Alright, we’ll come right out and say it: Coconut Manna is one of our favorite products, and we’re not alone. Its flavor is so unique and special that we can’t help but swoon when we add it to some of our favorite recipes. Coconut Manna is a whole food product, made purely of dried coconut flesh. It has zero trans fats and (like all of our products) is certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. As a bonus, Manna is 12% fiber, 9% protein and will provide you with healthy fats like lauric acid. The creamy, “melt-in-your-mouth” texture is truly the stuff dreams are made of, and we even love sneaking it by the spoonful for a sweet pick me up (shhh… don’t tell). If you’ve never tried Coconut Manna before, here are 5 yummy ways to start adding it into your diet, with great recipes from the Nutiva Kitchen.
1. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in a Healthier Way
We can’t take credit for the amazing taste of Coconut Manna, all credit is due to the amazing coconut! Manna has a sweet and luscious flavor that is totally natural with out any added sweeteners (natural or otherwise). When you enjoy the flavor or Manna, you can rest easy knowing that this sweet treat is natural, has no trans-fats and is not an over-processed mess. Try this amazing Raw Apple Goji Berry Breakfast Pudding, Homemade Peppermint Patties, or Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding Popsicles – perfect for the hot days of summer! For a simple and delicious treat for dinner parties or just because, stuff dates with a little bit of Coconut Manna and satisfy your craving for indulgence. Coupled with coconut flour, Coconut Manna is ideal for paleo and vegan diets alike.
2. Boost Your Smoothie
Coconut Manna fits right in with your other smoothie or shake ingredients. It adds that special something to make your smoothies and shakes totally unique with out overpowering your favorite ingredients. Ready to give it a go? Try the Avocado Orange Smoothie, Strawberry Mango Smoothie, or a nutrient-rich Green Drink. Don’t forget to prepare your smoothies ahead of time so you ensure a superfood breakfast all week long!
3. As a Main Ingredient in a Creamy Sauce
This one deserves its own number because it is that good. This dipping sauce and fries would be an amazing appetizer for an event or dinner party. Don’t hesitate to make this combo as a delicious side for lunch just for you as well! Check out the Moroccan Spiced Oven Fries with Harissa Dipping Sauce. Get creative with other spices to make a unique dipping sauce that is your personal specialty! You can also use Manna to make your favorite hummus recipe even creamier. Check out this Falafel on Pita Chip with Manna Hummus. Yum! You can also enjoy Coconut Manna as a dairy-free alternative to thicken sauces, like the sauce in this Vegetarian Pad Thai. Manna is great in sauces because it won’t leave an oily texture behind.
4. Make your own Coconut Milk!
Skip out on the over-processed coconut milk at your store and make your own at home! All you need is water and Coconut Manna and a watchful eye to be careful as you heat up your Manna. Enjoy it as is or add spices to create your signature coconut milk. Here’s how to make you own coconut milk at home.
5. Coconut Manna for your Skin
That’s right! You don’t have to just enjoy Coconut Manna in the kitchen. Many of our customers have told us how much they love using Coconut Manna as a deep skin conditioner on their dry skin. It’s ideal for dry spots like knees, elbows and heels. Do you use coconut butter on your skin? Try using Coconut Manna instead! You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that it is not chemically processed, is organic and non-GMO. Remember that your skin is your largest organ, so it’s a great idea to only put things on your skin that you would feel safe to consume!
Tips for Buying in Bulk
Coconut Manna comes in many sizes, and if you use it very often or are in the food industry, you may want to spring for the 5 lb. bag. But what do you do when you get this giant bag of heaven? Watch the video below as Chris Foley explains the easy way to transfer your Coconut Manna to more reasonable container sizes. Enjoy!
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What are some of your favorite ways to use Coconut Manna? We would love to hear your secret tips. Let us know in the comments section below!