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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Product Review and Recipes: Coconut Butter

I picked up some Coconut Butter recently at Whole Foods and decided to experiment a little with low sugar/grain-free treats. It is the same thing as Coconut Cream Concentrate, basically coconut oil with the coconut flesh. So more of the good stuff, plus all of the benefits of the oil, Coconut Butter has 1 gram of sugar, 7 grams of carbohydates and 5 grams of fiber for 2 Tbsp. It is meant to be eaten in small amounts, and each serving below is probably half of that.

The first thing I made from Coconut Butter was the "Fudge" I found on a Paleo site. It was okay, but I didn't totally love it. I was expecting something creamier than it was. It kind of looks like Marshmallow Cream in the jar... but it is not. It's a little chalky and almost peanut buttery flavored. I have Coconut Oil in my coffee every morning, and maybe that is way I don't even notice the coconut flavor in this. I realize that this will not be everyone's cup of tea (did someone say tea?!), but in case you have a jar of it in your pantry or are wanting to try out more Fast Track, Paleo and really low sugar ideas here goes:

Blueberry Bark from The Urban Cave - It is simply half cup of melted coconut butter and 1/4 cup of organic blueberres. I added cinnamon to his recipe and LOVED this! The sweetness of the berries really offsets the coconut butter. You just melt the butter and pour to out over wax paper or a glass plate and press your blueberries into it. Refrigerate it to let it set and then break it apart into little pieces. I used 1/4 Cup of Coconut Butter and maybe a 1/3 Cup of Blueberries.

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Truffles from Primal Palatte Blog (authors of Make it Paleo) - I love their grain-free cookbook and blog. It is a young coupe who write it and they have great ideas. If you haven't checked out their book yet, I highly recommend it! I adjusted the original recipe a little and rolled them into 6 little balls:
  • 1/4 Cup melted Coconut Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Raw Cacao
  • 1/4 tsp Mint extract 
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 packet of Stevia on the Raw - my current stevia sweetener of choice
  • sprinkle of salt (because they said to)
There were also great. I have one every now and then instead of chocolate, I store them in tupperware in the refrigerator. The mint, chocolate and coconut butter flavors mix really well together. They looked like balls of raw cookie dough!

These are not my original ideas. Idea hijacking is a huge pet peeve of mine! We all spent time and effort to come up with original topics and recipes, and it is very disappointing to have someone else then claim it as their own. So please, click on over to their links!


If you have made something with coconut butter, please leave a message and share! My jar is nearly gone nowHere is a video on how to mix your Coconut Butter before the first time you use it. It has usually separated the meat from the oil in transit:

10 comments:

  1. Here's an EASY "recipe" for homemade coconut butter if you want to save a ton of money.

    http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2010/03/09/homemade-coconut-butter/

    Thanks for the recipes!

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    1. I joined her blog! Very cool! Thanks!

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  2. Hi Amber I sent you an email for your Q& A'S regarding the Fast Track! I can't wait for you to reply and maybe post my questions in your blog because im sure a lot of people would like to know thoe things too!

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  3. I am going to have to expand my food horizons. Sadly I read a book on the huge benefits of coconut about 7 years ago and just filed it away in my "what I should do" memory.
    Amber...thank you for your posts! Even in maintenance we need inspiration and new ideas so we don't have to be "losers" again:)
    Bless you:)

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  4. Thank you for your post...I've wondered about coconut butter.

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  5. Yum yum yum! I used my homemade coconut butter up in chocolates today - butter, cocoa powder, truvia, bada bing. oh so yummy! I don't have exact measurements yet, but I suppose at some point I will. Have a great day!

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  6. Interesting. I read taht coconut oil is very good for you. I dont think I have seen the coconut butter in the jar. I have seen it in the refrigerated section. I love coconut! May have to try these.

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  7. I still cant seem to put it in my coffee I guess I will have to brave the waters and give it a try.

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  8. I tried Artisana coconut butter for the first time last week). I came up with a fun recipe, for chocolate coconut butter candies - all raw ingredients. Check it out!

    http://www.shortgirllongisland.com/2012/08/coconut-butter-chocolate-candy.html

    Michele
    short girl, long island

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  9. Okay, you are probably going to laugh, but I just started Paleo 4 days ago. I got some coconut butter today, and opened it, thought it smelled AMAZING, then scraped some from the top and ate it. To my surprise, it tasted HORRIBLE!!! I just have to say that I am SO GLAD I found this pinned on Pinterest to show that it needs to be mixed up!!! Thanks, and I am really excited to try this, the recipes, and my coconut butter again!! :D

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