Baking with Coconut Oil: Our 10 Favorite Recipes

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Over the years, coconut oil has had a bad rap, but studies are now finding it has great health benefits and is a wonderful substitute for other oils in your cooking and baking.

Because it tolerates high temperatures, coconut oil is a great substitute for shortening, butter, margarine, or vegetable oil. I find that when I bake with it, the resulting muffins, scones, or cakes have a special lightness to them and a slightly sweet fragrance unique to coconut oil. Now it's time to get in the kitchen; here is a quick glimpse into some wonderful recipes we're quite fond of (or excited to try):

Coconut Maple Granola - Shutterbean
Super Moist Banana Bread - Chez Us
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins - Cookie Madness
Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles with Maple Cream - Joy the Baker
Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake - Grist
Peanut Butter Cookies made with Coconut Oil - Epicurious
Nikki's Healthy Cookie Recipe - 101 Cookbooks
Dark Chocolate Brownies - Gluten-Free Goddess
Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes - Chef Chloe
Coconut Butter Blondies with Coconut Buttercream - The Food Lovers Primal Palate

Related: Try This: Make Granola with Coconut Oil

(Images: Emma Christensen)