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Homemade Coconut & Pecan Butter

|Homemade 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!

|Homemade Coconut & Pecan Butter

|Homemade Coconut & Pecan ButterPreparation time

Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 tbsp; 32 g / 1.1 oz):

Total Carbs6.5grams
Fiber4.4grams
Net Carbs2.1grams
Protein5grams
Fat11.6grams
of which Saturated3grams
Energy154kcal
Magnesium28mg (7% RDA)
Potassium124mg (6% EMR)

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

|Homemade Coconut & Pecan ButterIngredients (makes 250 g / 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).

|Homemade Coconut & Pecan ButterInstructions:

  1. Cut the vanilla bean lenghtwise and scrape the tiny seeds out. Place the shredded coconut and pecans into a food processor and pulse until chopped. |Homemade 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!

|Homemade 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.
|Homemade 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.
|Homemade 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.
|Homemade Coconut & Pecan Butter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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"!

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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).

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Did you soak and dry the nuts prior to using?

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

Hi Donna, yes I do Smile

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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

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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

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Shar 6/9/2015 6:13:42 PM #

I am going to attempt making this, my food processor isn't that great, but I'm going to use some MCT oil and maybe coconut oil and mix with peanut butter, (I love peanut butter, but don't think it's the best for me, because I over eat it.  However, if I can mute the taste, I will try and get back to you all.
New to this site, and love all the blogs and info.
Shar

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Martina @ KetoDiet 6/13/2015 10:24:37 PM #

Hi Shar, that sounds great! Just a note about MCT oil - it may keep the butter too runny and coconut oil may be better but it depends on what you plan to use it for.

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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

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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: ketodietapp.com/.../Almond-Cashew-Butter

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Hélène 7/25/2015 3:41:01 PM #

I need to retry this recipe with first roasting the nuts. Do you think I need to roast the coconut too? I'd prefer to leave it raw.
Cuisenart is a very strong processor (professional grade). About the only thing stronger is a Vitamix blender, which I don't have any longer and is a PAIN in the BEHIND to get nut butters out of so I wouldn't use it anyway. I wonder if my (Swedish-made) DLX kitchen center has a food processor attachment like your Kenwood? I don't think it does, but I do have the blender attachment for smoothies and such.

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Martina @ KetoDiet 7/26/2015 12:17:08 PM #

You can do either - I personally prefer roasted coconut and pecans in this recipe but my fiancé prefers to have both raw. I've been using the one from Kenwood and I'm very happy with it. The great thing about it is that it can do anything - you just need to get the right attachment Smile I make all nut butters in my Kenwood food processor - done in 30-60 seconds and no need for scrapping it from the sides. I guess there are other brands that are equally good - I'm sure you'll find some!

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

Has anyone tried using a Vitamix for making this?  TIA

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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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Marie 5/2/2015 7:42:54 PM #

I made it today and it is heavenly. Thank you so much for the recipe. I roasted both the coconut and the pecans beforehand. However, I am not sure what makes you think that coconut butter has less carbs than other nut butters. Quite the contrary, except for cashew or pistachios. Pecans are less than 6 net grams of carbs per 100 grams while desiccated coconut is more than 9. Brazil nuts and walnuts are only around 3 and almonds are less than 7.

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Martina @ KetoDiet 5/3/2015 3:59:33 PM #

Hi Marie, thank you! Smile Actually, what I meant is that coconut butter has less net carbs than peanut butter. Based on the USDA database which is very accurate, here are net carbs in 100 g:

Coconut: 6 g net carbs
Pecans: 4.3 g net carbs
Walnuts: 7 g net carbs
Almonds: 6-9 g net carbs (depends on whether they are blanched or not)
Brazil nuts: 4.8 g net carbs
Peanuts: 7.6 g net carbs

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Shar 6/9/2015 11:19:36 PM #

Marie,
Coconut oil has no carbs. Not sure about shredded Coconut or coconut butter,
but the oil is carb free. see my recipe below.

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Shar 6/9/2015 11:16:29 PM #

Just tried a variation. Coconut oil, organic, MCT oil (helps liquify), peanut creamy, organic. No sweeteners or extracts were needed so it could decrease the carbs.
The only carb is the amount of peanut butter, but it cuts down on the peanut butter while increasing the ability to get in to ketosis (using the coconut oil and MCT does this). So carbs are very low.
What I did I made from the food processor very quickly and then I poured some into a glass container and put in fridge.  when I tasted it, it was hardened, but not so much that you couldn't use it as a spread. Then I had some left over so I spooned some out tsp portions, placed in freezer and let it harden. So it was like a candy.  That was ok. The spread was more like peanut butter. The fat bomb was fair. I guess you could always add a sweetener.

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Martina @ KetoDiet 6/13/2015 10:22:27 PM #

Thanks for sharing! Smile

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Emily 7/12/2015 5:02:07 AM #

I am new to the Keto lifestyle and like the idea of fat bombs because I find it hard to consume so much fat. I saw you use this in a fat bomb recipe with dark chocolate. How else would you eat nut butters if we no longer can have our beloved toast? Actually I don't miss toast and I really thought I would. Whoo hoo!

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Martina @ KetoDiet 7/12/2015 9:59:43 PM #

I think you can try it with celery sticks or even on this grain-free bread from my blog Smile ketodietapp.com/.../Ultimate-Keto-Buns

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