If you’ve never heard of coconut butter before, you might be wondering: What is coconut butter? What can I do with it? And why do I need to know how to make my own?
Well first of all coconut butter is made from the meat of the coconut and still contains all the fiber in it, as opposed to coconut oil which is just the oil extracted from the coconut, no fiber. They both have different uses and different consistencies. They can be interchangeable in some circumstances, but not all.
So, what uses does coconut butter have? The answer is, a lot. Here’s a few:
- You can eat it right out of the jar, it’s delicious and sweet.
- You can spread some on toast.
- It can be used in the place of dairy butter in most baking recipes.
- Add a little cacao powder to it for a chocolatey treat.
- Add some to a smoothie.
- Can be used to make fudge.
- Drizzle it over fruit.
- Use as a lotion.
- Use as a conditioner.
- There’s about a million coconut recipes you could find that would call for it.
If you haven’t tried coconut butter already, it’s time to see what you’re missing out on.
So why make it at home instead of just buying it? In the stores coconut butter can $10 to $15 or more. So why not make your own? It’s super easy and a fraction of the cost. A bag of unsweetened coconut flakes is only a few dollars and can create a whole jar of coconut butter. And now that you know all these great uses for it, you’ll definitely want to have a jar on hand at all times.
- 1 bag of unsweetened coconut flakes
- Pour coconut flakes into a food processor and blend.
- That's it, it's that simple. But be patient, it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to become coconut butter. You can stop it every once and a while to scrape the sides just to make sure everything gets evenly blended.
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