Monday, August 30, 2010

Guest Post: Katie's Coconut Butter Party

Hey y'all! I'm sure you're all familiar with the awesome Chocolate Covered Katie. You know, that adorable chick from Texas with a penchant for running, homemade fudge babies, coconut butter, and eating all cuisine with chopsticks? If not, you should really get to know her (but I can't imagine how anyone in the vegan blogosphere wouldn't know Katie!).

Katie was one of my first regular commenters on Vegan Crunk way back in 2007. She really helped me get my new bloggy feet off the ground, and her blog has always served as an inspiration. Tonight Katie is taking over my blog and tomorrow, I'm taking over hers. Why? No reason. We wanted to try a little post-trading just for fun.

Note: Pay close attention to Katie's post. Tomorrow, I'll be hosting a fun giveaway and you just might be able to gather some clues from her post. Hint, hint. Come back on Tuesday night/Wednesday for details, and check out my guest post about dining out, vegan-style on Katie's blog on Tuesday. And without further ado, here's Katie!

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Greetings, fellow Crunks and Crunkettes! (What the heck is a crunkette???) I’m so honored to be on Bianca’s bloggie, as it is one of my absolute favorites!

My name is Katie, and I follow the Chocolate-Covered Diet philosophy.

However, the topic of today’s post is not chocolate; it’s coconut butter. Bianca and I share an affinity for this special spread, whose taste is reminiscent to shortbread. But unlike shortbread, coconut butter is 100% raw and organic, with healthy fats and no added sugar. The only ingredient is coconut! Buttery, melty, and oh-so versatile. My numero uno favorite way to indulge is straight up, with nothing standing between me and my coconut-butter goodness. However, if I have to invite other guests to the party, here are some good ones:

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First up, we have the easiest-ever Raw Macaroons.

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I have a friend who said she’d give me her first-born child in exchange for a batch of these every now and then. Sadly for her, I declined. What would I do with a whiney, crying baby anyway? I’d much rather have my Raw Macaroons :) .

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Artisana coconut butter is amazing icing. You can use it on raw Carrot Cake (above).

I adore slathering it on carrot cake pancakes and cupcakes!

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And then there are always the Mounds Bar Pancakes.

Chocolate and coconut were meant to be together.

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Moving on to simpler ideas: the incredibly-creamy Coconut Banana Butter.

Coconut + bananas = heaven in a spoonful.

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Other uses for Artisana Coconut Butter:

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1. Turn into a melty frosting for healthy 24-Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Or…

2. Drizzle on butternut fries or spaghetti squash

3. Use in place of peanut butter in peanut-sauce recipes! (Thai coconut-sauce pasta, anyone?)

4. Mix into oatmeal (or blended grains)

5. Blend in a smoothie, or spread on a banana or toast (Can I interest you in a coconut butter sammie?)

6. Use as a healthy “syrup” for carrot cake pancakes

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Check out this post: Coconut is the new Ketchup!

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Question of the Day:

Have you tried coconut butter? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat it? Are you as obsessed as I am, or do you not understand what the big deal is?

Like I said above, my favorite way to eat it is straight-up… like coconut fudge! But I don’t think I’ve yet found a single way of eating coconut butter that I don’t absolutely love.

Thanks again, Bianca, for allowing me to take over your blog for the day!

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Love (and chocolate),

Chocolate-Covered Katie (or coconut-covered Katie, as the case may be)

24 comments:

Shear Sensations said...

I love it all...I am now doing more raw foods and her blog is really good, I added her to my favorites ...thanks Bianca.

Shannon said...

I bought some and haven't gotten around to using it. I had to pop it in the fridge since it seems the 100 degree midwest heat had gotten to my kitchen cabinet. Who knew? Where do you store your CB?

Rayne Beaux said...

I absolutely LOVE coconut butter in anything I've ever tried it in! Coconut butter can be stored at room temp as far as I know, but will become soft and possibly liquid with that high heat (coconut oil does for sure turn liquid but is still fine to use). :)

Kiersten said...

Hi Katie! I am embarrassed to admit that I have never tried coconut butter yet (Don't hate me!). I am kinda weird when it comes to coconut: sometimes I like it, other times I don't. I have been curious to try it out though since everyone is always talking about it.

Rick said...

i did a post on my addiction to coconut butter as well...amazing stuff. i need it daily, especially in the summer...

Chocolate-Covered Katie said...

Awwwwwwww!! Oh Bianca, do you know how much of an honor it is to be on one of my all-time favorite blogs?
Anywhoos, the switcharoo will be complete at precisely 8:50AM when you take over my blog :) :).
This was so much fun!

Chocolate-Covered Katie said...

Shannon:
I have the same problem as you! I store my cb in the cabinet, but if I know I am going to use it, I'll pop it in the fridge for a short while so it'll get a little hard (but not *too* hard). Or I'll just take a small amount out and fridge that for a few minutes, if I need it cold really fast.

Kiersten: Get thee to the nearest jar of coconut butter! (But I can't guarantee you'll love it, as I love almost ALL coconut-flavored things.)

Little Bookworm said...

Love the guest post Katie! I've never tried coconut butter but it sounds interesting!

Eric said...

love the raw carrot cake idea. must try this asap!

Rebecca said...

LOVE all your recipes! and your blog :) you two are inspirations!

Leslie R. said...

I've never tried coconut butter. I am in love with raw almond butter though!

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I've successfully avoided buying it till seeing this post. I hope you're getting a commission!

Jessica said...

I am discovering a love for coconut that I'd always denied. Let me tell you, Hostess SnoBalls are a poor introduction for coconut. I'll be looking for coconut butter and see how I like it best.

Jessica said...

Love to read Katie's posts. I adore her site too.

I have never tried this spread (although I am a baby vegan, so that's no surprise). I will, however, put it on my list to buy it. Definitely. Yum!

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Stefanie said...

I have tried coconut butter on toast. I still prefer my peanut butter though. It was a nice change of pace. I bet it is really good on chocolate pancakes though.

40apples said...

Delicious post! You're making me drool, Katie... and yet, believe it or not, I have not yet tried this magical coconut butter! Must get right on that....

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

I couldn't live without coconut butter ... It goes well in just about anything (or all by itself!).

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

You guys are having a Freaky Friday, but on a Tuesday! :D

I have yet to try coconut butter, I'm afraid I will become instantly addiced and that would be one expensive habit to keep!

April @ Crazy Fabulous Life said...

I have never tried coconut butter! I want to though; it's quite popular and people say it is amazing.

christyn @ All Ways Nutritious said...

i love your idea of using coconut butter as an icing for carrot muffins!! i have been meaning to buy it. can you use it in recipes as you would use coconut oil??

Damjana said...

My homemade coconut butter turns hard like rock if stored at room temperature, I have no idea why.. :(
It's nowhere close to the spread.

Chocolate-Covered Katie said...

Chrystin:
I think so... but I'm not sure. I know that some people have told me coconut oil works for the macaroons. I guess it depends on the recipe.

kimberly said...

i SO want that raw carrot cake!!!!!! YUM!!

the actor's diet said...

thank you for this post! i just got some coconut butter and have no idea what to do with it!