Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from coconut palm tree sap. The sugar is made by heating the sap until most of the water has evaporated. In texture and appearance coconut sugar is a bit like a drier brown sugar.
Coconut sugar is far from perfect, it is sugar after all and I wouldn't go as far as saying that it is good for you but it is the most nutritious of the possible sugars, it’s is the most sustainable sweetener in the world and it has an extremely low glycemic index (35).
I love the taste and I love that it is all natural and relatively unprocessed, unlike many sweeteners, to me natural is always best.
Please feel free to replace the coconut sugar with a sweetener of your choice.
Raw virgin coconut oil is another new favourite baking ingredient of mine, it is so unbelievably delicious and it is said to have loads of health benefits including, promoting a healthy heart, boosting the body's immune system, helping to prevent and fight diseases like diabetes and alzheimers and it is even said to increase metabolism and energy and help with weight loss. Coconut oil contains high quantities of antibacterial, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and nutrients such as vitamin K and E and iron. In short is shockingly good for you for something so delicious.
If you are based in the UK like me, you can buy both raw virgin coconut oil and coconut sugar from Holland & Barrett and you can even find raw virgin coconut oil in some branches of Tescos.
For the Pancakes:
50g oats, ground in a food processor
2 tsp baking powder
20g coconut sugar
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
3/4 tsp vanilla paste
1 tbsp organic natural yogurt per serving