Coconut Flour Recipes: Muffins

Walnut Raisin Muffins

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sifted Organic Coconut Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream/milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking  powder
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts,  chopped

Method

Blend together  eggs, butter, coconut milk, honey, salt and vanilla. Combine coconut flour with  baking powder and whisk into batter until there are no lumps. Fold in raisins  and walnuts. Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake at 205 Degree C (400F)  for 15 minutes. Makes 6 muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sifted Organic Coconut Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ ripe banana,  mashed
  • 3 tablespoons   Organic Raw Crystallised Coconut Nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking  powder
  • ¼ cup walnuts or  pecans, chopped

Method
Blend together  eggs, butter, banana, nectar, salt and vanilla. Combine coconut flour with  baking powder and whisk into batter until there are no lumps. Fold in nuts.  Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake at 205 Degree C (400F) for 18  minutes. Makes 6 muffins.

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Coconut Flour Recipes: Banana Cinnamon Bun Muffins

Banana Cinnamon Bun Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (canned coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed (about 1 banana)

Cinnamon Topping

  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients together.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add mashed banana, eggs, and coconut milk and mix with a hand mixer until well blended.  Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and with a hand mixer until well combined.
  3. Add batter until prepared muffin cups.  Filling to about 3/4 filled.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, mashed banana, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup (if using).  Drizzle mixture over top of muffins and using a toothpick swirl the topping into the muffin batter.  Reserve some of the cinnamon topping.
  5. Bake muffins for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  In the last 5 minutes of baking add more cinnamon toping to the tops of the muffins.

Allow muffins to cool in pan 5 – 10 minutes then transfer to wire rack.  Enjoy immediately, but I prefer them the next day…..if they last that long.

The Fat-Burning Fat: The Coconut Is Nature’s Premier Thermogenic!

What if there were an amazing fat source that tasted, well, like fat, but also helped you burn other fat? There is. It’s virgin coconut oil, a rising star in the nutritional world.

The term commonly used with fat burning supplements is thermogenics, which as the name suggests, has to do with temperature. Fat Burners (or Thermogenic Fat Burners) can increase the body’s temperature enabling the body’s ability to burn calories as heat; to be used as energy, thereby preventing them from being stored a fat. Effective thermogenic supplements are those that contain key ingredients that create or support a fat burning ‘thermogenic’ environment by working together & in synergy.

One thing you probably don’t think of is a coconut—and especially the oil extracted from its flesh. Not that long ago, coconut oil ruled alongside partially hydrogenated soybean oil as the worst of the “bad fats.” Maybe you know them by their other name: trans fatty acids. These were the fats that were shown in repeated studies to increase the risk for heart disease and obesity, in addition to being linked to everything from depression to infertility. They’re the reason you stopped buying movie-theatre popcorn!

One thing you probably don’t think of is a coconut—and especially the oil extracted from its flesh. Not that long ago, coconut oil ruled alongside partially hydrogenated soybean oil as the worst of the “bad fats.” Maybe you know them by their other name: trans fatty acids. These were the fats that were shown in repeated studies to increase the risk for heart disease and obesity, in addition to being linked to everything from depression to infertility. They’re the reason you stopped buying movie-theatre popcorn!

This fat is not stored as fat but directly used up to generate energy, which speeds your metabolism. A number of studies have confirmed this unique characteristic of virgin coconut oil. This is a major reason that coconut oil is currently regarded as a better cooking option than refined vegetable oils.

increase metabolism by between 48 and 65 percent in obese patients. This thermogenic effect also lasted 24 hours after ingesting medium-chain fatty acids. Experts agree that on average, medium-chain fatty acids triple the rate of metabolism as compared to long-chain fatty acids. This means that medium-chain fatty acids aren’t only a healthy energy source, they also help burn off stored fat.

Solely on account of its potentially profound effects on body weight, coconut oil should quickly become a staple in your home. But wait until you hear the rest of the health benefits this wonderful fat can provide.

Virgin coconut oil contains a range of healthy saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Some of these, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, are renowned for their beneficial health properties. However, since more than 60 percent of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated fats, its appeal clearly hinges on them.

The primary medium-chain fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid made of 12 carbons. Lauric acid is not common in nature, being found in human breast milk, palm kernel oil (which is not palm oil; big difference!), and in trace amounts in some animal milks. In virgin coconut oil, it makes up half of the fatty acids.

Lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial agent, but its effect on cholesterol levels garner even bigger headlines. This medium-chain fatty acid is known to increase total cholesterol levels in the body. This increase, however, is largely in the so-called good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL). By increasing HDL levels, lauric acid may help support cardiovascular health.  Lauric acid content is another area where the difference between refined and raw coconut oil is clear. During processing, coconut oil is stripped of its lauric acid, because this fatty acid is an important ingredient in many soaps and cosmetics. So go virgin or go home.

Coconut Oil Detox – Posted Again

A Simple Detox Using Coconut Oil:

The ingredients are:

  • 3 tablespoon of warm virgin coconut oil
  • Quarter glass apple juice
  • Juice of half a lemon (can use orange juice or lime juice)
  • 1 or 2 Clove(s) of garlic
  • A piece of ginger – about half an inch or 1 cm

Place all ingredients in a blender, blend and drink. It is as simple as that. It is quite delicious and you can drink this everyday, if you want.

Note: You may get flu-like symptoms when you start. This side effect that coconut oil potentially has is what Dr Bruce Fife, Ph.D., would call as the “die-off” effect. When coconut oil is used to treat fungal infections, a “die-off” phenomenon may occur. This is when the anti-fungal compounds of the coconut oil kill of large numbers of fungal organisms, releasing toxins to the blood stream. These toxins can cause flu-like symptoms which will disappear after a few days.

According to Dr. Fife, the “die-off” effect actually shows the effectiveness of coconut oil in killing fungus, and these symptoms are said to disappear in a matter of a few days.

Coconut Oil: Health or hype?

After years of being treated as a dietary no-no, coconut is fast becoming a favourite ingredient of foodies and health nuts alike. Here’s why:

About 86 per cent of coconut oil is comprised of saturated fats. Uniquely much of this saturated fat is a type of medium chain saturated fat which the body utilises in a completely different way compared to the longer chain saturated fats found in most animal products. Research shows that around 50 per cent of the medium chain fats in coconut oil are found as lauric acid (also found in breast milk) which is quickly and easily metabolised by the liver. It provides a quick source of energy without a corresponding lift in insulin levels, making coconut oil ideal for athletes and diabetics.

While not all experts are convinced, evidence in favour of coconut oil appears to be accumulating. For example, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2003 combined the data from 60 individual studies investigating the impact different types of dietary fat have on cholesterol levels. The data revealed that while the lauric acid found in coconut oil increases total cholesterol levels, it largely achieves this by increasing levels of the beneficial HDL-cholesterol, and may in fact turn out to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Coconut’s previous reputation as an unhealthy food may have been partially due to the fact that back then research studies used hydrogenated coconut oil (which is high in trans fats that promote free radical activity and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease). Unlike most other oils, the fats found in non-hydrogenated (virgin) coconut oil are very stable and are particularly suitable for high heat cooking as they will not turn rancid.

Note: Always choose virgin coconut oil which is cold pressed and organically grown, often by small-scale producers working sustainably. Brands such as Banaban fit this criteria. Coconut capsules are also available if you prefer to take a daily dose with your morning vitamins!

Colloidal Silver

The element silver has long been recognized as a precious metal of significant  value. In fact, prior to the early ’60s, silver was used to make quarters and  dimes because it held its value in weight. Silver is also utilized in a variety  of industrial uses including imaging and photography, electronics, water  purification, as well as various catalytic uses. It is a highly conductive metal  that does not corrode so it works effectively in various chemical processes.  Many people, however, remain unaware of the health-promoting benefits of  silver.

In the early days of human civilization, it was discovered that  silver helped keep things like water, milk, and vinegar pure for long periods of  time. Since there was no refrigeration at the time, silver vessels were often  used to preserve various foods and drinks during travel. One of the primary  reasons why many ancient civilizations used silver eating utensils was due to  the fact that silver prevented the growth of disease-causing pathogens. Silver’s  preservative, medical, germicidal, and antibacterial uses can be traced as far  back as during the ancient Greek and Roman empires.

Colloidal silver has many benefits.  It supports the natural defence system of the body and is powerfully alkaline.  Colloidal silver is made when an electromagnetic process pulls tiny particles of silver from a larger sample of pure silver into (usually distilled) water.  The tiny electrical charge on each atom holds these silver particles in suspension.  This is vital for its effectiveness as it allows the particles to move more easily throughout the body.

Colloidal silver is also a powerful, natural antibiotic.  It works by acting as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that single celled bacteria, fungi and viruses need in order to metabolise oxygen.  This suffocates the harmful cell while not harming human enzymes, resulting in the removal of disease-causing organisms from the body.  It also works through the negative charge on the silver binding with the positive charge on the pathogen.  This causes an interruption of the pathogen’s biological function, which means it is then unable to reproduce.  Various studies have reported that over 650 microorganisms can be killed by colloidal silver.  This does not mean that it can cure disease however.  Nonetheless, it is helpful against acne, allergies, arthritis, athlete’s foot, boils, burns, candida, cystitis, diabetes, eczema, hay fever, indigestion, parasitic infections, psoriasis, ringworm, warts, and yeast infections.

Colloidal Silver: Another Miracle Cure

Fortunately medical research indicates that in the presence of ionic colloidal silver, the body can produce all of the stem cells it needs. This is supported by the work of Dr. Robert Becker way back in 1970. In recent times amazing treatments of difficult body conditions have been reported from around the world using stem cells in very expensive treatments.

Every little development in the creation or use of stem cells makes the headlines. That is, of course with the exception of silver. If the public ever becomes aware of the potentials of silver in the production of stem cells, the big drug companies will lose billions. Medical studies and user reports indicate the resulting healing of serious burns, wounds, surgery, cancer and many other things that are amazing when stem cells are produced by silver. Where heavy scaring would normally result, no scaring usually develops.