I promised a chocolate coconut butter recipe by the end of the weekend—so here it is! Boardwalk Empire finale, people—did you watch it? Oh my. What a crazy season! I can’t wait until next year to see how things play out!
Michael and I BOTH have been fighting a nasty cold all weekend.
Friday we took Ella to see Santa! She was just so adorable! I was feeling more the dry scratchy throat then, it got worse as the night went on. Saturday was pretty bad, even Michael wanted to stay in. Which says a lot. If you know my husband, you will know he has never met a Saturday night out that he didn’t like. It was even my sister’s birthday—we felt awful missing out on celebrating! I will fill you al in in my neurotic, desperate attempts to not get sick later. I never get sick and when I do I am a freak.
Before I lost my sense of taste and smell I had a sudden inspiration to make chocolate coconut butter. Last time I made coconut butter I nearly killed my Vitamix, I think it was because I was making such a small amount and let my machine run too long. Don’t listen to bloggers when they say it’s “okay if your machine sounds like it’s breaking.” Umm…yea, it almost broke mine. No thank you. I am shipping it into Vitamix this week to have it serviced because it still sounds kind of funny.
I found this method was actually fine (no breaking!) and if I wanted it creamier I just add it to my kitchen aid stand mixer and mix it as fast as my paddle attachment will go! The real way to make coconut butter is with a stone grinder, but I’m not investing in one of those—so here’s my version:
Chocolate Coconut Butter
7 ounces “Let’s Do Organic” Coconut Flakes (I buy the big chunks)
2 Tablespoons carob powder or raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa)
1 1/2-2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (use judgment as you add it in)
1-2 Tablespoons raw honey (you may need a little more if using cacao or cocoa)
1/4 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
add coconut flakes to your vitamix/high speed blender or food processor and slowly blend, gradually making your blender go faster. While it’s blending start to slowly add coconut oil and honey and continue to blend until it starts to turn into “butter.” Add salt towards the end. If it’s not buttery enough and your machine is stressing out you can always use your kitchen aid mixer to finish the job! You may want to store this in a bag, not a jar. I found that you may want to knead this after it sits for a day or two. You could always heat up a mason jar for 10 seconds if it gets too hard from the oil as well.
Shame on you, Dr. Oz. I guess everyone can be bought these days! The man who once said: ““I want you to eat organic foods” and “your kids deserve better than to be part of a national chemistry experiment,” has seemingly changed his tune and
turned the decision to buy organic foods into a political and class issue. Scientific evidence has not changed since Dr. Oz once told us all to choose organic. Who’s paying him to change his tune has. This is an incredible article explaining just WHY we should care about how our food is being produced!!!! http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/11/organic-food-justice-for-the-99/