I used some free time this weekend to do something I've long been wanting to try, and not without some apprehension. I consider this to be perhaps the ultimate-est of Radventures. However, I bought a cleaver last week, which gave me no more excuses to put it off. I was now prepared to crack open a young coconut.
I don't think it was especially silly of me to be scared to do this, what with it involving sharp objects and brute force and all, but anyone who has tasted Bonobo's coconut chai will have the motivation to try to recreate it at home for half the price. And like most things, once I worked up the cojones to try this for myself, it wasn't a huge big deal. But just in case it was, I decided to put the evidence on film. Below is my first foray into "vlogging." It's just two minutes of me babbling whilst I proceed to mangle my coconut, but it's authentically virgin footage, straight from this newly deflowered coconut-buster to you.
Suffice it to say a few more minutes passed after I shut off the recorder, but...
VICTORY IS MINE!
- Next time, shave way more flesh off the top before beginning to crack it open with the cleaver.
- Make the hole much larger--it took major spoon acrobatics to scrape all the flesh out.
- When scraping said flesh out, do not get over zealous, as you can and will end up with gristle in your shake. This is not the last coconut in the world, after all.
Conclusion? There really is nothing quite like the taste of fresh coconut meat and water. You'll wonder why anyone ever added sugar to it for any reason.
Shocker? Mine tasted just like the shake at Bonobo's! I don't know why I thought my raw coconut would taste different from their raw coconut, but anyway, here is my improvised recipe.
Coconut Chai Shake
- meat and water of one young coconut
- 2 tsp raw agave nectar
- 1/4+ tsp cinnamon (I actually used 1/2 tsp because I love the flavor)
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Throw in a couple ice cubes if you want it chilled.
This is an adventure worth taking, people. Truth.
But just because I aims to please, let me throw in some new non-coconut-involving combos I've been playing with recently.
The first is an especially fabulous-tasting green juice I enjoyed last week.
Exotic Staycation Green Juice
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce
- handful kale leaves (as much as you can tolerate)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 3/4 lime
- 1-2 inches fresh ginger
- big handful cilantro (I used the better part of a bunch)
Juice it to it!
No juicer? Ok, stay with me. How about some banana soft serve?
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp-ish cinnamon
- 1 crumbled raw macaroon for topping (optional)
Blend all ingredients except topping in a food processor until smooth.
It's called "maypole" because it will make you want to frolic like a little girl. And because maypole sounds like maple. That's the real reason.
No food processor? Sigh. Ok, back to the blender.
I had a really delicious shake with breakfast this morning. Actually, breakfast also contained a couple new-to-me foods: vanilla goat milk yogurt and raw granola.
I found this single serving of raw granola at Integral Yoga (of course) the other day, and since entire bags of it are pretty pricey, I took the opportunity to try it out for $2 and no commitment.
Pretty simple ingredients! And all of them organic and raw. I figured it would be a nice pair to the goat-gurt I'd been wanting to try as well. I assembled both into a parfait, supplemented with some kamut puffs and balmy butter.
As a meal, I'd describe this bowl as "fine." The raw granola tasted pretty much just like you'd expect it to, having read the ingredients. It was just a bit chewier than the conventional kind. The goat milk yogurt, on the other hand, was really thin. The taste was noticeably different from its bovine cousin, but not so much so that it was unpleasant. I'm a goat cheese fan anyway, so I knew I was not likely to find the yogurt's flavor offensive. Goat's milk is said to be easier on our bellies than cow's milk, and the flavor of the yogurt was fairly mild, so I may buy it again if I feel so moved.
What I really liked about breakfast was actually the afterthoughtish side shake I threw together at the last minute!
- 1 cup almond milk (I used homemade. [Smirk.])
- 1/2 cup juicer pulp (or greens of your choice, like spinach and/or kale)
- 1 frozen banana
Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
Forget protein powders! I just ran out of the last of my hemp protein and have been putting off buying any more protein powder-ish products, and I was nervous to let go of my powder-flavor crutch, but I needn't have been! The result is likely healthier anyway.
I hope you had a nice holiday weekend! And if you haven't tried it yet, go bust a (coco)nut. You saw the video--if I can do it, surely anyone allowed to use a cleaver can do it too.