Because of its mild flavor and tolerance of high heat coconut oil is an ideal ingredient for cooking, particularly pan frying (pan fried chicken in coconut oil anyone?)
At room temperature it becomes a solid so it can also take the place of vegetable oil, shortening, or butter in baking. (Click here for several more ideas and recipes for using coconut oil in the kitchen)
While coconut oil can be found in the oils aisle of your grocery store there are a few reasons why I prefer to use Tropical Traditions.
- The oil is produced by farming families committed to using old fashioned, traditional farming methods.
- Their coconuts are used fresh: within 24-48 hours of harvest.
- The coconut trees and producers are certified organic according to USDA standards.
- The oil is produced in small batches without any chemical or high heat treatment.
In addition to the above, their delivery time is outstanding: I placed my order in the afternoon and it was on my doorstep the following day. This is an excellent resource for those of us living in a rural area with limited access to specialty food stores.
I recently used my coconut oil to make these acorn cookies. The oil, combined with arrowroot powder, hazelnut meal, and a small amount of Rapadura create a texture that is almost like shortbread ~ not to mention the flavors combined are wonderful!
I made them up on a Saturday, expecting to eat them over the course of the week, and they were gone by the afternoon. We give these two thumbs up. They’re a keeper.
- 1/2 c hazelnut meal
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 1 c of arrowroot flour
- 1/4 c of sucanat or Rapadura
- 1 t vanilla
Press dough into an acorn shaped cakelet pan.
Bake at 300 degrees for approximately 20 min. or until edges are browned. Dough will still be soft but should be set in the middle.
Allow to cool for about fifteen to twenty minutes before gently removing the cookies from the pan.
Hint: use a toothpick or dinner knife to gently lift them out. Serve with a nice cup of hot tea! Adapted from Nourishing Traditions
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