In this post is all you need to learn how to make coconut butter, a rich, creamy ingredient that’s great in baking, smoothies or curries. The process is much like making nut butters, and so easy!
Coconut butter is a creamy and delicious spread with one ingredient: coconut blended to a smooth and pourable consistency.
Coconut butter adds creaminess and satisfying fats to smoothies, pancakes and other baked goods for recipes for a buttery flavor but little coconut texture – and dairy-free of course.
I don’t really enjoy the squeaky texture of coconut flakes in baked goods, except in macaroons, but here I can enjoy the flavor of coconut.
My Chocolate Mini-Bundt Cakes owe their creamy, pudding-like texture partly to coconut butter.
Coconut butter is pretty available in health food stores, but it can be expensive! If you have a high-speed blender and unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds, you can make your own.
What type of coconut do I need for coconut butter?
I have used both coconut flakes and shredded coconut to make coconut butter. Just be sure you buy unsweetened coconut.
If you buy the finely shredded coconut, more will fit into your Vitamix at first, but both will eventually process down to the same amount of butter.
Pack as much coconut as you can into your Vitamix. When I make a double batch of 20 ounces of dry coconut flakes, they won’t all fit at first, but I blend just until I can fit the rest of the flakes. That is, don’t wait until all the first batch of coconut is converted to butter to add the second one. It’s hard for the blender to “find” the new flakes if you do that.
Can I make coconut butter in a food processor?
I use my food processor when I want to make ground coconut for my Paleo chocolate cake, but I don’t see it making the coconut as creamy and finely processed as it needs to be for a butter. However, I have seen websites featuring a food processor in making coconut butter, so if that’s what you have, just be prepared for it to take longer.
Do I need to use the tamper in the Vitamix?
I have seen demonstrations that use the tamper, but I haven’t needed to. The coconut gets chopped fine pretty quickly, then the heat generated by the blending in the Vitamix keeps the coconut butter soft and settling to the bottom.
You will know when the coconut butter is blended enough when it looks glossy on top, the drips run down the sides of the blender, and there is no texture of coconut when you taste it.
Important: Be sure that you pour the finished coconut butter out of the Vitamix and into your storage containers while it’s still warm, though. If the coconut butter cools and solidifies in the Vitamix it’s tough to get it out.
What is the cost comparison between purchased and homemade coconut butter?
Recently I saw Artisana Coconut Butter, a brand I like, priced at $10 for 14 ounces, or 1 ¾ cups.
I used two packages of Natural Grocers coconut flakes which each measured 7 cups in the Vitamix. This cost me $6 and made 20 ounces, or 2 ½ cups of coconut butter.
How do you store coconut butter?
After making coconut butter, I pour it into small (½ cup) Mason jars to save digging it out later, as it sets pretty solid. If it’s in a glass Mason jar I can place the jar into the microwave for 30 seconds to soften the coconut butter. The most common amount I use for pancakes and cakes is ½ cup, so the small jars are the perfect size.
There is no need to refrigerate coconut butter. You can keep it in your pantry for up to three months, if it lasts that long!
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How to Make Homemade Coconut Butter
- A high-speed blender (Blendtec or Vitamix)
- Storage jars (I like 1/2 cup glass Mason jars)
- 7 cups of shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut 20 ounces by weight of dry shredded coconut
- Fill your blender at least halfway with flakes so it can stir properly. If your blender is small, start with 2 cups. If it is large, you can use up to 7 cups. It should be quite full. If your high-speed blender has a tamper tool, this may be useful, but I don't use one.
- Blend the coconut meat on high speed. The coconut will begin to break up into smaller bits. If you have more coconut to add, do so before the first part is completely pureed.
- After 30 seconds it will begin to liquefy. Slowly it will turn to butter. Blend until smooth and fine, at least 2-3 minutes. The surface of the butter should be smooth and glossy, and there shouldn’t be detectable bits of coconut in tasting the final product.
- If you're using a Vitamix, the warmth generated by the turning of the blades will help liquify the coconut butter - but you might need to let it cool a minute and then blend again.
- Then pour the butter into a jar or jars. 7 cups of shredded coconut will yield 2 1/2 cups coconut butter. Can be kept in your pantry.
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