We’ve been using coconut oil in our house for quite a while, that when I starting running across recipes recently calling for ‘Coconut Butter,’ I was surprised I’ve never heard of it. Is it the same thing as coconut oil? Is it a spreadable coconut-based butter alternative? I didn’t know!!
After a little digging, I found out that it is neither of the above. It is just coconut meat (aka the white part) ground into a butter. (The same way that peanuts are ground into peanut butter, for instance). Coconut butter. Okay! Now it makes sense!
In one of the recipes I was looking at, a few people were talking about how good coconut butter is, that it tastes like shortbread. I thought, Now this I gotta try!
Normally for specialty items like this, I shop on Amazon, because it is almost always cheaper than at a specialty grocery store (like Whole Foods). But when I get something in my mind, I’m not a very patient person. I didn’t want to wait for it to be shipped to my house, so I grabbed some from Whole Foods!
I didn’t even know where to find it, so I asked the (very helpful) guy at Whole Foods. He brought me over to the peanut/almond/nut butter section, and this Artisana Organic Raw Coconut Butter was right there. He said, “Now it’s a little expensive, but it’s soooo good.”
I had been looking at this on Amazon, and it actually was the same price at Whole Foods, so I was thrilled that I didn’t pay extra so I could try it right away. :)
It’s hard at room temp like coconut oil, which I totally expected. I got a knife and scraped some off the top to taste and was like, “Did I buy the wrong thing? This tastes exactly like coconut oil!” Then I read the side of the jar that said it may separate, so just warm it so you can stir it. I was eating the separated coconut oil on top. :)
So I took a clean spoon to get under the layer of coconut oil, to the actual coconut butter. WOWZERS! It is soooo good! I think those people are totally right, it does taste like shortbread! I don’t know how, because it’s just organic, raw, ground coconut meat – no added anything like salt or sugar. But I think it is so delicious!
Now I need to warm it and stir it so it’s not separated anymore. On the side, it says you can add it to fruit smoothies, homemade energy bars, as a butter replacement, in sauces, or right out of the jar. :) I’m thinking this would be awesome spread on a piece of sprouted-grain bread with some cinnamon. I also came across a recipe for homemade granola bars, and I think this would be fabulous in those.
Now I’m putting a disclaimer: I had my husband try it because I was so excited about it, and I think I talked it up too much because his reaction was, “Yeah, it’s not bad. Tastes kind of like coconuts.” Men. :) I think because I was expecting ‘shortbread,’ that’s what it tastes like to me. How could he not think that, too?!?!
I would love to know if you try this (even another brand of coconut butter) and what uses you find for it! Coconut is so good for you.
A quick sidenote, and then I’m done – Artisana also makes a Cacao Bliss verson of their coconut butter. A chocolate version of this?! I’m in!
Here is Artisana’s website if you want to browse what else they offer, plus recipes for their products!