How To Bake With Coconut Oil


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When I bake I mostly use coconut oil,  and butter.   I mostly use coconut oil because it is so amazingly good for you, but some things just call for that buttery flavor .   If I want that buttery flavor, but all the benefits of coconut oil, I will do half butter half coconut oil in my baking.  Most of  the time  I just use coconut oil, because it has an amazing flavor and it is a powerhouse of nutrients.

Why would you want to use coconut oil?

Here is some fun facts about coconut oil

  • it strengthens your immune system
  • it is metabolized in the liver like a carbohydrate speeding up your metabolism
  • it is full of lauric acid also found in breast milk-really good for your immune system
  • it is anti viral and anti fungal
  • it helps with dry skin, just rub it in like lotion
  • it makes awesome lip gloss

This post covers in detail how amazing coconut oil is for you.  This stuff is the amazing!!

How To Bake With Coconut Oil

How do you bake with it?

Subbing in coconut oil for margarine  shortening, or even butter is really easy.  If a recipe calls for 1 cup of margarine  shortening, or butter, you would substitute in 1 cup of coconut oil.  I have found that sometimes coconut oil tends to make things a little oilier so for cookies I usually do a little bit less.  So if the recipe calls for a stick of butter (8 tablespoons), I would use 6 tablespoons of coconut oil.   A good trick is to bake one cookie first, and then see what happens.  If the cookie spreads to thin like a pancake, add a little bit more flour.  If the cookie doesn’t spread at all and looks like a little mound, then add some more coconut oil in to help it spread out.

Where to get coconut oil?

I buy my coconut oil through Mountain Rose Herbs,  recently they have recently increased their prices, such a bummer.  Even with the price increase they are still one of my favorite brand as far as flavor goes.  To save a little money this last purchase I bought Tropical Traditions brand through Amazon, I saved a bunch going through Amazon and not directly through their site.  I like Tropical Traditions but I like the flavor just a little bit better from Mountain Rose Herbs.  The next 5 gallons I buy will be through Alpine Food Storagee.  They get the coconut oil straight from  Africa, it has an amazing taste, and it is the best price I have found.  Too bad I already bought my 5 gallons when they got their’s in stock!

 

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