Coconut oil is a great substitute for butter in baked goods, and its mild tropical flavor can also enhance a range of dishes from soup to grains. Here, seven fantastic ways to cook with coconut oil.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with a Coconut-Orange Marmalade Frosting
Credit: © Sarah Bolla

1. Pancakes
Mixing ground flax and coconut oil into the batter adds nutritional value to these delicious pancakes.

Flax-Coconut Pancakes

Or try these savory pancakes.

Savory Pancakes with Roasted Garlic Whip
Credit: © Shelly Westerhausen

2. Cinnamon Rolls
Coconut oil replaces butter in these delicious dairy-free pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with a Coconut-Orange Marmalade Frosting
Credit: © Sarah Bolla

3. Pilaf
Coconut oil gives this cauliflower-studded pilaf terrific tropical flavor.

Red Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf
Credit: © Con Poulos

4. Soup
Star blogger Anya Kassoff coats squash and carrots with coconut oil for this healing noodle soup.

Squash Noodle Soup
Cold season is coming and we think an upgrade to the classic chicken noodle cure is in order. At the base of this broth are turmeric, ginger and garlic, finished with aromatic lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and lemon. Add the naturally occurring “noodles” from roasted spaghetti squash, carrots, lentils and spinach, and you’re up for a comforting and cleansing treat.
| Credit: Anya Kassoff

Cold season is coming and we think an upgrade to the classic chicken noodle cure is in order. At the base of this broth are turmeric, ginger and garlic, finished with aromatic lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and lemon. Add the naturally occurring “noodles” from roasted spaghetti squash, carrots, lentils and spinach, and you’re up for a comforting and cleansing treat.

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Carrot-Ginger Soup with Coconut-Roasted Shrimp
Credit: © Frances Janisch

5. Muffins
These incredible nutmeg-banana-carrot muffins feature coconut oil in both the batter and the frosting.

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6. Cake
This beautiful layer cake is made with coconut oil and toasted ground coconut.

Four-Layer Coconut Cake

Or try this pleasantly dense, gluten-free carrot cake.

Coconut Flour Carrot Cake

7. Popcorn
Coconut oil can be used in place of butter or any other oil for popping corn.

Black Pepper Kettle Corn