Just lately in the world of health food a “new” product is being marketed, called Coconut Butter. Back in the days of my raw food adventures, coconut oil and coconut butter were the same thing. But when I kept seeing these ads for coconut butter, I realized that this was something different than coconut oil. Really it is a product which I believe has been re-namend and re-marketed. I did some digging and found that it also goes by the name “coconut cream concentrate”, which is the hard layer you will find on the top of your can of coconut cream.
However, if we are to believe that this indeed is a new and trendy ‘must-have’ item and an impossible one to make at home, you will be confronted with a price tag that is higher that the tree from which the product came.
Let me tell you the truth about this trendy coconut butter. All it is? Shredded coconut blended for a minute or 2 in your high speed blender. That is all there is to it. Absolutely nothing fancy, whatsoever.
What does this cost at the shops, you might want to know? I did some online shopping for you and found several different brands of coconut butter going for around $37.90 a kilo! That is more expensive than coconut oil. Shocking, considering it is an easier process to make the butter than it is to extract the oil from the flesh of the coconut. Go figure….
I made some of this delicious butter the other day in my blender. Once it was creamy I transferred it into an ice cube tray and put it in the fridge where it became really hard. After dinner I popped one out and ate it. It was so satisfying and it literally melted in my mouth. I immediately thought of all sorts of ways for which I could use this incredible ingredient. First thing that came to my mind was of course……CHOCOLATE! I will be experimenting with this as soon as I find some time to do it. I promise I will share with you the things I made. There are many other ways this butter is used. You can put it on your toast or drizzle it on your veggies. You can also cook with it and use it in baking instead of using butter. Or you can just eat it by the spoonful, like I do. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Natures anti-biotics!
Here is what it really costs, when made at home.
1 kilo of Organic Coconut Butter = $8.00
Want to know where you can purchase Organic Shredded Coconut for that price? Check out our Whole-foods co-op, in the Hills District NSW.