[Disclosure: Vita Coco compensated me as co-owner of The Recipe ReDux to manage this recipe contest. I am therefore not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. Opinions expressed are my own.]
Do you remember the old Martha Stewart Living shows? (Think pre-incarceration). You know... the ones where she's completely unrelatable, there's all this super soothing music between scene transitions and watching it made you feel like you were a complete domestic dud?
I do. And I loved it.
I found Martha so much more enjoyable in those days. I never liked the post-incarceration studio audience show. Seriously... Martha's appeal was that she always seemed completely unrelatable and untouchable. Having to watch her interact with a live studio audience just ruined it for me.
Anyway, there was a recipe that Martha did all those years ago for a salad dressing where you boiled down apple juice (or maybe cranberry... I don't recall) to make the dressing. It was simple, clever and relatively healthy. That techinique of boiling down and concentrating liquid for a sauce stuck in my mind for years.
And it was exactly what I thought about when we launched the Vita Coco Recipe ReDux Recipe Contest.
Coconut water on it's own is refreshing, nutrient rich beverage and is fairly low in calories. It's packed with potassium and is quickly becoming a mainstay healthy beverage for millions of Americans. In fact, coconut water is the fastest growing beverage in the U.S. and Vita Coco is the market letter.
But our challenge was to move beyond the beverage glass and see how coconut water could deliver a delicious dish to the table.
My Peanut Butter-Coconut Pancake Sauce gives pancakes a nutrient & protein boost. It would also be delicious over ice cream or as a fruit dip. You could omit the sugar, stir in a little Sirarcha and make it an ideal dipper for cubes of tofu, veggies or chicken satay. It's quick, easy and versatile.
And as Martha would say, "It's a good thing."
(Need a recipe for pancakes to serve with this sauce? Check out my advice for How to Make Perfect Pancakes.)
Peanut Butter-Coconut Pancake Sauce
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 (500ml) carton Vita Coco Coconut Water
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
Pour contents of carton into a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 10 - 15 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and sugar.