the most peculiar coconut phenomenon

by Holly on March 21, 2011

in breakfast,dinner,gluten-free,rambling,reviews

Something a bit peculiar has happened as of late.

In case you’re worried about my sanity, I haven’t changed my name to Holly Gyllenhaal.

No, I haven’t grown a nubbin.

And unfortunately, I haven’t magically started to enjoy olives, mushrooms, grapefruit + cantaloupe overnight.

The peculiar thing remains that coconut is still making me uncontrollably gag.

My stomach’s newfound loathing for all things coconut really has my Everythingtarian self ticked off. It doesn’t matter if it’s shredded or flaked, in oil form or butter form, masked in a dish or drizzled atop it; one whiff of coconut, and I immediately feel the need to race to the toilet for fear of projectile vomiting all over my brand new {ultra cute} chambray button-up shirt.

Go figure I would receive a free jar of coconut peanut butter from the lovely folks at Tropical Traditions to review for the blog right after this most peculiar throw up-inducing phenomenon.

Go friggin’ figure.

But I couldn’t just go and waste a perfectly good jar of natural, creamy peanut butter mixed with organic coconut, because my tastebuds were currently making Mariah Carey-worthy diva demands of me. Mama Everythingtarian taught me better than that.

First, I tried it dipped in apples.

Result? I gagged. I gagged some more. And I stopped eating the PB.

Second, I whipped up a quick peanut sauce using the coconut peanut butter, Bragg’s Aminos, lime juice, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper + water and poured it over a stir fry blend of broccoli, carrots, red pepper, green onion, edamame and brown rice. Topped with sesame seeds + a handful of green onions, I felt hopeful about my 2nd attempt at consuming a coconut-laced dish.

Result? Pretty darn good.

I am sure this was due to the fact just about every ingredient I added masked the coconut and you ended up not being able to taste it at all. And I downed two Diet Cokes with it. That helped too.

Last, in a desperate need for an after dinner dessert, I pulled out the big guns – the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe courtesy of Janetha – and whipped up a batch of these…

1 cup Tropical Traditions coconut peanut butter.

1 cup turbinado sugar.

1 egg.

1 generous sprinkle of sea salt.


Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, and cross your fingers your stomach doesn’t immediately reject these soft, doughy cookies.

Result? A perfectly peanut buttery and not too coconutty treat.

I will admit, I could only eat one of these cookies, but that single cookie gave me hope that someday, my stomach shall return to its former self and once again accept coconut in all its healthy fat-laden deliciousness. Coconut butter, coconut oil and shredded coconut, have no fear for we shall meet again.

Until then, I’m going to work on that last name change.

Because I’m never going to like olives, and I really don’t need a nubbin.


Evan Thomas March 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

You don’t like olives?! I want to change everything about you. Just kidding. We’ll start with the olives…

kathleen March 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

There’s only one question remaining. Can you drink piña coladas?

Kim March 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I also do not like coconut, olives, or grapefruit. I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup and that’s as far as it goes.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm

so sorry about the gaggy issues still!!

but those cookies…oh, i want to have a dozen :)

Kaleigh March 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm

That is so weird! Sad day :(

lynn @ the actor's diet March 22, 2011 at 1:14 am

i like that coconut PB but my husband doesn’t – he says it tastes like thai food. so i try to just put it in savory recipes.

Adam March 22, 2011 at 1:33 am

Ah! No olives? I guess that is okay, most are loaded with sodium anyway… But you have definitely got to take the coconut thing up with your stomach because the tropical fruit is great for everything! I started eating it again a little while ago and I feel so much better lately… Have a sweet Tuesday dude! Sans CoCoNut…

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport March 22, 2011 at 3:29 am

2 things:

1: You will gag when I tell you how much coconut oil or butter costs here in Madrid! But I’m just surprised I found it. Found it, but didn’t buy it. One jar is over $23 dollars!!
2: I found natural PB this weekend! At an Asian store! On the shelf directly above the vacuum sealed Jellyfish. Clearly.

If I take out a loan and buy both products I can make my own Coconut PB!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 22, 2011 at 5:28 am

Bummer with the coconut problems! I’ve been that way with cheese lately, which is so weird since I absolutely LOVE cheese. Apparently, it doesn’t love me as much. Hopefully that will change very, very soon. ;)

Lauren March 22, 2011 at 5:47 am

That’s not unusual, I hear that many people are turned off by coconut. I have a jar of coconut butter, but to be honest, I’m not all that impressed. It’s good, but I don’t get the overwhelming hype.

The cookies look awesome though!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

Are you sure you’re not with child? :) I think it’s funny that you’ve suddenly developed this aversion towards anything coconut related (well, kind of – I’m actually sad for you).

Erica March 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

If you need someone to take that jar off your hands…I mean I could do that for you ;). We all have our foods that make our tummies turn. Peanut sauce….so good. I bet the coconut flavor added something awesome to the dish too.

Jecka March 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

Have you tried toasted coconut? I really dislike raw coconut (I cannot get it down my throat!) but if it is toasted to a light golden brown, it is delectable and 180 degrees from it’s nasty raw counterpart!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

I freaking love that stuff.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness March 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

That really is such an unfortunate development. I seem to be going through quite the opposite- I’ve been going nuts over everything that is coconut. Can’t get enough.

We both need a healthy balance…

brandi March 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

isn’t that weird how random things will make us gag for no reason? every now and then it happens to me, too.

and I’ll take your olives. I love ’em!

amanda March 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

i’m happy to hear your coconut vom experience might be kicked. because let’s be serious. pina coladas are the shit. it would be a bummer if you couldn’t enjoy them!

also, nubbins are definitely not going to win jakey’s heart.

rebecca lustig March 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

coconut is one of those things i need to enjoy in moderation. don’t love it, don’t hate it, but it does have an intense flavor and I never really ‘crave’ it

Michelle March 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

Blah, how disappointing that you can’t eat coconut these days! It’s so good, I’d go through serious withdrawl if I were in your shoes. At the very least you got some awesome looking cookies out of the deal :-)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 22, 2011 at 8:32 am

I go through phases with coconut butter. Sometimes I just want to IV it into my veins, and sometimes it’s just a little too…something….for me to enjoy. Currently I’m in the former phase!

Kay March 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

My mom has this theory that peoples’ tastebuds do the ol’ switcheroo on them every couple of years… which explains why I suddenly began loving avocado at age 16 when I hated it all the time before.

I still say I will never, ever love beets though. Ever.

sarah (sarah learns) March 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

it makes me so sad that you’re body is rejecting coconut. it’s so delicious! :(

Emily March 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

cha, i should come visit! Fact #2: I actually HATE shredded coconut. It’s disgusting. But I like the smell and flavor of it. Makes for a conundrum when buying coconut food products because they all seem to have nasty chunks of coconut in there, proudly proclaimed in the ingredients list. as if that’s a good thing. Good job using it up though. no waste! xoxo

Lauren March 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I can’t believe you don’t like grapefruit or cantaloupe…. crazy!! I feel you on being upset with your stomach though. I’ve been fighting this cold/flu/madness and have lost my appetite for all food in any form :( I hope it comes back soon… My food blog is suffering!

Those cookies look amazing! But, no flour? I’ll have to try these :)

I hope your diva stomach stops being a brat and allows you to eat coconut soon!!

emily (a nutritionist eats) March 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

You aren’t pregnant are you?! I know that Jake was in Madison a while back….
:) I had to.

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Olives are total ick to me. The only way I can eat them them is cooked on a pizza where everything else is masking the flavor.

I must make those simple cookies!

Jen March 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Your distaste for all things coconut is how I feel about mushrooms. *Barf* Oh and sweet potatoes.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Well you’re definitely the first blogger I’ve known to not be absolutely gaga about coconut. :P I’ve yet to get into coconut either and even though you’re not a fan of the coconut..that PB does still sound like it could be good.

Pure2Raw Twins March 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I am not sure what I would do if coconut oil did not seat well with me since I have it all the time it feels like LOL I have a feeling your body will eventually love it again, it is funny how the body works sometimes…one minute it likes something and then the next time around it hates it. Oh the joys! And BTW we are not huge fans of olives either ,trying to like them but having a hard time.

Emily March 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Coconut, olives, and grapefruit are three of my favorite food things! I’m with you on the cantaloupe though. All melons- and even the scent of a melon- make me gag.

Katie March 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

How odd! I wonder what your tastebuds are up to. Also funny…I hated coconut until last year – I guess tastes just change sometimes for no reason. You put in a really good effort, though – I’m impressed with your dedication to like the stuff. :-)

Ryan @ Aloha Appetite March 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

That is tragic. I hope you can “put the milk in the coconut” again soon. Recently, completely out of my control, my mouth has started to puff up and tingle when I eat pineapple. I’m afraid I may be becoming allergic and I am praying it goes away!

Katie March 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

I want this Peanutbutter !!! I am dying to try it and the cookies look amazing! I love simple recipes that are yummy! It’s how I roll ; )

Have a great day love! xoxo <3

Nicole, RD March 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

That tropical take on the nut butter sounds delicious to me! I could see where it could go entirely wrong, though. The cookies look so chewy and delicious!!

Rassa March 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Give me the dang butter…mmmm…I love coconut to the point that I am considering buying my cat food at Mounds since you get a free mounds bar…no, I’m seriously considering it.

sophia March 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I get the same gag reflex with cooked carrots. Urgh.

I used that coconut PB to make a sweet potato and brussels hash:

It was amazing that way. You can also just use the sauce to toss with roasted vegetables. :-)

Naomi March 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

aww sorry you didnt have a pleasant experience…your pictures are awesome anyways :) and the cookies look DARN good!

Jess March 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Ahhh, I ADORE coconut.. how can you not?! Just kidding :)

Mackenzie March 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I am SO sorry. As a lactose intolerant individual, I cherish the coconut because it makes my life creamy. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time… :)

Ashey @ 365 things March 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

Yea, coconut is like the only food I can’t eat. It’s a texture thing, but I’ve never really cared for the taste either. So no coconut pb or pina coladas for me!

Emma (ecoprincess) March 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

Yum, those cookies look good! Never seen ones that look like that before, without flour! Definitely going to have to try them =)

Stephanie @ MyThorns Have Roses March 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Oh goodness. I’ll take your share of coconut in the world. :) and olives and mushrooms and canteloupe and grapefruit.

Kaitlin With Honey March 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm

You sure you’re not preggers?

No, in all seriousness, that’s so sad! I put coconut in almost as many things as I put parmesan in. Never together, though. That would be weird.

Please excuse the ten day-late comment. I’m catching up on the blog world!

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