Do you like Rafaello? Get to know the product that will allow you to prepare its healthier version! What is coconut paste and what are its properties? How to store it? And what can you use this product for in your kitchen? See for yourself!
What is coconut paste?
Coconut paste also known as coconut butter or coconut mousse, is a product made from coconut. It is made by drying the flesh of the coconut, which is then ground into a creamy paste. Coconut paste at room temperature usually has a solid and thick consistency. However, it can be easily dissolved, and after adding water - make milk or coconut milk out of it. Coconut paste is sold in glass jars or plastic bags. Coconut oil that separates from the surface is a common phenomenon for this type of product. Coconut paste in its composition should contain only coconut flesh without any additives: sugar, preservatives or dyes.
How to dissolve the coconut paste?
If you live in Poland, the coconut paste you buy in the store may have a rather hard and compact structure. You may need a good knife to get it out of the jar. Coconut paste will be liquid only in the hot summer period. Then, due to the increased ambient temperature, it will change its consistency.
Fortunately, coconut paste is easily dissolved. How to do it?
- Boil water in a small pot and turn off the burner.
- Put a jar of coconut paste in it and wait about 5-10 minutes.
- Pull out the jar and mix the paste.
Properties of coconut paste
Coconut paste is quite a fatty and caloric product, just like other peanut butters . It is very tasty, so it should be used in moderation. 🙂 Due to the low sugar content, it is often used during the keto diet and when expanding the diet of infants (in this case, it is always worth consulting this decision with a pediatrician). Below is a description of its nutritional properties:
- Energy value: 610 kcal / 2552 kJ
- Fat: 60.5 g
- Of which saturated fatty acids: 56.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.9g
- Including sugars: 7.5 g
- Protein: 7.4g
- Salt: 0.1 g
Is coconut paste vegan?
Yes, coconut paste is a 100% vegan product, as long as it is made only from coconut flesh without any additives. Always check the label on the product. If you are looking for a vegan substitute for e.g. cream, coconut paste will be a great alternative.
How to store coconut paste?
Coconut paste does not require refrigeration after opening the jar. Paste from the refrigerator will be very hard and difficult to work with. Just store it in a dark place at room temperature.
My coconut paste looks rotten
Coconut paste is a product without preservatives and stabilizers, so it will stratify over time. It's a completely natural process. Virgin coconut oil will appear on the surface of the jar. Initially, these will be small spots that may look similar to mold at first glance. However, if you look closely, you will see a similarity to the structure of virgin coconut oil. Over time, these spots will get bigger and bigger until after a few months the entire top of the jar is filled with virgin coconut oil. It's a natural and reversible process - just heat the jar.
Coconut paste and coconut oil
Coconut paste and coconut oil are often confused with each other. Both products are white and placed in a glass jar. It has probably happened to many people that instead of buying coconut oil for frying, they accidentally chose coconut paste. So what is the difference between coconut paste and oil? Let me explain.
- Coconut paste is a product made from the whole coconut, not just the fat itself. Therefore, it is used as an addition to dishes and as a topping for pancakes and pancakes. Coconut paste is not suitable for frying. The difference between them can be likened to peanut butter and peanut oil. We eat peanut butter on sandwiches, and we use oil for frying.
- Coconut oil is the fat from the coconut itself. We can use it for frying or as a cosmetic for hair and skin.
What to use coconut paste for?
Coconut paste works well as an addition to any dish, which perfectly combines with the intense flavor of coconut. Most often these are Asian and Indian recipes, e.g. curries and thick soups - creams. Coconut paste also goes very well as an addition to sweet desserts, ice cream and cakes, e.g. cheesecake.
Coconut pie sauce
The most popular way to use coconut paste is topping pancakes, omelettes, pancakes and pancakes. You can use it just like any other peanut butter. Take a spoonful of coconut paste, put it preferably on a warm cake. Then the paste will melt quickly and after a while a creamy, coconut topping will form.
How to make milk / coconut milk from paste?
Surely you know the feeling when you only need a little bit of coconut milk for a recipe and you have to open the whole can, which then has nothing to do with. To avoid wasting product in such situations, it is enough to always have a jar of coconut paste at home.
Mix warm water with coconut paste in a blender and you will get coconut milk or coconut milk. Isn't it child's play? However, proportions are important.
- 5:2 - coconut milk (e.g. 50 g of water and 20 g of coconut paste)
- 5:1 coconut milk (e.g. 50 g water and 10 g coconut paste).
If you need coconut milk. for oatmeal, remember that you do not have to prepare it in advance and blend it. Just add the coconut paste to the boiling oatmeal on the water and mix.
This is one of the most popular recipes with coconut paste. This dessert based on coconut paste and millet groats is a real hit!
How to prepare millet raffaello
- Cook millet according to this recipe and leave to cool
- Add coconut paste, coconut sugar and coconut flour to the groats and blend the whole thing into a smooth mask
- Wet your hands with water so that the dough does not stick to your hands and form balls with a diameter of about 3-4 cm, then roll them in coconut flakes
- Put the finished balls in the fridge for 3 hours
Ingredients for Millet Rafeallo
- millet groats - 100g
- coconut paste - 3 tbsp
- coconut sugar - 3 tbsp
- coconut flour - 1 tbsp
- coconut flakes - for coating
Where to buy?
You can find coconut paste in good health food stores, on the shelf next to coconut milk. It is also increasingly available in supermarkets. Look for it in the section with organic food or oriental cuisine.
BIO Coconut paste 250 g can be found in every Rossmann Polska store, in the organic food aisle. Our jar has a yellow label and is easy to find next to the other colorful nut pastes in our range. The price for bio coconut paste in Rossmann is about PLN 15.99, but it is often available in promotion even for users of the Rossmann application.
You can also find our coconut paste in large Carrefour stores, in the BIO section.
In our organic store you will find organic coconut paste in small and large jars. If you are a fan of this product, I recommend the version in a large jar - it is economical packaging at a good price.
Coconut paste in Krakow
Looking for coconut paste in Krakow? We invite you to our company store in Salwator: Plac na Stawach 10 . Coconut paste in large packages is also available in the store.
BIO Ekogram coconut paste has a group of regular customers for many years. What they think about our paste, see below:
“Yummy! Delicious mousse :) I love to eat it with a spoon from the jar, and also add it to roasted apples - then apple bounty comes out, I recommend :D”.
"Discovery! :) A wonderful cream that turns every oatmeal into a delicate creamy mousse, and pancakes with it are a fairy tale, I recommend it to everyone! :)".
"Stroke!!! I must admit that this is the best coconut-based product I've ever had the opportunity to consume. I am at a loss for words - you have to try it yourself to see what it means to be in heaven for a while. :) As for the ways of using mousse, there are a lot of them. My favorite, however, remains the spoon, the real creamed coconut and we eat it directly from the jar. It's very filling, so you can't eat too much."
“Creamed coconut Dope! Coconut fans must try it!!"
“Coconut mousse One hundred percent coconut flavor. The only downside is that after taking it out of the fridge, it's hard to scoop a spoon because it's hard as a bone. Take it out of the fridge a bit before use.
“Topping on pancakes. A sensational paste, you can feel the fresh coconut, the ground may not be super smooth (as I like it the most), but the taste compensates for everything! Always on hand when I don't have ready-made coconut milk.
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