Nutiva’s Coconut Manna

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There are very few things in life that would appear on a ”last ten things on earth” list for me. You know the list of things you would choose if you were stuck on a desert island and could only have these ten things for the rest of your life. Coconut would be one of them. I would eat it raw, use its oil for cooking, slather it all over my body and hair as a moisturizer and finally, drink its water for my daily vitamins. It’s one of those foods that is perfect in taste and versatility and can be utilized in so many different ways. It’s also a really healthy superfood that disguises itself as a sweet and fatty indulgence, which to me is like winning the taste bud lottery.

I stumbled upon the company Nutiva while looking for a source to buy organic coconut oil online and was intrigued by a product called Coconut Manna so I bought a bottle. It touted itself as a spreadable substance that could be used like butter or as an additive in smoothies and baked good recipes. Like coconut oil, the liquids in the manna tend turn into a solid when stored in temperatures less than 73 degrees so when you want to actually use the product you have to set the jar in hot water and let it melt first. I had to actually boil some water to get the substance in the jar to melt and then blended it with a fork. Once blended though, the grainy spread was very similar to tahini but tasted entirely of coconut. For a cuckoo for coconut person like me, it truly does bring to mind manna from heaven. I will have to have some hard disciplinary skill to stick to one tablespoon of the substance per day as it is as high in calories as olive oil or butter and I could easily spoon down the entire jar on some nut-embedded whole grain toast at one sitting.

This recipe that came with the jar is going to be my first order of business.

Creamy Coconut Hemp Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
¼ cup frozen, unsweetened strawberries
1 tbls. Coconut Manna
1 tbls. hempseed
1 tsp. maple syrup

Layer ingredients in order in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.

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