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stuffed with coconut

This week is flying by and it’s been amazing outside.  Today was 67* here in sunny Colorado.  I’m sure it will snow again, a few times most likely, but I’ll take a stretch of 60* weather any week.  Lay it on me.

I have two recipes to share and a teaser for a third.  I’m generous + evil all at the same time.

After seeing the interest in the coconut cream stuffed buckwheat bake, I had to recreate it again this morning.

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Round 2 was much more successful.  This was quite the breakfast.  I had a bowl of oats the other morning, with my normal toppings and noticed I was hungrier after only 2-3hrs.  The buckwheat bakes will keep me full for at least 4!

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Blueberry goodness.

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This is not very to-go friendly.  It needs to be eaten on a plate, or in a bowl, or maybe with a bib.

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Stuffed with coconut cream, as promised and drenched with my latest almond butter.  My taste buds had a very good morning, to say the least.

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Coconut Cream Blueberry Buckwheat Bake [serves 1 hungry individual]

  • 1/4c raw buckwheat flour [ground from raw buckwheat groats in a blender]

  • 1T raw buckwheat groats

  • 1/2 mashed banana

  • 1/3c frozen or fresh blueberries

  • 4T almond milk

  • 1T maple syrup

  • 1T chia seeds

  • 1t cinnamon

  • 1t vanilla

  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked, sit for 3-5min]

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • coconut cream –> 1T coconut flour + 2T almond milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350*

  2. Mix flax egg and set aside.

  3. Mash banana with a fork and mix in milk, vanilla and maple syrup.

  4. Mix in flour, groats, berries, chia seeds, cinnamon, and baking powder.

  5. Stir in flax egg.

  6. Mix coconut flour + almond milk together, until a smooth paste forms.

  7. Grease a mini soup crock bowl [or something oven safe 4-5” diam] and pour in 1/2 of the mixture.

  8. Spread coconut cream gently around the middle of the batter, leaving about a 1/2” gap around the edge.

  9. Pour on the rest of the batter and smooth.

  10. Bake for 30min, and flip out onto a plate or eat straight from the bowl.

The coconut stuffing was outstanding, especially mixed with the cocoa-coconut AB!  The burst of berry goodness was excellent as well.  Waiting 30min for breakfast is totally worth it.

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So at the pool this afternoon, while I was swimming, one of the lifeguards decided to pop some popcorn.  You’re thinking “big deal!”  Actually it was quite a bit deal because, every with every breath I took, the smell of buttery popcorn wafted into my nose.  My stomach was already growling and this didn’t help.

What I’m saying is, you have the lifeguard to thank for this recipe, and you have me to thank for the food baby.  I’m warning you, be careful!

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While swimming, I usually think about food.  It distracts me, typically making me lose count of my laps, but also making time fly by.  Today I thought of about 5 recipes, but this is the only one I remembered.

Why have I never thought to pop popcorn with coconut oil??  It’s a fabulous high-heat oil!

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My method for popping popcorn is as follows:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat, in a deep pot.

  2. Place a few kernels in the pot and wait for them to pop.

  3. Take the pot off the heat [but leave the heat on] and dump in the rest of the kernels and shake around so they form a single layer.

  4. Wait for about 30sec.

  5. Put back on the heat with the lid on and shake back and forth until the popping starts.  Time will vary depending on gas or electric stove.  It usually takes about 3min to start popping.  If you just let it sit on the burner it will burn.

  6. Wait until the popping almost comes to a complete stop and take off the heat.

  7. Mix in whatever toppings you like.

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This is step #4.

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Shake n’ bake!

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Beautifully popped popcorn.  Every time.

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And now for the excitement.

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Sweet + Salty, Coconut Cinnamon Popcorn [serves 2]

  • 1/4c popcorn kernels

  • 1.5T unrefined coconut oil

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1/4t salt

  • 2t pure cane sugar

  • 2T unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1/2-1T coconut butter, scraped out of the jar, not melted [optional]

  1. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, salt, cane sugar, coconut, and coconut butter together.

  2. Pop the popcorn with the 1.5T of coconut oil, according to directions above, or whatever method you use.

  3. In the pot you used to cook the popcorn, pour the contents from the bowl and mix with a large wooden spoon until well coated.

  4. Serve up and make sure to scoop out all of the coconutty deliciousness that falls to the bottom of the pot while you mix it!

I typically have good self control when it comes to food, but with this there was no stopping me.  Before photographing, I stood over the pot and shoveled it into my mouth nonstop for at least 3 minutes.

I let what was left [not much!] cool completely and I stored it in a plastic bag.

This is one of my top recipes ever.  No joke!  I definitely see a cocoa version in the future.  The cinnamon/coconut mixture would also be perfect to mix with popped amaranth cereal.  Ohhh my word!  Just the thought of it makes me happy….

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And now to continue my cocoa obsession, my latest dinner recipe.  The truth is, we’ve been eating a lot of quick dinners.  I haven’t had many dinner recipes on here at all, lately.  By quick, I still mean homemade, but just really simple.

This is the best chili I’ve ever made and it uses 1/4c of unsweetened cocoa.

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I wasn’t sure how much Chris would like it, but he’s taking it for lunch tomorrow, so that must be a good sign.  It’s the perfect combination of savory, rich, creamy, chewy, salty + every so slightly sweet.

Topped with a little Greek yogurt.

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And what else?


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Obviously!  I dare you to try the combo yourself.

Recipe details tomorrow!

Are you full yet?  I am!

Time to get my snooze on…


Reader Comments (90)

Nom nom nom, your breakfast bakes just keep getting better and better! Seriously, now it just looks like an excuse to eat a doughnut guilt free! Coconut cream. hmmmm. yum yum. Stove top popped popcorn is the best, I've never tried it with coconut oil, I'll have to try that soon.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn

Oh man that last picture of the coconut bake makes me salivate! I could almost taste it~Yeahh glass jars are the bomb! Have a great day! <3

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

I can't wait for that (veggie?) chili recipe - mmmm!

Awesome post I love the buckwheat bake you got there!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Wow. That is all I can say about that popcorn recipe!

veggies + know it!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahahaa...pretty much!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

So many good things going on in one post!
That buckwheat bake looks ooey-goey delicious. nothing better than hot blueberries :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey @ Insatiably Healthy

best buckwheat bake yet!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabine @ thefruitpursuit

Can't wait to try making this one!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

woops, I accidentally pasted that link into my comment. sorry :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

i cant believe how often you use coconut, i'm going to buy some

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

Aah cocoa is everywhere in cooking! I'm proud of myself - I started adding cocoa to cooking when I used chopped tomatoes about a year ago :p I feel like I set a trend :P
LOVE that first bake! Wow.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreya (Brit Chick Runs)

Loving the cocoa and coconut recipes! That popcorn sounds divine. I never thought to use coconut oil but I once heard that movie theaters use coconut butter. I wonder if it's the same kind?

Does that happen to be the Cocoa Coconut Chili from EDBV cookbook? It's phenomenal, right? I couldn't get over how amazing that chili was when I made it.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm sure you said this before, but couldyour breakfast bake be substituted with oats? Or maybe ground up steel cut oats?

Blueberry and coconut? im so making that bake!!!!

The popcorn reminds me of how we would make it when i lived in Argentina. The sugar slightly caramelizes and gets crunchy:):):) Now i have to go stock up on popcorn i ran out a few days ago:(

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

That popcorn sounds amazing. I've seen so many wonderful sweet popcorn ideas across the blogworld, but have yet to make my own....for some reason it's intimidating to me, though I know it shouldn't be!! Popcorn always reminds me of being a kid again :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela @ Une Vie Saine

With all of you cereal creations recently as soon as I came up with one yesterday I thought of you. Ironically it involves popcorn, which I popped in coconut oil, so when I saw popcorn in your post today I was kind of scared that you stole me thunder of being able to introduce you to- Popcorn Cereal! I called it A-maize-ing popcorn cereal, but whatever you call it, it's pretty great. I probably would not be able to eat just that for breakfast and stay full till lunch, but it certainly would be a fun part of breakfast or a snack. I wrote about it last night, check it out...

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsie

Oh my goodness. I think I have a food baby just from looking at all of this coconuty, cocoa deliciousness!!!! I cannot seem to get enough coconut lately!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Ashley --I love coconut oil -- even though I'm allergic to it, I sneak it in every once in a while because it's SO tasty and so good for you. Have you ever made waffles and brushed the waffle iron with coconut oil? Heavenly.

Your popcorn looks divine!! I think about food when I'm working out, too. I bring a cookbook or food magazine with me, or watch the food network. It captivates me so much that I don't realize how much time has gone by!

This morning at the gym I was reading Mother Earth News, and found this recipe for popcorn pie!!
Thought you might enjoy it!

Chocolate in chili? GENIUS.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

Oh my goodness Ashley, this entire post is making me drool! I love popping my own popcorn and will definitely be trying that flavor combo! I have been putting coconut on everything here lately, it's probably your fault, LOL. I always put cocoa powder in my chili too (and a little cinnamon), but had never thought of topping it with coconut, yum! That sounds amazing, will have to try it!!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda @ The Artsy Kitchen

Everything looks delicious but especially the breakfast bake!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

That popcorn looks to DIE for! Yum!


February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)

Mmmm I bet that chili is amazing. Coconut must be in the air! I just popped opened a can of coconut milk this morning and used it to make coconut curry lentils! I still have half a can left.... Hmmm... Color me Inspired!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiss

I love, love the popcorn recipe!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth@The Sweet Life

Ahhh dying for that chili recipe! I love chili and chocolate :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Wow! That buckwheat bake had me drooling! I'm am excited about the chili, too.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn (A Spoonful of Life)

That looks delicious!

I can only seem to find kasha though...what difference would using kasha in the recipe make? Is kasha only different because it's toasted?

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

You are so creative...I love it! I love making your recipes because they never fail to please and it gives me more confidence working with the more unknown grains.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

One day I'm going to get up the nerve to make one of those bakes! They always look amazing! Sorry, the graphic designer in me has to share this: Here's the degrees sign for you: 67°. It's shift, option, 8 on the mac. Not sure on the pc. :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Wow, I can't believe your breakfasts! How do you come up with such ideas? Genious! :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessy

I didn't think your buckwheat bakes could get better then you pull this out, yum!

Okay, this is just crazy but I was craving popcorn last night and made some too...ALSO with coconut oil! I didn't do any fancy toppings/mix-ins like you did, but maybe next time I'll have to try that!

And that buckwheat bake seriously reminds me of a cream-filled doughnut...but healthy! It looks awesome. :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTulika

Oh my gosh! If I didn't know how healthy that was I would be running in calorie fear!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Wow that looks great!! What if you do not want the chai seeds to you reduce the liquid? I tried the cocoa banana yesterday with oats and it was a bit soggie. Does useing buckwheat give it a different texture(better??)

I want you to be my personal chef!!!
Thx for all the recipes!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Baedke

loving everything about this post. never thought of popping it in coconut oil! i have a air-popper machine but always wanted to try stove top. sweet and salty.. mmm best combo!

SO MANY delicious eats in this post. My husband is a big popcorn fan and always pops his stove top. (we don't own a microwave - ha) We need to try this sweet recipe!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorry


I love coconut butter soooooo much, haha.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah M

Ahhh I am in love with all things coconut! I am a recent convert:) Slash I tried popped amaranth the other day and it tastes JUST like popcorn!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

I used to be obsessed with home-popped popcorn! It's soooo much better than anything you'd buy. And so simple! Just a little oil and salt...yummm.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I keep hearing about this cocoa chili thing, and my interest is certainly piqued! And that BAKE.... you outdo yourself over and over again! :D

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Just *another* breakfast creation of yours on my list to make. I made your cocoa- banana version yesterday and wow, I was indeed in heaven. Kept me full for a whopping 4-5 hours! I'll definitely be making this during the weekend when I have more time :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

....Oh, and I can't wait for the chili recipe!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

Wow, Sweet + Salty, Coconut Cinnamon Popcorn looks wonderful! I'm such a fan of home popped popcorn. And can't wait for the chili recipe - yum!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine (The Raw Project)

Loving the stuffed bake - I am addicted to coconut butter, oil, flakes, chips, whatever I can get my hands on. I wish, wish, wish I could eat popcorn. I miss it oh so badly [allergy]. I think it's fantastic that you educate all of us edible perspective readers how to make our own simple foods - like cereal, popcorn... it's so important, simple, and cost effective!

That chili looks fantastic!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

i totally made coconut butter and that coco-cocoa almond butter today. YUM. and i'll be making that popcorn soon as well.
you should write a cookbook :)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I'm on a popcorn kick now but I've never popped my own.. or made something as delicious as this looks. Thanks for the idea ;)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

You are AMAZING! How do you come up with these wonderful recipes! I need to make this Coconut Cream Blueberry Buckwheat Bake ASAP! I've been meaning to try one of your buckwheat bakes for the last couple weeks but haven't gotten around to it! I will HAVE to make it this Saturday morning!!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Healthy Diaries

Omg the stuffed buckwheat bake looks out of this world!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

The buckwheat bake looks delicious! I am so glad you are loving the coconut cream as much as I am! Funny how something so simple can be so delicious!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

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