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How To Make Coconut Butter

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Do You Love Grass-Fed Butter?

How about almond butter. Or peanut. Or almond-sunflower-pumpkin seed with a touch of hazlenut? DO YOU JUST LOVE BUTTER?

Well then, scoot right up next to me. Today we’re going to make a creamy, dreamy coconut butter that is infused with brain building fats, immune boosters and micronutrients for radiant skin, weight management and stretch mark prevention. Oh, and it is UH-mazing.  I put a smidge on a spoon during Christmas Bakefest 2011 and ended up eating half the jar. Since it was **supposed** to go into a recipe I had some damage control to do. Lucky us, it is so easy to make!

But What Can I Do With It?

Good question! You can use it to make fudge with only 5 minutes active time, as a dairy free replacement for butter in recipes, or as a dip for fruit, or to make buttercream frosting and/or mini-melts (oh yes, recipes coming soon!).  It also makes a great first food for little ones and a filling snack for toddlers/preschoolers. I’m thinking it would go great in these peppermint patties, too. Yum!

Are You Ready To Get Started?

Alrighty, let’s go over our ingredients! For about 1 cup of coconut butter, you’ll need:

  • 3 cups finely shredded dried coconut OR 4 cups coarsely shredded*(Bob’s Red Mill is not recommended for this recipe because their drying process seems to take more oil out than other brands. You CAN use it, though – just be ready to add a little more oil!)
  • 1⁄2 – 1 1⁄2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional – I like the texture more so I add some)
  • optional flavorings: vanilla, honey, dried fruit, cinnamon, carob, cacao

And now, the ‘How To”!

Step 1: Place Dried Coconut and Optional Coconut Oil in the Food Processor

Note: If you decide to add oil figuring out how much to add can be tricky. Your butter will be very runny when it is freshly made but will harden over the next few hours.  How much it firms up depends on temperature of your house, humidity in the air and other factors. Play with the ratios and see what works best for your environment – you can always add more oil in after it has solidified if you’re not happy with the end product!

Step 2: Blend For A Few Minutes Until Shreds Begin To Stick Together (2-3)

Step 3: Scrape Sides Down And Blend 2-3 More Minutes.

Continue blending until it’s uber-runny (about 10-15 minutes total blend time)

Voila! Coconut Butter!

Add in optional flavorings if desired

Step 5: Pour Into a Clean Glass Jar

Easy peasy, right?! Now you have one more butter to love!

Special note: Just like coconut oil, coconut butter hardens significantly if room temp is below 76 degrees. To use simply warm it slightly.

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107 Responses to How To Make Coconut Butter

  1. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    So glad you liked it, Samantha Salyer Jacokes!

  2. Mae says:

    I can’t wait to start making this for Norah! So excited!

  3. Alithea Corter-Bell via FB says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! My sons 4th birthday is this Sunday…you mentioned making a frosting out of this…do you have a recipe you use?

  4. Alithea Corter-Bell via FB says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! My sons 4th birthday is this Sunday…you mentioned making a frosting out of this…do you have a recipe you use?

  5. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    So sorry, Alithea Corter-Bell! I am working on one but it won’t be ready by tomorrow :( If you can do yogurt this one from The Urban Poser looks yummy. Happy birthday to your son!

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  7. Alithea Corter-Bell via FB says:

    Thanks! We can’t do yogurt…I’m going to stick with coconut cream frosting :)

  8. Jennifer says:

    Yum, Yum! I can’t wait to try this. I was just looking at some at the store yesterday – and the price was absurd! I left wondering how to make it… thanks for reading my mind 😉

  9. Kirsten says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this! I buy CO by the gallon now, and we love it…now to get me some coconut shreds! :)

  10. Linnae says:

    Oh!! I can’t wait to run home and make this!! I have a poor quality itty-bitty food processor that I dont think will do the trick… do you think a blender will work?

  11. Hannah says:

    You had me at butter cream frosting. Oh, yum! Do you have a recipe for that yet?

    I love making almond butter in my food processor. It tastes so much better when I make it that I don’t think I’ll go back to store bought jars (unless I’m feeling lazy! xD ).

  12. Jennifer R. says:

    wow, who knew it was this easy??!! thanks! Now I know what to do with the unsweetened coconut flakes I bught in bulk from amazon. :) I have made a yummy paleo granola (from paleo parents) and now I have more options… love it, thanks!!

  13. Candace says:

    Just made this. I made some changes, because, as my husband has noted many times, “you never stick to a recipe.” This is what I did.

    3 cups coconut
    3 tsp vanilla
    2 tbsp raw honey
    sprinkling of sea salt
    1/3 c crispy almonds
    2 tbsp coconut oil

    it was wonderful! a little thick, more like almond butter in consistency. I would add more coconut oil next time. Thank you so much for the idea Heather!

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  15. Alison says:

    Can I use fresh coconut or should I dehydrate it and shred it first? :)

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    If you missed the post from Cara at Health Home and Happiness on honey/cinnamon as a cold remedy, here it is!

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  20. Gluten Free Pantry via FB says:

    I love coconut oil more every day :)

  21. Tammy Buck via FB says:

    I have a coconut on my counter that I bought to make coconut butter with :)

  22. LeeandMaia Forde via FB says:

    I’m sooo excited! I saw you mention coconut butter on another post, and I am sooo happy that’s it’s so easy! 😀

  23. Samantha Salyer Jacokes via FB says:

    It is so good. I made some recently and was also eating it off the spoon. Can’t. Stop. Eating. It. :)

  24. Corey Dowden Burge via FB says:

    My hubby has been doing tons of research on coconut oil and has been taking Tblspns of it daily. Would love to make butter so Bee would take it too!

  25. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Corey Dowden Burge – It’s much more palatable. The cinnamon, vanilla and honey make it even better, too!

  26. Tina Loving via FB says:

    An utterly fabulous idea. Thank you!

  27. Vanessa says:

    I’ve tried several times to make coconut butter, both with dried shreds and with a fresh mature coconut. Neither worked. You mentioned having too much moisture in the fresh coconut-that hasn’t been my experience. Even with coconut oil added, it isn’t turning into the lovely cream you pictured. It’s still clumps of shreds and I’ve been processing for 30 minutes already, in a good food processor.
    Guess I’ll have to give up and buy the stuff. :(

    • Heather says:

      Hi Vanessa! The problem with fresh coconut is that oil and water won’t mix. To get the smooth, creamy blend of the oil and meat you have to dry out the water. So sorry you didn’t have success using coconut shreds. Can you describe how it turned out? Maybe I can help.

  28. Allison says:

    I know nuts can be difficult for babies to digest. Is coconut difficult for babies to digest as well? Or is it not that kind of nut?!

    • Heather says:

      Coconut is very different from tree nuts. In fact, coconut oil is the only food we know of other than breastmilk that contains a potent anti-viral called lauric acid. I would use it as a very first food, but I was definitely giving it to my little ones very early on. Even now at 4 and 17 months they stand by the counter with their mouths gaping like baby birds when the see me start a batch :)

  29. Michelle says:

    i tried making this today using Let’s Do Organic unsweetened coconut(finely shredded) with my ninja blender. it didn’t work! :( i think i blended it at least 30 to 45 min. it was just a fine powder. i even tried adding a little coconut oil on the chance that it would start to form a smooth like paste. it didn’t work and i’m sad! :( i realllly do not want to pay $10 for a jar of Artisana when this is something that should be simple to make. any suggestions?

    • Heather says:

      Michelle, it sounds like the shreds were too dry. If you still have the batch you might try adding more coconut oil.

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  33. llargo says:

    What kind of food processor/ blender are you using. I have burned up my Cuisenart 12 cup food processor, a generic ice grinder/margharita maker, and now a Ninja food processor. Unless you have suggestions I give up. I have now wasted money on appliances, and I have no results.

    • Heather says:

      Goodness, I am so sorry! I just use a regular old food processor. Are you in a very cold climate where the coconut is chilled while blending? Perhaps if so it might be to warm it up a bit before blending and by all means turn the processor off and give it a rest every few minutes to let the motor cool down if needed. I’ve never had this problem in making coconut butter but that’s would I would try.

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  36. Andrea Fahy says:

    Aw man, this looks so nice! I’ve made it years w/o a food processor using instead a fork for mashing, mortar/pestle, etc. but I don’t think any of those would do for making this…. hmmm.. it looks too good not to make!

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  39. julie says:

    Mine never got that creamy, added oil, removed oil, used fresh coconut, but not creamy, help

    • Heather says:

      Hi Julie! I think the problem may be the water content of your fresh coconut. The coconut I used was dehydrated. Hope that helps!

  40. Renata S says:

    I can think of many ways to use this butter. Thanks for the recipe. I’m gonna try it!

  41. Nicole says:

    I am so in love with this and desperately want to make some to have on top of…well, everything! But, like others who have posted, I’m having problems getting mine creamy. The first time I tried, it was coarse and grainy. I suspected the coconut….too dry. So this time I tried some that looked more moist. I have 2 cups in my food processor and have slowly added more and more oil. I’m up to 5T and 30 min processing and all I have is a grainy paste. If I let it set (which I’ve had to do in order to let my food processor cool down and quit smoking!) the oil separates…but I just can’t get that creamy blend of yours! Can you tell me what brand coconut and coconut oil you use?

  42. Samantha says:

    I have tried to make this twice and have tried to make my own nut butter. I use a Ninja and never have gotten it to the final stages. I worked at it for at least 30 mins before giving up each time. I have given up!

  43. Lori says:

    I really love making this, I get bulk shredded coconut at one of our natural food stores and I have a cheap food processor, and I get smooth coconut butter in less than 5 minutes, for those that are having problems, I would suggest trying a different kind of coconut, I’m thinking if you buy the kind that they sell at the grocery store that may be the problem, I was just at the store today and looked at the coconut as I wasn’t going out to the natural food stores, and I could definitely tell the difference and left it on the shelf, also feel you machine if it feels hot turn it off before it gets too hot not only will this kill your machine it could cause a fire,

  44. phyllis says:

    Has anyone experience it turning a light orange? Have a vitamixer but it still took awhile. Had to stop, let it cool down and go back to it. It seemed as it heated up it began to turn orange.

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