Coconut Oaties and Barley Cakes
While still experimenting with different ways to eat spiced barley this week, I may have found my new favourite breakfast!
If you use your imagination, this almost looks like an overdone creme brulee 🙂
It may not look the prettiest but it was sooo good and I have more ideas so for now it’s a work in progress. Here is the recipe.
I had it with plain yogurt and goji berries. Yum. I’m going to try a few more idea and post them this week. Baking these little barley cakes 3 or 4 at a time would be great for someone who doesn’t have time in the morning to prepare breakfast. Leave them in the fridge and simply microwave or eat cold in the morning, pour a little coconut or almond milk on top and it’s almost like dessert. Now I’m thinking savoury barley cakes for lunch with salad. The possibilities are endless.
I hope you’re not entirely sick of me and coconut.
I can explain.
Not only is it because I adore the flavour, or because it’s so versatile and can be used in either sweet or savory dishes, or because it comes in so many different forms (desiccated, flour, oil) but honestly a big reason is because it’s so healthy.
In the past we were warned to avoid coconut because of it’s saturated fat content. Now we know that the coconut is a different type of saturated fat. The fat is a medium-chained fatty acid where as animal fats and dairy are long-chained fatty acids. The research shows that the medium type does not have a negative effect on cholesterol and actually helps to protect against heart disease. There are also a ton of other health benefits coconuts claim to have but for me the evidence lies in all the scientific studies done and the positive news coming from present studies.
And still it’s important to remember that just because coconut like nuts is considered a good fat, it is still fat and needs to be eaten in moderation. So although it looks like I’m eating bucket loads of coconut butter, oil and my new favorite flour…..I’m not. I wish I could, but I’m fairly careful not to over do it.
Did you know….that coconut flour has the highest fibre content of any flour? 100 grams has 38.5 grams of fibre. That’s a big deal when you consider whole wheat flour has 12.2 grams and white flour has a whopping 2.7 grams! I think these numbers are exciting and can’t wait to start really experimenting with this flour.