Yeast Bustin’ Carob Clusters

I’m happy to report I had Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats yesterday for breakfast and my tummy was as happy as could be.

It was definitely the caprylic acid supplement that did me in on Saturday.

In other news, I have today off and couldn’t be more excited about it.

My plan today:

  • Spin class + 15 minute brick run + stretch/core
  • Grocery store: strawberries + blueberries… I’m making somethin’ tasty!
  • Smoothie making. Strawberry cheesecake. That’s all I’m saying
  • Clean the kitchen. From top to bottom – vacuum the drawers, clean the appliances, wash the floors
  • Laundry including the linens
  • Catch up on emails
  • Try my hand at a new mac n’ cheese recipe
  • Get outside and take some pictures
  • Have a bath

I have no idea how much I will actually get to accomplish. I’m going to start from the top of the list and work my way down.

I [sometimes] bite off more than I can chew and end up under estimating how long it will take me to do things.

Other than the kitchen cleanup that has the potential to turn into a full day ordeal, I think I may actually have this one in the bag.

… and what better place to do my cleaning than in the kitchen… where these lovely morsels are nestled safely in the freezer?

nom nom nom

I’m sorry Chelsey, I know you don’t like the nom nom nom’s. It’s just so fitting!

Yeast Bustin’ Carob Clusters

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

They’re raw, sugar free, high in fiber and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder – or cacao powder can be used too
  • pinch of white stevia powder

Toppings: I used carob chips and they were fantastic!

Directions

  1. In a double boiler or a bowl set atop a pot of gently simmering water, melt the coconut butter, oil, and carob powder.
  2. Once melted, add remaining ingredients to bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Drop mixture into muffin cups and drop a couple of unsweetened carob chips on top.
  4. Stick in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Can be eaten at room temperature or from the freezer.

Makes 6 clusters.

Why’d I call this recipe yeast bustin? Because coconut [among it's other amazing qualities] contains caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid – medium-chain saturated fatty acids that are potent antimicrobial agents.

They kill bacteria, viruses and fungi by causing their cell walls to disintegrate.

Think cyclops from xmen.

Because of their ability to kill fungi, these medium-chain fatty acids work wonders on killing candida yeast infections.

  • Caprylic acid is so potent that it is extracted from coconut and sold as a natural anti-fungal.
  • Capric acid disrupts or disintegrates the plasma membrane, which leaves the cytoplasm disorganized and shrunken. In other words it kills the candida!
  • Lauric acid, is the most active at killing candida at lower concentrations.
  • Lauric acid could be called an essential fatty acid because it is made only by the mammary gland and not in the liver like other saturated fats.

Remember, when looking for a coconut oil, you should go for extra virgin coconut oil.

You want a product that is cold pressed from fresh coconut meat.

What was your favorite thing that you ate/did this weekend?

Favorite thing I ate: these clusters

Favorite thing I did: ran my first 5k

Do you like chores/house work?

If you answer yes to this question, what is your secret? I hate absolutely everything to do with cleaning.

Music helps… but blah. I’d rather be outside gardening or something.

Do you have a long weekend coming up? Are you planning anything spectacular for it?

When I was a teenager I thought it was weird that my colleagues would take time off work just to be at home. Why wouldn’t they want to go and DO something, or save up their vacation time and go on a nice trip? Now I totally understand why… it’s nice to just be home.

There’s a long weekend coming up in April for Easter. I have no doubt that my mom + dad will cook up some steaks and invite us over for dinner.

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  1. I love easy recipes like this, I means I can have a sweet treat in my mouth in minutes! I do like doing housework, it’s just hard to get started. I like to do it in sprints. Usually I’ll set a time limit of cleaning for 15 minutes straight, but once I’m in the groove I usually just keep going until all or most of it is done.

    • Sprint cleaning… I like that. I’ll have to give that a try next time. I spent 3 hours cleaning today. blah!

  2. I just have to tell you, I’m kind of obsessed with your gluten-free recipes and they’re all I can think about making. This is not going to go well for my freezer space or my bank account ;)

    • Thanks Natalia! I keep a lot of my treats in the freezer too. They’ll keep for over a month, which is good! As for the bank account – now that I have all of my daily ingredients, it really doesn’t cost me much to maintain my pantry. But I know what you mean, if you don’t have the bulk stores + regular grocery stores that sell health foods, it can get a little insane!

  3. Yum! Easy and delicious and fat-burning dessert! Well done. I love coconut oil… for all the wonderful reasons we should eat it. ;)

    • hehe that’s why you only see 5 clusters on the plate… but the recipe makes 6. I couldn’t help myself!

  4. Yay you posted the recipe for these little clusters of heaven! I love how simple and how little ingredients it has. I still haven’t been so receptive to coconut. No idea why I never buy it lol :)

    And I use nom a bit too frequently ;)

    • Thanks Jenny. I really have loved eating these. I have 1 left… going to try and hold out until tomorrow night and enjoy it with my tea before bed. We’ll see if I can restrain myself from gobbling it up before then.

  5. I love that you totally just X-men’d us. Well done! I hope the run went well. I actually didn’t make it to mine but ONLY because…well, actually I don’t have an excuse. Good news is there’s another one next week I can do instead.

    The favorite thing I ate this weekend? OMEGA CROUTONS! That’s right, I totally whipped up those golden beauties and they were absolutely as good as I dreamt they would be. Thanks again for sharing!

    • haha you are the first one to comment on the x-men mention. I HAD to do it, it fit so well!
      Too bad you missed your race, but I’m happy to hear you’re aiming for the one next week. Sometimes I don’t have excuses for what I do either… meh, it all works out in the end. I’m glad you liked the omega croutons!

  6. That is a to-do list and a half…holy moly! I hope you enjoyed your day-off :]
    The clusters look wonderful! I agree – as odd as “nom nom” is to say; sometimes it’s the only thing that seems right. Like in situations like this :P
    I don’t mind household chores toooo much…if it’s a crummy day outside. If the sun is shining, though? Forget it!

    • The sun WAS shining and it was torture. To top it all off, the moment I got outside to take pictures… it started snowing. Doh! Sooo I went inside and baked for 4 hours. It turned out alright!

  7. I’m so happy you enjoyed your oatmeal!
    These clusters look delicious and the cheesecake smoothie sounds so good! Will you be sharing the recipe?

    • You bet I’ll share the recipe! It’s for a guest post I’ve been preparing for next week or so. As soon as it’s live on New Healthy, I’ll pass on the link :)

  8. Loved your banana macaroons and will make these clusters next. As far as cleaning is concerned, I like it best when I stay present with each task. Then, it’s not a chore but a soothing form of mindful relaxation.

    • coconut oil is to coconut as olive oil is to olives whereas coconut butter is to coconut as peanut butter is to peanuts. Hope that makes sense!

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