Our good friend Kirby the Dorkie has come up with a great way to add exotic flavor to your dog’s meal that also packs a wallop of health benefits! Today Best Bully Sticks shares Kirby’s recipe for Coconut Butter! Check out the full recipe below.
Wondering what the difference is between coconut oil and coconut butter? Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the coconut where coconut butter is made from raw dried shredded coconut. When you puree the shredded coconut the coconut oil and coconut meat mix together and turn into a butter spread.
To make your own use unsweetened, dried coconut, either shredded or flakes, which turn into a somewhat smooth butter. Do not use desiccated, sweetened, reduced fat or fresh coconut. This does require a powerful food processor or blender to make.
So what can you do with coconut butter? Spoon coconut butter straight from the jar and mix in the meal time kibble, add it to baked treats, melt and pour over sweet potatoes or baked carrots, freeze for pupsicles, the list is endless. Coconut butter isn’t just for dogs either! Humans can use it as a coffee creamer, a spread for toast, in curry dishes, and smoothies to name a few.
Try making different flavored coconut butters: mix 1 tablespoon carob powder with 1/4 cup coconut butter, 1 tablespoon peppermint oil with 1/4 cup coconut butter, or 1 tablespoon cinnamon with 1/4 cup coconut butter.
Prep Time: 15 – 20 minutes Cook Time: None Yields: 1 cup
2 cups unsweetened coconut, shredded or flakes
1. Place the coconut in your food processor or blender and mix on high speed scraping down the sides often for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a thick paste is formed.
The coconut will go through three stages – first the texture will be finely shredded, then thin out into a grainy liquid, then finally turn into a somewhat smooth, thick mixture. The finished butter will seem runny but when you taste it the texture will be like a thick, slightly grainy peanut butter.
2. Pour the butter into a small glass jar with a lid and enjoy.
*If it refuses to turn to butter add just the tiniest bit of coconut oil to the blender.
*The consistency depends on room temperature. In warm climates it is a thick liquid. In cold climates it solidifies in to a hard, wax-like substance. To bring it back to a butter consistency zap it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.
Store in a glass jar in the pantry for up to at least two months. Don’t keep it in the refrigerator because the cold hardens it.
Want to know more about the health benefits of coconut for dogs? Check out these great advantages!
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Thanks to Kirby the Dorkie and Mom, Debby for sharing such a wonderful recipe! Coconut has some amazing health benefits that both you and your dog can enjoy!