One of the great things about reviewing and giving away products here at Frugal Follies is that I get the chance to try things that I might not otherwise! For instance, I've heard great things about coconut oil (not to mention the health benefits), but I had never gotten around to giving it a try.
So I was really excited when Tropical Traditions offered to let me try their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Here's a video that explains more about coconut oil:
Still unsure what coconut oil is? Check out this post on What Is Virgin Coconut Oil? to learn more. If you'd like to learn more about the health benefits of coconut oil, check coconutoil.com.
I wasn't sure what to make with the coconut oil. Luckily, I was able to find lots of great recipes using coconut oil by doing a search. Here's what I ended up making!
CHOCOLATE EGG GRANOLA BARSThey were delicious! I loved how the coconut oil gave the granola bars a faint coconut taste without having to add coconut itself.
Based on a recipe from Heavenly Homemakers
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup Reese's Chocolate Easter Eggs (about 6), chopped finely
Line an 8x8 baking pan with wax paper. Spread the butter on the top of the wax paper.
In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil. Cook over medium-low heat until melted and well combined. Remove from heat. Add the oats and mix until the oats are covered. Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then add the chocolate eggs.
Using a spatula, spread the mixture into the 8x8 pan. Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until solid. Remove wax paper and cut into squares.
Makes 16 granola bar squares.
The Tropical Traditions website also has information on how to use coconut oil. There are lots of great ideas there - not only can it be used for baking and frying, but it can also be used to make your own mayonnaise, salad dressings, and even ketchup! I will definitely be trying these recipes soon.
If you'd rather watch videos (I love to watch cooking videos!), check out this video on how to use coconut oil from the Tropical Traditions YouTube channel.
Are you interested in trying Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil? Before purchasing, you might want to learn more about buying coconut oil. If you choose to purchase from Tropical Traditions, you can order 1 pint (16 oz) of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil or 1 quart (32 oz) of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from their website.
Or would you like to try it for free?
Frugal Follies is sponsoring a giveaway for 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older. This giveaway will end on Friday, July 13th, at 12:01 am Eastern time. If you are the winner, I will contact you shortly thereafter, and you will have 72 hours to respond. If you do not respond within that time, your entry will be declared invalid and a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook. If you are a Canadian resident, Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge for your prize.
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(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 or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)