Coconut-Lime Paletas

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Craving something light and refreshing?  Paletas are a good way to go.  A cold, icy treat to help stave off the heat.  Now paletas come in several different flavors (such as Pepino con Chile and Vegan Almond Chocolate) and the possibilities are endless.  However, when refreshing is what you want coconut water with fresh lime is the way to go.  Lime offers this great punch of acidity and flavor while coconut water counters it with a touch of sweetness.  Not to mention, coconut water can be hydrating.  Ohhhh yummy. Continue reading

Vegan Mexican Cocadas

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Although cocadas vary greatly from country to country the Mexican version resembles a macaroon.  Flakes and flakes of coconut are mixed with condensed milk to form airy poufs of sugary sweetness that then get baked.  The end result is a concoction with a crunchy outside and a soft, chewy gooey center.  Yum.

So for this version I decided to nix the traditional condensed milk and use a vegan version making the dish dairy free.  If you want to go nut free as well, to skip the walnuts as they are totally optional.  Trust me the vegan version is just as sweet, just as gooey, just as coconutty and just as delicious as the traditional version. Continue reading

Breakfast in a Glass: Strawberry & Oats Liquado

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Waaaaay before the whole smoothie thing even began Latin America was gulping down blended milky, fruity, frothy drinks for breakfast (and as a middle-of-the-day-I-need-something-sweet-to-help-me-savor-the-day kind of drink).  Anyone and everyone used to whip up milk, sugar, oats and any fruit you can get your hands on (strawberries, mango, papaya, banana, pineapple.  If it could fit in a blender it belonged in a liquado). Continue reading