Coconut. What a delicious little gift from nature. I LOVE coconut.

I think it’s because I grew up with fresh coconut. In Ecuador, we could find fresh coconut at any small market, grocery store and fruit stand.

Its funny, sometimes coconut seemed to find us. While vacationing at the beach, you could see natives pushing little carts around jumping from one beach-tent to the next, trying to sell fresh coconuts they had just picked from nearby palm trees. It was wonderful. A buck fifty would get you a massive coconut, with a little hole on top and a straw. You would finish the coconut’s water and then the same vendor would grab his “hacha” (or axe) and cut off the coconut’s skin, which would then allow you to indulge on the coconut meat. Fresh coconut meat is easily one of my favorite treats. I like coconut water…but not as much as coconut meat.

I remember a long time ago, about six years ago, a friend and I were tanning at her balcony. We got super thirsty and hungry (we prally were out there for three hours, not even kidding), so she went into her house and found us a fresh skinless coconut. We were so excited to find this yummy “appetizer”, seeing that lunch was not for another hour.

We ate THE.WHOLE.ENTIRE.THING. We couldn’t stop. It was so good and we were so hungry. By the time we had just a couple bites left of the coconut, we looked at each other and we both had the exact same thought…’uhoh’. Our bellies were aching…we had consumed way too many healthy fats! My mother’s favorite quote ‘everything in moderation’, came to mind immediately. Even though we couldn't even think of eating lunch at that point, or anything else for that matter, we both kept our love for coconut.

It is very hard for me to find fresh coconut in Idaho (maybe even impossible?), so what I do is buy organic coconut flakes and organic unsweetened shredded coconut. I will just add those little guys on to anything…to my Paleo ice cream, waffle, coconut yogurt, trail mix…even to my chicken patty mix. Everything turns out so coconut-y and yummy.

Here is a fun coconut-filled recipe for you. :)

Get the full recipe here!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

Coconut-Almond Chicken Patties, a Paleo recipe!

7 Responses

  1. Kimi

    I’m new to the Paleo thing and I’m loving it so far. You’re site makes me happy to try new recipes and I’m trying this one for dinner tonight. Thank you for putting this whole site together! You’ve done a great job, beautiful pictures of the recipes too!

    Also just started the Jamie Eason 12 week training, because you look amazing and it totally helped you! I’ve done two days and I’m very grateful you lead me too it. I’m think it’s going to make me much stronger,I’m working out muscles I’ve never tried to strengthen before.

    Thanks again and look forward to trying more of your recipes! Happy cooking!

    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Kimi, thank you so much! It makes me really happy you’re liking my recipes and that you’re finding the pictures attractive :). You’re doing the Jaime Eason 12 week LiveFit Trainer?! Woohooo!!! Congratulations! That’s amazing, I am so proud of you! You will find that it’s a great starting program and that it sets you up for success. Follow it to a tee! Lifting weights has changed my view on fitness and I think it is a must for every woman that wants to shape up their body! Seriously, I am so excited for you :)

  2. Subrata

    Christie, Becky, and I sprinted our harets out this AM!Very happy with our brackets as we accomplished this WOD dead on, time wise rd after rd.Good job guys!

    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Nicole! Sweeeeet, so glad you liked them! They are one of my faves 😉

  3. Brenda

    I am just, just begining with this lifestyle change and I am excited to try these and other recipies out. So far this site is the only one I have found with more then one thing I’d try on it.
    Thank you for these. :-)

  4. kris

    these are freakin awesome. Make them atleast once a week