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How to Make Coconut Butter

September 20, 2013

How to Make Coconut Butter

I remember first coming across coconut butter at the grocery store. I was puzzled by the concept. How the heck do you make butter out of coconuts?! I know I wasn’t alone in my confusion – my post on Coconut Manna (the Nutiva brand of coconut butter) is still the most popular post on my blog (followed closely by a post about Dr. Oz and the Paleo Diet!). And my post comparing Coconut Manna to Artisana’s coconut butter is in the top 10. So, it’d be fair to say coconut butter is pretty popular.

Nothing can explain what coconut butter is better than making a batch yourself. After all, it’s simply one ingredient: coconut – either shredded or flaked. And the process is much like that of making any nut butter.

Food processor + ingredient + time = ingredient butter.

The homemade stuff is a little different than the store bought, in my experience. The consistency varies, but is typically slightly more runny. But, considering that most people like to heat up their coconut butter to make it less solid anyway, that’s not much of an issue.

So what do you do with coconut butter? Like with nut butters, I tend to just eat it by the spoonful. But you can dip chocolate in it, or drizzle the coconut butter over fruit. Some people also like to use it in baking, smoothies, or to thicken sauces. I’ve even used it to stuff dates. And if you’d like, you can experiment with various coconut butter flavours by adding ingredients like vanilla, honey, cocoa, or even nuts.

Us paleo/primal folks like our butters, and this is another classic to stock your pantry with.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups coconut (either shredded or flaked)*
  • flavorings (salt, cocoa, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, etc.), optional

*You can use more, but do not use less as it’ll be difficult for the food processor to function properly. Four cups of coconut will make approximately 1.5 cups of coconut butter.

Preparation:

1) Place coconut in food processor*.

2) Process coconut until you get coconut butter (approx. 10 minutes depending on quantity of coconut used). Stop the processor every few minutes to scrape down the sides and also to rest the engine. The coconut will first break down into tiny pieces, and will then turn paste like. Next, it will actually liquefy and become very grainy and runny. Soon after, it’ll thicken, but it’ll remain liquid and slightly grainy. After a couple of minutes of this, processing further will not make any difference, and your coconut butter is done. It will solidify at room temperature, but may not become completely solid depending on what the room temperature is, humidity, etc. There’s no need to refrigerate it, and the coconut butter should keep in your cupboard for several weeks.

*You can also use a high-efficiency blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec (do not attempt in a regular blender).

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Aaron September 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I just discontinued the Nutiva Coconut Manna at our store …wasn’t selling. I think they did themselves a disservice by not calling it coconut butter. Coconut oil, on the other hand, still sells really well.

Yesterday I ordered in a new product by Maranatha – coconut almond butter. Obviously a mix somehow, but I didn’t get a sample to try. It’s not even on their website yet. Will be interesting to see it’s consistency.

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admin@primalist September 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Interesting. So does your store still sell coconut butter? Artisana? And I’m really curious about the coconut almond butter – let me know how you like it.. It’s probably the next nut butter variation I’d like to try making..

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Aaron September 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Yep, we still sell the Artisana coconut butter. It’s not a real fast mover either, but Artisana does have some niche (read: pricey) products that I like to keep on hand. And, at least, they do use the word butter on the label.

Aimee / Wallflower Girl September 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

I didn’t know it was that easy/simple to make coconut butter! It’s so expensive to buy here so I’ll definitely give this a go next time I need some. I used to love dipping dark chocolate into the coconut butter, tasted like bounty bars, mmm!

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admin@primalist September 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Sometimes it’s a little shocking to find out just how simple it is to make all the stuff they sell so expensively at the store :P

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kelli October 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

this just blew my mind. never thought to make coconut butter. fabulous idea!

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admin@primalist October 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

It is pretty mind blowing that it’s so simple!

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Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat October 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

This is perfect! Thank you. I’ve tried and failed with coconut butter before. I’m gonna try again now!

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admin@primalist October 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Hope it turns out for you this time around!

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SuePG January 2, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hi there,
I read about coconut manna on Jack Kruse’s forum, some of the contributors appear to think it’s awesome :) I’ve read your comparison and it made me wonder, you’ve tried making it with dried/dehydrated coconut but have you tried the fresh?

I’m keen to make some but before I break out my Vitamix (how does anyone manage without one lol) have you used fresh and would the instructions differ if you have?

Also, I wondered about the salt, does it have a purpose? I’m not a salt phobic but unless it adds something I wouldn’t automatically be tossing it into the mix.
Thanks.

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admin@primalist January 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Hi. The salt is just an optional flavoring, feel free to skip it. I’ve never tried using fresh coconut. From what I’ve seen online, fresh coconut is not recommended, people haven’t had much luck with it. And I wish I had a vitamix! But I don’t know how I’d live without a food processor!

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Mirian January 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Do you use dried coconut flakes or coconut meat?

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admin@primalist January 8, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Dried.

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Liz April 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Ingredient butter! Love it :-)

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