I love coconut, the smell, taste and texture. It amazes me how many different ways it can be used. There is coconut milk, which is coconut water. Coconut oil, flakes unsweetened or sweetened. I use most of that stuff...

I love coconut, the smell, taste and texture. It amazes me how many different ways it can be used. There is coconut milk, which is coconut water. Coconut oil, flakes unsweetened or sweetened. I use most of that stuff on my body actually. I add two cans of coconut milk, bought at the dollar store, into my bubble bath. It makes your skin feel like silk. I applied coconut oil on my face before, I heard it would do magic…the only magic I got was acne overnight. So don’t do that. I just use it for soothing bug bites, scratches and little wounds. My dog had a tic the other day and I put it on his bump after pulling that gross thing out. It helps better than any soothing cream you buy at the pharmacy. After my recipe, I will include some more helpful facts about coconut oil.

Anyway, I was in the mood to eat coconut so I looked up Pinterest for a nice recipe. I found one for a pie. Normally I’m not a sweet person, but this one looked really appetizing. I changed the recipe a little bit, so I hope you will like it.

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup icing sugar

Coconut Cream Filling

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Cream Topping

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Make shortbread crust. Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9 x13 inch baking dish with a foil sling . I use one long sheet across the length of my dish, and two overlapping short sheets across the width of my dish=just arrange it so that it has some overlap and overhang to help you pull the pie out after it is finished. Mix the butter into the flour and icing sugar and press into the pan. Bake 18 minutes or until light brown. Set on a wire rack.
  2. Make coconut Cream filling. Combine the flour, coconut milk, eggs, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan and bring it to boil over medium low heat, whisking constantly its thick and bubbling. This can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Add coconut and vanilla extracts and the coconut flakes and stir. Pour this filling over your cooled crust, letting it cool for a bit on the counter before sticking the whole thing in the fridge to chill until firm. It takes about 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Make cream topping. Combine the cream cheese, coconut milk and icing sugar. Whisk everything until smooth. Pour the cream over your pie and gently spread it around. Chill until ready to serve. It takes about 2 more hours. Use the sling to pull the pie out of the dish. Cut with a sharp knife.

I served my pie with grilled pineapple, chocolate flakes and fresh mint.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but there was a strong propaganda campaign in the 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda. Next, let’s look into some more details of how coconut oil works in our body.

Hair care

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair.

Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. Most of the people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair every day after bathing or showering. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs.

Coconut oil is therefore used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

Skin care

Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Fortunately, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care. Coconut oil also helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its well-known antioxidant properties.