If you’re a coconut fan like myself, then you probably already know all the wondrous health benefits this one food holds. It’s particularly helpful for improving energy levels, digestion, and boosting immunity. You can also use it in many ways in the kitchen since coconut’s unique fats and fiber have special binding properties. For instance, coconut butter and oil remain solid at room temperature, so they’re great to use in place of butter. When melted, they’ll soften up or liquify for easy mixing and blending, and then after your dish cools, they’ll help harden it up so it all sticks together. These fats in coconut can also help your body absorb nutrients from your food, and they do not contribute to high cholesterol like animal-based fats do. Coconut shreds can also be used in energy balls, to make coconut butter, or added to oatmeal for more fiber and texture.
But beyond the health benefits and more well-known ways to use coconut, try some of these other tips you can use with coconut products, whether it be butter, flour, oil or the fresh coconut meat itself. Who needs dairy with coconut by your side?