Why Coconut Syrup fits my Paleo Diet?

Paleo Diet followers know very well how much we need to go back to our dietary roots, when we were healthy human beings, sleeping in caverns and living off whatever nature would offer. Among the many food supplies available, coconut is certainly one of the most ancient ones used by men on the planet earth.

Paleo humans used to find coconuts quite naturally in those areas where coconut trees grew easily and provided an ongoing supply of food. Thanks to its naturally sweet taste, coconut nectar was a beloved natural drink for millions of years, when we, as cavemen, used to pick coconuts on the beaches we now dream on.

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Since those ancient ages, we learned a lot about coconut properties and we now know that coconut nectar is a very rich source of Vitamin B and Vitamin C, which are well acknowledged as fundamental to all diets. Moreover, coconut syrup is now known as an important source of minerals. Coconut nectar is, in fact, an important source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron, which are necessary to improve body health and to boost the immune system. As an extra benefit, coconut nectar offers a good supply of lauric acid, which is contained in maternal milk and therefore represents one of the first nourishments for our body.

Coconut syrup is a natural sweetener and today we still enjoy the Paleo taste our ancestors used to know: mildly sweet and with a slight hint of honey, coconut nectar is the ideal alternative to white sugar. Paleo Diet newbies will be delighted to know that they are able to leave the white sugar out of their diet and enjoy a better and even more enjoyable taste replacing white sugar with coconut nectar. Moreover, going back to white sugar will be practically impossible as our body naturally refuses the overly sweet taste of sugar if compared to the natural sweet of coconut syrup. Give yourself the chance to try for a week: replace sugar with coconut syrup (and in the meantime you will start enjoying all the benefits of coconut nectar) then, after a week, try to drink any standard soft drink. Chances are you will be tempted to spit it out as sugar taste will be way too aggressive for your taste buds, now thoroughly satisfied with the natural sweet of coconut nectar.

Although we do not know about Paleo pathologies, we do know that diabetes is most unfortunately widespread. Well, thanks to its low glycaemic index, coconut nectar is highly indicated to Paleo Dieters suffering diabetes.

There are many reasons, which make of coconut syrup an ideal natural sweetener.

Ancient authors used to depict the Gods sitting in the Olympus, drinking from golden cups what was called “the nectar of the Gods”. Well, we might imagine that could easily be coconut nectar, naturally produced on the ‘Island of Gods’. Bali Nutra

Natural Coconut Syrup: New Look and Flavour

We’re pleased to announce a new look for our natural coconut syrup, which is now available at your favourite health food retailers.

Our aim is to deliver fantastic natural flavour while providing the maximum nutritional benefit. So we’ve revisited our production process in Bali and are proud to present our ‘single ingredient’ artisan coconut syrup. Thanks to advancements in the production process, you’ll notice a slight change in the colour of the syrup. This is because far less syrup is now evaporated which leads to a higher number of nutrients and an appearance more akin to maple syrup. You’ll also notice a slightly different taste and texture; but don’t worry – it’s still the delicious coconut nectar flavour that you’re used to.The syrup, as seen in Grazia, HELLO! and loved by foodies including Deliciously Ella, Tess Ward, Madeleine Shaw and Amelia Freer, will now be available in clear 250ml glass bottles and you can find the new-look product at our great stockists, including Planet Organic, As Nature Intended and many more, as well as online through our website.

Bali Nutra is a natural and sustainably sourced coconut syrup, made wholly from the sap of the coconut plant native to Bali, known locally as ‘tuak’. The sap is harvested from the blossoms of coconut trees, without harming the tree or its ability to continue producing coconuts: no tree is, or will be, felled in the extraction process.

The everyday sweetener is ideal to add to hot drinks, smoothies, pancakes, porridge, and even savoury dishes and sauces. You can continue to use the syrup in place of sugar, honey, maple syrup and agave syrup in baking, cooking and as a topping. We offer a number of natural recipe ideas on the website, compiled in partnership with nutritionist Candice Van Eeden. Take a look here. For foodies looking for a nutritious and natural sugar alternative, Bali Nutra is the product for you. Try it today…

What’s more, we have committed to invest 10% share of profits to environmentally friendly projects in Bali, supporting the local charities, which focus on helping the island’s disadvantaged children.

We’re also gearing up to release a line of natural flavour syrups later in the year, including Mangosteen and Lemon & Ginger, again with nutritional benefits. Stay tuned for more details…

 

Vegan Nutty Chocolate Squares Recipe from BigCityDreamer made with Coconut Syrup

This wonderful recipe was created by the super talented BigCityDreamer aka @fresheather ! It’s a definite to try out yourself in the kitchen and is a great example of what delicious goodies you can make with a few splashes of our delicious coconut syrup!

Base Layer:
3/4 cup ground pecan nuts (or 3/4 cup coconut flour – although it is a bit too dry with this)
2 tbsp cacao (or cocoa)
3 – 4 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (I use Coconut Merchant)

Combine all ingredients until they clump together (you can do this by hand). Press into a small lined square baking tray – the smaller the tray, the thicker the layers!

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Middle Layer:
1/2 cup crunchy PB (or almond butter… or hazelnut butter… any nut butter)!
3 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Mix PB, syrup and oil until combined. Spread on top of base layer. Put in the fridge or freezer while you’re making the next layer.

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Topping:
1/4 cup cacao powder (I use Bioglan)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup

Mix the cacao, melted coconut oil and coconut syrup together until you have a smooth, melted chocolate consitency (have to admit, I ate quite a bit of this part before it made it into the baking tray)! Pour on top of the middle layer and spread evenly with a spatula (bang the base of the tray on the worktop a few times to make the top smooth and even).

Set in the fridge for 30 mins and you’re good to go! It tastes amazing after the chocolate has just set and the rest is still melty! Cut into squares and store in the fridge!

Win a Bali Nutra and Rude Health Hamper!

We have teamed up with our friends at Rude Health and are offering you the chance to win a gorgeous hamper full of healthy and delicious goodies. The hamper includes two bottles of Bali Nutra coconut syrup, the entire of Rude Health’s sprouted range along with some of their delicious porridge!

Remember to share this competition with your friends and family for another chance to win this amazing prize!

Enter Below:

Boost Protein Very Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana
Handful of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries

1 tblsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tsp protein powder (as per required)
1 cup spring water

 

Method

1. Blend to desired consistency and enjoy.

TIPS: It helps if you add the water at the start of the blend and more towards the end to match consistency as preferred.
Step 1. Pour half a cup of Spring water in a pint sized glass.
Step 2. Mix in protein powder in same pint sized glass.
Step 3. Add Chopped Banana
Step 4. Add All Berries
Step 5. Add Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
Step 6. Pour into Blender and Mix It Up!
Step 7. Turn Blender off and taste and add more water or Coconut Syrup to your own taste.

You have now reached Seven Heaven, All Natural!

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.