Healthy Coconut Recipes

Find healthy, delicious coconut recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Caramel Delight Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars 1
Think of these easy no-bake cookies as a healthy makeover of one of our favorite Girl Scout Cookies--chewy caramel, dark chocolate and toasted coconut come together with fiber-boosting oats instead of sugar and flour. And the best part? They take only 15 minutes from start to finish.
By Pam Lolley

Blueberry-Banana Overnight Oats

Rating: 5 stars 11
Blueberries, sweet banana and creamy coconut milk combine to turn everyday oatmeal into the best vegan overnight oats! Make up to 4 jars at once to keep in the fridge for quick grab-and-go breakfasts throughout the week.
By Sylvia Fountaine

Whipped Frozen Lemonade

Rating: 4 stars 4
Whipped frozen lemonade combines the creaminess of a milkshake with the thirst-quenching tanginess of freshly squeezed lemonade for an incredibly refreshing treat. And this simple frozen lemonade treat comes together with just four ingredients and a blender. You can use light coconut milk or refrigerated coconut milk in place of full-fat coconut milk, though the end result won't be as rich and creamy. Leftover simple syrup will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
By Casey Barber

Pineapple Morning Glory Muffins

These a.m. favorites are gloriously fruit-packed. Grating some of the pineapple incorporates it into the batter, helping to sweeten these muffins with less than half the sugar of similar recipes.
By Laura Kanya

Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Rating: 5 stars 59
In this healthy cauliflower soup recipe, roasting the cauliflower first adds depth and prevents the florets from turning to mush. A little tomato sauce and coconut milk give the broth a rich, silky texture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, if desired.
By Danielle Centoni

Roasted Tofu & Broccoli with Peanut-Curry Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Learn how to roast tofu with this easy method that ensures crispy tofu every time.
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By Adam Dolge

Coconut Margarita

Coconut water brings just enough sweetness to this frozen coconut margarita to add flavor to the drink without making it too sweet. The lime juice and Coco López give this drink a tropical flavor, while the tequila and triple sec make it taste like a solid margarita.
By Karen Rankin

Curried Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
In this flavorful soup recipe, sweet potatoes simmer in a quick coconut curry, resulting in a creamy, thick broth punctuated by notes of garlic and ginger. We love peanuts for their inexpensive price and versatile flavor. They're also a great source of protein--1 ounce has 7 grams.
By Lauren Grant

Jason Mraz's Avocado Green Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars 4
To make this green smoothie recipe a meal-in-a-glass, musician Mraz adds a tablespoon of coconut oil and some sprouted flax or chia seeds.
By Jason Mraz

Tropical Overnight Oats

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Loaded with coconut, pineapple and mango, this easy overnight oats recipe will transport you to the tropics. Meal-prep a big batch for ready-to-eat breakfasts throughout the week.
By Joyce Hendley

Piña Colada Nice Cream

Rating: 5 stars 1
Get all the tropical flavors you love in a piña colada in this creamy dairy-free dessert. This ice cream alternative gets its sweetness from pineapple and coconut and is just as delicious with or without the optional rum. Either way, it's sure to put you in a beachy state of mind--not bad for a treat that takes just 10 minutes to whip up in your food processor.
By Carolyn Casner

Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars 1
Making fruit smoothies at home saves time and money. For this easy smoothie, combine strawberries, mango and banana with a bit of cashew butter and ground chia seeds for body and richness.
By Julia Levy
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Inspiration and Ideas

30 Desserts to Make If You're Crazy for Coconut
These dessert recipes call for various forms of the tropical fruit. Coconut milk adds creaminess and natural sweetness while shredded coconut adds texture.
25 Delicious Recipes That Start with a Can of Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk is extremely versatile, so we rarely leave the supermarket without it. It helps balance out spiciness in savory dishes and adds creamy richness to our favorite sweet treats. Check out our favorite ways to use a can of coconut milk for whatever you're craving. 
Super-Seed Snack Bars
Rating: 3.5 stars 3

Thanks to a mix of pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and chia seeds, these healthy snack bars are packed with protein, fiber, minerals and healthy fats. Because these bars pack well, they're great for taking along on all-day adventures.