Thursday, January 26, 2012

Artisana's Raw Coconut Butter

Artisana Raw 100% Coconut Butter
I happened to be chatting with the manager at my local Hy-Vee Health Market while browsing through the peanut butter, and she called my attention to Artisana's Raw Coconut ButterAt first, I misunderstood it to be coconut oil. It was pricey at $12 per jar, but the she said it was a special order for another customer, who had reported that it's like peanut butter - only made of coconut flesh. Well, I love coconut, and I love nut butters, so I had to try it.

As you can see, it appears crumbly coming out of the jar. Imagine a dry, unsweetened peanut butter: rather than being buttery, it feels more starchy, yet strangely velvety in the mouth due to the coconut oils. (However, 2 TBS comes in at only 2 net carbs, if one is counting such things, because of the fiber content.)

It's intriguing. 

I went to the Artisana website to look for recipes, and though I have some ideas for what I might do with it, I can't stop eating it right out of the jar, a teaspoon at a time. It seems decadent to eat it that way. Something about the texture and mouthfeel just fascinate me. It's not overly sweet, and it's not overly coconutty.

I'll continue to splurge on this--it's really quite tasty. I'm hoping I can make the jar last the rest of the month, but I may end up using it as a dessert ingredient, or incorporating it into a Thai or Indian sauce. 

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