{food swap recipe} The Simplicity of Coconut Butter

Editor’s Note: I’m happy to announce a new {community voices} guest contributor, Swapper Becky H. Since Becky’s arrival here in Upstate NY, she has become a staple in the local food movement, becoming a KFF CSA Family and Farm Stand Crew Member and also attending FSC Academy classes and food swaps. Becky has had recent serious health issues which has seriously shifted her diet to a Paleo/WAPF type diet, while also having to manage her son’s life-threatening food allergies. I asked Becky to join the group to share her ongoing food journey through recipes, tips, and insight. First up, Becky shares her popular food swap recipe, Coconut Butter! Welcome Becky. -Christina

I am on a mission to simplify my life. It is a major lifestyle change that can be a two steps forward one step back process. My mantras right now are to eat real food and make it simple. Because I’m busy, we’re all busy. But it can be done. I have a problem with a four letter word called T.I.M.E and the management thereof – it’s a work in progress. But contrary to popular belief, making things from scratch doesn’t have to take a ton of time and effort, anyone can do it!

So with that said, the goal here is to give ideas and recipes that are so stupid simple that anyone can do it (but it looks like you put a lot of work into it – am I right?!)

Let’s start with coconut butter, one of the easiest from scratch things to make. If you or someone you know is a coconut lover  this one is for you. Behold the coconut  – I can’t get over how awesome this food is. Pure coconut/coconut oil is an amazing, versatile natural food source. There are lots of resources online about the positive benefits of coconut- from it’s anti viral, anti fungal properties, immunity boosting ways, to using it cosmetically. So many many ways to use coconut.

So here we go….

RECIPE: COCONUT BUTTER

  • Ingredient: Just one! Dehydrated coconut.  Make sure it is dehydrated and there is only one ingredient on the label : Coconut DO NOT use the shredded coconut with added sugar down the baking isle. You can find dehydrated coconut in most grocery stores or online. I have about a half-pound bag here:

  • Throw it in food processor and give the coconut a spin. Make sure that every 5 minutes or so turn off to scrape down the sides of your bowl.

  • After 10-15 minutes you are done.

  • It is initially a liquid  (see above) but only takes a few hours for it to set-up as a spreadable butter. If you keep your house at 76 degrees or cooler it will stay on the solid side (just like coconut oil) but anything warmer it will be that soft butter-like consistency. If its solid, either submerge the jar in warm-hot (not boiling) water or scoop a serving into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until soft (only a few seconds, if you run your microwave on high), you want it soft, not liquid.

Coconut Butter on a Rice Cake: Simple & Decadent!

  • There are many great uses for coconut butter, which range from adding to curries, your smoothies to spreading it on your morning toast.
    1. Spoon coconut butter straight from the jar and eat it. Yes, really.
    2. Blend it 50/50 with raw organic nut butter and use it as you would nut butter, or refer to #1.
    3. Spoon it over baked sweet potato or roasted winter squash
    4. Mix it into a curry or similar dish with some water in place of coconut milk
    5. Combine it with cacao powder, coconut oil and a tiny bit of honey to make a candy-treat
    6. Use a tablespoon or two in a smoothie for added thickness and some healthy fat
    7. Toss some shrimp or chicken in a spoonful of it with coconut oil and hot sauce for a buffalo-style sauce
    8. Drizzle it softened over berries in a bowl for an amazing dessert
    9. Blend up a non diary coffee creamer (with cocoa or without)
    10. Anything you’d do with either chocolate sauce or nut butter- substitute in coconut butter{List Credit: Balanced Bites}

STORAGE NOTE: This doesn’t need to be preserved as this will last as long as the shelf life of the dehydrated coconut would have lasted, which is awhile!

 

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Categories: Edible Gifts, Food Allergies, recipe

Author:Becky H

Hi! I’m Becky H. Born and raised in a small town on the Texas/Mexico border, my family has somehow wandered to upstate NY, living on a small, soon to be farm in Galway, NY. Mama to Noah and Rachel (ages 4 and 1) and wife to Mark. My love of good food started as a teenager walking across the Mexican border for the real Tex/Mex (and beer). In my adult life I’ve lived, traveled, and eaten my way across much of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Today, due to lots of food allergies and more, we practice a Paelo/ WAPF type diet. Love to cook and love my local farms!

Join The {from scratch} Community!

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive blog updates, food swap information and other events. Join our public FLICKR group to share photos of your 'from scratch' endeavors!

13 Comments on “{food swap recipe} The Simplicity of Coconut Butter”

  1. October 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow, that *is* simple! I think you can also find the dehydrated coconut at various Indian markets around Albany – I’ll have to see what I find next time I make a trip.

  2. October 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    oh my word! that sounds FANTASTIC!

  3. October 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Thanks for sharing – seems simple too.

  4. Becky H
    October 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve purchased dehydrated coconut at Hannaford, Four Seasons and online at amazon.com (cheaper). I would think most grocery stores would have it available.

  5. October 10, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    This looks the same as creamed coconut. Is that the case?

    For any UK readers, you can buy 2kg of desiccated coconut for £6.67 plus postage at GoodnessDirect.co.uk.

  6. Becky H
    October 10, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Yes coconut butter and coconut creme are the same thing. Just one ingredient – coconut. But dessicated and dehydrated coconut are different. Here is an explanation I found online:

    Dessicated cocount is fresh coconut that is dried at temeratures of 170-180 F. This high temerature, unfortunately, renders the coconut pretty much void of all its nutrients and a great part of its flavor. What you what to purchase is DEHYDRATED coconut. Dehydrated coconut is coconut that is dried at 98.6 F. This low temperature ensures that the coconut retains its nutrients and flavor.

    Dessicated coconut is what you find down the baking isle, usually sweetened or unsweetened. I am not sure if this recipe would work with dessicated coconut as I have not tried it, but it wouldn’t have any nutrients in it. If the bag of coconut does not have the word dehydrated on it, it is probably dessicated. Also you can tell by looking at it. Dehydrated will be much smaller and grainy and not as white, almost large grain sandy.

    Hope that helps!

  7. October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I LOVE coconut! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  8. October 21, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Reblogged this on Little Strawberryrose Homestead and commented:
    who knew??

  9. January 13, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Oh man – this would be GREAT stirred into a Mojito.

    • Becky H
      January 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      That sounds yummy…I never would have thought to mix it in a drink!

  10. Robin
    January 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks for the great recipe. Do you know the coconut butter/water ratio to make coconut milk?

    • Becky H
      January 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Yes – it’s a 4:1 coconut butter/ hot water ratio. Enjoy!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. {recipe} Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin) | FROM SCRATCH CLUB - October 25, 2012

    [...] Note: Swapper Becky H wowed us with her piece on The Simplicity of Coconut Butter and now she’s back as a regular monthly contributor! I’m excited to have Becky join the [...]

Start a conversation --> We love feedback!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: