Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee

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Heeeeyy! It’s been a bit hectic around these parts–my mom is in town and it’s always a whirlwind of eating and doing while she’s here. There has been a lot of yard work–planting flowers and herbs and watering all manner of greenery. There have been trips to Home Depot and Ikea, Powell’s, the Oregon zoo, and even the coast. There has also been a ton of eating. So much food (see my Instagram feed for a teeny glimpse).

It’s always so fun when my mom and Mel–my mom’s husband and Casper’s “Papa”–they adore Casper, and he loves them. Plus, everyone gets along super well. It’s good times. Also good times is this iced coffee beverage. I saw both Nicole and Jessica make iced coffees with coconut milk and I just jumped right onto that caffeine-wagon. I added toasted coconut and rum to mine because sometimes I like a little boozy-weekend brunch drink and sometimes I like a little coffee-dessert-drink. This Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee satisfies both of those things and is super easy, to boot. Like an indulgent iced coffee thing (a la Starbucks) but…you know…drunk. CHEERS!

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Toasted Coconut & Rum Coffee

for the creamer:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1, 14 fluid ounce, can full fat coconut milk

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

for the cold brew coffee:

1 cup coarsely ground coffee

4 1/2 cups cold water

whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream!) and toasted coconut to garnish

for the creamer:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spread the coconut on a sheet pan in an even layer. Bake the coconut in the oven for 5 minutes, stir, and repeat until the coconut is golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool a bit.

Heat the coconut milk and brown sugar in a saucepan, add the toasted coconut and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep, about 20 minutes, before straining out the coconut flakes. Pour the toasted coconut creamer into a jar and fit with a lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

for the cold brew:

Combine the ground coffee and water in a glass container (I like to use an 8-cup glass bowl with a spout, like a large measuring cup) and stir to combine. Cover and steep the coffee at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Place a strainer over another large bowl and place a coffee filter into the strainer. Strain the coffee through the filter lined strainer. Do this in batches if needed. Pour the coffee into a pitcher.

for the Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee:

In a tall glass combine a few tablespoons of the toasted coconut creamer with 1 ounce of rum (I used a coffee infused rum) and a cup of the cold brewed coffee. Top with ice and stir well. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes. [/recipe]

Butter Pecan Granola

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I cannot even believe there’s only about 1 week left until Christmas. My house has been decorated for a while and I have been wrapping way too many gifts (note to self, next year needs less gifts). The thing is…I have baked exactly zero cookies. I don’t know what’s going on, but I need to make some cookies happen asap. BUT, I have baked 2 batches of this granola for gifting and it is pretty much the equivalent of a cookie in granola form.

A buttery, oat-y, pecan studded, and maple soaked cookie in a granola outfit.

I usually go the coconut or olive oil route with granola, but since tis’ the season and all that jingle-jangley-Christmas-jazz, I went with butter. OH, MAN. Granola game changer. The butter gets that browned flavor from the long, low bake in the oven and mingles with the maple syrup that sweetens the granola in the most perfect, amazing, way. It’ll make your kitchen smell like butter and maple drenched heaven. It’s definitely not you’re health-conscious-crunchy-granola. More like your butter-drenched-sweet-and-decadent type of granola. I couldn’t help but eat a handful (okay, maybe 2) right off the sheet pan, still warm. I mean, the oats make it healthy-ish and the buttery, maple-y, pecan and coconut studded bits make it special and oh-so holiday appropriate. I packed it into jars and added a little tag for a super-easy, super-delicious gift.

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Butter Pecan Granola

Adapted from my Coconut Oil Granola recipe.

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup pecans

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat your oven to 325ºF and lightly grease a baking sheet (I love to use coconut oil spray for this).

In a large mixing bow, combine the oats, pecans, coconut, salt, and cinnamon.

In a small saucepan combine the maple syrup and butter. Heat over medium-high until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the maple-butter mixture to the oats mixture and stir to coat completely. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in 15 minute intervals, stirring between each, for about 1 hour or until the granola is golden and starting to crisp. It will become more crisp as it cools.

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Super Easy Coconut & Walnut Fudge

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Hey! I have this totally festive and celebratory fudge for you all! It’s so damn simple, I mean, literally 2 ingredients, plus mix-ins for flava.

Why is this fudge festive AND celebratory? Well, 2 reasons…

1. It’s the holidays, y’all! I’m sure you already knew that…that’s where the festive comes in. 2. Sean loves holiday fudge and we have a major reason to celebrate him, as he just landed a new job is a far-off and distant city–Portland, Oregon!

So, we are totes moving in a few weeks. We found out the officially-official news just last week and are in a whirlwind of packing and purging and holiday planning. We are super excited since this position (with his current company) is a total step up and will bring us SO MUCH CLOSER to our beloved family and friends…like, a day-trip in the car away, instead of a 3-day driving marathon. Also, I hear Portland is a pretty cool place, so it will be totally exciting to explore a new city.

And even though things may be a little more than hectic around here, I’ve still gotta get my holiday-treat on, so easy is the name of the game and this fudge is exactly that. No stirring of boiling sugar and chocolate and hoping/praying for a smooth, grain-less result. We’re just melting with a side of stirring, then we’re done. Not a grainy bite of candy in site, just creamy-dreamy chocolate and coconut + walnut goodness. BOOM, easiest holiday treat ever!

PS, I’ve never been to Portland and won’t make it  there before our move in January, so any recommendations or affirmations would be greatly appreciated. I AM SO EXCITED!!

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Super Easy Coconut & Walnut Fudge

Adapted from Heather Baird for Betty Crocker

This recipe can be made in the microwave or on the stove top. For microwave instructions, click the link above. 

1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk

1 bag (12oz.) chocolate chips, I like semisweet

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 cup toasted coconut

Prepare an 8x8inch baking pan by spraying with cooking spray and lining with parchment, leaving a few inches of overhang on two sides for easy removal. Secure the parchment with binder clips.

Fashion a double boiler out of a heat proof bowl fitted over a saucepan with a few inches of simmering water, taking care that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the condensed milk and chocolate chips and stir until the chips are melted, the mixture is well combined, and smooth. Remove the bowl from the top of the sauce pan and stir in the vanilla, followed by the walnuts and coconut, until well combined. Scrape the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Allow the fudge to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic and placing in the refrigerator to set for several hours. Once set, cut the fudge into cubes and serve (or gift)! [/recipe]