In Nicaragua, chopping off the top of a coconut and drinking the water with a straw is an easy, natural,
and delicious way to replenish your electrolytes, so easily lost in the 40 degree heat.
Aside from being a healthy source of fat, coconut are delicious too! Normally, I go for chocolate desserts, but today, a friend of mine made one of the most delicious desserts I've ever tasted, and it didn't contain a trace of chocolate. This time, the key ingredient was coconut, and when I got home, I was inspired to re-create her masterpiece.
Coconut Crack Bars
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons coconut oil (melted to liquid)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and mix - I used my trusty Magic Bullet, but a food processor or even mixing by hand would work just fine. Transfer mixture to a small pan or container and press to form an even layer. Refrigerate for one hour before cutting, or put in the freezer for 15 minutes if you can't wait that long!
I recommend enjoying these with a cup of tea or beverage of your choice, as they are very rich on their own. And as a warning, they are called 'crack' bars for a reason... you might not be able to stop at just one!
After spending the morning volunteering on Lulu's farm in Ometepe, Nicaragua,
he kindly used his machete to open fresh coconuts for us all to enjoy!