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How to Make Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is incredibly easy to make, and only requires one ingredient. It’s a useful ingredient to have around the kitchen, especially for any vegan cooking needs.

A glass jar of coconut butter, with a wooden spoon resting in it

Coconut butter is a fantastic ingredient. It’s vegan, is a pretty healthy fat, and it works wonders in a lot of recipes. There’s really only one thing about it that isn’t great, and that’s the price.

Which is why I’m a big fan of making your own coconut butter. Making it at home saves money, and still results in a rich, creamy product that you’ll use frequently in the kitchen. Plus, you only need one ingredient to make it: coconut! 

You can use coconut butter as a condiment, a spread, or an ingredient. My favorite way to use it? In a pumpkin spice matcha latte.

What is Coconut Butter? 

Coconut butter is often referred to as creamed coconut. That’s a fitting name, because it's really just coconut that’s been blended until it’s creamy. What could be simpler?

A jar of coconut butter, with a hand holding a wooden spoon in it

How Do You Use Coconut Butter?

Despite the name, this isn’t really a butter substitute, though it is delicious spread across a piece of toast or on a muffin. It has a low smoking point, so you shouldn’t use it for frying or sautéing ingredients. 

It can replace butter when baking, though. This ingredient is a great substitute for any type of fat when making baked goods. 

It's most commonly used as a substitute for nut butter. It has similar rich, earthy flavors to peanut and almond butter, and works well as a topping on everything from scones to ice cream.

A jar of coconut butter with a wooden spoon being pulled out of it

Is it Healthy? 

The only ingredient in coconut butter is coconut, so it’s as healthy as a coconut is. Coconuts have nutrients and a lot of important minerals, and they’re full of healthy fats. This ingredient is healthy in small doses, but since it is fairly fatty, you want to consume it in moderation.

What You’ll Need

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your very own coconut butter at home.

  • Shredded coconut

That’s it! Quite a list, huh?

How to Make Coconut Butter

This is one of the simplest foods that you can make, as it only requires a few steps. Or, more accurately, one prolonged step.

Place it in the food processor. Put all of your coconut in the food processor. You’ll need a fair amount of coconut so that the processor can do its job.

Overhead view of shredded coconut sitting in a food processor

Start blending. Turn the food processor on, and watch as the shredded coconut starts to look like a macaroon.

Overhead view of coconut in a food processor, looking fluffy and soft

Keep blending. After a while of looking like a macaroon, the oils will start to release from the shredded coconut.

Overhead view of coconut solids and oils separating in a food processor

Blend a little more. Eventually those oils will get reincorporated, and you’ll be left with beautiful coconut butter. This whole process can take up to 15 minutes.

Overhead view of coconut butter in a food processor

How to Store 

Because coconut butter contains so much oil, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Keep it on the shelf, in an airtight container, where it will last for up to 3 months.

A wooden spoon lifting a spoonful of coconut butter out of a jar

Watch How to Make Coconut Butter

Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • Add coconut to a food processor. Process on high until the oils release and the mixture gets smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides as necessary to help speed up the process.
  • Enjoy however you like to enjoy nut butter!



Coconut butter can be stored in an airtight container on the shelf for up to 3 months.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 6mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g
cuisine: American
course: Condiment

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