Did you know you could make that “magic shell” ice cream topping at home? And that it only takes two ingredients? And that it’s incredibly easy? Me. either. But, you can and now, I’m going to tell you how. Get your ice cream ready! Plus, I’m going to show you how to use it to make chocolate covered bananas. Your kids will hug you and then your neighbor’s kids will hug you. Just sayin’.
Chocolate covered bananas take me way back to elementary school. Isn’t it funny how food has the power to evoke memories and carry you back to another place and time? It was a HUGE deal if we could manage to scrounge up a dime to take to school with us on Fridays, because one high school club or another would be waiting outside the doors of the elementary building, after school, with trays full of frozen chocolate covered bananas. This simple recipe has only three ingredients and can be prepared in only minutes. Plus, by using Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was able to put a whole new taste-twist on this old classic — sort of like Mounds candy bar wrapped around a frozen banana. Trust me! It’s fantastic!
Did you realize that coconut oil is actually just the clear liquid that separates from coconut milk, after about 24 hours? I always wondered how it was possible to squeeze oil from a coconut! Seriously, though – not all coconut oils are created equally – literally, they are produced in very different ways. There are all kinds of refined coconut oils on the market, usually made by machine, from dried coconut. And all coconut oils are healthy and a great option for cooking and baking. But, if you want a truly organic, pure and natural product, you need to find one that is made by simply grating the fresh coconut, extracting the milk and then allowing the fresh milk to sit in a covered container and separate. That’s exactly how Tropical Traditions produces their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic and I can tell you from personal experience that the taste is amazing!
Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil, in tropical climates, for thousands of years. It will be a solid, sitting on your shelf, at temperatures lower than about 80 degrees. In the warmer days of Nebraska summers, I will note it melting into its liquid form. Coconut oil can just be kept on a shelf in your pantry. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Plus, coconut oil can be used in all kinds of cooking — baking, frying, condiments and dressings. There are some great recipes to try in the Recipes section on the Tropical Traditions website. It was great to use the coconut oil, hands-on, and realize I didn’t have to do anything different from the way I use any other vegetable oil. It was an easy switch and I’m loving it.
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I received a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil to test in my own kitchen, so I could collect information to write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.
Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
Glenda has been married 30 years and has five children, ages 12, 18, 21, 27, & 29. Three beautiful grandchildren (with one more on the way!) and two fantastic son-in-laws round out her family. She is a twenty-three-year homeschool veteran with a passion for family, saving money, baking and recipes. In October 2009, she married those passions with a love of writing, and launched Busy-at-Home, a blog for busy wives and moms. Glenda wants everyone to feel welcome in her kitchen, to enjoy visiting and learning, and to be able to share what they find to build memories and creativity into the next generations of their own families. She understands what it means to be "spinning all the plates" that keep a family and home running. She knows exactly what it means to be, just like you, "busy-at-home" and she's enthusiastic about sharing what she's learned along her journey. Reviews & giveaways of products relevant to busy moms and their families are regular features on her blog.