Two weeks after we decided to adopt a paleo lifestyle we got a Thermomix. The connection? In this case the connection is to coconut butter.
What is it….apart from yummy?
Coconut butter that is made from dried coconut flesh – the desiccated coconut we get in the supermarket and use in baking. I had probably seen it on the shelf at a health food shop but never gave it a second look. Note that coconut oil and coconut butter are not the same thing, though they both have lots of uses. The oil is extracted from the `meat’ of the coconut. The butter is actually `whole coconut’ in a different state. At room temperature in winter coconut butter will be quite solid. In the warmer months of spring/autumn it will be more like paste/butter and can be easily spread. In the summer you will probably find it more liquid. However, if you put it in the fridge it will set like a rock!!
We were already into the coconut products and all their benefits, so when we got the Thermomix, we discovered how easy it is to make coconut butter and there has been no end of experimenting. We discovered a mix that we like to call Coconut Energisers. Yet again it came out of my hubby wanting something that was good/healthy/quick that he could have for a snack on the run. More importantly for him was that it had to be something that allowed him to maintain normal blood sugar levels. (He has Type 2 diabetes) These met all the requirements and became a great way for him to get some extra coconut oil into his diet as well.
- 500 grams desiccated coconut
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar (NOTE: we no longer use any sweetener in these. In fact I can’t remember when we last did. The coconut is plenty sweet enough on its own.)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (up to about 3/4 cup works OK)
Instructions for Thermomix
Put all ingredients into Thermomix and set to grind for 3 minutes/37°/speed 8. (My hubby does this on 50 degrees – he says it’s easier to pour into moulds.)
After about one minute, stop to remove lid and scrape down from the lid and sides. Continue processing. You will notice the sound change a bit as the coconut starts to become moist and turn to butter. You can do this with no heat but the heat seems to make it easier. For the smoothest coconut butter, you can crank up to speed 9 for the last 30 seconds.
Pour into small moulds till set. (We use silicone chocolate moulds.)
Store in sealed container in fridge (Hide them as they are `addictive’)
Put all the ingredients into the blender and blitz until the mix becomes paste like.
- Add some finely chopped nuts or seeds of choice – after mixing is complete
- Add about 2 tablespoons a raw cacao powder for a nice chocolate flavour
- Add some dried fruit of choice
These truly are an energy boost for such times as:
- before a workout
- recovery after a workout
- during any high energy activity
- when the kids are wanting something extra between school and dinner one of these will satisfy them
- I carry a couple in a tiny Tupperware container when I am flying. No need to get those high carb in-flight snacks/meals.
These are another one of those things that my hubby likes to pack in his snack pack when he goes out and about. That’s fine in the cooler months or they are in a cold pack, but during warmer weather they become semi liquid. I guess then you just need a spoon!!!