Have you ever wondered what on earth coconut butter is?
That white, amorphous blob you might have seen in a supermarket?
Well, wonder no more!
Coconut butter is a pretty cool – in fact, it’s bloody lovely as long as you like the taste of coconut!
It’s a versatile addition to your meals and recipes, and it’s helpful for healing your digestion.
Some of coconut’s health benefits
As I’ve said in previous posts, coconut contains a number of health-promoting substances.
Other health benefits may include
By no means am I making outrageous medical claims that eating coconut is going to solve these problems in everyone, but the research indicates some impressive health benefits.
Store-bought coconut butter isn’t necessarily cheap
If you bu coconut butter from health foods stores or supermarkets, you’re typically looking at around £15-20 per kilogram (or about $12-20 per pound).
HOWEVER, you can save yourself a lot of cash when you prepare your own homemade coconut butter recipe, and it’s really simple.
In fact, you only need one ingredient…
3-4 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut (approx. 1.25 pounds)
Yup – this IS a pretty simple ingredient list!
With some blenders you may need to scrape the sides of the container otherwise the coconut will sit there and not be properly mixed.
Also, depending on your blender you may need to blend for longer – have a play around and see how you get on.
If you start with 3-4 cups of shredded coconut but you want to make more, first make your initial batch.
Then add 1 cup of additional coconut at a time, blending as you go into a butter with the addition of each cup.
Could it be this simple?
Yep, it is!
Your homemade coconut butter will be warm and runny when it comes out of your blender.
Let it sit for a while and it will set.
Just put it in the fridge or freezer if you want to accelerate the cooling process.
As I said above, a one pound jar of coconut butter costs approximately $12-20, depending on the brand, yet you can save at least 60% on this by buying shredded coconut and making your own.
If you’re in the UK, a jar of coconut butter is about £15-20 per kilogram, but you get a kilogram of organic shredded coconut for about £5-6.
To be honest, you can probably save a lot more if you shop around or buy in bulk.
I have always said that whole, real foods do NOT have to cost a lot of money!
Both homemade coconut milk and coconut butter form the foundation of my favourite recipes, most of which are shared in the H Pylori Diet Recipe and Cookbook.
Do you have a recipe for coconut butter that you would like to share?
How easy did you find this recipe to make and can we improve it?
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