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Homemade coconut butterHave you ever tried coconut butter before?  It’s absolutely amazing and used in many recipes i.e. pancakes or toast, and it’s especially good in smoothies, etc.

Organic Raw Coconut Butter will average around $14.00 for a 16 oz jar (2 cups), when you can make your own purchasing a 1 lb. of shredded flakes for only $4.50!

To clarify some confusion between coconut oil, cream, and creamed coconut, I found this explanation on line…

the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil

Coconut oil is just the oil extracted from the coconut where as coconut butter is the whole coconut ground up into a butter.  Coconut oil can be used in place of other oils and has a very subtle coconut taste. Coconut butter tastes very much of coconut and is a lot thicker and creamier so it’s nicer used as a spread if you enjoy the taste of coconut.

COCONUT BUTTER IS ACTUALLY THE SAME THING AS CREAMED COCONUT (Not coconut cream. Confusing I know!) Coconut butter is often sold in a jar where as creamed coconut is usually sold as a block. Both are the same thing. Coconut butter/Creamed Coconut will melt at high temperatures and will normally be a solid block especially if you keep  it in the fridge.

the difference between creamed coconut and coconut cream

Coconut cream is the cream that is left on top of the whole blended coconut when it’s been sitting a while, and is a thick liquid the same consistency as dairy cream, where as creamed coconut/coconut butter is the whole coconut blended and is usually solid, the same consistency as a butter kept in the fridge.

So today I am showing you a recipe for coconut butter which is the whole coconut usually in a solid state.  Sometimes when I haven’t got round to making this myself I buy Creamed Coconut from my local store.  This is kept in the Asian section as it’s often used for making curry.  You can also buy the Creamed Coconut I use online, or you can buy Coconut butter.  They are the same thing even though they have different names and look completely different.  Coconut butter is often a lot more expensive so look out for creamed coconut if you want to save some money or make your own for a lot less.  The main thing to look out for when you are buying coconut butter is that it’s made with 100% pure coconut.

Coconut Butter Recipe ~

  • All you need is a bag (8/16 oz) of organic raw unsweetened coconut flakes/chips, but I like adding the following and this is “optional”.
  • 1 Tbsp melted organic raw coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla (I use my own homemade vanilla bean powder)
  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Dump all the ingredients into a small food processor at high speed for until you get a smooth consistency (about 10 – 15 mins.) The main thing is you’ve got to add enough coconut so it covers the blades properly when they’re spinning round. Store it in an air tight glass jar container (no need to refrigerate or it will turn solid).

How To Make Your Own Coconut Butter

Health Benefits of Unsweetened Raw Coconut Flakes ~

While they do contain a healthy amount of fiber, essential fatty acid and potential antioxidants, coconut, even it its raw form, has the potential of increasing the amount of saturated fat in your diet. Too much of the stuff may not be a good thing, but you can reap some benefits from the meat of a coconut.

Fiber

One of the main health benefits of coconut meat is dietary fiber. And since fiber aids in the process of digestion, diets that incorporate some coconut can help with proper bowel movements as well as lower your risk of digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
But dietary fiber doesn’t only benefit your digestive tract; it may also help improve your cholesterol by lowering the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in your bloodstream. When LDL is kept within a healthy range, you lower your risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) and cardiovascular disease as well as suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Another health benefit of coconut meat is omega-6, an essential fatty acid. And since our bodies are unable to manufacture this fat on their own, we need to find it in our foods (or a supplement). Most people get more than enough omega-6 fatty acid in their diets, as they’re often found in other nuts and vegetable-based products, so you don’t necessarily need to eat coconut meat to get omega-6, which is important for metabolism, bone density and reproduction. It’s also essential for healthy skin and hair.

Folate

Coconut meat also contains folate. More commonly known as folic acid, this B vitamin is considered to have antioxidant qualities that can aid in the prevention of heart disease. Diets that are deficient in this vitamin increase the risk of heart disease, heart failure and stroke. But coconut isn’t the only dietary source of this nutrient. It can be found in greater supply in green leafy vegetables and legumes.

Health benefits source: livestrong.com

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