Month: August 2014

August 5, 2014

Coconut Oil Treats ( a Coconut Oil Review)

Coconut oil, it is so good for us! Brain food, fat burning, nourishing and more! Sometimes, it can be a challenge to fit enough in your diet! Most recommendations Ive seen are for at least 2-3 tablespoons a day. There are a few ways to eat it- blended in a smoothie, melted in a hot drink or smeared on toast, but for my family- these treats are the hands down favorite! Hopefully this comes in time for you to enjoy some really amazing holiday treats that are also really good for you!

There are lots of variations on how to make these- I will give you the basic instructions and some suggestions that work for us and let you go to town with the experiments!!

Coconut Oil Treats (or Bites)

Coconut Oil Almond Joy Treats
Coconut Oil Treats: Inspiration from The Coconut Diet by Cherie Calbom

1/2 cup coconut oil or combination of coconut oil and coconut cream (softened)

4 tsp vanilla extract (pure)

up to 1/2 cup honey or sprinkle of stevia (sweeten to taste)- start with less its easy to add more Otherwise you might end up having to double or triple the batch Ask me how I know. 🙂 You can use granulated sweetener (like Rapadura) and it works well, we just usually avoid those as much as possible

1 tsp real salt- if coarsely ground you will want to blend it a little extra (the salty combined with the sweet is one of my favorite things about these bites)

Generous dash of cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie seasoning

Optional ingredients- 1/8 cup chia seeds, 1/8 cup flax seeds (ground), 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut.

Blend all ingredients except optional ones in a food processor, blender or mixer, or by hand (if by hand I suggest melting your coconut oil first). Add in nuts, coconut and other optional ingredients. I add them in my food processor and mix & chop there.

Scoop out and either roll into balls or put in a silicone mold. Put in freezer or fridge until hardened. Will store in fridge or freezer, can be kept at room temp but coconut oil will melt.

Coconut Oil Spice Bites


Variations:

Use other extracts in combination with the vanilla- almond and coconut are yummy. You can combine these with flavored stevia as well.

Use lemon, lime, orange juice or a combination of them (approximately the juice of 2 lemons/limes or 1 orange). You can also use an essential oil or extract dont use the pumpkin pie spices. 🙂 You can add a little dried lemon or orange zest to these too.

Coconut Fudge Treats: Inspiration by Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

1 cup coconut oil or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup coconut cream

up to 1 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (can use chocolate flavored stevia as well)

up to 1 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder) depending on how dark you like your chocolate

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 tsp real vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond or chocolate extract

1/2 tsp real salt

2 cups crispy nuts (see how to here)

Use method as above. 🙂 Mix in food processor put in silicone mold or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Cut into squares and keep in refrigerator (for as long as they last) 🙂

Chocolate Mint Coconut Bark: Inspired by GNOWFGLINS & a few other sites. 🙂

Chocolate Mint Bark in Progress
1 cup coconut oil

1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder

peppermint essential oil or mint extract- a couple drops of EO or up to 1/4 tsp of extract

up to 1/2 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (theres also a Peppermint stevia that you can use to increase the mint factor)

1/8 tsp of real salt

Optional: shredded coconut or chopped nuts

Same technique as above. Mix and spread in a glass dish or on a cookie sheet and chill- break into chunks.

Coconut Chocolate Mint Bark spread out
Almond Joy style coconut bites- use recipe above including the cocoa powder but use coconut extract and vanilla instead of mint. Use shredded coconut and chopped almonds.

I often get asked Which coconut oil should I buy? My answer is- there are lots of good ones but if youre not sure about coconut oil in general Tropical Traditions has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their 16 oz size jar.

But, we love just plain love the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions- I love the way they work with small farms, and organic very fresh coconuts. They support fair trade and great treatment of the family farms in the Phillipines. 🙂 I also love how smooth and creamy the coconut oil is. It has a very fresh taste and no chemically smell or taste (Ive had some coconut oils that did 🙁 ). I melts easily and comes in a glass jar that is great for reusing (Ask me how I know I have a batch of them around)!

They have one variety that tastes more like coconut and one that tastes plain. They both work great for cooking and baking and the treats. Both varieties have the great health benefits of coconut oil! If you arent sure what those are- check out my post Coconut Oil, How do I Love Thee.

Whats your favorite way to get the benefits of coconut oil? 🙂

I was provided a jar of Tropical Traditions coconut oil for review and my review is my honest opinion of that coconut oil.…