The first thing that I noticed when my husband opened the pail was how incredibly fine the coconut is. I had decided to try the Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter No Bakes recipe listed on the Tropical Traditions site and the shredded coconut was perfect for this. The recipe is essentially the traditional no bake cookie recipe but uses coconut instead of oatmeal and coconut oil instead of butter. To be honest, I wasn't so sure about these cookies when I first tasted them. I like the oatmeal no bake cookies when they are still warm and gooey before they go in the fridge and set up but I didn't like the coconut version at this stage. Once I put them in the fridge and let them get hard, the coconut cookies were very tasty. The coconut is unsweetened and I have a feeling that this recipe uses a bit less sugar than I am used to so these cookies are less sweet overall. I'm sure they are a bit healthier than the traditional version though! My three year old was less than impressed with my first use of shredded coconut but I have a feeling it was probably a texture issue. My husband, his coworkers, and my mother all enjoyed having a special treat.
The cookies used 3 cups of the shredded coconut but I still have a lot left. Some other recipes I'm looking forward to trying are Pumpkin Coconut Muffins, Flourless Coconut Pancakes, and Banana Coconut Cake. I will need to make all of these when my husband is home though because I can't get the lid off the gallon pail by myself. It seals very tightly, which is great since the coconut has no preservatives or whiteners, but this makes the pail difficult to open and close tightly.
Some other Tropical Traditions products that I have use and love are:
- Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - great for baking instead of butter or other oils
- Organic Raw Honey - this is the best honey I have ever tasted hands down!
For more information about Tropical Traditions and how they produce their Gold Label Coconut Oil, check out this video:
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