I found some raw organic coconut oil (solid) that is on sale and I was wondering, what kind of recipes could I use this in? I guess I could use it making raw cookies, raw crust, not sure what else?
I will use it sparingly in recipes that are chilled and need to be somewhat solid, such as fudge or ice cream. The oil helps it solidify.
It's good for hair or skin too.
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I tried it in corn chips. The corn chips didn't turn out but it wasn't because of the coconut oil. No corn chips I've made have turned out. Tried it in some breakfast cookies. They were not raw but done in the dehydrator. Didn't work. The oil just leaked out. Put some in RP's brownies. That worked!
Originally Posted by Angelic
I've heard of people mixing it with a little raw sweetener (honey, agave, etc) and raw carob or cacao and forming into little balls and freezing. Never tried it though....
I just like to eat a little spoonful plain. It tastes perfect plain to me...I can only handle one spoonful though, or else I get sick.
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I like to add it to my green smoothies. I only use a little bit(maybe a tsp), otherwise it realllly overpowers the smoothie
i drop it in my green smoothies too.. usually about a tablespoon..
what is the cocnut oil good for - other than hair and skin? Is there some other nutritional value?
I don't use coconut oil. Maybe it is from my many years as a vegetarian and I know that it can be solid at room temperature.
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Yes. It is solid in the jar but it melts very easily. Put a bit in your hand and it melts. And during this last batch of hot weather, mine melted.
Originally Posted by spicyfull
I love the smell of it - open the jar and I think I am in heaven. Coconut heaven that is ;)
I like to pour it over some fruit in the morning or have a teaspoon in my smoothie when I have some.
I haven't seen any weightloss but so many good things are attributed to this oil that I just think it's healthy for you. And it tastes good too ;)
I also put some in my nutbutters when I make them myself, gives them a nice coco-taste that isn't overpowering.
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I just learned...
that there are two different kinds of coconut oil, scented and unscented. I bought white, extra virgin coconut oil and it has a strong smell and taste. Later I was reading another jar of yellowish, more processed, regular coconut oil and it was saying something about "...neutral flavor..." and I'm like, "WHAT NEUTRAL FLAVOR!!! NO WAY!!!" (because I thought it was the same flavor). Then recently, I was is a raw dessert class and learned about the difference between white, scented, strong-flavored, extra virgin coconut oil and yellowish, unscented, more neutral-flavored, more processed, regular coconut oil.
Later when I went to purchase the regular kind for a recipe I read the two jars of the same brand and the regular said "neutral flavor" and the extra virgin said "unique flavor."
How many of you knew about the 2 flavors of coconut oils? How many of you didn't?
PS The one you want to use for losing weight and more health benefits is extra virgin, but the other one is good for certain recipes.
I bought Nutiva. It's white, lightly scented and has a very mild taste to it. However, my friend said that of the two they sell at the health food store, this one is the more strongly flavored. Hmmm... I will have to look again. I don't think I've ever seen any that is yellowish.
Originally Posted by Minnie
Wow! I had no idea that coconut oil had so many uses and good benefits :) , I will definitely get some..the one they were selling was raw, organic, I hope it is still on sale. Thanks for all the ideas!
thanks to everyone with all the information. I am off to find some right now.
My local health food store sells extra virgin coconut oil that is both scented and unscented. I have one of each. My husband was starting to enjoy his food with the unscented one but now he is considering raw. I can't handle much oil in my food at all until I found coconut oil. I often like to shop at the Asian markets for items I can't get elsewhere (like watercress and coconuts and tamarind!) Recently I checked their brand of coconut oil. YECCHHHH!!! It has a stale petroleum product used exhaust smell. I wouldn't want it in my food, on my skin, my hair my dog! Now I have to really search for items to buy with my coconuts there because I don't need the spices anymore!
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