Meet Bryn, the 24-year old Coconut Queen who has a big heart and even bigger dreams. As the Creative Marketing Manager of Nature Pacific, a company founded by her parents in 2004, Bryn is living every nourishers dream travelling the world visiting coconut plantations, attending world food exhibitions, popping into government-funded Coconut Research Centres and assisting in Rabi Island-based aid projects in Fiji.
Last year, the jill-of-all-trades also managed to publish her very first cookbook, Going Coconuts, based on her beloved Banaban coconut products that also shares her family’s rich Banaban history. While currently in Fiji with her stepfather where the pair are teaching local coconut factory workers some marketing strategies, the avid foodie still found the time to share one of her favourite recipes with us… Cacao and Coconut Ice-Cream Bowls!
Cacao & Coconut Ice Cream Bowls
Serves 4 huge café style bowls or 8 small cupcake style bowls
*Please note you will need a second muffin tray the same size to place on top the muffins while baking to create the bowl shape.
- 1 ½ cups almond meal/flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup milk or nut milk of any kind (almond, coconut or cashew milk)
- 2 eggs or for a vegan option 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil
Drizzled Cacao Sauce Ingredients
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tbsp. cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
(For the Coconut Ice Cream I personally use Coyo Coconut Ice Cream. In this recipe I used Vanilla & Nutmeg flavour).
How to make the bowls:
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Line a 6 cup muffin tray for 4 large style ice cream bowls or line a 12 cup muffin tray for 8 small cupcake style ice cream bowls with coconut oil spray.
- Combine dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients together.
- Add together the dry and wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined.
- Once combined, place mixture in muffin tray so it comes up high enough that the second tray can be placed on top and create a dent in the muffin for the bowl shape.
- Place the tray into the oven for 5 minutes until the muffins start to rise and become fluffy. Once they are forming, add the second muffin tray on top of the muffins to create the bowl shape and place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes until cooked.
- Once cooked place on a wire rack to completely cool so it will not melt your ice cream when it is scooped in.
- Do not worry if the bowls come up a little out of shape, the different sizes or walls will give them character when serving.
- Place a scoop of coconut ice cream in the bowl and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
Drizzled Cacao Sauce Method
- Whisk all three ingredients together and drizzle over coconut ice cream.
- The coconut oil will give an ice magic affect and harden the sauce when it is drizzled over the cold ice cream.