Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is coconut butter? Do I use it like coconut oil?
Coconut butter is similar to any other nut butter but it’s base is coconut meat instead of peanuts or almonds, which is what makes is so versatile. Coconut butter’s relationship to coconut oil is the same as peanut butter’s relationship to peanut oil; one is used as a cooking oil and the other is an ingredient that can be used in many different ways.
How do I use coconut butter?
Coconut butter is so versatile, its uses are really only limited by the creativity of the person using it. Here are some of the ways we like to use it.
- In our smoothies, protein shakes, oatmeal or coffee
- Spread on banana, apple or zucchini bread
- On top of our yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal or granola
- Warmed up and used as a dip for fruit, cookies, potato chips or bacon (if you like that salty-sweet thing)
- Spread on pancakes, French toast, crepes or a peanut butter sandwich
- Drizzled over ice cream or frozen yogurt
- Mix with your favorite protein powder and some chia seeds
- On top of sweet potatoes
- Delicious as a sauce for chicken, fish, tofu or stir fry. Just mix it with a little hot sauce or peanut butter and chili sauce and warm.
- Straight off of the spoon!
- For a healthy home made energy bar, mix with your favorite protein powder and nuts, seeds and dried fruit and refrigerate.
What do you use to sweeten your coconut butter?
We try to limit the sugars we add to our products because we value the health integrity of the coconut and are diligent in maintaining it. We believe that stevia is the healthiest non-sugar alternative and is our sweetener of choice. Read further about our choice of liquid stevia, Sweetleaf Clear.
What are the ingredients in SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener?
It is a combination of stevia, silica, and the world’s finest inulin.
America’s body-friendly sweetener, SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener is a sweetening alternative with zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and a non-glycemic response. Silica is a naturally occurring substance recommended by the FDA as an anti-caking agent in many powdered foods. Inulin is a soluble vegetable fiber, which nourishes the good intestinal flora that support immune function and promotes digestive function.
To learn more, check out the SweetLeaf website:
Is there any dairy in your coconut butter? How about gluten, peanuts or soy?
Nope. All of our products products are gluten, soy, peanut and dairy free.
Is your coconut butter raw?
Because we cannot always control the heat of the equipment we use to make our coconut spreads, we cannot call our products raw.
I just received my coconut butter and when I dipped my spoon in the jar for the first time and broke through the top “crust” there was a hole or void in the center of the jar. Is this normal or did I receive less than 9 oz?
We carefully fill all of our jars by weight so you can be sure that you are receiving the full amount of coconut butter you paid for. The void in the center is completely normal and a byproduct of our cold air setting process. The coconut butter solidifies around the outside of the jar and lid first which creates the “crust” on the top of the jar and the hole in the center.
What is the best way to store my coconut butter?
It depends on the time of year and climate you live in. Your coconut butter is at is creamiest at about 76 degrees. In the warmer summer months, we store our coconut butter in the pantry right next to our other nut butters. It does not need to be refrigerated and will not be spreadable if it is too cold. In the winter months, we store it in a warm place in my kitchen so it will stay smooth and spreadable.
How long will the coconut butter keep?
Although we don’t have any preservatives, coconut butter is naturally very stable and has a shelf life of a year or more, although we’ve never met anyone who was able to keep it around that long!
I just went to my pantry and it looks like all the oil has separated from the meat and is sitting at the top of the jar. Is there anything I can do about this?
This is typical of any natural nut butter and has nothing to do with the freshness of your coconut butter. We recommend that you warm your jar of coconut butter and stir it back together. Put it in your refrigerator just long enough to let it set and then take it out and store it in your pantry. This should keep your butter from separating again.
How can you advertise your coconut butter as being great for dieters when it is so high in fat?
The fats that make up the majority of the oils in coconut are a unique type of fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCTs are very easy for your body to convert to quick energy so your body uses it immediately and does not store it like most fats, which are much more difficult for your body to break down. In the process, MCTs raise metabolism, which can help with weight loss.