Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sharing the love of Coconut Oil..here's why....

Run out and buy yourself some coconut oil!!  How many products do you know of that you can  lather it on your head & skin  to moisturize & relieve stress while putting some in your oatmeal cookie recipe?
Seriously, coconut oil has amazing health benefits. Easily found at your local supermarket near all the cooking oils. Check it out!
There are many brands available but this is what I have in my pantry now...
Great for cooking but I also put some in a small container in the bathroom and massage some on after a shower while skin is still moist - great Winter moisturizer!
Great cookie recipe:

Oatmeal Double Coconut Cookies with Chocolate Chips

By Claire Criscuolo, restaurateur

These cookies stay soft and moist which makes them ideal for the cookie jar!

1 cup Spectrum Organic coconut oil or Spectrum Organic Shortening

1-½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated organic sugar

2 eggs, or equivalent

1 teaspoon almond extract

1-2/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

2-½ cup rolled oats

½ cup sweetened coconut, shredded

½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure the Spectrum Organic Coconut oil into a large bowl. Beat using a wooden spoon until creamy. Add the brown and white sugars and beat until well blended. Add the eggs and almond extract. Beat until well blended. In a separate bowl, measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sift this into another bowl. Add this to the creamed mixture, all at once, and stir to mix well. Add the rolled oats, coconut, and chocolate chips. Stir well to combine. The batter will be stiff. Spray 2 cookie sheets with Spectrum Canola Spray. Drop teaspoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving an inch of space in between each. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes until just set and golden brown, and a tester inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. Allow to set for a couple of minutes before transferring to a platter to cool. Continue baking the remaining cookies.

Serving size:

Makes 4 dozen

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