|Coconut Butter Lemon Bars|
|photo by recipe author|
Servings: 40+ small bars
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups coconut cream concentrate, melted
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 whole lemon, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- ground flax, for sprinkling
In a small/medium bowl, combine ingredients except for the ground flax. Stir well.
Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
Transfer mixture onto the pan. Spread evenly.
Sprinkle with ground flax. Freeze.
Cut according to preferred shape and size, serve.
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What is Coconut Cream Concentrate™?
Coconut Cream Concentrate is whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It is sometimes referred to as “coconut butter.” It contains no additives* (not even water). The dried coconut meat is ground very finely, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content, much like other nut butters. Since it is 70% fat, it is a rich source of pure coconut oil. Note: this is a food, not a cooking oil.
How is Coconut Cream Concentrate™ used?
You can mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of Coconut Cream Concentrate with water or juice to make a creamy coconut drink. Many people put it in their coffee as a non-dairy creamer. It is also an excellent ingredient for cooking and baking. Because of its low moisture content, it can be mixed right in the batter or dough of breads and pastries. It can also enhance soups, be blended with smoothies, or made into ice cream. Many people just eat it straight, or spread it on breads and crackers, because it is so delicious!
See Sarah Shilhavy’s article: 10 Different Ways to Eat Coconut Cream Concentrate
Note: in colder weather Coconut Cream Concentrate will become hard, due to the high amount of natural coconut oil and fiber. It needs to be warmed to liquefy. But this is a food, not a cooking oil. If you use high heat, it will burn.
How is Coconut Cream Concentrate™ different from canned coconut milks and creams?
Commercial coconut milks and creams are generally sold in cans, or sometimes boxes and tetra packs. The main ingredient in these products is water. If the fat content is 17%, it is called “coconut milk.” If the fat content is 24%, it is called “coconut cream.” But most of what you are purchasing is water. Coconut Cream Concentrate, on the other hand, has NO water, and is pure coconut. Unlike the commercial varieties, it also contains ALL the fiber of the coconut. Pure, dried coconut contains more fiber per gram than even oat bran! This fiber has been stripped out of commercial coconut milks and coconut creams. Also, almost all commercial coconut milks and creams have additives to prevent the water from separating from the coconut oil, and also have sulfites added to keep it white longer. Sometimes these additives are so small, that the FDA does not require them to list them on their labels as ingredients. Coconut Cream Concentrate, however, contains NO additives and NO preservatives at all: it is 100% natural coconut made from Philippine coconuts grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Coconut Cream Concentrate comes packaged in 1 pint or 1 quart glass jars.