I don’t know about you but sugar is my Achilles heel. I generally find myself addicted to sugar (again) around the holidays, and then have the darnedest time getting off of it come January. I even wrote a post and made a video on how to get off of sugar that I have to re-read to remind myself of some of my tried and true tricks for success!
One of those tricks is to eat more fat (read why fat doesn’t make you fat here and here). Every time I start to crave sugar I pop a Toasted Coconut Butter Bite in my mouth, let it slowly dissolve, making sure to enjoy the texture and rich flavor, while letting the fat coat my tongue. It not only stabilizes my blood sugar, but it makes the craving go away, and stay away, for a good long while. Plus, they taste great, so it not only feels like a treat, it tastes just enough like one to help me get over the hump.
With only 2 ingredients, Toasted Coconut Butter Bites are super easy to make, and last a long time in the fridge or freezer. Just don’t take them on a picnic during the summer, or you’ll have a mess!
Making Toasted Coconut Butter Bites is Easy!
In a large skillet (I use my 12″ cast iron pan) over medium-low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter.
Once your butter is melted, add 3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut.
Using a wooden spoon, stir continuously until evenly toasted. This will take quite a few minutes, but DON’T turn up the heat. Just keep stirring gently (so as not to fling it all over your stove- learn from my mistakes 😉 ), making sure to scrape the bottom so that the coconut does not burn.
At first, it will just look like it’s drowning in melted butter. Then, voila!, the toasting will start to appear. You’re money now, so keep stirring!
See that uniform toasting with only a few white specks? That’s what you’re going for. If you get too picky about every speck being golden, then you’ll likely end up with some overly toasted (i.e. burnt) spots. So quit while you’re ahead, okay?
Once you’ve put all of the toasted coconut in the Vitamix, you can either leave it to cool for awhile, or if you’re impatient like I am, process immediately. (It may steam and get very hot, so if you prefer not to heat your food past a certain temperature, then I suggest waiting awhile before processing).
After processing for a minute, taste and add a couple of drops of liquid stevia if you’d like it a little sweeter. Continue to process until smooth (the coconut flakes will still have some texture when finished).
Pour into molds, refrigerate until hardened, remove from mold (if this is difficult, simply place in the freezer for awhile and it should pop right out on your next try) and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
So rich and delicious! These are the perfect treat for diabetics, hypoglycemics and those following a high fat/high protein diet such as the Paleo diet.
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Toasted Coconut Butter Bites
A filling and healthy snack that will stabilize blood sugar, stop sugar cravings, and aid in weight loss. Toasted Coconut Butter Bites are pure goodness.
Recipe type: snack
Over medium low heat, melt butter in a 12-16" skillet.
Add coconut flakes to melted butter, and stir to coat.
Continue stirring until coconut has turned a light golden color, being careful not to burn*.
Once uniformly toasted, let cool, or add directly to a Vitamix container, Magic Bullet, or other high speed blender.
Blend to liquefy.
Pour contents into molds and refrigerate until hard.
Remove from molds and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.
*If any of the coconut does burn, remove, as it will color the entire contents once blended.