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Some Nutiva Coconut Manna™ FAQs Answered

Hi Everybody,

Our Nutiva Coconut Manna™ product has been flying off the shelves, and has generated a lot of interest, and we’re thrilled.  We wanted to take a moment and answer a couple of questions that we’ve been getting recently, namely, “how do I get the product out of the 5lb bag”, and “how do I use Coconut Manna™.”

We put together a quick video to answer the first question.  The answer to the 2nd question is further down the page.  We’ll add new FAQs to this post as they continue to come in.

Thanks!

Q. Coconut Manna™: How does a person dispense the bulk 5lb Coconut Manna™?
A. The 5lb bulk bag of Nutiva Coconut Manna™ is primarily intended as a food service item. Its main use will be in restaurants and smoothie bars and in food service applications. This unit is not intended for the home user unless they have a strong food preparation background.

The product needs to be melted in its entirety, blended, then poured into smaller containers. If you melt and pour off only a portion; only the oil will be removed. This will result in the remaining material comprised mostly of coconut fiber and protein. If this sounds too challenging please start with our 15oz jar.

Q.  How Do I Use Coconut Manna™?
A.  Coconut Manna™ is great to use in various recipes as a replacement for milk, cream, yogurt or butter.  It’s delicious on top of or mixed into rice, oatmeal, cereals, and smoothies.  Some folks love it spread on toast or crackers (for a strong “coconut-ty” flavor.)

You may notice some oil has separated to the top of your jar or bag during shipping.  Simply warm all the way through, then stir the oil back in.  Or, spoon the oil from the top and use for cooking!  It’s your choice.  We generally recommend stirring the oil back into the Coconut Manna™.

NOTE: in colder climates, and during the cooler months, your Coconut Manna™ will tend to harden.  You can use a spoon to “chip” pieces of it and then serve, or you can place the jar in hot (but not boiling) water for a few moments.  Be sure not to burn the Manna™.

Q.  What is Coconut Manna™?
A.  Coconut Manna™ is in the coconut butter family, but we felt the superior flavor of Coconut Manna warranted a new name. If you like coconut butter or coconut cream, you will love Coconut Manna™

Q.  What are the benefits of using Coconut Manna™?
A.  Coconut Manna™ is organic and healthy – no trans-fats! his tropical “melts in your mouth” treat contains 12% fiber and 9% protein and nourishing fats. Some people also use Coconut Manna™ on their skin as a body butter!

Learn MORE about Coconut Foods HERE.

Comments

  1. I use an empty coconut oil gallon tub for the manna. It fills the tub a bit over 1/2 full.

  2. I’m confused. What exactly IS coconut manna? I’m not seeing any product info on that.

    • It’s so unique. When you first touch it, it feels like the finest graininess, but then the microscopic grains melt into oil immediately. I use it just like the coconut oil. I use it on my face. It feels like it would be a good exfoliant, but the second it touches your face, it’s pure oil again. IT TASTES SO GREAT! Easier for me to eat than just the oil. So I use coconut oil for every other of the 1000 uses, but coconut manna to eat. If you want to cook, if you want a mild coconut flavor, use coconut oil, if you want a stronger coconut flavor, use the manna. Awesome on toast. It’s slightly sweeter than the oil too. It makes me think that some kind of machine grated a coconut as fine as scientifically possible, and this is what it made. Immediately melting coconut.

    • Bluebirdy says:

      Have you ever eaten Halvah? This is like halvah that has been scraped off with a spoon, but melts on warm toast or in your mouth or on your skin. This is my first jar, and someone told me their jar isn’t the same texture as mine, so maybe mine is old stock or something, but that’s my experience with it. On this site, I read that I could warm the jar up (double boiler would work), then stir it. I’m going to try it, to see if it changes consistency, but I like it fine the way it is. It’s coconut’s version of peanut butter, but different texture.

  3. Is the Coconut Manna raw?

    • Our Coconut Manna is not a raw food.

      • darkhorse says:

        Bummer

        • I agree — just bought some and am disappointed

          • The Nutiva Team says:

            We are sorry that you’re disappointed. We do specify raw on our products that qualify.

        • Just in case we all can handle the truth, let me say the following. There is no such thing as raw coconut Manna/coconut cream concentrate that is not refrigerated. Artisana ( I have nothing against their products, they are good products) insists on calling their coconut cream concentrate raw. However it can not be raw, if it was it would ferment in no time. At least Nutiva is honest in not calling theirs raw. Many of the raw deserts that people call raw are made with desiccated/dry coconut and coconut oil (often time not raw), therefore they are not raw. All the “raw coconut bars” in the grocery stores are not raw. But, the raw community wants it raw, so they call them raw. Raw coconut is not shelf stable unless frozen, or refrigerated. In addition, just because it is refrigerated or frozen does not mean that the coconut is raw. It is just that now that the moisture content has gone up (due to all the ingredients being mixed up, etc) what used to be inactive is now prone to spoiling. For example, dry flour is inert, make a cake, and the cake needs to be refrigerated.

  4. I make a yummy “candy”: 2 parts Coconut Manna, 1 part Coconut oil (does not have to be exact) Healthy chocolate bar or powder to taste. Melt these 3 together stirring until smooth. Stir in a pinch of salt, Xylitol and/or Agave and Vanilla to taste. Add sliced almonds (or nuts of your choice) large flake organic coconut. I also add Chia seed. Layer Flax, chia and/or hemp seed on parchment paper in pan. Pour in the candy. Sprinkle more seeds on top. Keep refrigerated until ready to consume.
    Coconut oil is the only product that worked on my face and neck exzema! I went to 3 dermatologists over a period of 6 months using expensive and “warned” prescriptions. None worked. But the coconut oil did! yeah!

    • I have found the same thing with eczema. The only additive I can add to it for that is lavender. helps with the itch sometimes. other times just straight out of jar. It’s wonderful and probiotics.

  5. Same…I have the coconut oil but am completely confused on the whole coconut manna thing. Somebody please explain what it is. Thanks.

  6. Is this the same as Coconut Butter that comes in a jar or Creamed Coconut that usually comes in a little box and is super cheap?

    • Hi Anne. Our Coconut Manna is definitely in the “Coconut Butter” family of products, though we felt that its superior flavor warranted a new name.

      • So, I feel this is a little frustrating, I am continuing to read all of these comments just to find out what manna is. I know it is delicious. I know it is coconut. I know it is different than coconut oil, & I have bought lots of coconut butter & it is still not quite the same as that. I bought one recently because I could not find the manna, & I thought well, the ingredients are the same…, but that thought was from memory & when I compared them side to side, the manna is from whole coconut & the butter says raw coconut. I feel like the nutiva comments here are not really addressing the question of what is it, just oh, it’s delicious. This is true, it is delicious, & coconuts are healthy, so why is there not a clear direct explanation simply of what it is, or of the type of process that is done? Maybe there some dark secret voodoo mantra that is mixed in or a bigger darker demon of greedy trademarked & licensed voodoo hoarding the innocent delicious coconut heaven…

        • Madalyn Crum says:

          Hi Karene! Coconut Manna is an incredibly tasty, whole superfood made of pure, dried coconut flesh, which is puréed into a delicious coconut butter we call “coconut manna.” This tropical melt-in-your-mouth treat contains fiber, protein and nourishing fats. It is also an ideal “everything” spread that can replace cream, cream cheese and butter, you can also use it in smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts and baked goods. Hope this helps!

  7. how long does it keep, if I buy a 5 lb bag? what is the bag made of? is there any BPA in the coating/lining of the bag?

  8. what is the bag made of? is it aluminum?

  9. once the oil is mixed back in, will it separate back out if the jar is left on the counter in a warm kitchen? should it be refrigerated?

    • It’s not necessary to refrigerate, though it will eventually separate again regardless of where you store it. Similar to peanut butter. I prefer to keep mine at room temperature. I tend to go through a jar of Manna quickly enough that I only have to mix it when I first open it.

  10. I just got my first jar of Coconut Manna and I love it. On a whim I decided to stuff dates with it and it’s become my favorite treat! Easy, healthy and guilt-free.

  11. How much is a case of manna, and how to order it? A case is depicted on the manna page, but “case” is not listed as a choice to add to cart.

    • JBG,
      Simply click on that “case” on the Manna cart page, and you’ll find yourself looking at bulk items. Also, in the cart section at the right, you’ll notice a green button which reads “Save Money – Buy in Cases!”. Click on that to reveal the case items. Thanks!

  12. Exactly how is coconut manna made? Ie, what are the process steps between a pile of coconuts and some jars of manna? Where is the facility where manna is made?

  13. David A Vance says:

    What is the difference between coconut Manna and your coconut Oil? Please explain.

    Also….I read above that the Manna is not a raw food. What does that mean? Is the coconut oil a raw food?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi David,
      The Coconut Oil and Coconut Manna are very different products.

      We’ve put detailed explanations about the products on their pages in our store. Check them out:
      Coconut Oil and Coconut Manna

      The term “Raw” applies to foods that are processed without being cooked, or if they are heated as a requirement of their manufacture, do not exceed 115 degrees F.

      We had a line of RAW Coconut Oil for a short time, which was very popular, but we pulled it due to supply issues. We’re working on reintroducing that line again in the upcoming months.

      • Aprilvonoelhoffen says:

        I heard from a youtube video that Nutiva found out that their raw coconut was actually not raw, thus the reason it is now labeled organic…. ??? …

        • Nope. We’ve always had this Extra-Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. It was one of our original products.

          We added a RAW Organic Coconut Oil to our product-line, but had to pull it after about 8 months when we started having problems with the supply chain. We’re actively seeking a new supply farm, but it’s been difficult finding one that will provide us with the level of quality that we require. Until then, we’ll be selling our original Extra-Virgin Organic Coconut Oil.

  14. How is the manna prepared? Is it a cooked product? Does that destroy the “good stuff” in the coconut?

  15. I devoured the whole jar in less than a week. Um… this morning. Considering that the Manna is the nearly only thing I have in my house other than dulse seaweed and bee pollen, I don’t feel entirely guilty.

  16. Why is the “spout” looking thing there on the 5-lb bag? Instead of cutting the bag open, I would have thought one might use that as a pour-spout, after melting the manna.

    Maybe it is there just for purpose of Nutiva filling the bag?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Neva,
      If you cut that “spout looking thing” off, you’d find yourself with one heck of a mess! That spout is how they get the Manna INTO the bag! It has a pump fixture on it, and doesn’t allow for the backward pass of the product back through it, thus the need to cut the top of the bag open.

      PS: I tried it with the first bag. I didn’t film that one. Took me about 30 minutes to clean up the mess. Wasn’t fun~
      ~ Chris

  17. dottygoat says:

    Would like to get some of this.

  18. I would like to know if Nutiva Coconut Manna is dairy free, Gluten-Free? I would love to try this product but I am on a strict Gluten-Diet….

  19. Kimnkim2001 says:

    Can coconut manna be used as a butter replacement and if so would the ratio be the same?

    • In baking? No, you’d be better to use Coconut Oil instead. Manna is great in baking, but it doesn’t behave like butter. Check out our recipes section and look for Manna recipes to see some of the things you can do with it.

  20. When using Manna to replace milk or cream, I’d like to know if the measurements are an even exchange?  And will it behave the same way as milk or cream, especially in confections?  Thanks!

    • No, Coconut Manna milk is not a 1 to 1 replacement for dairy milk or dairy cream. No nut milks really work that way. Even almond or Hemp milk is going to be different from Dairy Milk or Dairy Cream, especially in baking.

      The only thing to do is trial and error. People who make their own nut milks are a lot more comfortable with this than people who do not.

      One of the biggest reasons I use Manna Milk over most other nut milks, is because I can easily control its consistency by adding more or less Manna to the concoction, thusly effecting its thickness.

    • Hi, I read somewhere when replacing milk with nut milks or other liquid you do it by weight not volume. I have not tried this but am excited to know it. The same goes for sugar replacement. I’m guessing xylitol weighs the same as sugar as it is supposed to be exchangeable cup for cup. Good luck! Hope this helps.

      • The Nutiva Team says:

        Hi Alison,
        With regards to sugars and sweeteners, you really do have to play around with them, as there is no 1 to 1 replacement. Each sweetener, be it raw turbanado cane sugar, coconut/palm sugar, Stevia, or agave all have different characteristics and levels of sweetness. There’s no easy formula for replacement. The same is true for milks. Rice milk tends to be thinner than almond milk, etc. Most recipes call for a certain volume of milk, and for this type of replacement, you’d want to go with volume measurements, though there will be some experimentation required to get the flavors and textures right.

        Cheers!

  21. Ok, I have seen the  video on how to dispense from the 5# bag of Coconut Manna. I’m wondering, after melting in warm water and kneading it, Can one also just cut off only a corner instead of the whole top, to pour more accurately?

    • Sure, if you want to. I prefer to open the entire top so that I can get in there and stir it. I’m not sure how easily one can stir with only a small opening in the top. Kneading it is fine, but if you’re having to soak it in hot water (as in winter months) for a little while, it’s going to get a bit hot to the touch.

    • I just “melted” my first 5lb bag of manna in a big pot of hot water, & kept taking in & out of water & kneading & kneading (use a dish towel if too hot) till it was all melted, creamy & mixed. I had my jars prepared & cut off I small corner about 1″ size & poured away & sort of squeezed the last bit I could out. then & cut open the whole bag & scraped out the last bits with a spoon & ate it, this is the first time I have had coconut manna, it is delicious, like thick course texture peanut butter & tastes like coconut, the only thing I had before was the coconut oil which I love, & decided to try manna, I thought they would be similar but they are nothing alike, very different…..as delicious as the manna is I think I prefer the oil. so I will eat both depending on my mood or what I am using it for. but how do I store my extra jars until I get to use them, how long will they stay fresh? trish

      • The Nutiva Team says:

        Hi Trish, both will keep for 2 years sealed, but time varies after opening, depending on temperature, light exposure, and tightness of seal.

        The Manna is quite different from the oil, as it’s the whole coconut meat; dried and milled. The coconut oil comes from pressing the meat and extracting oil from it.

        Cheers!

  22. I brought this 2 days ago, not really knowing what it was, but on an alkaline missions so cutting out dairy. I absolutly love it, so versitile and tastes amazing! Thank you, makes eating healthy easy!

  23. Elizabeth Rodriguez says:

    How do you make milk with the coconut manna?

  24. Delores Kirkwood says:

    The Ingredient says: “Coconut Manna™ Ingredients: Organic Whole Coconut” so am I to assume this is like pureed coconut with a bit of the cream to help it spread?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Delores,
      Our Coconut Manna is the entire coconut meat, dried and milled. After being packed, some of the oil separates and rises to the top. The oil must be mixed back into the product in order to be able to easily spread it. Very similar to how a natural nut butter behaves.

  25. I thought I bought coconut oil but instead bought nutiva coconut manna. Can this product be used on your skin. I was hoping to use it on my face and hair. Please advise.

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Diane. No, the Coconut Manna is definitely food. It’s very similar to a butter, you’re not going to get much out of putting it on your skin. That’s definitely what you’d use coconut oil for, among many other uses.

      • one post by the nutiva team says not to use the manna on your skin. here, you say not to. please clarify the nutiva position on this. thank you.

        • I misspoke. one says use, one says don’t use. looking for clarification. thanks.

          • The Nutiva Team says:

            Hi ds.
            There’s no real benefit to putting Nutiva Coconut Manna on your skin. It’s not going to harm you in any way, and you’ll likely derive some benefits from it, but it’s coconut butter. We’d recommend you use our Coconut Oil on your skin instead, which makes a lot more sense, as it’s an oil, and as such is easily spread and absorbed into the skin. Imagine spreading a thick peanut butter onto your hand. That’s what using Coconut Manna on your skin would be like.

            Coconut Oil is the way to go. Many of our customers also use our Hemp Oil on their skin with great results.

            Thanks for asking, and be well!

  26. Does the coconut mana come in a glass or plastic jar?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Sarah,
      It depends on where you buy it. If you get it from Amazon.com it will often come in plastic, due to Amazon’s policy about glass. If you buy it from us and most retail locations across the country, it comes in glass.

      Cheers!

  27. In addition to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies and baked goods, I add a tablespoonful to chicken dishes, mixed vegetables, and bean dishes…like black beans. It’s delicious.
    My mother likes to eat it by the spoonful.
    I describe it as a coconut paste or puree.

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hey Sandy,
      We must admit that many of us here at Nutiva HQ eat it right off the spoon as well! We’re glad to be in such good company. Tell your mother that she’s in the club!

  28. Charlene says:

    How is the coconut dried?
    I am sensitive to sulfites so I need to know if it is safe for me to use the coconut manna.

  29. Hi, guys. I luv the coconut manna. I’m your local spokesperson in the Pinole area, haha. I tell everyone about it, and how easily it can be made handy to use. Watched your video, but I’d go a step further. Living in the Bay Area, our kitchens are almost always cool. So it can still be hard to scoop the manna out, even after it’s dispensed into smaller jars.
    So… I lay a piece of heavy-duty foil, about 18″ wide x 4′ long, out on the counter. After warming/liquifying the manna, I remove it from the bag, spreading it thinly over the whole piece of foil. A thin layer of coconut oil rises to the top; mixing that oil into the whole product isn’t necessary, because the oil rises uniformly across the whole “spread”. It firms up within hours, or I move it to a cooler place (refrigerating if necessary). Once cooled and hardened, it’s easy to break the thin “bark” into pieces. I store extra containers of that bark in the fridge, and have some handy in the cupboard too. It’s super easy to grab chunks of it for various purposes.
    The method is outlined and pictured on my website too (here: http://gratefultable.com/coconut-oil-for-mental-health-whyhow-to-use-where-to-buy/).
    I posted this on Facebook too- I’m curious if others might find this helpful?
    Keep up the great work!

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Jennifer, thanks a lot for the great tip! We’ll also share this one with our audience. Cheers!

  30. Just wondering how this can be called a “healthy” food when it’s 40% saturated fat per serving, which has been linked to chronic diseases?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Amy.
      Thanks a lot for reaching out.

      Since the 1960s, coconut oil has been unfairly labeled as “unhealthy.” The media reported studies of how tropical coconut oils were laden with artery-clogging fats. What wasn’t reported was the fact that the coconut oil used in the studies was hydrogenated – not the virgin oil used for centuries as a staple food. We now know it’s hydrogenation – artificially adding a hydrogen molecule to oils in order to make them shelf-stable – that’s the problem, not coconut oil. Hydrogenated soy, corn, and canola oils – loaded with dangerous trans-fats and processed with toxic hexane solvents – are routinely added to packaged foods. Hydrogenation fattened corporate profits and American waistlines, and is now linked with diseases.

      Learn more about coconut’s amazing nutritional qualities and why it was demonized here on our Coconut Myths and Nutrition page:
      http://nutiva.com/coconut-info/myths-nutrition/

  31. HELP!! I put my jar in boiling water- it did melt but its kinda of grainy- The instruction on the jar where not too clear- I wish I had seen this site before doing that- DID I messed it up, i s it suppose to be graining or creamy- and is there a way to fix it?????????????????? Please kindly advise ASAP.

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      You should be okay if you simply mix it up while it’s runny. You’ll only run into trouble if you’ve COOKED it. Chances are you’re fine, and just need to mix it up.

  32. I’m doing Paleo/AI protocol and my dietician recommended coconut cream. I bought manna thinking that’s what it was and am now obsessed with it! I started putting it on baked sweet potatoes – DELISH – and now I look for anyway I can use it! It’s very nice on fresh strawberries or right out of the jar :) I bought my first jar 3 days ago and it’s half empyt already. Luckily I’m in a situation where I need to gain weight!

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Staci,
      We can certainly relate. We’ve several Coconut Manna addicts here in the office! Enjoy, and do check out all of the recipes that we have on the Nutiva Kitchen website that include Coconut Manna. http://kitchen.nutiva.com

      Cheers!

  33. meemaw crochets says:

    Is Manna have MCT (medium chain triglycerides) in it? Dr. Oz recommends MCT oil for weight loss or using coconut oil. Is Manna the same thing as MCT oil?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hello,
      Nutiva’s Coconut Oil and Coconut Manna all contain MCT (medium chain triglycerides).

      Coconut Manna is our brand name for coconut butter, which is the meat of the coconut, dried, and milled into a sort of paste. It’s delicious!

  34. Hi there, where might I be able to purchase coconut manna? Is this product sold in stores or would I have to solely purchase online? I’m in CT. Fairway? Whole foods? Trader joes?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Bianca, please click on the Store Locator button in the menu bar. You’ll be able to search stores by zip code to find a location near you. Cheers!

  35. Henrietta Jackson says:

    Hi: I am new to the idea of consuming coconut oil for health benefits. I’ve read the recommended daily intake is 2 – 4 tablespoons. My question is does the Manna have the same nutritional benefits as the Oil?

    Thank you!

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Henrietta,
      The compositional makeup is different. The Coconut Manna IS the coconut meat, dried and milled. The Oil is extracted from the meat by pressing. Different products entirely. Cheers!

  36. I suggest anyone looking to eat very healthily and follow the paleo or primal way of eating get this product. I replaced all my nut butters ( too much omega 6) with coconut manna. It is so good and amazing for you. I admit, I eat if off the spoon. Just make sure you don’t go through a jar a day. Even healthy food has calories.

  37. michael9246 says:

    I stupidly microwaved mine..and it seems burnt in spots.
    is it ruined now?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Michael.

      Burned is bad, whether it happens on the stovetop or the microwave, though we’d strongly recommend moving away from cooking habits that include a microwave oven.

  38. Please clarify, is coconut manna a coconut butter and can you use it on your hair. The person at the health food store said you could use it for your hair and skin, but as ccording to the use info, it sounds like it could be a spread.

    Thanks,

    Lydia

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Lydia,
      We’re a foods company, and as such, we’re regulated as to what we can tell people to do with our products. MANY of our customers use our Coconut Oil and Coconut Manna on their skin and in their hair. Our Hemp Oil is also popular on skin. Yes, our Coconut Manna is a pure coconut butter. The person at the health food store gave you good information. Cheers!

  39. Peggie Russo-Millard says:

    Hello,
    Do you still sell the Coconut Manna 5lb. Bulk ? I purchased it a while back and love it and wanted to get some more.
    Thank you,
    Peggie

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Peggie. We’re transitioning away from the 5lb bag to a 1 gallon container. Expect to see the 1 gallon unit for sale in November here.

  40. How long does coconut manna last for once it’s been opened and stored in the cupboard. A rough guide would be really helpful as I don’t have a lot of money and want to keep it as a treat. How would you tell if it is no longer edible? Thank you.

  41. Just bought the manna because a nutritionist said that is very good to help loose weight. How can it be as it contains a lot of fat.
    Also the manna was hiding under a big layer of fat which I end up eating and felt sick as it was too fat. I used it on my skin.
    Or any idea on what to do with that top layer of fat?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Joane,
      Thanks for your purchase. First, please do have a look at the jar label. The Directions section describes how Coconut Oil will naturally separate from the Coconut Manna over time. This is not unlike the oil that floats to the top of a high-quality peanut butter or almond butter. One needs simply to mix the oil back into the Manna before consuming. What you ate was pure coconut oil. If you have some left, please do follow the instructions on the jar and mix the oil back into the product. This will give you a smoother product that’s less dry and easier to work with.

      We recommend that you talk to your nutritionist with regards to their feelings about fats. Not all fats are created equal! We can’t speak to weight loss and are unable to make health claims connected to our products. Your nutritionist seems to have the right idea.

  42. shaunna says:

    to all who aren’t sure what coconut manna is-read the label!!!

  43. Michelle says:

    Can I use coconut manna on my hair yes or not ?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Michelle,
      We wouldn’t recommend using Coconut Manna in your hair. Instead try our Coconut Oil. Much better.

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