How to Make Coconut Butter

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I’m a DIY kind of gal. I like to know what’s in my food, and I like to save money. That’s why, when I can, I make my own “pre-packaged” food items at home. Whether it’s almond butter, cashew butter, or coconut butter, I make my Vitamix earn it’s keep by saving me big bucks on these specialty items that cost an arm and a leg at the store.

Delicious, creamy, and oh so good for you, coconut butter is a “nut butter” I can’t live without. So easy to whip up in a Vitamix or food processor, you’ll wonder why you never did it before! 

 Click PLAY Above to Watch How to Make Coconut Butter 

 

Questions and Answers from readers about coconut butter:

Q: Exactly how much money can I save by making coconut butter at home? 

A: At least 50% off of retail. Here’s the breakdown:

3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut + 1 Tbs. coconut oil= 1 cup (8 oz) coconut butter

I buy my unsweetened shredded coconut in 5 lb (80 ounces-if I’m doing my math right) bulk bags from an online co-op called Azure Standard for just under $15. Amazon has organic unsweetened shredded coconut for $25 for 96 ounces here.

Obviously you have to buy a jar of coconut oil to get a tablespoon out of it, however if you’re like me, and already have it around, the price is negligible. That being said, if you don’t have coconut oil around, and just need it for this recipe, then just buy the pre-made coconut butter as you’ll be spending the same amount on a jar of coconut oil.

The other caveat here is that you have to have a Vitamix, Nutri-Bullet (I’m not promising that this won’t blow out the motor after a few batches of coconut butter), Food Processor or some other kind of high powered blender to be able to process the stuff. I’ve found that my Vitamix pays for itself by saving me at least 50% on foods such as almond and coconut butter that I make myself.

Q: When I made my coconut butter it was soft and creamy, but once I left it overnight in the pantry it hardened up. I want it creamy, what do I do?

A: Coconut butter does harden up in the pantry at my house. If you live in a warmer climate it will likely stay a creamy consistency. That being said, to turn it back into a spreadable consistency simply put a few inches of water in a pan, place the container (hopefully glass) of coconut butter in the pan, and heat on low until the coconut butter softens up. If you’re a microwave user, you can also heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring in between zappings for as long as it takes to soften.

Q: How long will coconut butter last once it’s made?

A: I’ve kept mine in the pantry for 6 months, and it was still perfect. Coconut is a very stable product.

Q: Should I store my coconut butter in the fridge or pantry?

A: I store mine in the pantry, however I live in the Pacific Northwest where it’s cool. As stated above, coconut is a very heat stable product, but I’m never a fan of surprise mold attacks when I open a jar, so if I lived in a warmer climate, I’d likely refrigerate it.

Q: Can I use coconut butter as a moisturizer or in my hair?

A: Generally coconut oil is used for these applications, as it has all of the fiber removed. I think if you used it in your hair, you’d end up with a lot of little bits and pieces, and it might be hard to get it all out. If you wanted to use it as a kind of facial scrub, that might work, but I’m on septic, so I’m pretty particular about what I put down the drain. I’d recommend sticking with coconut oil.

What to do with Coconut Butter

I love to eat coconut butter right off of the spoon, however it is just as diverse as peanut butter. Here are some of my favorite applications:

Mini Mounds Bars
Make homemade coconut butter, but double the recipe (so 4 cups coconut). Process in two batches.

Add just whipped homemade coconut butter to an 8″ glass pan, lined with parchment paper. Spread to an even thickness.

Melt 8 oz. high quality semi sweet chocolate with 1 Tbs coconut oil over low heat, stirring constantly until melted.

Pour over coconut butter and let cool. (If you live in a warmer climate or your house is warm you’ll need to refrigerate.)

Remove from pan and cut into squares.

 

Frozen Chocolate Coconut Banana's
Peel 3 bananas. Cut in half length-wise.You will now have two banana halves.

With a small spoon or knife “butter” one half of the banana (so think buttering a slice of bread) with the coconut butter. Place other half of banana on top and slightly press together to make a banana coconut butter sandwich.

In a small saucepan melt 3 oz. of chocolate with 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil over low heat. Stir continually until melted.

Dip, roll or drizzle banana in chocolate. Place on silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet (that will fit in your freezer) and freeze.

Once frozen, wrap chocolate covered banana in plastic wrap and store in a plastic bag. When ready to serve unwrap, slice and serve.

Quick Applications

Smear grain free banana bread with coconut butter.

I LOVE coconut butter on my coconut pancakes. It’s delicious and only slightly sweet.

Add to your morning smoothie.

Use in place of any nut butter in a recipe.

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  • Jane

    I love the ideas above, but how do you make the coconut butter?????

    • Lori

      Watch the video-it shows you how.

  • Misswadadli

    Can you use a blender if you don’t have a Vitamix?

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Sorry, I responded to this earlier with my phone but apparently it didn’t go through. Anyway, it depends on your blender. Give it a try and see. Also, if you have a food processor that will work. It just takes a bit longer. If you try the blender and it doesn’t quite get the job done, you could possibly finish it off with an immersion blender. I’m a big fan of using whatever you already have!

      • Angie.Evan.

        I tried it with my blender and it didn’t reach the butter consistency, just made some coconut flour. I will try the stick blender next time, maybe it will do the job.

  • disqus_OIMRUdzi6Y

    Where do you get your bulk coconut flakes?

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      I buy mine through Azure Standard. They are mostly on the West Coast (even Alaska). You have to create an account to see their prices but they NEVER email me so don’t be afraid to do so. azurestandard.com. If they aren’t in your area I’m pretty sure there is a website that directs you to a bulk buy co-op that services your area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.hinman Peggy Hinman

    You mentioned that you can flavor coconut butter with chocolate. I can’t find the recipe on your site.

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      I have various recipes using coconut butter and chocolate listed within this article. If you wanted a chocolate coconut butter you could mix in cocoa powder, and liquid stevia. I’m sure it would be great!

    • http://www.facebook.com/SondraWithAnO Sondra Thompson

      Add cacao and sweetener…..Viola :)

  • venice

    You add nothing to the coconut ?

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Nope, nada, zip zilch! Depending on your dried coconut, you may have to add a bit of coconut oil, but that’s it. You can also toast the dried coconut if you’d like a toasted coconut flavor.

      • venice

        wow ok thank you ..

  • Marlene Reyes

    In your video, How much Coconut butter were you able to make out of the 2 cups dry shredded coconut?
    I want to make 8oz coconut butter so I would like to know how much to buy.
    Hope to hear your response soon :)

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Hi Marlene- It’s been awhile since I’ve made it, but as I recall 2 cups shredded coconut yielded about 8 oz. coconut butter. You might buy 3 cups worth just in case I’m remembering it wrong though!

  • Joelle Chetlain

    I’ve always toasted my coconut flakes first…thoughts on that? Health-wise? I am on a ket0-adapted diet as opposed to Paleo, but I don’t do nuts or dairy :) Thanks for your info!

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Toasted coconut makes awesome coconut butter!

  • Deidre M. Hawkins

    Can I use this butter on my skin & hair?

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      No, coconut oil is best for skin and hair application. This still has the meat of the coconut and would feel sandy. Maybe you could use it to exfoliate though???

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