14 Clever things to do with coconut oil
14 very clever things to do with coconut oil... including a recipe for my famous chocolate raspberry ripple.
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Coconut oil. Not only does it taste amazing, a little bit sweet and a little bit toasted, it’s very good for you. It’s made up of 90 percent saturated fat (good fat). And 50 percent of the fat content is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-protozoa properties, as well as being antifungal, antioxidant and soothing. Plus, it supports thyroid gland and enzyme function.
Coconut oil is also extremely versatile. Here’s a list of some clever ways to use coconut oil. Perhaps you have some of your own to add?
1. Eat it straight from the jar (my #1 fail-proof craving cure)
If you get sweet cravings after lunch or dinner, this is a fail-proof trick. I eat two tablespoons of coconut oil and it satisfies my need for something sweet plus satiates for about four to five hours. I really challenge you to try it (allow about ten minutes to feel the effect).
2. Fry and roast your veggies
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Coconut oil is by far the safest, healthiest and tastiest oil to cook with (along with ghee). But it’s particularly tasty for cooking sweeter vegetables like pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato and Brussels sprouts.
3. Use it as a moisturizer, especially in summer
I scoop straight from the jar (I keep a jar in the bathroom) and apply onto moist skin. The wonderful health properties seep through the skin, too. In Ayurvedic terms, it is a cooling oil and so is perfect in the warmer months, and it will help you sleep at night (in winter I use untoasted sesame oil, which is a warming oil).
Use as a shave gel.
5. Use it for healing wounds
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Coconut oil is anti-microbial. Rub a bit on any scrapes or cuts to aid the healing process.
6. Try it as an eye makeup remover
Really. Plus it’s gentle and moisturizing, unlike chemical makeup removers.
7. Make chocolate nut balls
Here's the recipe for my chocolate coconut nut balls.
8. Use it as an odor neutralizer
If your hands smell of garlic or onion from preparing a meal, or you’ve just applied apple cider vinegar to your sunburn (it’s very effective in neutralizing sunburn, relieving pain and preventing blistering and peeling), lather yourself in coconut oil to get rid of the smells.
9. Use it as a sunscreen for a quick vitamin D fix
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Coconut oil is at least SPF 4, so it does help with a little protection if you’re just heading into the sun briefly for some vitamin D. (Stay tuned for my upcoming blog on sunscreen.)
10. Make your own deodorant and toothpaste
There are loads of recipes and tutorials for these online.
11. Tame your hair
Yes really. Spread a small amount through damp hair; it helps tame those frizzy flyaways. And the smell is lovely and summery.
12. Make Ice Chocolate Topping
This ice chocolate topping goes hard when it hits the ice cream… a perfect chocolaty crunch.
13. Use it on your baby as a diaper rash cream
If you have babies around, try this as an alternative to the chemical-filled options.
14. Make some raspberry ripple
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut, or coconut flakes for a chunkier version
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 80 grams organic, salted butter
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or cocoa
- 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
Note: Stir, stir, stir. Make sure the rice malt syrup has melted over the heat and combined well with the other ingredients before pouring over the berries and coconut. Failing to do so will result in your mixture splitting; still yummy, but not the desired outcome.
- Line a dinner plate or baking tray with baking paper (a dinner plate is ideal as the slight indent makes a good shape).
- Scatter the berries and coconut on the plate or baking tray. Melt the oil and butter in a saucepan or in the microwave (the oil takes longer to melt, so add the butter a little after).
- Stir in the cocoa powder and syrup and continue stirring until syrup has melted and mixture is well-combined.
- Pour mixture over the berries and pop into the freezer for 30 minutes until firm. To serve, either break into shards or cut into wedges.