As a control freak, I like making my own stuff. When I ate grains and legumes, I regularly made peanut butter, bread, crackers, granola, and pasta. Now it’s more like sauerkraut, birthday cakes, and sometimes raw milk kefir and grainless granola.
But every once in a while it’s handy to have premade stuff in your pantry that you can use to fix a quick meal when you’re short of time. The drawback, of course, is the price, especially because most Paleo-ish packaged products come from the US.
This time I tried coconut wraps. I wasn’t particularly craving wraps but ever since I saw them mentioned in a Paleo blog I knew I got very curious. Pure Wraps are made out of coconut meat, coconut water, and Himalayan salt. They’re not cooked, but dehydrated. So they’re good for raw foodists, vegans, vegetarians, Paleos, Primals, low carbers, gluten intolerant, diabetics, etc. Pretty much anyone except those who have a coconut allergy or aversion. But are they as amazing as they sound?
I bought a couple of packages from Rachaels Organics. Each bag contains 4 wraps and costs $10.70. Shipping was $3. I made it a double test by trying a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks (Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed): the Waldorf tuna salad. BTW, the recipe in the book is similar to this one.
As you can see in the photo below, the wraps are not too big (that’s a regular 185 g tuna can beside it).
The wraps are very thin, yet flexible and sturdy. They’re unsurprisingly very oily (thanks to the healthy medium-chain triglycerides in coconut) and sweet. So be warned if you’re one of those persons who dislikes any hint of sweetness in your savoury meals. I didn’t mind it but would maybe prefer a flavourless wrap with other fillings.
Waldorf tuna salad in a Pure Wrap
The verdict? Factoring in taste, value, and convenience, I don’t see myself buying Pure Wraps frequently. I will probably have them once or twice a year as a special treat. I will, however, try some coconut flour tortilla/wrap recipes, and report back.
Coconut Wraps official website (US): improveat.com