Coconut Butter

 Coconut butter served in  Michael Aram Honey Pot

Coconut butter served in Michael Aram Honey Pot

Coconut manna (aka butter) can be a hard ingredient to track down. I find it is often sold out at health food stores and it has yet to make its way to general grocers.

If you're making the Spirulina Protein Bites from last week, or just want to try a new ingredient, fear not, it's super easy to whip up at home.

Grab a bag (at least 7 to 8 oz worth) of dehydrated coconut shavings and dump the entire thing into your high-powered blender. Process until it turns into a paste, scraping down the bowl as necessary. I have tried making this in a food processor and it just does not work as well. Food Processor = 10 minutes of pulsing and scraping. High-powered blender = 30 seconds.

Scrape the butter into a small bowl, and a pinch of Kosher salt if desired (you should desire) and chill until solid.

Once set, I keep the butter at room temperature so it stays spreadable. Use it on toast, in smoothies and in any way you might use another nut butter.