Wondering how to make homemade coconut butter? All you need is shredded coconut and a food processor or high-speed blender! Naturally paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.
A few people mentioned in my recent recipes with coconut butter that they didn’t know you could make your own. So here we go!
In case you’ve never heard of or seen coconut butter before (like me a few months ago), it’s different than coconut oil. Coconut oil is the oil that is pressed out of coconut meat.
Refined coconut oil has no coconut taste and when kept in the fridge, it’s hard like cold shortening. Depending on your kitchen’s temperature, it’s either soft or fluid at room temperature. Unrefined coconut has the same exact texture but does have coconut taste.
And this right here? Coconut butter is just the ground up meat of a coconut.
You might have seen Artisana coconut butter, which is really great and indeed a little smoother than the homemade version (at least if you’re using a food processor – if you use a high-speed blender, it’s exactly as smooth). The only problem is that it’s expensive!
I don’t really like to eat coconut butter plain, but I love baking with it. You can expect to see a lot more coconut butter containing recipes around here! The combination with peanut butter is magical. Raspberries too.
Coconut butter stays good for ages at room temperature so don’t worry about making too much! That’s just not possible. ;) It’s actually more of an effort for the food processor to process less than the recommended amount called for in the recipe, so I wouldn’t recommend halving it.
So what are you going to do first with your homemade coconut butter? :)
Homemade Coconut Butter
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- Yield: 2 1/4 cups coconut butter
- 8 ounces (225 grams or almost 3 cups) or more full-fat unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- If using a food processor: fill the food processor at least halfway with coconut flakes. You'll have a hard time processing if it's not at least halfway full. Process until very liquidy, almost like water. Stop every few minutes to scrape down the sides and let it cool a little if it feels too warm. Don't kill your food processor! Depending on your food processor, it could take 15-20 minutes.
- If using a Blendtec, use the Twister Jar and start processing while twisting the top of the jar counterclockwise. I start off on 1 and work up to about medium power. Process until very liquidy, almost like water. It'll only take about a minute.
- Place in a jar and stir every half hour or so until firm and solid. Store at room temperature.