Top 10 Baking Uses for Coconut Oil

Enjoy a homemade pie for Easter this weekend!

As a surprisingly healthy and delicious alternative to vegetable oil, butter, and margarine, all-natural Kelapo extra virgin coconut oil can be used to enhance any recipe, from savory to sweet and everything in between.

Our 10 favorite ideas for using coconut oil for baking:

  1. Coconut oil makes a rich and flaky pie crust when used instead of butter or shortening.
  2. Use coconut oil to grease cake pans, cookie sheets, and muffin tins to easily remove baked goods from the pan.
  3. Combine a tablespoon of coconut oil with 3oz melted chocolate and pour over ice cream or profiteroles for an all-natural magical chocolate shell topping.
  4. Coconut Oil is Vegan-friendly and perfect for clients with allergies to dairy.
  5. Use coconut oil to make a rich and fluffy “buttercream” icing without adding trans-fat.
  6. Coconut oil can be used for sweet pastries, but also compliments savory breads and pizza dough.
  7. For best results, mix coconut oil into recipe thoroughly before adding cold ingredients, like eggs. Remember, coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees.
  8. Coconut oil is great for gluten-free recipes!
  9. Substitution ratio for butter or oil is 1:1. For instance, instead of ¼ cup of butter, use ¼ cup of coconut oil.
  10. Pets love coconut oil too!  Bake your furry friend some homemade dog treats using coconut oil.


– Alison

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16 Comments Post a comment

  1. Angel Whatt
    April 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, I am very intrigued by coconut oil, ever since Dr. Oz talked about it on his show ( he uses it in place of butter)
    I can’t wait to try some out for myself 🙂

  2. Anna G
    April 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Would love to try cooking with coconut oil. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Kelly
    April 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I was just reading about coconut oil last week and wanting to give it a try. Thanks for a great website!

  4. Brianna Sullivan
    April 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Ooh pie crust and icing with coconut oil. Sounds so good!

  5. April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Love all your uses for coconut oil! Yum! I’m going to have to try the frosting!

  6. Shirley
    April 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    We just finished a wonderful plate of sweet potatoe fries fried in extra virgin coconut oil. All other oil is going into the trash.

  7. Shirley
    April 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    love your website. The latest is sweet potato fries done in coconut oil. Don’t even have to soak up the fat. Just enjoy every fry.

  8. Daisy
    June 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Can u use the oil in salads?

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Coconut oil solidifies below 76 degrees. So it would harden on a cold salad, however if you mix it with other ingredients it would work. Check out Susan Dopart’s recipe for coconut balsamic dressing!

  9. JimP
    June 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Looking forward to trying coconut oil with popcorn. Want to surprise the wife with something different!

      October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Coconut oil is SO GOOD on popcorn. I use it in everything room temperature or hotter and have for years now. I use virgin olive oil for cold applications. We don’t use any other oils in the house for food applications.

  10. Ann Layton
    February 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I keep some handy in my kitchen cabinets to rub on my hands after washing dishs or my hands. Perfect : I can go ahead with any other tasks where as if I used hand cream- I don’t want hand cream in my food. It is really smooth on my hands.

    • February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Ann, that is a great idea! Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. Do you cook with coconut oil as well?

  11. February 25, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Hello. My name is Min and I was searching for how can I use coconut oil for baking

    and your blog posting was very useful for me!

    Thanks a lot!!

    • February 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hi Min,

      We are so happy that you found our blog! Feel free to search around for other tips and tricks for using coconut oil and many delicious recipes!

  12. Terri Stoleson
    July 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I love to use coconut oil for frying or scrambling eggs, also melted it’s great on popcorn mixed with some butter. I have not had a good experience with it when greasing pans for baking, it seems like the food burns more often. Has anyone else had that experience?

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