7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil and Get the Benefits without Eating it Straight 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

I’ve written before about 101 ways to use coconut oil for everything from oil pulling to lotion to toothpaste. One question I often get asked is how to actually eat coconut oil, especially if you don’t like the taste…

The word is getting out about the health benefits of coconut oil, but especially for those just starting to use/consume it, trying to actually eat it can be a difficult task. For some people, eating too much at once can even cause upset stomach until the body adjusts.

For those who are trying to incorporate coconut oil in to their diets but have trouble with the taste or texture, here are a few of the ways we consume it without the taste or texture being too overpowering:

1. In Coffee or Hot Drinks:

A way to supercharge coffee and make it healthy and great for your skin 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

One of my favorite ways to consume coconut oil daily is in a cup of hot coffee or tea each morning. The trick is to blend the mixture enough for the oil to emulsify, which creates a creamy and rich consistency and not an oily consistency (which I personally don’t like). Here is my recipe for healthy coconut oil coffee, and check out the unusual ingredient I add to make it even more creamy (and healthy).

2. In Smoothies:

smoothie 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

It’s easy to hide the taste and texture of coconut oil in a smoothie, though sometimes it can leave clumps. I actually like the little crunchy pieces of coconut oil, but for those trying to hide the texture, the trick is to melt the coconut oil until it is just barely melted an add slowly as the smoothie is already being blended so it emulsifies in and doesn’t clump.

We often add 1-2 tablespoons to a smoothie this way and the taste and texture aren’t noticeable.

3.  Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Grain Free Chocolate Coconut Energy Bar Recipe 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

These are another kid favorite at our house. The kids love the taste and I like that they are packed with healthy fats and are a great natural source of energy.

Here is the recipe.

4. Coconut Butter Cups

Healthy Coconut Butter Cups Recipe 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

Just like the energy bars, these coconut butter cups are a favorite in our house. They are a little chocolate cup filled with coconut and coconut oil “butter” and can be flavored however you’d like.

Here is the recipe for Coconut Butter Cups.

5. Cooking and Stir Frys

fast and easy chicken and vegetable stir fry recipe 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

Coconut oil‘s high smoke point and concentration of stable saturated fats makes it a good choice for stir frys and cooking. We often use coconut oil as the base oil to coat the pan when cooking eggs, stir frys and other pan-cooked dishes.

Many of the recipes on this page (especially the stir-frys) use coconut oil as a base.

6. In Baking Recipes

Grain free gluten free blueberry crumble muffins 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can substitute for butter in most baking recipes and can also replace margarine and vegetable oils in most cases. My recipe list has many recipes that use coconut oil to help you get started.

7. For Frying

easy and healthy coconut shrimp recipe 7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

If you’re going to fry something, stable oils like coconut oil, tallow and lard are great choices. This coconut shrimp recipe is one of my favorites as the coconut oil adds to the coconut flavor of the recipe.

At our house, we use coconut oil for pretty much everything… This article has even more ways to use coconut oil.

From a previous article:

What Kind of Coconut Oil?

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. This book provides more information about the benefits of coconut oil and the difference in the types of coconut oil.

I also love that this company supports small family farms in the Philippines. We order in five-gallon pails, which is more expensive up-front but which saves a lot of money in the long term.

My husband and I both take about 4 tablespoons a day and the kids get a couple tablespoons in food, smoothies, or hot herbal tea.

Free Coconut Oil Book for You

If you’ve never ordered coconut oil before, now is your chance to try it. When you order through this link, you will get a copy of the Virgin Coconut Oil Book which explains the story of how they discovered this high nutrient coconut oil and the many ways it can be used to support health. The book will be automatically added the first time your order. 

Do you use coconut oil as much as me? How do you use it? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Beth Hoff says

    I love eating Coconut Oil right from the jar. A couple of spoonfuls and I am set. I don’t find that there is a taste though.

  2. Rebecca Miko Horikawa says

    I don’t mind using coconut oil externally or in toothpaste, but I’ve tried a few times to use it as my cooking oil and the smell/taste of it just makes me gag for some reason. I suppose using it in baked goods, like muffins would be easier for me, although I don’t want to consume muffins everyday. ;)

    I’m thinking of trying the organic expeller pressed coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (the one with no smell or flavor), but my question is, will this still be beneficial in regards to your post about “eating your sunscreen”? Would I need to ingest more of it for that to work?

      • Heather says

        Have just purchased my first jar of coconut oil. I have been adding a tablespoon to my yogurt fruit, nuts and seeds each morning. From what I’ve read in your posts and the threads its ok to eat it straight from the jar e.g. no cooking? But is one tablespoon enough and will I feel and reap the benefits with this amount as it is quite expensive!

  3. Devon Clothier says

    Is Trader Joe’s coconut oil a good brand to use? It is cold pressed, organic, virgin, and they don’t use bleach or chemicals to process it….Thanks!

    • Lauren says

      I’m curious about this too. I saw in another post that you consume 1/4 cup of coconut oil daily and I thought, “wow, she must be super active”

      • Jesse says

        I tried to leave a comment last night but I don’t think it worked.

        I gained weight trying to incorporate so much extra oil into my diet. In my opinion, your body needs only so much energy (calories) and if you eat this much oil, it has to replace other calorie sources. For the record, I don’t think weight/health is ALL about calories (what you eat matters, too) but they are important and a 1/4 cup of coconut oil adds 500 calories to your daily total.

        Anyway, I am not prone to gaining weight, I am active as well (Hike, soccer, HIIT, yoga). But I spent a few months increasing my coconut oil and gained. Now that I’ve backed off, my weight has stabilized and I’ve even lost a bit of what I gained. I love coconut oil and believe in its benefits. I use it to cook and bake. I just don’t go out of my way to hit 1/4 cup every day.

      • says

        The fat structure in coconut oil makes is easily usable for energy and not easily stored as fat. In fact, consuming it can boost metabolism so it can actually help weight loss. That is just the amount that i’ve found works best for me and many others…

  4. Kimber says

    I like to make a just slightly sweet coconut oil treat by blending together 1 banana, 1/3 cup almond butter, 1 T honey, and 1 1/2 cups softened coconut oil. Pour it in to a shallow glass pan, chill in fridge, and cut when solid. 1 1/2 cups of coconut oil is 24 Tbsp so I always cut it in 24 pieces so I know how much I’m getting in! So good!

  5. Diandra Linnemann says

    You mean, there are some people who do not love coconut oil??? I am puzzled. ^^

    Honestly, if it were not so incredibly expensive, I would use it all the time. As it is, I use it to make my morning protein pancakes and for cooking dinner, and that’s it.

  6. SuperNaturalHealth says

    Love your coconut oil in coffee trick – revolutionised my rare coffee drinking! I will be sending my scottish readers your way for sure.

  7. Cassie says

    “It’s easy to hide the taste and texture of coconut oil in a smoothie, though sometimes it can leave clumps. I actually like the little crunchy pieces of coconut oil…”

    Your coconut oil is crunchy?!

  8. Shivashankari Vaiyakani says

    We make this coconut drink in India a lot. Buy a full coconut and scoop out the flesh(it’s a bit hard to scoop the flesh but totally worth it). Use a blender and blend the flesh with some luke warm water. strain the resulting liquid using a muslin cloth.
    Add a split cardamom pod to the strained liquid, sweeten it and drink it.
    Much better tasting coconut milk than the store bought ones.

  9. Jason Miller says

    sounds crazy but melt coconut oil and drizzle it on chocolate frozen yogurt/ ice cream. The texture is like chocolate bits that don’t stay in your teeth.

  10. Nathan says

    You fry in coconut oil? Considering how much you would need to properly fry your food I don’t think I could afford it lol. Coconut oil would burns easily so you could only use it once. Thats about $16 worth of coconut oil gone for one meal. Unless you are made of money then who cares.

    • annabelle says

      If you’re talking deep fry, where you need a whole bottle, then no, I wouldn’t use it! But if you’re pan frying, a little vco goes a long way!! I just wonder if it retains all of its nutrients being fried, its smoke point is 177 degrees celsius.

  11. Josephine says

    Those blueberry muffins pictured for baking look delicious but I wasn’t able to find the recipe. Where can I find the recipe? Thank you

  12. Betty Crumrine says

    O have just begun using coconut oil and it has improved my short term memory. I am anxious to learn various ways to consume this oil to my benefit and would appreciate useful suggestions. These recipes are very interesting and I’m anxious to try them. Thanks

  13. Meredith says

    I love homemade coconut oil chocolates! I want to lose some weight and but I’m wondering if the honey/maple syrup will offset that and if I should avoid added sugar? It sure is my favorite way to eat coconut oil!

  14. Kay D. says

    I’m wondering if anyone else has had an adverse reaction to ingesting coconut oil? I started taking it in November, did GREAT till mid February. Then, started getting acne, racing heart, tight chest, tight muscles. I started an elimination diet to find the culprit, and it was coconut oil :( I have no idea why I did so great on it for a while, now I can’t even have cookies with coconut flour in them. Am I alone? Just curious.

  15. Bre says

    I do bulletproof coffee, make coconut oil fudge & our family fav is coconut oil bark! I use whatever brand of virgin oil is quality and on sale and buy some fruit (usually strawberries or orange zest) blend the oil, fruit, a lil vanilla and I’ve added sweetners and not added them. I like without just fine but the FAM preferred with a lil honey or stevia. You can add cocoa butter to make it extra creamy if that’s our thing ;) melt, pour into molds or onto a cookie sheet/pan or dish, freeze and break chunks off and store in fridge or freezer :D yum yum!

  16. Diane says

    I want to begin taking coconut oil but I don’t know where to start. I have Virgin Coconut Oil that says ideal for cooking & baking. Thank you.

  17. Tracey says

    I drink a warm cup of lemon water every morning, is it ok to add the coconut oil to it? I wonder if the acid of the lemon would lessen the effect of the coconut oil?

  18. Carol cox says

    I have been using cocanut oil virgin raw love it in my protein drinks yorgets use on toast instead of butter. I have just finished my first jar another on order I also have a cocanut oil capsuil every morning my husband has straitened to have one every morning too I put on my face every morning after a shower and my age spots on my hand are fading .

  19. Rosey says

    Hi,

    I tried drinking the coffee with a tablespoon on coconut oil. It tasted very pleasant but later in the day I felt extremely bloated and this only stopped when I vomited. Not pleasant. Do you know what might have caused this, I’m pretty sure it was the coconut oil as nothing else was unusual that day.

    Thanks

  20. Warren Thompson says

    I am trying to find a good mixture to give my wife on a daily basis but the coconut oil makes her gag. I have tried coffee mixes but they do not work. Trying to build her daily input to 3 tbs a day. She also does not like anything real sweet. Any suggestions?

  21. Cassie says

    I love coconut oil, but my husband thinks a quarter cup is too much oil to be consuming a day. I think he is lumping coconut oil in with all the other oils that doctors say to avoid because of artery clogging. How should I explain to him that coconut oil doesn’t do that. I am not sure how I should word it. I am not so good at explaining things to people face to face……..

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