31 Mar 2018

1-INGREDIENT COCONUT BUTTER


What is there to say? You came for a coconut butter recipe, and I am here to provide. This could literally not be any more simple, unless someone out there has figured out how to make a 0-ingredient coconut butter. However, I imagine that would either be 1) a minimalist, conceptual art project, or 2) a very sad, unsatisfying batch of coconut butter. So I will stick with my recipe.

It may come as a shock, but the one ingredient in here is... Coconut butter. Yes. Wow. *Shock.*

Thus it's mainly the technique and quality of the coconut that matters. For technique: you do need a decent blender, or food processor. I find that using the Twister Jar attachment with a Blendtec does wonders, but a Vitamix or other powerful blender or food processor will do the job. For coconut: I favour Bob's Red Mill shredded or flaked coconut. It just seems to blend really well and turns out super creamy and smooth so it's almost like peanut butter consistency. Whatever you do: don't try making this with coconut flour + coconut oil. Let me tell you from experience that it. does. not. work. Save your coconut flour for other recipes, and coconut oil for basically anything else.

What do you use coconut butter for? It's amazing on it's own, mushed between gooey dates, added to lattes, raw and baked desserts, savoury and sweet sauces, and smoothies. It adds a distinct coconut essence and rich creaminess to recipes. A plus to making your own is that it saves money (and in this corrupt capitalist dystopia, we all need that amiright!?) Coconut butter in grocery stores is too pricey for me to buy regularly, so I'm happy to purchase bags of cheaper coconut shreds every 1-2 months and go the way of DIY... or rather... DIM?

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This post is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill because let's face it: I gotta make money somehow. All opinions are always my own; and in this case, I was actually using Bob's Red Mill products long before I started blogging.

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1-INGREDIENT COCONUT BUTTER
Makes around 2 cups

4 cups coconut flakes or shreds (I like Bob's Red Mill)

1. In a high speed blender or food processor* - I highly recommend a Blendtec with the Twister Jar attachment, it makes a massive difference - grind the coconut into flour, then scrape down the sides and continue grinding into a thick butter. It will take several minutes; you may have to give your blender a break if it gets hot, and scrape down the sides of the blender so all the coconut is evenly incorporated. Be patient, the longer you blend, the creamier it will become; it just takes time. If necessary, you can add 1-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. If you like, add a pinch of salt to enhance flavour.

2. Scoop into jars and keep in the fridge (it will harden up quite a bit); or in cool, dark place at room temperature (my preference because it stays soft this way... easier to have immediate spoonfuls throughout the day).

*It will not turn out as smooth and creamy with a food processor, but it'll still be damn good (just a lil chunky).


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