Tropical Traditions: review n giveaway

>> Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hey hey! It’s time for more Tropical Traditions goodies! We love them don’t we?

Today, I am reviewing their shredded coconut. Any chance to have some coconut I’m all over it. I currently use their coconut chips, which we snack on frequently but I was interested in trying the shreds.


What I love about this is it’s certified organic. So no sulfates, no pesticides, and no preservatives. Also, it’s unsweetened, which I prefer (besides, the store-bought sweetened kind usually has suspect ingredients).

It comes in a one-gallon, reusable tub (about 3.5 pounds). It was a little challenge getting it open at first but it can be done I tell ya. What’s great is when you run out of coconut, just order a refill bag then fill up the tub with the new coconut. No fuss, no muss, no excess packaging.

It’s great to snack on by itself but it’s also great to sprinkle on top of cereal, muffins, smoothies (hey, any kind of coconut is good in or on top of a smoothie!) or whatever you want. I throw together a trail mix of raw almonds, raisins and coconut to keep in the car for YS2.

For a yummy raw vegan treat, hubby will make some quick cacao macaroons or truffles. We’re usually too antsy to let them set so we just eat it up with spoons. Just mix up some cacao, shredded coconut, coconut oil (or coconut butter), agave, maybe a pinch of salt (did I get all the ingredients?) and voila! Treats! Or you could be proper and roll them, then roll in more coconut shreds or use a cookie scoop to make macaroons and place on a dehydrator tray.

I’ve made a basic granola (vegan but not raw – next time) by mixing together rolled oats (not the quick kind), kamut flakes, raw almonds (roughly chopped), grated apple, agave (or maple syrup), cinnamon, vanilla, a sprinkling of raw sunflower seeds and of course, plenty of shredded coconut. Mix it all up and toast at 350 degrees F in the oven for about 15 minutes or so, stirring once, and you’ve got some granola. Take or add whatever you like and it’s so good, especially with almond milk.


I have also made some vegan coconut cookies (sorry, no pic). Now these are super good and I have even shared the recipe with non-vegan friends who loved them.

*I use sucanat in place of brown sugar, which causes the batter to have a little “grit” – doesn’t get as creamy as it would with brown sugar but it’s so good when baked. Caramely.

Chewy Coconut Cookies (vegan adaption)
adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients
• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt (I omit usually)
• 1/2 cup earth balance spread
• 1/2 cup packed sucanat
• 1/2 cup (vegan) white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (for the 1 egg)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Combine dry ingredients; set aside.
3. In another bowl, cream the “butter” and sugars until smooth* (see my comment above). Beat in the cornstarch/water mixture and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the shredded coconut.
4. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart.
5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes in ready oven or until lightly toasted. Let cool.
6. Lick beaters, bowl and spoon clean while waiting for the cookies to cool. :)

Of course, Tropical Traditions has a whole host of recipes using dried coconut you can peruse here.

So if you love coconut, you’ll want to enter the giveaway.

Tropical Traditions is giving away to one person a ONE-GALLON tub of Shredded Coconut (RV $25)

It is limited to the US and Canada.

Giveaway will go from now until Thursday, October 20th. Winner will be selected randomly and announced/contacted the following day. Make sure you provide an email address I can contact you with because if you don’t I must select another winner.

I’m using Rafflecopter again to manage the giveaway. There is no mandatory entry but please follow all instructions.

Thanks Tropical Traditions for sponsoring this giveaway.

Now go enter and good luck!


Disclosure: I received said product for review from Tropical Traditions but was not paid or expected to give a favorable review; nor was I obligated to host this giveaway. The other product mentioned above, coconut chips, was never sponsored by Tropical Traditions but paid for with my own money. I say this because it's another product I enjoy but was under no obligation to mention. Now stop reading this fine print and enter! xo




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