Coconut 101 - The Difference Between Oil, Butter, and Manna
It's common knowledge how amazing coconut oil is ... it's great for your skin, removes your makeup, shines silver, and heals cuts (among 1,000 other uses). Recently, we have been seeing coconut butter and coconut manna pop up on store shelves and we were wondering what the difference really is! Let's break down these three products and how you should use them.
Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature and becomes a liquid when warmed. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides (healthy saturated fats) and is used in cooking, topically on the skin, or even for household cleaning. Coconut oil is taken from the meat of the coconut by removing all of the flesh and fiber.
Coconut Butter is basically coconut oil plus extra coconut flesh. This means more fiber for you! It is also less liquidy - it gets soft but not fluid when warm, It is great as a substitute for butter on toast, in icing, or hot dishes where it will melt entirely
Coconut Manna is essentially a fancy name for butter. It has all the same properties and nutrition benefits as coconut butter and works in recipes the same way! Easy, right?
Our favorite way to use coconut butter/manna is for a naturally sweet icing. Add 1 1/2 cups coconut butter, ½ cup maple syrup, 2 tsp vanilla extract to a food processor and mix until smooth. To thin, add coconut water as needed to thin the mixture to frosting consistency.