Monday, March 7, 2011
Tropical Traditions - Virgin Coconut Oil
But I'm starting to get over my aversion. Macaroons are a common baking result of mine, and I have been recently known to drink coconut water before marathons.
And then I started seeing recipes online calling for coconut oil, particularly baked goods. I had no idea that coconut oil is solid until I saw this jar for the first time. Then I realized that this is meant to be a substitute for butter.
Here's my first cooking trial with coconut oil -- MANY more uses for this stuff can be found HERE. However, I opted to use a vegan carrot cake cookie recipe I saw on Oh She Glows for this little experiment, since I had the ingredients on hand, and I LOVE carrot cake!
The coconut oil I used came from the folks at Tropical Traditions.
(I forgot the oats in this group-shot, but you get the idea.) :$
The moment of truth: I had to scoop out 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
Here's a shot of the jar and the contents:
Interesting texture, right? I put this in a bowl and microwaved it for about 25 seconds to melt it a little. It becomes more translucent as it warms. It smelled only faintly of coconut, possibly because it was still in this semi-solid form.
I confess that in my absent-mindedness, rush, and stress, I didn't follow the instructions quite as well as I should have. I had to add some splashes of regular soy milk to get the mixture to even hold together.
The resultant cookies are here:
(I don't know WHY my camera decided to focus on everything BUT the subject cookie.) :( It was having a bad day, apparently, because I tried to take this picture several, several times. So kindly avert your eyes to the cookies in the background.
Maybe this shot is better? No... agh!
So since I flubbed a bit with the instructions, the cookies came out less sweet and not quite textured the way I had imagined. I was disappointed, but once again, "The Ukrainian" thought they were good, and he was actually glad they weren't too sweet because they had a good flavor and nice texture (besides the cookies being very fragile). I actually thought they were pretty good... definitely reminiscent of carrot cake but much, much more "pure."
I can imagine there are lots of other ways to use coconut oil, but in my vegan baking adventures, I can definitely agree with it being a good substitute for butter/other oils. It also imparts a nice, light coconut flavor into foods.
Check out this video for more information on virgin coconut oil!
FTC 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.