Intrigued? I hope so.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme was “Cooking with Tea,” and considering I already whipped up a Skinny Green Tea Latte in February, I decided I’d better venture out of the beverage category for this challenge.
I was experimenting with frozen coconut meat for the Fit & Funny Foodies Cook-a-long (which is actually going down tonight at 5 p.m. – tune in here) when the idea came to me.
What if I used coconut meat to make ice cream? I’ve pulverized frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, and frozen strawberries into soft serve before, shouldn’t creamy coconut work just as perfectly?
I took a green tea powder packet I had on hand, and went to town with the Vitamix.
The result was absolutely delicious: smooth, creamy, slightly sweet, and a tad exotic tasting.
However, it was not similar to froyo.
The coconut meat gave so much texture and thickness to the creation that it actually resembled more of a pudding.
Call it what you what to call it, it’s good.
May I present: Coconut Green Tea Pudding.
1 C. Frozen Coconut Meat
1/4 C. Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut or Almond Milk
Stevia to taste
1. Combine all the ingredients in a strong blender, food processor, or Vitamix and pulse until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency.
2. Top with coconut flakes, chia seeds, etc.
Total Calories: 240
I bought my coconut meat from Whole Foods and it came in a package that needed to be slightly defrosted before you could remove the meat.
To note: the package said that you must use all of the contents after opening. This recipe only calls for you to use about 1/2 the bag, so make sure you have something else to make as well so your meat won’t go to waste.
While this stuff may be hard to find. It’s totally worth it. Young coconut meat is so healthy. Psst, “they” call it a superfood. It’s full of heart-healthy medium chain fatty acids, and has a ton of fiber, so it aids in digestion.
As for the matcha powder, it’s full of antioxidants. Together these two make a lean, mean, green dream team.
Btw, if you’re having this for dessert, don’t worry about the tea keeping you up. Matcha powder only has a third of the caffeine as a cup of coffee.
Read on for more fab tea recipes from my fellow reduxers…
Weigh In: Have you ever cooked with tea? What about raw frozen coconut meat? Are you tuning in to watch the Fit & Funny Foodies tonight?!
*This post is linked to Strange But Good.