Key Lime Coconut Doughnuts

Hello Lovely,

Guess who's not a fan of coconut, That's right, this girl! But when I saw these doughnuts on Baker by Nature, I couldn't resist! I loved everything about it except the shaved coconut on top. I though it made for a great photo, but I could never eat that much coconut. Even though I don't like coconut, the use of coconut milk and coconut oil would be so subtle in the doughnut, I knew that I wouldn't even taste it. And I was right.

Everyone knows that virgin coconut oil is an organic superfood. So using it in a doughnut recipe should make it healthy right? No? Well that's my logic and I'm sticking to it.

Key Lime Coconut Doughnuts

Ingredients

For the Key Lime Coconut Doughnuts:

·        1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour

·        1 teaspoon baking powder

·        1/2 teaspoon salt

·        1/2 cup granulated sugar

·        2 teaspoons fresh lime zest

·        2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

·        1 large egg, at room temperature

·        1/2 cup coconut milk

For the Key Lime Glaze:

·        1 cup confectioners' sugar

·        1 and 1/2 tablespoons key lime liqueur

·        1 teaspoon lime zest

·        1/8 teaspoon salt

(Optional) Decoration:

·        1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted

·        2 teaspoons lime zest

Instructions

1.      For the Key Lime Coconut Donuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Generously grease a doughnut pan; set aside.

2.      In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3.      In a large bowl combine the granulated sugar and lime zest; mix together with your fingers until zest is evenly distributed in the sugar. Add in the melted coconut oil and, using a whisk, mix until combined. Beat in the egg, then stir in coconut milk.

4.      Add in the dry ingredients and gently fold the mixture together using a rubber spatula, stirring only until mixture is evenly combined.

5.      Divide the thick batter evenly among the moulds of your prepared pan, filling each mould up 2/3 of the way. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until firm and lightly golden on the tops.

6.      Remove pan from oven and allow doughnuts to cool for at least 10 minutes in the tray before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

7.      Once cool, dip each doughnut in glaze and serve! The glaze does take a few minutes to set, so you may want to wait about 5 minutes after glazing to dig in... but it's hard!

8.      For the Key Lime Glaze: In a wide, shallow dish combine liqueur and sugar, and whisk to combine. If the glaze appears too thick, add a little more liqueur until desired consistency is achieved; if glaze appears too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar until desired consistency is achieved. Carefully dip cooled doughnuts in the glaze, and let rest for 5 minutes - if you can wait - before serving.

Notes

Donuts are best eaten the day they are made.

 

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #lifebyolivia on Instagram! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day. ♥

 

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti with Coconut Tomato Sauce

Woo sa!

Hi Friends!

How ironic is it that making a post on what to do when you're having a bad day, here I am having a bad day. Well, morning. Nothing else has sucked so far. Here's what happened:

I was all excited to take a picture of my lunch to share with you guys today. I had everything prepared and was about to go out the back door, to get more sunlight on the back patio. I didn't realise that the alarm was still set so opening the door set off the alarm. I had to rush my put my stuff down, lock the door back (it's the only way it will stay closed) and try to turn the alarm off. In the process of putting my stuff down, I tripped over all of the detergant bottles and plastic bags my mum seems to leave laying in wake, just waiting for an accident. This of course caused all of my stuff to fall down, including my dish....which was porcelain.....and my FAVOURITE dish to eat out of. Nevermind that my cell phone also fell (and I'm still trying to keep a steady signal on it) and the food. But my favourite bowl absolutely shattered! You could ask anyone, I eat EVERYTHING out of this bowl! It was a beatiful square bowl and I can't even remember where I bought it from to replace it.

The fortunate part was that I had already separated what was for my lunch and what was for photo purposes. So after cussing to the moon and back over the loss of my favourite bowl, I threw away the broken pieces, got a new bowl, scooped everything up into the new bowl, re-garnished everything and cautiously proceeded outside to take the photo. (Hey the show must go on right)? It really was too pretty to not share (even if no one was going to be able to eat it). It hurt to have to throw it away when I was done, but at least I can share the recipe so that if I ever decide to make it again, I'll remember what I did (and what not to do when photographing it). And you can stare at food you may not believe is actually unedible.

But before I give you the recipe, here's how I actually got to make this. There were no leftovers from Sunday dinner and I needed something for lunch. I quickly decided to improvise with some spaghetti. I know that spaghetti isn't the most fabulous, high end meal, but when you're fridge is empty and so it your wallet, you've gotta improvise. I saw some leftover coconut milk and even though I despise the taste and smell of coconut (So why did I have it? Good question. Remember that Coconut Milk Leave in Conditioner I made? And the DIY Body Wash? Great. Glad we cleared that up) I immediately searched the internet for ways to use coconut milk as a sauce for spaghetti.

When I found one I liked (I was so lazy I just went with the first one I saw, I began.

It was so simple, and kinda pretty. I wasn't blown away by the flavours, but that could be due to not having any white onions. That may have done more for the flavour. But again, this was a whatever-I-have-left kinda sauce. I was sceptical about the coconut milk, but it really wasn't bad. Probably because I masked it with some almond milk. Still this is a great dairy free recipe (well it was until I sprinkled it with parmesean cheese. You know I like my cheese!) The coconut milk was a light addition to this sauce that kept the dish vegan and healthy! So here's the recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Prego Marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (+ 1/4 cup almond milk- I only had that much left in the carton so I tossed that in too)
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced (or 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic)
  • 1/4 medium diced onion (I didn't have this so I use 1 tablespoon diced green onion but I would recommend combining the two)
  • 1 teaspoons white wine vinegar (I didn't have any but feel free to add it)
  • Cooked spaghetti (I have no idea how much)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Recipe Steps

  1. Melt margarine in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.

  2. Add in the diced onion and minced garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent.

  3. Add the white wine vinegar and then the marinara sauce. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes.

  4. Pour in the coconut milk stirring frequently.

  5. Once combined stir in the garlic chili sauce, salt, and pepper.

  6. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve over pasta.

I'm glad I finally got back into the kitchen and tried something new. This took about fourty minutes when you consider that I was also making breakfast. I actually still have some tomato sauce on my toes from the aftermath. I thought I scrubbed it all off, but it's not the worst thing to have stuck on your toe. If you're not sure what to do for Meatless Monday, I'd definitely suggest giving this recipe a try!


XoX,

Olivia

DIY Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Oil

Hi friends!

It's a new month, which means a new and clean start! And what better way to get a new and clean start than to make your own body wash?

Made with Three Simple Ingredients:

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil isn't just for cooking: it's also a beauty multitasker that you can use to hydrate your skin, fight frizz, and reduce premature signs of aging.

RAW HONEY

It does wonders for a wide variety of skin ailments including: Acne and enlarged pores, Rosacea
Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, Sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin. Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it great for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.

LIQUID CASTILE SOAP

Olive oil is what makes natural Castile soap ideal for the skin. It is the primary ingredient in Castile soap and it's the ingredient that gives the soap its mildness and gentleness. Free of synthetic fragrances and preservatives, pure castile soap is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It is completely biodegradable and lacks the harsh chemicals that may pollute our groundwater.

I first saw this recipe/tutorial about two or three weeks ago and thought it would be amazing to try!  I thought maybe it would be cheaper than buying shower gel but now that I think about it, this actually costs more. Why does everything that's all natural and good for you have to cost more? I paid about $12 for the coconut oil, sometime last year (thank God this stuff lasts long), $7 for the honey, about $3 for the vitamin e and a little under $10 for the liquid castile soap. That's almost $32! The only good thing about this is with the bottle of castile soap that I got, I can make this recipe at least twice. But I can still buy shower gel for about $6-7 a pop. Even if I pay $7 per 16 oz. bottle, I can still buy 4 bottles and have $4 change. So this still isn't the most cost effective way to go all natural.

When I used it in the shower this morning, it lathered real nice (thanks to the foam-action pump on the bottle) so that felt good going on, but it left my skin feeling dry. Not dry as in under-nourished, dry like, squeaky clean dry. It's a feeling I'll have to get used to but at least I didn't feel icky and filmy. A little Jergens lotion afterwards and I felt silky smooth.

So if you're looking for an alternative to store-bought body wash for whatever your reason may be, I would suggest you try this little DIY! Even if only for the fun of it! 

DIY Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap (I used the Rose scented Castile Soap so I skipped out on the essential oils)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon or grapefruit essential oil
  • An empty plastic/glass bottle with a pump (foam pumps are the best because it's just so much fun!)

Instructions

  • Scoop coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl and heat on medium setting for 30 seconds until melted. I was able to skip this step because I'm always leaving my coconut oil out at room temperature. I hate having the work so hard to scoop it up so I just leave it in liquid form, since most tutorials would have you melt it anyway.
  • Add honey, essential oils and vitamin E and whisk together.
  • Add Castile soap slowly, stirring gently to avoid creating suds.
  • Transfer to glass or plastic bottle.
  • Shake before each use.

You’ll notice the body wash separates as it sits so just shake it up before each use. I have not had any problems with the coconut oil solidifying, as long as it stays at room temperature, but if you’re worried about that you can use almond oil or even coconut milk instead. Personally I think I'll use coconut milk next time because coconut oil tends to dry out my skin and hair (I did once use it to cure my eczema).


Are you guys going to try this? Are there any other beauty products that you'd rather make yourself than buy? Sound off in the comment section below, or on my Facebook page!


XoX,

Olivia

DIY Coconut Milk Leave In Spray On Conditioner

Hi Friends!

I'm back again with another crazy easy DIY product that you can make yourself for your health! That kinda rhymed didn't it? Let's just nod and agree that it did!

I think I've mentioned before that I suffer from majorly dry hair.  You know, once or twice. I've tried a lot of things to retain moisture, and so far nothing is a permanent fixture in my life. It's the main reason why I'm never dyeing my hair EVER AGAIN! And you can quote me on that. You can also quote me as having said that I am woman and reserve the right the change my mind as I see fit. But as for now, no more hair dyes! No more bleaching! My hair will be black, strong and long! I declare it!

Now that my mini random Baptist moment is over (I'm not even Baptist), let me let you in on a little secret. Last week I made a deep conditioning treatment for protein sensitive hair just to see if I have protein sensitive hair. Because my last experiment with that didn't end well at all! I made videos of both of these experiments but I just can't find the time to edit and post them. So just use that colourful imagination of yours and picture it. Dry brittle hair desperate for soul quenching nourishment. And then, by a miracle, I discovered something that worked amazingly well in my hair! The beautiful combination of banana, aloe vera juice (which after two-three weeks, I finally found for $12) and coconut milk. My hair never felt softer. So now, being the inner scientist I am, I'm separating the ingredients to find out which one has the magical healing powers or if it only works in that combination. the first one I started with is the coconut milk. Coconut milk is packed with loads of proteins and vitamins which makes it an excellent beauty product. It adds strength and elasticity to weak, brittle and damaged hair, and promotes longer hair by helping reduce everyday damage. I got this recipe from indianbeautyspot.com. I simply reused an old empty spray bottle and got to work!

 

Coconut Milk Leave in Conditioner Spray

This homemade all natural leave in conditioner will not only keep your hair soft, shiny and moisturised but will also treat any hair problems naturally.

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk

  • 1 cup distilled water

  • 1tsp of vitamin E oil (optional)

  • Few drops of lavender oil or any other essential oil

  • 1 tbsp Aloe vera juice

Mix it all in a spray bottle and mist only on the ends of your hair. If you have natural hair, beware that while this will immediately soften your hair, it will harden after 8+ hours. This is normal, because it will return to a nourished softness with the natural moisture your hair produces. It may be a sign of protein sensitivity.You probably won't need to use this more than once per week (twice at the most). You should notice a subtle growth in your hair as well over prolonged use.

Update: December 22, 2015

After getting my first blowout since going natural, my hair is not shoulder blade length and probably less than 6 inches away from bra-strap length! This is amazing because my hair went from being roughly in the middle space between my ear and shoulder to shoulder blade length in about 6 months!

I hope you enjoy using it!

XoX,

Olivia