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How To Consume Coconut Oil – Reader Questions Answered plus Coconut Oil Candy Recipes

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get about coconut oil is how to “eat” enough of it each day. Many readers email me or leave comments on my 333 Uses for Coconut Oil post wondering how I consume it. Well – ask and you shall receive!

Here are 16 ways to consume coconut oil:

  1. Take it straight of a spoon, three times per day (before meals). You can either keep it in a more solidified state or you can consume it in a liquid state. Simply a matter of preference. If you are unable to take your coconut oil “straight up,” here are a few suggestions as to how you can get your daily dose.
  2. Cook with it! I use coconut oil for sautéing vegetables, for pan frying meat and fish, for cooking eggs, and for all of my stir fry dishes.
  3. Bake with it! Coconut oil makes any baked good even more delicious and nutritious. Simply use it in place of the oil or butter called for in the recipe.
  4. Add it to smoothies or blended drinks! This is a great way to get it into children.
  5. Add it to beverages! It works well in hot beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, egg nog, or chai lattes. Just be aware that the oil will float to the top in a hot beverage. Since oil conducts heat, those first few sips might be a tad too hot.
  6. Use it in salad dressings! I personally prefer to use a 50/50 mix of coconut oil and olive oil. It tastes great with tarragon or rice vinegar.
  7. Pop popcorn with it!
  8. Add it to a bowl of soup!
  9. Use it in place of butter on toast, bagels, muffins, scones, etc…!
  10. Add it into a bowl of warm oatmeal!
  11. Add it to cooked pasta, rice, or other warm grain dish!
  12. Pour melted coconut oil over anything you would put butter on or in – like potatoes or steamed vegetables!
  13. Mix it into peanut butter for use on sandwiches, dipping apples or celery in, or just eating off a spoon!
  14. Add coconut oil into yogurt, mixing well!
  15. If you fry foods, use coconut oil instead of vegetable or corn oil!
  16. Make coconut oil “candy” and eat enough of these daily to get your desired dose. Here are a few recipes, two courtesy of my lovely readers!

Coconut Oil Candy Recipe #1
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses (this is my favorite brand)
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 2 tablespoons nut butter (I happen to looooove this nut butter)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil
  2. Add the nut butter
  3. Mix well then add the molasses and mix some more.
  4. You can pour it into a glass dish (lightly coated with coconut oil) or silicone mini muffin cups and refrigerate until hard.
  5. If using a glass dish, cut into one inch squares.
Notes
  1. Never microwave coconut oil to melt it! Microwaves destroy all of the beneficial properties. Instead, place the desired amount of coconut oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a bowl of hot water. It will melt fairly quickly.
  2. Coconut oil can be kept in the refrigerator during warmer months if you prefer it in a solid state.
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Coconut Oil Candy Recipe #2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (this is a good brand)
  3. 1/2 cup honey (raw is best)
Instructions
  1. Pour the coconut oil into a bowl, and sift in the cocoa, stirring to blend evenly.
  2. Stir in the honey, and mix until smooth.
  3. You can pour it into a glass dish (lightly coated with coconut oil) or silicone mini muffin cups and refrigerate until hard.
  4. If using a glass dish, cut into one inch squares.
Notes
  1. Never microwave coconut oil to melt it! Microwaves destroy all of the beneficial properties. Instead, place the desired amount of coconut oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a bowl of hot water. It will melt fairly quickly.
  2. Coconut oil can be kept in the refrigerator during warmer months if you prefer it in a solid state.
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Coconut Oil Candy Recipe #3
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla (I prefer vanilla bean paste
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture in quarter sized disks on the sheet.
  4. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer until frozen through.
  5. Place the frozen chocolate disks in a freezer container and keep frozen until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. Never microwave coconut oil to melt it! Microwaves destroy all of the beneficial properties. Instead, place the desired amount of coconut oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a bowl of hot water. It will melt fairly quickly.
  2. Coconut oil can be kept in the refrigerator during warmer months if you prefer it in a solid state.
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A couple of important notes!

  • Never microwave coconut oil to melt it! Microwaves destroy all of the beneficial properties. Instead, place the desired amount of coconut oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a bowl of hot water. It will melt fairly quickly.
  • Coconut oil can be kept in the refrigerator during warmer months if you prefer it in a solid state.

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I hope these suggestions help you with your daily intake of coconut oil. How do you prefer to consume coconut oil? Anything I missed?  

Comments

  1. Thanks for this post! I may try the candy recipes too!

    I find coconut oil to be perfect for scrambling eggs, and I use it in my oatmeal pancake recipe, which is so healthy, you can make it multiple times a week, guilt free! If anyone is interested, this is the recipe I’ve developed:

    1.5 cups organic oat flour (I grind my quick oats in a small food processor for a min. or so)
    1 cup organic milk, plus extra for thinning if needed (any kind; I use cow, but I’ve also used almond)
    2 Tbs. ground organic flax
    4 Tbs. boiling water
    1 organic egg
    2 Tbs. organic coconut oil, melted
    2 Tbs. brown sugar (or desired substitute, like a very ripe banana, raw honey or maple syrup)
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. sea salt

    Combine oat flour and milk in medium bowl, set aside. Combine flax and boiling water in small bowl, set aside. Combine brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl, set aside. Mix egg into oats mixture, then add coconut oil, mix well, add flax, mix well, and add sugar mixture and mix well. Thin with milk if needed. Top with favorite pancake toppings. Feeds 2 adults and a toddler. :)

  2. I am quickly falling in love with coconut oil. I am so excited about trying your candy recipes, thank you!!

  3. We Are Not Typical - WANT says:

    thank you :)

  4. Thanks for linking up at the Green & Natural Mamas Bloghop! (The linky for this week is now open.)

    I do so many of these things! I can’t imagine how I went so many years without coconut oil now ;-)

    Can’t wait to try the candy recipes!

    Pinning this now!

  5. Christine Powell says:

    We eat tons of coconut oil, Jesse and I both love it, he eats it straight from the spoon, I like to use it to pop popcorn :)

  6. Great post, Jennifer! You gave me lots of ideas. We enjoy coconut oil in most baked goods (we are dairy-free so this is fabulous for us!) and as a topping to popcorn instead of butter.

    Your comment about putting it in the fridge is funny to me. Here in Seattle I have never actually seen my coconut oil liquify at room temp! Sadly!

    Question about putting it in a smoothie (or yogurt) — I have tried with smoothies and when I pour it in it just firms up into globs of frozen oil making the smoothie not smooth at all! Is there any way to avoid this? When you put it in is usually a solid or liquid? How much do you put in?

    I am so going to try those candy recipes and also Teresa’s pancakes (doubled or tripled for my big hungry family, plus some to freeze)!

    Thanks!

  7. Oh, I feel so wistful. I used to LOVE coconut oil and ate a lot of it (on breads, to pop popcorn, in baked goods, to cook eggs, etc.) a few years ago, but that was during the time of my big health crisis and I developed food sensitivities to almost all the foods I was eating a lot of during that time. I have been slowly seeing if I can tolerate it again. I really miss it! :)

    Your post has some wonderful ideas. I may have to try some for my kids at least.

    Thanks!!

  8. Haha, the funny thing about recipe #2 is that it could probably double up as a wonderful antibacterial acne/dry skin face mask. I think it would work quite wonderful actually. Without being refrigerated of course :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    How much oil is in 1 square?

  10. Thank you so much for this post!

  11. Do you know if cooking with it change it’s structure such that it’s not as effective in aiding dementia? Have you heard anything about this one way or the other? Knowing that cooking with olive oil can be that way made me wonder about coconut oil. Until I hear something on this or find something I stay away from cooking with it for medicinal purposes. (I use it on toast, in tea or oatmeal etc.)

  12. (piggy-backing on the last comment…)

    i just made a delicious batch of chocolate “candies” in an ice cube tray yesterday and i’ve been keeping them in the freezer. do you know if freezing coconut oil has any ill effect on the antibacterial properties of lauric acid?

  13. @Marisa Rosen Nope – freezing keeps all the beneficial properties of coconut oil in tact!

  14. I completely stopped taking synthroid and just taking coconut oil and I feel better. For first few days I was very sick because of withdrawal symptoms. Headaches body aches but no constipation at all. I have warm hands and feet again. It is 3 weeks now since I stopped all my meds and feel great

    • Have your levels been tested since?do you still feel great? Had this had any effect on your weight? Thank you!

  15. I love coconut oil! I started using this miraculous oil 3 weeks ago and feel great. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid 9 years ago and till mid feb/2013 was taking synthroid
    So now I completely stopped taking all prescription medications that had more side effects and started taking coconut oil I tablespoon twice a day and it is working for me. First few days off all medications was hell for me- withdrawal symptoms was making so sick…. But now perfect I am no longer constipated my skin is smooth and shiny, hair is better and I sleep better. . I was breaking out so bad now all is clearing. My hands And feet are warmer than before. More energetic and started losing inches nothing on the scale but my pants fit me better. Well will keep you posted. I just had my blood work done so will find out more how coconut oil has worked for my thyroid. Till then adieu

    • Hi Rohini,

      Not sure you will see this but I was wondering if the coconut oil is still working for you. How did your blood work turn out after being off your meds?

  16. Question: Since everything we put on our skin gets absorbed into the blood, wouldn’t it follow that coconut oil, rubbed on the skin, would be another method of “eating” it (besides eating it from a spoon)? I’d really like to know the difference. I use the rub-on method and need to know if I should start “eating” it again.

  17. @Rohini Deo Thanks for sharing this! I love to read success stories!

  18. Help Jennifer, what did I do wrong? I made the coconut candy recipe #2 and while I was mixing the coconut completely separated from the honey and Cocoa? What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Lisa,

      Sorry for the LOOOOONG wait before I replied. I was locked out of my blog comments for weeks as I made the move to this new site!

      Two things I can think of here. How warm was the coconut oil? How fast were you mixing? If the coconut oil is pretty hot from being melted, this can cause the separation from the honey. Also, if you are casually mixing, this can cause it not to blend right.

  19. I just came upon your blog today and have really enjoyed looking around. I tried the candy recipe #2 today, substituting orange extract for the vanilla. O.M.G. so delish! Thank you for sharing a tremendous amount of work and research. Blessings!

  20. I am loving coconut oil and am new to it. I loved reading your 333 uses for it! Thanks!

  21. Thanks for all these useful tips! I am just starting to use coconut oil, after a friend gave me some. So, lots to learn. Can I add it to my veggie juices? Won’t it just solidify or how does one do this?

    • Adding coconut oil to veggie juices is a bit tough. Smoothies and coconut oil work together because of the blender action. But a fresh pressed juice is a different ball game. You can try melting the coconut oil but not to the point of it being really hot. Melt it so it is sort of at a room temperature level. Then, slowly pour it into the juice being sure that you are continuously stirring the juice as th stream of oil goes in. Keep stirring for another minute. The coconut oil should mix in without solidifying if done properly. You might have a few little chunks but this is probably the best way to make it work!

  22. Harold Wilson says:

    I just made #2 only I didn’t have coco so I used peanut butter. It may be a little too soft, I didn’t measure the honey. Very good though.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for your comprehensive post on the uses and benefits of coconut oil. You mentioned above to add to hot drinks but that it would float to the top. Actually, if you add it to chai or coffee (which I have daily) along with some grass fed butter, 1/2 and 1/2, blend it for 5-10 seconds and you will have an awesome hot latte drink with the oils incorporated in the drink. (2 cups beverage, 1-2 tsp. coconut oil, 1-2 tsp. grass fed butter, splash 1/2 n 1/2, sprinkle of stevia.)

  24. Miindy Bess says:

    Hello there, I know that microwaving coconut oil causes it to lose important benefits, but does baking with it do the same thing? Thanks!

  25. Musicalquiltingmouse says:

    WOW! So many exclamation points! Every sentence is exploding with emotion! I can hear the enthusiasm as it jumps off the page! Curb your enthusiasm! It is overwhelming!

  26. I started taking CO about a week ago. Before I started my blood sugar was always
    around 90-100 most days (after lunch and dinner). In mornings it was around
    110-125. After taking the CO my blood sugar jumped to 145 morning and
    169 after breakfast. I had one cup of non sweetened Cheerios. Before taking
    CO I would eat this for breakfast and my blood sugar would be around 70 to 90.
    I thought CO was supposed to lower blood sugar. What could have happened ?
    Now I am hesitant about taking it.

    Robert

    • Hi Robert! First let me ask the obvious…you are taking plain old coconut oil right? Nothing added. Just coconut oil? I am NOT a medical professional but what I have researched tells me that it is possible that your body is trying to regulate your overall blood sugar which may be causing a temporary spike. This isn’t something that should continue long term and if it persists for more than a week, I would back off the coconut oil. How much did you take? Maybe you introduced too much too soon. Another potential issue I see is the Cheerios. Getting the coconut oil into your body may be doing lots of things to other body systems including the way your body is utilizing food. It could be that your body needs a protein and veggie breakfast and not a grain/carb based breakfast. Those are just my thoughts… chew on that a bit and let me know what you decide to do. I’m curious what happens.

  27. Can I get good quality Coconut Oil from Puritans Pride website? They have several brands and kinds (capsules, powder, solids, etc). I have used Barlean’s brand and love it a little expensive, so tried a cheaper brand from Wal-Mart (I think if was LouAna, it was awful, but cheap). Anyway, any recommendation would be appreciated. Your information is very interesting.

  28. My brother suggested I might like this blog.

    He was entirely right. This post truly made my day.
    You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for
    this info! Thanks!
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