There's really no denying that we go crazy for coconut. In fact, we just can't get enough. From coconut oil to dried coconut flakes, there are so many different ways to enjoy the rich, delicious flavor and the healing and energizing nutrients found in coconut. Here are 6 of our favorite ways to go absolutely coconuts.
This is one of my absolute kitchen essentials! (ok let’s be honest here, bathroom + bedroom, too!) It’s great for sautéing + baking due to it’s high cooking temperature and the subtle aroma of virgin oil makes it perfect with tropical cuisines like Thai or Jamaican. It’s best with light ingredients, such as seafood or veggies. On the sweet side, it’s wonderful for baking. Just like butter, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and liquid when warm, so subbing this vs butter in cake recipes will lighten them up and lend a little nuttiness.
We love using coconut oil in our raw chocolate truffles + chocolates (check out the youtube video instructional! Soooo simple!).
My favorite brand is Garden of Life Raw Coconut Oil!
Surely you’ve gotten the memo that coco h20 is hydrating. But did you know it’s good for more than just replacing lost potassium after a workout? Add it to a smoothie, mix with too bitter green juice, mix with our super foods for a light replenishing snack! Coconut water can lend a hint of flavor: add a splash into a poaching liquid- again, go tropical and add lemongrass + lime-for chicken or a firm white fish like cod. My favorite brand is Harmless Harvest, check them out! (and check out our giveaway, here!) They even sell at costco now (SCORE!)
Dried Coconut Flakes
Think of these babies as your new nut. Toast them. Add to trail mix. To your granola. Sprinkle on top of a smoothie or yogurt or a pot of grains for a tasty finish. Always buy the unsweetened; the sweetened stuff is a sugar bomb.
Sugar made from the coconut palm is less refined than white, so it retains a good amount of potassium + iron. It’s a blessing for any baker interested in alternative sugars than math: it’s an equal sub out for white sugar! I use it in all my muffins, cookies + cakes! Find it online or in natural health food stores.
We’ve long been using coco milk in curries, but recently we’ve found it indispensable at breakfast in smoothies, as a creamy addition to coffee, oatmeal or cereal in place of dairy. I also use the full fat kind in my kids sippie cup + bottle!
Coconut butter might just be one of our very favorite ways to enjoy the nutritional benefits of coconut. Whether we're spreading it on toast, mixing it into a smoothie, or eating it right out of the jar, coconut butter is decadently creamy and packed with healthy fats that keep us full and energized for hours.