Spending all day cramped behind an office desk, hardly seeing a decent hour of sunlight and more importantly, not spending enough valuable time as a family, my husband and I thought; ‘This can’t be right, and it certainly can’t be healthy.’ So began our exodus from city life. In 2006 we sold our house, threw out our ‘stuff’ and drove out of Sydney with our children and only the essential possessions. Soon after we all moved aboard our 35ft sailing ketch and began sailing the North East Coast of Australia.
Living on a boat is healthy. Healthy eating is harder. Away from land, refrigeration and fresh food, it was still important to us that we ate well. Cruising yachties have a bit of a reputation for living entirely on tinned food and powdered milk. That in mind I was curious when at a beachside market I noticed a stall selling cold pressed coconut oil. “Miracle Oil” I was told. Coconut oil could take the high temperatures of North Queensland (no air conditioning on the boat), has a long shelf life and, with a high smoke point, I could cook and even deep fry with it. Also it was an a oil that tasted pleasant, was raw and had a great deal of health benefits. As for the miracle tag, we have come to agree, for we have been using it ever since. Our boat constantly had the fragrance of coconut drifting through the galley as we cooked fresh-catch fish with it, made sweet desserts, mixed it with fruit beverages and just about anything else we could think of. We added a small jar to our first-aid kit and found that applying it to coral cuts and mosquito bites worked better than most commercial products. We applied it to our hair after swimming in sea water and used it as a massage oil to ease away the physical aches and pains of our island adventures.
After our daughter was born, we were back on land again. But what to do? Cook of course! And cook we did, with a renewed appreciation for a 'larger' kitchen. All that space, all that fresh food. And now that we were fully confirmed devotees of coconut oil many new recipes to try. What luxury! We ate much more raw food. Fresh fruit plates with hunks of freshly stone-ground nut butter and coconut. Roasted veges drizzled with honey and melted coconut oil and the children's favourite, coconut ice cream made with... you guessed it. After moving back to colder temperatures we found that our coconut oil was firm and could now be used like a butter which opened up some interesting new recipe ideas. Ever tried frozen chocolates made with coconut oil and honey? Yum.
Serving dessert or baking has always been a way to communicate love. But I had begun to wonder how much love I was showing by loading my family up with white flour and sugar. I began to research new ingredients and healthier ways of eating. I experimented with honey, agave, raw cacao and fruit as sweeteners and swapped carbohydrates for protein by using ground nut and coconut flour as baking alternatives. Now that there was room for two in the kitchen my husband Steven began to join in, creating healthy coconut chocolates and sweets for our children, friends and of course for each other. It was a pleasure, perfecting his coconut butter recipes, with our children as eager testers, and of course the confirmed chocolate addict, his wife. After trying out his recipes on friends and receiving encouragement, it seemed other people might think that our coconut butters were as delicious as we did. When a family member commented, “A parent could give their child a Mars Bar, or they might want to give them this, which is better? The idea for Cocopure was born.
Cocopure is a family business. We are dedicated to creating unique and delicious health food and body care products handcrafted the old fashioned way. All of our products are prepared from the most nutritious and wholesome natural ingredients available. We are located in the sunny Central Coast of New South Wales.