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Vanilla Fudge Frosting

My brain is fried like Fakin’ Bacon!

In fact, it’s so fried I accidentally just wrote brian instead of brain. After plowing through a three-page essay, I needed a break. Enter afternoon snack:

Baked sweet potato with coconut Banana Butter.

Yes, coconut banana butter. It’s something I’d been meaning to try for ages. And now I’m wishing I’d tried it a whole lot sooner, because this stuff kicks butt…ernut squash.

homemade coconut butter

Vanilla Fudge Frosting

(or Coconut Banana Butter)

  • 1/2 a very-ripe large banana (80g to 100g)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter or homemade coconut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (omit for a whiter frosting)
  • 1/16th tsp salt
  • optional: a few drops pure vanilla extract
  • The ripe banana gives it sweetness, but you can add a little stevia or powdered sugar or maple syrup if you want it sweeter. Or use a non-ripe banana and extra sweetener if you don’t want any banana flavor in the frosting.

To make the frosting, just blend all ingredients together. (It’s even better if you microwave the banana for like 10-15 seconds before adding other ingredients.) Be sure not to use a cold or frozen banana unless you completely thaw it first, because it will solidify the coconut butter and make it taste grainy.

Edit: for those of you who asked for the nutritional info: Serving Size: 1 tablespoon, Calories: 40, Fat grams: 4, Deliciousness: 1 bazillion!

artisana coconut butter sweet potato

Update:  Use this recipe to make Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge!

A few lucky spoonfuls jumped into a roasted-sweet-potato blanket. (I bet even Linus would give up his blankie for one of those!) I’ve found a new nut butter obsession. As if I needed another one….

Have you tried coconut butter yet?

Also, does anyone have tips to re-charge a fried brain (or a fried brian, as the case may be)?

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Published on January 18, 2011

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  1. Julia (The Veggie Side) says

    I love this… Ima banana LOVER!!!! (Seriously, I eat a LOT of bananas.) My fave way to eat sweet potatoes is homemade “Sweet Potato Chips”. SO good!

    I like coconut butter but I love coconut oil! I have found so many uses for that stuff!!!

  2. Mary says

    Hi Katie,
    I absolutely ADORE your blog. But I have a request:
    I know you don’t count calories, but if you do happen to know the calories for a certain recipe, could you list it, maybe even in very small print at the bottom?
    I have been trying hard to lose weight, because I am considered obese and desperately need it for my health. I’ve just embarked on this healthy eating thing, and your recipes have been so helpful in making me not feel deprived while still eating healthy. I can’t tell you how much I love the fudge babies! But since I’m still new at this, I don’t know all the calorie counts for specific food items, so it’s hard for me to add things up sometimes. It would be SUCH a huge help if you listed the counts when you know them. I completely understand if you don’t want to. It is your blog, after all! But it would be such a help to those of us who are counting calories.
    Anyway, I also wanted to stop by and thank you for all your hard work with this blog. You have a great thing going here, and I am so grateful every day that I found you. This is my first comment, but I’ll be back every day. Consider me a new convert to the “Chocolate Covered Diet Philosophy” of yours :).

    • Melissa says

      🙂

      I always head to sparkpeople and use their recipe calculator. You can search foods in their database and it’s very easy. I know Katie isn’t keen on calorie counting BUT if you want, feel free to email me ([email protected] . com – remove the spaces) and I can calculate for you. I commiserate with you and would love to help.

      If you haven’t joined sparkpeople.com, I HIGHLY suggest it! I lost 60 lbs and have kept it off a year by tracking food/exercise. I’m LEONALIONESS on spark if you join and want a buddy. It’s free and awesome!

      • Mary says

        Thank you both SO MUCH! It’s really nice to have support. Thanks Melissa, your encouragement means so much to me :).

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Aw Mary, Melissa is right that I’ve always been anti-calorie-counting for myself… but you really made a good point in your comment. I’ll try to post the counts more often, because I do know that you’re not the only calorie-counter who reads my blog. And if I don’t post the #s for a particular recipe, you can always leave a comment and ask me to calculate it for ya :).

  3. Melissa says

    Okay, this awesome!
    1) less calorific way to eat coconut butter, 2) will spread my coconut butter supply farther and save me money! 3) COCONUT + BANANA? Love.

    Genius, lady.

  4. Albizia says

    I am probably the only one here who has never eaten a sweet potato. And fortunately it’s not on my list of things I am dying to try because sweet potatoes are very hard to find where I live and cost more than I’d pay.

    My poor brain is not fried. It’s dead. I’m writing my Master’s degree thesis (about 90 pages so far) while trying to arrange my future after graduation. I’m like a ball of nerves and I definitely need big amounts of fruit and nut butters to keep me going. My best way to recharge is fresh air. A nice long walk out in the cold works wonders.

  5. Fi says

    Oh katie, just when i think youve cracked it with banana butter, you now have banana cocnut butter, holy yum, genius! im a simple kinda gal, i like my sweet taters roasted with butter-that is all 🙂

  6. Disturbed says

    This looks amazing! I love sweet potatoes, love them. I usually eat them just mashed up with a little bit (like a tbsp) of almond or peanut butter.
    It is a-mazing!

  7. Allison @ Happy Tales says

    Giiiirl you need to create a cookbook! Seriously now… everyone would buy it! And I have yet to try coconut butter yet. It’s on the list though!

    My favorite way to eat a sweet potato is roasted with cinnamon. Mmmmm.

  8. Lindsey says

    My favorite way to eat a sweet potato is to chop it up and make sweet potato fries 🙂 Roll the slices in a little EVOO, sea salt, and pepper and pop them in the oven! They are delish! With a regular sweet potato, I like it with butter…no cinnamon though.

  9. Caitlin (EatFeats) says

    All ways.

    When I need to recharge, I usually swim or do some other hard workout. I especially like workouts that allow me to punch water or air or bags or other people. Really relieves the stress!

  10. VEGirl says

    mmmm… how yummy. Especially in a yam or sweet potato! I love putting nut butter on sweet potatoes– my favorite is almond butter 🙂

    I read cooks books and blogs when my brain is fried. I may also take a mindless walk with music or an audio book, if I have the energy. My brain is being fried to a crisp with the constant rehearsals for the play I’m in, so I am just trying to take it easy on my days off!

    VEGirl

  11. Stefanie says

    Yummy! My favorite way to eat a sweet potato is topped with hummus. I actually prefer yams because I like the texture and taste better. The banana butter with coconut reminds me of a tropical treat of some sort.

  12. Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) says

    I haven’t tried coconut butter on a sweet potato, but my favorite way to eat a sweet potato is spiralized, sprayed with EVOO, sprinkled with S&P, cinnamon and nutmeg, and baked into curly “fries.” I’m obsessed with them.

      • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) says

        Yes, it’s amazing how the spiralizer cuts the potato–so much easier than using a knife! I actually did a post about it showing a play-by-play (It’s from earlier this month called “Spiralized Sweet Potatoes? YES!”). If you try it, I look forward to hearing how you like it! Maybe there will be a coconut banana butter dipping sauce involved (instead of ketchup)? Who knows! 🙂

  13. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    YUM!!! is this the one you mentioned to me earlier about the banana-coconut? Great combo, right?

    I just adore baked sweet potatoes! I just bake about 3-5 at a time, and then wrap em up for later snacking. My favorite way to eat it is with a dollop of almond butter and cinnamon. Tastes like a sweet potato pie to me 🙂

    So glad you finished that paper! Ugh. I dread writing essays….In fact, after I am done writing this comment, I am going to write an essay on the Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter. I have to discuss “the role of women, political aspects, emotions involved, and why it is critically acclaimed.” I don’t know if you ever read it, but it is quite a doosy for a short story. Blech! I don’t think it will be quite three pages…maybe 2 1/2 😉

    My fav ways to recharge my brain are drinking lots of water, eating a big meal full of protein, carbs, vitamins, and healthy fats (very balanced), taking a walk, taking a shower, and then taking a nap 🙂

  14. Kim says

    Oh wow, that looks delish! That sweet potato must be just heavenly, especially considering that a dab of butter and pinch of salt and I still consider one good enough for dessert:)

    As for recharging a fried brain, well… I have a brain condition that causes me to feel that way too much of the time. I have found in struggling to deal with my “new” brain that diet is incredibly important now, much more so than before. I avoid junk food even more zealously than I used to. Another biggie is avoiding sugar. Sugar’s great for a short-term boost but wreaks havoc on me in the long term so it’s just best I avoid it if I’m craving energy. Finally, my secret weapon, Rhodiola rosea. I don’t take it all the time but I’ve found that it does do wonders for me in a pinch!

  15. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    WAAAH I really REALLY wish coconut butter was available in England!! But on the upside, I CAN make your original banana butter! 😀

    Quite frankly Katie, you are a genius. I have said it many times before, but I’ll keep saying it!!

  16. Virginia @ YtotheUmmy says

    mm, this looks tasty! Also, I commented on this a looong time ago, but I’ll say it again, there is a huge difference in the quality of your pictures! Really, they look incredible! Keep it up!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oh Virginia, really you have no idea how much that means to me! I’ve been trying to pay more attention to lighting, and I stopped using flash. So the fact that someone actually noticed really makes me so happy! 🙂

    • abby says

      i love mashed sweet potatoes too… i bet that’d be really good with coconut butter mixed in before mashing. hmmm…

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