This little gem has become one of my favorite things in the world. I, literally, can’t leave home without it. Ask my family. Anytime I travel to visit them, this is in hand. The “butter” part is what had me sold. If I had truly known what it was, I would have ran in the other direction (considering my life long hate towards anything coconut). Thank goodness I’m uneducated and gullible.
Just like any nut “butter“, coconut butter (aka coconut manna) is just a highly processed (in a good way) version of coconut. Makes sense, huh? You can actually make your own (which is way more economical). Just throw some desiccated raw coconut flakes in to a food processor for, like, forever. My processor is on it’s last leg (from all the nut butters I make), so I prefer to buy it.
Think about this before putting something in your body:
Is this a nutrient or an antinutrient? Have I always thought this way? Hellz, no. I used to come home from school and eat an entire bag of Doritos. Anti-nutrient for sure. I have been on this “road to clean-eating” journey for the past 8 years. Slowly, but surely, I have begun to realize how important nutrition is. Even when I exercised every single day, unless I was eating healthy, I couldn’t see any results.
I have a secret obsession with food. I could say that I’m a closet eater. I swear, I either have no appetite, or I’m famished. So, when I’m famished, game on. But now, I like to know that what I’m eating is actually good for me. All of the ingredients that are in my desserts are clean and allergen free (for my specific sensitivities). Now, I can eat my dessert guilt free! That’s all girls’ dreams, right?
And, yes, Coconut Butter is a nutritious food. Would I steer you wrong? Not intentionally, that’s for sure. Coconuts, in general, are an amazing food. So, coconut butter is basically the same. It does have the added benefit of fiber. But, just so you know, here are a few of the benefits of coconuts:
- Lauric acid (which has all of the “anti” benefits, and is also one of the predominant fats found in human breast milk) boosts your immune system.
- It provides protein and healthy fats for extended energy source.
- Maintains a healthy balance of hormones.
- It protects and preserves our skin by fighting damaging effects caused by free radicals. It penetrates deep tissue layers causing it to strengthen our skin tissue. As a result, we will have strong, but soft skin.
- Coconut butter can promote weight loss by stimulating the body’s metabolism.
Coconut Butter is very versatile in it’s uses. I’ll share a few of my favorites:
- I love to drizzle it on fruit fresh out of the fridge. I’ll usually add a hint of honey and a dash of salt. The best part about this is that the coconut butter hardens like a chocolate dipped cone. Mmmmm. Memories.
- Speaking of chocolate dipped cones, you can make your own “magic shell” with coconut butter. Use equal parts coconut butter to chocolate chips (or homemade carob chips) and melt together over low heat. Let cool and use away!!
- Here I go with chocolate again…Are you looking for a dairy-free hot chocolate? Here’s your answer: 3/4 c hot water, heaping tablespoon of coconut butter, small spoonful or carob (or cacao), and a small amount of sweetner, to taste. Whisk until combined, and enjoy!
- It replaces butter or nut butters in any recipe.
- Make an egg-free mayo.
- Add coconut butter, along with coconut aminos to your “almost” finished stir-fry.
- I mix it with a small amount of maple syrup and a dash of salt to put on my pancakes. It’s great just plain, too, if you are avoiding extra sugars.
- Add a huge dollop to your curry recipe.
- If you are eating grains, add some to your oatmeal. And for me, I’ll be adding it to my “noatmeal“.
- Add some creaminess to your smoothies, coffee or tea.
- Add a few tablespoons to a soup or tomato sauce to create more of a creamy base.
- It’s a key ingredient to making dairy free fudge.
- Use it as a topping for sweet potatoes or roasted squash.
- For the little babes, use it as diaper rash ointment.
- Use it as a skin moisturizer.
- And I always make sure to lick my spoon clean. This stuff is great just by itself.
Some key tips you should know about coconut butter:
- You don’t need refrigerate it. Actually, don’t ever refrigerate. It gets way too hard.
- Be sure to heat it up on the stove in a pot filled at least half way up the jar with water, until mostly melted. Begin to stir the “manna” and oil together until completely combined.
- It’s vegan friendly!
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