Coconut Orange Buttercream Frosting (Paleo, GAPS, Dairy-Free)

April 25, 2013
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So, I made some frosting.

It’s called Coconut Orange Buttercream Frosting.

And if you love, or have loved creamsicles. If you love the idea of a creamy orange frosting to smear all over your muffin. Then I just made your day.

You’re welcome. 🙂

This frosting is from a new cookbook by Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre (from over at called Nourishing Meals and Whole Life Nutrition) called, you guessed it, ‘Nourishing Meals’.

I loveloveLOVE this cookbook. It’s become my new go-to. It’s got sections on nutrition (Tom Malterre is a nutritionist by trade) and 300 gluten-free recipes, with a good chunk of those being grain-free, and so far, they’ve all been delicious. I’ve started referencing this cookbook the way that I do Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything. If I have a question about how to make something, I look it up in Nourishing Meals.

I made the chia seed pudding a few weeks ago (it was really easy to make and super tasty). Every time I open up this cookbook, I find something else that I want to make.

It’s less your basic cookbook and more a cookbook + lifestyle guide. I’m digging it. If you’re looking for a great basic, healthy, gluten-free and grain-free cookbook, you should buy this one.

I’m also doing a giveaway for this cookbook next week and I’m giving away two of them. So, get excited.


The next time I make this, I think I’m going to try out a raspberry version of this instead of the orange. For the raspberry I’ll add all the same things, I’ll just sub out the orange stuff for raspberry stuff. I’m feeling pretty confident that it will work (I just love a recipe that can easily be adapted).

UPDATE: Ali told me that I didn’t let the frosting stay in the freezer long enough. And that the frosting really should get white, light and fluffy. So, if you’re using bowls like mine (ie: not metal bowls) let the frosting stay in a little longer, maybe 30 minutes and THEN beat it up.

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Coconut Orange Buttercream Frosting (Paleo, GAPS, Dairy-Free)
Thick, creamy and orange.
  • 1 cup coconut butter/coconut cream concentrate/coconut manna
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ tsp orange flavoring
  1. Put all the ingredient into a small saucepan
  2. Warm over low heat, whisking, until they coconut cream & oil have melted
  3. Pour it into a bowl and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes
  4. Use a fork, whisk, or electric beater to beat it up
  5. It will turn into thick, creamy, cream colored frosting
  6. Use it immediately
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Coconut Orange Buttercream FrostingThat’s some thick, creamy orange frosting.


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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But Lillian's Test Kitchen is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make their own food.

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  1. Alisa says:

    That’s some serious yummers Lillian! I LOVE frosting.

  2. amber says:

    Ah, the life of a whisk. Ha ha. I could watch you all day. You are so funny.

    This recipe looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing it with us. I have heard of that book, but now you’ve convinced me to BUY it. Er, maybe I will wait and see if I win it…them buy it. Good plan.

    Have a great rest of your week & have a fabulous weekend.


  3. Helen Lyons says:

    This makes me think of those glorious orange scones at Panera, which I assume you have never tried, since they are decidedly not gluten-free 😉 I want to try this with a gluten-free scone recipe for my sister! What about grating some orange zest into the frosting for texture and extra flavor?

    • lillianmedville says:

      That sounds AWESOME. If you frost the muffin or scone (you’re right I have never tried Panera’s orange scones. Alas. :)) and then sprinkle the zest on top, I bet it would taste amazing AND look gorgeous. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat says:

    NOM! I think I’m going to try it with lemon

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