By now you’re probably somewhat familiar with the many benefits of coconut oil. It appears to help raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), has been shown to help offset the adverse effects of hypertension and stress on the body in animal studies, and even shows promise as a fat-reduction aid.
These are compelling reasons to get more coconut oil in your diet, but bear in mind it’s a high-calorie food, which means it’s best consumed in moderation. Fortunately, because coconut oil is so rich (in calories, fat, and flavor), a little goes a long way. That’s why it’s especially perfect when you’re looking for a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without spoiling your appetite before your next meal.
A spoonful of coconut oil straight out of the jar is one way to do it—but we prefer Nutiva’s O’Coconut Treats. Each individually wrapped snack is made of lightly sweetened coconut flakes and 1.5 teaspoons of coconut oil, making it a delicious source of health-boosting medium-chain fatty acids like lauric acid.
While they have the moist, dense texture of a decadent dessert, there are just 60 calories and 3 grams of sugar per serving—totally light enough to snack on any time of day! The touch of sweetness from a mix of coconut, tapioca syrup, inulin, and monk fruit makes these little treats particularly satisfying.
They’re so good, you really need to try them for yourself. If you need more convincing, here are some rave reviews straight from our members!
“At 60 calories per piece, these delightful bites of moist coconut are a blissful treat for any coconut lover!” —Lynette
“I can't wait to buy these again. They are moist, not too sweet and a lovely little treat. Perhaps I'll share them with my hubby next time instead of hogging the whole box.” —Janet
“They are small, but I find the size pretty perfect for my sweet tooth. I like to eat them with a couple dark chocolate chips. Perfectly sweet and I would recommend to anyone that likes coconut.” —Emily
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