What is coconut butter?
Coconut butter, also known as coconut manna or coconut spread, is a creamy deliciousness made from dried shredded coconut flesh. Not to be confused with coconut oil, which is made by extracting just the oil from a coconut.
In some recipes, you could substitute coconut oil with coconut butter, but the result will be a little different as the butter is much more dense and creamy, however they both solidify in the fridge, so they are both great for raw vegan cakes.
How to use coconut butter
Here are a few ideas on where you can use coconut butter (raw and not raw):
- Raw cake fillings – to help it solidify
- Coconut macaroons
- As a spread over crackers, toast or pancakes
- Make flour-less pancakes and bread
- Drizzled over fruit for breakfast or dessert
- Solid cake frosting and decorations
- Raw ice cream
- Coconut covered raisins or nuts, instead of yogurt
- To add creaminess to a raw mousse
- Use it instead of cream for your coffee, hot chocolate etc
- Add some to your pasta sauce as a dairy-free alternative to making it more creamy
- Do the same with your breakfast porridge to give it a creamy richness
- Make dairy-free fudge
- Eat is as is with a spoon!
So you get the idea, now let’s see the video below on how to make it!
How to make coconut butter
Equipment: high speed blender or food processor
Ingredients for the coconut butter:
- 3 cups of dried, shredded coconut
How to make coconut butter:
- The process is really very simple, you just blend the coconut until it’s soft and creamy!
You can either use a strong blender for this, that has a tamper stick to help move it around, or you can use a food processor. In a Vitamix it takes about 30 seconds to a minute, whereas with a food processor it may take up to 10 minutes – but it’s worth the wait!
Please note that the consistency will change depending on the type of coconut you use. If your butter isn’t as soft as the one in my video, but is a little more chunky, don’t worry. You’ve done nothing wrong, it may just be the coconut you’re using – you can still use the butter in the same way.
How to store coconut butter
Coconut butter doesn’t need to be in the fridge, it can stay in a jar at room temperature. Depending on the climate you’re in, it may be soft or it can solidify. If you keep it in the fridge, it will go rock solid and will keep for many months.
To melt the butter again, you can put it in a dehydrator, an oven for a couple of minutes or use a double boiler.