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The cheapest, easiest coconut recipe you’ll ever find

Sarah Wilson is a NYT best-selling author, tv host and blogger whose journalism career has spanned 20 years across TV, radio, magazines, newspapers and online.

Coconut butter is one of the cheapest, easiest, most nutritious and tastiest things you can make at home. With only one ingredient.

Coconut butter is one of the most expensive coconut products on the market, and as a result, it is one that many people don’t bother with. Don’t let the expense put you off; coconut butter is one of the cheapest, easiest, most nutritious and tastiest things you can make at home. With only one ingredient.

The processing takes some patience with a regular food processor or blender, but be sure not to give up before the mixture turns runny; it simply won’t taste the same.

Coconut Butter

Makes: 1 jar

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of shredded coconut, the bigger the better. (Make sure your coconut product has no added sugar… you’ll be surprised.)

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, process the shredded coconut for about 15 minutes (or, if you have a high-powered blender, about 2 minutes) until a runny butter forms.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Store in a jar either at room temperature or in the fridge, depending on the season and climate.
Tip: Always use the whole packet of coconut. The recipe doesn’t work with small quantities because the lack of volume means it won’t take to the blender.

Here’s how to use your coconut butter:

  • Use as a soft, spreadable paste on toast, sprinkled with salt. If you store the coconut butter in the fridge, you'll need to "cut out" a chunk and soften it at room temperature before using.
  • Melt and pour on a pancake with berries that you've simply stewed in their own juices.
  • Enjoy as a white chocolate truffle-ish indulgence. Pour the coconut butter into small chocolate papers or molds or into an ice cube tray to set.
  • Make your own chocolate.

For more sweet sugar-free coconut recipes check out the New York Times best-seller I Quit Sugar.

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