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What to do with Coconut butter

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 17, 2012 at 3:15 AM

It tastes great but I get bored of eating it straight. I tried mixing it into ice cream and smoothies but because there's so much fat it always comes out a small chunks of waxy things. How do you all work with this product?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 10, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Just be careful if using with condoms.... Coconut oil actually weakens latex

9f60b3546b0bf3a2e3a9b1b3fd021f4b

on February 17, 2012
at 02:17 PM

It is very possible we are long lost siblings and there's a specific gene for the "Idon'tneedabasketsinceI'monlygettingafewthings!" habit. Just did it again yesterday. I'm known for it at by the staff at Trader Joe's in two cities. :)

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on February 17, 2012
at 01:05 PM

...and on the way to the checkout, the solicitous employee sneaks up behind you and suddenly says, "DOYOUNEEDABASKET", making me jump, and drop the whole lot. The eggs go first. I'm sure that guy called Murphy would have predicted that :-D...

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on February 17, 2012
at 12:57 PM

If you notice a tall guy trying to balance two avocados on a carton of eggs on two bags of spinach while carrying a butternut under his arm, and bag of cashew between his teeth while trying to open the fridge with his nose to get some Greek yoghurt... ummm that would be me and my habit of not thinking I need a basket.

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on February 17, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Ooh it's always great to find more UK-based cavepeople! A lot of resources on the net are mainly for the US, especially product sourcing...I suppose I'll keep glancing into the supermarket shopping baskets, maybe I'll run into you ;-)))

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on February 17, 2012
at 11:52 AM

Just noticed that you are one of the very rare London Paleos on here. :)

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B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on February 17, 2012
at 11:24 AM

Hey balor,

Here are a few uses for you

  • Use as a thickener for sauces/stews; I'm talking coconut-based sauces (e.g. Thai curry) - add a spoonful or so towards the end of cooking; you could also use it to thicken desserts such as custard, or even make hot chocolate more rich.

  • Use it instead of flour in baked goods if you're into paleo baking. Coconut butter contains the fibrous coconut flesh so it will bind well with eggs in batter, and will work well in things like truffles (e.g. heavy cream + vanilla extract +coconut butter, roll in dessicated coconut) or 'protein balls/energy bars'. It will give a much more moist result than flour (and I've actually heard people complain that coconut flour is too dense and dry) and is certainly more nutritious.I'm not saying that coconut flour isn't a good alternative flour, but it is still a processed food, and definitely not as nutritious as whole coconut.

  • Make coconut bark - this is very versatile, very portable, great as a dessert, a snack if you're feeling peckish or even on a hiking trip (though be careful if you are hiking in very hot conditions as it can melt!) Mix some melted coconut butter with some coconut oil (enough to emulsify; if you plan on taking these bars on a trip, use less oil to make it more resistant to melting), and then mix in whatever you want - nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes; you can even add vanilla extract or another food-grade essential oil to it (e.g. orange zest + orange extract). Put the mixture in the freezer/fridge until it hardens, and break up into bark pieces. You can even add cocoa powder to make 'milk chocolate'.

  • Use to make coconut milk - There's a lot of unease about canned food, especially concerning BPA in can lining; also, canned coconut milk tends to contain additives, which can become a concern if you're eating it regularly. You can mix coconut butter + hot water in a 4:1 ratio (you can tweak this to make it more or less thick) to make coconut milk. This is also convenient if you're just cooking for one and do not want to open an entire can of CM.

  • Use as a condiment on anything sweet/warm spiced: Things like baked sweet potatoes, butternut squash, anything spiced with cinnamon/nutmeg/other winter spices usually goes well with coconut butter. E.g. add cinammon & coconut butter with some mixed winter spices and roasted pecans to mashed sweet potatoes.

  • Use as a sweetener of course this is subjective - to my palate, coconut butter is very sweet. So I sometimes add it to coffee, hot chocolate, even things like applesauce.

  • Mix into nut butter to improve the lipid profile! It improves the taste, adds sweetness & helps mitigate the PUFA level of the nuts since you're mixing it with coconut butter, high in MCFA-rich fats :-)

Now coconut butter is like my personal crack-in-a-jar, and I don't know how you could possibly get sick of just slathering it onto your tongue...;-)

Hope this helps!

Lots of paleo love :-)

Milla

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on February 17, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Ooh it's always great to find more UK-based cavepeople! A lot of resources on the net are mainly for the US, especially product sourcing...I suppose I'll keep glancing into the supermarket shopping baskets, maybe I'll run into you ;-)))

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on February 17, 2012
at 01:05 PM

...and on the way to the checkout, the solicitous employee sneaks up behind you and suddenly says, "DOYOUNEEDABASKET", making me jump, and drop the whole lot. The eggs go first. I'm sure that guy called Murphy would have predicted that :-D...

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on February 17, 2012
at 11:52 AM

Just noticed that you are one of the very rare London Paleos on here. :)

9f60b3546b0bf3a2e3a9b1b3fd021f4b

on February 17, 2012
at 02:17 PM

It is very possible we are long lost siblings and there's a specific gene for the "Idon'tneedabasketsinceI'monlygettingafewthings!" habit. Just did it again yesterday. I'm known for it at by the staff at Trader Joe's in two cities. :)

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on February 17, 2012
at 12:57 PM

If you notice a tall guy trying to balance two avocados on a carton of eggs on two bags of spinach while carrying a butternut under his arm, and bag of cashew between his teeth while trying to open the fridge with his nose to get some Greek yoghurt... ummm that would be me and my habit of not thinking I need a basket.

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on February 17, 2012
at 04:27 AM

It's nice enough on sweet potatoes and you can plunk it in tea or melt it into dark chocolate. (Disclaimer: I am not one of those PH'ers that is obsessed with sweet potatoes! And if I eat any more coconut flavored chocolate I may hurl!)

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on February 17, 2012
at 03:58 AM

Try mashing it into bananas. :) You can even try blending it with almond butter.

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4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

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on February 17, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Sandwich that coconut butter in between 2 squares of 90% dark chocolate and enjoy. Done and done.

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on February 17, 2012
at 11:47 AM

Depending on your relationship status (and food budget), you could always try using it as a massage oil. And no I'm not joking, it would be pretty delicious and your partner would receive the following benefits (amoung others):

Quoting from: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/coconut-massage-oil.html

  • First of all, the presence of such a high concentration of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (Saturated Fats) makes it very stable oil. So, when you rub coconut massage oil on your skin and leave it for hours, you need not fear that it will go rancid and damage your skin or invite infections.

  • Second, the presence of expert anti microbial agents like Capric Acid and Lauric Acid do not let microbes infect your skin.

  • Third, the layer of such stable oil full of saturated fats, on the skin, does not let moisture escape, thus protecting it from drying and cracking. Fourth, coconut oil is rich in Vitamin-E, your skin’s best friend. It keeps your skin rejuvenated, young and healthy.

  • Fifth, the coconut massage oil, gifted with a lot of anti oxidants, can keep you look young even in your seventies. These anti oxidants do not let the skin wrinkle and also protects it from other adverse affects of ageing, like sagging, peeling and de-colouring etc.

  • Sixth, it penetrates the skin very easily while massaging and can serve very well if used as carrier oil for other herbal extracts, essential oils, medicines etc.

  • Finally, last but not the least, its fragrance is unmatched. It is so earthly and soothing that it keeps you fresh all the day and drives away body odour.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 10, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Just be careful if using with condoms.... Coconut oil actually weakens latex

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on February 17, 2012
at 10:02 AM

I would be interested to know what is the nutritional difference between coconut oil and butter. I tried coconut butter but find it more difficult to include in everyday food as it seemed to have a strong taste contrary to coconut oil which flavor disappears when cooked with something else.

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on February 17, 2012
at 07:10 AM

I mix it with a bit of coffe (like 2tbsp for 2tbs of coconut butter). Because it's warm, the coconut butter melts and becomes a pudding like consistency. Also good to melt and put on paleo pancakes like a syrup.

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