I love coconut oil recipes for two reasons: first, my new boyfriend is allergic to literally everything fun and delicious (dairy, eggs, nuts, legumes, soy) so I substitute coconut oil for margarine whenever I cook for him and don’t want a dead boyfriend on my hands. (And cooking for those with a ton of allergies CAN be done! I’ll write a post on that soon!)
Secondly, coconut oil has triglycerides that have been shown to speed up your metabolism and help you eat less calories per day (see footnotes for links to research). It’s also plant-based, which is another plus in my book.
Some interesting things to note about coconut oil is that it’s solid at room temperature. Get unrefined coconut oil if you can, which is the healthier option.
So here are three easy ways you can substitute coconut oil for things like butter or the tears of your enemies:
1. AS A TOPPING OR IN SMOOTHIES:
If you’re going for a creamier smoothie but don’t want to add dairy, add coconut oil! Make sure it’s liquid, though.
It’s a good substitute for butter if you’re one of those people who is trying to move away from putting butter on pancakes and such.
2. FOR FRYING OR BAKING:
Sometimes I like to make pan-seared cod on a bed of brown rice with veggies. However, I didn’t want to use butter because, y’know, I like when my boyfriend is alive.
Coconut oil is safe for frying and baking, so you can use it whenever or wherever you please.
3. SUBSTITUTE COCONUT OIL INSTEAD OF USING OTHER BUTTER AND OTHER OILS:
If a recipe calls for margarine, use coconut oil in its solid form. If you’re substituting coconut oil for another oil like canola oil or olive oil, then make sure to melt the coconut oil.
So there you have it! Easy ways to go tropical and integrate coconut oil in your diet.