The health benefits of coconut oil are no longer a secret. But trying to really eat it can be a hard task for those who are just starting to use it.
For those who have trouble with the texture or taste of coconut but would like to incorporate more coconut oil in their diets we give you a few tips. This will help you consume more coconut without the texture or taste becoming too overpowering.
In Coffee or Hot Drinks
In a cup of hot coffee or tea each morning add a few drops of coconut oil. For the oil to emulsify blend the mixture thoroughly. It won’t have an oily consistency but a rich and creamy consistency. You can also add a dash of vanilla in your coffee.
In a smoothie it’s easy to hide the taste and texture of coconut oil. However, it can leave clumps at times. Little crunchy pieces of coconut oil will add texture to the smoothie, but if you don’t want the texture, melt the coconut oil and then add it slowly to smoothie and blend it well so it doesn’t clump as it emulsifies in.
The taste and texture won’t be noticeable if you add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
Homemade Energy Bars
This is something the kids are going to love. They are healthier than store-bought energy bars as they are packed with natural source of energy and healthy fats.
Coconut Butter Cups
Coconut butter cups will be enjoyed by kids just like the energy bars. Coconut and coconut oil butter can be added to a little chocolate cup and flavour it as you wish.
Cooking and Stir Frys
Coconut oil is an excellent choice for stir fries and cooking because of its concentration of stable saturated fats and high smoke point. When cooking stir fries, eggs, and other pan-cooked dishes you can add coconut oil as the base oil to coat the pan.
In Baking Recipes
In most baking recipes coconut oil can be used as a substitute for butter. It can also replace vegetable oils and even margarine.
Coconut oil is excellent for deep frying. Fish tastes best when fried or cooked in coconut oil.