I have a bit of an obsession with coconut butter. This stuff is dangerously good, so I can’t always keep it on hand. Coconut butter is different than straight coconut oil. Made from the meat of the coconut, it has the consistency of a peanut butter, but with a semi-sweet, coconut-y flavor. Just like natural nut butters, the oil rises to the top. If it’s cold,the coconut oil solidifies so you’ll need to warm it up (I wrap my jar in a heating pad) to give it a good stir. Once it’s soft and runny, I dump it in a bowl and use electric beaters to blend thoroughly (I actually do the same thing with peanut butter minus the heating pad step) and then pour it back in the jar. I don’t mind having the beaters and bowl to lick!
You’ll find coconut butter in many Paleo recipes, but it rarely makes it that far for me—I eat it right out of the jar. I’ve tried MaraNatha, Artisana and Nutiva (it’s called Coconut Manna, but it’s the same thing). It’s not cheap—the best deal I’ve found was the Nutiva version at Whole Foods with a sale price of $7.99 for a 15oz jar. Locally, Roth’s carries Aunt Patty’s Organic Creamed Coconut (it looks like coconut butter to me) but I’ve never used it as it’s more expensive for a smaller jar. I’ve even gone as far as to make my own in the VitaMix, but I haven’t been able to recreate the same consistency and flavor.
If you are embarking on a sugar detox and/or just love all things coconut or want something that feels like a splurge that’s actually good for you, you’ll want to scoop up a jar of coconut butter next time you are at a natural foods store. Beware: it’s easy to eat more than a serving size. Essentially, if you are eating real foods you won’t need to count calories, but it’s easy to go overboard with this stuff. If your goal is weight loss or even simply maintenance, watch how much you consume. For built-in portion control, Artisana makes individual packets—great for an on-the-go snack or for traveling.