Cooling Watermelon ‘Cake’ Recipe from Paleo Cupboard

Tasty and cooling all in one!

Ingredients
1 large seedless watermelon
2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 cup sliced raw almonds
Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)

Instructions
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.

2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: I always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream.

3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.

TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS

1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.

2. Add the sliced almonds and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

TO ASSEMBLE

1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want (I recommend 6-8 slices depending on the size of the watermelon).

2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better).

3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and your favorite fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

There are paramount benefits attributed to combining Acupuncture and Nutrition, with centuries of tried and true approaches stemming from Chinese Culture as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutics. The information mentioned above is just a recommendation, and may not be suitable for every individual. Please speak with your doctor, or contact Portland based Acupuncturist, Boynn McIntire at All and One Acupuncture for more nutrition tips and guidelines appropriate for you.

-Written on behalf of All and one Acupuncture by: Diana Beilman, Clinic Assistant & Master’s Student in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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