Spicy Tamari Coconut Meat Jerky Recipe

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Young coconuts are known for their wonderful, healthy, sweet, electrolyte water. We hear so much about the coconut water but what about the leftover “meat” (or flesh) inside there? Coconut bacon is a great option! Think beef jerky meets coconut. A  little liquid smoke and some red chili peppers adds a peppy flair and the natural sweetness of the coconut rounds out the saltiness. Utilizing low temperature dehydration gives the coconut meat a crispy bacon-like texture.

Ingredients

  • 5 fresh young coconuts, flesh only (or 2 frozen bags of 17 ounce bags of fresh coconut meat already cut up)
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped (i.e. mint, cilantro, basil, rosemary, dill, tarragon)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional) you can also swap this for smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil or other oil
  • 1 Tbsp red chili flakes

Instructions

  1. If you are using fresh coconuts, follow my instructions for opening them up at home. You will not be using the coconut water for this recipe, just the meat, but please drink or freeze the coconut water for smoothies, etc. (do not throw it away; it's so healthy and flavorful). Using a spoon, scoop/scrape the inside of the coconut (the thick white stuff) out with a spoon into long pieces. Scrape out as much meat out as you can. Discard the coconut shells. You will not be using the coconut water for this recipe, just the meat, but please drink or freeze the coconut water for smoothies, etc. (do not throw it away; it's so healthy and flavorful). Using a spoon, scoop/scrape the inside of the coconut (the thick white stuff) out with a spoon into long pieces. Scrape out as much meat out as you can. Discard the coconut shells.
  2. Set all the coconut meat into a separate bowl as you scrape it. In that same bowl (or in a large ziplock bag) add the rest of the ingredients and toss the coconut flesh well. Let sit in the marinade, tossing often, for about 30 minutes. Note: I prefer the baggie method for best marinating results.
  3. Next, when ready, you'll want to spread the marinated coconut meat onto the teflex sheets of your dehydrator trays. Spread the coconut strips/pieces evenly (don't overlap too much). Dehydrate at 115 degrees for at least 8 hours. When the coconut meat is ready it will be dry and it will shrink in size. The pieces shouldn't be "wet" anymore.
Juli NovotnyAbout Juli Novotny

I was a professional baker at the age of 16 at a popular pastry shop near my house. By age 24, a few years after graduated from UCLA, I started a health food company, Kookie Karma, in Santa Monica, CA. Now 31, living in San Diego, I'm a proud mom with two little boys of my own: Pierce and Roman - just 12 months apart! What started as a "baby blog"" for those curious friends and family has transformed into this PUREmamas informational site overnight. I now share fun healthy food, pregnancy and everyday life ideas with new moms, pregnant women and modern conscious parents alike! This is not a raw vegan site; I am not a baby expert or health professional; but I do show parents/adults how to incorporate raw and superfood principles into their everyday routines and diets. Whether your an athlete, a new mom, are sick, overweight, tired, or just needing a motivational kick-in-the-butt, that's what this blog is here for. Now, before you get off your bottom to clean out the cupboards and start fresh, sit down for a bit longer and give this blog a good read. You will find everything from pantry basics to smoothies to everyday recipes and supplement must-haves. While you're at it, revamp your home, too. I have collected some savvy ideas to get your house looking as GREAT as your new wholesome self! Enjoy. Feel free to post on our discussion boards any thoughts and ideas and, of course, questions. If Juli doesn't have the answer, or you don't like her answer, she will reach out to her network of hip, smart and healthy pregnant friends and parents (or ever her midwife.)

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