If your kids are like mine, they get hungry often, especially during a growth spurt. Since most snack foods are sugar laden or chemical 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.
Coconut Cream Recipe
Yield 2 cups
Homemade coconut cream made with shredded coconut and coconut oil makes delicious snack packed with healthy fats.
- Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor or high powered blender. 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.
- Add optional ingredients if desired.
- Blend to incorporate and store at room temperature in a glass mason jar.
Texture of finished coconut cream will be thick and a little grainy, similar to natural peanut butter.
Serving Size 1 TBSP
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.4 g
Saturated Fat 7.3 g
Sodium 3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 0.4 g
Protein 0.7 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Do you have any unconventional snacks that you make for your kids? Would they eat this? Let me know below!