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 ; )
Raspberry Coconut Popsicles 1 of 15
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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