Coconut oil, is it as good as everyone says?

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I’ve have this big old tub of coconut oil for a few months now. I bought it as I read it was great for dry hair. I followed the instructions in the magazine and melted it down, ran it through my hair and left it for 15minutes. The magazine said all you had to do was shampoo it out…hahaha…what it didn’t say was I’d have to use half a bottle of shampoo and it would take a week! So the coconut hot oil treatment was a huge FAIL as my hair really was not soft, mosturised and shiny after all that shampooing.

Along side the hair treatment there was also an article on the benefits of coconut oil for the skin. While I was covering my hair in coconut oil I thought I may as well try it as a body moisturiser. It melted very nicely onto my skin and the smell was very pleasant if not a little over powering by the time I have done my arms and legs. However it took quite a while to fully soak in and I felt rather like a candle all day. Therefore I don’t rate coconut oil as a skin care product on its own.

My stomach as been pretty dodgy these past few weeks, got to love the IBS that comes with M.E, so I decided to use what was left of the coconut oil while baking instead of vegan butter. Nick and I both love scones and I have a simple no sugar recipe that the butter could easily be swapped out for coconut oil. The lovely thing about making scones is I get to use my dough hook, yes I know simple things.

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Here’s the recipe if you want to try them yourself

2 cups of self raising flour

1/4 cup of coconut oil (solid not melted)

3/4 cup of soya milk (coconut milk or any other milk is fine too)

Add flour and coconut oil to mixing bowl. Use fork to cut up coconut oil and mix until mixture is like fine crumbs. Stir in the milk till soft dough is formed. Knead the dough until all is combined.

Roll out dough so it’s approximately 1 inch thick. Use cutter to cut out scones. Line up on pre greased try leaving a small gap between each scone.

Cook in oven at 200c for 10 minutes or if a little longer is needed till golden brown on top.

My mixture turned out a little stickier than it would have with butter but I was very pleased with the results. Baking scones with coconut oil is a major WIN!! Even Nick was impressed !

So, to finish off and answer my question of Is coconut oil as great as everyone says? my answer would be a firm yes. Even though coconut oil will not be making it way back into my bathroom cabinet it will be a staple while baking from now on.

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