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People seem to be still going crazy for coconut butter. For good reason though. It's delicious and healthy but also comes with a hefty price tag. That's why it seems bizarre to me that so many still choose to buy it when you can make your own for less than half the price.

Before I show you how to make coconut butter, let's go over some coconut butter faqs for all those coconut butter newbies.

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  • What are the health benefits?
  • What does coconut butter look like?
  • How do I use coconut butter?
  • How do I make coconut butter?
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Are coconut butter and coconut oil the same thing?

No, No, No. Peanut butter and peanut oil aren't the same things, right? The same goes for coconut butter and oil. Coconut oil is made up of all fat while coconut butter also contains coconut meat. This gives coconut butter a nutritional edge over coconut oil because it also contains some fiber and protein.

Like peanut butter, coconut butter is delicious spread on toast and added in place of butter in dessert recipes. Coconut oil on the other hand is great for cooking.

What are the health benefits?

  • Fuel your body with healthy fats that are easily digestible and give you an energy boost like no other.
  • Get a daily dose of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, E, B, iron and zinc, all in one delicious spoonful.
  • Say goodbye to cravings and extra pounds with coconut butter's weight loss magic.
  • Keep your heart happy and healthy with coconut butter's cholesterol-lowering powers.
  • Get ready for compliments on your radiant skin and luscious hair, thanks to coconut butter's beauty benefits.
  • Soothe inflammation with coconut butter's anti-inflammatory properties
  • Balance your hormones and feel your best with coconut butter's hormone-regulating benefits.
  • Boost your immunity and stay healthy with coconut butter's antimicrobial properties.
  • Say hello to stable blood sugar levels and goodbye to diabetes with coconut butter's blood sugar-regulating benefits.

What does coconut butter look like?

The consistency of coconut butter will depend on the temperature. It can be anywhere from thin and runny to "hard as a rock" solid. There is no need to keep coconut butter in the fridge. However, if it's really hot out and you prefer a harder coconut butter then pop it in there. On the other hand, if it is so hard that it's preventing you from eating it, then heat the coconut butter in the microwave for a few seconds or in a water bath.

How do I use coconut butter?

My favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it's really addicting! You can also use it in baking. It tastes delicious in cookies or vegan fudge. When coconut butter is in its liquid form, you can drizzle it over ice cream, granola, fruit, or cereal.

Here's an easily digestible list of my favorite fun and creative ways to use coconut butter.

  1. Spread it on toast or crackers for a deliciously creamy and tropical twist on your morning breakfast.
  2. Whisk it into your coffee or tea for a creamy, coconutty boost of energy.
  3. Mix it into smoothies or oatmeal for a tropical twist on your favorite breakfast.
  4. Use it as a dairy-free alternative in baking recipes, like cakes, cookies, and brownies.
  5. Mix it with some cocoa powder and a sweetener of your choice for a homemade chocolate spread.
  6. Use it as a dairy-free alternative in savory recipes, like curries or soups.
  7. Mix it with some herbs, spices, and a little bit of liquid for a delicious marinade for tofu or tempeh.
  8. Use it as a replacement for butter or oil when cooking and sautéing.
  9. Eat it straight from the jar, as a healthy and delicious snack.
  10. Use it as a face or body moisturizer for a tropical spa experience at home

How do I make coconut butter?

This is the real reason you are here, right? I've called a lot of my recipes "easy" but this one is the easiest, though I can't really call it a recipe :D

Start by placing shredded and unsweetened coconut in a food processor and pulse. PS: This might work with sweetened but I haven't tried it and not sure if I would like that sugary taste.

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After the first few minutes, the shredded coconut will start clumping together (as seen above), and keep pulsing...

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Several minutes later, you'll see it turning into a smooth paste. You'll have to scrape the side down several times at this stage. If your food processor starts heating up, give it a break. The coconut won't go bad if you let it sit in the food processor for 5 minutes or 20 or an hour. Better to do this slowly than end up with a broken food processor.

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Just when you think that there is no way this will turn into coconut butter, it becomes nice and smooth. Due to the heat from your food processor, you will have coconut butter in a nearly liquid form. This actually makes it easy to pour out of the food processor and into your container. Pop it in the fridge to firm it up or drizzle it right away over your favorite vegan ice cream :)

I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it's colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.

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How to make Coconut Butter

CourseGluten free, Paleo, Vegan

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Makes 1 /2 cup

Author Vanessa @VeganFamilyRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2cupsshredded and unsweetened full fat Coconut

Instructions

Please note that you this DOES NOT work with fresh coconut! Use only unsweetened, dehydrated shredded coconut or coconut flakes.

  1. Pulse shredded coconut in food processor for 10 minutes until smooth. Scrape down sides when needed and pause occasionally to prevent food processor from overheating.

  2. Store coconut butter in an air tight container.

Not sure which kind of shredded coconut to use? Bob's Red MillShredded Coconut works wonders!

Now that you've made coconut butter, use it! I love using it for these Cranberry Nut Butter Cookies! So good :)

Looking for another nut butter to make?

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Then be sure to try my guide on How to make Walnut Butter- 3 ways!

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  1. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    This coconut butter looks so good! I would love to try baking it into Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have made Roasted Almond and Coconut Butter at home before and it was delicious so can't wait to try this! Is it weird that I want to use this as a body cream? It looks so luscious and creamy!!! Pinned and tweeted!! :)

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    • Vanessa says

      Not weird at all! It's supposed to be really good for your skin. I've always just eaten it all instead of putting it on my body. I'd would end up licking it all off if I did :D Roasted Almond and Coconut Butter sounds amazing. I'll have to try that too!

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      • Stacey says

        Great & easy recipe! Thanks! First thing I thought of is Body Butter!

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        • Vanessa says

          Thanks Stacey! You might actually be able to use it as body butter. Just lick it off afterwards ;) It's so delicious!

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          • james says

            might sound like a stupid question to you however, i've never made this and am keen, however cant find a recipe anywhere! that tells me HOW MUCH BUTTER

          • Vanessa says

            Hi James, I found that 2 cups of shredded coconut make 1/2 cup of coconut butter :)

    • Candita says

      I tried to make coconut butter with my ninja bullet RX and it burned the coconut butter before it even melt to butter. I followed the instructions for making it from the recipe in the book, which says to blend for 30 seconds interval but the butter burned .

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  2. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven says

    I love this tutorial, Vanessa! I've always wanted to try making my own coconut butter, and you make it look so dang easy! Pinned. :)

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  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    What a great post, Vanessa! I've never even though of making my own coconut butter, so I love your instructions. I also love how you described the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil, very helpful! I can't wait to see what baked goodies I can use coconut butter in. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Manali @ CookWithManali says

    What a wonderful post Vanessa, love the step by step pictures. Everything is better homemade and I'm sure this coconut butter is no exception :)

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  5. Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love says

    So I think I've been doing it all wrong... I've been spreading coconut oil my toast. Oops! Your post is saving me from spending a fortune on coconut oil (well.. butter now that I know!) now

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    • Vanessa says

      Haha, oh well...If you thought coconut oil on toast tasted good then you'll go crazy when you put coconut butter on it. Enjoy!

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  6. Elizabeth says

    I noticed that you said that you can use it in place of butter in dessert recipes. Is it a 1:1 substitution or do I need to use more/less coconut butter that regular butter in my recipes?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I always sub it 1:1 in recipes, sometimes if the dough seems a bit drier then I add a tablespoon of coconut oil to it as well. It works really well if you replace it for other nut butters in a recipe too i.e. replacing peanut butter in a PB cookie recipe for coconut butter.

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      • Lisa says

        I like to make big batches of things. How long can I store this for? And what's the best way? Thanks!

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        • Vanessa says

          Hi Lisa, I keep coconut butter in an airtight container/jar and it will keep for at least a few months in the pantry. There's no reason or need to refrigerate it. Just make sure you are sanitary about the way you use it to minimize the spread of bacteria. As much as I would love to eat the coconut butter straight out of the jar all the long, it's not the best if you want to keep this around for awhile :)

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  7. Laurel says

    Thanks for this. I keep buying coconut butter and it's draining my wallet. I'm a coconut butter addict haha. The step by step guide is great!

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  8. Levan @ MyWifeMakes.com says

    Hey hey! Saw you through Vegan Community when we were tagged. This is a wonderfully educational post, really cool stuff. Thanks for sharing both the directions and your knowledge. :)

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  9. Kelly @ Trial and Eater says

    I will have to bookmark this for later! I use coconut oil a lot when I'm trying to sub for butter, but have never used coconut butter. I see that you like you drizzle it over your peach coconut ice cream - I have made a kiwi coconut ice cream before that I bet this would be great with, too!

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  10. Chantel Herrington says

    I am definitely going to give this a try!!!! I love coconut oil and use it alot, I mean alot!!! This look and am sure it is sooo very easy. I will be making this very soon

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    • Vanessa says

      I use regular full-fat dried shredded unsweetened coconut that you can buy at any store for baking. Raw dehydrated coconut will not work. Also don't use fresh coconut or low-fat shredded coconut.

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      • Robbie Mock says

        NOW I see not to use raw or fresh coconut..after 45 minutes of processing.. what a waste of coconut..

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      • Trish Jordan says

        Hi,, Thanks for sharing ;-) I was wondering why you say not to use fresh raw ???? I saw this once done in a juicer ... Doesn't it come out right ?

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        • Vanessa says

          Hi Trish, Sorry for this response being so late. As far as I know, fresh coconut has too much liquid in it to make proper coconut butter. I'm planning on doing a tutorial on this soon though. In order to use fresh coconut you would need to blend/process the coconut then press out the the extra liquid through cheesecloth. Then take those remaining coconut flakes and dehydrate them either in a dehydrator or for several hours on low heat in the oven. Those flakes can then be used to make coconut butter.

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  11. Bernard says

    I saw your post in vegan community. This is a great post and very informative. My wife loves baking and now she has an alternative option. Thanks for this. :)

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  12. Emma says

    I love coconut butter on sweet potato. So good!

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    • Roja76 says

      that sounds delicious! I need to try that!

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  13. Meghan says

    How would you achieve this with fresh coconut? We live on an island and literally have 100s of coconuts laying around. Thanks!

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Meghan,

      As far as I know it isn't possible to make coconut butter out of fresh coconuts as it won't have the right consistency. The coconut would need to be dried first in order to make coconut butter.

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  14. Emily Dempster says

    I like to make coconut cranberry fudge. Simply coconut butter, dried cranberries and maple to taste. Press in a pan and pop in the refrigerator. Also good with some dark choc chips mixed through.

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    • Vanessa says

      Coconut Cranberry Fudge sounds delicious, Emily! Love how simple it is and the addition of dried cranberries :) Will have to give that a try!

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  15. Rachel says

    this looks amazing!! and so simple!
    i don't have a food processor- can i use my vitamix for this?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Rachel,

      Yes, you can use your vitamix. You may need to scrape down the sides more often but it should definitely work :)

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  16. Silvia says

    Can I use fresh coconut? Id love to try this and i can get the coconuts cheap all year round here where I live. Thanks :)

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Silivia, You would need to dehydrate/dry the fresh coconut first and I won't be able to tell you exactly how to do that. I haven't tried it with fresh coconut. If you figure out a way, please let me know :)

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    • Marisol says

      Rayando el coco fresco y dejando secar al sol sobre una charola, se obtiene coco deshidratado q se puede utilizar en las recetas y estarás totalmente segura de su procedencia

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      • Rosita Libre de Marulanda says

        Marisol, I love your post in Spanish.

        I think that your suggestion of sun-drying the coconut flakes may work better than squeezing the flakes through a cheese cloth or old clean t-shirt to ensure preserving all that valuable coconut milk, oil, and nutrients. However, this would not work in the States because of the scarcity of sun, space and time.

        In Colombia, S.A., we sun-dry bananas and plums. In USA, we buy sun-dried tomatoes. No liquid is ever drained from these fruits.

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  17. Sadaf F K. says

    What a clever I idea for creating that healthy butter! Just think of using this butter in Chocolate cake *bamm* You're in heaven! ;)

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    • Vanessa says

      mmm yum! Didn't even think about using in chocolate cake. Will definitely be trying that :)

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  18. Cyndy says

    Can you make it in a Vitamix blender? I don't have a food processor. Are there any changes to the process if you do?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Cyndy, you can definitely make this in a vitamix as well and it will even be faster! You might have to scrape the sides a few times though but that's a small price to pay for homemade coconut butter :)

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  19. Lisa says

    Hi,

    Thanks for a great post, I was just wondering, how long do you think you could keep it for? Does it have quite a long shelf life?

    Thanks!

    L

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Lisa, Coconut Butter will keep quite long. I've always used it up within 2 weeks but if you keep in an airtight container and don't keep it clean (no dipping a licked spoon back in it) then it should be able to keep even longer.

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  20. Seth says

    Hi Vanessa,

    I'm presently living near an abundance of coconuts...yeeha
    And since I'm on a healing journey, due to a cancer diagnoses...I have a Nutri-Bullet blender with me.
    So I'm wondering what your thoughts are on using fresh coconut meats? I can get younger or older varieties. The only thing I can't get here is dried, shredded coconut. Go figure???

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Seth, Lucky you for living near an abundance of coconuts! As far as I know it's not possible to make coconut butter with fresh coconut unless you have a dehydrator. if you can dehydrate the coconut flesh (don't fry or cook it) then you should be able to make it into coconut butter. Sorry, I wish it was easier :)

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  21. Liza says

    Where I live I get fresh shredded coconut. How do I get it dry without turning brown which happens if I toast or dry fry it.

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    • Vanessa says

      I think you'll have to dehydrate it first( no toasting or frying) but I'm not quite sure as I've never done that myself. I know you can't turn fresh coconut into coconut butter, it definitely needs to be dried out first.

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  22. Rebekah says

    i just made this in my nutribullet using bobs red mill unsweetened coconut and it was SO EASY! Done in about 2 minutes just blending, no scraping, no letting the blender cool down. Definitely recommend using the nutribullet. I also keep my glass jars from coconut oil and sanitize to use for food storage (perfect portion control+ no plasic!) so placed my coconut butter in one to store. Yum! Thanks for he great instructions!!!

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    • Vanessa says

      Isn't it just so easy to make? It's so great and to think of all the money I wasted buying expensive store bought coconut butter at first! I always keep all my empty glass jars as well :) I don't have a nutribullet but have heard great things. I'll have to look into getting one. Thanks for the tip, Rebekah!

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    • This Vegan Girl says

      I used my food processor (which took about 10 minutes). I have a NutriBullet. I should've used it! Thanks for the idea. I'll do that next time.

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  23. James Martin says

    Vanessa,

    My dear friend shared this with me. I just read it on my lunchbreak and honestly enjoyed the posts as much as the recipe(s).
    You are so kind and obviously thoughtful in your responses. The recipe ...much appreciated too.
    Thanks and God bless you!

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    • Vanessa says

      Thank you, James. It's always encouraging to hear such kind words :) I"m glad enjoyed looking through the recipes. Let me know if you try any of them!

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  24. Maija says

    The other day I bought a coconut that had been in the 'reduced' rack.
    It had no liquid in it. I cleaned it and tried to make coconut butter.
    I bet I have close to an hour of blending time! I finally gave up.
    What I have is something like a dry mush... if that makes any sense.
    What can I do with that?
    Help!

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Maija,

      You won't be able to turn fresh coconut into coconut butter. It needs to be dehydrated first. It's easiest to just buy shredded coconut at a grocery store for this :)

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      • Maija says

        Thank you for getting back to me so quickly!
        I'll find something else to do with this mush and
        start over with dehydrated.

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  25. Cari says

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I've been buying coconut butter on a regular basis, and finally decided to make my own. I processed for about 8 minutes and it was liquid. I poured it into my jar, had a taste, and it was a little grainy. Huge disappointment. Would it have gotten even more smooth if i had let it go longer? Thanks for your advice.

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Cari, When it is in liquid form you can try some and see if it still tastes grainy to you. If it does, then keep blending. If you aren't satisfied with the coconut butter you made then just put it back in your food processor and process again. Each food processor is different so the times might vary a bit.

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  26. clara k says

    Now here is a weird question. Can you use this in homemade lotions as well as food recipes or should I stick with coconut oil?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Clara, I haven't used it personally as a lotion (I just tend to eat all of it) but I'm sure you can. It might not soak into your skin though the way coconut oil does though. Check out this link though She talks about her beauty uses for coconut butter. She uses it for foat soaks, baths, night cream, body scrubs,etc. All things I really want to try now :)

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  27. Connie says

    Thanks for the recipe, was going to try to make this but the only coconut they had in the store was sweetened.. Will this work?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Connie, I've never made coconut butter with sweetened coconut before. I have heard from a few people that they were unsuccessful using sweetened coconut. It might be that the sugar or oil content is different. It's up to you if you want to try it. Personally, I would try looked for unsweetened coconut to make sure I don't have to toss it all. Have you maybe checked online? Most health stores carry unsweetened coconut.

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  28. Michelle says

    What if I don't have a food processor?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Michelle, Do you have a high powdered blender like a vitamix or nutribullet? If not, I'm afraid there's no real way to do it without a food processor. You could try with a regular blender but I can't guarantee that it will work since the blades and power of ordinary blender just isn't up to par.

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  29. Sloane says

    I've been pulsing mine for about 20-30 minutes and it still hasn't clumped together/ or started to get smooth.. Am I doing something wrong? I used unsweetened shredded coconut bought from bulk barn.

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Sloane, I'm not sure. Where you using a food processor? It really shouldn't take that long...

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  30. Erykah says

    How perfectly simply, which makes it so perfectly awesome! I'm going to buy some coconut today and I like the idea of one of the commenters of roasted almond and coconut butter! Sounds yummy! Mmmmm.....:-)

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  31. This Vegan Girl says

    I tried this idea and it worked out perfectly! I added a tiny bit of sea salt to give it more of a salted-butter taste, and it worked out well. I was looking for a vegan butter recipe that didn't require the use of destructive palm oil, and this is it! Thank you for such an amazing idea!

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  32. Lisa says

    I can't wait to try this. I'm thinking about using my nutribullet to make it. Also, how do you think it will be added to a cup of coffee?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Lisa, I don't have a nutribullet but have heard from others that making coconut butter with it is a breeze. I've also never added coconut butter to my coffee (I'll have to try it out tomorrow morning) but have heard it's supposed to be really yummy :)

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  33. Gill says

    I make my own Granola using peanut butter and honey mixed into raw oats. Next time I am going to use coconut butter with the honey instead

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  34. Karlee says

    I am definitely intrigued; thanks for the great post! Really looking forward to trying this in a pie crust..... mmmm lemon meringue with coconut! !!!

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  35. J'Marinde says

    Just curious - - I am a sweet coconut lover too (as well as ANYTHING coconut, sweet ot not). How would it turn out if I used a bag of sweetened baking "angel flake" coconut? Sweet coconut butter or ....? Thanks for this WONDERFUL post!!!

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi :) I've never tried making coconut with sweetened coconut flakes before...so I'm not sure how it will turn out. Let me know if you give it a try and how it turns out :) I might just have to try it myself then :)

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  36. Rachel Stetler says

    I started this last night but did a larger batch. I've had to stop twice to let my processor cool down. I am at the middle stage, and its taking forever. I had to stop to come to work and will resume later this evening. Came back and read this I guess I should split the batch in to two smaller ones and then it will come together a bit faster. What is the shelf life of this butter and do you store it in the fridge?

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Rachel, yes, the more you try to make it longer it may take. It really depends on the strength of your food processor. Coconut butter has a long shelf life, up to 3 months. Just make sure to be sanitary about it. No licking the spoon and then scooping more of the coconut butter out :) It's hard not to! You can also just keep it in the pantry. You can keep it in the fridge but it not necessary. Hope it turns out for you :)

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  37. Ingrid says

    I make my own coconut oil and I use it all over my body. I use it in my hair to. I mix it with olive oil and vitamin E oil, just to make it smell nice. I also do a lot o baking with coconut. Cocount bakes, tarts and rolls. Thanks for information . I am going to try it

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  38. Amy says

    I'm confused as to exactly WHAT kind of coconut to use. I bought some Let's Do...Organic 100% Organic unsweetened finely shredded coconut for baking to make some muffins and had tons left over. So I decided to try the coconut butter recipe. After I poured 4 cups into my processor I read that it's reduced fat. Is this why it NEVER creamed? lol I think I had it in there for 15 mins and nothing happened.

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    • Vanessa says

      Hi Amy,

      Yes, reduced fat coconut flakes won't work. I've learned that the hard way too :( Hope you get a chance to make some coconut butter with full fat coconut flakes :)

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  39. Silvana V says

    Hi Vanessa.
    Can I use the blender?
    Thanks
    Silvana

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Silvana, You can try using a blender for this. You'll probably need to scrape the sides more often so that the coconut doesn't get stuck underneath the blender blade.

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  40. Amber Fowler says

    What kind of food processor do you use? Does it work for nut butters, dairy free milks, etc.? Thanks!

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  41. Kimberly says

    I could not wait to try this recipe with my new Nutribullet! But something has gone wrong. I have been processing for over an hour on high, and when I tasted it, it was horrible. The mixture was very dry and gritty. After reading the other comments, I still don't understand what could have gone wrong. I used Bob's Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I may just dump this batch and try again another time because this recipe looks amazing.

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Kimberly, mmm not sure what happened. Did you maybe try to use too much coconut at once? I've only heard good things of people using a nutribullet. If you haven't already dumped it then maybe try removing half of it and give it another go?

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  42. Catie says

    I must have a weak processor...I've been in my kitchen for literally an hour...and still have no butter to show for it. :( I think I might finally be getting close. Your pictures are so beautiful! I hope it turns out so I can make fudge. Lol

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  43. Kim says

    I have been blending and blending and blending to the point where I have a headache from my food processor and it's still not turning to butter. Any suggestion?!?

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Kim, what kind of coconut did you use? It needs to be full fat and not dehydrated. Bob's Red Mill works well or the big coconut flakes usually work the best.

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  44. Consuelo says

    Thanks for the recipe, I'm planning on making it as soon as I finish the jar I bought.
    It's important to know that coconut oil is the healthiest oil for heating and cooking. I use it for stir fries, curry of all kinds, baking, etc. and my husband makes the best crab cakes fried on coconut oil. It doesn't have a strong coconut taste at all.
    Enjoy and thanks again!

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  45. Liberty says

    I'm looking forward to trying this for my son! He loves to lather his toast with butter, but he loves coconut, so I think this will be a great hit with him!

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  46. susan sorrell says

    I bought the Bob's red mill that you suggested from Amazon and I used a good processor...but I never got a butter consistency. I ended up putting 4 table spoons of coconut oil in the processor and the flakes started to "butter" up. The flakes were really small and dry...so I don't know if they changed the product or not.

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  47. Beth says

    Made this using a mini food chopper and a Ninja smoothie cup. I couldn't get it quite as smooth as yours, but it still worked just fine. Thanks!

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  48. Maxine says

    I use coconut oil in my coffee some of my cooking but I never heard of the coconut butter I can't wait to make some like tomorrow morning. Thanks

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  49. Aimee says

    Do you know if this will work for buttercream frosting? (Softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla). Was planning on substituting the regular butter with the coconut butter.... Would it be a 1:1 substitution? Will it hold up the same as refular butter? Thanks :)

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Aimee, I actually have never tried using coconut butter in a frosting. I have no idea why I've never thought of that but it sounds absolutely delicious!I did find this though recipe for a coconut butter frosting though. Hopefully that will help. It doesn't have any comments so I'm not sure if it's good but let me know if you try it. I would love to hear how it turns out :)

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  50. Ima says

    Hi, I live in coconut land of Indonesia. It's always hot here like summer all year round. Would my coconut butter set? Another questin is I always freeze my leftover coconut otherwise they'll go bad. Can I use my frozen coconut or do I need to toast them a bit to reduce the water content? If I use high power blender, how long does it take to get the coconut to turn into butter?

    Thanks

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Ima, The coconut needs to be dehydrated first before turning it into coconut butter. You can do that my toasting them at very low temperature in the oven for 6 hrs. Hope that helps you make Coconut Butter!!

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  51. Aura says

    WOW! Thank you for sharing. I will make is as soon as I can get the coconut 😊

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  52. Anand says

    Hi Vanessa, can you use fresh coconut meat to make the butter instead of dried shredded coconut. I am from the Caribbean so its really easy to get a couple of dry coconuts and split them open for the meat.

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Anand,

      In order to make coconut butter you will need to use dehydrated coconut. Using fresh coconut meat has too much liquid and won't turn out the way it should. You can shred your fresh coconut meat and then bake it at a low temperature in the oven for roughly 4 -6 hrs. If you have a dehydrator that will work even better. Hope that helps ;)

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      • Anand says

        thank you will definitely try it.

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  53. Anna says

    I have the same kind of coconut that you linked to, but it says it is dehydrated? And it seems rather dry. I'm confused because I am used to working with sweetened coconut which is definitely more moist. I put it in water to "fluff" it up like it said on the bag, but it never worked. Just stayed shredded and never came together. Do you do anything to your coconut before you put it in the food processor?

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Anna, Dehydrated Coconut is exactly what you want to use to make coconut butter. Don't add any water to it. It just takes some time for it to come together. It really all depends on the power and speed of your food processor.

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  54. Madison says

    I am happy to read your article.
    Thanks for share the article.
    Thank you so much.

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  55. Jamie says

    I don't have a food processor, but I own a ninja blender and an immersion blender. Would either of these work?

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Jamie, I've never used a ninja blender before but I remember other readers telling me that they made coconut butter using it and it working out beautifully ;)

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      • Jamie says

        Thank you for the reply! If I were to buy a food processor, do you have a recommendation on a size/brand? I cook for myself and meal prep each week

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        • Vanessa Croessmann says

          I use a Kitchenaid 9 cup food processor right now. However, if you are cooking for yourself then I think a 7 cup food processor would work great for you!

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  56. Ashley says

    Okay I've tried this before in my Vitamix which I make TONS of nut butters in with great results and it DID NOT work. My coconut would not turn into a butter consistency at all and I kept trying and trying and even added some oil to it to try to smooth it out...no luck. What gives? Did I use the wrong type of coconut flakes? I would LOVE to figure this out...

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  57. Sue says

    It needs to be noted in the first part of the recipe - in a very visible manner - that you cannot use fresh coconut for this. Like others here, I tried it and failed, wasting a significant amount of time and electricity trying to process fresh coconut. Not everyone reads the comments before they try the recipe. I will do something else with the coconut, but was very frustrated that this was not made clear in the recipe. It simply says to use coconut - not dried coconut.

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    • Vanessa Croessmann says

      Hi Sue, So sorry you had that experience. I falsely assumed that from the pictures and the shredded coconut I linked to that it would be assumed that dehydrated would be the only one. Thanks for pointing that out though. I'm make a note and changing that now.

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