What is it?

Guess what I got in the mail a few days ago! If you guessed YET ANOTHER Department of Defense survey (this time addressed to my baby), you’d be right! If you guessed a HUGE tub of organic dried shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions, you’d also be right!

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There’s nothing but coconut in this bucket, my friends. And ain’t life grand?

My Thoughts:

First of all, let me say I’m a HUGE fan of coconut.

I’m a HUGE fan of coconut. There, I said it.

Coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut flakes, coconut oil… You name it. If you’re a primal/paleo/WAPF/”real food” reader (which most of you are), by now you’ve embraced the idea that modern humans eat way too much processed food, way too many carbs, far too many grains, and not nearly enough fat. Fat’s the good stuff. Stable, saturated fat. When you don’t have a ton of insulin floating around in your blood from eating cereal with skim milk, half a bagel, and orange juice (holy sugar overload!), your body LOVES to use fat as fuel.

So check it out. Nutrition facts for oats on the left. Coconut on the right. Also consider dried coconut is lighter than oats are, so 1 oz is “bigger” when we’re talking coconut.

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*nutrition facts from fatsecret.com

Those little charts at the bottom? I’ll take the fat-filled one please!

Tropical Traditions specializes in coconut products, and they know what they’re doing. Plus, they give it to you in a HUGE stinkin’ bucket, for a reasonable price. Before I found Tropical traditions, I had bought little bags of dried coconut … probably about 8oz in a bag, for $6-7. Special-ordered and delivered to my local gourmet shop. Because of course, the grocery stores are only interested in carrying sugar-infused sticky coconut.

Conversely, Tropical Traditions makes it easy for coconut to become part of your regular diet. This GINORMOUS tub of shreds only costs $17 (and they often have sales or deals where you can get other products free, if you’re subscribed to their email list). I could only get 2 or 3 little baggies of it from the gourmet shop for that price. So you can stop treating it like a “special treat” or an exotic ingredient (am I the only one who does that with expensive foods?), and start USING it.

And why did I compare it to oats? Well, the first thing I did when I got the coconut in the mail was use it to replace the oats in my homemade granola bars. And it did beautifully. So much so that the granola bars are almost gone. And I have to make some more tomorrow because my husband and I both love them, and my mother is coming into town and also requested them.

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I’ve also used dried coconut in my grain-free gluten-free cookies of awesomeness. Again, like oats would have, it added another texture profile to the cookies. Perfect. It’s also delicious added to fruit salads.

There are also a ton more coconut-based recipes here at Free Coconut Recipes.

Buy it:

Go to Tropical Traditions and check out all their products – they don’t just have coconut stuff (their pumpkin seeds are also great, I promise). And if you make a purchase and use my referral ID: 6533374, you’ll get a free book about coconut oil with 85 recipes in it. I’ll also get free coconut oil if you use me as your referral.

Win it: (CLOSED)

One lucky Joyful Abode reader will win a huge honkin’ tub of organic dried shredded coconut.

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. I am also not responsible for anything that may happen as a result of the winner falling face-first into a bucket full of shredded coconut.

214 Comments on Review and Giveaway – Tropical Traditions Shredded Coconut

  1. Julie says:

    I totally subscribed (and probably did a couple of other things on the list already but I’m too lazy to figure out which). Anyway, I wanted to mention that because of you and coconut I make some AWESOME peppermint patties! All people reading this should make them immediately.

  2. Virginia says:

    i never win these things, so i don’t know why i bother… but i follow you and tropical traditions on twitter, and i liked their page on facebook (i already like you ;))….

    🙂

  3. I’m also a tweeter friend thing (again twitter newbie… mind blank… follower there we go)

  4. and I’m subscribed to your rss – well I will be after I press the ‘ol subscribe button…

  5. and I tweeted http://twitter.com/cmygoodies (how do you link to the actual tweet – I’m a twitter newbie)

    plus I should get an extra entry for being the 200th comment. 🙂

  6. Wowza now that’s a vat of coconut! I signed up for the newsletter

  7. Christa says:

    I follow you both on Facebook

  8. Christa says:

    I follow both of you on Twitter!

  9. Christa says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter

  10. Melissa says:

    I just Emailed 10+ friends/family! 😀

  11. Melissa says:

    I just Subscribed to RSS for email updates!! 😀

  12. Melissa says:

    I just Subscribed to the Tropical Traditions email newsletter!

  13. Melissa W. says:

    Subscribe to Joyful Abode via RSS

  14. Melissa W. says:

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  15. Melissa W. says:

    Follow @TropTraditions AND @JoyfulAbode on Twitter @matt4melis

  16. Melissa W. says:

    subscribe to the Tropical Traditions email newsletter

  17. AngelaEtc says:

    Followed @TropTraditions on Twitter as well.

  18. AngelaEtc says:

    I subscribed to Tropical Traditions’ newsletter. 🙂

  19. Echo Zard says:

    Well I subscribed to the newsletter and liked on facebook. So put me in for 2 entries please!

  20. Jamie says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂

  21. Jamie says:

    I follow JoyfulAbode and TT on twitter

  22. Jamie says:

    I sub’d to the TT newsletter 🙂

  23. mick says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter!

    Coconut is awesome! A full tub is even better!

  24. PamelaJD says:

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  25. PamelaJD says:

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  26. PamelaJD says:

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  27. PamelaJD says:

    I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions email newsletter

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  28. Kat says:

    I already subscribe to Tropical Traditions. Love their products and really hope I win this!

  29. Nirinjan says:

    Yum! I love coconut! These granola bars look awesome too, I’ll try them this week/ Thanks!

  30. Jeanne says:

    I just subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter. I love coconut in all forms – flakes, milk, oil – it’s all good.

  31. Auntie M says:

    I’m a subscriber. By the way…your gluten-free cookies of awesomeness are…awesome. Thanks for creating that recipe!

  32. Paleo Dan says:

    Tweeted again. Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot!

  33. Robyn says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter 🙂

  34. loura says:

    I already subscribe to Joyful abode

  35. loura says:

    i subscribed to tt

  36. Mel says:

    I’m a subscriber to TT newsletter.

  37. Paleo Dan says:

    Tweeted again. Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot!

  38. I subscribed, thanks! Seems like a great company

  39. Annette says:

    Love this site, so happy I found it!
    Looking forward to trying these in mini muffin tins with a tiny drizzle of dark chocolate on top! Perfect for my primal diet treat!
    Look forward to you asking wear to send my prize!

  40. sally rummler says:

    i already subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter-have for a few months now. thanks.
    i have a son who was recently diagnosed gluten-intolerant and am looking forward to using coconut in ways i haven’t even heard of before, so would love to try this in everything!!

  41. Jane says:

    I’ve been on their mailing list – they’re terrific!!

  42. Elise says:

    I subscribed to the tropical traditions newsletter. I am happy that I found your site!

  43. Sue D says:

    I made a comment on your recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins–they sound yummy!

    http://www.joyfulabode.com/2008/09/12/cinnamon-sugar-doughnut-muffins/#comment-34405

  44. Joan says:

    I’m definitely going to try your recipe for Husband-Approved Cole Slaw. We grow our own cabbage and do like cole slaw so I’m interested in trying a new recipe.

  45. Joan says:

    I renewed my subscription to Tropical Traditions. I’m a huge fan of coconut and coconut oil! Did you know coconut oil is the BEST product for healing all sorts of diaper rashes, etc. I have had great success with it for my grandkids. Sometimes healed within the hour.

  46. Sue D says:

    I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  47. Lauren says:

    I also follow you on Twitter! Your baby girl is just so precious!

  48. Lauren says:

    Yay! I LOVE coconut!! Those granola bars look amazing! I can’t wait to try my own version!

  49. monica says:

    I just commented on your granola bars here: http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/09/12/grain-free-granola-bars/

    I think I’m going to order some coconut! My family is a huge fan of coconut and I foresee lots of granola bar making in my future 🙂

  50. monica says:

    i already subscribe via google reader.

  51. monica says:

    I subscribed to the TT newsletter.

  52. Stacy says:

    I “liked” you on FB!

  53. Stacy says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  54. Stacy says:

    I subscribed by RSS Feeds!

  55. Stacy says:

    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter!

  56. Priscilla says:

    I just subscribed, thanks for telling me about the benefits of subscribing. I’d love to win this shredded coconut & make yummy treats for our 6 children.

  57. I subscribed to the newsletter.

  58. Small Footprints says:

    I’m an email subscriber (reducefootprints at gmail dot com)

  59. Small Footprints says:

    I think this Penne Pasta Salad looks great:

    http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Penne_Pasta_Salad.htm

    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  60. Small Footprints says:

    I’m following Tropical Traditions and you on twitter (@smallftprints)

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  61. Small Footprints says:

    I’m a Tropical Traditions newsletter subscriber (reducefootprints at gmail dot com)

  62. Boyde says:

    I subscribed…. Wonderful website placing an order now !

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  63. Tiffany says:

    Follow you both on Twitter!

  64. Briana says:

    I subscribed to tropical traditions!!

  65. Ben says:

    I subscribed to your blog!

    AND I like both you and Tropical Traditions on Facebook!

  66. Ben says:

    I am subscribed to Tropical Traditions

  67. PamelaJD says:

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  68. PamelaJD says:

    I follow @TropTraditions AND @JoyfulAbode on Twitter @PamelaJD

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  69. PamelaJD says:

    I Like Tropical Traditions AND Joyful Abode on Facebook as Pamela Jd

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  70. PamelaJD says:

    I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

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  71. Daniel says:

    Just subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter, can’t believe I hadn’t done it sooner! I have been thinking about ordering their red palm oil for a while now… much better deal than what I get at my local health store.

  72. Sarah says:

    Just subscribed to TT! I can’t wait to make the grain-free granola bars!

  73. keaton davis says:

    i subscribed to the tropical traditions newsletter. and let me just say quickly im the mama of 4 beautiful children with one on the way and i really enjoy your recipes. IM IN LOVE WITH THE PAPRIKA-ISH CHICKEN AND RICE…O TO DIE FOR GIRL!!!! Have a blessed day!!!!

  74. Paleo Dan says:

    Tweeted again. Woot! Woot! Woot!

  75. Shauna says:

    Subscribed.

    Ohh, coco for coconuts, especially after making your pancake recipe. I’ve made 3 batches so far…

  76. amanda milosavljevic says:

    i just subscribed to the newsletter. i can’t wait to try those grain free granola bars

  77. Catherine B says:

    Yay! I just subscribed to their email and I hope I win and then fall face-forward into a vat of ACTUAL coconut! 😀

  78. dr rona thau says:

    ohhhhhh i love love love coconut
    wanna win

    please visit my blog too (it’s linked to my name)
    i’ve got lots more recipes and more coming!

    i cook paleo/primal
    gluten and sugar free

    🙂
    yay coconut! hugs tubs
    mmm

  79. abby says:

    Huge fan of coconut, does that get me an extra entry?
    I subscribed to your feed 🙂

  80. Abby says:

    I am a huge fan of coconut, extra entry?
    I subscribed to your feed as well 🙂

  81. Eileen says:

    I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

  82. aubrey says:

    I just subscribed! You’re enabling my coconut addiction 🙂

  83. i subscribe to the newsletter and follow TT on twitter. mmmm love me some coconut!

  84. Primal Toad says:

    I just left a comment on your grain free granola bars… I used to love these damn things… maybe i can start enjoying them again without the granola!

  85. Primal Toad says:

    I just tweeted about the giveaway

  86. Primal Toad says:

    I like you both on facebook.

  87. Primal Toad says:

    I follow you both on twitter.

  88. Primal Toad says:

    I’m already a subscriber to the Tropical Traditions e-mail newsletter.

  89. I already “liked” Tropical Traditions on FB but added Joyful Abode today! And, I subscribe to the Joyful Abode newsletter too. Good luck with that new little one of yours.

  90. Michael says:

    You have successfully subscribed to our Sales Newsletter!

    I’m already following both on Twitter. 🙂

  91. Paleo Dan says:

    Tweeted again. Woot! Woot!

  92. JB says:

    I subscribed and follow via RSS

  93. Paleo Dan says:

    Tweeted again. Woot!

  94. rachel says:

    I subscribed.
    thanks for the opportunity- we go through tons of the stuff around here.

  95. Amber says:

    I subscribed to TT email list. yummmmy!

  96. Amber says:

    I’m following you on twitter love the baby moments (‘:

  97. Amber says:

    I like Joyful Abode and Tropical Traditions on Facebook

  98. Leah says:

    I commented on the cauliflower salad which I really need to try because I have tons in the garden right now!

    http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/09/01/zingy-cauliflower-salad/#comment-34308

  99. Leah says:

    I already subscribe to your RSS!

  100. Leah says:

    I subbed to the newsletter!

  101. Annika says:

    Oops! I have no idea how that other link snuck in there. Here’s the tweet:
    http://twitter.com/NEKLocalvore/status/24522171133

  102. Annika says:

    Hi Emily! I just subscribed to TT’s newsletter. Crossing my fingers – I’d love to have a big bucket o’ coconut!
    -Annika (@NEKLocalvore)

  103. Anna says:

    I subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter, and now I’m on my way to liking both on Facebook. Thanks for the info.

  104. Julie says:

    I like Joyful Abode and Tropical Traditions on Facebook

  105. Julie says:

    subscribed to the tropical traditions newsletter and am studying the Tropical Traditions website. The creams and lotions look pretty good too. I think I am going to try that coconut since I love it too.

  106. Jordan says:

    oh and tweeted about it

  107. Kim G. says:

    I already subscribe to you on my google reader!! 🙂

  108. Kim G. says:

    “Like”d you both on facebook! (And I happened to come across something you have posted on ravelry this morning, thought that was neat!

  109. Kim G. says:

    I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!!

  110. Jordan says:

    annnd following you on twitter. woo!

  111. I commented on your coconut drink recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  112. Jordan says:

    commented on the “cookies of awesomeness” recipe

  113. Jordan says:

    liked you on facebook

  114. Jordan says:

    subscribed to the tropical traditions newsletter

  115. I subscribed to TT newsletter!

  116. Stormimay says:

    I subscribed! Hope I win…we love coconut around here!

  117. Valerie says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter 🙂

  118. Roya says:

    Joined, shared, FB’ing and LJ. I follow you there.

    Your granola recipe sounds amazing, as well.

    R.

  119. Sassy says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter (thanks for posting about it – I didn’t know!), And I already had you followed in my Google Reader.

  120. Sally says:

    Ok- subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter and liked the new “Joyful Abode” FB page!! WOOHOO!

  121. I just subscribed in my google feed reader, and I’m glad I did! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. : )

    After all these entries can you tell I could really use all this coconut? Thanks for hosting such a useful giveaway!

  122. ran says:

    I subscribed, and WOW! I love coconut, but had no idea. So I’m busy over there learning more. Must get some of this coconut.

  123. Follow you and now following Tropical Traditions too!

  124. What an awesome giveaway! I just subscribed.

  125. Jenn says:

    Subscribed to newsletter (official entry)

  126. Jenn says:

    I follow you both on Twitter

  127. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says:

    I signed up for the newsletter and I am already following you on Twitter and your RSS feed.

  128. Jennifer says:

    Subscribed to joyful abode. Thanks!

  129. Brenna says:

    And I’m now following you both on Twitter!

  130. Jennifer says:

    Subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  131. Brenna says:

    Okay, I subscribed! So excited about this! Am I the only one who didn’t know that you could get coconut any other way than sticky sweet from the baking aisle? This is a revelation for me!

  132. Jason says:

    I retweeted your contest promo @jgrantmarshall

  133. GW says:

    Subscribed!

  134. Jason says:

    I just ‘Like’d both on FB

  135. Jason says:

    Following both of you on Twitter

  136. Jason says:

    Subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  137. Tyson says:

    I have subscribed! Woohoo!

  138. amy byrd /waylandcook says:

    I follow both on twitter like both on facebook get thier newsletter and tweeted about the contest

    • Joyful Abode says:

      Amy, you need to leave a separate comment for each entry, otherwise they won’t all “count.”

      So leave 1 more comment for FB, 1 more for their newsletter, and 1 more for tweeting (and include the link to your tweet please)

      Good luck!

  139. stacey says:

    Hi Emily!!

    Love the new FB page, it’s about time:P
    I just filled out my info to my favorite coconut company,
    now if I could only make those yummy bars of yours.

    Clayberg

  140. 5) Just emailed 10 friends and BCCed you!

  141. Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter.

  142. Paleo Dan says:

    And you have to believe that I was already subscribed to your blog’s RSS feed…

  143. Paleo Dan says:

    And I just tweeted about it again this morning, so bam! that’s today’s entry. 😛

  144. 4) I subscribe to Joyful Abode in my Google Reader (have for a while). 🙂

  145. Becky says:

    2. I’m a fan of tropical traditions and Joyful Abode on FB!

  146. 3) I commented on your Grain-Free Granola Bars recipe.

  147. Paleo Dan says:

    I RT’d your initial announcement so that was yesterday’s twitter entry… right?

  148. Becky says:

    I subscribed to the tropical traditions email letter!

  149. 2) I’m a fan (like) of Joyful Abode and Tropical Traditions on FB.

  150. Paleo Dan says:

    However, surprisingly, I wasn’t a fan of either of you on FB… that has been rectified.

  151. Great contest! OK, so here I go with my entries…
    1) I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  152. Paleo Dan says:

    And of course I already follow you and Tropical Traditions on twitter, don’t be silly!

  153. Paleo Dan says:

    I love Tropical Traditions… so I was already subscribed to their newsletter. 🙂

  154. Amber says:

    So cool that you’ve started contests! I have never won any so heres to another sign up! I ‘liked’ you on FB although I am pretty private with my stuff though, so I wont link anything. I already subscribe (yay! always look forward to your updates!) but I dont twitter! LOL!

    Anyhow, I just spent 5$ for a SMALL bag of unsweetened organic coconut at my grocery store yesterday. It made me a little sick to my stomach for the tiny amount I got and the expensive price tag. But I do enjoy coconut, especially in my granola and granola bars.

    Thanks for the inspiration to do more whole food stuff. I am making the transition slowly and my family have been accepting it thus far.

    Give your little sweetie girls hugs and kisses for me!

  155. Katie says:

    I’ve been an email subscriber for a while. Love your recipes!

  156. Katie says:

    I “liked” you on facebook before I read this, and “liked” Tropical Traditions after reading it.

  157. Marie S. says:

    I signed up for TT, and liked both them and you on FB 🙂

  158. Mayness says:

    I “liked” you on facebook before I read this, and “liked” Tropical Traditions after reading it.

  159. Mayness says:

    I’ve been subscribed to your RSS feed for a looong time.

  160. Mayness says:

    I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  161. Michelle DeLorenzo says:

    I have registered. Thanks so much!

  162. Karen says:

    I subscribed via RSS!

  163. Karen says:

    I tweeted “If I don’t #win @TropTraditions organic coconut from @JoyfulAbode, maybe you will! http://bit.ly/bBxZkp #realfood #primal #paleo #WAPF” @luvs_chicago.

  164. Karen says:

    I’m following both on Twitter!

  165. Karen says:

    I liked both Joyful Abode & Tropical Traditions on Facebook.

  166. Paleo Dan says:

    I’ve never been much of a blog commenter, but I done done it today…

    Paleo Dan’s comment on Grain-Free Granola Bars.

  167. Jennifer says:

    Following both on Twitter.

  168. Jennifer says:

    I am tweeting about it. Do I need to add comments for that?

  169. Jennifer says:

    I just subscribed to the newsletter 🙂 I’m using shredded dried coconut today to make an Autumn in a Jar trail mix. You are right, it is HARD to find the good stuff!

  170. Sandy in Fort Worth says:

    Hi Emily,

    1st congratulations on your new baby girl! I have enjoyed reading your accounts of her.

    I subscribed to Tropical Traditions to receive their newsletter.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Sandy

  171. Erin says:

    I subscribed! Fingers crossed! 😀

  172. shanon says:

    Feeling lucky

  173. Annie says:

    You know, I think I’m planning on trying those granola bars. How cool that I get an extra entry for that!

  174. Whitney says:

    Of course I follow you on RSS – it’s how I found out about this post, too!

  175. Annie says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter!

  176. Whitney says:

    I just subscribed – good thing, too because I pay like five dollars per ounce of shredded coconut!

  177. Marisa says:

    Gonna try those grain-free granola bars ASAP (thanks for all the recipes you provide to us primal folk!)

  178. Marisa says:

    Already subscribed to the Joyful Abode RSS, it’s how I found out about this content 🙂

  179. Marisa says:

    I “Like” Tropical Traditions AND Joyful Abode on Facebook.

  180. Marisa says:

    I follow @TropTraditions AND @JoyfulAbode on Twitter

  181. Marisa says:

    I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

  182. Hallie Lord says:

    Just subscribed to their email newsletter. Awesome contest! Thanks!

  183. Mamatha says:

    I’ve liked both Tropical Traditions and Joyful Abode on Facebook. Thanks for providing this opportunity.

  184. Mamatha says:

    I already subscribe to TT newsletter. I just “liked” them on FB.


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