Coconut Butter from Scratch
What in the World is Coconut Butter?
Also known as coconut manna or coconut cream, it's just... pureed coconut. Fat, fiber, and all the other goodness is in there. It gets really hard, especially in colder temps, so make sure you pour it immediately after blending! You can also freeze it in thin sheets and break into small chunks or pour it into silicone candy trays.
Okay, great; now what do I DO with it?
I'm so glad you asked - and I had the same question! Typically, it's used as an AIP-friendly replacement for nut butter - use it on toast or sandwiches just like you would peanut or almond butter. You can also eat it straight, as a high-fat snack (also great for Keto diets). You can also use it in a whole bunch of recipes - things like cake, energy bits, fudge, truffles, breads, pudding, sorbet, cookies, and more! Check out this blog post from Coconut Mama for a whole bunch of recipes.
Homemade Coconut Butter (aka Coconut Cream or Coconut Manna)
Considered a whole food, coconut butter is not coconut oil! It includes the fat and the fiber of the coconut, and is a white solid (like a nut butter) when cool. Can be used in place of butter or nut butters, or used in smoothies and other recipes.
2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
Grind the shredded coconut in a food processor until smooth! That's it.
Pause and scrape down the sides of the container as needed. The coconut will get clumpy at first, then eventually release its oils and start becoming a buttery consistency.
Immediately pour into the container you will store it in, as it hardens quickly (especially in winter). Optionally, pour in a thin layer on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, freeze, and break into chunks to store for later use.
Use as you would other nut butters, or even standard butter. Mix in spices and seasonings if you like, or eat it plain! You can also use toasted coconut chips to make toasted coconut butter.
Calories 600, Carbs 20 grams, Fat 60 grams, Saturated Fat 52 grams, Fiber 12 grams, Protein 4 grams, Sodium 32 milligrams, Sugar 4 grams