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15 Wonderful Ways to Use Coconut


Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky

 

Did you know that coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals? It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content, according to the Coconut Research Center. Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flesh, coconut flour, and coconut butter all come from the glorious coconut. CRC says some of its health benefits include promoting a healthy complexion and hair and softening skin. All that and more, plus it’s incredibly tasty! Who wouldn’t want to use coconut? We’ve put together 15 wonderful ways to get started enjoying coconut including that rose coconut shake pictured above. You can find all the recipes after the jump. Whether you add lime is up to you ; )
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  • Raspberry Coconut Popsicles 1 of 15
    Raspberry Coconut Popsicles

    Popsicles have fewer calories than ice cream and are a cinch to make; just grab your Dixie cups & sticks. With this raspberry coconut version you can easily beat the heat all summer long.
    Make raspberry coconut popsicles

  • White Chocolate Coconut Macaroons 2 of 15
    White Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

    Chocolate and coconut make a mean macaroon. This version is chewy and doesn't contain any flour, which means even gluten-free family members can enjoy this tasty treat.
    Make chocolate coconut macaroons

  • Espresso Coconut Cream Pie 3 of 15
    Espresso Coconut Cream Pie

    Thi tiramisu-inspired dessert is dairy-free and dreamy. It's so good you won't even believe it's vegan!
    Make espresso coconut cream pie

  • Charred Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce 4 of 15
    Charred Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce

    This mild coconut curry chicken is a great way to introduce your family to Indian flavors. You'll love how simple it is to make.
    Make chicken w/coconut curry sauce

  • Coconut Cake 5 of 15
    Coconut Cake

    Coconut cream pie might get all the attention, but its cousin the coconut cream CAKE is about to change all that. Go ahead and put it to the test.
    Make coconut cake

  • Spinach Coconut Chickpea Fritters 6 of 15
    Spinach Coconut Chickpea Fritters

    If you're a fritter fan you'll love these spinach and coconut chickpea fritters. (Yes, coconut is great in savory dishes!) They can be fried or baked depending on your mood.
    Make spinach coconut chickpea fritters

  • Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies 7 of 15
    Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Coconut oil is said to be one of the healthiest oils. Does this means it's okay to eat half a dozen cookies that have been made with coconut oil? You decide.
    Make coconut oil chocolate chip cookies

  • Chocolate Banana Coconut Oil Spread 8 of 15
    Chocolate Banana Coconut Oil Spread

    Coconut oil makes creamy, velvety spreads. Spread this chocolate-banana version on crackers, toast, muffins and more.
    Make chocolate banana coconut oil spread

  • Rose Coconut Shake 9 of 15
    Rose Coconut Shake

    Rose water and coconut milk ice cream come together to make this pretty-in-pink shake that's perfect for spring.
    Make rose coconut shake

  • Coconut Mango Roast Chicken 10 of 15
    Coconut Mango Roast Chicken

    This chicken dish is low maintenance and delicious. It makes for a perfect weeknight meal that the whole family will love.
    Make coconut mango roast chicken

  • Cinnamon Chili Coconut Oil Popcorn 11 of 15
    Cinnamon Chili Coconut Oil Popcorn

    Gourmet popcorn couldn't be any hotter if it tried. Give your next batch a kick in the pants with cinnamon, chili and coconut oil.
    Make cinnamon chili coconut oil popcorn

  • Coconut Milk Rice Pudding 12 of 15
    Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

    Warm, creamy spoonfuls will have you wondering why you don't make rice pudding more often, especially when it's drizzled with caramel as in this recipe.
    Make coconut milk rice pudding

  • Coconut Pie 13 of 15
    Coconut Pie

    You can't talk about coconut without mentioning coconut pie. This uses Bisquick as its base, helping it come together in a snap.
    Make coconut pie

  • Vegetable Coconut Korma 14 of 15
    Vegetable Coconut Korma

    This korma recipe makes enough for dinner with plenty left over to freeze for those busy nights when there's no time to cook a meal from scratch. Like protein? No problem. Add in some cubed chicken and you're all set.
    Make vegetable coconut korma

  • Coconut Oil Hair Balm 15 of 15
    Coconut Oil Hair Balm

    Remember when we mentioned that coconut is great for hair? Well now you can make your own hair balm on the cheap. See you later salon prices!
    Make coconut oil hair balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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