Artisana Organic Raw Coconut Butter – Review

We’ve been using coconut oil in our house for quite a while, that when I starting running across recipes recently calling for ‘Coconut Butter,’ I was surprised I’ve never heard of it.  Is it the same thing as coconut oil?  Is it a spreadable coconut-based butter alternative?  I didn’t know!!

After a little digging, I found out that it is neither of the above.  It is just coconut meat (aka the white part) ground into a butter.  (The same way that peanuts are ground into peanut butter, for instance).  Coconut butter.  Okay!  Now it makes sense!

In one of the recipes I was looking at, a few people were talking about how good coconut butter is, that it tastes like shortbread.  I thought, Now this I gotta try!

Normally for specialty items like this, I shop on Amazon, because it is almost always cheaper than at a specialty grocery store (like Whole Foods).  But when I get something in my mind, I’m not a very patient person.  I didn’t want to wait for it to be shipped to my house, so I grabbed some from Whole Foods!

I didn’t even know where to find it, so I asked the (very helpful) guy at Whole Foods.  He brought me over to the peanut/almond/nut butter section, and this Artisana Organic Raw Coconut Butter was right there.  He said, “Now it’s a little expensive, but it’s soooo good.”

I had been looking at this on Amazon, and it actually was the same price at Whole Foods, so I was thrilled that I didn’t pay extra so I could try it right away.  🙂

It’s hard at room temp like coconut oil, which I totally expected.  I got a knife and scraped some off the top to taste and was like, “Did I buy the wrong thing?  This tastes exactly like coconut oil!”  Then I read the side of the jar that said it may separate, so just warm it so you can stir it.  I was eating the separated coconut oil on top.  🙂

So I took a clean spoon to get under the layer of coconut oil, to the actual coconut butter.  WOWZERS!  It is soooo good!  I think those people are totally right, it does taste like shortbread!  I don’t know how, because it’s just organic, raw, ground coconut meat – no added anything like salt or sugar.  But I think it is so delicious!

Now I need to warm it and stir it so it’s not separated anymore.  On the side, it says you can add it to fruit smoothies, homemade energy bars, as a butter replacement, in sauces, or right out of the jar.  🙂  I’m thinking this would be awesome spread on a piece of sprouted-grain bread with some cinnamon.  I also came across a recipe for homemade granola bars, and I think this would be fabulous in those.

Now I’m putting a disclaimer:  I had my husband try it because I was so excited about it, and I think I talked it up too much because his reaction was, “Yeah, it’s not bad.  Tastes kind of like coconuts.”  Men.  🙂  I think because I was expecting ‘shortbread,’ that’s what it tastes like to me.  How could he not think that, too?!?!

I would love to know if you try this (even another brand of coconut butter) and what uses you find for it!  Coconut is so good for you.

A quick sidenote, and then I’m done – Artisana also makes a Cacao Bliss verson of their coconut butter.  A chocolate version of this?!  I’m in!

Here is Artisana’s website if you want to browse what else they offer, plus recipes for their products!

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