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I can honestly say that the most amazing smell is coconut oil and cocoa powder cooking over the stove! I received a quart size jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions for review and decided that although I had read about all the great uses for coconut oil in savory recipes, we were going to first make dessert! I browsed through the selection of free recipes available through Tropical Traditions and opted to try the Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter No-Bakes! I also used the no-bakes mix as a based for a layered dessert that included the no-bakes "crust", banana pudding, and crushed vanilla wafers. The layered dessert was consumed too quickly to take pictures (sorry!) I never make a recipe as it's written and had sweetened cocount on hand, so here's my modification:
Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter No-Bakes
1/2 cup sugar
2 rounded Tablespoons of cocoa
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
3/4 2% milk
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla
5 cups sweetened coconut
Mix sugar, cocoa, oil, and milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil and while whisking continuously, boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Once the peanut butter is melted, stir in the coconut and scoop onto a cookie sheet. I stuck the no-bakes in the freezer to harden, but they will need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer because they get soft quickly!
|My version of the No Bakes (at least what was left out of two dozen)!|
One winner will receive a quart of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil ($37.50 value/sale price $27.50). This giveaway will end on September 6, 2010 at 9:30PM Central. I'll email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. The opinions presented above are mine and may differ from others.