BUTTER UP

A lot of people are confused about how coconut oil and coconut butter differ. While it is true that both contain healthy fats and anti-bacterial qualities that benefit your diet and beauty routines, they are actually two very different fares.

Coconut oil is extracted from the coconut and is pure fat. It’s solid at room temp and turns into a liquid when warmed. In cooking, it is the go-to good fat option for stir-frys and baking. Coconut butter, however, is the meat of the coconut, scooped straight from the shell and puréed. It has the consistency of peanut butter and can similarly be eaten right out of the jar. Coconut butter is yummy when spread on bread or crackers, and many people love it in coffee (it adds a light sweetness for those avoiding sugar and artificial sweeteners). There are tons of recipes around the internet that explain how to make it yourself. Our personal favorite is from California gourmet food brand, Artisana. Their coconut butter is 100% organic and contains no pesticides, is GMO free, and is jarred in its raw state, so it retains all of its naturally occurring enzymes and nutrients. It is a formidable source of protein (2 grams per tablespoon!) and also boosts your daily fiber, potassium, and magnesium intake. Like all coconut butters, it smells amazing and just opening up the lid is a heavenly experience.

Not sure how to use coconut butter? Here are some ways that will keep your tummy happy and your skin lovely:

 

Coconut Butter Cream Cheese on PeaceLoveQuinoa.com

Pumpkin Pie Fudge from PurelyTwins.com

Strawberry Cream Truffles from MyWholeLife.com

Whipped Coconut Body Butter from WellnessMama.com

Top image via Artisana Organics