Monday, 14 July 2014

Coconut butter, oats and pesto!

Coconut butter, oats and pesto! Not all at once though... I wonder... no that's a bit far fetched even for me :)
First of all as promised I'm gonna show you a quick picture-ish tutorial about how to make coconut butter (using cheap-as-chips bulk bags of dessicated coconut!)
It's so simple I feel a bit silly, but why buy $10+ jars of coconut butter when you can make a full jar by using a $2-$3 bag of coconut!
Now step one:
Place a 500g bag of dessicated coconut into a large food processor:
Process for what seems like forever (is really about 10-15 mins) stopping every few mins to scrape down the sides, until the oils start coming together and forming a paste. Then blend for a few more mins to get a nice and smooth texture (mine was slightly gritty)
 Place in a jar (I just used a recycled peanut butter jar) and store away for future yums!
Simple pimple- put it in, process, your done!
It seems I was in a processor groove these past few days, as last night I decided to get my mini one out to make some kale pesto:
 You can find my traditional spinach one here, this recipe however was about 5 big leaves of basil, and then a big handful of torn up kale, placed in a food processor with a small squeeze of lemon, 1 heaped tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1 heaped tablespoon pine nuts and about 2 teaspoons of olive oil (add more if it doesn't come together) whaz until combined, then whaz some more to get it a nice light green colour and smoothy-smooth!
Did I make pizza? Pasta? No, no.. I made... steamed veggies!
Pumpkin, swede, beetroot, white sweet potato, orange sweet potato, brocoli, brussels sprouts, peas and some sauteed mushrooms, all covered in pesto! Mmmmm
 Finally my last food processor experience of late was some rich chocolate oatmeal, spiked with some raspberry sauce!
The oatmeal was steel cut oats + 1 chopped banana+ a sprinkle of chia seeds + 1 tablespoon raw cacao + 1 tablespoon cacao nibs + a dash of cinnamon + a lot of milk (according to packet instructions.. I used oat milk) placed in a saucepan over high heat. Once boiling, turn down heat and simmer for around 15-20 mins:
I always then leave mine to cool in my mug for 10 or so mins so its not too hot and is slightly thickened :)
The sauce? Frozen berries heated in microwave for 1:30 mins and then whazzed up!

And there you go!
 The berries really do lighten up the super rich oatmeal :) Yum yum!
I hope everyone has a great day and get those processors out and make something awesome! Ice cream? Veggie burgers? fro yo? :D


  1. Such an awesome blog! Just a quick question with the coconut butter; how long does it keep in the jar?

  2. Hi Little Miss Mana,
    If you sterilise your jars and sort of suction the lids on (you can google how to do that- I'm no expert! :) then it would last for a long time- this recipe is probably more short term- a good few months :)

  3. Hi Steph, thanks for replying!
    Oh that's great; I was hoping it would keep for more than a fortnight so thats good to hear!


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