Disclosure: I love Tropical Traditions and their products and would buy them regardless. However, I do have to disclose that I was sent a product sample. I was not under any obligation however to review it, share it with my readers, or host a giveaway. I am doing that because I truly love the quality of their coconut oil.
I have long been aware of the health benefits of coconut oil. However, like most foods, processing plays a huge part in how healthy the end product really is. Most food companies do not like to disclose how their food is produced. It can be difficult, if not downright impossible, for consumers who want to make informed choices to get any answers from food manufacturers. Tropical Traditions believes that consumers have the right to know exactly what is involved in processing their coconut oil. The way they process their oil was the reason I first started buying Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. I stuck around when I discovered what a high-quality product it is. I currently purchase both their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (for when I want the coconut flavor in my recipes) and their Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil (for when I don’t want the coconut flavor).
Tropical Traditions recently sent me a sample of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. So today I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use coconut oil daily.
My favorite uses for Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
- Add a healthy fat to my daily green smoothie. I typically add about a half a tablespoon to my standard recipe, which makes enough green smoothie for me to sip on throughout the entire day. The coconut flavor is particularly wonderful when I use pineapple, mango, and banana as the fruit in my smoothie. It’s like a little bit of the tropics in a glass!
- Use as a hand lotion. A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way in soothing my dry chapped hands. Plus the smell it imparts is delightful!
- Use in sauteeing. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive and vegetable oils. That makes it a much better choice for sauteeing and oven roasting.
- Use to grease pans. Most commercial cooking sprays are full of nasty chemicals and propellants. Coconut oil is a great alternative. I just grab a dab of it and rub it into my cookie sheets, bread pans, or muffin pans. I never have any problem with my recipe sticking.
- Use it in any recipe that calls for shortening. You can substitute it on a cup for cup basis. One recipe that I frequently make for the kids calls for shortening – chocolate chip cookies. I always substitute coconut oil for the shortening called for in this recipe. You can find that yummy recipe below.
These are the ways I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil most often, but there are a ton of other ways to use it as well. For more ideas, be sure to check out these great uses for coconut oil.
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
(adapted from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book)
- 1/3 cup Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together the coconut oil, butter, and sugars. Mix in the egg and vanilla until well-combined. In another bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Add to the creamed mixture, mixing well. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Drop rounded teaspoonfulls of dough on to an ungreased baking dish, keeping about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on the baking dish before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Want to try Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for yourself? If you order by clicking on any of my links in this post and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil. (I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.)
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