How to Use Coconut Oil in Cooking and Baking

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Have you started to use coconut oil yet? You’ve seen the pins, you’ve seen the posts in your feed, coconut oil is everywhere! I’ve seen lots and lots of ways to use it for beauty and personal care, but not as many in the kitchen. I was unsure myself so I started to experiment to see what worked.

Coconut oil has a ton of health benefits that I won’t rehash, just Google it Smile but what really drew me to coconut oil was that it was so versatile and that it was a small and simple change that could have a huge impact on your overall health! Trading out vegetable/canola oils that are GMO’S and partially hydrogenated, for coconut oil that is organic and cold pressed is simple and anyone can do it to invest in their long term overall health.

I picked up a jar from Trader Joe’s a while back have really loved finding all sorts of uses for it. I first tried Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil, but saw I was going to go through it quickly so I got a gallon of Tropical Traditions.

I use coconut oil to pop stove top popcorn,

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to season my wok and cook stir fry, to fry eggs, and sauté vegetables.
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You can also use coconut oil in baking as a butter substitute!  It can be used 1:1, so if your recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons of butter, you can use 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil. And you can also substitute it for vegetable oil or olive oil. In this case you would want to make sure the coconut oil is melted down first. So you can use coconut oil to make pancakes, waffles, and brownies, and cookies!
I just made some cookies recently, go check out the recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies on my blog!
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I really encourage you to make this simple swap! Coconut oil, in my opinion, is worth the investment because not only can you use it in the kitchen for cooking and baking, but there are tons of ways to use it around the house and on your body. It won’t go to waste!

For easier reference, here are all the ways I could think of to use coconut oil in the kitchen:

  • popcorn
  • season a wok
  • stir fry
  • eggs
  • frying foods
  • sauté vegetables
  • in homemade baby food to increase good calories
  • coat a frying pan (TJ’s even has a cooking spray – so much healthier than Pam etc.)
  • in coffee or hot chocolate
  • in waffle/pancake/brownie mixes
  • to bake cookies
  • fry quesadillas
  • pie crusts
  • mix with honey to bind homemade granola
  • wilting greens
  • in raw flaxseed/almond ‘burgers’
  • add to oatmeal
  • pizza crust
  • homemade salad dressings
  • homemade pudding
  • cookies
  • muffins
  • honey ‘butter’
  • biscuits
  • magic shell
  • truffles
  • fudge
  • no bake cookies

and I’m sure I’m missing some…Go out there and try it in your cooking and baking next time your recipe calls for butter or oil, try the swap. See how you like it and make a small switch that will be better for you!

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    • says

      Hey Heidi, great question! It all depends on the kind of coconut oil. The Virgin coconut oils will have a light taste of coconut, nothing overwhelming and often you don’t taste it in the cooking. The virgin oils are the best quality and best health wise. Cold expeller pressed coconut oils have been lightly processed and should have a bland or neutral flavor. Jump over to my cookie recipe where I have links to where you can find the flavorless kind.

  1. says

    Last time I used coconut oil as a substitute in baking it solidified when I added it to the other ingredients that were slightly cold and I ended up with oil chunks that didn’t incorporate well with the rest of the ingredients. Does this make sense? How do I avoid that?


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