Coconut oil has received a lot of publicity lately and for good reason! This versatile oil has seemingly unlimited applications in cooking, beauty and even cleaning. Coconut oil is a saturated fat with some medium-chain length triglycerides, which may give it a nutritional advantage over other saturated fats. See below for 5 great nutritional applications for coconut oil!
- Booster for Smoothies: Smoothies are great vehicles for fruit and vegetables and their respective nutrients. Adding a small amount of melted coconut oil to your favorite smoothie may help with satiety and assist in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients.
- Safer Frying Oil: Heating oils to a very high temperature, as with deep frying, can break the bonds between triglyceride chains and cause the oil to oxidize. When oil oxidizes, the oil takes on a rancid flavor and smell which may hinder the quality of your food. Coconut oil is a very stable saturated fat that maintains its integrity when heated to high temperatures. Melt coconut oil in a deep skillet over high heat to safely fry your favorite recipes.
- Butter Alternative in Baked Goods: Coconut oil has a very similar consistency to traditional butter and can be used in similar ways when preparing baked goods. This is especially helpful when modifying traditional recipes to a vegan alternative. Simply substitute an equal amount of coconut oil for butter in your favorite baked recipes!
- “No Bake” Dessert Stabilizer: Since coconut oil remains a solid at room temperature, you can use coconut oil as the base of any no-bake dessert to help maintain its shape. Try mixing together melted coconut oil, crispy rice cereal and melted dark chocolate and let them set at room temperature to create No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Cookies.