coconut for breakfast

Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie

Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
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Servings: yields three 1 3/4-cup servings
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled, skins removed, and seeded
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 honey crisp or pink lady apple, cored and sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream concentrate*

Prepare coconut cream concentrate, then add to the blender with all the other ingredients and pulse until smooth.

Serve with slices of fresh, tangy grapefruit.

Note: Leftover smoothie can be made into popsicles.

*Learn how to prepare coconut cream concentrate for use in a smoothie. Watch this video here.

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Berry Up-Beet Smoothie

Berry Up-Beet Smoothie
Berry Up-Beet Smoothie
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Servings: 5 cups
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Blend all ingredients except coconut oil together until creamy and smooth. Add coconut oil and blend again.

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Orange You Glad Smoothie

Orange You Glad Smoothie
Orange You Glad Smoothie
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Servings: 1
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/3 cups organic orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.

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Servings: 30-36
Preparation Time: 2 hours

If the nuts are raw, set oven to 350° F and place raw nuts on a cookie sheet. Roast them just until you can smell them and the skins crackle.

Note: Each nut roasts at a different time. Almonds = 15 minutes, macadamia = 15 minutes, walnuts = 8 minutes, cashew = 8 minutes, pecans = 5 minutes.

Once the nuts are roasted and cooled enough to touch, break them into smaller pieces and put them in a large bowl.

Turn the oven heat down to 250° F.

Add to the large bowl: oats, shredded coconut, raw honey, olive oil, and salt. Mix well until honey and oil cover all of the oats and nuts.

Spread the mixture out onto cookie sheets or cake pans. It will take more than one. Place them into the oven and cook for 1.5 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Depending on your oven, it could take less time. Oats should take on a golden color when done cooking.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Once cool, put the mixture into an airtight container or zip lock bag.

Add dried fruit into the bag then seal and shake well to mix.

This recipe keeps for several months, if not eaten before then.

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Tomato Basil Crustless Mini-Quiches

Tomato Basil Crustless Mini-Quiches
Tomato Basil Crustless Mini-Quiches
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Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Whisk eggs together in bowl with paprika, salt, pepper, and heavy cream. Add cheese, turkey, basil, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Pour mixture into greased muffin tins (use 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil to grease muffin tins) and then top each one with a slice of tomato.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm in the center.

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Gluten Free Flour-Blend Sweet or Savory Scones

Gluten Free Flour-Blend Sweet or Savory Scones
Gluten Free Flour-Blend Sweet or Savory Scones
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Servings: 8-12
Preparation Time: 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup cashew meal or *almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted ghee, or butter, or coconut oil
  • 6 free-range eggs

Optional mix-in ideas

Some other flavor ideas

  • Cinnamon raisin
  • Lemon zest & poppy seed
  • Cranberry orange
  • Strawberry almond
  • Cherry & chocolate chip
  • Jalapeno cheddar
  • Pesto parmesan
  • Fig and rosemary
  • Blueberry
  • Ginger lemon
  • Raspberry
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Hazelnut chocolate
  • Maple walnut
  • Sausage & red pepper
  • Sundried tomato & garlic
  • Carrot, cinnamon, & raisin
  • Rhubarb and vanilla

Optional icing for sweet scones

In a bowl, simply stir together:

*You can grind your own almond flour by placing whole almonds in a blender/food processor and blending until you get a fine meal.

This recipe can be made into any flavor you desire: sweet or savory.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Mix all of the basic ingredients with an electric mixer. Then add in any mix-ins you desire.

Spread the batter into a greased 9-inch pie plate and smooth the top. It will be thick.

Bake for 35 minutes or until browned. Check with a toothpick.

Cool slightly before serving. Spread with optional icing.

Store covered in the fridge.

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Butternut Squash Hash Browns

Butternut Squash Hash Browns
Butternut Squash Hash Browns
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Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

Melt coconut oil and butter. Reserve two tablespoons of the melted butter/coconut oil.

Mix the rest of the oil mixture and all remaining ingredients with the shredded butternut squash. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet (makes about 16 patties).

Brush with reserved butter/coconut oil and bake in heated oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones

Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones
Dairy Free Cranberry or Blueberry Lemon Scones
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Servings: 10
Preparation Time: 25 minutes


Preheat oven to 450° F.

In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel, salt, and baking soda. Using a mixer or pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add dried fruit; toss until well mixed.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add coconut milk all at once. Stir until just moistened.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10 – 12 strokes, or until dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough until 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured round cutter.

Place dough circles on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove biscuits from baking sheet; cool about 5 minutes.

After cooling drizzle scones with prepared Lemon Glaze if desired and serve warm.

To Make Lemon Glaze

In a small bowl combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 3-4 teaspoons fresh coconut milk; enough to reach glazing consistency.

To Make Fresh Homemade Coconut Milk

*For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

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