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 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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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:
- season a wok
- stir fry
- 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
- honey ‘butter’
- magic shell
- 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!