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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review

I was recently sent a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to review.  We here in the Birbitt Thinks family love coconut oil and use it for so many things!  When I opened this jar the first thing I noticed was how strong the fragrance of coconut was, and I loved it!  I couldn't wait to make something with it, so the first thing I made was coconut granola.

Coconut and Cranberry Granola Recipe:
8 cups of rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (homemade is great!)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  
Combine in a large bowl the oats, wheat germ, coconut, and pecans.  Divide this mixture onto two baking sheets and bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Cool down enough that you can handle it, then return it to the bowl. 
While you are toasting the oats, combine the coconut milk, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, and honey in a saucepan.  
Cook over medium heat until it boils, boil for 2 minutes, and then remove from heat.
Add Vanilla, pour over the oat mixture and stir until fully coated.
Again divide between the two baking sheets and spread evenly.
Bake for 8 minutes in the oven, or until you can smell the yumminess.
Cool, then mix in the cranberries and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Everyone in the house LOVED the granola, even my husband who doesn't care for coconut loved it!  Of course this oil can do more than just granola!  The next thing I did was to use it for frying pancakes, those pancakes were so delicious, they were nice and moist inside, had a light crisp outside, and didn't need any butter or syrup!  

One of our favorite uses for coconut oil is on popcorn, because once we add the coconut oil there is no need for anything else on it.  So I popped up a batch of popcorn in our air popper, drizzled on some melted coconut oil and served it to the family, they ate it all up!  

Now let's not forget that coconut oil isn't just for your food!  Another thing I did with Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil was to make my favorite sugar scrub.  Now I don't measure my sugar scrub ingredients, so you'll have to bear with me a bit.  In a bowl I combine organic brown sugar, coconut oil, dried lavender, and a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil (I exclusively use Young Living essential oils).  I am looking for a scrub that holds together, but isn't overly soaked in oil and this one was perfect.  I store mine in a cleaned out jelly jar, but you can use any air tight container you have.  I usually keep mine about 2 weeks or so, but have kept it longer on occasion. 

As you can see Coconut Oil is truly one of the most versatile oils you will ever use, and this Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is the absolute best I've ever tried, and I don't ever want to use another coconut oil again! 

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz. 
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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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Disclaimer: I received one quart of coconut oil from tropical traditions in exchange for my review, I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are strictly my own. 


  1. Hmm I think this might be fun for the girls to experiment in the kitchen! We would try out that granola!! TY!

  2. I'm a chef level cook. Smile. I would love to try this out and share how it works in the kitchen.

  3. Thanks for the Recipe, I'm def. going to try this.

  4. its really good on the hair and skin lol

  5. I have never used Coconut oil before, but it sounds pretty good! I might just have to give it a try!

  6. I've never used coconut oil but it looks like a great idea for cooking with!

  7. I have been wanting to try Tropical Traditions products for a long time! This sounds GREAT!! I will def. have to check it out!

  8. Coconut oil is great as a beauty product!

  9. that coconut and cranberry recipe sounds yummy and i use coconut oil for everything. I love it and would love to try this brand.

  10. To be honest with you,I have never used coconut oil ,but I would love to try some.

  11. I've used a hair product with it, but I want to bake with this!

  12. Never used coconut oil would be interesting to try!

  13. I use it for my granola and in baking.

  14. I use it to make granola, regular cooking and baking and making deodorant.
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  15. I use Coconut oil for everything requiring oil:). It is perfect for everything from frying to baking and even for skin oil

  16. I use coconut oil on popcorn. It's delicious!

  17. I love to make homemade chocolate!

  18. i use it for cooking, baking, toothpaste and deodorant!

  19. I use it consistently through my baking/cooking :)

  20. I use for roasting veggies and topping baked sweet potatoes

  21. I like using it for my skin! :)

  22. I use coconut oil for all my cooking!

  23. We use it for cooking-- especially for baking yummy treats!

  24. i use it for lots but i love frying tortillas in it :)

  25. I use coconut oil for oil pulling, on my skin, and today I used it for making tortillas (not sure how that will turn out, but thought it worth a try. :)

  26. Cooking, In Indian Sweets, Hair oil...


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