real raw kitchen: RECIPE: mango coconut basil wraps

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RECIPE: mango coconut basil wraps

WARNING: this. is. so. good.

I have been playing with this idea for quite some time but I never brought it to life because I can't bear to part with a juicy ripe mango without first devouring it and I can't handle the thought of not eating coconut meat straight from the coconut.

Finally, I did it anyway. And BOY am I glad I did. This was so simple and pretty easy and was THE BEST raw wrap I've ever had. Even my hubby loved it and he hates anything that comes from the dehydrator! (#hashtaghubbyapproved)

If you do not have a dehydrator then my heart aches for you only because you will not be able to make this. I do not think a dehydrator is worth the money in a raw kitchen .. sure, it's a neat gadget but most of the food coming out of it isn't that great and isn't truly fresh and raw like I believe in, anyway. Every once in awhile, though, I get my money's worth. It's usually in the form of kale chips. This time it was a wrap.

If you're like me and you do not own some serious coconut-opening tools then use a chef's knife and open a coconut like the video demonstrates below.

I lined my wraps with my turmeric sauce and julienned cucumber and carrot, sliced green onions, fresh lettuce, and a couple slices of avocado. I served an enormous salad alongside it that had a head of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green onion, diced cucumber, and a couple tablespoons more of turmeric dressing. 


Mango Coconut Basil Wraps
makes 2

Ingredients
  • 1 juice mango
  • 1 cup young coconut meat
  • handful fresh basil
Instructions

  • Add the mango to your high speed blender. 
  • Take your coconut meat and chop it up finely (this helps the blender) and add to the blender.
  • Blend on low to incorporate the ingredients.
  • Increase the speed and use your tamper to push the ingredients down. 
  • Blend on high until everything is completely smooth. Pour into a bowl.
  • Cut your fresh basil chiffonade style and add to the mango-coconut mixture. 
  • Stir everything together and then spread onto a Teflex sheet for the dehydrator. 
  • Dehydrate at 105 degrees until dried but still flexible. 
  • Peel off the liner and use as a wrap!


YUM! I hope you get to try this out and experience the bliss that is in a wrap.

xo






10 comments:

  1. I see young coconut meat in so many raw recipes, but I never find it. What could I use instead?

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    1. Hi Liane! Oh nooo!! You're right, it's a huge staple in many raw food diets. There are some online places that you can order frozen coconut meat but that can get a bit pricey. I've also heard that some Asian markets sell frozen coconut meat so that may be an option. As for substitutions, the best I can think of right now is using dried, desiccated coconut that is unsweetened. If you process that with a bit of water until it's a paste I imagine it would spread and dry in a similar way (flexible and with a similar taste). Try it out and let me know how it works! I hope it works out well for you!! :)

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    2. I'm using a Thai coconut, I'll let you know how that turns out.

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  2. This looks so beautiful and tasty!! I bet all those flavors together must make one nice wrap, time for me to get a dehydrator!

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    1. Oh my goodness it is just divine. I'm not a huge advocate of a dehydrator because they aren't all that necessary BUT if there ever was a recipe worth owning a dehydrator over, this is it! So delicious. Let me know if you get to make it!

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  3. These look amazing. I'm so making these!

    As an aside... desiccated coconut won't work because it's generally derived from the flesh of a mature coconut, which is drier, denser, and higher in fat than young coconut meat. Once it's (re)dehydrated it won't be as flexible.

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    1. Thank you so much for this information! I really had no idea and so I was just throwing out an idea, but I'm glad to have additional opinions and information because mine was mostly uninformed and a hopeful guess :) I really wonder if there is a good substitute for fresh coconut meat?

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  4. which dehydrator do you use? i have one of those round ones, but find it is useless as most things i want to make are square(ish) shaped. can you recommend one?

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    1. I use an Excalibur.. if you check out my Amazon store/recommendations you can see the exact one I prefer .. click on the "shop" tab up top and then look under the major appliances section. The dehydrator is listed there :)

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  5. About how long do you need to dehydrate this?

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