Homemade Coconut Butter

Homemade Coconut ButterIt is no secret that I love coconuts. My all time favorite coconut product is coconut butter. I use it on a daily basis. Coconut baby loves her coconut butter too! We pay anywhere from $10-$15 for a 16 oz jar of this stuff. Not cheap! So I decided it was time to start making our own.

Homemade Coconut Butter

Makes 1/2 – 3/4 cup

Ingredients: 2 cups organic shredded coconut

Directions: Process shredded coconut in food processor or vita-mix for 15-20 minutes.

After 5 minutes of processing…
10 minutes…

Slowly but surely, the shredded coconut became coconut butter! In this picture – Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate, Artisana Raw Coconut Butter, and Coconut Mama’s Coconut Butter.

  I gave the Coconut Baby a taste test of each coconut butter.

She checked the texture of the products as well as the flavors. Only the one with the most coconut flavor would win her over.

This one was her favorite!
Yep, she liked her Mama’s Coconut Butter the best!
Okay, she liked all of them. But I think deep down, she thought mine was the best!
Homemade Coconut Butter
  • 2 cups organic shredded coconut
  1. Process shredded coconut in food processor or Vitamix for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Slowly but surely, the shredded coconut becomes coconut butter!
About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
106 comments… add one
  • Melissa September 21, 2016, 12:25 pm

    I keep having to stop and scrape the sides of the processor every couple minutes. How long should it take doing this? I don’t want to ruin it.

  • Toni Sidhu August 3, 2016, 8:35 pm

    Hi there, when you say shredded coconut, do you mean fresh or dried. Since I live in Malaysia and fresh shredded coconut is so easily available, I would prefer that. Please advice. Thanks. 🙏❤️❤️

  • Leah July 27, 2016, 10:07 am

    What do you use coconut butter for? I’ve never heard of it before.

  • Tanya Staskiewicz June 14, 2016, 12:09 pm

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks so much for your coconut inspirations! I have a quick question. I live in the tropics and have access to lots of fresh coconuts. Purchasing coconut butter can be quite expensive here so I’d like to make it myself (or try to, lol). All of the recipes I’ve found use shredded coconut. I was wondering…do I have to shred the fresh coconut meat and then dehydrate it? Or can I just stick the meat in the food processor?


  • Kate Campbell-Lloyd June 4, 2016, 1:17 pm

    I had my babies in the early 1970’s and so would have loved to have known I coconuts and their value! It wasn’t until I went to Indonesia that I found both the oil and the art of weaving coconut leaf! I know that my babies would have benefited from what you have been fortunate to do with yours. As adults they are converts and we all have access to tropical daily fresh fruits!

  • Carla S. August 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Go take a look at Bulk Apothecary-Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil- 15 oz.-$9.16 / 7.5 lbs
    -$52.55/ 30 lb.- $192.90/ you can even get up to a 420 lb. drum( if you want that much 😉
    I was shocked at their prices. I’m going to order some now.

    • Sanda o October 19, 2015, 10:28 pm

      Looks so yummy, my family would love this! I want to try. When mixing with the vitamix, do you use the dry or the wet attachment?

  • Jessie April 25, 2015, 10:39 pm

    So, I tried making this with my ninja food processor on #3. It’s been 15-20 mins and still not creamy 🙁

  • Trish April 21, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Just made this coconut cream in my VitaMix…took less than 5 minutes! I did about 3 cups of coconut and it made about a cup of cream. Now I am going to make the berry bars that I found on this website…! Tried a 1/2 recipe the other day with store bought coconut cream…they were yum!…now I will make with the homemade cream and see if there is a difference… Thanks for all the insight and recipes!

  • Rebeccah February 22, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Hi. We are young experimenters in cooking. We tried to make butter using a black and decker food processor. It didn’t turn to butter after a long while. I noticed that the coconut flour (homemade) was brown like farine and their was some oil stains left on the pan. What did I do wrong?! However I really like your site and your coconut products.!

  • Bridget January 19, 2015, 11:41 am

    Hi…I am new to your website but have been using coconut oil for a while now. Just saw your recipe for making your own coconut butter. Question…is it best to refrigerate it after you make it or can it be kept in a container at room temp?

  • Ronnie M December 30, 2014, 11:29 am

    That is genius! A bag of shredded dried coconut is less than $2 a bag. I am going to try this.

  • kim December 7, 2014, 6:58 pm

    I lost your coconut milk weight loss smoothie, where did it go?

  • jennifer October 18, 2014, 1:07 am

    This is a good idea since I use it for my skin and the store is too expensive…but mine turns liquidy and grainy (very fine). While its tasty to eat, to my skin its like an exfoliant. Definitely not what I’m going for so what am I doing wrong?

    • The Coconut Mama October 21, 2014, 12:10 pm

      Coconut butter is grainy and not something I would use on my skin. Do you use store bought coconut butter on your skin or coconut oil?

  • Amanda Clarke October 7, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Hi Coconut Mama..Could you also make the coconut berry bars with 1 cup of coconut butter and 1 cup of coconut oil?

    • The Coconut Mama October 9, 2014, 2:27 pm

      It may turn out. I haven’t tested the recipe so I don’t know for sure.

  • Elaine Taylor September 28, 2014, 3:17 am

    Hi, can I make coconut butter without a food processor, if so, how please?

    Thank you.

    • Stacey G January 21, 2015, 6:44 pm

      Hi Elaine,

      I use my Bullet and it is sooooooo much faster!

  • alex September 4, 2014, 7:00 am

    Can you make the butter with sweetened coconut shavings? I am trying to right and it won’t seem to turn into butter after over 30 mins …. help!

    • Michelle September 21, 2014, 11:08 am

      I have the same problem, please help!

  • Kara September 3, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Can I use 4 cups of coconut to double the yield? Or does it create too much work for the food processor?

  • Karin September 1, 2014, 11:02 am

    I’ve never had coconut butter but it sounded wonderful, so I tried it. Mine came out a little gritty- still creamy but definitely not a pourable liquid. Is that right?

  • Paula Valadez June 15, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Where I live there are lots of coconuts, can I use fresh coconut meat. Or do I have to dry it first.

  • Monica H. March 24, 2014, 5:54 am

    Is it cheaper to make your own? I have been making coconut-butter “lotion” using coconut oil and coconut butter/spread (I haven’t had an outbreak of eczema in a few weeks now!) The store bought spread in a tub is a little expensive… Just wondering! Thanks! 🙂

  • Lorinda February 2, 2014, 3:35 pm

    I just made coconut butter. Purchased shredded coconut in the bulk section of our local HEB and dumped the entire bag (little over 1lb) into the food processor…
    5 minutes later, it was almost liquified.
    I set my timer for another 7 minutes and walked away; returned after 6 minutes and it was DONE! (I have a KitchenAid)
    Somehow it tastes better now than it did after blending for 5 minutes. Mine did not come out like soft butter (meaning silky and melt-in-your-mouth creamy), but with something similar to ‘liquified paste.’
    However, I am pleased with the results and will be making it again.
    Yield: about 1.5 – 2 cups (sorry, didn’t measure coconut shreds or amount of butter it made).

    • Lorinda February 2, 2014, 3:37 pm

      Coconut Mama, I was so excited with my results and then posting them, I neglected to say, “THANK YOU” for all your wonderful recipes posted on your page! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • halfjap November 18, 2013, 12:54 pm

    are coconut flakes the same as shredded ?

  • Deanna Rolfe Dunn November 13, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Love your site!!!! Just tried this for the first time…and I will never buy those expensive jars ($18 locally for a 14 oz. jar)! Also, my Cuisinart food processor only took 10 minutes to make this…score!!!

  • JohnDeb Morrison November 12, 2013, 11:20 am


  • avid77 November 9, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Hi I’m wondering if you can use raw coconut in place of dry, shredded? As is scooped straight from the coconut and put into the food processor? Thanks 🙂

  • Claudia July 22, 2013, 8:18 pm

    I meant: Would this work as a….

  • Claudia July 22, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Would this water as a non-dairy cream substitute in coffee/tea?

  • Michele July 9, 2013, 4:49 pm

    I am new to your site, love it! I am still trying to understand the difference in the terms. I’ve been making my own coconut milk for only a few weeks, the family loves it. I leave the coconut fiber from the making the milk in a bowl on the counter and the family scoops up some as they walk by. I am wondering if that can be used to make the butter? I hate waste it!

  • Sasha June 24, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Aloha Coconut Mama 🙂
    My one year old is allergic to eggs and dairy and I happily just came across your wisdom. Today I will start with the coconut butter. Due to BFing, I’m on the same diet and am so excited to try this on my vegan zucchini bread 🙂
    2 questions. 1 – is this stored in the fridge or is shelf okay? And how long does it last? 2 – what size jar is pictured here? 8 ounces? Guess that was really 3 questions 🙂 Thank you!

  • Addie R Campaigne May 21, 2013, 7:36 am

    your coconut baby is a cutie patootie!

  • Faith Gauthier May 10, 2013, 6:48 am

    I havn’t tried coconut butter yet. Still trying to get everything changed over in our diets. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  • Angelica Merritt-OrganicGelly April 19, 2013, 3:34 pm

    “Coconut baby” hahaha I died!!! I pay SO MUCH for coconut butter [same thing as oil?], so I will DEFINITELY be using this for future reference. Gosh. I’m already such a fan of your blog, and we’ve only just met. Cheers!

  • Meghan P December 7, 2012, 6:31 pm

    How do you store it? How long will it keep?

  • Susan Levanduski November 30, 2012, 3:52 pm

    What is the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter? I use Trader Joes coconut oil every day, it’s the most unrefined on the market and cheaper than everyone else’s too!

    • The Coconut Mama November 30, 2012, 5:55 pm

      Coconut butter is made up of coconut meat and coconut oil. It is thick like almond butter. You cannot sup coconut oil for coconut butter in recipes.

      • Susan Levanduski December 1, 2012, 10:39 am

        OK Thanks 🙂

  • Ellen Kupar November 18, 2012, 6:20 am

    Your taste tester is the best and thank you for the receipe. I am hoping to try this and the pumpkin fudge for a Thanksgiving family get together. Get idea and kudos to you for sharing it.

  • Lauren November 17, 2012, 3:44 pm

    I just did a test and put 2 cups of shredded coconut in my food processor and a little more than 2 cups in my Vitamix. I had to scrape both of them down a bit, but the Vitamix one was done in less than 5 minutes. I let the processer go for about 15 minutes and ended up just adding it to the Vitamix. LOVE this stuff! And i’m so glad I just came across your fudge recipes! I get my shredded coconut in bulk from Tropical Traditions. YUM!!!!!

    • The Coconut Mama November 17, 2012, 10:58 pm

      Lauren » Lucky girl! I wish I had a vitamix! I’m sure the vitamix works WAY better than the food processor.

    • Tanya September 17, 2014, 4:08 pm

      I have an Omniblend, pretty much the same as a vitamin but with more blades. Its says its not suitable for blending dry goods, it always needs some liquid? Help anyone, i’d love to try this?

  • Heidi November 14, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Is the coconut butter and coconut oil the same? different? and if different, can they be interchanged in recipes? so confused.

    • The Coconut Mama November 16, 2012, 9:58 am

      Heidi » No. Coconut butter is made from whole coconut meat, which has coconut fiber and coconut oil. They are not interchangeable.

  • Sarah November 8, 2012, 9:10 am

    Ok, crazy question but are you supposed to use unsweetened coconut?

    • The Coconut Mama November 8, 2012, 10:04 am

      Sarah » Yes 🙂

  • Joy October 17, 2012, 8:25 am

    Hey, thanks mucho, Coco Mama! I did make some of this in my
    blender, and like someone else noted, it was grainier than the boughten version. And I also tried making it in my Omega juicer…not too impressed with product.
    Wilderness Family Naturals has the cold pressed org. c.o. for
    around $31/gal right now, free shipping if ordered in quantity, like with a buying club….our church gang does this. Can’t remember, but THINK you need to order $300 in prod. to get free shipping. Also, this may be the price for a 5 gal. pail….sorry,
    have just joined this group and not sure of stuff!
    Your baby is adorable and your pic sequence and story line very
    entertaining and WHOLESOME-!! What a blessed baby! 🙂
    I too used to use Glory Bee c.o., the refined prod.
    I get my org. coc. flakes at our local Coburns for about $2.40/lb!!
    Awesome product and price! I get it for friends who are not near a Coburns. I live in the Mpls. MN area.
    Keep up the great work-you save us lotsa’ experimenting!

  • Mother April 5, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the great idea. We are just switching from sad to raw/vegan and I have been wanting to try some recipes with coconut cream but can’t find any where we live. Now we can get cooking (so to speak!).

  • Monifah January 20, 2012, 10:46 am

    My 8 month old girl already starts grinning when she spots the jar ;o)

    • The Coconut Mama January 20, 2012, 11:54 am

      Haha that is super cute!!!

  • Monifah January 20, 2012, 10:29 am

    I just buy blocks (200gr) of coconut cream concentrate (only coconut, nothing added) at the local thai shop, costs about $2. Melt it in a glass jar at home, stirr it and feed to all the kids and me ;o)

  • The Coconut Mama October 24, 2011, 11:09 pm

    Nice! You must have a nice food processor!
    You don’t have to store in the refrigerator. It can be stored in your cupboard just fine =)

  • Natalie October 24, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Okay, I just made this! It tastes wonderful and smooth!

    I didn’t quite take this long, maybe 5 minutes max combined (stopping and scraping the sides a few times). It went very fast. Umm, but I don’t know how it’s supposed to be stored, after it was mixed it was a little warm, so I poured into a mason jar and put in the fridge to solidify, did I do this right? Girly, how do you store your homemade coconut butter?

  • Natalie October 18, 2011, 2:09 am

    I’m gonna try this when I get my hand son some coconut shreds!

    AND where do you get your coconut oil for $27 per gallon?! That is such a great price! Share please 😉

    • The Coconut Mama October 18, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Hi Natalie,

      I was ordering coconut oil at Glory Bee Foods for that price, but sadly the price is now over $50 a gallon 🙁

      • Natalie October 19, 2011, 7:11 pm

        OH wow, what a rise in price huh! Did you find a better price anywhere else or do you keep getting it here?

        I currently get my coconut oil in 54oz tubs (double pack, so 108 ounces) on Amazon for around $38 on Subscriber and save. I previously tried Tropical Traditions, it’s wonderful, but a bit too coconutty for us. I also tried coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, I liked theirs better (as far as flavor and smell go), it was virgin too.

  • jackie June 29, 2011, 3:37 pm

    very cool! do you think using the nut butter attachment of my omega juicer would work too? i think i might try it!

  • crunchynurse February 26, 2011, 9:55 am

    Coconut Mama, where do you get your coconut oil for $27 a gallon? The best I have been able to find organic virgin coconut oil is closer to $50 a gallon.

  • Tiffany - The Coconut Mama February 19, 2011, 5:53 pm

    @ Brandon – hmmm I wonder if it depends on the type of shredded coconut? I'll make some tomorrow an will let you know how it goes!

  • Brandon February 18, 2011, 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this twice the other day, using 2 cups of coconut, but only ended up with 1/2 cup of coconut butter. I'm wondering if I'm using smaller coconut or if that is the exact amount that comes out.

    Thank you again!

  • April January 18, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Very cool. Thanks so much!

  • Krista September 3, 2010, 10:06 am

    I tried this today in my blender and it worked well. I don't have a VitaMix (I wish!), just a $50 Oster, but it broke it down into butter. It's still a little gritty, I don't know if it's because I have an inferior blender or I didn't let it process long enough.

    Oh, and I started with about 3.5 cups of dried coconut, because once it broke down into butter I wanted to have enough in there to clear the blades and keep moving.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sophie August 23, 2010, 6:11 am

    Waw, home made coconut butter!!

    Yours looks the best indeed!

    It is so easy to make. I didn't know that!

    Thanks for sharing & you have a COOl foodblog!

    many greetings from Brussels, Belgium!

  • Discount Medifast July 22, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Good idea, why buy and pay that terrible price, good for you.

  • The Smiths July 21, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Hey Tiffy speaking of coconut's, did you know amazon has coconut oil 2 jars for 13.74! Heres the link http://www.amazon.com/Nutiva-Organic-Virgin-Coconut-15-Ounce/dp/B001EO5Q64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1279752489&sr=8-1

    I love this blog btw!

  • gfe--gluten free easily July 21, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Great job and adorable photos and narrative! Now I need to stock up on coconut. 🙂


  • healy July 18, 2010, 10:09 pm

    so cute!!!yay for food we both love! oh good! as in double yum! coconut butter is calling my name. . .I've never thought that it can transform to a delicious butter

  • Tiffany - The Coconut Mama July 17, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Lacie – I tried the Let's Do Organic brand. I'm sure any organic brand will work.

    Melodie – I like to put it on my quinoa pancakes =). I also like to put it on toast, in my daughters baby food. GNOWFGLINS has frosting recipe using coconut butter that is really good. The nourishing gourmet has a yummy recipe for coconut orange fudge- http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/05/cooking-to-heal-review-coconut-orange-white-fudge.html

    Also, Tropical Traditions have a lot of recipes on their site –

    Chad – I believe it will last 6 months to a year.

    Hope you all enjoy your coconut butter! =)

  • Daphne July 16, 2010, 11:13 pm

    We are coconut lovers in my household so I will definitely be trying this! Thanks!

  • Chad July 16, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Interesting! So where do you use this coconut butter? How long does it keep for?

  • Melodie July 16, 2010, 7:59 pm

    That is so cute and I am so impressed with you! At first I thought you were going to make it out of the oil. Nope. I'm gonna have to try this. What do you put it on?

  • girlichef July 16, 2010, 4:36 pm

    How cool!! Sometimes I make my own coconut milk…but never thought of making butter…perhaps because I've never seen coconut butter or used it before I found your place!? I'll definitely give it a whirl. Whirl…ha!! 😉

  • Su-sieee! Mac July 16, 2010, 1:18 pm

    wow! who says you can't teach this old dog (me) new tricks. Thank you for the tip and the steps. I'm about to run out of out coconut oil. P.S. found you through Food Renegade.

  • Lacie July 16, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Wow, this seems so easy. I have a very hard time getting my hands on good coconut oil in my area. This seems like it would be a great option for me. Is there a specific brand of shredded coconut you recommend?

  • Tiffany - The Coconut Mama July 16, 2010, 7:07 am

    Michelle – I love your WWF carnival! I didn't get very much coconut oil from this. Its mainly butter. I get a really good price on my coconut oil ($27 a gallon). I think it would cost me more $ to use this technique to make coconut oil than to buy it. I will not be buying anymore coconut butter though! This is too easy and inexpensive to make =-)

    Kendra – I used dried coconut. At one point, it looks like flour. Just keep it going and it will turn into coconut butter.

  • Kendra July 16, 2010, 4:42 am

    did you use dry or fresh coconut? I'm curious.. because I've put dried coconut in the blender before to turn it into coconut flour.. I'd love to try this, but I'm confused on how it will not just turn to “flour”…

    • Samsalmon May 5, 2012, 2:28 am

      Kendra, the coconut “flour” would have eventually turn into coconut “butter”, if you’d left the blender running longer 🙂 When shredded coconut has been blended for a short-ish amount of time, the oils haven’t released yet, hence the powdery flour. Once they start to release, after the blender’s been going for a bit longer, it turns into the butter.

      • Synthia September 2, 2014, 11:53 pm

        I believe the moisture and fats are removed in store bought coconut flour.

  • Michelle (Health Food Lover) July 15, 2010, 10:16 pm

    Wow that is SO cool! I have to make this! So do you think that you'll be making this instead of buying coconut oil for now on?

    Thanks for linking up to Wholesome Whole Foods!

  • Diana Bauman July 15, 2010, 8:59 pm

    What a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for linking to Simple Lives Thursday 🙂

  • Tiffany - The Coconut Mama July 15, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Christy – a little less than a cup 🙂

    Nancy – Your welcome!

  • nancy July 15, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this great recipe!! I love to use the coconut butter but it is a bit pricey. Now I need not to worry!! Thanks again

  • Christy July 15, 2010, 5:46 pm

    Your taste tester is adorable and I am sure completely unbiased! How much did you actually get when all was said and done?

  • Jessie July 15, 2010, 8:51 am

    I've never let my food processor run for 15 minutes. Is there any danger of it overheating?

  • Philip July 15, 2010, 8:15 am

    I cannot stop giggling..that is so cute!

    – Your hubby


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