Coconut butter, also called coconut creme concentrate, is one of those amazing foods I only discovered after beginning to eat a paleo style diet...and I LOVE it!!! I mean, really - it is so good, SO good.
I've tried a couple different brands, both are good and neither is cheap:
- Artisana Coconut Butter - It's organic, it's delicious and it has been my preferred brand, at about $10 per 16 oz jar at Whole Foods
- Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate - also organic and delicous, but only available by mail (not good for instant cravings) and a bit pricier at $18 per 16 oz jar. Although Tropical Traditions is the master of the two for one sale and discounts in general, they always seem to be having some type of 'get it now!' sale.
- Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut - available at Whole Foods, this coconut cream comes in smaller plastic packages. It is tasty, but I don't like the texture as much as the Artisana version. It would be convenient for travel though and it is less expensive.
How to Make Your Own
This is ridiculously easy, why I didn't try this sooner - I have no idea. Simply throw some organic coconut flakes, I used Tropical Traditions coconut flakes, into your food processesor and let it go. I let the processesor run for 3 minutes at a time, stopped, scrapped down (and let it cool down) and ran it for about 4 of those intervals. You will definitely notice the point it goes from really fine shreds to a more buttery liquid type of consistency. The result was amazingly similar to the commerically produced items and will definitely work for my favorite guilt free blueberry and coconut dessert!