Someone very close to me whom I love and respect very much gave me a very important insight the other night.  I was raving about Alexx Stuart’s new book and my loved one was totally on board and then she said something like, “I don’t know where to start with coconut oil and all those things.”  And it made me realise that I often blabber on about all these exotic ingredients as if everyone uses them all the time.  I had almost forgotten about the first time I walked into a health food store looking for coconut oil and made the important discovery that it is solid.  And comes in a jar.  Say what?  That was almost 2 years ago now.  And luckily for all of us some of these more obscure ingredients are now available in the supermarkets too!

If you want to start making healthy home made sweet treats then the ingredients you need are coconut oil, cacao and rice malt syrup.  Coconut flakes are also a good staple to have.  And it’s possible to get all this stuff at the local (major) supermarket.

Coconut Oil, as I mentioned, comes in a jar.  You can get it in Woolies near the coconut cream.  Make sure you buy the oil not the spread!  And if you are in Coles I am 98% sure that it is in the health food section.  It’s about $6.50 for a 300g jar.

Cacao is only found in health food stores and is one of the highest sources of anti-oxidants know to man.  However, you can just substitute cocoa powder if you like which is in the baking section of the supermarkets.

Rice Malt Syrup is in the health food section of Coles or in health food stores (not Woolies!)  It looks like honey but does not have fructose so it doesn’t cause the blood sugar spikes that sugar does.  It’s a great staple for your kitchen.  It’s about $4 at Coles and can be quite a lot more expensive in health food stores.

Coconut Flakes can get tricky! Don’t buy McKenzie’s brand (sorry McKenzie) but their brand is full of extra sugar.  Most other coconut products are quite low in sugar.  But still naturally taste sweet and delicious.

So, here is your free pass to ask me anything you’ve ever wanted about food.  Is there something that I write about that you have never heard of?  Do you want to know where to buy something exotic?  Ask me!  Chances are I’ll know,  And if not I’ll do my best to find out for you.

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