Convenience is king but it's not always the best choice unless, you stumbled onto this page and discovered the convenience of something good for you like Coconut Dots. Consuming more coconut oil is about to get a little easier! Making Dots is super easy and super healthy, they can be made in mass quantity and safely refrigerated for months. All you need is high-quality organic coconut oil and ice cube trays with a silicone bottom for easy pop outs (these are perfect!). After trial and error, I've decided that a scant tablespoon of coconut oil is just the right size for the ways and means to meet my 3 - 4 tablespoons a day goal! I could drag this post out for days extolling the virtues of coconut oil but suffice it to say, it's good for you and there are articles by the thousands validating my opinion. Your digestive tract, your hair, your skin, your brain and your heart will thank you for your choice! Here's a list of how we get down with dots...
- smoothies and protein shakes - taste is undetectable
- bowl of oatmeal - delicious with a little honey
- cup of coffee - yummy blended until frothy
- on toast with honey - grands love this
- cooking, baking and frying - substitute coconut oil for butter in baking
- oil pulling! add one to two drops per dot
- healthy pets - at mealtime (namely dogs in my experience)
One tablespoon per meal is super beneficial for medium to large dogs, most will L O V E one or two dots in their food bowl or even as a frozen treat. On special days, I put a blueberry in each one, berries are good for our pups too!
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), comprised of a chain of 12 carbon atoms. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Unlike the saturated fats in animal fats, which are long chain fatty acids (LCFA), coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), mainly lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. Saturated fats are made of single carbon bonds, which mean that the oil is stable and not prone to oxidation or free-radical formation. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and has shown no signs of rancidity, even after three years of storage.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is converted into monoglyceride monolaurin by the body, which keeps animals from getting viral, bacterial or protozoal infections. Lauric acid is also found in abundance in breast milk so it has similar nutriceutical effects. The MCFAs are broken down and used for energy production and seldom end up as body fat or as deposits in arteries. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects from illness and speeds healing. In dogs, the MCFAs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. Coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and may help protect against cancer. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion and reduces allergic reactions. MCFAs do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against heart disease.
the perfect combination of form and function
Whatever it takes, find a way to add coconut oil to your diet, skincare, oral hygiene and pet care. Coconut oil is inexpensive when you consider the many products it can replace and be healthier for it! This is the brand of coconut oil I use at home, with my essential oils and in all my CW Salves, it's excellent and tastes amazing too!
- 1 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 quart mason jar
- Sauce pan
- Condiment squirt bottle ($1 Store has them!)
- Ice trays
- Measure out coconut oil and spoon into mason jar. Place mason jar in a pan of warm water, melt at low heat.
- Carefully pour melted coconut oil (funnel helps) into a squirt bottle, secure top. Fill ice tray and refrigerate for several hours.
- OIL PULLING DOTS: Add one to two drops of pure essential oils to each dot after filling. Let cool to harden.
- Store Coconut Dots in a sealed container and store in a cool place or the refrigerator.
Recipe By: CampWander