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7 Great Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I recently posted about my current top 10 Costco finds. One of the most commented on items was the Coconut oil. We use it for just about everything in our home. Here are 7 ways we love using Coconut oil.

1. Natural Vapor Rub 

Anytime we have a cold in the house I whip up a batch of homemade vapor rub. It is perfect for rubbing on the chest to help with congestion or I rub on the bottom of our feet and then put on socks.


Homemade Vapor Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 drops peppermint oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

4 drop OnGuard

Mix and keep in fridge until needed.

2.  Face wash

I have always had a problem with acne and sensitive skin. The only two things that have worked for me is “oil washing” with coconut oil and black soap. During the winter, I primarily use my coconut oil wash. I like to use a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and baking soda. It is a perfect moisturizer and exfoliator all wrapped in one wash.

Homemade Coconut Face Wash

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

2 drops melaleuca essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil.

Mix and keep in a resealable container.

3.  Hair conditioner

We like to use coconut oil as a pre-poo conditioner/hot oil treatment. We simply section hair and slather hair from root to tip. Place hair in a shower cap for 30 minutes and then proceed with washing routine. For a deeper treatment, you can sit under a hair dryer.

4.  Toothpaste

Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and has shown to be an effect tool to prevent gum disease. ****This also works well as a face exfoliating**** 🙂 

Simple Coconut Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

1 tbsp bentonite clay

2 drops peppermint

2 drops melaleuca

2 drops clove

Mix and store in a condiment jar that is squeezable.

5.  Muscle soothing rub

As an active family, we usually have someone that is experiencing some muscle pain. We have a container muscle rub that I refill regularly.

Muscle Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

5 drops Deep Blue essential oil or 2 drops peppermint & 2 drops melaleuca

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients and use for any muscle or joint pain.

6.  Eczema Relief

Three of my four daughters battled with eczema. This run eased the pain and dryness well. One of them had to take the coconut oil internally as well to rectify the issue.

Eczema cream

1/2 cup coconut oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix and keep in fridge till needed.

7.  Non-Dairy Coffee Cream

I enjoy starting my day with a cup of coffee and I often start it with a cup blended with coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon.  The coconut oil gives the coffee a similar mouth feel as cream but offers a multitude of health benefits. The key is blending the coffee, honey, cinnamon and coconut oil in a blender to get a good mixture.

Pumpkin Yogurt with Spiced Granola

For today’s Pumpkin and Pinterest feature recipe we are enjoying delicious, gut friendly Pumpkin Yogurt with Spiced Granola from Kiwi and Carrot. This is a nice little treat that my boys fell head over heels for.  They all agree that yogurt is the best all time food ever.

I altered the granola a bit to suit what I had on hand.

  • Added shredded coconut
  • Substituted the whole wheat flour for coconut flour
  • Substitute chia seeds for flaxseed meal
  • Substitute pepita seeds for pumpkin seeds

Coconut is great for improving the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, helping to maintain strong bones and teeth. 

Flaxseed is a powerhouse for omega-3 fatty acids.  These healthy fats promote heart health and aid in cancer prevention. 

Flaxseed is also a great source of fiber that encourages colon and digestive health. 

Pumpkin Seeds are rich in zinc and help boost the immune system and fertility. 

Ingredients

Pumpkin Yogurt
    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup (heaping) canned pumpkin puree
    • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
Spiced granola
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Instructions

Pumpkin Yogurt
    1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well until combined.
Spiced Granola
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well until combined.
  3. Spread granola on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven but don’t stir so the granola can cluster up. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in an air-tight container for up to three days.

Notes

*To make this a pumpkin smoothie, combine all ingredients for the yogurt with 1 frozen banana and a handful of ice cubes in a blender. Mix until well combined and top with spiced granola.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Yogurt with Spiced Granola
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3 cups granola, yogurt serves 2
 
Start your day with a deliciously filling pumpkin yogurt topped with spiced granola. Full of fiber and protein.
Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Yogurt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup (heaping) canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Spiced granola
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut melted
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Pumpkin Yogurt
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well until combined.
  3. Spiced Granola
  4. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees
  5. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well until combined.
  6. Spread granola on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven but don't stir so the granola can cluster up. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in an air-tight container for up to three days.
Notes
*To make this a pumpkin smoothie, combine all ingredients for the yogurt with 1 frozen banana and a handful of ice cubes in a blender. Mix until well combined and top with spiced granola.

Sriracha Pumpkin Quinoa Sliders

Last Friday my kids school had a Trunk n Treat festival, and I could not get dinner ready fast enough for them to get out of here and play with their classmates. Fridays are the days I will raid the fridge and see what can be “repurposed”. These sliders were born from this clean out.

I featured Sriracha Pumpkin Hummus for the Pumpkins and Pinterest series. True to form, I made a double batch and froze one. I pulled it out a couple days ago and had a bit left in the fridge. I grabbed the hummus; some leftover quinoa, eggs and coconut flour; out of that the quinoa pumpkin sliders were born.

Sriracha Pumpkin Sliders


2 cups quinoa (prepared according to package directions)
1 cup sriracha pumpkin hummus
4 eggs
1/2 cup coconut flour
Salt and pepper to taste.

Heat griddle on medium heat
Combine first three ingredients and mix well
Slowly add in coconut flour and mix till smooth.
Let mixture sit for five minutes to thicken a bit.

Using a 1/4 cup cookie scoop out mixture and place on griddle.
Use a damp spatula to flatten slider
Cook on medium for 3 minutes each side

We initially ate the sliders plain and dipped them in the Chick Fil A Polynesian sauce. Yeah, we will just put that in the 20 percent category.
We had the sliders again and served them with a cranberry spinach salad dressed with an apple cider vinegar and honey vinaigrette.

 

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Pumpkin Quinoa Slider
Author: 
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 24
 
This quick and easy protein and fiber packed slider will satisfy the whole family.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa (prepared according to package directions
  • 1 cup sriracha pumpkin hummus
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle on medium heat
  2. Combine first three ingredients and mix well
  3. Slowly add in coconut flour and mix till smooth.
  4. Let mixture sit for five minutes to thicken a bit.
  5. Using a ¼ cup cookie scoop out mixture and place on griddle.
  6. Use a damp spatula to flatten slider
  7. Cook on medium for 3 minutes each side

Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups

Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups are the next recipe featured in our Pumpkins and Pinterest series.   These darlings are from Food Pleasure and Health and oh am I glad that I tried this recipe they are divine.


I had so much fun making these. I’m not sure why I’ve never attempted to make any type of chocolate cup considering my obsession with peanut butter cups.  These were simple to make and worth every second it took. I must admit I was staring down the clock and trying to occupy my time as I waited for these beauties to solidify so I could try them out.


  

4.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups
Author: 
Recipe type: Sweet Treat
Serves: 14
 
A perfect sweet treat for Fall. A delicious pumpkin pie filling surrounded by decadent chocolate.
Ingredients
  • Shell:
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Pumpkin Filling:
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or any other milk)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
Instructions
  1. Line a baking tray with mini muffin liners, or use a silicon muffin tray for easy release.
  2. In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, add coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder, salt and stir
  3. everything together and pour about 1 tablespoon of chocolate into each muffin liner.
  4. Place muffin liner in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until it hardens a little bit.
  5. In the meantime, whip pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, milk, honey together. Spoon about 1
  6. tablespoon of mixture into mini muffin liner then top with more chocolate. If te chocolate thickens,
  7. use a spoon to whip it back into liquid consistency.
  8. Allow it to freeze for couple hours then enjoy.
  9. Store in the freezer.

Today I let the boys try them out and  come to find out I am the best mom in the universe.  See what a little chocolate and pumpkin can do. 😊



 If you don’t like spending time in the kitchen or prefer cooking over baking this is a perfect recipe to try out they are delicious they melt in your mouth and that little kick out of pumpkin pie filling is perfect for fall.

Have you ever tried making any type of chocolate cups before?  Someone, please tell me I’m not the only one that hasn’t tried this.

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