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The Lucy Bee Cookbook Launch

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Last month I went to the Lucy Bee Cookbook launch in London. This new hardback book will become a kitchen essential if you are interested in learning more about coconut oil – a very versatile and increasingly popular ingredient!

Lucy Bee cookbook

The launch took place at the Good Housekeeping Institute and when I was there I met Lucy Bee’s mum, Natalie who I enjoyed chatting to. The Lucy Bee business run by herself and her husband bears her daughter’s name as Lucy Bee was the inspiration for this venture.

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Lucy was diagnosed with coeliac disease as a child of just 18 months old and it took a while to work out what was wrong. Once understood, they could manage the condition with a healthy diet of natural, unprocessed foods but they were missing a piece of the jigsaw for healthy oils and fats. This all changed in 2007 when the family were introduced to coconut oil, a healthy fat. Now this family run business employs many family members and imports their 100% natural extra virgin organic raw coconut oil from the Philippines and Solomon Islands.

Book launch kitchen demo

A cooking demonstration at the book launch

Now the family sells Lucy Bee Raw Coconut Oil in Sainsbury’s and independent health food stores, and also online at Amazon. They have just published this first cookbook which contains more than 100 recipes including healthy dishes and baked treats to nurture your body. I tried out the recipe for Oat & Raisin Cookie Chunks which I have detailed below:

Oat & Raisin Cookie Chunks

Oat & Raisin Cookie Chunks
Ingredients:

  • 75g Lucy Bee coconut oil
  • 50g honey
  • 50g coconut sugar
  • 40g gluten-free plain flour
  • 40g ground almonds
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g oats
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 175g raisins
  • 75g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) broken into small pieces
  • Makes about 30 chunks

    Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4. Lightly grease a baking tray and line with baking parchment.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low heat then remove from the heat and mix in the honey and coconut sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda, oats and salt. Stir in the melted coconut oil, honey and sugar mixture then add the egg and raisins and mix well. Stir in the chocolate and combine using a wooden spoon.
  • Spread the mixture onto the lined baking tray and level it out to ensure even cooking.
  • Bake for 12 minutes then leave to cool completely before breaking into chunks.
  • This recipe is gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian.

    The recipe was easy to follow and took me about 20 minutes to prepare. I got most of the ingredients from my usual supermarket but I did go to Holland & Barrett for the coconut sugar and the Himalayan salt. However I do know that Lucy Bee plans to launch her own range of cooking ingredients such as these next month so do keep an eye on their website for details! The oat and raisin cookie chunks were delicious and very filling – making them a perfect after school snack for kids or something to enjoy on a cold night with a cup of tea for you!

    I will enjoy using my Lucy Bee cookbook this winter to drum up some new recipes for the family. Thank you to Lucy Bee for inviting me to your book launch and giving me a cookbook to review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

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    Comments to The Lucy Bee Cookbook Launch

    • I think I’d love these cookie chunks. I’m a big fan of the smell of coconut, so I think I’ll need to try out cooking with coconut oil.

      Astrid 21st October 2015 9:50 am Reply
      • Good luck with it!

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:54 pm Reply
    • I love coconuts, whatever they are in I love them, I just don’t like cooking with it x

      Rachel 21st October 2015 4:49 pm Reply
      • Do you ever use the coconut oil for beauty treatments? x

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:54 pm Reply
    • the recipe looks good! We use coconut oil for a lot of things now and find it’s great, especially for sweet treats!

      Sarah Ebner 21st October 2015 6:42 pm Reply
      • You and me both Sarah!

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:54 pm Reply
    • Oh this is really interesting. I was introduced to bulletproof coffee this week and that has coconut oil in it

      Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 21st October 2015 7:10 pm Reply
      • Wow- cool!

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:53 pm Reply
    • The book sounds like a great asset and a must have for any health conscious reader out there, myself included, we love cooking with coconut oil and have been trying to include it more into our diets due to its many benefits.xx

      oana79 21st October 2015 10:47 pm Reply
      • Am glad you like it – thanks Oana! x

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:53 pm Reply
    • I have coconut oil in my cupboard and have no idea what to do with it – will go and get her recipe book now

      Kara 22nd October 2015 7:41 am Reply
      • Ooh Kara, you can make food with it but also loads of beauty treatments! I’ll have to do another post about those! x

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:52 pm Reply
    • I love coconut but don’t use it a lot when cooking. Will have to try coconut oil.

      Helen Neale 25th October 2015 6:41 pm Reply
    • I must give coconut oil a try, keep hearing great things about it!

      Sonya Cisco 26th October 2015 9:04 am Reply
      • It’s fab for beauty too Sonia – I rub it into my elbows for the dry skin!

        Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:46 pm Reply
    • Ooh those cookie chunks look fabulous Nadine! I keep hearing great things about coconut oil although we don’t tend to use it at home. I keep thinking about doing a whole meal plan thing each week but it’s not quite happened yet!

      Charly Dove 26th October 2015 11:48 am Reply
      • They are so moreish!

        Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:46 pm Reply
    • So I’ve finally hopped on over to your blog (after meeting you at Britmums all those months ago), and I was super excited to see my coconut oil brand of choice taking centre-stage on your blog. I would love to have this book in my life. We use coconut oil in our cooking, and I use it on my children’s skin and hair. My elder son is prone to rashes from dry skin, and coconut oil has been the best remedy for his skin. We use it in our smoothies, in our cooking, in our breakfast. And it is all Lucy Bee. Amazing stuff, and great brand xx

      Fiona @ Free Range Chick 14th November 2015 9:06 pm Reply
      • Aww- great to see you over here Fiona!! It was such fun meeting you all those months ago – it’s about half a year, can you believe it! I’ve been using the Lucy Bee coconut oil in loads of dishes, I even got the Deliciously Ella cookbook at BritMums Live and she uses a lot of coconut oil too so I’ve been using Lucy Bee in her recipes too! I’m making another Lucy Bee treat this week if I get chance. The recipes are so tasty! xx

        Nadine Hill 16th November 2015 11:26 am Reply

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