We’ve recently moved to Cape Town , South Africa, for 5 months to escape the British winter. We’ve been spending a lot of time with family, hubby and I have actually had a couple of date nights and most days we get to go for a walk on the beach.
Our days are falling into a gentle rhythm of homeschool in the morning and work in the afternoons and evenings. It’s been wonderful.
My daughter’s fussy eating has come to a head. Apparently everything in South Africa tastes different to England. Ham is different. Cheese is different. Meat is different. Eggs are different. Seriously?! What am I going to feed the child?
But you know what isn’t different? Ice cream. Sweets. Any junk she can get her hands on.
We’ve had a couple of wins. Fish is a hit. Lots of lovely seasonal fruit. New vegetables. She’ll still eat the healthy food, if it’s cooked just right.
They’re quick and so easy to make. They’re a lovely after-supper treat for something just a little bit sweet.
One of the things that has been a hit, though, are PCOS friendly coconut honey treats. They’re quick and so easy to make. They’re a lovely after-supper treat for something just a little bit sweet.
It makes the endless no’s (to ice cream and sweets) easier for both of us to cope with.
Now, you might be asking, “Are these really PCOS friendly?”
They’re made from honey, coconut and vanilla essence. That’s all.
Coconut Oil and PCOS
In recent years, coconut and coconut oil have had a lot of publicity. It is supposed to be a very healthy oil that can cope with being cooked at high temperatures and has wonderful antimicrobial properties.
But, there are other benefits to coconut oil when it comes to your PCOS.
Research has shown that coconut oil can help to improve metabolism and help to reduce waist circumference (1).
Women with PCOS tend to gain weight around their waist (in fact our abdominal fat cells are larger than normal, causing us to gain weight around our waist and abdomen (2).
So, coconut oil may help to combat some of this accumulation of fat around the middle.
Another added benefit of coconut oil is that it helps with inflammation. People who use coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils tend to have lower levels of oxidative stress and inflammatory markers. (1)
Now, women with PCOS are prone to inflammation. This inflammation also makes us more resistant to insulin which makes our PCOS worse. So, we need to do what we can to manage our levels of inflammation (3).
A word of Caution
Before we go gung ho on coconut oil, we need to be wise. One tablespoon of coconut oil has 130 calories. It’s important to bear that in mind, especially if you are trying to lose weight.
Okay, so now that we know that these Coconut Honey Treats are PCOS friendly, here’s the recipe:
PCOS Friendly Coconut Honey Treats
Makes 20 treats
- 1 x cup shredded / dessicated coconut
- 4 x tablespoons coconut oil (melted or runny)
- ¼ x cup of honey
- 1 x teaspoon vanilla essence
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Spoon the mixture into a small flat dish.
- Refrigerate for about an hour.
- Cut to serve.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
- GL: 2
- Total carbs: 4g
- Calories: 56
So, why not take 5 minutes to whip up some of these PCOS friendly coconut honey treats? I’m sure they’ll go down well with the whole family!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you enjoyed them. I’d love to hear your feedback!