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Artisana Coconut Butter Vs. Nutiva Coconut Manna

February 16, 2012

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Coconut butter is delicious. But which is better, Artisana’s Coconut Butter or Nutiva’s Coconut Manna? Ever since I first tried Nutiva’s Coconut Manna, I’ve wanted to compare it with Artisana’s Coconut Butter. The thing is, the Coconut Manna was so tasty that I ate way too much of it, and kinda grew tired of it. So, two things needed to happen for the coconut butter showdown to take place: 1) I needed to take a break from OD’ing on Coconut Manna, and 2) As a matter of principle, Artisana needed to go on sale – that stuff’s expensive! Well, the stars have finally aligned – here’s a comparison of these two wildly popular products: Artisana Coconut Butter vs. Nutiva Coconut Manna.

What is Coconut Butter?

Coconut butter is basically whole mature coconut meat (the white stuff) that is dehydrated and then pureed into a “butter”. So you get the oil, fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals – everything that you would when you eat coconut (in dehydrated form).  Coconut butter can be used as a dip, spread, in smoothies and sauces, and baked goods. I simply eat a spoonful of it as a snack. Coconut Manna is just Nutiva’s brand name of coconut butter.

Ingredients

Nutiva Coconut Manna: Organic whole coconut

Artisana Coconut Butter: Organic raw coconut

The difference is the processing. Nutiva’s Coconut Manna is not raw, whereas Artisana’s Coconut Butter is (it is dehydrated at a low temperature). This probably also at least partially explains the higher price point. Both are non-GMO. Artisana’s labeling, however, states:

“Made in a peanut-free facility on shared equipment with tree nuts, sesame, and soy. Absolutely no GMO’s, Gluten, or Dairy.”

Comparison

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Artisana Coconut Butter is much lighter in colour. There are many more “specks” in the manna, which are just coconut fibers. The taste is very similar between the two. The main difference is that Artisana’s Coconut Butter is smoother and silkier in texture. By comparison, Nutiva’s Coconut Manna is noticeably gritty. Based on the mouth feel, I would’ve expected the manna to have more carbs/fibre, but according to the nutrition facts, that’s not the case. The labels are very similar. The only real difference is that for some reason, Artisana has double the sodium, but considering it’s only 10mg per tablespoon (0% of the % Daily Value), that’s hardly worth noting.

The Verdict

Honestly, I like them both. If the price were the same, Artisana would be the clear winner since it goes down smoother, and it’s raw. It’s considerably more expensive where I buy it though, so value definitely comes into play. I’ll probably buy Artisana when it’s on sale, and Nutiva otherwise. You can’t really go wrong with either – coconut butter makes a great paleo/primal snack. Just don’t overdo it like I did :P

Have you tried either of these coconut butters? Or perhaps another brand? Let me know in the comments which you prefer and why.

***UPDATE*** I have since made my own coconut butter. If you’re curious about it, you should try making your own batch at home, it’s super easy!

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Laura February 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Artisana always tastes better to me (more coconutty, less gritty and I prefer organic)but I wind up buying the Manna because of the price. I also mix it one to one with coconut milk or other liquid to thin it out and use it as a spread. Love it but have to hide it in the pantry because I can’t resist it!

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admin@primalist February 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Hey Laura. The Nutiva Coconut Manna is organic also, which is great. That’s a neat idea about combining it with coconut milk! Oh, and the pantry is not a good enough hiding spot for me :P

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judy March 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

how do you mix the manna with coconut milk? thanks, by the way, for this comparison-i just purchased for the 1st time yesterday and had on oatmeal this am-yum! judy

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Beth February 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

How do you get the Nutiva Manna soft enough to eat? Mine is rock hard, and it doesn’t melt when put in a hot water pan.

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admin@primalist February 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Beth – I stick the coconut manna jar in a deep bowl full of hot water. When the water starts to cool, I empty the bowl and refill it with more hot water. It usually takes 2 refills to get the manna to melt, and then I stir the manna with a butter knife. Also, I don’t store my coconut manna in the fridge. Hope this helps?

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ashley April 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I let the manna sit on the top of the stove while I have something in the oven. It’s easy to stir together after that.

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Jo April 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Hi there!

Thanks for the information! I’m just wondering if coconut butter ever goes bad? I have a jar that is way expired, but I’m generally not scared off by “best by” dates. What are your thoughts? Will I be crippled by a digestive rebellion if try to eat this stuff?

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admin@primalist April 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Well, if you do eat it and things don’t go well, don’t blame me :P….. but. there’s not much to go bad in there, and it’s pretty shelf stable as it doesn’t require refrigeration.. having said that, all foods probably go bad eventually. Check if it’s changed in smell/look/taste and proceed with caution.. personally, if it passes those tests, I’d eat it. (I’m assuming here that it hasn’t been years or anything like that). Good luck!

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ozzie June 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I never tried the nutiva coconut manna .
the artisana coconut butter taste the best when u mix with raw honey. it is BANGIN!!!. it taste like candy. everybody must TRY

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admin@primalist June 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I shall give it a whirl :)

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Erin June 29, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Holy cow, I feel like an idiot.

My healthy home market has both of these brands, and I am almost out of my artisana butter, which i eat a spoonful at a time straight out of the jar. I love the stuff, but yes, it’s a little expensive ($12) and slightly chalky, but i love the sweet coconut flavor. So I just went to the store to try it’s competitor Nutiva, opened the jar (completely ignoring the (“heat and stir to mix the oil that rises to the top” part of the instructions) and basically ate raw coconut oil and wondered why in the heck it didn’t taste the same. Because I am dumb. But low and behold, I scooped my way down a layer and there was the butter! And I like it! It might be less chalky than the artisana, but I’ll see once I get it mixed up. Either way, it’s a real treat, and the last jar lasted me 1-2 months, so to me it’s worth it.

I’m currently doing the Whole30 (Day 5!) and this is basically my dessert, so when it runs low I start to panic. :-)

Timely post, thanks!

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admin@primalist June 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

That was my dessert too when I was doing the elimination diet so I get your sense of panic :p Your comment just gave me an idea… Next time I’m halfway through my jar, when it starts getting “chalky” – I’m going to warm it up and stir in some more coconut oil. That should work really well. I’m excited to try it out!

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Gina Rodriguez August 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Artisana is better. Hands down. I had Nutiva a few weeks ago and it was very good. But I had Artisana yesterday for the first time and it was delectable…heavenly. Maybe the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth!

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admin@primalist August 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

High praise! :)

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Christine November 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I like both, but usually buy Artisana, as I prefer a raw product. However, recently I have started making yogurts by diluting the Artisana coconut butter with water to a cream consistency (not adding any sweetener, as it is sweet enough), then heating the milk to 182 degrees to sterilise it, then cooling to 105 – 110 degrees and add the yoghurt starter, put in a yogurt maker for 10 – 12 hours (I don’t strain it at all) and it makes a lovely creamy yogurt. I also tried this with Nutiva and the yogurt was more grainy and I got an upset stomach afterwards (that may have just been a co-incidence though), but I always use Artisana now!

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admin@primalist November 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Thanks for sharing how you make coconut manna yoghurt! Sounds very interesting.

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Pam November 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I am curious about your yogurt so I hope you’re still out there. How much water to coconut butter do you mix? Have you tried making it with homemade coconut butter? When you say the yogurt is creamy, is it like a thin milkshake or is it thicker like store bought yogurt?

A friend shared your process some time ago and I have been thinking about it ever since, so I hope you’re available to answer my questions.

Thanks

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silvana December 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Has anyone tried to mix it with coconut oil… I never have but there is so much info as to how good the oil is, why ?
Can anyone give me some feedback on this… tks

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admin@primalist December 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Coconut oil is incredibly healthy. Sometimes the manna/butter can get a little dry, especially near the bottom of the jar, so adding in some extra coconut oil would remedy that.

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Christine December 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

The oil is reported to have anti bacterial, anti viral, anti parasite and anti yeast properties. It is one of the few things that kills the bad guys without killing the good ones. One of the remedies for Candida is Caprylic acid which comes from coconut oil. Coconut butter does have some of the oil still in it, but my personal feeling is that the oil works better raw than heated (that’s only my opinion so may be wrong), so I would think maybe that the Artisana raw coconut butter would be slightly better than the Nutiva from that point of view, as Nutiva has been heated. However coconut oil is incredibly stable when heated, unlike most other oils, so doesn’t go rancid.

Lynn December 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Would anyone know if there’s a grocery store in Whistler that carries coconut butter?

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admin@primalist January 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Not sure, but if there are any health food stores there, I’d check those first.

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Caveman Grocer May 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM

we carry a Coconut butter which we make in house an will be selling at the Whistler, Squamish and North Vancouver markets throughout the summer. Made from a sun-dried raw organic coconut. $6 for 250ml and $11 for 500ml hope to see you there!

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admin@primalist May 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Cool, thanks for letting me know!

Sara January 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Did you find those butters in store in the Vancouver area? Where?

I couldn’t find it in store anywhere, and now I’m struggling to find it online where they’ll ship to Canada.

Thanks!

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admin@primalist January 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Choices sells both, and Whole Foods sells the Artisana brand. Other health food stores may sell them as well.

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Gina January 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Donald’s Market sells Artisana and Well.ca sells Nutiva’s

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Ginger January 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I discovered coconut butter last year! Delicious! I make my own using organic shredded coconut. Put it in your food processor and puree! I found the recipe on “Rawmazing”. It’s much cheaper but you have to make sure your processor is up to the task.

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admin@primalist January 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Awesome. Homemade is likely the best. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

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Jennifer April 1, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Ginger, what kind of food processor do you have?

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Heidi lopatin April 12, 2013 at 4:34 AM

I had to heat the manna in order to mix it. Does the butter seperate also. the manna is delicious.

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Bonnie April 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I have only eaten the Artisana Coconut Butter so far. It’s almost too good, have to think moderation when I eat it! Coconut, as said above, has caprylic acid (fatty acid) in it which helps destroy harmful gut microbes, fungal/bacterial/parasitical invaders brought on by poor diet, antibiotics, etc. I can get Artisana at my Co-Op right now for $7.49 as it’s on sale. Normally it is $11. and some cents. I let it melt on top of a hot cereal like quinoa for a desert. Yum!

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admin@primalist May 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Yah, when I first discovered it, I found it hard to put down!

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Laura May 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I agree with everything said here! The slight sweetness or something makes me want just one more spoonful again and again. Also, it seems like you don’t have to mix the artisana as much for some reason (when you first open it).

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Laura May 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Also, if you’re a part of an Azure Standard group/drop point you can order it there and both are on sale right now! Anybody tried Aunt Patty’s yet? I wonder if that’s raw.

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Nelson July 11, 2013 at 3:17 AM

Hello..
I tried making the coconut butter..but no matter how much I tried, I could never get a silly smooth consistency like you’ve described here..presser what am I doing wrong….
NB: I used a good processor.
I made my own dried coconut chips from whole coconut. Shredded and then dried in the oven.
I’ve never tried artisana or any coconut butter for that matter… It’s not sold here. Neither do they sell coconut chips here.
Please advise me step by step

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Keilah August 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I have tried Artisana – got it on sale at T.J. Maxx and absolutely adored it just eating it with the spoon – and in my search for finding more I found the Nutiva Coconut manna at GNC and I’m about to buy some. Sadly, I’m a little afraid I might be disappointed from reading your review but I really want to have more so I am going to pick up the manna a little later today. :) Thanks for posting the review.

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admin@primalist August 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all! They’re both good, and although they have their differences, they both taste like coconut butter. Thanks for commenting!

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Barb August 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

TJ Maxx, Marshall’s. Home Goods, health food stores and online stores like, Amazon have all fed my addiction to coconut butter. I have tried Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream and these two that you reviewd and I can hardly tell a difference. I just know that it is heavenly and one of my fave ways to enjoy it, is to spread on an organic dark chcolate bar. Other than that, I like it plain, from the jar. I hate to even guess how many jars we have consumed. :-) I am careful with my weight and have not noticed any weight gain since this treat has become my new best friend.

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admin@primalist August 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I agree, it does go well with chocolate. I think it’s kind of like with coconut oil – all the different brands are the same stuff, but they all taste a little bit different, depending on the coconuts, processing, etc.

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Gagné en Santé October 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Organic Coconut Butter is totaly awesome. I always been wondering where can i buy the best organic coconut butter online.

Coconut butter is a excellent sugar substitute. If you want to eat raw, this is perfect with your daily dietary.

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Pam November 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I like to make whipped coconut cream using the cream out of canned coconut milk, but I dislike using canned foods. I have tried making my own coconut cream using coconut butter, but it didn’t work. Has anyone been able to do that?

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admin@primalist November 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

It wouldn’t work with the coconut butter because the composition is much different. Perhaps you could make your own coconut milk, and then try to separate the cream out of that by refrigerating it overnight? I’ve never tried this, just an idea..

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Owen December 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

i had to say THANK YOU to you! this helped, and i would prefer the raw and more stringent Artisana brand. only $2 more so ill treat myself! :P ha thank u! peace n merry xmas and new year! Owen …

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admin@primalist January 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You’re welcome! And Happy New Year! :)

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Holly Love January 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Hi – very interesting! I’ve eaten both of these brands, and here’s why I was thinking of sticking with Nutiva: I *always* have to heat the heck out of either jar and then stir the contents in order to “homogenize” them as opposed to the state they’re initially in – with the coconut oil mostly separated from the rest of it. It’s so painstaking to do, but it’s easier with the Nutiva because of the wider mouth of the jar. However, I didn’t know that Artisana was raw and Nutiva was not. That makes me want to stick with Artisana, even though it’s more expensive; it’s also the only one readily available straight off the shelf at the food store I shop at regularly. Decisions, decisions! ;-)

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maggie January 23, 2014 at 6:31 AM

manna does not melt like coconut oil. I tried to melt it in the pan to make pancakes this morning and it never melted just began to brown, all the while holding its shape. it was like toasting coconut.
also, I used it in a batch of lotion that I usually make with dr bronners coconut oil and it left chunky granules.
it tastes delicious but should not be used in place of coconut oil

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Shannon Klein January 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Thank you for the comparison, very helpful! I have a history of becoming very addicted to things that are just awful on my body so I was a little worried that’s what happened with my Nutiva Manna (It’s SO GOOD!!!!!!!). But I am glad to hear so many others are as drawn to it as I so far I don’t actually feel like it is harming me. However, I was disappointed to see that the Nutiva label says “Bottled in a facility that packs peanut, soy and tree nut oils, wheat and milk products.” I am allergig to wheat and dairy! I will be promptly switching to Artisana! Thank you for the flavor comparison, I too was panicked that I would have to give up my “dessert”.

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admin@primalist January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Good point. I try to go for raw when possible, but as you say the smoke point of coconut oil is quite high. Although really if someone is after the medicinal properties of coconut oil, then eating coconut oil itself would be a better bet.

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