Coconut butter is a fantastic spread made from dried coconut flakes. If you have a high-speed blender or food processor, you can make this coconut butter recipe at home in under 10 minutes!
If you haven’t tried coconut butter, you’re missing out! This thick and creamy spread tastes delicious and is the main ingredient in many vegan and paleo desserts.
What Is Coconut Butter?
Coconut butter is a thick spread made from dried coconut meat. It is not the same as coconut oil, coconut cream, or coconut milk and cannot be used interchangeably with those ingredients in recipes (I get asked about this a lot). Coconut butter is a similar texture to almond butter and is a great alternative for those with nut allergies.
Coconut Butter vs Coconut Oil: What’s The Difference?
Think of coconut butter like you would peanut butter. It’s a spread, not an oil that’s made from dried coconut meat, which is both coconut meat and oil.
Substitues for Coconut Butter
You can substitute coconut butter for other kinds of butter like almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter in most recipes.
Other Names For Coconut Butter
You’ll see different types of coconut butter at your local store under different labels. For example, coconut butter is the same as products like Coconut Spread, Coconut Manna, Creamed Coconut, and Coconut Cream Concentrate.
How To Use Coconut Butter
Over the years, I’ve received several emails from readers asking me for ideas on using coconut butter in the kitchen. I use it as a replacement for nut butter for toast or sandwiches, and I like to create delicious treats for my family. Coconut butter is perfect in vegan and paleo desserts, can be added to smoothies, it’s an excellent base for homemade coconut fudge, and adds a creaminess to oatmeal! I also like to drizzle it over pancakes and have made coconut frosting with coconut butter! However you decided to use homemade coconut butter, it’ll be delicious!
How To Make Coconut Butter
So now that you know all the deets on coconut butter, I’m going to show you how to make it with this easy 1-ingredient recipe!
Step 1: Fill your food processor with 3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, shredded coconut, or desiccated coconut.
Step 2: Now, secure the lid and process the coconut flakes until they grind into a creamy butter.
Next, use a spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor down and continue to process until the coconut butter is smooth, 5-10 minutes depending on how powerful your food processor is.
I used a Cuisinart food processor to make this. You can use a high power blender like a Vitamix to blend up coconut butter as well.
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Coconut Butter Recipe
Coconut butter is a fantastic spread made from dried coconut flakes. If you have a high-speed blender or food processor, you can make your own coconut butter at home in under 10 minutes!
- Cook Time: 5-10
- Total Time: 5-10 minutes
- Yield: 5.5 ounces 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 cups coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- Fill your food processor with 3 cups of dried coconut flakes.
- Secure the lid and process the coconut flakes until they grind into a creamy butter.
- Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor down and continue to process until the coconut butter is smooth, 5-10 minutes depending on how powerful your food processor is.
- Pour coconut butter into an air-tight container or jar, and store at room temperature for 2 weeks.
- In cool temps the coconut butter may be too hard to scoop out. When this happens, I place the jar of coconut butter in the microwave and warm up for 20-30 seconds or until it softens up.
Coconut butter flavorings: Add melted chocolate or coco powder to warm coconut butter to make a chocolate flavored spread! Or add vanilla beans powder or vanilla extract to make a sweet vanilla flavor.
I used a Cuisinart food processor to make this. You can use a high power blender like a Vitamix to make it as well.
- Serving Size: 1 tbsp
- Calories: 105
- Sugar: 1g
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 9g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0