Have you heard all the hype about Coconut Oil?
I finally decided to try it out, and bought the two-pack on Amazon. I have read that along with some health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer or even in your hair. I love the smell of coconut, and this particular brand seems to get very good reviews (Nutiva’s Cold-Pressed, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil). No, they’re not paying me.
While I generally try to fry foods as little as possible, this oil is a fun alternative to my good old standby, olive oil. It does lend a slight coconut-y flavor to foods, but was very good in a chicken-broccoli-pineapple stir fry!
I started looking for other ways to use my new ingredient and found this delightfully yummy cookie recipe!
It made about 12 large chunky, chewy (dare I say decadent) cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar until well mixed.
- Add remaining ingredients, mixing together just until all are incorporated.
- Use a 1/3 cup-measuring cup to form cookies on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, or just until the outside of the cookies have browned.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Carrots and kids do not usually go together, but this recipe mixes two of Carina’s favorite foods with the not-so-desireable vegetable: pineapples and raisins. When Carina first tasted these, she yelled out, “Yum!” and proceeded to eat almost two whole muffins in one sitting!!
(This is Carina enjoying a carrot muffin!)
These muffins are moist and a little sweet. The almonds on top give them some crunch.
I should note that I did not spend tons of time slicing up fresh pineapple or grating carrots. The pineapple from the can worked great, if not better than fresh, and I used baby carrots in my food processor.
This Oster food processor, by the way, is fantastic – it is actually an attachment to my blender base.
I was able to make 20 muffins with this recipe, which, from my calculation, came out to about 140 calories per muffin. I froze the extras for snacking in the future.
Adapted from Food.com:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup drained crushed pineapple (from a can)
handful sliced almonds (optional topping)
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and applesauce.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in the raisins, carrots, and pineapple just until evenly moist.
- Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to divide the batter into the lined muffin pan. Place some sliced almonds on top of each.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Take the muffins out of the pans and cool on a rack.
My blender and food processor attachment:
Oster 16-Speed Blender with Glass Jar
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iOle! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Fiesta!
Maud Smith Marks Branch Library is having a Festival with crafts, dancing, and food. There is no registration required, and all ages are welcome. The party will be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 1PM-4PM.
1815 Westgreen Boulevard
Katy, TX 77450
Rosenberg’s Hispanic Heritage Day will also take place on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 AM-6PM. The downtown Rosenberg event will feature Mariachi bands, dance performances, and cultural exhibits throughout the day. The Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum will have a booth and is helping the City coordinate activities and entertainment throughout the event. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, and the Art League of Fort Bend and Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will be on hand with exhibits and displays.
800 3rd Street
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center is holding their Seventh Annual Latin Fest on Friday, September 23rd from 7PM-10PM. This Latin Cultural/Talent show presents the dancing, singing and culture of every Latin country along with Special Guests, Tati Soleil, Grupo Azendado, and 104.9 FM Tú Música! Tickets go on sale September 19 at the school during lunch for $5, and are also available at the door for $7. All proceeds go towards the MRHS Latinos Unidos Scholarship Fund. Any student who participates in the show then becomes eligible for a scholarship. If you would like to make a donation towards the scholarship fund or have any questions, please contact Romulo Crespo at RomuloECrespo@Katyisd.org
21000 Franz Rd.
Katy, TX 77449
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Young Chefs Academy
23010 Highland Knolls
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Cooking classes, parties, workshops, field trips, parent’s night outs, mommy and me classes, mini-camps… Young Chefs Academy has it all! Catering to children ages 4 and up, your child will participate in an enjoyable adventure, as well as acquire skills that will last a lifetime. Moreover, not only children get to have all the fun. The Academy is currently offering a New Adult Cooking Series called “Back to Basics.” This series will focus on essential skills, the use of spices, and the preparation of bake sale goodies.