Coconut oil is a nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals. While it is similar in many ways to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil’s distinct taste can make it more difficult to incorporate into cooking.
1.) Stir Fry
Coconut Oil has a smoke point that is said to be similar to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, meaning that it takes a substantially high temperature for the fats to begin turning into a bluish smoke.
According to Live Strong, adding unrefined Coconut Oil to stir fry ingredients such as: chicken broth, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce can make the taste of the coconut oil more subtle.
This mixture can be used in a pan over medium-heat to cook a traditional stir-fry.
Using Coconut Oil to replace butter or margarine is a tangible way to create a healthy swap.
“The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities,” says Organic Facts.
Coconut oil is said to be best in recipes that call for melted or soft butter, and it should be used at room-temperature.
Coconut oil can also be added to your favorite granola recipe or energy bar.
“I made a Breakfast Cookie….sort of like a granola bar but in a cookie shape. Coconut oil, oats, dried fruit, mashed bananas, coconut flakes, pecans. They are very good and a big hit. The only problem I have with coconut oil is the price….very expensive for a small jar,” says one commenter at the Kichn.