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Coconut Oil Giveaway and Recipes!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 14, 2012

I’ve sent people to Mountain Rose Herbs for their extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, for years. I’ve never had a complaint, because their product is fabulous, and we’ve gotten tons of testimonials about skin conditions clearing and other exciting benefits of beginning to use this lauric acid-rich, medium chain fatty acid (missing in most people’s diet). When I began using coconut oil years ago, my winter-time cold hands and feet disappeared, and I now enjoy good circulation.

I use coconut oil generously on my skin every day. I run 1/3 cup through my hair (it’s long and thick—you may need less) sometimes before I shower, to help deal with the fact that I color it, and blonde out of a bottle is brutal on hair.

I also use coconut oil exclusively in baking, and sometimes in sauteeing. Lots of recipes in Ch. 4 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and other places like Ch. 11.

I’ve blogged about it in the past, and you can search on that topic on this blog.

I asked Mountain Rose Herbs for their favorite recipes, and here they are, enjoy!

Julie’s Amazing Maca Bars (modified by Robyn)

Maca, the ancient Peruvian herb, is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes turnips and radishes. It grows at high elevations of 12,000 feet and higher! Used as early as 1600 BC in Peru, the traditional use is for mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance, and stamina.
Another well-known use is as an aphrodisiac tonic that enhances sexual desire, performance, and fertility in men, women, and animals. It’s a highly nutritious food too. It contains: carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, fiber, lipids, iodine and anticancer compounds (similar to broccoli and cabbage). The nutrition alone can have a positive effect on people who are overworked, overstressed, and nutritionally unfulfilled.


  • 1/2 cup raw local honey (great for preventing seasonal allergies)
  • ½ cup organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seed soaked 20+ minutes in 6 Tbsp. water
  • ½ cup to 1 cup wheat-free flour or arrowroot powder
  • 1 pinch Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ cup organic maca Powder
  • 1 cup organic oats
  • 1 cup organic nuts (your choice)


Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 325 to 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes in a greased  9×12 glass pan. Allow to cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Julie DeBord’s Bio:

Julie DeBord oversees the extraordinarily difficult task of managing the production and packaging of nearly all the products Mountain Rose Herbs has to offer! In addition to this, she oversees our tea and spice formulating and created many of our favorites including Herbal Coffee and Firefly Chai.

Erin’s Coconut Kettle Corn (modified by Robyn)

This healthier version of the classic kettle corn recipe will delight any sweet or salty craving. Virgin coconut oil adds a satisfying richness while a touch of sugar coats each kernel with a caramelized glaze. So good, you won’t miss the butter! Fun to make around the campfire after a day by the river or on the stovetop at home, this popcorn is an absolute crowd-pleaser.

  • ¼ cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic popping corn kernels
  • 1 tbsp organic, raw coconut sugar
  • fine sea salt to taste


Melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot. Add the kernels and cover the pot with a lid. Be sure to shake the pot continuously over the flame to avoid burning. When the first kernel pops, add the sugar and cover the pot. Continue to shake the covered pot vigorously over the flame while the kernels pop. This will happen quickly! Once the popping slows down, remove from heat and keep covered until you no longer hear popping. Transfer your popcorn to a serving bowl and sprinkle with salt to your liking. Munch and enjoy!

Erin McIntosh’s Bio:

Erin McIntosh is the Communications Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs and a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days photographing flowers, concocting herbal treats, and wildcrafting plants in the magnificent Oregon Cascades. www.mountainroseblog.com

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Recipes, Whole Food

15 thoughts on “Coconut Oil Giveaway and Recipes!”

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  1. Tandy says:

    I have been wanting to try coconut oil for the past 6 months!

  2. Laura says:

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs but their coconut oil prices have really gone up. When I called they said it was because there is a shortage of coconut oil. Have you heard this as well?


  3. Anonymous says:

    I used a couple orders of Mountain Rose Herb coconut oil and was so happy with it (even their packing invoices smell wonderfully of herbs!) but then it seemed like the price jumped up out of my range abit. So I switched to Trader Joe’s, in small jars I can afford. But even though their label says all the right things, it just doesn’t seem as pure and perfect as that from MRH. Has anyone else had there had a similar experience, or does the TJ’s seem just fine?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love coconut oil. I have converted my whole family to it not just for consumption, but also for skin and hair.

  5. I am in love with coconut oil lol. I use it for everything, I swear! I even use it in my hair, my bf teases me all the time lol..it smells great though he admits!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Trader Joe’s coconut oil doesn’t say unrefined on the label… Pretty sure that’s why the quality is different. I was all out of my MRH coconut oil that I buy by the gallon!! so I headed to TJ’s because I noticed they stock it again. Decided to use it up for cooking purposes but will buy more from MRH. And yeah, I also noticed a price jump. Probably why I haven’t ordered more yet!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, thank you for continually posting information and all kinds of good stuff !

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m thinking, then, that TJ’s will do in a pinch and is better than nothing, but as soon as MRH’s prices come down from out of the stratosphere, I’ll go back to using them. When you first open that gallon bucket and have that first whiff of their coconut oil – it’s heaven. It is clearly so pure, it makes you not want to put anything that isn’t equally as pure in your body. There’s no way you can follow that wonderful fragrance with pork ribs and chips!

  9. hgoff79 says:

    I’d use MRH for a couple of years, but I agree that their prices went up in a way that really surprised me. I’ve switched to Nutiva on Amazon Subscribe and Save, which saves me a bit per ounce and comes in smaller quantity so it’s a bit less out of pocket.

  10. Sarah says:

    Yes, I too use coconut oil in many of my dessert recipes, as well as it is the best oil for using at higher heats (even thigns like pancakes). My son’s skin is so sensitive, I find it is the only thing he doesn’t react to!

    I often recommend it to my clients as well.

    Robyn, do you find that the oil on your hair make it greasy? Very interesting – I just may try it!

    Thanks so much,


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Sarah, it doesn’t make it greasy as long as you wash it out. Coconut oil is such an interesting animal—it also doesn’t make your SKIN greasy when you use it as a moisturizer. The liver metabolizes coconut oil more like a carb than a fat, somewhat—compared to other fats. So it is pretty unique.

  11. Linda says:

    Hello Robyn,

    How does Mountain Rose Herbs compare to Dr. Mercola’s brand (http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/)? That’s the one I’ve been using ever since and I’m having second thoughts about switching. Maybe you can help me out?



  12. Anonymous says:

    I don’t like the tast or texture of coconut. I have heard of cold expeller pressed being a coconut oil that doesn’t taste like cocconut – but have yet to try it. What are your thoughts?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to hear more about your personal care routine and product choices! My skin is so dry and I’ve found coconut oil will only help for an hour or so before it’s dry and scratchy again.

  14. Kate says:

    I use coconut oil for all cooking. As a cleanser for my dogs ears, and I even put it in mine! It is great as a furniture polish too. There are fears of cholesterol levels. I eat healthy and use coconut oil as a supplement as well. My cholesterol is great! Total 165 triglycerides 76 hdl 96 ldl 54! This is an individual basis but it is possible for others!

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