If your kids are like mine, they get hungry often, especially during a growth spurt. Since most snack foods are sugar-laden or chemically laced, snacks can be one of the tougher things to adapt to real food options.
Though slightly unconventional, this coconut cream recipe (also called coconut butter) is a favorite with my kids. It has a texture somewhat like peanut butter, but contains more nutrients. It is filling due to its beneficial fats and protein/fiber content from the coconut. This recipe is also typically a safe option, even if your child attends a school where nuts are not allowed.
We use this in many ways, but here are some of our favorites:
- A big spoonful by itself for a quick snack
- Whipped with a little extra coconut oil, some vanilla and some freeze dried strawberries for a healthy “icing”
- 1 tablespoon blended into a cup of water for instant coconut milk or chocolate coconut milk
- Spread on homemade pancakes
- In between homemade pancakes with some banana slices (similar to PB and banana)
My favorite part… it is an inexpensive and delicious snack and the kids love it because they think it is like eating PB or frosting from the jar! We typically add some flavors to the basic recipe, most often a little cocoa powder and honey or vanilla and honey.
- What to do:
- Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor or high powered blender. I use a Vitamix and it works perfectly. It will be powdered at first but will start to get thicker and stick together.
- Slowly add the coconut oil and it will form a thick, but moveable texture. If desired, add the cocoa powder/honey or vanilla/honey.
- Blend to incorporate and store in a glass mason jar or other container.
Do you have any unconventional snacks that you make for your kids? Would they eat this? Let me know below!