Coconut Collaborative: Vegan Yoghurt Alternative

I am in love.

This yoghurt is creamy, tangy, delicious, sweet, VEGAN and just look at that packaging! If you haven't heard about the Coconut Collaborative before, you MUST keep reading.


WHAT IS IT?

The Coconut Collaborative is a range of dairy free yoghurts, made entirely from coconut milk (and fruit compote in the fruity varieties)! The yoghurt is soy free, sugar free, gluten free, cholesterol free and vegan friendly. On top of all of this, it tastes delicious and is so good for you too! 

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FLAVOURS

There are 4 flavours currently available* :


MANGO PASSION FRUIT


Juicy mango and passion fruit compote with thick and creamy coconut yoghurt. This was my favourite of the three I tried; I love the mango/ passion fruit yoghurt combo (this is always the flavours I go for in froyo)!



 RASPBERRY


Sweet fruity but tangy raspberry compote with thick and creamy coconut yoghurt. I also love this combo...you can't really go wrong with raspberry compote! Plus it has all the added benefits of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!



NATURAL


Plain thick and creamy coconut yoghurt - this can be subbed into practically every recipe; as well as sweet parfaits and desserts, you can use this one in savoury dishes too! (I used it for veggie curry in place of my usual coconut milk recipe; extra creamy and delicious)!

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THE TASTE


Each different flavour has a very unique taste but all are united in the fact they are thick, creamy and pleasantly tangy! The fruity flavours have the sweet compote at the base and the creamy yoghurt on top; simply mix together when you are ready to eat*! 

*The yoghurts should be left out of the fridge for ten minutes or so before eating to let the tiny coconut particles melt!






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THE PACKAGING

As usual, I have to mention the packaging!

I absolutely LOVE the style of the labelling. The hand-drawn text and imagery really portrays the friendly, organic nature of the brand and the way the informative text on the inside of the cardboard is laid out into a story makes you actually want to read it!






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WHY IT'S GOOD FOR YOU


coconut fate is friendly fat - coconuts are full of good fatty acids (without cholesterol) which the body uses for energy.

- the coconut, a drupe, is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

- this was a fun little fact on the packaging which i though i would share: "coconut water was used in WWII for emergency transfusions; it's completely sterile until the coconut is opened!

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RECIPE IDEAS

A couple of yoghurty parfait ideas!

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Cookie Crisp Caramelly Banana Yoghurt Parfait
 ...so good it deserves a name that long!

This recipe is healthy enough for breakfast but delicious enough for dessert; literally heaven in a glass.


You will need:

- 120 g (regular pot) coconut collab natural yoghurt
- 1 medium banana
- 2 medjool dates
- 1tsp cacao
- 2tsp coconut sugar
- 1tsp cacao nibs
- 2tsp melted smooth peanut butter/ almond butter 
- cookie crisps to decorate (optional)


I'll go through this layer by layer as it will make the recipe easier to follow!
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Bottom Layer: 80g yoghurt 

Second Layer: banana slices (I used 1 medium banana for this)

Third Layer: date caramel - soak 2 medjool dates in hot water for a couple of minutes, drain, mash and slowly add back in some of the water until you achieve a caramelly consistency.

Fourth Layer: mix remaining 40g of yoghurt with 1tsp cacao, 2tsp coconut sugar and 1tsp cacao nibs (and some mini cookie crisps to decorate)

Toppingheat 2tsp smooth peanut butter (or almond butter) in the microwave/ over the stove until melted. Drizzle half of this over the parfait and mix 1/4tsp cacao into the other half before drizzling this over too! Top with cacao nibs to finish off. 
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Layered Fruity Breakfast Parfait



I'll go through this layer by layer; it'll be easier to follow (it's a lot of layers):


Bottom Layer: Oatmeal - combine 1/4 cup oats and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan, bring to boil and add 1/2 mashed banana. Stir continuously for 1 minute before taking off the heat and stirring in 1tsp Maca powder - 1/2 of this is for the bottom layer.

Second Layer1/3 cup frozen mixed berries

Third Layer1/3 tub coconut collab natural (or raspberry) yoghurt

Fourth Layer: banana slices

Fifth Layer: Date caramel - 2 medjool dates soaked in boiling water, drain, mash and slowly add back in enough water until you achieve a caramelly consistency.

Fifth Layer: 1/3 tub coconut collab natural (or raspberry) yoghurt.

Sixth Layer: remaining oatmeal mixed with some frozen berries 

Topping: 1 tsp melted smooth PB mixed with frozen blueberries and a bit of water. Finish off with mixed berries and cacao nibs! 

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I added this photo to my google+ feed along with a few others and it randomly made this GIF which I thought looked cool!



WHERE YOU CAN BUY

You can buy these yoghurts (in the UK) in Waitrose, Itsu and Harvey Nichols - there is a store locator here.

Find out more about the Coconut Collaboration on their website, facebook and twitter! :)  

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