Lime, Almond and Coconut Oil Poundcake

Alright ladies and gentleman. I want your opinion. Coconut oil – the devil in oil form or not as horrible as once thought?  I have been doing a lot of reading lately I’m leaning towards “not as horrible as once thought.”  Here is my thought on the matter. In moderation it’s not horrible for you.  Yes it’s high in saturated fat BUT according to Melissa Clark of the New York Times “The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, and bad LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, in the blood, but is not thought to negatively affect the overall ratio of the two.”

Even though that sounds really scientific (not generally my area of interest) I do in fact find it very interesting. At this point in my life I would rather eat a natural fat over anything processed.  I have been on a lot of crazy diets in my life and some of them rely heavily on processed foods. I take away fat and sub in carbohydrates. Not good. Especially for me. Without getting overly personal I have a metabolic/endocrine disorder which make me insulin resistant, infertile and sometimes feel crazy. I’m not labeled diabetic but my body does have issues with insulin. Which makes me stay fat. Which sucks. So here is my point. I need to get healthier. Which I have been doing BUT I want to go even farther. No more chemical filled processed products. If I need fiber I will eat apples, not chow down on Fiber One Bars.

I do honestly think this will be a positive change in my life. Baby steps and small changes are the right way to take things to make a healthier future.  I’m still hooked on the white flour but sugar but I’m working on cutting them out.

Now to get back to coconut oil…what do you think?  Since it’s considered “natural” can it be lumped into the category of “in moderation it’s fine” – like butter, lard and beef tallow. Thoughts? If you want to read one of the articles I read about coconut oil you can click here.

Alright, lets finally get to the food part of this blog :) I bought some extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil and gave it a try in a delicious pound cake recipe. Coconut oil is solid so you do have to melt it before you can put it in the recipe. I just measured out a solid 1/2 cup, put it in a small sauce pan and melted it on the stove. After it melted I set it aside and let it cool down while I continued with the recipe. When mixed all together it smelled amazing. I’m officially in love with the smell of coconut oil…so good! I made four mini loaves and they turned out perfectly. They were moist, flavorful and delicious. If you’re pro coconut oil I would recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s a nice little treat :)

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Coconut Oil Poundcake with Almonds and Lime Zest

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup milk
3 large eggs
Zest of 1 lime
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or a 4 mini loaf pan.

To make the topping, stir together the almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl.

Melt the coconut oil in a small pan. Pour it into a large bowl and whisk in the remaining sugar, milk, eggs and lime zest.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to combine. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes or 40 minutes for the mini loaves. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the loaf pan. Cool completely before serving.

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43 Responses to “Lime, Almond and Coconut Oil Poundcake”

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    Keeley — April 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Mmm, coconut oil! This may sound strange to readers, but it’s also a great hair conditioner. (It’s a common hair product used by people with “ethnic” hair… I love it for this purpose.) Just make sure you buy a separate jar for cosmetic purposes.

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    tastyeatsathome — April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

    This sounds lovely. I personally love coconut oil. Of course, just like any fat, you shouldn’t sit down and consume buckets of it. Duh. But honestly, saturated fats from whole, unprocessed food sources are fine in moderation, and probably healthy for you. (just like butter is actually better for you than margarine) I like your frame of mind on healthier eating – you’re on the right track. I’m not a nutritionist, of course, but everyone would do better to cut the processed foods, refined flours, and sugars from their diet. And I also realize it’s not easy (I know, I’ve done it – I’m gluten, dairy, and about 99% refined sugar-free.). And with a love for baking, there is a learning curve. But you’ll find like you did with this recipe that using some healthier ingredients can bring fantastic rewards! I’m inspired by your pound cake, and I’d love to try a version that’s gluten, dairy, and sugar-free!

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    Joanne — April 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of coconut oil and put it up there with things like olive oil. In my opinion, if it comes from a fruit or vegetable it can’t possibly be bad and I think that the research points to that fact. These pound cakes sound delicious! Love that they have hints of both coconut and lime!

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    doggybloggy — April 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    this is a beauty…

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I have also heard more promising things about coconut oil and hope that they’re all true because this pound cake sounds fantastic.

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    Shelby — April 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Oh my, coconut and almond – and topping it off with lime takes the “cake” ;) I love these flavors! Your poundcake looks delicious!

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    Erica — April 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m an everything in moderation kind of girl! Theres only a few ingredients I really consider off limits. This pound cake sounds so good! Perfect combination of flavors.

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    Kristen — April 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I really like coconut oil, but I have found that not all oils are created equally. Some brands are really, really coconut-y and I’d swear some were never in the same room as a coconut. I love the lime/coconut combination in this cake. It’s one of my favorite combos.

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    Katrina — April 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ooh, that looks really good. I have really liked everything I’ve made with coconut oil. Love coconut and lime, too.

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    megan — April 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I thought coconut oil was suppose to be better for you. That’s what I heard and I’m sticking to it.
    And I hear ya about cutting out the sugar. It’s been on mind a lot but not put into action. Baby steps are the right direction. At least you started!
    The cakes sound and look amazing. I love coconut and lime.

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Brandy, gotta tell you one of the best things I ever did was sugar free. Made me feel so much better- another thing was making sure I have plenty of real fats in my meals each day. Unrefined coconut oil has become a favorite over here too. These pound cakes look amazing :)

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      I know I need to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet. I’m lucky that I do not have issues drinking my sugar (soda, juice, etc.) but I often get major craving for sugar and can’t stop eating sweets. It’s a hard change but I’m finding other foods to sub into my diet that are keeping me full and satisfied.

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    Barbara — April 7, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I’ve never cooked anything with coconut oil, but I’ve read about it and it’s supposed to be really good for you. In tons of ways.
    This fabulous loaf is a super way for all of us to give it a try. What a marvelous combo of ingredients: almonds, coconut oil, lime; flavor winners all.
    How does that old song go? Put the lime in the coconut…..

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    Blond Duck — April 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    All I know is it looks tasty!

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    Katerina — April 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I agree with you that everything in moderation is not harmful. I love your cakes and the flavors you incorporated in these!

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    5 Star Foodie — April 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

    These mini loaves are just gorgeous and they sound amazing made with coconut oil, a must try!

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    Tiffany — April 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    These look awesome! Sounds tasty and is something new for me to try. I have never used coconut oil, so here’s too a something new.

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    Dana - Food for Thought — April 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    These mini loaves look delicious and are so adorable! I’m not sure about coconut oil… generally anything fat that had to be melted in order to work with makes me leery, because I picture it hardening up in my arteries. But that’s my totally un-scientific opinion, so take it with a grain of salt LOL.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:08 am

      Hahaha I love you opinion :) However, I don’t think it works that way. Well…at least I hope not…hehe :)

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    Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide — April 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Shoot, not familiar with coconut oil, so digging these responses. The recipe looks amazing.

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    Shannon — April 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    i’m with you, i think it’s ok in moderation… and this certainly does look amazing!! must add to my to-try list :)

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    Emily — April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Wow! This sounds/looks so good! So many flavors that sing!!!

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    Heather @girlichef — April 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I’m actually a huge fan of coconut oil…right up there with olive oil, bacon fat, and lard. From the source, not concocted in a lab. I do use it in baking, but I really love frying things in it! It leaves such a clean, light flavor without being overly greasy. These little poundcakes are amazing!

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    Karen — April 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I have got to get my hands on some coconut oil. This is the third recipe I’ve seen today that calls for it and I’m intrigued!
    This poundcake looks amazing…love the flavors and it looks like it would be so moist. Yum!

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    Veronica — April 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    In that first picture, I’m pretty sure the loaf is trying to float out of the computer and into my mouth. mmmmm. I agree with you and think that coconut oil has been getting a bad rap beyond what it deserves. I guess we shouldn’t drinking it for meals, but it’s probably rather healthy to include in our diets, especially versus hydrogenated oils like shortening (boooo). I like your wholesome approach! I’ve gotten off track and have regained a bunch of weight and am considering starting weight watchers again. Are you still doing that plan too?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:06 am

      I’m doing weight watchers but I’m trying to incorporate more healthy fats in my diet and less carbohydrates. I like to think I’m eating as if I were diabetic. All those carbs are to much. Even the “recommended” daily amount of carbs is to much in my opinion.

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    Allie — April 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Great recipe and beautiful photos! I love things that can bake such pretty loaves.

    Oh and FYI, if sugar can’t “get into your cells,” it wouldn’t be stored as fat, period. In diabetes, this is why diabetics initially lose a lot of weight (in an unhealthy manner): they are peeing out all the sugar that they eat. Trust me, I’ve been there — not fun! Thank goodness for insulin.

    • Veronica replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 12:52 am

      True dat. Before I was diagnosed w/ type 1 diabetes, I lost a lot of weight b/c my pancreas stopped producing insulin and I could use the sugar/energy I was eating. Just peed it out and was thirsty all the time. It’s a good thing that is such a miserable state or I’d be tempted not to take my insulin for an easy weight-loss fix but it’s so dangerous, I’m glad I have no temptation to do so!

      • Veronica replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 12:52 am

        *couldn’t use

      • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:11 am

        I changed the wording in my post. It’s so hard for me to explain what’s wrong with my body because the doctors don’t spend much time going into it. They basically just tell me that my body holds onto everything and turns it into fat instead of burning it like a normal body. So it’s really hard for me to “naturally” lose weight. They have recommended the lap-band but the idea of surgery freaks me out.

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    Barbara Bakes — April 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of recipes calling for coconut oil lately, but none as delicious looking/sounding as yours! I may just have to bite the bullet and buy some.

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    Blond Duck — April 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Have a good weekend!

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    The Food Hound — April 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

    So glad you found for Food Hound so I could “meet” you and this delectable pound cake! I actually AM a registered dietitian (shhh, don’t let that get out :) and I am sitting up and taking an interest in coconut oil. It was in vogue a few years ago and I scoffed at it like the rest of the mainstream nutrition community, but now I’m recognizing a lot of the benefits. Can’t wait to read the article you linked! And I can’t wait to try these pound cakes- they will be my first experience with coconut oil, and I’ll blog about it!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:04 am

      I hope you love them! I’m hearing so many positive things about coconut oil that it’s changing my mind too. These cakes were amazing and a new favorite in my house :)

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    Cakelaw — April 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

    What gorgeous little cakes! Perfect with a cup of tea.

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    Winnie — April 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I love coconut oil!!!I posted this info about it on my blog a while back: http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/organic-coconut-oil.html

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 8th, 2011 @ 11:02 am

      Awesome…loved the write up!

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    Sue — April 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I have been seeing more about coconut oil in the last few months, and all of it leans toward the positive side. As you said, I think moderation is the key. I read a blog yesterday (Valsocal) and Val slathers coconut oil on her quick bread:) Sounds good to me. I really want to try your bread~it sounds amazing! Time to add coconut oil to my grocery list.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    That poundcake looks great… I don’t know much about coconut oil, but I’m willing to give it a try. With most things, moderation is key.

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    grace — April 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

    i think coconut oil is amazing–in fact, even if it’s clogging my arteries as we speak, i’m still gonna use it simply because of that subtle coconut flavor it provides. yum!

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    tonia — August 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    after reading all the post not one person came back to say how it turned out and its a year later so i do use cocunut oil for everything internal and external head to toe inside out….its a great oil flavour enhanser when used in baking my first attempt were vegan biscuits then pancakes then cookies and i continue thanks for this recipe i was actually looking for any desserts cake with limes and i got the best of both i love cocunut oil thanks again!!!! let u know the turnouts in hour

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