Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Did those 5 words in my post title catch your attention? Oooh, I bet they did! I’ll explain in a minute! Food first!


Today’s lunch was a mix of a bunch of delicious and nutritious goodies. On my plate: leftover Paleo Pad Thai.

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And a spaghetti squash-egg-coconut flour pancake with avocado on top. The pancake kind of bombed””I cooked it too fast and it stuck to the pan””so I’m going to give it a whirl again later this week. I have lots of spaghetti squash to use up!

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Ok, are you ready to hear about this vanilla cake batter coconut butter? Oh my goodness, it’s heavenly! Life-changing even! Winking smile


Nikki from Nikki’s Coconut Butter recently contacted me to see if I wanted to try her flavored coconut butters. I love all things coconut, so, of course, I was game. She sent me two jars: vanilla cake batter and honey pecan pie. I bet you can guess which one I tried first!


Both flavors are OMG, AMAZING. The vanilla cake batter flavor reminds me of really thick, grainy vanilla frosting and the honey pecan pie flavor reminds me of the apple-cinnamon gooeyness in warm apple crisp. Holy yum indeed!

I’m planning to host a giveaway to win a couple of jars of Nikki’s Coconut Butter next week, but if you want to buy some now, use coupon code “COCO10” to get 10% off of your first order.

Health News & Views

I’ve recently made changes to my diet due to some health issues, but it hasn’t been easy to give up my favorite foods and drinks, specifically iced coffee and beer. Yet, I know it’s for the best, especially if these adjustments might improve my health.

Whether it’s a necessary switch due to an intolerance or health condition, or you just want to begin a better eating routine, changing up your diet is never easy. Here are some things I’ve kept in mind to make my own transition easier. I hope they work for you too!

5 Ways to Make Starting a Diet Easier

I’m off to walk Murphy and then CrossFit!

Have a nice night, friends!

P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win 1 of 3 copies of Well Fed! I’ll pick 3 winners in the morning!



    1. I just got them today, so straight from the jar! 🙂 I’ll probably eat them like nut butter though– with sliced banana, on pancakes, etc.

  1. Yum, anything with “cake batter” in the title makes me want to try it! Surprisingly enough I’ve never used coconut butter (although it seems to be popular in the vegan community)… this may be my reason to give it a try!

  2. Thats sounds decadent!!!! I am with you on the diet change for the better. I have recently had to cut back on the amount of dairy I eat (horrible I know!) due to some digestion issues I still haven’t quite pinpointed. I keep telling myself it’s for my health, and that usually makes me feel a little better!

  3. Holy YUM that stir fry looks great! I’ve started swapping spaghetti squash for pasta in most my recipes (I’m a celiac) and I never thought to try it in stir fry – DUH! I’ve been using quinoa, which is great, but I’m really trying to limit my dependence on grains with meals, so this is fantastic. Thanks for the great idea! I’m a long time reader and rarely comment, but your pancake recipe has also been a lifesaver!

  4. Yeah, you win for the post title. Tee hee hee.

    Good luck with changing your diet. I hope it works and helps with your health issues.

    Winks & Smiles,

  5. Hey Tina!
    The coconut butters sound amazing. I love anything that tastes like cake batter!
    Great tips on how to make starting a diet easier. I definitely plan on using them on my own journey to get healthier! The one that really resonated with me was: Make Healthy Foods Visible. If I keep fresh fruit on my kitchen counter where I can see it, I’m more likely to reach for it, rather than junk food.

  6. Those coconut butters look delish! I have no idea what I would eat them with though…. Did you just put them on some sort of fruit, or maybe on top of some paleo pancakes??

  7. Hi Tina,

    I know that in earlier posts you’ve said that you’re not following a Paleo diet, but following an SCD diet. However, I notice that you’ve made many Paleo recipes recently and are also giving away a Paleo cookbook. What is the difference between the Paleo and SCD diet? Are they mostly similar? Just curious – that’s all 🙂


      1. Thanks! I’ll definitely check this out. It’ll be an interesting topic of discussion in my Human Nutrition & Advanced Metabolism class in grad school too 🙂

  8. remember to try some nice strong green tea
    buy a milk steamer and try almond milk steamed in tea YUM
    also Green’s gluten free beer might be ok…and delicious
    have you tried psyllium husk?
    sending love

  9. I just tried ordering 2 tubs of the coconut butter (vanilla cake and chocolate hazelnut brownie) but they don’t deliver to France 🙁 I could almost taste it on my tongue! I even struggle to get nice peanut butter here, there is no justice in this world!

  10. I just ordered the macadamia nut one and am so stoked! I’m a coconut butter addict and love mac nuts, so this could be dangerous. I really want to try the pecan one too, but maybe the next time around. Thanks for sharing the discount code. I’ll be sure to enter your giveaway too 🙂

  11. I tried looking for a recipe for the spaghetti squash pancake and wanted to know if you could tell me what you put in it? Approximate amounts work, I’m a wing it type of cook 😉

  12. It is disgusting how much I love coconut ANYTHING. My shampoo and conditioner is even coconut (Desert Essence) and I have coconut candles everywhere. If you have the opportunity, pick up Trader Joe’s brand new “Canned Coconut Cream.” Ridiculous.

    I still have yet to figure out coconut flour and I like to think of myself as a pretty skilled chef. It soaks up SO much moisture which completely changes the texture, taste, appearance, everything.

  13. That. stuff. looks. amazing. YUM! I love cake batter flavored anything, like you do. Ice cream (of course) is the best, but this coconut butter looks unreal and I might need to use that promo code to buy a couple of jars. Did you like the honey pecan pie one? I’m going to look now to see what other kinds of unique flavors Nikki has. P.s. Whenever you put up pictures of avocado it makes me crave them. Definitely going to include some in my dinner tonight.

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