In my last post, I shared a recipe for Coconut Almond Butter Cups, which if you haven’t made by now, you definitely should. They are Incredibly Delicious. Who cares if Valentine’s Day has come and gone? Everyday is a good day for a minimally sweetened, chocolate coconut treat that’s good for you.
But I digress.
At the end of that recipe I told you how to whip up a homemade version of commercial coconut butter, like Artisana.
Now I love Artisana, but at $11 or $12 for a 16-ounce jar, it gets a little spendy. A pound of unsweetened, dessicated coconut flakes whirred around in your food processor for a few minutes yields a very similar result at a fraction of the price.
So now that you have a couple cups of this precious substance, what else can you do with it? Here are a few ideas:
- Eat it off a spoon straight out of the jar
- Mix a dollop with mashed sweet potatoes or yams
- Drizzle it over roasted squash or sweet potatoes
- Spread it on sliced apples, pears or bananas or drizzle over fresh berries
- Mix half and half with another nut butter and use as a spread.
- Mix the nut butter mixture with some cocoa powder and a little honey, if desired
- Stir into hot cereal
- Spread on pancakes
- Schmear it on roasted corn on the cob with some salt and pepper
- For coconut bar snacks, mix softened coconut butter with chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit and a little honey or stevia. Spread out 1/2-inch thick on waxed paper. When it’s firmed up, cut in squares and individually wrap in waxed paper for a great snack.
If you’ve never used coconut butter before, there are a few tricks to make it a little easier. When the butter is freshly made it is soft and liquidy, but like most coconut products, it becomes quite solid at temperatures below about 75 degrees F. Place the jar in a pan of hot water to begin the softening process. If you’re only spooning out a little, you won’t need to do this for long, but if you want to soften the entire jar (say, to make the coconut bar snacks in the list above) you’ll have to wait a little longer.
Another clever method for removing just a bit of hardened coconut butter is to warm an apple corer in some hot water and push it down into the hardened butter, extracting a perfect core sample of deliciousness.
But don’t just take my word for it. Try it. And please, please let me know what ideas you have for using coconut butter. There are surely more than 10!
Posted on Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday