Not too long ago I contacted Tropical Traditions about doing a review of some of their products for you all. I had used their Coconut Flour and was interested in trying more coconut products. They were very gracious and sent me this HUGE 32 oz. container of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! If you’ve never seen coconut oil before, it’s solid at room temperature. The day that it arrived from FedEx, though, it was so hot outside and in the delivery truck, it had liquefied!!!
If you’ve never used coconut oil before, you are in for a treat! I was under the impression that it was just something you cooked with, but I got some really good alternative uses for it from my friends!
But before I get into the “how” of it, let me get into the “what” and “why.” Tropical Traditions has a great video on how they discovered Virgin Coconut Oil and why it’s different from any other on the market. From the video you will learn that this coconut oil is not machine produced and it’s processed so that the milk and oil naturally separate, instead of using a harsh chemical process. This way you get all of the good stuff that you are supposed to get, without some of the effects of leftover chemicals from production.
Another thing that I learned from Tropical Traditions is that their coconut oil and coconut flours are produced in coconut only facilities! I can safely give these products to my child without having to worry about if it was produced along side peanuts and tree nuts. For a long time, coconut was not considered a tree nut, but recently, the FDA has deemed it as such, causing some confusion. According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:
Should coconut be avoided by someone with a tree nut allergy?
Discuss this with your doctor. Coconut, the seed of a drupaceous fruit, has typically not been restricted in the diets of people with tree nut allergy. However, in October of 2006, the FDA began identifying coconut as a tree nut. The available medical literature contains documentation of a small number of allergic reactions to coconut; most occurred in people who were not allergic to other tree nuts. Ask your doctor if you need to avoid coconut.
Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil makes a great alternative to a butter and shortening in recipes and adds a real depth of flavor. If you are a fan of coconut, you will have to try this out! I’ve used it in several new recipes as well as some of my old tried and true recipes and it works great and we loved the flavor! I will say, though, that if you are not a fan of coconut, this may not be the product for you.
So, are you ready to hear how I used this amazing product? I have a new recipe, an old recipe and 3 uses. I’m sure there are many more ways to use it than I have found, too!
I’ve been dealing with some skin issues on my face, where I had some flaky patches that just would not seem to absorb my face moisturizer. A friend had recommended some uses for coconut oil, so I gave it a shot. I’m normally a dry face/oily hair kind of person, so I was a little nervous about putting more oil on my face, but once I tried it a few days, I was amazed that the flaky patches had soaked up the oil and were not noticeable! I took that as a good sign and also used it on my son’s dry, bumpy skin after his bath one night. Now, I wasn’t able to see what it did after several nights, because he kind of freaked out on me because I was putting something smelly on him. I did notice the next day that his skin seemed a little smoother and less dry. Maybe I’ll give it another shot and see what happens! I did also use it on my little girl’s diaper rash a few times and while I didn’t see a drastic difference in the healing time, I did feel better knowing I was putting a natural, organic product on her little tush and not some petroleum and paraben based chemicals. As with any new product for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, please, always test on a small patch of skin, like your hand, to make sure you won’t have a reaction.
The coconut oil arrived around the time of my son’s 4th birthday, so I thought it would be a great time to get in the test kitchen and see what I could come up with. I had used their coconut flour before and one thing I noticed was that it took a TON of eggs to make cakes and such. I’m not sure why, only that I know coconut flour is not your typical gluten free flour. I also knew that I wanted something that would go well with a coconut flavor, and I found this Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake recipe from Kelly at The Spunky Coconut (which is apropos, don’t you think?) I had to tweak her recipe quite a bit, but it did provide me with a great base for this new recipe, featuring 2 Tropical Traditions products!
In order to keep this post from being SO long, you can find my Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes with “Butter”cream Icing recipe here.
I also used this coconut oil in a new version of my Oat Bar recipe that turned out SO amazing! Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oat Bars
You can also get more great recipes from their Free Coconut Recipes site.
So. Now you’re saying to me, “Jessica, where do I GET this amazing product!” And of course, I would tell you to head to Tropical Traditions to check out their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, as well as their other great products! If you hurry, you can get 2 quarts (32 oz) of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for only $40.00! This is basically a buy one, get one free deal, but it ends on Thursday, October 6, so you need to act quick!
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.