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!
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:
First up, we have the easiest-ever Raw Macaroons.
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 .
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!
And then there are always the Mounds Bar Pancakes.
Chocolate and coconut were meant to be together.
Moving on to simpler ideas: the incredibly-creamy Coconut Banana Butter.
Coconut + bananas = heaven in a spoonful.
Other uses for Artisana Coconut Butter:
1. Turn into a melty frosting for healthy 24-Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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
Check out this post: Coconut is the new Ketchup!
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!
Love (and chocolate),
Chocolate-Covered Katie (or coconut-covered Katie, as the case may be)