Saturday, September 26, 2015

Coconut oil

I love these wonder products that stow away in your press minding their own business until word gets out how amazing and versatile they actually are... 

Like the almighty baking soda I use this product in my every day life. In baking as a pesticide and most commonly for me in cleaning the house.

Another wonder product I never let myself run out of is coconut oil. I call it my top to toe inside out product. I use it everyday in baking and cooking, when I'm frying or roasting anything from meat to pancakes. When I'm baking anything for myself and my little girlies il use it as a replacement for butter.

In my beauty regime I use it as a hair mask as it's so conditioning. It's renowned for it's benefits in dental hygiene, the technique word is Pulling. You take a teaspoon of coconut oil place it in your mouth and swish it around for approx 20 minutes. I recommend doing this when you are free from distractions!!!

Iv used a mixture of honey and coconut oil as a face mask which left my skin feeling amazing and why not try a sprinkle of sugar in the oil to make a gentle exfoliant not just for your face but for the whole body.

Another way I use this product is on my animals and as I have dogs, cats and horses in my household I find it so beneficial. Coconut oil has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties so for wound care I would liberally apply it to cuts as it will help fight infection. It can be mixed in with all their foods which will promote gut health.

This summer I found Winston was tormented with grass mites on his legs so I would lash this on and found it really did relieve the itch and helped heal the irritation. From the scratching.

I use cococnut oil as a hoof conditioner on the horses which really helps with the dry cracks and general condition of their hooves in warm dry weather.

Here is an ├╝ber quick healthy recipe for choc chip banana bread to try out mid week when your trying to eat clean {then indulge on the naughty cakes at the weekend}

For this recipe you will need 
3 bananas
1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of peanut butter
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup dark choc chips

Pre heat your oven 160'c. In one bowl add in all your dry Ingredients and the choc chips and mix well.

In another bowl whisk your eggs and when light and fluffy add in the mashed banana and whisk up again. 

Lastly add in the coconut oil and peanut butter and mix mix mix until it looks well combined.

Pour the dry Ingredients into the wet and fold altogether.

I used a 1lb loaf tin which I lined with baking paper, once the mixture is poured into the tin pop it in the oven for approx 25-30 minutes. 

When the timer goes check the banana bread with a tooth pick and if it comes out clear it's ready to gobble.

I love this banana bread warm with a cup of coffee. I also like to slice it up and freeze the slices as it will keep all week for you.

Rebecca x

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