Sunday, 20 October 2013

Homemade Coconut Butter

Last night I made some more coconut butter (I am SO addicted to that stuff!) and I realised that although I have tacked the instructions on to another post, I do not have an official 'recipe' for coconut butter that is easily accessible. I use it in a fair few recipes so it makes sense to have a little spot where I can just show you a link and you can easily find it without having to wade through other stuff. Coconut Butter is one of those things that you can by for I think usually about $10 a jar, or you can buy a packet of desiccated coconut from the supermarket (make sure it's one of the preservative free brands - I use SunValley, Pams or Ceres) for only a few dollars and then whip your own up. There are no other costs as this is one of those fantastic 'one ingredient' things to make. There are a crazy number of websites that also have this same information, so this is by no means original - and some will even have other things added in - but this is how I make it and what works for me. So, without further ado, here is the recipe!

Homemade Coconut Butter

(Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free)

1 bag of desiccated coconut (300g)

1. Empty the packet of coconut into a high powered blender (it will work in a food processor too but may just take a little longer and you may prefer to make it in two batches so as not to overwork the machine)
2. Blend on high for around 4-5 minutes until the mixture becomes liquid. You may have to stop and scrape the sides a couple of times.
3. Once you have a lovely liquid consistency you can either use straight away in baking or spread on toast or apple slices for a wonderful snack. I find the best way to eat it is with a large spoon!! If you are not using it straight away, pour into a glass jar with lid and store in the pantry.

The coconut butter will harden once it cools, but you can easily melt it back down in a pot of sitting over a bowl of hot water if you need it soft again. Otherwise, it is great to dig chunks out for a quick energy boost if you need a snack. Another alternative is, instead of pouring the whole lot into a jar, get some icecube trays and pour into the moulds. Once hardened, pop out and you will have an instant fudgy treat. If you are choosing this option you could add some flavours when you blend the coconut to make all sorts of varieties of fudge. The options are limitless!!