I talk to may clients a lot about the importance of healthy digestion and proper blood sugar balance. In todays fast pace world these are common issues we all need to manage. I love about this recipe because it helps me address these two issues with an especially difficult meal when I'm having an on the go morning... breakfast.
Do you find yourself skipping breakfast because you just don't have the time to eat? Maybe you grab your coffee and let that hold you over until you'll get a minute and when that minute finally arises you're famished and reach for a bagel or scone? Well then, give this a try.
It's filled with the healthy medium chain fatty acid found in coconut (which means it doesn't get processed by the liver, is not stored as fat in the body and boosts metabolism.. can you say hello energy?). This gives you that slow burning fuel to keep you satisfied longer and preventing blood sugar crashes. The other main ingredient is grass fed gelatin which can aid digestion and even heal digestive disorders. Sally Fallon notes in her book Nourishing Traditions that gelatin has been shown to alleviate asthma, fatigue, Crohn's disease and colitis. Gelatin also is a source of protein and a great way to boost your protein during the day (please note that it should not be your only source).
All this served in an easy to chew, easy digest package. A great way to start the day if you're having trouble with eating a nourishing breakfast on the go. It also makes for a great snack any time of day or a wonderful not too sweet dessert served with some berries on top. It's just slightly sweet and super satisfying.
3 tablespoons grassfed gelatin (I use this one)
1 seven ounce box or about 7 tablespoons coconut cream (I like this one)
1 1/4 cup boiling water + 1/3 cup water to bloom gelatin
1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Powder (optional)
1 tablespoon pure organic vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raw honey (to taste and optional)
Heat water. In a glass bowl, put your coconut cream and pour heated water. Let sit to soften. I like to use a whisk to help the dissolving process along. When this is a smooth mixture, add in the vanilla and honey. The in another bowl put the remaining 1/3 cup of water and cover with the gelatin. Let this sit for about one minute (don't wait too long or it will get hard. You want the gelatin to be absorbed but don't forget about it!). Pour the gelatin mixture into your coconut cream and whisk until smooth (if it gets lumpy you can strain it to get the lumps out). Pour the mixture into a loaf pan (for a thicker result) or an 8x8" square pan. Cover and refrigerate until solid, about 3 hours. Cut into desired size squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Note: You can use more or less water depending on how dense you like the texture to be.
Tips: Get creative with flavors. Try adding raw cacao, cinnamon or cardomom for extra flavor and nutrients (cacao is full of antioxidants, cinnamon is great for blood sugar balance and cardamom is good for digestion and immune function).