Kosher for Passover Coconut Oil + Tips for Baking With Coconut Oil

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I find Pesach baking a bit of a challenge, since I am not a fan of Passover margarine. At all.

Then two years ago, I discovered a game-changer: There are certain types of coconut oil that are kosher for Passover without a special KLP hechsher.

I first shared this with you last year, but it looks like the information is still good in 2014. In fact, the official word on coconut oil for Pesach 2013 2014 from the Webbe Rebbe is:

We have found that Organic Virgin* Coconut Oil from Spectrum when bearing the OU symbol is kosher for Pesach this year as well.

Note: Valid for Passover 2014 only.

As some of you may already know, you can substitute coconut oil for margarine in many recipes. But there are a few things you need to know:

  • Coconut oil will turn to liquid when it’s very warm in your kitchen, but otherwise it’s a solid. It easily goes back and forth, so a bit of heat will melt it — or a few minutes in the fridge will turn it right back into a solid.

*As many of you probably already know, “virgin” means unrefined when it comes to coconut oil. So, look for the Unrefined or Crude label on your jar (it most likely won’t say Virgin).

Unrefined coconut oil does have more of a coconut-y flavor than refined oil. Now, I am not a big fan of coconut, but it doesn’t bother me in baking or cooking. It’s certainly better than KLP margarine!

I usually buy my Spectrum Coconut Oil at Whole Foods, but you can also get it at Amazon right now for $12.98, shipped. (Update: Sorry, it looks like it’s gone up to around $16-$18. I recommend looking for this locally, as it will probably be less expensive.)

Have you baked with coconut oil?

(Beyond what I’ve shared from the OU, if you have any questions about whether coconut oil is Kosher for Passover, please talk to your local rabbi.)

Enjoy!

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  1. Wow. That is genius. Of course, I just bought Passover margarine. And can’t return it. Next year I’ll absolutely try it

    Can you use it as you would butter in cookies?

  2. that’s awesome Mara! Coconut oil is great. I wanted to know about using almond flour and coconut flour. Could you email them or let me know how to contact the Webbe Rebbe? :)

  3. I absolutely love coconut oil! I use it year round for baking and often for sautéing. I didn’t know abt the KLP part – thanks so much! Not making Pesach this yr but will def keep it in mind for next!

  4. Munita Lebson says:

    I love using coconut oil year around and this is such a great idea to use during passover as well. Now I can make curry during passover and not have it taste bad.

  5. Thanks for this info- we use coconut oil all year round and just figured it would be olive oil only this year. Do you know anything about coconut flour and almond meal?

  6. Yuck margarine! I never use processed frankenfoods! I was told I can use all xtra virgin coconut oils! And there is almond flour KLP and my rav said I can use coconut flour fm organic sources from Philippines…. Check out http://www.digestivewellness.com

    • Do you have any more info on the coconut flour for Passover thing or where your rabbi found info for it? I could sure use kfp coconut flour…

  7. Funny, I actually called the OU today to check on this item and was so happy! It is totally a Pesach game-changer and i used it last year as well( well, i use coconut oil all year also)

    You can purchase Kosher l’Pesach almond 9as well as other nuts0 flours through digestivewellness.com not sure about coconut flour, though

  8. How does the Amazon price compare with the Whole Foods price?

    • Mara Strom says:

      The WF container was smaller, although I can’t remember the exact size right now. I think it was $8 or $9. I’d say this is probably comparable, but I haven’t checked it in over a year. (During the year, I get EV which isn’t KLP, per the OU.)

  9. Can’t seem to access Amazon to buy…..maybe this caused a run, I’m hoping it comes back up later today. I just don’t have time to go to a bricks and morter store. :-(. Thank you so much for ALL your posts, I love how you gind so many thing’s for me. Thank you so much !!

  10. Just want to take note that this one from Amazon is NOT VIRGIN!!! It is unrefined, but not VIRGIN be sure to find out if it matters if it is VIRGIN or not!

    • Mara Strom says:

      Per Spectrum’s website, the virgin is all non-extra virgin (meaning, it’s not labeled as virgin, but is). This is the same product I bought last year — and double checked with the OU that it was the correct one. That said, obviously please confirm all of this with your local rabbi if you have any questions or concerns. I’m just passing on information, but not paskening. ;-)

  11. Sarena — are you sure all extra-virgin coconut oils are OK for P? I know this is true of olive oils, but it would be great if coconut is too.

    I’m a little freaked out because Amazon website says unrefined coconut oil is basically for cosmetic purposes but is also food safe. Strange.

    • Mara Strom says:

      I’m not sure who told her that, Diane – but per the OU, the extra virgin is NOT KLP. It’s only the virgin/crude unrefined. I know – it seemed weird to me, too, last year – so I double checked it with them.

  12. Malena J. says:

    Mara: This is AMAZING! I had never heard about this before and I really hated buying the parve marg for Passover each year. It just seems so unhealthy, it’s always expensive, and I thought there was no other option. I just bought a jar of coconut oil and experimented with it with some banana bread (hey, it’s not Pesach yet!). Turned out WONDERFUL! I can’t even taste the coconut flavor. I’m definitely buying more jars to use during Pesach! Thank you!!!!

  13. Roberta langman says:

    Coconut oil did not work for matzo crack. The sugar and oil never ,made a smooth mix, stayed separated and I mixed and mixed until the sugar got bitter. A real waste of expensive coconut oil. Drats.

    • Mara Strom says:

      Oh no :( I am trying to remember how I got it to work last year – this is the problem with Pesach… if I don’t write it down, I forget from year to year.

      • Butter is about 16% water (and some protein solids) as well as fat. To make pareve matzah roca, try adding a bit of water to start dissolving the brown sugar before melting it with the coconut (or other) oil.

  14. Diane.dubey@yahoo.com says:

    I went to my local kosher store in Skokie, IL and asked if they had coconut oil that was K for P. The owner said no, they just had the Spectrum on the non-Passover shelves. He showed me the bottle and it was the exact one you’ve all been talking about. I told him it was fine for Passover, he called the cRc and, as I left with two bottles ($12.19 each), he was busily rearranging his shelves.

  15. just made a batch of cookie dough with the coconut oil. I usually use margarine. The dough is in the fridge now and seems significantly firmer than it would be if I used marg. But I don’t think it’ll be a problem when I roll and bake the cookies.

    I’ll let you know if anything wonderful comes out of it!

  16. Just following the threads and excitement from Pesach 2013, does anyone know if this coconut oil is also klp for 2014? I am in the uk and need to try to get hold if some. Are there any other Klp coconut oils.
    Thanks

  17. Hi there. Just FYI, the one you posted isn’t a link to the VIRGIN one, and as far as I know hasn’t been approved for Passover use. Have you heard differently? Thanks!

  18. Just saw your response to that same question above. Sorry about that.

  19. Checking Amazon for KP coconut oil — am I wrong or is price MUCH higher this year?

    • Mara Strom says:

      You are right – I definitely recommend checking local sources. It should be in that $12 – $13 range.

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