I’m a huge fan of coconut oil. And it always helps when it is organic and fair trade like Kelapo. I have a little more work before I’ve completely convinced my Dad that it isn’t as bad as it might outwardly appear (he works in Cardiac Rehab and they really don’t take too kindly to those high saturated fat levels) but I’ll be patient. :)

On the outside, coconut oil has gotten kind of a bad rap, but it’s rather dated information in my opinion. Many studies have been done and show that coconut oil can actually promote heart health, act as an antimicrobial, absorb nutrients and minerals and help fight the signs of aging. (And you know I’m a believer in everything in moderation anyway.)

I use coconut oil in many different ways – for popping pop corn, on Hemp Bagels, in baked goods, in stir-frys as well as in smoothies.  The flavor is slightly sweet and the texture luxurious. Summer is a perfect time for a tropical-tasting smoothie, full of good fats, don’t you think?

Orange Strawberry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Blend ingredients together until somewhat smooth. The coconut oil will harden in little chunks, but I kind of like them while drinking my smoothie. When I’ve made it with a banana instead of berries it reminds me an orange julius.  :)

Have you tried coconut oil? Like it?

Disclaimer: Kelapo sent me coconut oil to review. The opinions are my own.

14 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mercedes
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    This review could not have come at a more perfect time for me! I have been so curious about coconut oil. I’ve tried it and liked it but also (like Dan :) ) have been wondering if it’s benefits outweigh it’s risks. But I’m with you: everything in moderation and I think I will pick some up and try baking with it. Is there anything I should be looking for when choosing between brands of coconut oil?


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

      I’ve always heard to make sure oils are cold-pressed! (I learned that in Greece)
      Babycakes Cookbook has tons of recipes that use it. :)


  2. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Oh YUM! I love that you like Kelapo Coconut Oil as much as I do! :) I love your recipe! It makes me think of a Hawiian Paradise! :)


  3. Emily @Cleanliness
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Great review and recipe girlie girl:)


  4. Mellissa
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I pretty much love anything with coconut and have done some cooking with coconut oil but I definitely could be doing a lot more.


  5. thehealthyapron
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I’ve never tried using coconut oil (minus for making my own hair products! I do need to get on board with this though!


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

      Oooh, a hair conditioner? Do you have a recipe to share?


  6. Maris(In Good Taste)
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    This is a great review and makes me want to try this coconut oil. I would also be interested in the hair treatment!


  7. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    I have used coconut oil in place of nonhydrogenated shortening in pie crusts, but I still prefer an all-butter crust. :)


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

      There are definitely times when butter is necessary. :)


  8. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    I have not tried it… I’ve always heard that it was super “bad” for you, which probably was in reference to the high levels of fat. But if it’s good fat, and in moderation… I’m all for trying it! Where would a person buy it?


    • Emily
      Jun 29, 2011 @ 8:55 am

      You can definitely find it at Whole Foods, coops, etc. – I’m not sure if stores like Rainbow/Cub have it…


  9. Lindsey Johnson//Cafe Johnsonia
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    We love coconut oil. I love it drizzled on hot popcorn. I added some to vegan coconut ice cream the other day. We use it all the time in place of butter. It’s soooo yummy.


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