I’m Cuckoo for Coco…nut Sprinkles!

I’m Cuckoo for Coco…nut Sprinkles!

Golden, sweet, and delectably crisp, coconut sprinkles are, hands down, my favorite new pantry staple.They’re inexpensive. Healthful. Easy. Delicious. 

Your only ingredients are dried organic shredded coconut and maple syrup. That’s it!

Because you’re only using two ingredients, make sure they’re good quality. (If you’re interested in my sources for these ingredients, just head on down to the end of the post.) 

There’s a variety of way to use your sprinkles. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Yogurt topper. I eat sprinkles every other morning on Trader Joe’s plain, whole milk Greek yogurt. I can get by without any sweetener this way, and the crunch is a pleasant foil to the creamy smooth yogurt.

2. Key ingredient of a custom trail mix blend. Mix your choice of dried fruit, nuts, and sprinkles. A popular blend around our house is almonds, Powerberries (dark-chocolate-covered nuggets of dried fruit from Trader Joe’s), cranberries, and coconut sprinkles.

3. Ice cream sundae bar–chocolate, caramel, coconut…you get my drift.

4. Oatmeal topper. I like my oatmeal dressed up. Dried apples, chopped nuts, coconut sprinkles–who needs brown sugar on top?

5. Straight from the jar. When you taste your first batch, you will know what I mean. Several handfuls will not make it into your storage container.

Coconut Sprinkles

Ingredients:
2 cups dried unsweetened organic coconut
1/2 cup pure organic maple syrup

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

2. Grease a cookie sheet with oil. (I prefer coconut oil for its lovely medium-chain fatty acids that are quickly burned as fuel in the body, not stored, and which help promote weight loss and boost my metabolism.)

3. Mix coconut and maple syrup in a bowl.

4. Spread evenly on cookie sheet and bake until dry and crispy, about 1 1/2 hours.

I just can’t emphasize how delicious these are. Only two ingredients, but, somehow, when they’re combined, they equal so much more than the sum of their parts.

Ingredient Sources:

I bought the  huge 5# bag of coconut pictured above from a local supplier and it was very inexpensive. I think it will last me forever! Just keep in mind that you’ll want the natural, unsweetened stuff–not what you’d find at the grocery. Dried organic shredded coconut is readily available online  at Wilderness Family NaturalsAmazon or Vitacost (though I’m sure you can find it at your local health food store, as well, but it may cost more.) I also always buy my virgin coconut oil from Vitacost.

The maple syrup is from a little producer in Stockport, Ohio, and it is hands-down THE best maple syrup I have ever had. I’m not kidding. And, the price is about the same as what I would pay at Trader Joe’s. They use traditional methods and boil it down until the syrup reaches a thick consistency with a heady maple flavor that is absolutely unparalleled, in my humble opinion. I buy it at a wonderful little Ohio shop, called the Back to Basics Log Cabin, though I would love to visit the farm some day. (Right now it’s not available online, but you could certainly email the owner to ask.)

 

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