Delicious With Coconut

August 15, 2011

What’s this crazy fabric on my leg!?!


Must be some kind of new mosquito repellant. I haven’t seen anything like it since..April?

It’s so cool here…and there’s evidence of the storms all over town. I biked to Body Pump and back and couldn’t believe all the branches down – and gas stations down!


[Photo courtesy of @marijean]

The power is still not back at the bakery, but the roof is all fixed. Matt is there receiving our weekly food order. Thank goodness wheat, nuts, seeds, honey and salt are all shelf stable and require no lights!


When I returned from my outing I whipped up this amazing recipe for lunch –


Coconut Black Bean Dip

A little sweet, a little savory, a lot tropical! This dip reminds me of my Coconut Mole Burgers, although there’s no chocolate involved in this one. Coconut, a touch of sweetness from maple syrup and crunchy pecans make black beans jaw-droppingly delicious. I used made-from-scratch beans but you can use 1 can too. I happened to have cream cheese on hand for a recipe and have slowly been using it up. I think it’s pretty key to the recipe. You could try this with greek yogurt, but I’d strain it first so it’s super thick.


  • 1.5 cups black beans (about 1 can)
  • 1/3 cup coconut (mine was unsweet from the bakery)
  • 3 heaping tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans


  1. Mix first 5 ingredients in food processor and blend until a dip-paste.
  2. Pulse in pecans.


I served the dip on a big salad of greens and lima beans, with salt and no dressing – let the dip speak for itself.

Well, if it’s not overpowered by amazing goat feta cheese!! I love this even more than soft goat cheese, although it’s twice as expensive, so it’s a once-a-month treat only from now on!


Loved the lima beans in this too! My new favorite bean.


Cherries on the side!



Dentist time. I have no reason to believe I have any cavities, but I have been nibbling on a lot more sweets and carbs than I used to, ahem bakery owner, so I’m terribly nervous!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Fascinated by this recipe – I might try it with the chive/onion cream cheese I have at home.


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I can’t believe that storm did so much damage. Hopefully everyone is okay.

Hope the power comes back soon :)


3 Emily August 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

That bean dip looks awesome! I think I could try it with a substitution for the cream cheese, maybe trader joe’s goats milk cream cheese?? Good luck today!!


4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

How did you even think of that recipe? So unique! Definitely going to try that out soon.


5 Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I love anything coconut so I’ll definitely have to try the dip! Hope the power comes back on soon, that is definitely a huge bummer.


6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I didn’t know those storm were so bad!

I’ve never thought to add cream cheese to a bean dip… I typically go the route of Greek yogurt. Cream cheese and coconut would be a cool change up! Maybe even with a little heat on the end? (I’m a spice addict!)


7 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

It’s cooler here in Alabama too! I was able to walk the dogs this morning after 10:00 without feeling like I was going to kill them :-)


8 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Wow, check you out with the jeans! I am going to hold out on that one AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!

And geez, damage! Not much on my side of town, but it definitely was a big storm. Hope the power comes back on for the bakery soon. Do you think you’ll be able to open tomorrow?


9 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

If the power is back we will be..


10 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama August 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Great looking recipe! The flavors sound fantastic.


11 Johanna B August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The dip is definitely going into my KERF notebook to try soon.


12 Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Wow, that’s some storm! Hope you’re back up and running soon.
P.S. Big coconut fan here, have never tried it with black beans:)


13 Lorin August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Wow, how was it biking? Seems like it would be pretty windy and hard to pedal against! I hope the day gets better :)


14 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

well the storms are over!


15 Lorin August 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Oh, haha, that makes sense then. I was thinking ‘dang, she is hard core with the biking!’. Although one time I biked to a friend’s house in the rain and the water spewed up from the road and my butt got all wet so they gave me sweatpants to change into so it didn’t look like I peed myself. :p


16 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Wow can’t believe that gas station! Crazy!


17 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

What a fun recipe! I actually have a bit of cream cheese on hand too… It’s rare but adds so much to dishes!


18 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

What an original recipe! Unusual flavours :)

I can’t believe the picture of the gas station!


19 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

:( Those post-storm pictures remind me of what it looks like in Oklahoma City.

I am *always* nervous before going to the dentist no matter how good I’ve been!


20 Jennifer August 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

such an interesting blend of flavors! Sounds delicious.


21 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Yey! Recipe post 😀

I guess something good (this awesome looking bean dip) did come out of this morning’s catastrophe! Hope all is well


22 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

That sounds like an interesting mix for the dip….but could be worth a try!

Those pictures are crazy! What a storm :(


23 Mindy August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I can’t get over the damage there!! I’m in Roanoke, VA… just a measly 2.25 hours up the road from you guys… Last night the nightly news mentioned hail… but I figured it was way up in the mountains somewhere… far far from civilization… Guess not!! So sorry to hear about the roof and the power!!! Fingers crossed you’re back up and running quick!!


24 Baking N Books August 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

What kind of coconut? Do you mean the meat of an actual coconut?

Dentists are…expensive! Yikes, no health insurance really racks it up. I guess it can be put towards taxes though…still – should have been a dentist! :)


25 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Shredded coconut from a bag


26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Wow, that is so creative Kath!! Looks like you guys are getting some crazy weather. Stay dry! :)


27 katie @KatieDid August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

My jaw dropped at that gas station image, omg!! It must have been some storm down there. I’m loving your new recipe focus (well I know you’ve always had recipes, but I feel like its been more lately!). This one looks so unique and delicious.


28 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I just format them better now :) Thanks to Recipage making me want to make it super easy to post them there too!


29 Mel August 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

That storm looks crazy! That kind of weather is so rare here in the PAC NW! It’s pretty much rain or sunshine…predictable, but I’ll take it!


30 Lizzie @TheMonthOfVegust August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Yikes! Glad the roof is back. We’ve had some crazy storms in Cville in the past year or so!

Any suggestions for what to use as a vegan alternative to the cream cheese or yogurt?


31 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hmmm…something thick and creamy ….actually tofu might work!? I’m not sure you’d really want the flavor of tofu though. Do they make sweet tofus? OMG that would be good!! Coconut tofu!


32 Lizzie @TheMonthOfVegust August 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Yum, that would be delish! I’ll have to look around…

Hoping to stop into GH sometime soon when your power is back! Hope you have a few vegan options there.


33 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) August 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Here ya go. Sunrise makes great coconut tofu dessert (4th from the top) It’s sweet and coconutty, not to mention decent 5 g of protein per serving.

Not sure if its sold in the U.S. though. [Said while sticking out proudly my Canadian chest, as we’re too used to missing on awesome stuff such as OpenSky and Great Harvest over here. FINALLY, found something good that *may* not be available in the States ;)]


34 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:40 am



35 Krystina (Organically Me) August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Interesting – it’s mostly a sweet dip. Super creative. 😀


36 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I just stumbled across your blog :) Love it! That dip looks great.. I haven’t seen much like it but i’m dying to try it!


37 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Thanks and welcome!


38 Margo @ peanut butter trees August 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hope the dentist goes okay! Think happy teeth! :)


39 Kathy W. August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Maybe the hole in your roof = no holes in your teeth? seems like “karma” should work that way :)

Hope the roof is fixed by now & power back on!


40 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

It’s feeling AMAZING here, too!! Ohh I can’t wait until fall!


41 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh my! I hope the bakery and your town are okay. NC has had some bad storms too, and tornadoes. I hope all is well with your teeth. I hate the dentist, bleh.


42 Hillary August 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I would never think to combine cream cheese and black beans, but I do have both on hand. Hmmm—I might need to try this out, Kath!


43 Rebecca August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

That dip combination looks sooo good. I pretty much love anything with coconut. What would you serve it with for dipping? Chips or veggies, or something more sweet like apple slices? You’ve got my mind spinning…


44 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Salad toppet, sandwich spread, raw veggies


45 Patty @ Foodie and the Beats August 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Anything with coconut is a-ok in my book. Will have to try this.

And, I hate visiting the dentist too!

Any chance you have a minute to check out my post about your blog and Great Harvest Bread? As a new blogger, I’d love your advice or tips!


46 Cait's Plate August 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Don’t be nervous – I bet you’re good to go :)

I didn’t buy cherries this week and this post just made me regret that decision – I may have to make a grocery store trip now!

Also – I wore pants for the first time in a LOOOONG time today and it felt SO odd (and made me kind of excited for jeans/pants/sweater weather!)


47 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Wow that picture is crazy!! Looks like you guys have had some major weather and storms move through…hope the power gets back on, soon!

And the coconut dip looks so creative. I use coconut and coconut oil as the base for my chocolate coconut kale chips and it’s one of those things that is like, could coconut work with kale? With beans? And yep, it does :)


48 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Mmm some sweet pita chips or veggies would seem to pair perfectly with that dip. I’m trying it!


49 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well August 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love this recipe!!! I have a block of cream cheese that I’m looking to use up along with some pecans and a can of black beans :)


50 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

that recipe looks delicious! hopefully I’ll be able to give it a try for bringing to law school during the semester!


51 kaila @ healthy helper! August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’ve been loving black bean dip lately too! The stuff i’m using is store bought…but still delicious!


52 Namaste Gurl August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

That dip looks delicious- looks like your creative wheels were spinning :-) Must try out soon, and I have yet to try out your coconut mole burger!
Could I sub cashews for the pecans? Probably would make more tropical, and maybe a squeeze of lime as well :)


53 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm



54 sara @ real fun food August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Kath, that dip looks like one of your best recipes. I say that because I’m in love with all those ingredients and never would have thought of putting them together. I’m definitely going to try it! Thanks so much for posting!


55 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I hope you get the power back soon.

That dip looks delish!

Good luck at the dentist!


56 CJ @ August 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

That bean dip looks fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!


57 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I wore jeans today too! Although it wasn’t quite cool enough yet- and I immediately regretted this decision!


58 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh wow, what a crazy storm! I think it has travelled north to where I live – I’m hearing some rumblings outside right now!


59 Erica August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wow! I didn’t realize y’all got such bad storms! What a fun dip!!


60 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

oh wowww I hope you guys stay really safe! Please take care okay? :)


61 rumfunandsun August 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Black beans and coconut….I’m skeptical.

I am so jealous of you have a cool spell. Not that I want it cold but if it could just be below 90 for a day I would be so very pumped!


62 Laura @ Backstage Balance August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Can I say, your photos of the cherries are among the most beautiful food photographs I’ve ever seen!

What a scary storm – seems like there is some pretty serious damage. Have you heard if anyone was injured? I certainly hope not :-(


63 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm



64 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ooh what a great combo! I would have never thought of coconut and black beans. Yum!


65 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thanks for another creative and yummy recipe. Black beans and coconut are right up my alley.


66 Melinda R. August 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Wow! What a recipe! This is my first time visiting yuor site- Love the coconut black bean dip…different, but amazing on a salad! Thanks for sharing – stay safe!


Melinda R.


67 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Welcome Melinda!


68 Amy* August 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Coconut and black beans? I’m intrigued! Sorry to hear the power is out at the bakery. That’s gotta be stressful. I’m crossing my fingers that it’s back in no time.*


69 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

oh my – what wild weather indeed!


70 Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

What??? That dip is genious! If I didn’t just consume WAY too much dip in the past 30 minutes I would be whipping it up right now. Putiing it on my list for tomorrow! :) Your blog amazes me every day. :)


71 Kat @ Cupcake Kat August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

It is so cold where I am too! It sucks because I badly want to go for a bike ride, maybe I will just because you did. This dip looks so yummy!!


72 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

What a great recipe! very intersting. I am excited to try it and see what it tastes like :)


73 Chelsey @ Chew with Your Mouth Open August 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

WOW! What a day! Here is WA state we never stop wearing jeans and it seems it is always raining. However, we rarely have “storms”. The one you’re experiencing looks awful! I hope everything clears up soon without too much damage. Fingers crossed that your power is back on!


74 Sara August 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hope you get power back soon!


75 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Awesome recipe!! Unique combination, but I bet it’s rockin’.

I’m glad things are ok at the bakery and I hope the power is back soon!! OH and yay for no cavities!!


76 Kaitlyn August 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

That dip looks scrumptious! Something I definitely need to bookmark :)
And I’m sorry your power went out — even here in PA we had crazy thunderstorms!


77 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco August 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Whoa! That fallen gas station looks insane! I hope everything is okay over there. This dip looks amazing and I may have to make it! Right now! 😉


78 Hannah August 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

OMG THAT DIP. Amazepants!


79 lynn @ the actor's diet August 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

yum! that dip sounds delish. i follow you on twitter so i already know your teeth are golden – congrats!


80 Angel7 August 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I have not had any cavities all my life, thanks to the fact that I do not have much of a sweet tooth! Hopefully, I do not have any cavities next time I go to the dentist!


81 Halley (Blunder Construction) August 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Today was also the first cool day we’ve had here in Boston. I wore pants for the first time in long time, too!


82 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Those storms sound crazy! I feel pretty dorky for complaining about “light rain” now haha..


83 Kristen, Sweetly August 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

jeans as mosquito repellent. definitely been there.

that photo looks tragic… it just started storming again here. i hope your power gets repaired soon!! try to stay positive, we know how you at that you are.


84 Christine @ BookishlyB August 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ve had a million cavities :( And I’m a copious brusher and flosser- I think it just depends on your enamel. Good luck!


85 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl August 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Coconut is SO amazing. I am seriously putting it in everything lately. I am trying it in sweet potatoes tomorrow! I cannot wait!


86 Kristina @ Love and Zest August 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

YUM! What a great flavor combo! Great idea.


87 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

North Carolina had spectacular weather today too…it stormed then cooled off for a lovely day.


88 Alaina August 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Whoa, that gas station pic is insane! Hopefully the weather had died down and you’ll be up and running again in no time!

I wore jeans today too for the first time in months! It’s cold and rainy up here in MA.


89 Sana August 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Omg that poor gas station!


90 Khushboo August 16, 2011 at 12:38 am

I have a dentist appointment in an hour- I’m nervouss!


91 Samantha August 16, 2011 at 10:03 am


I have a question. I’ve been heavily constipated the last 3 days (a running issue with me that my doctors proclaim a result of stress-related IBS, anxiety, depression). How on earth do I eat anymore? I need to fix this now. No energy and so very bloated hard and uncomfortable. I don’t eat beans or anything. Would it be a mistake to have them now. I’m lost Kath. Any quick tips on what to start doing NOW to combat this multiple-day heck? Sorry if TMI. I just had to ask!


92 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hey Samantha,
I’m really sorry to hear this, but I’m not a doctor so I can’t offer any advice!


93 becca @ bellebottoms August 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

yum! i’m going to have to make this for my next weekly Sunday dinner as a little nosh beforehand!!


94 Val W. August 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

I am diggin’ the bowl that you put your cherries in. Super cute design! Do you mind telling me where you got it?


95 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 9:25 am



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