Fresh. Sweet. Healthy. Tropical.
This is a funny blog, it jumps from topic to topic; baby led weaning, spring time, finally getting outdoors again and a yummy recipe!
My parents are visiting at the moment, and prior to visiting us they have been up in north Queensland enjoying the much warmer winter months on the coast. Not only is mum my live-in house keep, cleaner, dog walker and baby sitter while she’s here, they came bearing gifts. One such gift, a fresh coconut from Halliday Bay.
The sun was shining brightly, the sky cloudless, and even the Toowoomba wind at bay this morning. So we grabbed a few supplies and set up on the deck to explore our fresh coconut. Hammer. Screw driver. Knife. Peeler. Straw. Eager toddler eyes and hands awaiting. Piercing the soft holes in the top of the coconut was a brilliant job for a toddler yielding a hammer and screw driver. His little face lit up when the sweet nectar rushed up the straw and filled his mouth. Sadly, he mostly knows coconut water from a carton.
Once the coconut was split open it was baby’s turn for a delicious surprise. I’ve heard many island cultures give their young coconut flesh as baby’s first food. We love baby led weaning, so this seemed like the perfect chance to try a new food. Our little guy gnawed away on the chunk of coconut I offered him, incidentally teething. (We found two top teeth just cut through the gums this afternoon). I pre-chewed a few pieces of coconut and offered them to baby, he eagerly accepted several mouthfuls. Yum Yum! We are loving the pre-chew method at the moment. If you are into giving your baby nuts to try, chewing into a mush then sharing brings big smiles to our little guys face. Macadamias are his favourite. Is it actually baby led weaning if I pre-chew?? Hmmm.
Anyways, now to use the rest of the fresh coconut flesh… Choc-Orange Coconut Balls were just the ticket. Toddler in his little helper, baby safely in a high back carry and thermomix doing its thing!
I’m not much of a recipe follower, more a ‘chuck-stuff-in-and-see-how-it-goes’ type of girl, so here’s my “recipe”.
The flesh of (nearly) a whole small fresh coconut | 2 handfuls organic raw cashews | 2 handfuls organic raw almonds | 1 handful organic raw brazil nuts | 1 handful organic dry roasted almonds | 1 heaped tablespoon organic raw cacao | Rind of 1/2 an organic orange grated | Juice from 1/4 organic orange | Few tablespoons pear juice concentrate (or honey, maple, rice malt or miss this ingredient if you like) | Desiccated organic coconut for rolling.
Blitz nuts (not including roasted almonds) just til they make a paste – set aside. Blitz fresh coconut til coarsely ground. Add nut paste back in and rest of the ingredients.
Mix on medium speed til bound together into thick paste and roasted almonds are coarsely chopped. Taste test to check it’s to your satisfaction. Adjust if necessary. Roll into balls and coat in coconut. Refrigerate til firm.
Back out on the deck after clean up, with our delicious Choc-Orange Coconut Balls, the boys enjoy the recently hung swing. We are all humming to the tune of spring.
(Yep the balls were firm by the time we cleaned up the aftermath. Please note – do not allow toddler or inquisitive baby to help roll balls in coconut unless feeling exceedingly patient, or you have a cleaner standing-by!)