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Homemade Coconut Butter

I love coconut butter. You will notice that in many of my recipes, I use coconut butter instead of coconut oil. Why? Because it has a richer flavor and a better texture than coconut oil. But coconut butter is both expensive and hard for some people to find. The solution? Make your own. But be sure to read the comments at the end of the post. It is good, but it isn’t exactly like Artisana coconut butter, my favorite.

 

 

I have seen a lot of posts on making your own coconut butter. I was pretty convinced that homemade coconut butter (made from dried coconut) could never be as good as the brand I like to use which is made from raw coconut. But this post, coconut butter, inspired me to try. I will walk you though the steps.

 

Homemade Coconut Butter – Visual Instructions. Recipe Follows.

 

Place dried coconut in food processor. I have a 12 cup processor. If yours is smaller, you can adjust and make two batches.

After 2 minutes

After 4 minutes

After 6 minutes. The oils are starting to release.

After 8 minutes it is looking pretty good.

After 10 minutes it is pretty liquid.

Pour it into a clean jar and let cool. Don’t worry, it isn’t hot, just slightly warm. As it cools it will harden.

 

Conclusion and Tips

I must admit, I was pretty impressed. It hardened (see first picture) after sitting at room temperature for a bit. It looked like coconut butter and it tasted pretty darn good. And I am very picky about the qualities of my ingredients. What I didn’t like was that it is grainy. Even after a turn in the high speed blender, I could never get the beautiful smooth consistency of the Artisana coconut butter I was comparing it to. But in a pinch, especially in recipes that the consistency would be covered up by other textures, it could work. And oh my, it is a fraction of the cost. My 16 ounces of dried coconut made over 2 cups. Probably the equivalent to a 10 ounce jar of the Artisana.

 

Note: My food processor is a 12 cup KitchenAid. It is a work horse. It didn’t even bat an eye at making this. But all food processors are different. Keep an eye on yours while running it this long.

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133 Comments

  1. peg andrews wrote on August 31, 2016

    I bought the Artisan brand that you like..never having any experience with coconut butter, I was expecting something creamy like butter..it was awful..hard as a rock and extremely gritty..no matter what I did to try and soften it, nothing worked…couldnt get it out of the jar so I threw it out and decided I was done with it..

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    • Susan wrote on September 1, 2016

      Hi, Peg, You simply have to warm it up a bit and it will be very creamy. Cheers!

      Reply
  2. Be wrote on August 26, 2016

    So you start out with unsweetened dried coconut flakes? I can not find a place in your recipe where it says what to use exactly.

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    • Susan wrote on August 26, 2016

      Hi, Be, If you page down the actual recipe follows the pictures. Cheers!

      Reply
  3. Lisa Corine wrote on July 29, 2016

    I too would like to know – Do you use the coconut like you do the oil, in other words if a recipe calls for a cup of oil, do you use the same for the coconut butter?

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  4. Irene Strick wrote on July 19, 2016

    Do you use the coconut like you do the oil, in other words if a recipe calls for a cup of oil, do you use the same for the coconut butter?

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  5. John Marris wrote on May 11, 2016

    Coconut butter is really very tasty…almost we made coconut butter at home.At breakfast with bread we eat coconut butter its very yummy.Without coconut butter i can not eat my breakfast.Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Vince wrote on March 12, 2016

    I just made this per your instructions, Love it Thank you

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    • Susan wrote on March 14, 2016

      Hi, Vince, So glad you like it! Cheers!

      Reply
  7. Elizabeth Buttle wrote on November 11, 2015

    Hi. Can coconut butter be made from a raw coconut bought at a supermarket? Does it have to be dried flakes? Is a raw fruit just too wet for it to work?
    Thanks!

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    • Susan wrote on November 17, 2015

      Hi, Elizabeth. Unfortunately no. There is too much moisture in it. Cheers!

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