Happy Thursday Friends!
I remember the first time I tried coconut as a little kid.
My mom used to make all our birthday cakes from scratch when she got this cookbook with all these cake recipes. When I was five, I went through this phase of being in love with computer games. I’ve seen home videos of my three, four, five-year-old self in front of the giant computer (you know the ones of the early 2000s), playing Tonka Truck and Dora on the computer. And so, for my fifth birthday, my mom made a cake in the shape of a computer! She’s amazing.
Anyway, the cake required coconut, something my young palate had yet to experience, and so when I asked my mom if I could try a spoonful, I threw up within  few minutes of swallowing the unpleasant flakes.
It is safe to say I did not eat coconut again!
When I acquired my dairy allergy, Mom developed a milk-and-butter-free cake recipe that everyone who tried adored. The secret ingredient? Coconut oil. I learned that I liked coconut with chocolate alone.
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Now, the chef in me doesn’t stop there with flavour profiles, and so I challenged myself, worship music blastin’, coffee brewin’, and prayers aflowin’, to create a coconut profile that was both different and delicious.
And the result did not disappoint!
Loosely inspired by Ann Pittmann.

Toasted Tropic Oatmeal
1/2 cup oats
3/4-1 cup water
2 teaspoons apple butter, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped mixed pineapple and apple
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, microwaved 90 seconds or until light golden brown
1 saver date, soaked in 1 teaspoon hot water

  1. In small saucepan, combine oats, water, and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil; stir, and reduce heat. Simmer 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until desired consistency.

  2. Pour oats into a serving bowl, and stir in 1 teaspoon apple butter and the coconut milk. Top with pineapple and apple, and coconut.

  3. Add 1 teaspoon apple butter to the soaked date and microwave about 20 seconds; stir to create a thick paste. Drizzle on top of oats. Serve and enjoy!

  this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life. PSALM 27:4

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