Coconut & Coconut Oil Recipes

I love coconut and coconut oil. The flavor, the scent, the richness and depth of flavor added to food.

Favorite Coconut and Coconut Oil Recipes:

No-Bake Samoas Cookie Granola Bars (vegan, GF)

No-Bake Samoas Cookie Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Healthy granola bars that taste like Samoas Cookies. Easy recipe at

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars

Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate

Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips

Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn

Chocolate Coconut Princess Smoothie

Vegan GF Pancakes

Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins - Easy, No-Mixer Recipe for Soft Muffins at

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy Recipe at

Vegan Mini-Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins - Fast & Easy No-Mixer Recipe for Healthy Muffins at
Vegan Mini-Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins - Fast & Easy No-Mixer Recipe for Healthy Muffins at
Pineapple Coconut Oil Banana Bread
Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter
Cinnamon Spice Applesauce Bread with Honey Butter - Applesauce keeps this bread so soft & moist! It's like apple spice cake, disguised as 'bread' so you can have extra!
Coconut White Chocolate Chip Blondies
Samoas Bars (you can use coconut oil in place of the butter/margarine)

Magic Eight Bars

Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars (coconut flakes used, can use coconut oil in place of canola)

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars

Soft Molasses Coconut Oil Crinkle Cookies – No butter used and you’ll never  miss it

Soft Molasses Coconut Oil Crinkle Cookies - No butter, no problem. My favorite molasses cookies ever. Easy recipe at

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies – No Butter and No White Sugar Added

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies

Soft and Puffy Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Cookies – No Butter and No White Sugar Added


Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – No Butter and no mixer used

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies - No butter & no mixer used in these easy cookies dripping with chocolate. Recipe at

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies - No butter & no mixer used in these easy cookies dripping with chocolate. Recipe at

The Best Soft and Chewy Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Soft & Chewy Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - You'll never miss the butter in these cookies that are so soft & loaded to the max with chocolate!

The Best Soft & Chewy Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - You'll never miss the butter in these cookies that are so soft & loaded to the max with chocolate!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coconut Cashew Sandwich Cookies (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Vegan Coconut Banana Cookie Bites

GF Vegan “Rice Krispie” Treats with Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Frosting

High Raw Vegan Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (Vegan, GF, No Bake, 10 minutes)

No Bake Vegan Mint Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies (with shredded coconut, or try using coconut oil in place of the butter or margarine)

Pina Colada White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars

Creamy Mixd Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars


Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Pineapple Banana and Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Chocolate Coconut Princess Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Coconut Milk Kefir (vegan, GF, countertop/no-cook)

Coconut Water Sports Drink (vegan, GF) – aka Natural homemade Gatorade

Lemon Rosemary Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables (vegan, GF)

Coconut and Olive Oil Roasted Potato Sticks (Roasted “French Fries”)

Roasted Coconut Ginger & Peanut Butter Carrots

Ginger Coconut Roasted Vegetables with Fennel

Coconut Oil Cinnamon Sugar & Ginger Fried Plantains

Have you ever tried coconut oil?  Did you like it or not?

I used to hate coconut oil.

The first coconut oil I ever bought was refined coconut oil and I won’t say the brand but it was gross.

I thought it tasted like I was eating a cross between and a hunk of wax and Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil.

I moved onto Tropical Traditions which has been my go-to coconut oil for the past few years.

I’ve also tried Nutiva, Navitas Naturals, and now Kelapo.

I also did a post on refined vs. unrefined coconut oil if you’re curious about the differences, pros & cons.

How do you like to use coconut oil or what recipes do you make with it?

Do you use coconut oil for anything besides eating it or cooking with it?

Not only do I cook with it, but I use it as a hair treatment

You don’t have to buy “special” coconut oil for hair.  Whatever kind of coconut oil you have will work perfectly fine in your hair, I’m sure.  Makes a great leave in conditioner and smoother but just a little bit unless you like the greasy look.

I also use coconut oil on my skin, elbows, knees, lips, you name it, it works great as a moisturizer.

What do you make with coconut oil or coconut or how do you use it?




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  3. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — May 5, 2011 at 3:46 am (#

    What’s crazy is that I never even realized how many of your recipes used Coconut oil! I actually have never used it myself before, but I’ve heard of many people who do and love it. And I had forgotten that it could be used in your hair as well – I think I’ve also heard of it used as an in-shower skin treatment? Such a neat product!

  4. Lauren — May 5, 2011 at 3:49 am (#

    Oh my, what did we ever do before coconut oil??

  5. Leah — May 5, 2011 at 4:08 am (#

    I have never used coconut oil for cooking before,but have used it for my hair & skin. I’m going to pick some up next time I’m at the market. Thanks for the reminder :)

  6. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — May 5, 2011 at 4:14 am (#

    I love cooking with coconut oil – it gives veggies such an interesting flavor!

  7. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — May 5, 2011 at 4:22 am (#

    I love coconut oil, but not straight up- it has to be with lots of other stuff, or the texture gets to me!! I love your raw chocolate that I turn into “frosting” for raw chocolate cake…ohmygosh, so good. It was the biggest hit of all the desserts at Christmas, and no one knew it was raw!

    • liliana — July 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm (#

      After more than 2 years I discovered this recipe and reading through the comments I see you mention a raw chocolate cake. Could you please tell me which is the recipe? Thank you

    • Averie Sunshine — July 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm (#

      I don’t recall or even know – that comment was from quite a few years ago! I’m sure if you google raw chocolate cake, you’ll find something you like.

  8. dragonmamma/naomi — May 5, 2011 at 4:31 am (#

    What DON’T I use coconut oil for? Amazing stuff, it’s a staple of my diet. So, how does the Kelapo compare? Is it as good as Tropical Traditions? I’ve never heard of that brand before.

  9. Kiran @ — May 5, 2011 at 5:06 am (#

    Yum! I use coconut oil in savory cooking as well as in my hair. It’s tasty and nutritious, right to my hair roots ;)

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  12. Naomi — May 5, 2011 at 5:31 am (#

    OH yeah! I have that big canister of coconut oil!! yum love it! these days its been very melty in my cabinet since its warmer out (I ws told thats okay and it doesn’t need to be put in the fridge though) I want to try your coconut chocolate kale chips and of course the avocado smoothie!! never tried coconut butter though!!!

  13. Leslie — May 5, 2011 at 5:54 am (#

    I love coconut oil too! I had a similar experience with it at first. I bought refined and just thought it was plain and bland. But when I discovered unrefined cold pressed…yum! It flavors up a lot of different recipes in my house!

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  16. Holly @ The Runny Egg — May 5, 2011 at 6:12 am (#

    I have never tried coconut oil.

    The first time I heard about it was in Kevin Trudeau’s book Natural Cures THEY don’t want you to know about — you’ve heard of it I’m sure? My boss at the time went out a bought a jar, ate a spoonful (his book recommends it) and she spit it out and threw the jar away. I never tried it myself!

  17. cathy — May 5, 2011 at 6:52 am (#

    i’ve never tried coconut oil…
    “…it tasted like I was eating a cross between and a hunk of wax and Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil…” –> sorry, averie, but this description does not make me want to go buy some! :) glad you have found a better version, though, in Tropical Traditions!
    i had not even heard of coconut oil til i read about it on blogs…i think i could get it in my local health food store, but it’s quite expensive.
    if i DID have a jar, i would likely use it as hair treatment!
    have a great day!

  18. Lenna — May 5, 2011 at 7:20 am (#

    I love coconut oil – I use it as a hair conditioner, as a body lotion, as a face mask, as a foot balm, lip balm..don´t know it there is anything I haven´t tried:) Oh and I cook with it, of course. I even used to put a spoon in my coffee, when I drank coffee (I stopped a year ago).

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  21. Amber K — May 5, 2011 at 7:50 am (#

    I have never tried it before, but I did buy some. Although I have no idea if it’s refined or not, I still haven’t tried it yet! I haven’t figured out how I first want to try it, so in my cupboard it sits.

  22. Beth — May 5, 2011 at 8:00 am (#

    The first time I tried coconut oil (about 7 years ago) it was refined and disgusting. The next brand I tried was almost tasteless and was used mostly for cooking. About 3 years ago I tried the Nutiva brand and love it. It is my go-to brand, and I get it in the largest jar – the next step up would be the gallon pail. I have also tried Tropical Traditions, which is also great. The only problem with TT is it is shipped from the USA and I would have to pay more in shipping, and then pay custom fees.

    Some of the recipes where I use coconut oil (most are your Averie): No Bake Vegan Mint Chocolate Coconut Snowballs, Chocolate Coconut Snowballs, Falvoured Popcorn, Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate, Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars, Almond Joy Fudge, Chocolate Cream Stack, Sunbutter Chocolate Bars, Almond Power Bars, and Vegan Chocolate Frosting. Also use coconut oil instead of butter when cooking and baking.

    I use coconut oil on my face every day, and as a hair treatment every couple months during the winter. I also bring coconut oil with me to Barbados and use it as an “after sun” moisturizer.

  23. deisegirl — May 5, 2011 at 8:07 am (#

    I just had to post to say I made your chocolate cashew butter (i.e. I didn’t use the coconut) and it was finger-lickin’ amazing!! But even though I didn’t use the coconut oil in that recipe I have been using coconut oil a lot more lately. My favourite recipe is lucuma fridge fudge. Just ground, almonds, coconut oil, syrup and lucuma mixed and smooshed and set in the fridge. I have (too) much love for that recipe. Those roast potato fries look superb….I may just go without the coconut oil on that recipe as well as I don’t think my other half would be so big into the taste, but the covered/uncovered cooking method sounds like a very good idea :)

  24. Heidi @ Food Doodles — May 5, 2011 at 8:36 am (#

    Interesting, I’ve never heard of that brand. I love coconut oil. I’ve been using Nutiva and I just got some Tropical Traditions that I haven’t tried yet. I love using a tiny tiny bit on my hair and using it on my skin. It’s so nice. I’m constantly telling my hubby to use it on his hands because they’re so dry from working outside. It works great. I have so many recipes with coconut oil that I want to try :)

  25. Irina — May 5, 2011 at 9:43 am (#

    I am all about the coconut oil hair treatment! It gets messy but in the end it’s totally worth it :)

    And the smell, oh my…it’s like being on a paradise island.

  26. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — May 5, 2011 at 9:56 am (#

    Do you notice a big difference between brands (aside from the first one)? I’ve only ever tried one kind and I love it. In additions to baking, I use it on my cuticles – they get really dry and coconut oil locks the moisture in. And the smell makes me think I’m on the beach. :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm (#

      I think they are all fairly similar when you are using them IN recipes…no one eats it directly off the spoon as you would with say, peanut butter :)

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  28. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — May 5, 2011 at 11:20 am (#

    everything looks sooooo good! I go through at LEAST 250mL of coconut oil a week. I love it! I’ve never tried Kelapo Coconut Oil. I don’t think it’s available in Canada… but I should check again!

  29. Erin @ Big Girl Feats — May 5, 2011 at 11:38 am (#

    I just used coconut oil in my hair for the first time today! Very timely post :) I noticed my hair is soooo dry and damanged from heating products that I’m thinking I need to use it every day. I’ve only ever bought the generic Whole Foods version, so I’ll have to see if it’s refined.

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    Coconut oil’s probably one of my top 5 fave foods right now! I put it in everything. Your vegan chocolate SAVED me when I was bf’ing Jelly Bean. And it’s so yummy that I still make it:)

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    I hear ya on busy weeks, ready for this one to end! Great coconut oil recipes, so many treats I need to try!

    1. Yes, I go through a lot of it in raw recipes and cooked vegan dishes.
    2. Mainly for raw desserts, stir fries and popcorn.
    3. I tried it as a face moisturizer, but a little too greasy for me.

  33. Heather — May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#

    I just started using cocunut oil in baking and everything has such a light feeling to them. So good!

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  35. Sheila — May 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm (#

    Will have to try some of these recipes. I have not used coconut oil before.

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    i love using coconut oil! It’s so good for you too. I’ve read it actually boosts your metabolism some and gives you energy in spite of the saturated fat content.
    Yummy stuff too! :)

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    Coconut oil is my new favourite thing. I use it for cooking and in my oats … and I am going to start using it to bake once I get organized.

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      I am tempted to say yes – but I don’t have personal experience. I would suggest using half butter and half coconut oil and see how that goes, i.e. rather than 1/2 cup butter cut in, cut in 1/4 c butter and 1/4 coconut oil, both chilled. LMK how it goes & what you end up doing and the results!

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