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27/04/14: Coconom Cookies

When Aprils The Vegan Kind Box* arrived, one of items that I was most interested to try was Coconom.  It's a coconut sugar that is lower in calories than your regular sugars.  As someone with a bit of a sweet tooth I'm always pleased to discover new ways of sweetening food without adding lumps of the white stuff.

Opening the package, it looks a little like a cross between flour, sugar and...earth... bits of it are chunkier than others, but some parts are very fine.  It smells slightly caramelised and sweet and passed the dip and lick test, so on it went to my next bowl of morning porridge.  It melts easily just like normal sugar would and tastes really good.  So, next up - cooking with it!


To make I used a recipe that required: 175 g plain flour, 1 finely lemon, grated zest only, 110 g soft butter
50 g sugar, but based on what I had in the cupboard at the time, I used a different mix to follow the same recipe.


Good for me?
It made tasty biscuits that went down well and it worked great on porridge.  I don't take sugar in tea so I can't vouch for that, but that it melted well on the porridge suggests it could work there too, although the caramel taste might be off putting in your Earl Grey. :s

The rest of the Vegan Kind box was also good, featuring Chocomilk and a Freyaluna lip and body balm.  I wasn't too keen on the chocolate covered soya beans, but someone else in the house finished off the open pack!  The Creative Nature bar was tasty and the Sushi Nori is waiting for the right moment.  A strong box with a variety of sweet and savoury treats, but the sugar is the winner for me!

Good for you?
Aesthetically, I think a dash of hot water prior to mixing could have helped rid the spotty finish of the biscuits, but otherwise I think this is a great alternative to sugar and worth trying out as something a bit different.   It's apparently one of the best sugar alternatives in terms of nutritional value and it also offers a sustained energy release compared to the short sharp sugar highs (and the lows that follow!) that refined sugars provide.  It's available from just £3.25 for 250g and also can be found in two alternative flavours: ginger and tumeric/tamarind  which sounds perfect for adding to sweet spicy dishes.    The Vegan Kind box is available monthly for £10 + 2.95 post and packaging in the UK, and +9.00 EU post and packaging.

Do you have a favourite sugar alternative? 
Have you tried Coconom?  Let me know down below!


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* TVK paid for at a reduced rate - all opinions are my own based on my experience of the product.

2 comments:

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  1. Ooh these look delicious, I also love the idea of something sweet without actual sugar. I think the dots give them character ;)

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  2. Cookies....these look tasty, I haven't given up sugar but I am interested in alternatives so I'm taking notes :-)

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