Coconut Oil Convert

How in the world did I wait so long to try coconut oil?


A week or so ago, I got a fun package in the mail – a huge jar of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.

I know I’m like months behind on this trend, but I’m so happy I finally had the chance to try it.


Coconut oil is…strange. But a great strange!

It’s solid at room temperature, so it’s hard for me to call it an “oil”. But seriously – opening that jar brings up summer time memories of playing at the beach and the smell of my mom’s suntan oil (that stuff was not solid at room temp).

And while I would have loved to make something with limes and pineapple or something else completely tropical, I found a muffin recipe on their website that I knew I had to try.


I made this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin recipe, and only made a few changes – I cut everything in half (only making 12 muffins) and used all whole wheat flour and skim milk.

Yeah…I was thinking the same thing after opening the jar.

Pumpkin and coconut? Won’t this be too strong? Will the coconut flavor overpower the subtle spices and dark chocolate chips?

Turns out I had nothing to worry about.

Sure, the batter smelled a bit like coconut after adding the melted oil, but after baking, these were simply some of the best pumpkin muffins I’ve ever had.


Nick even liked them, and he’s not a huge fan of pumpkin anything!


Have you ever used coconut oil? What’s your favorite way to use it?


  1. Oh I love coconut oil. Now you must try coconut butter!

  2. My mom is in love with coconut oil–I think I will try it out when I go home next week for the holiday!

  3. Coconut oil is amazing!! Tropical Traditions definitely makes the best one I’ve tried too. I use coconut oil every day stirred into my oatmeal, so good! I also use it to cook certain dishes, my favorite being stir fry. It’s perfect for that. I used to wash my face with it too, can you believe it?! Tropical Traditions also makes a coconut cream concentrate which has coconut oil in it and it’s fabulous!

  4. Haven’t tried it yet but I do see a lot of people mentioning it or using it in their recipes. I’ll have to check it out.

  5. I dont know anything about coconut oil, but I am looking forward to see some recipes from you.

  6. Hmm, I’ve seen a lot of it but never used it. Look forward to hearing about your experiences with it.

  7. It’s been a while since I’ve baked with coconut oil. But I love using it under my eyes! :)

  8. I’ve used coconut oil and bit and really like it! Not too overpowering, just the perfect hint of coconut.

  9. I’ve never tried coconut oil. I do love pumpkin muffins, though!

  10. I use it for frying my eggs – good fat and for the little bit you use, it doesn’t taste “coconutty”…

  11. i love stir frying with it – makes everything taste like thai food!

  12. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, so I haven’t tried it yet.


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