Coconut oil has been gaining popularity as a heart-healthy superfood, despite recent controversy as to whether or not it’s saturated fat content is harmful.
Like any other fat, coconut oil should be consumed in moderation to enjoy the health benefits without the risks. Not only can coconut oil help fight off bacteria and viruses, it helps control blood sugar, boost thyroid function, reduce cholesterol, and can help aid in weight loss.
In fact, a study done in 2009 indicated that participants had reduced abdominal fat (which is the hardest to lose).
Vegan Chocolate Cake
This moist vegan chocolate cake uses coconut oil in the icing. It also incorporates Rapadura or evaporated cane sugar juice in the cake.
The recipe calls for ingredients to create a heart-shaped cake, but gives instructions on adjustments that can make a round or sheet cake.
Get the recipe here: http://grist.org/food/my-vegan-valentine/
Grain-Free Protein Bars
These protein bars are good for people who are avoiding grains or gluten. You can make these snacks in bulk, then freeze the rest until you’re ready for them.
It’s not only cheaper than buying individually-wrapped protein bars, but it’s healthier, and more convenient in the long run. The bars get an added superfoods boost with protein powder and coconut oil.
Get the recipe here: http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-protein-bars/
Super Moist Banana Bread
This banana bread swaps out the normal amount of butter, replacing it with virgin coconut oil and cream cheese. Now you can enjoy this incredibly moist banana bread and not feel guilty for adding a dollop of butter on top.
Get the recipe here: http://chezus.com/2011/04/14/super-moist-banana-bread/
GAPS Hot Chocolate
GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which is a diet based around celiac disease and is followed by many who have gluten intolerance or any other GI disease. This hot chocolate is low oxalate and is easy to make by popping the ingredients in the blender and then boiling them with water.
Get the recipe here: http://www.lovingourguts.com/gaps-hot-chocolate/
Kefir is a superfood that is a dairy, yogurt-like cultured drink that contains actively growing bacteria and yeast. Combine kefir with coconut oil to create a delicious-tasting superfood smoothie. There is an added recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Kefir Ice Cream too!
Get the recipe here: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2010/09/kefir-recipes/
Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste
You don’t have to just use coconut oil in edibles. The recipe gives tips on how to keep it from hardening when the weather is cooler. It adds green stevia powder to prevent a bitter taste and castile-style soap to give it a foamy texture that is expected when using toothpaste.
Get the recipe here: http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2012/12/make-your-own-homemade-coconut-oil-toothpaste-recipe-featured-on-coconutoil-com/
Crazy Good Coconut Oil “Chocolate Bark”
This chocolate bark is easy to make and is vegan, gluten free, grain free, processed sugar-free, soy free, and raw. It is a no-bake recipe that features virgin coconut oil, cocoa, and pure maple syrup. Add your favorite toppings like nuts, dried fruit, seeds, etc.
Get the recipe here: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/03/18/crazy-good-coconut-oil-chocolate-bark/
Coconut Oil Pie Crust
Use coconut oil as a staple in pie crust to replace butter. Refrigerate your coconut oil before attempting to dice it for this recipe. Once prepared, this pie crust will bake like any other pie crust would.
Get the recipe here: http://www.callmepmc.com/coconut-oil-pie-crust/
Coconut Oil Popcorn
This popcorn is easy to make on the stove and only contains 5 ingredients. You use coconut oil instead of butter, then season it with sea salt or your favorite topping.
Get the recipe here: http://www.persnicketyplates.com/coconut-oil-popcorn/
Paleo Coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce
For anyone who is on a dairy free diet, coconut oil hollandaise sauce is a great alternative. While the coconut oil version is a little thinner than its buttery counterpart, the slight hint of coconut adds extra flavor to your breakfast. This recipe is a blender version that boasts being foolproof.
Get the recipe here: http://againstallgrain.com/2012/02/21/paleo-coconut-oil-hollandaise-sauce/
Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Not only is the photography beautiful for these healthified peanut butter cupcakes, they are made with much healthier ingredients, which lets you enjoy them without the guilt.
Make a big batch, store some in the freezer, and you can eat them right out of the freezer like Hedi’s daughter does.
Get the recipe here: http://hedihearts.com/healthy-reeses-peanut-butter-cupcakes/
Coconut Almond Butter
This recipe has only 4 ingredients and gives you the superfood boost of coconut oil. It also includes raw almonds, coconut flakes, and natural honey.
Get the recipe here: http://annadventure.com/2014/09/12/coconut-almond-butter-recipe/
Coconut Oil Fudge and Coconut Oil Honey Butter
Coconut oil fudge only has 3 ingredients and the coconut oil honey butter only has 2! Both are no-bake and super easy to make.
Get the recipes here: http://blog.paleohacks.com/coconut-oil-fudge-coconut-oil-honey-butter/
Paleo Banana Pancakes for One
These healthy banana pancakes are made with organic blueberries, nutmeg, and shredded coconut. Fry them in coconut oil for superb tasting pancakes.
Cooking for more than one? Just double or triple the recipe. Drizzle some honey and extra blueberries on top.
Get the recipe here: http://www.plaidandpaleo.com/2013/06/paleo-banana-pancakes.html
Coconut Fried Bananas
These coconut fried bananas make perfect snacks or finger foods for the little ones. They are so easy to make that your kids would have fun helping coat the bananas in coconut flakes.
The recipe only takes 4 ingredients and they are fried in coconut oil to infuse the coconut flavor.
Get the recipe here: http://www.domestic360life.com/featured/coconut-fried-bananas/
Iced Coconut Mocha Cappuccino and Fudge Sauce
Sometimes referred to as an iced mochaccino, this drink is similar to iced coffee. You blend the coffee (French roast is recommended) with the ingredients, incorporating another included fudge sauce recipe.
You can also make hot cocoa from the fudge sauce recipe by adding 2 tablespoons to a cup of hot milk.
Get the recipe here: http://freecoconutrecipes.com/iced-coconut-mocha-cappuccino/
Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe
Whipping coconut oil gives it a light, fluffy texture and makes it very spreadable. Coconut oil is great for the skin and acts as a sealant to keep moisture in.
Once you whip the coconut oil, it stays soft even in the colder months.
Get the recipe here: http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2012/02/homemade-whipped-coconut-oil-body
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