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Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter

I used to LOVE peanut butter: on pancakes, in cookies, chicken stews or just by itself. It was often one of my pre-workout snacks. However, here are a few reasons why you may want to avoid peanut butter like I do now:

  • you are trying to eat as little carbs as possible
  • you are following a paleo lifestyle
  • you are allergic to peanuts

You can either try Coconut Butter, which has the least net carbs and most fiber from all nut butters - yes, coconut is technically not a nut :-) If you prefer a more "nutty" flavor, you will love this recipe. Just for comparison, Coconut & Pecan Butter has about half the carbs of unsweetened peanut butter!

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan ButterPreparation time:

 5-10 minutes   

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp; 30g / 1 oz):

Total Carbs6.4grams
Net Carbs2grams
of which Saturated2.9grams

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6.2%), protein (15.1%), fat (78.7%)

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan ButterIngredients (makes 250g / 8.8 oz jar, about 8 servings):

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan ButterInstructions:

  1. Cut the vanilla bean lenghwise and scrape the tiny seeds out. Place the shredded coconut and pecans into a food processor and pulse until chopped. |Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter

Update: Since I got my new Kenwood mixer with a food processor attachment, I don't use anything else to make nut / seed butter. It's strong, doesn't overheat and takes just a few minutes to make smooth nut butter!

|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter 2. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon and pulse everything until smooth for 30-60 seconds or longer if needed. Use a spatula to scrape the butter from the sides and pulse more.
|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter
3. You can use any food processor - don't use a hand blender, as it will overheat.
Note: Toasting / baking the coconut & pecans for 5-8 minutes helps with the blending and enhances the flavour.
|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter
4. Process until you reach the desired consistency. Pour the butter into a glass container and let it cool to room temperature. Try Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter to make fat bombs!
Note: You can store it at room temperature, there is no need to refrigerate it. Microwaving the butter for a few seconds will make it softer, while refrigerating has the opposite effect.
|Home-made Coconut & Pecan Butter

Comments (24) -

Nick 2/7/2014 11:16:27 AM #

I followed this recipe, but the final product was not 'buttery' at all.  It was dry, salty and crumb-like.  In desperation, I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  This didn't improve the consistency much.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.


Martina @ KetoDiet 2/7/2014 11:50:18 AM #

Thanks for your feedback! The way to make it "buttery" is to blend it for a few more minutes - you have to be patient but also careful not to overheat the blender. This recipe should be easier than making pure coconut butter which takes even longer  (~10 minutes). It may take a while but if you keep blending, it should get nice and smooth. If it's too salty, use less salt or use a sweetener instead. Hope this helps, Martina.


Nick 2/7/2014 12:09:45 PM #

Thanks Martina.  I think I used the wrong kind of blender before (blades too big).  Started redoing it with a smaller attachment that goes onto my mixer, and it was starting to look more buttery, when I accidentally killed my blender:-(. I'll try again after a visit to the shop tomorrow.


Martina @ KetoDiet 2/7/2014 3:24:30 PM #

I'm sorry to hear that! Did it overheat? :-( The problem is that some blenders may not be strong enough and they may overheat easily… Hope it's repaired soon. When you feel like it's getting hot, leave it for a while to "rest" and try again later. It happened to me, too.


cindy 2/26/2014 7:12:33 PM #

I think  a food processor works better for this kind of recipe.  You have to process it until the oils from the coconut and pecans are released and this sometimes requires patience!  This sounds like a great recipe and I will be trying it.


Martina @ KetoDiet 2/26/2014 7:35:30 PM #

Thank you Cindy! Toasted coconut butter and this recipe are my absolute favourites Smile


Sara 3/2/2014 10:04:48 AM #

Oooh, pecan butter. I've made almond butter...I have no idea how using pecans never occurred to me. Genius!

I do still love peanut butter though, and continue to eat it. Most natural brands are really not that high in carbs! However, one of my favorite alternatives is to use peanut flour instead, and mix that up with water to a peanut butter consistency - even lower in carbs and you can control the sodium and sweetness!


Martina @ KetoDiet 3/2/2014 2:47:55 PM #

Sounds like a great idea to me! Smile I used to eat peanut butter but my favourite now is almond and cashew butter and toasted coconut butter. I like using this one in chocolate covered "candies"!


Cynthia 3/9/2014 3:50:46 AM #

I just made the butter.  It took me a long time of food processing (because I like it smooth) but WOW!  Was it good!!  I am a type 1 diabetic who has found that the only way to get good blood sugar control is to eat a keto diet.  I haven't had peanut butter in a long time because it makes my blood sugar go too high.  Thanks for the recipe! (I did add a couple drops of liquid stevia which was pretty good but it would be excellent without it as well).


Martina @ KetoDiet 3/10/2014 11:27:19 AM #

Thank you, I'm glad you like it! It does take a while but it's all worth it Smile


Kathy 6/14/2014 3:29:21 AM #

I just made this and it's delicious!  I do agree with one comment that the amount of salt called for in the recipe may be too much.  I suggest starting with 1/4 teas and increase, if desired, after tasting.  I used a Vitamix blender and didn't have a bit of trouble.  Thank you for sharing!


Martina @ KetoDiet 6/15/2014 12:01:59 AM #

Thank you for your feedback Kathy! I will add this in the ingredients - I agree it may may be a bit too much salt for some people. Vitamix or Blendtec are the best!


Carol 7/4/2014 5:19:16 AM #

Could you use a food processor for this cause I just got one from amazon. I have a blender but it is a cheapy and not very good.


Martina @ KetoDiet 7/4/2014 10:56:23 PM #

Yes you can! Just make sure you use the right blades. I am about to get a food processor from Kenwood and I think there is an attachment for recipes like this. It should be the one that crushes ice and makes smoothies Smile


Jack 8/12/2014 12:14:16 AM #

Made this today and it's great! Especially love it in the fat bomb recipe.  Couple of things:

1. You must have the most powerful food processor on earth if it only took you 30-60 seconds to get this stuff smooth. I spent at least 30 minutes pulsing it, pushing down the sides, repulsing it, and so on. Just so people know, it could take more than a few minutes to get this to your desired consistency.

2. I found a little coconut oil to not only not make the butter runny but to be absolutely essential to even coming close to smooth texture. No matter how much processing I did, it wasn't getting smooth until I added about a Tblspn of oil. If anyone is trying to make this and not liking the texture, I'd say go ahead with the oil.

Other than that, great recipe! Love the site.


Martina @ KetoDiet 11/3/2014 7:36:16 PM #

Hi Jack, yes, you are right. Thanks for your comments! I realised that when I used my old blender and it got overheated and did't work until it cooled down. I bought Kenwood food processor which makes it in about a minute or two. Yes, adding coconut oil is a great way to make it smooth. I also found it easier to blend when I toasted both the coconut and the pecan nuts in the oven for about 7 minutes at 350F.


Donna 11/2/2014 5:41:24 PM #

Did you soak and dry the nuts prior to using?


Martina @ KetoDiet 11/3/2014 7:28:29 PM #

Hi Donna, yes I do Smile


Amy 1/28/2015 11:43:04 PM #

Hi Martina, looks great I'm excited to make some ! I wanted to ask if it keeps well? Sorry if I missed it in the text, how long would you keep this for approx? I am assuming best to keep at room temperature too ?

Thanks xx


Martina @ KetoDiet 1/28/2015 11:47:03 PM #

Hi Amy, yes it does, you can keep it at room temperature or in the fridge. It depends whether you prefer it runny or not. I keep mine at room temperature in a glass jar, lid on for up to a month - it usually doesn't last for too long in my house Smile


Hélène 2/5/2015 8:35:45 PM #

I tried soaking the nuts beforehand and never, after my half an hour in my very nice cuisenart, got it to make a butter. Added oil but didn't do much to help. Finally gave up cuz let me tell u, 30 min is a VERY long time to fight with the food processor.
Rly wanted to be able to make coconut butter as it's sooo pricey, as are nut butters, in the stores Frown


Martina @ KetoDiet 2/6/2015 6:01:12 PM #

Hi Helene, sorry to hear that. Did you use just soaked or soaked & dehydrated nuts? 30 minutes is way too long, you may want to try toasting / baking the pecans and coconut before - it makes the blending easier. You will need to use a strong food processor. I've got another recipe you may like here:


Deb 3/14/2015 4:30:50 PM #

Has anyone tried using a Vitamix for making this?  TIA


Martina @ KetoDiet 3/14/2015 5:45:49 PM #

Deb, I don't have a Vitamin but I think that's what many people have been using for making nut / seed butters. You may need to scrape the butter from the sides a few times but it should work Smile


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