Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. – Sarah Louise Delany
Ever since our founder Mark started making and selling handcrafted nut-butter, we have been committed to searching for the most sustainable and delicious sources for our ingredients. One of our core values is to be as transparent as possible about the ingredients we use.
To achieve the ideal balance of roastiness, saltiness, and sweetness in our nut butters and bars, we look for the best, most sustainable, and minimally processed sources of natural sweetness we can find. Our first source of sweetness was local, raw wildflower honey, and we’ve also worked with wood-fired sorghum syrup, raw organic cane sugar, and most recently, raw organic coconut nectar made by Coconut Secret.
Inspired to create a low-glycemic sweetener for parents with diabetes, the founders of Coconut Secret started making an organic coconut nectar that requires minimal processing. After a coconut tree is tapped, a ‘sap’ is produced from the coconut blossoms. This process is similar to how maple syrup is made, but the sap produced is inherently sweet tasting by nature. This sap naturally thickens into delicious syrupy nectar, and can eventually continue to crystallize into nutritious coconut sugar.
Health Benefits of Coconut Nectar
Coconut Secret nectar is as delicious as it is nutrient-rich, making it the ideal choice for those looking for a natural sweetener with added health benefits. The nectar not only has a low glycemic index score of 35, but it contains 17 amino acids, minerals (it is especially high in Potassium), vitamin C, and broad-spectrum B vitamins. All Coconut Secret products are also 100% organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.
Social and Environmental Impact
In addition to the substantial health benefits of their products, Coconut Secret maintains socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices.
Fair Labor Conditions
Coconut Sap farmers in the Philippines receive a 50% share of the market price for coconut sap, which is above industry averages. Child labor is not allowed, and all farmers work under safe conditions, earn living wages, and have freedom of association.
Coconut Secret strictly forbids GMOs and artificial, chemical-based fertilizers on their coconut farms.
In addition to financing and providing training for all farmers, Fair Trade premiums are invested in local community development projects, including scholarships, quality improvement trainings, and education programs on organic farming and certification.
Coconut Secret products are purchased as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and helping farmers develop their business, successfully compete in the global market, and support their families.
Our values couldn’t align more with Coconut Secret, and we proudly use their Coconut Nectar in our nut butters. Look for it in our Cashew Butter, GGET Espresso Almond Butter, and Toasted Coconut Almond Butter!