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Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter

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At a Glance

Coconut butter is a rich spread made from pureed, raw coconut meat. It is an excellent source of healthy fats, with 18g of fat in just two tablespoons. Coconut butter is also rich in minerals including potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Coconut butter comes in pre-packaged jars, or you can make it from scratch using pure coconut. Store coconut butter at room temperature. Enjoy it as a spread or topping, or use it in baking.

Overview

Coconut butter is a rich spread made from pureed, raw coconut meat.

Identification

Coconut butter is white, thick, and creamy. It is soft at room temperature, but hardens when cooled. It has a rich coconut taste and aroma.

Nutrition Info

Two tablespoons of coconut butter have about 210 calories, 2.0g of protein, 8.0g of carbohydrates, 5.0g of fiber, 2.0g of sugar, and 18.0g of fat.

Coconut butter is rich in minerals including potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Selection

Coconut butter comes in pre-packaged jars. You can find it at your local health food store with the nut butters.

Don’t confuse coconut butter with coconut oil; though similar, coconut butter has a richer, more fulsome texture. It also responds to heat differently and generally stays solid at room temperature (unlike coconut oil).

Much like nut butters, it’s easy to make your own coconut butter. Purchase a bag of unsweetened coconut (full-fat) and blend it in your food processor or blender for 5-10 minutes (the time depends on the power of your appliance). Once it’s creamy and smooth, transfer it to a mason jar or other sealed container.

Storage

Store coconut butter in the cupboard. Refrigeration is not recommended. Note that coconut oil separation may occur, causing a white, solid top layer. If this happens, simply stir the coconut oil and blend it all back together with a spoon (this is a similar to the oil separation of natural peanut butter). If you have trouble blending it, warm it slightly — try 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.

Preparation

Coconut butter requires little to no preparation. Depending on the time of year or climate you live in, you may need to heat the coconut butter in the microwave for up to 10 seconds to soften it. Once soft enough to handle, you can spread it on toast, use it in recipes, enjoy with fruit, or add it to desserts.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

Coconut Butter

Do you like chocolate? If so, give this recipe a try. The rich chocolatey flavor is sure to please your tastebuds!

Ingredients

coconut butter
1/2 cup
natural peanut butter (cashew or almond butter are alternatives)
3/4 cup
crushed peanuts (crushed cashews or almonds are alternatives)
1/2 cup
agave nectar or honey
1/2 cup
cocoa powder
1/4 cup

Directions

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 0 minutes   Yield: 20-24

Put the coconut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds or until very soft.

Transfer the melted coconut butter into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Note: To make these treats extra chocolatey, add another 1-2 tbsp of cocoa powder (for best taste, be sure to use a good quality cocoa powder).

Line two cookie trays with wax paper. Scoop the batter into a piping bag with a large tip. Carefully pipe out bite sized chocolate kisses (note that they will look different depending on which piping tip you select).

Let set in fridge for 2 hours before serving.

Store leftovers in fridge.

Enjoy!

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At a Glance

Coconut butter is a rich spread made from pureed, raw coconut meat. It is an excellent source of healthy fats, with 18g of fat in just two tablespoons. Coconut butter is also rich in minerals including potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Coconut butter comes in pre-packaged jars, or you can make it from scratch using pure coconut. Store coconut butter at room temperature. Enjoy it as a spread or topping, or use it in baking.