Our Coconut Manna is definitely in the “Coconut Butter” family of products, though we felt that its superior flavor warranted a new name.
Organic whole coconut is the only ingredient, so I guess it’s coconut in a jar. From the label:
“Creamy Whole Coconut: Coconut Manna is a delicious whole food, made of pure, dried coconut flesh.”
At first, I was puzzled as to what to do with it – it seemed like it’d be the perfect spread for toast – rendering it useless to me. Suggested uses are smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts, icing, and oatmeal. At $9 a jar (445ml), it seems too pricey to add to sauces or dressings. And icing? What do they think I am, vegan?? Nutiva’s product line does actually seem geared towards vegans, considering their other offerings listed on the jar, hemp oil, hempseed, and hemp protein.
Funnily enough, since I couldn’t think of a use for it, I told the cashier I’m passing on it, but she absent-mindedly rang it through while I was distracted by reading the ingredient labels of various goodies by the cash register. I figured it was meant to be, and ended up just eating it with a spoon, straight from the jar.
Upon tasting it, my first impression was, WOW. My 2nd was, “it tastes like peanut butter, but better.” And like peanut butter, you have to stir in the oil at the top when you first open it, although you’ll probably have to heat it first, as it’s completely solid – I put the jar in some hot water.
I think it makes for a decent treat. It’s very tasty, and only has the one ingredient. Since it doesn’t claim to be raw, I’d assume there was some sort of high heat processing involved, and so I question how nutritious it is, or if it’s any good for you. But those are some pretty minor concerns for something that falls in the treat category. I’m curious to compare it to a coconut butter, specifically the one that was on the shelf beside it, Artisana’s Organic Raw Coconut Butter – to see if this Nutiva stuff is any more special.
Have you tried coconut manna or butter? What did you think?
Update: I have since done a comparison with Artisana’s Coconut Butter.