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.
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?
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.
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.
Start blending. Turn the food processor on, and watch as the shredded coconut starts to look like a macaroon.
Keep blending. After a while of looking like a macaroon, the oils will start to release from the shredded coconut.
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.
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.
Watch How to Make Coconut Butter
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 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!
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So nice to see you in a video, you are really great. Thank you for explaining what is going on with this type of recipe. Now I have full confidence to try this again. Take care.
I made the Coconut Butter today and it turned out great, just like the step by step pictures. I read in a previous question that this can be kept at room temperature for a week, can it be refrigerated after that. Thank you.
Hi, In nutrition info there is important thing missing, how many grams in a serving?
1 serving is 2 tablespoons 🙂
This looks so good! Can I do it with the left over coconut after making coconut milk?
I don’t think so because some of the fat has been removed. I haven’t been able to find a good way to use the leftover coconut – maybe throw it into smoothies??
Can I use this in place of butter in recipes? My son is dairy free.
I don’t think so! I would recommend using a vegan butter alternative instead as they have a similar texture and fat type!
Ho! Can I use it as filling for a cake?
Sure! I think that would be delicious 🙂
Is this raw coconut? Thanks
It is, yes!
I will definitely try this!
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
This looks great! Look forward to trying it and not paying the expensive store prices. Quick question, how do you store it once made? Does it need to be kept in the refrigerator? Or room temp? And how long will it last?
I store mine at room temp! Should last a few weeks at least 🙂
Unsweetened shredded coconut? Silly question I know.
Yes! Thanks fo rasking 🙂
Wow…. this does look super easy! I might have to give this a try.
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Hope you love it!