Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

Tell Me More
Stay Connected
January 19, 2010

The Wonderful World of Coconut Products

By Mark Sisson
298 Comments

Coconut seems to have a special place in Primal hearts. Judging from the forums, people are pretty taken with the fatty pseudo-nut and they’re always interested in new ways to consume the stuff. For some who abstain from dairy completely, coconut products make a great replacement for creams and butters. Others see the evidence from South Pacific traditional groups who thrived on a diet of coconut and fish, and want a bit of that in their lives. The milk makes a great base for smoothies, soups, and curries; the oil is a great source of saturated fat that stands up well to heat; the water beats commercial sports drinks with its impressive electrolyte content; the nut itself can be used as a projectile weapon. It’s just a well-rounded, versatile food with some interesting characteristics and a ton of offshoot products. Unlike most food “products,” however, coconut products are legit. They’re real food, and they’re real good. To help you guys wade through the often-confusing world of coconut products, I’ve put together a little guide to them all. Of course, I’ve probably missed a few things, so share your thoughts with me in the comments section.

Without further ado:

Coconut Oil

We’ve mentioned coconut oil plenty of times before. Tons of our readers eat it. It’s good by the spoonful, with eggs, on your scalp, or as a moisturizer. It can even double as a benign form of suntan lotion. Coconut oil is primarily saturated (over 90%), with the bulk of it coming from lauric acid, a medium chain saturated fatty acid; it’s incredibly heat-stable. Use it for stir-frying and sautéing, or drop a spoonful in your coffee. Makes a good base for an energy bar.

A tablespoon gets you 14 grams of fat, 12 of them saturated.

Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is to coconut oil as butter is to ghee; it’s made from whole coconut flesh, with all the delicious fat and the solids included. The oil and flesh meld together to form a creamy texture that spreads well. I wouldn’t use it for any high heat cooking, though, as the bits of flesh will just burn. Spoonfuls of this stuff are delicious, but addictive. Because the flesh is included, it retains a decent amount of sweetness. A big dollop of coconut butter can really finish off a curry nicely, though.

Two tablespoons get you 18 grams fat, 16 saturated.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded, fresh coconut meat with water, then squeezing it through a sieve or cheesecloth. The thick, creamy liquid that comes out is coconut milk and can be used for Thai curries and Brazilian seafood stew. Personally, I love drinking a big chilled glass of it by itself. Because people tend to misinterpret the natural separation of coconut milk in the can as spoilage, most canned coconut milk often includes thickening agents like guar gum, especially the stuff sold in Western countries. I wouldn’t worry too much about guar gum.

You could always make your own, of course, if you wanted to avoid any thickeners, preservatives, or BPA from the can lining.

A quarter cup gets you 12 grams of fat, 10 of them saturated.

Coconut Flour

We’ve gone over coconut flour before, so I’ll keep it brief. Use this stuff if you have a hankering for baked items. Ideally, we’d all stick to whole, real foods in their natural state, but there’s nothing wrong with the occasional Primal baked good. If it helps you maintain your eating plan without any major lapses, I’d say using coconut flour is a good compromise.

Two tablespoons get you 1.5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated, along with 10 grams of carbs, 9 of them fiber, and 2 grams protein.

Coconut Cream

Think of coconut cream as coconut milk without all the water. It’s the same stuff – pulverized coconut flesh mixed with water – but coconut cream is thicker and pastier. If you want to make a thicker coconut curry without all the added liquid, use coconut cream in place of milk. Many recipes even specifically call for coconut cream. In case you don’t have access to actual coconut cream, you can skim the thick top layer out of an unshaken, undisturbed can of coconut milk; that’s the cream. Store bought coconut cream is often sweetened, so be vigilant and scan those labels.

Creamed Coconut

Creamed coconut usually comes in a solid block. It may look like shortening or hydrogenated lard, but it’s not, and it may sound like coconut cream, but it isn’t. It’s pure coconut flesh, pulverized and formed into solid blocks that can be broken up into chunks and added to sauces or curries toward the end of cooking. Some claim it makes the best curries, better even than milk or cream-based ones. I haven’t tried, so I can’t verify that statement, but I am keeping my eyes peeled for creamed coconut.

An ounce will get you 20 grams of fat, mostly saturated, along with 6 grams of carbs, mostly fiber.

Desiccated Coconut

Desiccated coconut is unsweetened, very finely ground coconut with most of the moisture removed. This is not to be confused with coconut flour, which has the fat removed; desiccated coconut retains all the SFA goodness. Desiccated coconut is used all over for desserts, but PBers might enjoy sprinkling it over a bowl of berries and cream, onto curries, or directly into their mouths. It’s just the coconut flesh only dry, so there’s still a nice bit of subtle sweetness to desiccated coconut.

An ounce will get you 18 grams of fat, 16 grams saturated, 7 grams carbs, with 5 being fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Shredded Coconut

Shredded coconut is mostly dry, but it usually retains more moisture than full-on desiccated coconut. But really, the main difference between shredded coconut and desiccated coconut (and flaked coconut, too) is the shape of the coconut. Shredded coconut comes shredded; it’s in thin strands or strips. Flaked coconut, meanwhile, comes is flatter, wider pieces. Still dry, though, and still coconut. Use shredded or flaked coconut the same way you’d use desiccated, ground coconut.

Sources

Ethnic groceries, especially ones catering to Indian or Southeast Asian clientele, are the best brick-and-mortar spots for the various coconut products. They’ll usually have the most authentic products at the cheapest prices, but not everyone has access to these stores. Whole Foods and other health food spots will generally carry coconut oil, coconut milk, desiccated coconut, as well as shredded and/or flaked coconut. Maybe even coconut butter. Again, though, not everyone has access to a Whole Foods or a health food store. Trader Joe’s carries a coconut milk, but it’s “light.” Avoid these and stick to the full-fat versions.

Another option is an online vendor. There are several good ones:

Tropical Traditions tends to get high marks for its coconut products. Coconut oil gets most of the attention, but their “Organic Food” pull down menu has a section for other coconut stuff: flour, flakes, shredded coconut, and cream.

I hear great things about the Artisana Coconut Butter, available from several different sources, including Amazon and many more.

Simply Coconut is another vendor.

Another good option is to just browse Amazon, which carries a ton of different coconut products, each with user reviews. Find a few, compare the ratings and reviews, read the nutrition facts, and take a chance.

Word of mouth is best, though. I’m interested in hearing from readers. What are your favorite coconut products? Did I leave any out? And where do you buy your creamed coconut? What’s the best online vendor, in your opinion?

Photos Courtesy of Netrition.com, OregonLive.com, cornflower.typepad.com and phil.lees

TAGS:  is it primal?

Subscribe to the Newsletter

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

Leave a Reply

298 Comments on "The Wonderful World of Coconut Products"

avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
SLowe
SLowe
6 years 8 months ago

When I use coconut oil as moisturizer I have to chase my pooch out of the room. He wants to lick it off my ankles. I guess he’s a primal pooch.

Kim
Kim
6 years 8 months ago

LOL My cat does the same thing! He just loves coconut oil – particularly when it’s served on my feet! 😉

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 8 months ago

Just in case anyone has missed me singing the praises of Tropical Traditions…their Gold Label virgin coconut oil is fit for the gods. It has a delicate coconut flavor that turns an average meal into a sensational one. Fry your eggs in it. Stir-fry your veggies. Throw a spoonful or two into your sauces. Then don’t forget to lick every last delectable molecule off the spoon before you wash it.

Roslyn
Roslyn
1 year 2 months ago

I buy from them too for their oil in bulk…but I feel guilty not passing on some information that pulled me up totally in regards to Olive Oil.. if it is heated in any form for even just a limited time or even gets hot, it changes its form and becomes carcinogenic….yes our beautiful healthy olive oil should ONLY be used for salads etc and in its natural state..NO HEAT…google this info so you can be sure It is true… Cheers Roslyn

juca
juca
6 years 8 months ago

The most awesome about living in Brazil is that I’m not able to find other coconut products besides milk, water, shredded coconut and oil (which is too expensive).

Darrin
6 years 8 months ago

What a coincidence. Just bought my first bottle of coconut oil @ Whole Foods this weekend. Used it to saute some beef for chili, which turned out amazing. Also, one of my favorite soups is made with pureed butternut squash, coconut milk, and cayenne pepper. One question: I noticed both refined and unrefined coconut oil at the store. Is one preferred over the other?

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

YES! Unrefined and cold pressed 😉

Shel
Shel
5 years 4 months ago

some get sick of unrefined CO real quick. if you soon find the taste too cloying and insipid, the refined stuff is tastless and acceptable, being mostly saturated and unaffected by processing (oxidation doesn’t occur, for example).

hannahc
hannahc
6 years 8 months ago

Artisana coconut butter is delicious…I like it by the spoonful 🙂 I’ve never seen it in a butter-esque block like the picture you’ve got up there. I call the “Energy Bars” Coconut Bars instead, because I leave out the protein powder and just use more dessicated coconut! Coconut milk “ice cream” is good too, coco milk/frozen berries/a little vanilla extract all whipped in the food processor then left in the freezer for a few minutes. Yum!

Kim
Kim
1 year 10 months ago

I just found coconut butter at TJMaxx, they have lots of organic, unrefined coconut products and I also got myself some Himalayan pink salt!!

Gabe
6 years 8 months ago

I now cannot imagine how I lived without coconut for such a long time. It is a truly wonderful natural food.

Josh
Josh
6 years 8 months ago

Huh. I just got back from MOM’s Organic market with a jar of Coconut oil to leave in my office. Wada coinky-dink. 🙂

Seth
Seth
6 years 8 months ago

Which MOM’s? if you don’t mind me asking. I know a few of the managers.

zach
zach
6 years 8 months ago

I can’t imagine life without butter from a cow. Cococut butter is good though.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 8 months ago

Darrin, the refined oil removes the coconut flavor. If you want the health benefits of coconut oil but don’t like the taste (Gasp! I hear there are some crazy people who don’t like the taste.) then get the refined.

james
james
6 years 8 months ago

I use the refined organic cold pressed coconut for making mayonnaise (do not want the coconut flavor in my mayo) – I also use a wonderful California Olive Oil from Chaffin Family Vineyards. I mix about half refined coconut oil and half of the evoo.

Elizabeth
6 years 8 months ago

I love the taste of coconut oil, but not with everything (like eggs, gross). I do go with refined when I want to avoid the flavor. Now when I have my occasional cup of coffee, virgin coconut oil makes it taste like a dream. So the coconutty flavor definitely has its place in my hear.

Brian
Brian
6 years 8 months ago

coconut shells can also be used to make a primal bra….. 🙂

DB
DB
6 years 8 months ago

Who needs a bra if you’re primal?

SLowe
SLowe
6 years 8 months ago

Coconuts aren’t that big;)

FlyNavyWife
6 years 8 months ago

i have to agree with this.

Gina
6 years 8 months ago

yes that is usually true :)…but they are big enough to make cups to drink your kava in!

veronica
veronica
6 years 8 months ago

and I had a pair. lol. went with my grass skirt outfit. 🙂

Elizabeth
6 years 8 months ago

Dang, Mark, now you’ve got me craving coconut products. Well, at least it’s not the worst kind of craving to get…

Wilderness Family Naturals is a great place to shop for coconut products. They have a powdered coconut milk which is excellent if you need coconut milk in a pinch. I also love their raw cacao powder. Mix the two together and you have a smoothie that will rock your world (think Almond Joy in a glass).

aaron blaisdell
6 years 8 months ago
The discovery of coconut products is one of the blessings of going primal. I use coconut oil almost exclusively for frying. I love celery dipped into big heaps of coconut butter (Artisana’s is brilliant), or I just lick it off the spoon. I’ve even used creamed coconut to make little chocolates with blue berries inside. Coconut milk makes the best curries. If a curry recipe states how much water to put in, I always substitute the complete amount with coconut milk instead. The wife and I keep a jar of coconut oil in the bedroom for our dry hands during… Read more »
Krys
6 years 8 months ago

It does make an excellent moisturizer,for skin and hair, yes Aaron, you should try “that” 😉

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 8 months ago

Yes. Absolutely. haha

paleo_piper
6 years 8 months ago

I second this. Coconut oil and coconut products were offlimits in my old life as a lowfat vegan. But I had enormous cravings for them and I was living on Hawaii and avoiding them. What a crime. But I thought I was eating “healthY” by following CW. Such a shame.

AuroraDawn
AuroraDawn
2 years 9 months ago

I hear coconut oil is one of the best lubricants! It’s antibiotic and anti-fungal and doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals that feed candida etc like the commercial ones.

Candice
Candice
6 years 8 months ago

Does anyone know where you can find cocunut water?
I don’t have too many organic options where I live. I do have a Whole Foods & a local Co-Op, but the Co-Op is very selective in what they shelf. Thank you.

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

Amazon Has Vita Coco, O.N.E and Zico by the case at the best price anywhere! http://bit.ly/6eKSUG

I usually get Vita Coco. Warning! The stuff is addictive!

FlyNavyWife
6 years 8 months ago

i got O.N.E. and it is VERY good.
If you sign up for auto-shipping you get a discount AND free shipping, and if you don’t like it as much as you thought you would you can cancel your “subscription.”

Angelina
Angelina
6 years 8 months ago

Unfortunately, in Australia I cannot get all of these products, just the oil, milk (canned), cream (canned), desiccated and shredded. I was worried about the guar gum though. You say not to worry about it but I was wondering if it had any harmful lectins?

jane britton
jane britton
4 years 7 months ago

Hi you can get coconut water at woolies, in the drinks section (cold) near the nudie juices and chocolate milks… I know right – madness!

Krys
6 years 8 months ago

I have found Coconut water at the local Natural Foods store, the co-op and at Safeway (they had the lowest price). At Safeway, it was with the sodas/mixers.

Matt
Matt
6 years 8 months ago

Careful with that supermarket coconut water, I have found that even my high end store has only heavily sweetened (20g sugar/8 oz) types.

Candice
Candice
6 years 8 months ago

Excellent. Thank you! I can’t live without my coconut oil & now I have read about the benifits of the water. Eating & living natural is really just awesome!

Matt
Matt
6 years 8 months ago

So I’m backtracking my previous comment. I just went to my supermarket and found the brands listed above in the Amazon pozt. I think its just Goya brand that adds sugar. Naturally seems that 10g carb / 8 oz is typical.

Adam Kayce
6 years 8 months ago

Love it, love it, love it. Anything coconut, any time, is fine with me.

Not a day goes by that I don’t eat something coconut-based, and in fact, I love it so much, I named my webdesign company after it.

And since is the second time in 24 hours that I’m hearing about Artisana’s butter, I’m going to put it on the list for this weekend. Yum!

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

Artisana’s butter is amazing!

Free Tip: Don’t eat it while watching TV, or that 1/2 show will cost you $12-$16! 😉

Mark says, “What are your favorite coconut products?”

That’s like asking me what’s my favorite way for YOU to deposit money in MY bank account. I don’t care… just hand it over in any form!

Grok
6 years 7 months ago

Found a cheaper alternative to Artisana today made by Let’s Do… http://bit.ly/9ZgBFR

Doesn’t seem pureed as fine as the Artisana or Tropical Traditions, but thats fine by me 🙂 I like chunkier and the flavor is wonderful.

trackback

[…] Original post by Mark Sisson […]

HiitMama
6 years 8 months ago

Unsweetened coconut butter and vanilla makes the best pie crust – for those who don’t mind converting nonprimal foods.

marleen davis
4 years 2 months ago

I sure would like your recipe for pie crust. Would you be kind enough to email it to my address? marleenandlouie@cox.net I sure appreciate it. Any other baking recipes that you love? marleen

Ursula
Ursula
2 years 6 months ago

I would love to try your piecrust recipe. If you would be so kind to share it, my email is aga_mum@yahoo.com

Kishore
Kishore
6 years 8 months ago

Coconut oil can also be used as an excellent skin moisturizer and sunscreen. Coconut oil has been used for centuries in many asian countries as a hair and body oil. Apply it before you shower and use a mild soap. Your skin will retain a glow and moisture all day long. Look at the ingredients in your average body lotion, it’s usually mineral oil based and full of chemicals. Never put something on your skin that you would not put in your mouth!

Raghunath K M
Raghunath K M
5 years 5 months ago

In India there is state called Kerala. Kerala means land of coconut trees. 33,000,000+ people of this place uses coconut for making most of dishes. Local variety of banana chips deep fried in coconut is the best.
Visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala

Katie
Katie
4 years 9 months ago

Absolutely agree – if you wouldn’t eat it, why put it on your skin??!!

AuroraDawn
AuroraDawn
2 years 9 months ago
And coconut oil can also be used for a oral rinse or “oil pulling” as the ancients called it. It’s good for treating/preventing many diseases of the mouth and teeth and helps prevent illness when bacteria enters the body via the mouth/cavities etc. Over time oil pulling helps to whiten the teeth, treats bad breath, helps to prevent dry mouth and the “exercise” you get swishing helps to firm the neck and lower face and strengthens the jaw. Do some research on oil pulling and you will see the extensive benefits. And with coconut oil the experience and taste are… Read more »
JamieRose
JamieRose
6 years 8 months ago

Has anyone used coconut cream for coffee creamer???

I love me some coconut milk, but I don’t like it much in my coffee…

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

So delicious makes a coconut coffee creamer. I have a non-primal friend who likes it.

marcib
marcib
6 years 8 months ago

I LOVE coconuts and esp the young thai coco flesh which can be whipped into a dessert cream, or turned into noodles or ice cream…mmm! But I had no idea there was such a thing as coconut butter that comes in a brick, like dairy butter. All this time I thought coconut butter was just what the oil was called when solidified.
I also did not know the refined coconut oil was flavorless-good to know-will have to get some asap!
Thanks everyone.

maba
maba
6 years 8 months ago

Another product, desiccated coconut flakes. I’ve made microwave and oven-baked chips with this. You can find the recipe in the forum.

Toddy, a fermented alcoholic drink available in India, is made from the sap of the coconut tree.

maba
maba
6 years 8 months ago

Mark, I used to use instant coconut milk powder, but stopped using it after I turned Primal. They have maltodextrin added to them. Which, in your opinion, is the lesser of the 2 evils – BPA or maltodextrin?

Pikaia
Pikaia
6 years 8 months ago

Native Forest brand coconut milk is in BPA-free cans.

maba
maba
6 years 8 months ago

Thanks Pikaia!

Joe
Joe
6 years 8 months ago

Mark, in your book you discuss staying away from PUFAs, especially sunflower and safflower oils. Would that recommendation also include Sunbutter?

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

Coconut oil…
Everyone I know who is not primal hates it.
Everyone I know who is primal absolutely loves it.

Must be one of those flavors that changes with your tastebuds? When I ask if someone likes coconut oil, non-primals usually say, “Ewww, pina colada! I hate coconut.”

Maybe just all the SAD people have had bad drunken experiences?

…or maybe we need one of those STUPID bumper stickers or t-shirts that say:

Coconut Oil
It’s a Primal thing. You wouldn’t understand!

ROTFLMAO 🙂

Zack
Zack
6 years 8 months ago

What about coconut water? I know the sugar content is high. But is great for re-hydration and recovery after an intense work out.

FlyNavyWife
6 years 8 months ago

REAL coconut water doesn’t have that much sugar… the kind in my grocery store has added sugar though. I ordered O.N.E. brand off amazon.com and it’s unsweetened…

I mean, I guess it could be “high” if you drink a ton of it, but in an 11 oz serving, it’s not bad.
Very good for rehydration.

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

Zack see my Amazon comment above. Agreed, it is an awesome sports drink!

Angelina
Angelina
6 years 8 months ago

Hi Mark, I cannot get coconut milk in Australia at all. I also do a lot of martial arts training and need a good sports drink. Would watering down canned coconut milk be just as good?

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

You can’t order it from Amazon? http://bit.ly/6eKSUG

You could hop on your ebay and find it too.

AnnaBee
AnnaBee
5 years 14 minutes ago
Hey! This is such an incredibly late answer but where in Aus do you live? In Sydney there´s coconut products everywhere now (but I´m new here so that might be new?). Check the asian food isle at any Coles and Woolworths and you will probably find it, maybe some Ghee too. I buy Ayam which is really really thick and creamy 🙂 Also found lots of options of coconut oils in my local health food store. I usually store my milk in a sport drink shaker, when using it in tea I water it down and also if you want… Read more »
jane britton
jane britton
4 years 7 months ago

You can get coconut milk in both Coles and Woolies and probably every corner store in Australia, its in the tinned milk area I think,or try the asian food aisle.

YUMMO I buy both weekly!

Water Lily
Water Lily
6 years 8 months ago

Coconut vinegar

Coconut aminos (like soy sauce only better)

Etc.

http://www.coconutsecret.com/index.html

Caveman Sam
6 years 8 months ago

I just made what I thought was coconut flour in my Vita Mix this morning but I guess it was dessicated coconut. Good to know. Made some great coconut flapjacks though.

katbarnett16
katbarnett16
6 years 8 months ago

I tell people all the time that I think I’m turning into a coconut! I use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer, I use it to stir fry veggies, I bake w/ coconut flour, I use coconut milk in place of cow’s milk and even make a “cereal” using coconut flakes, raw almonds, fruit and of course w/ coconut cream (diluted w/ water). I’ve had many a conversation trying to convince people how healthy coconut is…I suppose my low body fat percentage speaks for itself.

JamesA
JamesA
5 years 8 months ago

yes, it certainly does!

Scott J
Scott J
6 years 8 months ago

I am currently finishing up a gallon of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. Quite honestly, it was a little disappointing in that it has quite an odor. It’s my understanding that the odor means it is spoiling.

My next batch will be ordered from http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com. I’ve heard good things about their products.

JamesA
JamesA
5 years 8 months ago

I think this is false. As I understand it from their FAQ, the unrefined oil will smell like a coconut because the smell hasn’t been steamed out of it at high temperature. If you want plain, unsmelling oil you can buy their “Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil”.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 8 months ago

I love coconut.

What about coconut rolled dates? I bought some at the health food store last night. Are those primal, or too sugary? I am new to this.

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a really easy treat to eat the whole package of! 🙂

Will shoot up the carbos pretty quickly. If your eating PB for weight loss, I wouldn’t re-buy those for a while.

Lisa
Lisa
6 years 8 months ago

If you’re buying coconut milk in a can, the only brand that currently uses BPA free cans is Native Forest. The brands at Whole Foods and Trader Joes both have BPA in their cans.

I’ve been ordering cases of Native Forest online to keep the BPA out of my coconut milk.

Pikaia
Pikaia
6 years 8 months ago

Where are you getting Native Forest coconut milk online? It is $2 a can at Stop & Shop (grocery chain found in MA, RI, CT, NY, and NJ), so I’m curious to know if you’ve found it for less online.

Debbie
Debbie
6 years 8 months ago
Oooh, those photos are making me swoon. I adore coconut. I’ve loved it all my life, even when I was following the bad old SAD diet of yesteryear. I can recall begging mom to buy a coconut at the supermarket when I was kid, and the fun of drilling holes in the ‘eyes’ and draining out the water, and then slamming the coconut down on the sidewalk to smash it open! Then prising out all the delicious meat. I do love the lovely taste of virgin coconut oil, and usually put a good dollop into my morning coffee. I just… Read more »
roseline
roseline
5 years 1 month ago

Hey Mark, thanks for all d useful info on coconuts and its products. Pls I’d love to know how much of these: milk, oil, nuts itself will be considered ok per day. thanks and keep d good work going.

Darcy
Darcy
6 years 8 months ago

Very timely post! I am baking for a last minute bake sale tonight. Given my primal pantry I was skeptical as to how I could help, but found an abundance of coconut flour recipes here: http://www.tiana-coconut.com/coconut_flour_recipes.htm Going to substitute extra banana for the sugar in the banana bread – fingers crossed!

Kurt Hessenbruch
Kurt Hessenbruch
6 years 8 months ago

You forgot the ever-popular macaroon.

shepherd
6 years 8 months ago

If only I weren’t allergic to coconut… and almonds… and all other tree nuts.

Cool article though!

Jason
Jason
6 years 8 months ago

Anyone have coconut milk almost daily? I’ve been making many curries lately and I feel like I want to add coconut milk anytime I’m stir frying.

Just made this and it came out excellent – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/curried_fish.html

No rice of course 🙂

Sharonll
Sharonll
6 years 8 months ago

Loved “the nut itself can be used as a projectile weapon”!

Allison
Allison
6 years 8 months ago

Anyone have have a good recipe for making mayonaise with coconut oil?

Harpo
Harpo
6 years 6 months ago

Or this one: it’s always in my fridge… 🙂

http://www.foodrenegade.com/enzyme-rich-mayonnaise/

Heather Lackey
6 years 8 months ago

I’ve been drinking Coconut Chai from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea on a daily basis lately. So good, especially with coconut milk splashed in it.

I have Artisana coconut butter, but I keep forgetting I have it. I wonder how it tastes with buffalo chicken wings…. Tonight’s a good night to find out. 🙂

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 8 months ago

Scott, the virgin coconut oils do have a distinctive taste and odor. If you don’t like it, you need to get the expeller pressed, refined coconut oil.

Jane
Jane
6 years 8 months ago

One of my favourite coconut products is Ciao Bella’s coconut sorbet(http://www.ciaobellagelato.com/flavors/flavors.php?id=303). It only has 4 ingredients (Water, Creamed Coconut Meat, Shredded Coconut and Pectin). I’m not exactly sure where Pectin falls in with primal, but it’s still really good.

Lisa
Lisa
6 months 29 days ago

I believe you left out another ingredient in this product: Cane sugar!

PRGalLinda
PRGalLinda
6 years 8 months ago

I’ve just started going primal about a month ago. Down to 119 from 127 lbs in that time. Just now I blended 2/3 cup chilled coconut milk, 1 frozen banana, and a splash of vanilla extract with about 6 ice cubes. Heaven…like coconut vanilla ice cream, but better! Ate a 1/2 cup of it and the rest is in the freezer for later!

PRGalLinda
PRGalLinda
6 years 8 months ago

not that much later. finished it. quite full now.

Eleanor Snyder
6 years 8 months ago

I’m going to make you all jealous. I just returned from a Sunshine Market here on Kauai. After buying all of the wonderful produce I treat myself to a fresh coconut in which the vendor just chops into the middle so you can put a straw in and drink away! If you stay long enough to finish it he will crack open the thing so you can eat the fresh coconut from inside. Yummmmm.

Grok
6 years 8 months ago

I HATE YOU!

1.) for being in Kauai (49° raining here)
2.) for the fresh coconut comment

😉

Gina
6 years 8 months ago

Yeah! I was just going to suggest this way of enjoying coconut…we do here on Maui!

JamieRose
JamieRose
6 years 8 months ago

That. sounds. AWESOME. Mission accomplished, I am incredibly jealous.

Mary
Mary
6 years 8 months ago

On My hair, my skin, my natural protein shakes, cakes, breads, pancakes, hot cocoa, coffee, sauces, homemade yogurt… Coconut is everywhere xD

Adam
Adam
6 years 8 months ago

Anyone have definitive info on the fructose levels and glucose/fructose ratios in Coconut and Coconut products?

Deanna
Deanna
6 years 8 months ago

I’m a big fan of coconut, having used coconut milk, coconut oil, and dessicated coconut, but not regularly. After all these comments, I’m starting to crave more coconut!

Jayadeep Purushothaman
6 years 8 months ago

Having grown up in a coconut country(south-western coast of India), coconut was a key ingredient in everything we ate until the anti-coconut reports about it not being good for health came up. But I brought it back to prime time couple of years back and hasn’t looked back since – coconut oil fried fish, fish in coconut sauce etc. etc. We also get fresh tender coconuts all over town which has been a good replacement for all things aerated. Thanks Mark for sharing!

Ramona Denton
6 years 8 months ago

Thanks for all the info and inspiration!!! I have some coconut products, but don’t remember to eat them regularly. It seems to be a bit of a challenge for me to incorporate them into my daily diet.

BenevolentForce
BenevolentForce
6 years 8 months ago

I love me some coconut products! I use coconut oil in my hair to make it strong and shiny, coconut flour to “flour” my chicken fillets. I’m even eating a fresh coconut as I type this. Yum!

veronica
veronica
6 years 8 months ago

With a family of 5, Nutiva’s 1gallon coldpressed virgin Coconut oil is what’s in my pantry, with a small jar on the kitchen counter and cosmetic compacts in the bathroom and on the nightstand.

coconut milk/cream poured over frozen berries and banana’s – yummy PWO snack! 😀

Prithwin
Prithwin
6 years 8 months ago

what if I could climb up a coconut tree with no aid to get my coconut. that would be a great workout maybe ill train for that.

wpDiscuz