There is always room for dessert. And since the beginning of this semester, St Andrews has to offer a new and exciting alternative – I am of course talking about the Sassy Coconut, the first plant-based desserts company in St Andrews, which offers delicious dessert made with natural and nourishing ingredients and 100% vegan. Here at Owl Eyes we reached out to Katie and Ella, the two student masterminds behind Sassy Coconut, to get a whole new bunch of reasons to eat more dessert.
1. Introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the The Sassy Coconut and what you do!
Hi – we’re Katie and Ella! We’re both second year students studying Management and Psychology and French and Arabic. The Sassy Coconut was founded at the beginning of this semester and is the first plant-based desserts company in St Andrews. We specialize in providing sweet treats that are 100% vegan, made from natural and nourishing ingredients. The majority of our desserts are also raw and gluten free. One of our most popular desserts is our raw vanilla-berry cheesecake – but we also enjoy experimenting with more unusual ingredients, such as our raw lemon-kale cheesecake!
2. How did the two of you meet?
We actually met in Freshers Week looking for a French Society garden party that didn’t exist! However, we became a lot closer this year after we discovered our shared passion for plant-based living – we spend far too much time experimenting in the kitchen and daydreaming about upcoming recipes.
3. How was the idea of The Sassy Coconut born?
We realised how many foodie and health-conscious students there are in St Andrews, but found it surprising that there was a real lack of plant-based desserts on offer. So, we thought it would be convenient and time-saving for students to pick up healthy desserts, without having the hassle of baking or having to make a whole cheesecake just for themselves. We love creating plant-based recipes, so thought the Sassy Coconut would be a perfect way to turn our passion into a business.
4. The name is really catchy. How did you come up with it?
We’re both sassy and we both love coconuts…only joking! We wanted our name to be fun, quirky and capture a part of our personalities. We’ve had a really positive response to the name so far and it’s exciting to overhear people talking about the Sassy Coconut when we’re out and about.
5. What is the one thing you wish you could tell all the students at St Andrews?
People often think that healthy eating is quite boring and associate it with bland salads and denial. It’s really fun to show people that sweet treats can be healthy and made from nourishing ingredients that make you feel amazing afterwards!
6. What are your plans for the future?
We’d love to carry on following our passion and making plant-based food, hopefully expanding the Sassy Coconut out of St Andrews. We’re currently working on a website and are very excited about bringing the Sassy Coconut to local events in the coming months. The ultimate dream would be to create a Sassy Coconut recipe book and set up our own plant-based deli!
7. Lastly, if you could eat only one thing for the rest of your lives, what would that be?
Katie: Omg…so difficult! I love coconuts (of course)…but it would have to be bananas – they’re so sweet, versatile and I eat them almost every day!
Ella: This is such a difficult question… but I’m going to have to go with the classic oats. I couldn’t live without my morning oats and like to get creative – some of current favourites are carrot cake oatmeal and pumpkin pie porridge!
How to order: To get your hands on your share of deliciousness, either send a message to the Sassy Coconut Facebook page or text 07792109974. The Sassy Coconut take orders for weekly desserts on Wednesday – Friday and preferably one/two weeks in advance for specialty cakes.