Coconut butter is ultra expensive. Like 8-16 bucks a jar. And, really, that's not affordable in my books. But I happened upon an amazing little tidbit. You can MAKE your own coconut butter! And it's so easy, I can't belieeeeeeve it's sold for SO much! All you need is
Unsweetened, shredded coconut
a drizzle of coconut oil
It should be a crime to charge what they do. Really!
So. This morning while bread was raising, I decided to make butters. I am SO excited at how they all turned out! SUPER yummmm! I'll probably never buy butters again.
Start with...... (click to buy @ amazon.com)
Process for about 5 minutes with a tablespoon or two of melted coconut oil. It's totally amazing to see the shredded coconut become a complete runny liquid!! You'll know it's done when it has the consistency of water.
Pour into jar and let harden at room temp..it took about 2 hours for mine to solidify completely. And that's IT. Nothing else needed.
While in the liquid phase I added 2 Tbsp cocoa and 1/3 cup melted dark chocolate ...I love Lindt dark cocoa
It just so happened to create this most amazing cocoa coconut butter....in the liquid phase my kids dipped graham crackers in it and I was almost convinced they'd eat the entire jar! After about 2 hours it hardened perfectly.
So, what would one USE coconut butter for? I read a blog where a lady mixed it with peppermint oil, formed it into patties, dipped it in chocolate and made peppermint patties! Craig's gonna slather it on toast. And pancakes. And muffins. My kids will eat the stuff with a spoon. And it can be blended with about anything! Vanilla extract and Saigon cinnamon, anyone?? YUM
Then, I had to give this Vanilla White Chocolate Peanut Butter a try...Check the link out for the recipe!
Our lunch today pretttttty much consisted of slathering graham crackers in vanilla peanut butter and dipping them in the cocoa coconut butter.......drooooooool!
Until the bread came out of the oven, of course, and then it was on to doing the same thing....with bread!
( More incredible butter combination to come!! )