Get Cooking with Coconut Oil: 11 Healthy Recipes
The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
You probably already know about the beauty-boosting benefits of the exotic-scented oil, but cooking with coconut oil has equally appealing health perks. Various studies cite its ability to do everything from lower your blood pressure to increase your metabolism. (Check out everything you need to know about coconut oil.) Even better: You can sneak it into what you're already eating with these easy recipes. You won't even know it's there!
Carrot Cake Granola
A slice of carrot cake for breakfast? Probably not a good idea. A bowl of your favorite yogurt topped with Carrot Cake Granola? A deliciously wonderful idea. This recipe from the blog Gimme Some Oven is full of shredded carrots, pecans, walnuts, raisins—and some drizzles of coconut oil too.
Crispy Coconut Waffles with Mango
Cue up your waffle maker! These Crispy Coconut Waffles from the blog I Am a Food Blog look almost too good to eat. Almost. The ingredients call for both coconut oil and coconut milk to up the healthy factor, and the sliced mangos on top are bright enough to perk up your morning—even pre-coffee.
Lemon Coconut Crumb Bars
The gooey, tart citrus curd and crumbly topping that make up these Lemon Coconut Crumb Bars—from the blog Two Peas & Their Pod—is like a summery party in your mouth. And it hits high on the coconut trifecta—the recipe calls for flaked coconut, oil, and extract.
Peach Yogurt Muffins
These mega-moist Peach Yogurt Muffins from the blog Savory Simple are winners for breakfast, a snack or—since the recipe's inclusion of Greek yogurt and coconut oil will eliminate your guilt—dessert served alongside some vanilla ice cream. (Sound delish? Bookmark this banana muffin recipe found in The Best Brunch Recipes for Spring Soirées too.)
Cauliflower Rice Salad with Coconut Oil
Southwest Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
Check out this unexpected—but bound-to-become-your-new-favorite—combo: loaded fries and coconut. Before you bake the sweet potatoes in these Southwest Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from the blog Naturally Ella, you toss them in the crazy-healthy oil. But the addition of adobo, avocado, black beans and queso cheese prevents the dish from turning into a piña colada–tasting food fail.
Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry
Meet your new favorite weeknight dish: this Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry, from the blog Feed Me Phoebe. It only takes 20 minutes to make—and that includes prep! It's chock-full of veggies, including red and orange peppers and yellow squash, and the coconut oil the recipe calls for is the perfect complement to the shrimp.
Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir-Fry
There's nothing but nice things to say about the blog Cookie and Kate's Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir-Fry. It's got kale, Brussels sprouts, and garlic sautéed in coconut oil—and it's all topped with sriracha. It tastes just as wonderful for lunch the next day—if there are leftovers.
Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi Nuggets
Give your go-to processed fish sticks a grown-up makeover. The blog All Day I Dream About Food's Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi Nugget recipe calls for the fish to be fried in coconut oil—a perfect pairing for fresh and tasty summer fare.
Udon Stir-Fry with Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats
The sky-high sticks of butter in your favorite childhood treat are replaced in part by coconut oil in the blog Lovely Little Kitchen's Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats. Don't worry, the rainbow sprinkles will still have you feeling like you're 7 again. (Can't get enough of cooking with coconut oil? Get creative with your meal ideas with these nine nutritious coconut oil cooking hacks.)