Before I let you in on this top secret ingredient, you must know it has taken me a WHOLE YEAR to let this secret out. Shelley has been bugging reminding me to post this for 1 whole year! I finally broke. Here is my little secret:
There are many people out there that claim that this is some sort of miracle food. They talk about how it is a good fat instead of a bad fat, it has healing properties, it helps your metabolism…all sorts of claims. There are even whole books written about it. Just google coconut oil…you will be surprised at what you find, at least I was.
I am not a nutritionist and don’t claim anything except that I am in love with the stuff. I’m telling you it is up there with oreos, this is big time! I never would have guessed all the things I would use this versatile oil for! Let me share a few of my favorites (in no particular order).
I use coconut oil instead of lotion. It hydrates perfectly and it has a slight coconut scent.
#2 Hair Fly Aways be gone
Just a very small amount tames the wild flyers.
#3 Make-up remover
Doesn’t sting your eyes and is all natural.
#4 Diaper Rash
Spread a little on, it helps for minor diaper rash.
The slight coconut flavor makes ANYTHING you use it in taste better, in my opinion. My husband does not agree, he doesn’t like it in his eggs, but most everything – I even liked it in eggs.:) I substitute coconut oil for oil and butter in so many recipes with WONDERFUL results. My favorite?
Rice Krispie Treats.
If you don’t try it for any other suggestion, please, just try it in rice krispies. Substitute it straight across for the butter. You will thank me. When I bring these somewhere and others try them, people are amazed and can’t figure out why they are the best rice krispies they have ever had. Alison, back me up here.
Another favorite is on toast. Toast your bread and while it is still hot, spread a little coconut oil on so it melts while you are spreading, then sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture…YUM. Even better, get those tortillas from CostCo – the ones that are pre-made but you cook – cook one and then put a little coconut oil on, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar, and broil – tastes like a churro. Such a yummy and easy treat.
Where to get coconut oil?
I tried buying it at all of my local supermarkets and they have it, but they charge an arm and a leg for it. My favorite brand I have tried is Nutiva. The best price I have found is here on Amazon. I throw this in my cart whenever I need something extra to hit the $25.00 for free shipping because I go through it like crazy! You can get an even better deal if you sign up for subscribe and save.
While we are on the Amazon subject, can I just tell you how much I LOVE Amazon! I did most of my Christmas shopping on it last year and I have almost finished Christmas gifts for this year. I didn’t have to fight any crowds, drag kids around, it comes right to my door – and they usually beat any price I can get in town anyway…it rocks – try it out, again you will thank me. PLUS, you can get a FREE 30 day trial of AMAZON PRIME – free 2 day shipping, free instant videos, free downloads/music, special savings….
**Update: This post was written a few years ago, before coconut oil was more main stream. I have since found Kirkland Brand Coconut oil at Costco for a good price, but I still like Nutiva better.**
I will leave you with this amazing recipe using coconut oil to get you started. My mom adapted it from Paula Deen’s recipe here.
- 1 (18-ounce) package white cake mix
- 1 (4 serving) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 10-inch tube pan. Combine cake mix, instant pudding, sour cream, eggs, and coconut oil and beat together well. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Pour half of batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with sugar mixture, reserving a little to sprinkle on top. Pour the rest of batter into pan and sprinkle with the rest of sugar mixture. Bake 1 hour. Let cool and remove from pan.
- Then my mom drizzled a yummy sugar drizzle on top that gave some extra yumminess. Just make a really thin frosting and drizzle away!