It is no secret that I am obsessed with coconut oil. Unless you are VERY new to my blog, you know that I use coconut oil in all of my cooking. While I do use butter liberally, I basically love my coconut oil too much to replace it with anything else.
I have long known that Tropical Traditions carries Organic PalmShortening. I see people talking about it in real food circles. I have seen some recipes that call for it. But honestly, I have had no desire to try it myself.
Ok, I will admit it, I was sort of scared of the stuff. Pretty ridiculous right?
Tropical Traditions offered me the opportunity to try out their Palm Shortening. I was pretty worried about it but decided to pull up my big-girl panties and try it out! I am actually pretty glad that I did.
If you are like me, you probably do not know nearly as much about palm shortening as you do other cooking fats. Palm shortening is derived from palm oil. In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat. Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point (97 degrees) which makes it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods like Virgin Palm Oil does.
After the palm shortening arrived (and I stopped giving it the side eye), I set out trying to find a decent recipe that specifically called for palm shortening. I know I could have easily just friend up some fish in it, but I wanted to try something beyond just a fried food item.
I had a hard time finding a recipe that would suit our dietary requirements. It had to be GAPS legal (obviously gluten free) and dairy free. Can I just tell you how impossible this was?! So I did any real foodie would do. I whipped up something on my own!
I like to call these…
My Husband Calls Them Hippie Food Breakfast Muffins
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 medium eggs
- ¾ cup honey (or more to taste)
- ⅔ cup organic palm shortening
- 2 tablespoons vanilla or vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup shredded apples
- 1 cup diced crispy pecans or walnuts
- ⅓ cup raisins
- ⅓ cup chopped dates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease muffins tins with coconut oil.
- In a small bowl, mix together coconut flour and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, mix together eggs, honey, palm shortening, and vanilla.
- Mix the dry ingredients with the wet till thoroughly mixed.
- Fold in pumpkin, and apples.
- Fold in the nuts, raisins, and dates.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Makes 24 large muffins or 48 mini-muffins.
Before you run off and make this, let me warn you that this is a very nutritious and filling breakfast item but it does have a unique flavor. My husband likes to call it “essence de hippie.” I call it “earthy.” These are not your refined sugar sweetened muffins but trust me, the flavors do work together. Tiny is addicted to them!
The important part of all of this is that the shortening made a BEAUTIFUL muffin out of this! It was moist and slightly crumbly which I love.
I also did end up frying some salmon in the palm shortening. It turned out perfect! In fact, (I cannot believe I am about to write this), the palm shortening may have made a better friend salmon than coconut oil does.
Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room shall we. I have gotten questions about this before and before anyone rakes me over the coals in the comments, let’s just get this out there.
The standard practice for harvesting palm trees for palm oil destroys tropical forests and habitats of endangered species. Tropical Traditions knows this and won’t stand for it. From their website:
Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening comes from small scale family farms in South America. These farmers are certified by ProForest, which ensures that they meet strict social, environmental and technical criteria. With regard to environmental criteria, the assessments are carried out at the landscape and operational level at both the farms and processing facilities. These assessments cover environmental impact on the soil, water, air, biodiversity and local communities. The lands the farmers use are not lands that were deforested. The lands used to grow the palm fruit are lands previously used for agricultural purposes (cattle, rice, banana).
I trust Tropical Traditions and know that they are doing everything possible to ensure that they are not contributing to the degradation of tropical forests. So I feel good about using their palm shortening.
I would also like to direct you to some of the great information on the Tropical Traditions site about coconut oil (you know, since I am addicted to it and all). Visit their website to check on current sales and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. You can learn more about what virgin coconut oil actually is as well as how to use it! Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil including Green Label Coconut Oil, and Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil. FYI – the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
You can also watch the video they produced about
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Now onto the important item…
Tropical Traditions is generously giving away a 1 gallon pail of their Organic Palm Shortening!
Enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below.
This giveaway opens today, Saturday, September 22, 2012 and closes on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be selected via random.org. I will email you and you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.
If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.