Since going paleo, I don’t miss a lot of things. I don’t miss the sweet tangy smell of fresh baked sourdough bread. I don’t miss the slurpy, saucy goodness of noodles covered in cream sauce. I don’t miss peach bellinis. I don’t miss cheesecake smothered in berry sauce and I sure as hell don’t miss the fluffy goodness of white flour based cakes!
Aw snap! Who am I kidding? OF COURSE I miss those things….sometimes. I do really miss bread based foods, but only when I’m at some fancy-pants restaurant that serves meat and cheese platters that come with 1:1 ratio of meat/cheese and bread or crackers. When I ask the waitress if she can sub extra olives/cheese/meat/fruit/spreads/anything for the bread, I usually get a bemused smirk and a “I’ll see what the kitchen says…” as she runs off laughing back to her cohorts in the kitchen. Sometimes I get an extra pickle.
But one thing I really started to miss was crunchy things. Chips covered in salty, lick your fingers goodness mostly. I mean, how are you supposed to eat all these dips without CHIPS?! Then again, most paleo-friendly dips don’t need chips. I just need a spoon or some kind of vegetable stick that acts like a shovel to my pie-hole.
These coconut chips though? That shit right there is amaze-balls. They are crunchy. They are salty. They are sweet (a bit reminiscent of caramel really). They will blow your socks off. In a good way. And then you’ll have to make them again…and again.
I was inspired to make these after a trip to Trader Joes while at the Games a couple weeks ago. They have these bags of coconut chips for $1.99 that are sweet, salty and crunchy. The description said they were soaked in fresh, young coconut milk and then toasted with a touch of sugar and salt. I made mine better, duh.
With a little forethought, you could probably make a batch of these every week to satisfy any crunchy cravings you have. Sprinkle them on yogurt (if you do dairy) or coconut milk ice cream (you’re welcome) or just eat em straight out of the container and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Similarly delicious recipes from other fabulous Paleo food blogs:
Savoury Coconut Flakes from Our Paleo Life
Caramelized Coconut Chips from The Clothes Make the Girl
Cocoa Cinnamon Coconut Chips from Dummies.com: Paleo Diet Recipes
Curried Coconut Flake Chips from Real Sustenance