Not everybody is a fan of cooking, at least not millenials like us! With cooking, starts the hunt of choosing an oil that is healthy yet savory to satiate your taste buds. Basically an oil with which you don’t have to compromise on taste and health. That’s where coconut oil comes to your rescue!
Labelled as the magical tropical oil, it is worth every bit of the hype that surrounds it. It is easy to cook and adds a great taste to your regular dishes, let alone desserts. In case you’re looking for some cooking inspiration that includes coconut oil as the hero ingredient, you’re at the right place.
For all the food lovers who also happen to be health-conscious folks, we have compiled 5 tried, tasted and loved dishes which include virgin coconut oil and take minimal time to prepare!.
Not just that, they can keep you full for longer (thanks to the coconut oil in them).
#1 Carrot Cake Granola - by Gimme Some Oven
We all love carrot cake, don’t we? And this gluten-free, vegan carrot cake granola will take no more than 25 minutes to acquire its final state and it is undoubtedly delicious. Oh, and did we mention the savory flavor of coconut oil that comes with this? Much-tempting, right?
TOTAL TIME: 35 MINS | PREP TIME: 10 MINS | COOKING TIME: 25 MINS
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (you can also use certified gluten-free oats)
- 1 cup grated or shredded carrots
- 1 cup pecans (you can skip this if you don’t have this)
- 1 cup walnuts
- (optional) 1/2 cup shaved or shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of cloves (optional)
- 1/2 cup raisins
#1 Heat oven to 350 degrees.
#2 Add the oats, carrots, pecans, walnuts, coconut (if using), maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves together in a large mixing bowl. Toss well until combined.
#3 Spread the mixture out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, pulling the mixture out at the halfway point and giving it a good stir before the final round of baking. Remove and let cool until the granola reaches room temperature. Then add raisins and toss to combine.
#4 Enjoy immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
*If you’d prefer to just use one kind of nuts, you can either use 2 cups of pecans or 2 cups of walnuts. If you don’t like raisins, you can simply omit them.
#2 Crispy Coconut Waffles with Mango - by ‘I am a food blog’
PREP TIME:10 MINUTES | COOKING TIME:20 MINUTES | TOTAL TIME:30 MINUTES
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 large egg
- mangos, sliced
- whipped cream, if desired
- maple syrup, if desired
#1 In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the melted coconut oil, coconut milk, and egg. Add all the wet ingredients with dry ones, stirring until just combined.
#2 Grease your waffle iron if needed and cook waffles according to waffle iron instructions or until the waffles are golden brown and crispy.
#3 Serve with sliced mangoes and cream and syrup if desired.
#3 Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry with Summer Vegetables and Hemp Seeds - by Feed Me Phoebe
PREP TIME:10 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 10 MINUTES | TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
Hemp seeds are an amazing source of protein, making this dish an excellent vegan option if you omit the shrimp. You can also substitute diced chicken breast for the shellfish.
- ¼ cup of soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons Organic Shelled Hemp Seed
- 2 tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil divided
- 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp preferably wild
- 1 small yellow onion halved and thinly sliced
- 1 red or orange bell pepper seeded and sliced
- 1 small yellow squash cut into matchsticks
- 3 ounces shiitake mushrooms stem removed and thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 cups thinly sliced rainbow chard
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the liquid aminos or soy sauce available at your place, sesame oil, raw honey, and hemp seeds.
- Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet. Add shrimp and stir-fry over high heat until pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Add the remaining oil and stir-fry the onion, peppers, squash and shiitakes until lightly charred, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the chard and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer until it thickens slightly 2 minutes. Fold in the shrimp and cook one minute more. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
#4 Coconut Oil Popcorn - by The Coconut Mama
- 1/2 Cup Organic Popping Corn
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- Sea salt
- Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Be careful not to go over medium heat, or you may experience a very unpleasant chewy texture where the kernels were heated too fast and did not completely pop.
- Add the coconut oil and let it completely melt. Once the oil is completely melted put a few kernels into the pan and wait for them to pop. This helps determine when the oil is heated enough to popping.
- Once the test kernels have popped, place the rest of the popcorn seeds into the pan and cover.
- After the kernels begin popping, begin to shake every 10 seconds or so until you hear the popping slows down. When the popping slows down to a pop every 2-3 seconds remove the pan from heat and continuously shake for another 10-20 seconds. This helps the popcorn at the bottom from burning.
- After 10-20 seconds, or you feel the popping is finished pour into a bowl, salt to taste and enjoy.
Now that you have a few recipes using coconut oil for cooking at hand, which of these is the first you will try?
And if you do try them, don’t forget to add virgin coconut oil. It has many benefits as compared to your regular coconut oil and can be used in any type of dish you make. Not just that, you can replace your regular cooking oil with this one as it has higher benefits.
Being 100% pure, cold-pressed and free from chemicals, virgin coconut oil introduced by The Coconut People promises to deliver an all-natural product at your doorstep. Our multitasker virgin coconut oil can be used in skincare, haircare, oil-pulling, baby care, and whatnot. Feel like giving it a try? Learn more about it here.