Coconut oil has a high smoke point and is stable at high temperatures, so it is perfect for frying, stir frying and baking. It gives food a subtle coconut taste that’s delicious with fish and chicken dishes. Banana pancakes are always yummy cooked with coconut oil. If you aren’t a fan of the taste, you can use deodorised coconut oil.
Coconut oil can be used in place of butter in cakes, desserts, pastry, and even to make vanilla frosting. Some people spread it on toast or add it to their coffee or tea. It’s also great for popping popcorn, as well as a popcorn topping. Coconut oil is also an essential ingredient in many raw desserts.
Coconut oil isn’t just good for eating, it should be an essential part of your beauty routine. Use it as a hair mask, conditioner or a hot oil treatment for dry hair. You can also rub a little in your hands and use it as an anti-frizz.
Virgin raw coconut oil is great for your skin and can be used as a moisturiser, eye makeup remover, or lip balm. It can also help to soothe some skin conditions and sun burn.
Swishing some coconut oil around in your mouth in the mornings, known as ‘oil pulling’, can help to refreshen your mouth, teeth and gums.