Thursday, June 17, 2010

Coconut Butter Three Ways

I bought this coconut butter at Newleaf, the organic grocery store I pick up my produce box from every Saturday.  I had seen this all over the blogs and thought I would give it a try. 
This week I have tried the coconut butter three different ways.  First I made it on a twist of one of my normal breakfasts. 

Toasted whole wheat English muffin with dark chocolate dreams and coconut butter drizzled on top.  The dark chocolate peanut butter and coconut flavors meshed great.  I think the coconut butter made this muffin richer than usual.  I also think I needed the added fat because I had been feeling hungry just a few hours after this muffin pre coconut butter. 

Next I tried some coconut butter on my first ever batch of overnight oats.  I have seen overnight oats everywhere in the blog world and knew I needed to give them a try. 
Overnight mix:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup walnuts
drizzle of coconut butter

This was a bust for me.  I think I need to try the oats again and either leave out the strawberries or leave out the coconut butter.  Not a great combo.  Also I'm not sure about adding the coconut butter to cold dished because it hardens completely which is kind of odd for texture. 

Lastly, I made some multi grain pancakes.  I bought this pancake mix from Costco and it is really fantastic.  It is 100% whole wheat with different seeds in it.  The pancakes are super filling.
The only downside is a batch is too big for me and too big for my family.  I keep it in the fridge but end up having to eat pancakes for a few days in a row when I make these.  Check out the nutrition facts.
I had three pancakes and for variety I dressed each one differently.  From left to right I have dark chocolate dreams, then naturally nutty butter toffee peanut butter, then coconut butter with unsweetened coconut flakes.  All pancakes had banana on top. 
I was a little intimidated by the coconut butter after the overnight oats fiasco.  But they were fantastic like this.  The butter melted into the pancake and it was delicious! 

Have you tried coconut butter?  What is your favorite way to have it?


  1. I've never tried coconut butter but you're making me think maybe it's about time!

  2. I've had this same jar sitting in my cupboard for months, I need to get it out and use it! This all looks great!

  3. I love coconut butter! I think it has the most divinely rich, sweet taste. I don't have any at the moment, but i'm thinking of making some in my food processor when I get a chance. I love it in hot oats!

  4. @Lindsay - how do you make it? Is it just pureed coconut?

  5. mmm. There's a good chance this jar might accidentally make it into my basket at my local health food store next time I go. ooooops!

  6. I got into coconut butter after ready Oh She Glows and wow, I love it.

    You could always cook all of the pancakes and then freeze them...then pull out one or two as you need them and I find that frozen pancakes thawed in the fridge and heated up in the am are just find. I even like putting them in the toaster. Just make sure to completely cool them before freezing or else they'll stick together.

  7. @Laura - thanks for the advice on freezing the pancakes. I wouldn't have thought of it, but it makes sense. I'll definitely try it.

  8. Before anyone goes out and buys this, check out Heather's post on how to easily and for much less $$$ make this at home.

  9. I've never tried it...but I'm not a huge coconut fan. I used to hate the taste, but it's slowly growing on me!

    Also...have you ever tried freezing the extra pancakes you have? I always make extra so that I can do this and just pull them out of the freezer one by one for easy breakfasts during the week!!

  10. Those pancakes look good mmmmmmmmmmmm

  11. I haven't tried it yet, although last year I bought a raw chocolate coconut butter that was coconut butter with cacao, agave, and sea salt - AMAZING. But about four stratospheres out of my new PhD student budget, unfortunately!

    More than the coconut butter, though, I want your Naturally Nutty and PB&Co butters. We have NOTHING like that in Australia!!