As you may already know, coconut oil is regarded as one of the healthiest ingredients in the world. It contains numerous essential ingredients for our health, can be used for cooking and to support your health and beauty as well. However, according to recent studies, coconut butter is even better for your health.

Have you heard about coconut butter? As the name suggests, it’s a butter made of coconut that can be used just like normal butter. Yes, it may come from the same tree as coconut oil, but both ingredients have clearly defined differences. For one, coconut butter is produced by all the parts of the tree, while coconut oil is derived from the fruit. The butter is rich in healthy fats, potassium, fiber, iron and magnesium and is just as great for your health as coconut oil.

Health benefits of coconut butter

Reinforces your immune system

According to studies, coconut butter is full of lauric acid, a compound with immune-boosting properties that can also be found in coconut oil (although in lesser amounts). Lauric acid can destroy bacteria in your body and prevent a variety of infections by strengthening your immune system.

Promotes weight loss

If you want to melt the excess fat on your belly, coconut butter is the perfect choice. It will boost your digestion and metabolism, allowing you to digest food better and using energy effectively as well. The butter is also packed with healthy fats that will keep you satiated and prevent you from overeating. Experts suggest taking only 2 tablespoons of coconut butter every day in order to see results after only 2 weeks.

Improves the quality of your skin

Coconut butter can greatly improve your skin’s appearance. It will prevent free radical damage in your cells, enter your skin deep and strengthen the tissues. In this way, coconut butter can also slow down the aging process and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Keeps your blood sugar levels in check

Our blood sugar levels have a high impact on our health. If you leave them high for a prolonged period, your body won’t be able to dissolve sugar properly and will start storing it instead. Luckily, adding coconut butter into your diet will reduce the level of sugar in your blood, resulting in prevention of diabetes and bigger health problems.

9 great ways of introducing coconut butter in your diet

Coconut butter can be used in delicious ways – you can add it to curry, desserts or smoothies for a nice treat. Here are 9 ways of using coconut butter:

  • Put some in your curry for a great additional flavor;
  • Melt a bit of the butter in a pot and put it on top of a potato or winter squash;
  • Eat a teaspoon of the butter directly from the jar;
  • Melt some coconut butter and sprinkle it on top of a bowl of berries for a nice dessert;
  • Add some in your smoothie for a nice taste;
  • Mix some coconut butter with hot sauce, shrimp and chicken, or use it in tofu if you’re a vegetarian;
  • Use coconut butter instead of regular butter for cooking;
  • Mix a teaspoon of the butter with cocoa or dark chocolate nibs;
  • Smear some of the butter on your toast instead of regular butter for a tastier and healthier meal.

Here are a few easy-to-prepare recipes with coconut butter:

Cocoa chip espresso coconut spread

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs
  • A shot of espresso (warm)
  • 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons coconut butter
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ a banana
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

Goji coconut spread

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 5 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1 banana
  • A pinch or two of cayenne pepper
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave)

Easy strawberry

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 6 strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt

Coconut butter-almond spread

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt and cinnamon
  • 1 banana
Preparation

The preparation for all the recipes is the same – simply mix everything in a blender. If the mixture turns out too runny, you can freeze it in a fridge for a bit. If it turns out too thick, add some hot milk. You can keep any of the recipes in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but no more than that.

 

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