All About Coconut Butter

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First, the informational video!

Coconut Butter Rocks!

From Solid To Liquid

The texture of coconut butter is highly dependent on temperature of the room. In the summer it’s like a melting bowl of ice cream; in the winter it’s hard as wax. To make it useable, just heat it a bit. I used to microwave it, but since we don’t have one, I just put the whole jar in simmering water for a bit (this is probably a much better method anyways..)

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As it heats, give it a stir and try to incorporate the oils back into the meat (much like you would a natural peanut butter)

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I had a drippy liquid after about 5 minutes. This is fabulous on a smoothie in a bowl as "magic shell" because the cold smoothie makes it harden again and clump together.

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The Magic Shell Effect

A Coconut Butter magic shell demonstration. Heat the coconut butter ONCE to make it liquidy at room temp (meaning, I did this a few days ago in a pot of hot water and it’s still liquidy). Drizzle the liquid onto the freezing cold smoothie. Watch it harden.

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Hard as a rock!

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See the magic shell smoothie effect here:

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Or drizzle onto hot oats like here:

Great Scott

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Squash + Sweet Potato Application

The Squash Effect! And here!

[Just drizzle over squash or potatoes after cooking!]

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Where to buy?

Whole Foods-type stores, or order at OpenSky:

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1 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love coconut butter! It’s very good for you, and apparently it’s very good for brain health as well. I must try making a magic shell!!

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2 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey November 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Great video, thanks.
I found a jar a couple of weeks ago at my local Earthfare store – surprise, surprise!
My jar is definitely as hard as wax, (and there is a layer of the coconut oil on top, that I KNOW I need to be able to incorporate back into the flesh), and I haven’t had any luck yet in getting it to soften up.
I have to leave the house at 7:20 a.m. for work, and take my breakfast with me to eat once there. Unfortunately this doesn’t leave much time for softening my coconut butter! I need to try the simmering water on the stove!
Looking forward to several hot breakfasts AT HOME this holiday weekend! :)

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3 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Perfect timing! I’m hosting an Artisana coconut butter giveaway this week =]

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4 Anne November 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This may sound silly, but what does coconut TASTE like?

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5 lindsay November 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I am wondering the same thing! What is it comparable to? Is it like cocunut milk flavored? And what is it made of?

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6 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

It’s like coconut!!! Not like the milk, like the flakes.

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7 Anne November 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm

** coconut butter

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8 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Does it taste like coconut milk does?

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9 kell November 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

thanks Kath!
i have a question, do you know anything about tropical traditions coconut ‘cream concentrate’? is this the same as coconut butter? have you ever tested it?
thanks!

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10 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I don’t know anything about it..

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11 jenn November 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm

hi kath!

love the magic shell effect. one q though – does heading/chilling/reheating cause any sanitation/bacteria concerns? just wondering if it’s the same as heating/reheating leftovers since i know you’re only technically supposed to reheat once.

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12 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I think so long as you’re using a clean spoon and not adding contaminants to the jar it should be OK.

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13 Christine November 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm
14 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

the link is broken! But you are saying the chocolate stuff is coconut?!

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15 Christine November 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

Hmmm, I just clicked it and it worked but yes! The ingredient list for MagicShell by Smuckers is…
Ingredients:
SUGAR, SUNFLOWER OIL, COCONUT OIL, COCOA, CHOCOLATE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, VANILLA, MILK.

So sunflower oil (I guess) that way it never firms in the cabinet and pours well, then the coconut to do its magic!

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16 kate November 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I love your little silver K + M. We’re a KatE + Matt. Are they from Anthropology?

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17 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

They are Christmas ornaments!

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18 amber November 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Hi Kath,
Love your site! I have a jar of the same kind of coconut butter as you, but no matter how long I simmer it in water on the stovetop it never gets to any less than a loose peanut butter consistency. It never gets loose enough to drip off of a spoon.

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19 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Man, I don’t know!! Have you tried the other methods of heating?

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20 amber November 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

maybe I just got a bum jar. It still tastes good though. When I finish this one I will definately be buying another. hopefully it will “drizzle”! LOL

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21 Grace November 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I want to try coconut butter SO badly, but to be honest, the saturated fat content scares me. Yes, I know they’re GOOD fats, but how on earth to I fit that into my daily fat allotment??! It looks like such a fun food!

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22 Kath November 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Just replace one of your other servings for the day!

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23 Sarah November 24, 2010 at 8:14 am

Hi there

I bought coconut butter a couple of days ago, but it didn’t taste at all like coconut, it was really bland! Can anybody recommend a brand, especially those on iherb.com (what abour Garden of Life?)? The Swiss don’t seem to have discovered coconut butter yet…

Thnaks a lot!!

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24 Kath November 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

I only know Artisana and think nothing but good things of it

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25 Rachel November 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for posting this! It was very informative and my jar of coconut butter is going to see a lot more action now that I know how to work with it.

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26 Rose March 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I have not tried your coconut butter yet. What I have tried is the *Extra Virgin unrefined Organic Coconut oil.* My question to you is this ~ Is the the Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil healthy or not?
It states in the ingredients that it has a high content of saturated fats. Isn’t that suppose to be healthy from a plant base food rather than animal fat? It can get pretty confusing when one is trying to eat healthy foods. Hope you can unravel all the confusion regarding raw unrefined coconut oils.
Thank you,
R. E.

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27 KathEats March 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Not all saturated fats are created equal. Coconut is high in medium chain triglycerides which are small enough to bypass the lymphatic system and be absorbed directly into the blood stream – they can be used for energy. I wouldn’t eat coconut by the boatload, but I think a tbsp here and there or cup of coconut milk fits well into a balanced diet.

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28 Jen March 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

Hi Kath. Love love love your site all the way from Toronto, Canada! And I love coconut as well… one question… once the jar of coconut butter is opened, should it be refrigerated?

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29 KathEats March 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Nope!

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30 Jac April 7, 2011 at 3:46 am

if you love coconut butter, you should try “kaya”. I suppose it’s a Malaysian version of coconut butter. but it has eggs and pandan leaves inside! super fragrant! I’ve not been to the US, but i live in M’sia, so it’s easy for me to find it here. Maybe you can find it in specialty food stores in US. :)

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31 Lauren May 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I was curious, whats the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?

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32 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I talk about that in the video :) The oil is pressed out and the butter is pulverized coconut (so “meat” and oil)

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33 Lauren May 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Ah just watched it, of course! Thank you :)

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34 Krista May 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Seeing as my coconut butter is rock hard in the winter and my morning time frame doesn’t allow for me to melt it properly, I just “dig” in the jar with a butter knife to loosen a few pieces then I add that right into the boiling water for my oats. The oats develop a great consistency/texture after sitting for a few minutes in the bowl…YUM!

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35 Lajuana May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

To answer Kell, this is the same thing as the coconut cream concentrate from Tropical Traditions. I’ve been in love with this for about 6 years now..so good.

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36 Veronica September 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Hey Kath, I was heating and stirring my coconut butter and some (about 1/3) cup of the oil spilled out. I finished heating up the rest and now it tastes gross. What should I do? Thanks! It is not sweet.

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37 KathEats September 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

If it tastes gross…maybe throw it out? I don’t know!

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38 Kori Ventura October 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

Hi Kath,
Great site, thank you! My husband eats oatmeal everyday so this was awesome finding this when I searched on how to make kale chips. I like oatmeal just about every morning and my husband Mark (we are a “K” and “M” also, hehe). likes to just boil water put the oats in, stir, then turn off the flame which makes a pretty hearty oatmeal. Now I can mix it up with the coconut oil! I have one question for you, do you do much with flax seed? I added them on my oats and they became “soapy”. I have ground flax as well . Do you have any recipes with flax? Thanx :)

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39 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach May 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Finally got around to watching the video and I loved it! Can’t wait to try coconut butter :-)

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40 Mary January 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Coconut butter ahhhhh I love it! I make my own Coconut Butter. Its very easy as long as you have a good food processor or mixer. Many recipies on the net to go buy. This cost pennies compared to the pricey jars you can order. Try the coconut butter on toast. Its addicting.

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41 KathEats January 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I tried it homemade once and it was terrible. I suppose I should give it another chance.

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42 shane palus January 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Neat trick heating coconut oil up to liquid then applying it to food. I have a vegan site as well. Check out my post Dangers of Soy at http://www.vegansgoraw.com/dangers-of-soy/.

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43 Sev February 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

Is it safe to reheat & reuse coconut butter until it’s gone? What is the shelflife for coconut butter?

Thanks.

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44 Cait February 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

could you do a post on coconut oil? I have some samples and have no clue what to do with them!

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45 Joyce Stout March 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

I bought some of the Chocolate Coconut butter and put a teaspoon in my coffee and it was very good.. :-)

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46 Jody November 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I remember the first time I bought coconut butter, it was the Artisana brand. I ate a spoonful of it and had to try and prevent myself from eating the whole entire jar, best thing I ever tasted haha.

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47 Maria December 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I actually use this same brand of coconut butter but not for consumption. I have a condition called Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin. I have it on the backs of my arms and a little on my hamstrings. I use this brand of coconut butter as a remedy for chicken skin as well as moisturizer for my hands in the winter. You might think it’s greasy but it’s not at all! I’ve even used it in my hair. If you have chicken skin or dry skin, I really recommend it!

PS – Kath has great hair!!!

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48 SaraK January 22, 2014 at 4:38 am

Maria,
How has coconut butter worked for your KP? I have it, too and it’s so freaking annoying – I have it on the back of my arms and all over my legs!

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