Maple, Cinnamon, and Orange Spread
Remember that scene in Horton Hears a Who when the entire town of Whoville is crying out, “We are here! We are here! WE ARE HERE!”?
That’s how I’m feeling right now about Fall, my favorite time of year.
“Fall is here! Fall is here! FALL IS HERE!” My guts might explode with glee!
And where I live, the leaves are turning. In fact, many of the birches in our yard are boasting yellow-ish leaves about the color of today’s recipe. That makes my soul happy. 🙂
The simplicity of this recipe is hard to beat. Throw a few ingredients in a blender, press blend, and done? Yeah, that’s my kind of cooking.
Coconut butter (or manna) is such a spectacular food, full of healthy fats and coconut goodness. But it’s flavor is mild enough that you can mix just about anything in it. It acts as a flavor vehicle of sorts. Remember, you can make your own coconut butter in 5 minutes if you don’t happen to have a jar sitting in your pantry. It’s suuuuuuuper easy!
Maple, cinnamon, and orange are a few of Fall’s favorite flavors. Actually, this spread (or glaze or dip, depending how you choose to serve it) pairs beautifully with Fall’s other favorite flavors: pear, pumpkin, apple, and chocolate.
Here’s what you need:
- 3/4 cup coconut butter, softened (Or buy coconut butter here.)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
- zest of one large orange
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Here’s how to do it:
If you don’t have any coconut butter, make some in 5 minutes! If you have coconut butter, but it’s not soft or liquid, place it in a pan of hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften.
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until combined. If planning to use as a glaze, allow the blender to run for a minute or two to warm up the spread and make it pourable.
While it’s warm, you can pour it over a fall-flavored cake, like the photo above. Drizzle it over a quick bread or muffins. These flavors pair so well with anything pumpkin and spice! I imagine this would even take a loaf of banana bread up a notch or two.
After it cools, use it as a spread for toast or on a sandwich … almond butter & maple – cinnamon – orange sandwich, anyone? YUM!
Or it could make a lovely fall fruit dip. Serve it with sliced apples or pears. The healthy fats from all the coconut will help keep you satisfied and keep your blood sugar stable.
I hope you love this quick and easy maple, cinnamon, and orange spread (or glaze or dip) and that it serves you well all season long!