Coconut butter is coconut meat blended up into a creamy butter – it is not the same as coconut oil. It’s creamy and delicious on its own as a snack or a healthy ingredient for cooking or baking. There are a few store-bought brands of coconut butter available, but homemade coconut butter is much more affordable and really easy to make.
The process is simple, just blend up coconut flakes in a blender or food processor until it transforms into a creamy butter.
Tips for Homemade Coconut Butter
1. Use coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut for a smoother butter if using a food processor. (With a Vitamix the difference wasn’t that noticeable).
2. If the butter comes out very liquidy – put it in the refrigerator to solidify before it has a chance for the oil to separate. Take it out after its solid and store at room temperature. Or if your kitchen is very warm you can just mix the oil that separates back into the butter.
3. Use at least 3 cups for the best consistency – especially when using a Vitamix so you have enough volume in the blender to use the tamper.
4. Just like coconut oil, coconut butter gets solid at cooler temperatures. If you need it softer, place your coconut butter container in a bowl of warm water to soften (I like using mason jars to store the coconut butter).
5. Add some coconut oil to the blender or processor if it’s not turning into butter.
Homemade Coconut Butter
I usually blend 2 bags of flakes to make 1 jar of plain coconut butter and one with cacao powder. Or play with other flavors like cinnamon, lemon zest, etc…
1 bag coconut flakes (unsweetened), about 7 ounces
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
Add flakes to a blender or food processor and blend until the flakes form a smooth consistency. A food processor takes longer and you need to stop and scrape the sides down every few minutes (it can take about 10-15 minutes). Add the coconut oil if the flakes aren’t forming a smooth butter. Depending on your blender, you may need to stop and scrape the sides as well. My vitamix took about 1 minute – but make sure to use enough flakes to use the tamper to help the blending.
Chocolate Coconut Butter
Add cacao powder once the coconut butter is smooth and blend until combined. Sweeten to your own taste.
Homemade coconut butter is delicious on its own but you can use it in smoothies, spread on crackers, or as an ingredient in many recipes. Here are some great ways to use coconut butter;
1. Make coconut milk: just mix 1 tablespoon coconut butter with water and blend.
2. Dairy-free No Bake Chocolate Coco-nutty Fudge from MIX Wellness
3. Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Butter Pudding from Low Carb one Day
4. Pumpkin Fudge from It’s a Love/Love Thing
5. Dark Chocolate Mint Coconut Butter Cups from Stupid Easy Paleo
6. Organic Coconut Butter Cookies/Bark from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition
7. Flourless Peppermint Brownies from The Savory Lotus
8. Cookie Dough Bites from Good Girl Gone Green
9. Cranberry Coconut Paleo Treats from Gutsy By Nature
10. 20 Ways to Make Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss from Green Thickies
11. Raw White Chocolate Candy (Sugar Free) from The Coconut Mama