Baking with Coconut Oil: Our 10 Favorite Recipes

updated May 2, 2019
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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