Loco For Coco: 4 Healthy Coconut Recipes
It's no wonder more and more fit-minded people are using coconut oil, flakes, and flour in their recipes—the fruit has endless benefits! Some people might skip it because of the high fat (and saturated fat, to boot) content. For the active person, the fat and fiber from coconut works in many beneficial ways.
Incorporating coconut in our diets can help boost metabolism and thyroid function while increasing energy, endurance, and digestion. I love to add coconut to my recipes. Check out these shakes, treats, and bars below for great ideas on how to go loco for coco!
1 Coconut Greens Shake
This refreshing take on a greens shake has a velvety-smooth consistency thanks to the coconut oil. It's great for a pre- or post-workout meal!
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Pure Coconut Water
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 tbsp unsweetened reduced fat Coconut Flakes
- Place all ingredients except for coconut flakes in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glass and top with coconut flakes.
Serving Size Recipe makes 1 serving
Coconut Greens Shake PDF (12.7 KB)
2 Coconut Chocolate Clusters
One of my favorite flavor combos is chocolate and almond butter. Add coconut and some oats and you have a well balanced snack on the go.
- 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/4 cup Oats
- 4 tbsp unsweetened reduced fat Coconut Flakes
- 2 tbsp Almond Slices
- 1/4 cup Almond Butter
- Splash of Coconut or Almond Milk
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Drop spoonfuls on baking sheet with parchment paper and place in freezer for 30 minutes.
Serving Size Recipe Serves 2
Coconut Chocolate Clusters PDF (122 KB)
3 Coconut Peanut Butter Protein Cake
Protein mug cake anyone? Yes please! Try this decadent, creamy concoction and you'll forget you're on a diet. It's a treat without the guilt and is great for a bedtime snack!
- 1 scoop Vanilla Casein or Blend
- 1 tbsp Coconut Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Coconut Flakes
- 1 tsp Coconut Extract
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tbsp Almond Butter
- 1 tsp Coconut Flakes
- Spray the inside of a mug with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add protein, flour, egg, 1 tbsp coconut flakes, and extract to mug and mix well.
- Microwave for 75 seconds.
- Top cake with almond butter and coconut flakes!
Serving Size Recipe serves 1
Coconut Peanut Butter Protein Cake PDF (120 KB)
4 Coconut-Oat Bars
Before I travel, I like to prep this meal. It's perfect for packing and it's easy when your mornings are busy and hectic. The coconut adds great flavor and fiber to the usual homemade protein bar!
- 1/2 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup Liquid Egg Whites
- 1/2 scoop Vanilla Protein
- 2 tbsp reduced fat unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1/2 tsp Coconut Extract
- Cinnamon and Stevia to taste
- Splash of unsweetened Coconut Milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray 8x8 pan with non-stick spray.
- Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Cut into squares.
Serving Size Recipe Serves 2
Coconut-Oat Bars PDF (120 KB)
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will try these out! I have been using coconut oil and coconut flour recently. I have made some awesome apple cinnamon protein muffins with a protein glaze that are paleo friendly. everyone I make them for loves them.
90% saturated fat!? Surprised your heart doesn't explode upon first contact. Oh, but wait, coconut has "healthy saturated fats", as opposed to the saturated fat in meat, which is an instant heart attack.
By all means use the regular unsweetened coconut flakes if that is better for your macronutrient needs. For me personally, getting the added benefits from other forms of coconuts is enough so I go with the reduced fat flakes, that way I can use a little more if I choose :)
Jillian! Thank you so much for creating and posting these recipes. Coconut is my absolute favorite and now I have several delicious, healthly and scrumptious treats to indulge in! I recently started making my coffee in the morning with unsweetened almond-coconut milk and adding a scoop of BSN lean desert chocolate coconut candy bar protein powder. It is fantastico!
Omg Sonja! that sounds AMAZING! I love the coconut-almond milk blend too! :) And with the lean dessert..wow you are on to something!! Put a tbsp of coconut oil in your protein shakes for added healthy fats and it creates this delicious velvetey texture!