Thursday, May 3, 2012

Attempting to be a Raw Foodie Blogger Today!

A little story first...

A few nights ago, I made a yummy treat called Haupia. I call it Hawaiian jello. I figured, since it was made with coconut milk powder that it would be a safe and delicious treat for my son, who is allergic to dairy products, namingly casein. Unfortunately, about one minute after devouring his first bite, he felt 'shakey'. Which is the first symptom, among many that he's just eaten milk. WHAT? I couldn't believe it. I had no clue why he was reacting to coconut milk. Then, after a few minutes of researching, I found out that coconut milk powder is made by boiling the coconut in MILK first, then dehydrating. UGH! How on earth could I have known? Why didn't this package have any warnings on it, like all the other items sold at our stores? I figured, I'd just have to make it myself to be safe. 

As luck would have it, I had just seen a wonderful post about coconut milk at I happen to visit her site quite a lot because it's full of wonderful raw recipes, presentations and ideas! Anyway, she had made a wonderful coconut milk to go with a Pad Thai recipe and made coconut flour too. I decided to go for it and make the whole thing! I visited her blog, printed out the recipe and drooled over the photos again!

Warning: my pics are just for evidence!

1 Coconut = 20oz!
I started out with the coconut milk recipe. This was my first attempt at opening a coconut. Even the clerk at the store asked me how I was going to open it. I told him I would attempt to be professional at first, and if that didn't work I'd throw it on the ground like a monkey! (Guess what? I actually ended up doing the Monkey method!) It was difficult to peel the skin off. I'd say that was the hardest part. I saved the water and blended it all up. Strained it through the bad and viola! Coconut milk! It tasted great too!

Dried Coconut Flour (with absorber packets)
Then I took the pulp and put it in my excalibur dehydrator. The hardest part of that was figuring out where to put the two trays so the fan wouldn't blow it out the door! Both on the bottom and put four more trays with liners above them and closed the door. It worked great. When it was done I put it back in the blender and made flour!

Now for the actual Pad Thai recipe. I had several of the ingredients already, but needed a few more. I ended up substituting some of them. Like the almond butter. I happened to have some vegan butter and it's kind of nutty tasting, so I used that, just not as much. Then instead of Agave, I used a little honey. I bought some bean sprouts a few days prior and they'd already gone bad, so I omitted them entirely. I followed everything else but kept almost all of it at room temperature and ran the kelp noodles under hot water to warm them up before mixing.

Oh, and wished Susan of lived next door to come check my work! LOL

My Pad Thai!
I loved it! It was such a wonderful mix of flavors. The chili flakes really added a surprise end to every bite. My 12 yro son loved it to much he even went back for seconds!

I can't wait to make more goodies with the leftover coconut milk and flour I have! Now I can cross out the "figure out how to open a coconut" item on my bucket list!

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