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!
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.
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.
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
Makes about 30 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.