Have you tried Coconut Butter??
How could I have not discovered this stuff sooner? I love coconut, I cook and bake with coconut oil (and use if for a moisturizer sometimes), I love coconut milk, I drink coconut water and use it in my smoothies…BUT where has this coconut butter been all of my life? I guess since I’m a real butter loving kind of girl, I have never sought out a substitute for it. I’m sure all of you raw, vegan, Paleo, and non-dairy eating peeps out there already know about this stuff. Anyway…I’m glad I know about it now because it seriously is a heavenly treat and an unbelievably Juicy Bite!
I discovered it when I bought a smoothie from a local juice bar and it was one of the ingredients in the smoothie. I was puzzled by what “coconut butter” was and did a little research on line since I was determined to duplicate the smoothie at home. Turns out it is just dried, unsweetened coconut pureed to the point that it turns into creamy, buttery goodness. It is processed in a blender (like a Vitamix) or a food processor until the fat from the coconut is extracted and it becomes smooth. I found simple directions to make it on a blog called Color Wheel Meals. Samantha, a fellow WordPress blogger, gives step by step instructions for coconut butter and a delicious recipe to use it in here. You can use it baked goods, smoothies (like the one below), or simply spread it on your toast like my 8 year old loves to do. Not knowing how simple coconut butter is to make, I bought mine from my local Whole Foods Market. You can also buy it here on Amazon. I will definately make my own batch once I get through my first jar…which probably won’t be long.
Now…for the smoothie! I’s a green smoothie, but it’s lighter than my Kale Cashew Shake. The coconut butter adds delicious coconut flavor and just a little creaminess to the smoothie. I have added spoonfuls of coconut to my smoothies before, but it’s not the same as the coconut butter. You can adjust the “green-ness” of your smoothie by adding more or less of the kale and spinach. I love the greens, so I add a bunch. For my boys I go a little easier on the greens so their version tastes like a green piña colada. They love it!
Pineapple, Coconut, and Spinach Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves
1 heaping cup of loosely packed pieces of kale (thick stems removed)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 banana (or whole if it’s small)
1 heaping tablespoon coconut butter
1 cup coconut water
6 ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.