Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

If you are looking for new and healthy ways to cook, start looking in to using coconut oil instead of olive oil. Coconut is a heart healthy food and will keep your body in shape along with a balanced diet and exercise. Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Coconut fats have special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It has been shown that breaking down these types of healthy fats in the liver leads to efficient burning of energy and lead to waeight loss benefits.

Coconut oil works in both baked goods like zucchini and banana bread and with vegetables. It is especially tasteful when paired with bitter greens like kale. It is also a wonderful addition to oatmeal to make it even creamier, while staying healthy. Coconut oil also tastes amazing and will add that extra flavor to any dish!

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Check out this recipe for a delicious carrot cake granola using coconut oil!

PREP: 10 MINS COOK: 25 MINS TOTAL: 35 MINS
INGREDIENTS:

2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if making this GF)
1 cup grated or shredded carrots
1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
(optional) 1/2 cup shaved or shredded coconut
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add the oats, carrots, pecans, walnuts, coconut (if using), maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves together in a large mixing bowl. Toss well until combined.

Spread the mixture out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, pulling the mixture out at the halfway point and giving it a good stir before the final round of baking. Remove and let cool until the granola reaches room temperature. Then add raisins and toss to combine.

Enjoy immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

*If you’d prefer to just use one kind of nuts, you can either use 2 cups of pecans or 2 cups of walnuts. If you don’t like raisins, you can just omit them.
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