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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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  1. Munjeet wrote on April 17, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this, love.

    • Susan wrote on April 19, 2015

      You are welcome! 🙂

  2. Josef wrote on February 7, 2015

    What brand of mixer was used? I do not in the food processor Braun 600W fail 🙁

    • Susan wrote on February 10, 2015

      I used a Kitchenaid. Cheers!

  3. Anya wrote on November 25, 2014

    Has anyone tried making coconut butter the same way you make butter from cows cream? ie, whipping the coconut cream until it goes through the whipped stage and into the butter stage?

    • Maria A wrote on September 7, 2016

      I think it won’t. It isn’t really the same.


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