if you want to eat #coconut oil straight off a spoon, no one’s going to stop you! But to me, it also sort of sounds like an (albeit slightly healthier and more delicious) alternative to nibbling at a stick of butter. Still, eating it straight can help you keep from feeling hungry in between meals, and some experts even suggest that doing so might give you a quick and much-needed energy boost.
But if you have the time and the tools, cooking with #coconut oil is really the way to go. Need some inspiration? Here are four recipes to get you started.
1. 5-Minute Breakfast Smoothie
Work coconut oil into your morning routine by whipping up this quick and easy smoothie by The Kitchn. Banana, strawberry, and mango make this recipe extra delicious, while a tablespoon of coconut oil and a sprinkling of chia seeds make it a filling way to start the day.
2. Coconut Oil Banana Muffins
Averie Cooks uses coconut oil instead of canola oil for fluffy banana muffins with a unique flavor. These babies are also vegan!
3. Spicy Coconut Sesame Noodles
Coconut oil is the easiest way to give your pasta a flavorful (and vitamin-filled) kick! Follow this recipe by Simply Scratch.
4. Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
Work coconut oil into the sweetest meal of the day — dessert. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe has a chocolate chip cookie recipe starring coconut oil that is to-die-for.