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11 Delicious Coconut Recipes

Posted: 11/08/2011 7:59 am

Coconut is one of those love-hate ingredients. I happen to love coconut, particularly for that sweet and crunchy texture it adds to any dish. Not only is it delicious but the fruit itself is versatile since all parts of it can be put to use. While most individuals use the flesh of the coconut in their cooking, coconut water and oil are also known to have numerous health benefits.

Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial sources of fat. It is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids or MCFAs, which are easier to break down and metabolize into energy than large-chain fatty acids, which are often stored in the body as fat for later use. Aside from its healthy fat content, coconut can also help boost the immune system, promote weight loss, and provide vitamins and minerals.

I put together this gallery of 11 recipes with the help of Food Republic, which will make you love coconut as much as I do.

What is your favorite coconut dish?

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Coconut Rice Pudding with Fried Banana
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An extravagant pudding recipe that is easy-to-make. Banana and coconut two go together like spaghetti and meatballs, and it makes for a rock star dessert because instead of being loaded with tons of refined sugars, it uses dried and fresh fruits.

Recipe: Coconut Rice Pudding with Fried Banana
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