I’d never even heard of coconut butter until I started reading blogs. I tried making my own once, and it turned out pretty badly. Not sure what happened… but since then, it’s intimidated me.
However, when the awesome folks at Artisana offered to send me a variety of coconut (and other nut) butter samples, how could I say no?
I was so excited when I ripped open the box and found more than just coconut butter! Look at all these cute little sample packs! I’ve never had walnut butter or macadamia nut butter, so I can’t wait to try those!
Now, my past experience with nut butter is that you can crack open a jar, and just dip your spoon in for a luscious taste. So that’s what I did.
It wasn’t pleasant.
I’m not sure what I expected but I wasn’t exactly going in for a second taste. Maybe I expected it to be sweet? I’m not sure. I was a little disappointed. I let it sit in the cabinet for another day or two before trying out something new.
Finally, I decided I’d add in a tablespoon of the cacao bliss coconut butter to a green monster smoothie. I didn’t really expect to be able to taste it, since there is so much other stuff in those smoothies.
This stuff is ah-maze-ing in smoothies.
(Packed in my trusty reusable cup, of course.)
Coconut butter is what they use in those “Magic Shell” things of your childhood. It gets a little bit hard when it’s in something cold. It’s literally perfect for a shake or smoothie, because you get little bitty pieces of creaminess that melt in your mouth. It literally took my protein shake a whole new level.
I’ve since traded in my tablespoon of nut butter for a tablespoon of coconut butter. Can I get a cheer for the healthy fats?
It’s official- I love it. I wont’ be spreading it on crackers, or eating it out of the jar, because that’s just not what it’s for. However, adding some amazing creaminess in a smoothie? Yes.
Thank you Artisana for sending me all of these butters to try! I’m so excited to find new ways to use coconut butter!