What Can I Make With Coconut Syrup ?

What Can I Make With Coconut Syrup ?

When I study ingredients for recipes and general product development, I usually look at what it can offer me with that I cannot achieve with others. Seeing Bali Nutra’s Coconut Syrup immediately grabbed my interest …what could I do with it that I haven’t already tried with other syrups like agave, maple and indeed many other sugar syrups which are now part of the kitchen cabinet. Yes – coconut syrup has fantastic health and nutritional properties which I wont have with other syrups. The low GI, various vitamins and minerals and without dwelling too much on these fine features as I don’t really need to, there are some great articles to dwell upon at on this web-site about the syrup. You know though, what really drives a new food for the customer is flavour and texture and I was looking for both these attributes. If it doesn’t taste right, if the ingredient doesn’t help enhance the flavour of your product then it’s difficult to convince anyone to consume it let alone come back for more.

Having tasted Bali Nutra’s coconut syrup, which doesn’t have a particular flavour characteristic, I looked at formats where I might find enhanced flavour and texture in some of the key recipes that have worked for me needing a syrup.

Granola

My first thought was Granola. We’ve been making granolas for the breakfast table for a few years now to replace the muesli. I like its crunchy texture, I like the feeling as it fills me up which sets me up for the rest of the day. One feature of our granola is the syrup we use to bind the grains, nuts, fruit and flakes together. Coconut syrup plays an important functional feature as well as a flavour one because it creates clusters and lends a feeling of ‘body’ to our product. We’ve used maple syrup, rice syrup amongst others in the past which gave us a certain level of sweetness and flavour besides mouthfeel. Using coconut syrup as a direct replacement for the amount we add gave us a particularly enjoyable crunchiness and in fact it took away the brittleness without compromising on sweetness. The syrup levels to use vary between 5 and 15% by weight in the granola mix. Rapeseed and olive oil are often used in our recipes and we don’t see any issues using the syrup.

Sweet by the way isn’t the be all and end all of flavour, but it’s wonderful to have an ingredient which also lends its unique flavour properties to a product. We don’t bake our granola at too high a temperature to avoid burning the grains and nuts. About 150°C will do and it allows the coconut syrup to really stick all the pieces together. Some spreading and stirring with a spatula just allows the pieces to break up a little. There is no difference in
colour using coconut syrup compared to the other types used

Bars

Bars are fantastic vehicles for coconut syrup and in a way were taking the granola to another level by turning it into a bar. Coconut syrup adds so much flavour depth to our bar recipes and we still retain a certain texture. It all depends on how much syrup is added and we leave it to the culinologist to decide how much. Vary syrup levels and you can achieve a texture from crumbliness to a full on firm crunchy bar. We think savoury bars might be most suited to this ingredient.

Bars taken off the retail shelf provide inspiration. My favourite is to bind rice crispies or oat flakes by a direct replacement of sugar. Chocolate rice crispy bars can be prone to mushiness, even mealiness but coconut syrup in the recipe doesn’t give us any of this. The oat flake bars are literally just that with the coconut syrup, but you can add other sugars and ingredients to extend the range further. It also makes a great peanut brittle and can be mixed with other syrups if needs be to achieve chewiness in the bar. You might ask if there is a difference in moistness, a classic sensory term but again no difference in a like for like replacement with any of the syrups we’ve tried before. Ever added flaked lentils, rice flakes or whey to create a high protein bar ? There’s an interesting level of nutrition to be explored with these combinations and with coconut syrup lending ‘cohesiveness’, the nutritional value is extended even further.

Versatility is one of the keys with coconut syrup. To date, we’ve been able to replace all those syrups we’ve mentioned without losing flavour and impact. I’ve only scratched the surface here with the potential applications. We are looking at other ways to develop syrup use and frankly there is plenty of recipe material out there to test ideas with. What I can say, coconut syrup has given us new opportunities for creating new flavour and texture. I’m looking forward to rolling to trying out some new ideas with biscuits and breads.

Article written by Alastair Sansome-Smith, FoodWrite

Bali Nutra “Nutella” Recipe

Bali Nutra HQ want to celebrate the national holiday that is World Nutella Day! We are sharing with you our favourite VEGAN, REFINED SUGAR FREE and GUILT FREE, hazelnut and chocolate spread recipe. It is both easy and delicious and lets you enjoy the praline goodness of our favourite spread, without the naughtiness.

Our delicious praline spread is full of antioxidants and vitamins, unlike the famous spread itself which is full of palm oil (70% saturated fat) and is 55% processed sugar. Using Bali Nutra coconut syrup instead of refined sugar keeps your dish ethically sourced and gives it a low GI, making it suitable for diabetics!

 

Bali Nutra Praline Spread

(makes one jar)

2.5 cups of Organic Raw Hazelnuts (available from your local healthstore)

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

1/3 cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/3 cup Bali Nutra coconut syrup

2 tblsp Organic Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Almond Milk

 

Method

Place raw hazelnuts to roast on a baking tray in an oven preheated to 200c/gas mark 6. Roast for approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool then remove skins of hazelnuts by rubbing in palms of hands until they fall off. It doesn’t matter if all of the skin doesn’t come off. Add all of the ingredients and the Bali Nutra into your blender, adding the hazelnuts last. Pulse this mixture, stopping now and again to check if you need to add more almond milk to make it smooth and creamy. Store in an airtight glass container and enjoy as you would it’s sugary friend!

New Year Detox: Why you Should make the change for life, not just January!

So many of us will be entering 2015 with many goals and ambitions on how to live healthier lifestyles. Dry January is a popular choice, a whole month without alcohol – oh, what a party pooper you are! However, a close second is cutting out all those processed sugary guilty pleasures. How to manage daily sugarless coffee and tea in-take? What about my delicious sweet home baked cakes? Not to forget that Pancake tuesday is only around the corner! Though detox January may be a one month goal bearable enough to not go stir crazy, Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup is an ingredient changer for life! The perfect sweetener to replace all those sugary desires. 100% natural, rich and smokey in flavour – Our coconut nectar is the ideal substitute to replace sugar in whatever drink or dish, sweet or savoury. When a product is as versatile as Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup, its a no brainer – make the healthy change for life, not just January!

Festive Recipe: Bali Nutra Mince Pies

Mince Pies – For when the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful! Bali Nutra’s mince pies recipe is a low GI, vegetarian, gluten free and refined sugar free festive extravaganza! We suggest serving your Mince Pies hot with a dollop of coconut cream, some Greek yogurt or some homemade frozen yogurt. All of us here at Bali Nutra absolutely love Christmas, but we want to help you do it the healthy way. Christmas has always been a time for feasting – and here at Bali Nutra we encourage responsible feasting!! Remember that you can always doctor this recipe to make it work for you – try swapping the margarine for coconut oil for a vegan taste explosion!

 

Bali Nutra Mince Pies

Makes 6

Cooking time: 1hr

Mincemeat

1 Cooking Apple

50g Sultanas

50g Dried Cranberries

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Orange (zest)

150ml Apple Juice

1.5 tbsp Bali Nutra

Slice apples (with skins) into very small squares, put into saucepan with the rest of the ingredients and simmer (with lid on) until apple has broken down into a pulp (may take stirring).

Now your mincemeat is ready to use. You can freeze it for later use or use immediately.

Short Crust Pastry

120g Plain Flour (Gluten Free can be used)

60g butter/margarine/coconut oil (solid)

1.5 tbsp Bali Nutra

1.5 tbsp Cold Water

Cut fat into small cubes and place in flour, rub into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in Bali Nutra then add cold water (enough that it combines and makes a dough). When dough is formed place in fridge for 15 minutes wrapped in clingfilm to rest. After the 15 minutes rest, roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin until around 0.5cm thick. Cut out circles to line your greased muffin tray. Place tbsp of mincemeat (or enough to fill three quarters of pastry case in each pastry case. Then top with either another circle or a star or similar shape.

Glaze with milk/egg wash or coconut milk etc.

Cook for 15 minutes at 200c until browned and pastry is cooked through.

Bali Nutra Mince Pies with Homemade Bali Nutra Mince Meat
Bali Nutra Mince Pies with Homemade Bali Nutra Mince Meat

Serve hot with a sprinkling of dessicated coconut ‘snow’.

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup at The Cereal Killer Cafe Launch

All of us at Bali Nutra had been counting down the days until the 10th of December – the launch of highly anticipated cereal only cafe in Brick Lane. Cereal Killer Cafe was the brainchild of twins Gary and Alan Keery, who decided to bring their retro and colourful creation to life with a bang. It was with excitement that we were given the chance to be involved in this awesome adventure with them.

Although many think of Cereal and think of breakfast sugar rushes and highly additive filled lucky charms cereal, The Cereal Killer Cafe also offer a healthy option for those with the inclination. Cereal Killer Cafe has a large range of healthy (but delicious) cereals including some gorgeous creations from our friends at Rude Health. We decided that we could be a great healthy option for their sugar counter, where we now have our shiny bottles pride of place.

So if you are in the area, pop in! They have an incredible range of cereals – whether you’re on a treat day, or just fancy a bowl of Rude Health’s nutritious grains with a lashing of Bali Nutra.

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup features at Cereal Killer Cafe launch
Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup features at Cereal Killer Cafe launch

In Gary’s own words Bali Nutra coconut syrup has “a good flavour to it” and he likes a drop or two in his coffee.

Gary and Alan have done an amazing job of decorating the cafe, with original drawings of Tony the Tiger and many old toys from cereal boxes adorning the walls. Their eclectic jumble of retro snippets and memorabilia make the cafe somewhere to be transported back to the 80s and 90s. The speakers play music to transport you to your more youthful days and the staff are friendly and helpful.

We can’t recommend this place enough. It has something for everyone.

NEW STOCKIST for Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup: Kishnubbly

We are very excited to announce that we have just started stocking Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup with the wonderful online Farmer’s Market – Kishnubbly!

Started by husband and wife team; Steven and Bianca Preston, this global food forum is full of delicious delights. You will find a huge mix of products on Kishnubbly, they sell everything from pet food to mixing bowls, from chocolates to coconut syrup! We think that you should be able to buy your coconut syrup in the same place that you buy your artisan bread, steak or soft drinks, and Kishnubbly makes this a reality. Their wonderful site is a marketplace for lots of independent producers and sellers of magical products, and it is the perfect place to sell our coconut syrup. It is the perfect place to buy the ingredients for a Christmas Hamper for someone that has everything!

Kishnubbly brings the people back into the sometimes faceless world of business. They do a regularly updated ‘Meet The Seller’ area on their homepage, allowing you to hear the stories behind the brands. Their products are as quirky as you would expect. Gluten Free brownie mixes and Sausage Makers meet, for probably the first time in existence. There is an air of class to their beautifully crafted site, with stunning photography mixed with a slick and easy to use interface.

So come and check out our store on Kishnubbly, and whilst you’re learning about our nutritious and delicious coconut syrup, why not check out their huge variety of other delicacies.

See their website for more details.

NEW STOCKIST for Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup: The Protein Pick and Mix!

Bali Nutra is very excited to be stocking our coconut syrup with The Protein Pick and Mix. They have a fun and very pink approach to nutrition. This shows people that eating healthily can be exciting and different. Protein Pick and Mix stock everything from protein bars to supplements and healthy baking products and Bali Nutra. The Protein Pick and Mix is a forever growing and expanding site. They keep up to date with fitness and food trends whilst keeping nutrition at the key of their business ethos.

Protein Pick and Mix describe themselves as “the one-stop sampling shop, dedicated to bringing you the widest possible choice of tasty high-protein snacks and shakes, along with and the latest and greatest in sports-supplements.” The other great plus point of The Protein Pick and Mix is that they do most of their bars and snacks in single servings. If you want to try something new and you’re not sure…. this is the place to go!

They have friendly customer service and often give out discount codes on their website and social media. All new customers at this time are offered a 5% discount on their first order. So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect place to get your coconut syrup, and a few other guilt free treats whilst your there.

Not only do The Protein Pick and Mix frequent fitness events over the country, but their wide array of bloggers and social media gods keep you updated with the most delicious and nutritious recipes, using Bali Nutra. They have a very active Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so if you are ever in need of inspiration it’s a definite resource.

Bali Nutra is very proud to be involved with such an interestingly fresh company, that embraces the worlds of fitness and nutrition with such vigor and sass!

Check them out today!

 

 

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