With all of the new health kicks that have been introduced, one interesting one that has been included in the pack is the use of coconut oil. Gone are the days of coconut oil being deemed as artery-clogger and cholesterol riser. Now, you can find coconut oil in almost every grocery and health food store around the globe sitting right next to the likes of extra virgin and canola oil, which should give you some incentive to whip up some coconut oil recipes.

As a woman of color, coconut oil has become more popular in our community when it relates to hair products and ways to moisturize our skin. To be honest, I don't know many women of color who actually use coconut oil to cook. While the impacts of coconut oil on hair and skin are positive, people seem to forget that it can also be used sparingly in cooking meals. In fact, coconut oil can be used to create some great tasting meals. And the best part about it that most of these treats are easy to make.

Whether your palate fancies something savory over sweet or spicy over subtle these recipes will expose you to some delicious options that you never would've thought included coconut oil.

1. Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie With Chia Seeds

Courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Normally, I wouldn't think of creating a mango banana coconut smoothie, but this recipe found on A Cozy Kitchen made me reconsider. Though it only includes one tablespoon of coconut oil, the tropical taste is still powerful.

2. Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes With Strawberry Buttercream

Courtesy of A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

Everyone needs a good, moist cupcake every now and again and this gluten-free strawberry cupcakes recipe pulled from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs is packed with everything you need.

3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies With Dark Chocolate, Cherries, & Coconut

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Packed with tasteful power, these peanut butter oatmeal cookies from Ari's Menu are equipped with the chewy flavor everyone yearns for when searching for the perfect oatmeal cookie.

4. Coconut Macadamia Nut Waffles

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

While this coconut macadamia nut waffles recipe by A Spicy Perspective originally calls for vegetable oil, coconut oil can serve as a great substitute.

5. Cinnamon Apple Bread

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Another great recipe from Ari's Menu, this mouth-watering cinnamon apple bread recipe filled with delightful flavors.

6. Homemade Granola Bars

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

A Spicy Perspective's recipe for homemade granola bars should on your radar. You'll be so impressed with the taste that you won't want to buy granola bars ever again.

7. German Chocolate Cheescake

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Guaranteed to be a hit at any event, Ari's Menu blessed us with this awesome recipe for a German chocolate cheesecake that will make your favorite bakery jealous. With coconut all throughout the recipe, you're sure to overdose on its tropical goodness.

8. Whole Wheat Coconut Tortillas

Courtesy of Back to Her Roots

These whole wheat coconut tortillas from Back to Her Roots will work perfectly as the base to both a savory and sweet wrap or taco dinner option.

9. Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Air's Menu uses coconut oil plus and a short list of produce to create paleo sweet potato breakfast hash.

10. Homemade Kettle Corn

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

Once I learned that popcorn was a healthy snack alternative, I instantly became hooked on kettle corn. Popping your own homemade kettle corn in coconut oil adds a slight bit more flavor to the already salty-sweetness that kettle corn already embodies, and A Spicy Perspective gives you all the details on how to make it just right.

11. Peach Mango Coconut Oil Banana Bread

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

With there being so many recipes variations for making a great banana bread, you have to wonder what would set yours apart from everyone else's at the party. Averie Cooks's spin on the classic food gives us the opportunity to see what peach mango coconut oil banana bread is really about.

12. Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

Looking for a cultural dish guaranteed to spark your tastebuds? Try this Vietnamese Banh Mi street tacos one from A Spicy Perspective, which are loaded with fresh ingredients, including a few tablespoons of coconut oil.

13. Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

Save yourself a trip to the nearest Thai restaurant and whip up A Spicy Perspective's drunken noodles.

14. Curried Carrot And Coconut Soup

Courtesy of Cooking For Keeps

Sometimes you just need a good bowl of soup to soothe your hunger pains in between big meals. Coming together in less than 30 minutes, this curried carrot and coconut soup from Cooking for Keeps can quickly become a go-to on any given day.

15. Creamy Feta & Leek Stacked Crepes With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Courtesy of Cooking For Keeps

Crepes can be used for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner pleasures and are easier to make than pancakes. This delicious set of creamy feta & leek stacked crepes with roasted red pepper sauce from Cooking for Keeps in the right direction of perfection.