Coconut butter vs coconut oil - what's the difference?
You just wanted to try some coconut oil, yet you go to the store and see a whole section dedicated to it. Some refined, some extra virgin, and then some calling it coconut oil, and others coconut butter.
So what's the difference?
Technically coconut oil is the extracted oil from the coconut's flesh. Extra virgin oil gives you a lighter, cleaner taste. Cold pressed means it hasn't been heated to a high temperature to extract the oil - supposedly keeping all the goodness intact.The refined variety is promoted as being better suited to higher cooking temperatures due to an increase in stability of the fat molecules. The refining process also removes much of the coconut taste and smell. Be careful though as some companies call their coconut oil 'coconut butter' - referring to the product as if it's like dairy butter. Check the label - it should say 100% oil.
Coconut oil - use for cooking, in baking, and in raw desserts. Also a great moisturiser for the body!
Coconut butter is the entire flesh of the coconut ground into a paste - the equivalent of peanuts being turned into natural peanut butter. Sometimes called coconut manna or coconut cream concentrate. It's a good source of fibre, and contains protein, as well as fats. Check the label - it should say 100% coconut flesh.
Coconut butter - use as a spread, in smoothies, and in raw desserts. Also incredibly delicious by itself on a spoon. Be warned though - its very high in calories so it's not something to snack on all day everyday.