Coconut Butter

Using Coconut Butter: Summary

While the research continues, coconut butter falls somewhere between a healthful and a harmful fat. For some specific groups, though, notably infants and adults with difficulty digesting fats, coconut butter may have a very useful nutritional role. Some also suggest that coconut butter helps improve certain types of dementia, but the data again is far from conclusive.

What about the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in extra-virgin coconut oil? Personally, I see no reason to seek out a high calories source of these compounds – and the lauric fatty acid may have some inflammatory effects itself. Look to high nutrient, higher fiber vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish for these compounds.

Looking beyond the health benefits though, coconut butter has some great culinary benefits. For the baker, coconut butter offers a somewhat better alternative to the standard dairy butter. For the vegan baker, coconut butter may be an essential ingredient for making delicious desserts.

Using Coconut Butter: Summary

While the research continues, coconut butter falls somewhere between a healthful and a harmful fat. For some specific groups, though, notably infants and adults with difficulty digesting fats, coconut butter may have a very useful nutritional role. Some also suggest that coconut butter helps improve certain types of dementia, but the data again is far from conclusive.

What about the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in extra-virgin coconut oil? Personally, I see no reason to seek out a high calories source of these compounds – and the lauric fatty acid may have some inflammatory effects itself. Look to high nutrient, higher fiber vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish for these compounds.

Looking beyond the health benefits though, coconut butter has some great culinary benefits. For the baker, coconut butter offers a somewhat better alternative to the standard dairy butter. For the vegan baker, coconut butter may be an essential ingredient for making delicious desserts.

For most of us, however, more research is needed before we take steps to add a lot more coconut butter to our diets. It may be healthier than other types of SFAs, but the evidence does not seem to suggest it would qualify as a healthy fat, and remember, even healthier fat should be used smartly.

 

For most of us, however, more research is needed before we take steps to add a lot more coconut butter to our diets. It may be healthier than other types of SFAs, but the evidence does not seem to suggest it would qualify as a healthy fat, and remember, even healthier fat should be used smartly.

 

What Is Coconut Butter?

Coconut butter is the ground up dried flesh of the coconut. I’m sure you’re familiar with dried coconut flakes. The butter is simply taking these flakes and pulverizing them into a fine silky smooth butter. Coconut butter contains both natural oils from the coconut oil as well as fiber from the flesh. Bringing you the best of both worlds when it comes to total nourishment.

Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Butter

The nutritional benefits of coconut butter are similar to those of coconut oil. The main difference being coconut butter also contains valuable fiber. Though coconut butter doesn’t have quite as many uses as the pure oil, it’s still a very valuable addition to any diet. It is:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Healthy fat for long term energy
  • High in fiber
  • Good for keeping the hormones healthy and balanced
  • Replaces regular butter in many recipes
  • Completely vegan friendly

How to Make Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is often sold for exorbitant prices in health food stores, but it’s dead easy to make! All you need is unsweetened dried coconut flakes of any size and a good blender or food processor.

Ingredients

 5 C desiccated raw coconut flakes, no sugar added (it breaks down into roughly 1 C coconut butter)

Pinch of sea salt

Directions

In a high powered blender or food processor add coconut flakes and blend on medium until they start to get creamy, turn to high setting until you have a smooth butter. For an extra smooth coconut butter, process through a fine mesh sieve. Coconut butter doesn’t have to be refrigerated and lasts a very long time.

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How to Use Coconut Butter

-Add it to smoothies

-Put it in raw pies

-Add it to Indian or Thai curries

-Spread it on toast or banana bread instead of butter

-Use it as an icing for cakes and cupcakes

-A nourishing and healthy baby food

-Blend it with your favorite fruit and coat with chocolate to make truffles

 

 

This is a question I often get asked as a nutritionist and there seems to be a lot of confusion on the matter. I’ve put together this lovely graphic and short video to clearly explain the coconut confusion!

Coconut oil vs coconut butter

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Be sure to watch all the way through as it is really important to make sure your coconut oil is “hexane free”. Learn more about this dirty petroleum based chemical in my video.

Enjoy!

 

25 Ways To Use Coconut Butter

25 Ways To Use Coconut Butter

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Coconut butter is one of the most unique foods I’ve used in my kitchen. It’s not an oil (some think it’s the same as coconut oil, which it isn’t) and it’s a little more grittier than a nut butter. It is a delicious creamy blend of coconut meat that can be used in heaps of recipes.

Over the years I’ve received several emails from readers asking me how I use up my coconut butter in my kitchen. We use it as a replacement for nut butter for toast or sandwiches and I like to use it to create delicious treats for my family.

How Coconut Butter Is MadeHow To Make Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter is made from raw dried shredded coconut. When you puree the shredded coconut the coconut oil and coconut meat mix together and turn into a butter spread. You must use shredded coconut that has not been defatted. Pure dried shredded coconut will make perfect coconut butter. You can find my homemade coconut butter recipe here or watch my video tutorial here. You can also purchase coconut butter online or at your local health food store. Coconut butter is also called coconut spread, coconut manna and coconut cream concentrate.

How To Use Coconut Butter

As I mentioned above, many people like to use coconut butter as a spread for toast or on sandwiches. I personally like to eat coconut butter off the spoon. When my daughter first started eating solids I would carry a jar of coconut butter with me to give her as a snack when we were out. Naomi loved coconut butter as a baby. I wasn’t sure if coconut butter was a good food to give her at the time, but I later found out that Dr. Thomas Cowan recommended it for babies.

“Another food worth mentioning is coconut butter, which should be started in the first month that the child is eating food. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of Lauric acid, one of the predominant fats in human breast milk. This valuable fat helps protect the child against fungal and viral infections, thereby giving them a chance to build up their natural immunities.”

25 Ways To Use Coconut Butter

Below is a collection of 25 amazing recipes that call for coconut butter. I’ve tested several of these recipes and have thoroughly enjoyed them!

1) Fruit Topped with Melted Coconut Butter – Melt coconut butter over low heat. Drizzle over fruit and serve.

2) Coconut Butter Buttons by The Coconut Mama

3) Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Mini Fudge Cake by Chocolate Covered Kate

4) Coconut Chocolate Fudge by The Coconut Mama

5) Dairy Free Pumpkin Fudge by The Coconut Mama

6) Gingerbread Fudge from Pink Kitchen by Pink Kitchen

7) Coconut Butter Bread by Loving Our Guts

8) Coconut Butter Cake by Loving Our Guts

9) Coconut Butter Pancakes by Loving Our Guts

10) Coconut Cream Truffles by Delicious Obsession

11) Pumpkin Spice Bread by Delicious Obsessions

12) Lemon Coconut Blueberry Macadamia Nut Muffins by Delicious Obsessions

13) Chocolate Coconut Butter by The Coconut Mama

14) Strawberry Coconut Butter by Chef Amber Shea

15) White Chocolate Coconut-Macadamia Nut Butter by Chef Amber Shea

16) Coconut Candy: Peanut/Almond Butter Chocolate Coconut Crisps by Traditional Foods

17) Coconut Blueberry Pudding by Real Food Forager

18) Coconut Covered Raisins: A Dairy Free “Yogurt” Covered Raisin by The Coconut Mama

19) Chocolate Coconut Butter Bars by The Coconut Mama

20) Healthy and Easy Strawberry Mousse by Empowered Sustenance

21) Coconut Lemon Fudge by Our Nourishing Roots

22) Chocolate Coconut Bites by Whole Nature Life

23) Coconut Pineapple Candy by Traditional Foods

24) Cranberry-Orange Coconut Candy by The coconut Mama

25) Piña Colada Sorbet by Empowered Sustenance