AS SEEN ON CBC'S STEVEN AND CHRIS Talk about a versatile product! Not only is coconut oil an amazing thing to use in frying and baking -- it's also a great base for a lot of other fun things. I deem coconut oil "frugalista approved" because you can stretch it a ton of different ways. One bottle costs about $10 and the investment is worth it.
Crackly Chocolate Shell on Ice Cream!
Yup. It's true. Don't bother buying Magic Shell at the grocery store. You can make your own delicious ice cream topping at home for a fraction of the cost.
1 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Put the coconut oil into a microwave-safe glass bowl and zap it for 15 seconds (until it has melted to a clear liquid). Pour in the chocolate chips and stir until well mixed. You may have to put the whole thing back in the microwave for a few seconds so the oil and chocolate incorporate fully.
Drizzle the chocolate sauce over your favourite ice cream and watch it harden into a shell in front of your eyes! Crack with a spoon and enjoy!
You can store any leftover chocolate shell in a glass container and melt it in the microwave the next time you want a treat.
Don't knock this until you try it! You can make this toothpaste in a jiffy and it really, really, does clean your teeth. It's definitely not as sweet as Crest & Co. but if you want a clean feeling (and smelling) mouth this does the trick. There is NO fluoride in this recipe.
1/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil (solid form) 1/4 cup baking soda 1 T Stevia 15 drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oils
Mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Store in a container and use as needed. It's just that simple. If the toothpaste starts to liquefy, just put it in your fridge/freezer for a minute and it will turn right again.
Sweet Sugar Scrubs
Yet another super simple treat you can make with a coconut oil base. This makes a great gift! The combinations are endless but here are my two faves.
BROWN SUGAR FOOT SCRUB
1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid form) 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Add coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave (30 seconds max). Mix in the brown sugar and lemon juice. Ideally, you want to see a thin layer of coconut oil on top of your mixture once it's blended. Store this scrub in a nice jar and use it before you hop into the shower or bath.
SWEET MINTY BODY SCRUB
1 cup white cane sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid form) 5 drops of peppermint essential oil 5 drops of lavender essential oil
Same process as above. Melt oil, mix in sugar and oils, store and use.
Forget store-bought microwave popcorn bags. You can make your own popcorn in the microwave for pennies!
Brown paper lunch bag
Whole kernel popcorn
Seasoning (salt, brown sugar, garam masala, etc.)
Drizzle or spritz of olive oil
Put ¼ cup popcorn into a brown lunch bag. Spritz a little bit of olive oil into the bag. Sprinkle a dash of salt and brown sugar (or any other combination of seasoning). Shake. Remove air from bag and then fold the top of the brown bag twice and then fold a small section of the corner underneath. Pop the bag into the microwave for a couple of minutes. Carefully open the bag and pour your perfectly popped popcorn into a bowl and enjoy!
Each microwave acts differently. You may need to experiment with a few batches before finding the best timing and setting.