Irish Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream

Irish Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream

I was awoken last Saturday by construction workers at 8:00 AM. I’m a morning person, but even for me 8:00 AM on a Saturday was rough. Frustrated, and with nothing else to do, I headed out to the grocery store to pick up what I needed to make something for Economical Chef. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so an Irish Coffee seemed right. This isn’t your every day Potato-eating Guinness-drinking Irish Coffee though, it’s Irish Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream.

Yes, coconut whipped cream. It’s actually surprisingly easy to make. I used canned coconut cream, but I heard full fat coconut milk will work too if you can’t find it. Besides boasting a unique and tropical taste, according to the world wide web, coconut cream has a handful of benefits, most coming from its “healthy fats”:

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Coconut benefits – Just a Fad or Here to Stay?

Coconut benefits – Just a Fad or Here to Stay?

There are a lot of food trends generating buzz these days – kale, juice cleanses, sirahca –  but one in particular has caught the attention of the Economical Chef: Coconut benefits – just a fad or here to stay? Lets dive in. The coconut first entered the spotlight in the form of coconut water in the early 2000s. Through this day, Vita Coco and Zico have sold coconut water by touting its health benefits and parading the athletes and  celebrities that use the product. i.e. this frickin’ guy:

Although, it was not until around 2012 that coconut benefits of water really started to gain traction. And more recently, other forms of coconut are getting increasingly popular.

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