Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: unsweetened shredded coconut! It’s easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender in under 5 minutes, and has a ton of uses! It’s great as a spread on its own, and can also be used as an ingredient in many different recipes.

Calling all my coconut lovers!! Around here, I love dessert recipes with coconut, and this DIY coconut butter tastes like dessert but is really just so simple. This coconut butter recipe can barely be called a recipe. Seriously…it has ONE ingredient.

This homemade coconut butter is less a recipe and more just a post full of me telling you why you should put some unsweetened coconut flakes in your blender or food processor. I’m a major nut butter lover and I absolutely love making homemade nut butter recipes. (I’ve even got an entire chapter dedicated to nut butters & sauces in my cookbook.) This coconut butter is no exception. But first…you may be wondering:

What is coconut butter?

Coconut butter is what happens when you blend up unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut so that it slowly breaks down into smooth, luscious coconut butter. It’s similar to coconut oil in that it has a low 77º melting point, and when it’s all melty, it’s a fabulous spread on toast and perfect for drizzling over your bowl of oatmeal or yogurt. It’s essentially the same as peanut butter or almond butter but made with coconut instead. You can also make toasted coconut butter!

Coconut oil vs. coconut butter

They’re both derived from coconut, but these two ingredients are not the same and function differently in recipes. Coconut butter has added fiber from the coconut meat since it is made from the whole coconut (minus the husk) whereas coconut oil is just the oil that has been pressed out of the coconuts. Coconut butter is more nutrient-dense than coconut oil. You may also be wondering…

Can I substitute coconut butter for coconut oil?

The answer is…sometimes! You can’t use coconut butter in place of coconut oil for certain situations, like when sauteing something in coconut oil. However, in baking recipes, coconut butter can sometimes be substituted for coconut oil. Replacing coconut oil with coconut butter can add extra fiber and nutrients. They are different products though, so more delicate baking recipes will be affected by the change, and will not turn out the same way due to the differences between the two.

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used in many different recipes.

Coconut butter is also an amazing ingredient to be used in other delectable treats, like my Almond Joy Brownies and these Paleo Magic Cookie Bars – just to tease you a bit with the possibilities. Whip up a jar of the stuff, and I promise you’ll find lots of ways to use it up.

The type of coconut that you use is important. I pretty much always use this unsweetened shredded coconut from Bob’s Red Mill – it’s super fine, high quality, and blends into coconut butter super quickly! You can also use unsweetened coconut flakes. Most brands of raw unsweetened coconut should work, just be sure to avoid the stuff with sugar added.

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used in many different recipes.

How to make Coconut Butter

Now, let’s chat a bit about the recipe for coconut butter, and the differences based on whether you use a food processor or a high-powered blender. I personally use my Vitamix blender and it does the job in about 3 minutes, no problem. I would expect that other high-powered blenders would perform similarly, but unfortunately, I don’t think a lower-quality blender would be strong enough to fully break the coconut down.

In the blender, I like to use about 3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut. I use the tamper stick to push the coconut down as it begins to break down, but eventually, it will start to become pasty. Continue processing on medium-high and it will liquify. Once I see it start to liquify, I crank the speed to high and process for another 10 seconds or so to make sure it’s super smooth. That’s it!

The process is pretty similar to a food processor, but it takes a little bit longer and you’ll have to stop the machine occasionally to scrape down the sides. In a food processor, I’d expect it to take about 8-10 minutes, compared to 3-5 in a high-powered blender. When the coconut is smooth, liquid-y, and pourable, it’s ready!

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used in many different recipes.

How to store coconut butter

Once it’s ready, pour your fresh coco butter into a jar or small container and keep it at room temperature.

How long does coconut butter last?

Coconut butter is shelf-stable and will last at least a year at room temperature. You can keep it in the refrigerator to keep it for even longer, or if you want to keep it with a firmer texture.

Although realistically, I doubt it will last that long! It is so delicious, and I’m sure once you’ve tasted it, you’ll find lots of ways to use this treat…and in case you don’t, here’s some inspiration.

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used in many different recipes.

Coconut butter uses:

  1. Stir into hot drinks: this adds an extra dose of healthy fats and can help keep you fuller for longer. It works great in coffee, tea, and hot chocolate!
  2. Add to your oatmeal: this is one of my favorite ways to use it! A spoonful will melt right on top of your morning oatmeal. It’s so good on this Almond Joy Oatmeal, but also on all of these oatmeal recipes.
  3. Use it as a spread: whether it’s on a simple slice of gluten-free bread or on a more decadent slice of vegan banana bread, it’s a top-notch choice to adorn all of your favorite loaves.
  4. Drizzle on pancakes or waffles: pair it with your favorite fruits and add it to your favorite pancakes, waffles, and french toast. It pairs well with maple syrup or all on its own!
  5. Blend into your smoothies: it adds a delicious coconut flavor, creamy texture, and will add extra fiber and thickness. Blend a tablespoon into your favorite smoothie recipe.
  6. Drizzle on ice cream: it’s like an all-natural magic shell, because as soon as the warm coconut butter hits the cold ice cream, it will firm up into a delicious crunchy shell that breaks when you hit it with your spoon and melts in your mouth.

Ways to use coconut butter in recipes:

Happy coconut butter making, and enjoy!

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Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used many different recipes.

Homemade Coconut Butter

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Spreads
  • Method: Blender
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: unsweetened shredded coconut! It’s easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender in under 5 minutes, and has a ton of uses! It’s great as a spread on its own, and can also be used as an ingredient in many different recipes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 24 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, sometimes also called desiccated coconut or flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. Place the unsweetened shredded coconut in a high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix) or a food processor. In a blender, anywhere between 2-4 cups of coconut will work. For a food processor, I find 4 cups works best. If you don’t have enough coconut, it will have a hard time blending so don’t use a smaller amount.
  2. Turn the machine on high and process until a smooth butter forms. If you’re using a high-powered blender, use the tamper stick to push the coconut flakes down towards the blades until the butter gets creamy enough to blend without it. It should take 3-5 minutes. If you’re using a food processor, scrape down the sides frequently to ensure everything is evenly blended. It will take between 6-12 minutes in a food processor.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or container. The coconut butter will be solid if stored below 77ºF – heat for about 15 seconds in the microwave to re-liquify.

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Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used many different recipes.

 

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