menstrual cycle by supporting endocrine function
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Helps the body eliminate heavy metals
- Protects against free radical damage
- Supports the nervous system and reduces symptoms of anxiety
- Can be soothing to the skin
- It contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C and fibre.
So, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be added to as many recipes as possible, right? The answer is right. End of story 😛
- 2.5 cups of shredded coconut
- 1 cup of coconut cream (save some of the water)
- 6 tbsp. of unrefined coconut oil
- 3 tbsp. of rice malt syrup
- 1 handful of fresh coriander leaves
- 2 tbsp. of vanilla essence
- 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
- Mix the coconut flakes, coconut cream, vanilla essence and rice malt syrup into a large bowl
- In a food processor, add 3 tbsp. of coconut oil, 2 tbsp. of the coconut cream water and the coriander and mix until it becomes a smooth consistency
- Add this mixture to the bowl and using your hands mix all the ingredients until an even consistency is formed.
- Place mixture onto a dish in your desired shapes and sizes, and freeze for 1 hour.
- To make the
- Add cacao powder and remaining 3 tbsp of (melted) coconut oil into a bowl and mix. I added some filtered water until a light creamy consistency was formed.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp. of vanilla essence and if you want a bit of extra sweetness, some extra rice malt syrup.
- Dip the frozen slices and cool to set.
Super simple and delicious!!!! Now, for those who are not a fan of coriander, you actually can’t really taste it, so you can still enjoy all the health benefits without the strong flavour. If you want to taste it more, I suggest go nuts and add as much of this green goodness as your heart and taste buds desire!