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.
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.”
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.
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!