* This giveaway is now CLOSED *
I have had the privilege of trying out Tropical Traditions
excellent Gold Label virgin coconut oil!
Tropical Traditions Gold Label virgin coconut oil is unrefined, handmade, and is processed without heat, chemicals or solvents. The oil is certified organic, and made from coconuts used within 48 hours of being picked!
I was sent a 32oz jar to review. I've been using it with all sorts of things, mostly in my cooking and frying, but also in smoothies! (Yum!)
I had never used coconut oil before, and one of the things I wondered was whether you'd be able to taste the coconut flavor in your meals! I personally love the flavor of coconut, and wouldn't mind it added to most things, but I know people who do NOT like coconut. I wondered if they'd have to gag through food prepared with the oil if they wanted the health benefits.
Good news for all ye coconut-haters!
You really can't taste the coconut when you cook with it!
I tested this on pancakes, where I figured it'd be the most detectable.
Not a hint of coconut flavor there! Just beautifully browned hot cakes! :-)
...and Good news for all ye coconut-lovers!
(that includes ME!)
As I said, I also tried it in smoothies! I tasted a light coconut flavor there. I only used about a tablespoon for about a quarts-worth of strawberry/banana smoothie, so you could get even more coconuty flavor if you used more!
So far, that's my favorite use of the oil...in my strawberry banana smoothie.
To make the delicious concoction:
- Dump about equal amounts of frozen bananas and frozen strawberries in your blender.
- Add enough milk to get the smoothie to your desired consistency and then scoop in a healthy spoonful of coconut oil!
Of course, you can add all sorts of other healthy stuff, too:
- Blueberries, cranberries, spinach, (sounds gross, but you can't taste it!) eggs, ground flax seed, the list goes on!
I know a lot of you out there are experts or just getting into "green" smoothies...I'm starting to get more adventurous and would love to hear your ideas!
To get more delicious ideas for using coconut oil, check out this link!
Tropical Traditions is giving away another 32oz jar of their quality oil to one of my lucky readers!
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Current Entries as of Wednesday, March 9th, 10:00am PST: 180
Giveaway will close March 9th, Wednesday, 2011 at 10am PST.
This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada. I will choose the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be announced here on the blog and notified by email. Make sure to leave your email address or have your contact info available in your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, after which a new winner will be chosen.
*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.
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