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Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter

When I shared my Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Fat Bombs, many of my readers had questions about one of the ingredients: coconut butter. So I decided to show you how I make my own. Although you can get ready-made coconut butter on Amazon, not everyone has access to it. Additionally, provided you have the right tools, you will save money if you make your own coconut butter.

What is coconut butter?

Coconut butter is not the same as coconut milk or cream. It's also known as coconut mana is made from dried coconut meat. It's one of the best foods suitable for the ketogenic diet. Coconut butter contains MCTs that will help you stay in ketosis. When searching for substitutes, use blanched almond butter instead. Avoid using regular dairy butter - it is not a suitable substitute in most recipes.

What's the best way to make it?

I've tried making nut and coconut butter in a blender and food processor and the food processor method was the best one I've tried (I use this Kenwood mixer with a food processor attachment).

What I realised is that you have to use enough coconut flakes (or shredded coconut) to prevent it from sticking to the sides of your food processor. I use 5 cups which always produces smooth coconut butter in a few minutes. If you don't have a food processor and use a blender instead, you may need to scrape the coconut from the sides of the blender every 10-15 seconds. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil which will help while blending.

Tips & recipes

I mostly use coconut butter for making fat bombs and it works great for thickening sauces. You can try toasting the coconut before blending. Toasting will make it easier to blend, smooth and will bring in fantastic flavour. Once you have toasted coconut butter, you can make my Keto Coconut Fat Bombs!

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Preparation time

Overall

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

1.9 grams 4.8 grams 1.9 grams 17.6 grams 15.4 grams 180 calories
Total Carbs6.7grams
Fiber4.8grams
Net Carbs1.9grams
Protein1.9grams
Fat17.6grams
of which Saturated15.4grams
Energy180kcal
Magnesium11mg (3%)
Potassium115mg (6%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4%), protein (4%), fat (92%)

Ingredients (makes ~ 1 ¼ cup / 300 g / 10.6 oz):

Instructions:

  1. Place the coconut - shredded or flaked - in a food processor (I use this Kenwood mixer with a food processor attachment that includes the "S blade").
  2. Start processing until desired consistency is reached. If you use enough coconut, you won't need to scrape it from the sides. Here is how the coconut looks before blending and after a minute... After 3-5 minutes... After 7-8 minutes... I add the salt at this point and just pulse for a few more seconds to mix it in. When the coconut butter is done, it will be runny and will solidify as it cools down. Just like coconut oil, coconut butter is solid at room temperature and becomes runny at 24 C/ 76 F. I store mine at room temperature for up to a month.

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Comments (47)

Hello Martina- I'm new to your blog. Thank you for all the good advice!
I read somewhere that eating a spoon full of coconut butter about an hour before a meal is a good idea to reign in appetite. What do you think? I love the Coconut Manna and would be happy to!

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Yes, I think it may help. Coconut butter is high in fat and fibre. Even better, make sure your meal includes enough protein - that is the most sating macronutrient and will keep hunger at bay.

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Hi! Thank you for the recipe. I'm new to keto. I made it today with my large Ninja 1800 blender. It took awhile but I would stop it, scrape sides, then blend again. I did use a tablespoon or two of a good coconut oil after a couple of minutes blending, and that helped while blending and getting it creamier. I appreciate your recipes and site. Thank you again.

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Thank you Patti!

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Hi!
Just got confused, should I use freshly flaked coconut or is this dried / packaged coconut flakes?
Thanks!

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Hi Joseph, you can use dried unsweetened coconut flakes or dried shredded coconut.

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Wow,I just made my first batch of coconut butter in my blendtec,I'm in heaven. I can't stop thinking of all the possibilities 😋💦 I think I could eat the whole jar❗️

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Thank you! Smile

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What a delicious treat. I made up a batch to use for fat bombs, but I'm not sure it's ever going to make it to the fat bomb stage. It's just so fantastic as is! (I did add a bit of cinnamon right at the end, just because I'm used to doing so with other nut butters.) Thank you for sharing how to do this!

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Awesome! It's my favourite treat too! Smile

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I just made this with my shitty old blender and it worked perfectly! I just set it to liquefy and it was liquid within 5 minutes Smile Just wanted to share for anyone who's worried about using a blender instead of a food processor.  

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i have a Ninja Masterprep food and drink mixer.  Is a combo of the ninja blender in a food processor type set up but uses the same style blades.  It worked great.

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I just tried but it isn't quite there just starting to but can't get it all the way
Mind you did pit it also in may hubby's little grinder it started to blend but was worried would blow out motor
Put back in Ninja and did it again just can't get it there but
We have an old processor must got to find the rest of it
Bit disappointed with the Ninja but

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Have you (or anyone else following this blog) tried making the butter in a Ninja?  Did you get the right results?
Thanks!

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Using dessicated coconut - does it need to be hydrated first?

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Hi Cherry, the coconut has to be dehydrated - it will get moist and creamy as you blend it because it's high in fat.

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Im just wondering how long it lasts, and whether or not to refrigerate it after? as well could you add MTC's to it instead of extra coconut oil?

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It lasts for months. I usually use mine by 1 month but it will last for 3-6 months. There is no coconut oil in this recipe so I'm not sure if you still want to add it? If you optionally want to use it, yes, MCT oil will work too. Unlike coconut oil, it doesn't solidify at low temperatures so it may make it more runny.

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Hey Martina, thanks for all your recipes! Would you be able to tell me the difference between flaked, shredded and desiccated coconut? I am only able to get desiccated coconut where I am and I have had mixed results with butters, milks, flours etc. They do turn to butter, but take a fair while to do so.
Thanks! Nick

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Hi Nick, of course! Shredded coconut is dried coconut meat shredded into small pieces (smaller than flaked coconut which is basically dried coconut chips/ flakes). Desiccated coconut is "dried" coconut and should be the same as "shredded" coconut. Just make sure you use unsweetened Smile

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Does it go bad after a month?

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I don't think so - I'd keep it for up to 3 months, it should last with no problem.

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That's amazing - I've just made it for the first time and it's fantastic - a good substitute for peanut butter for when I get round to making the keto bread/buns!  I added the cinnamon and it tastes lovely.  Thank you so much for such great recipes - I'm hooked on Keto now!!!

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Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you like it! Smile

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Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I have been looking all over for the coconut butter but it doesn't exist here. but here we do have plenty of shredded coconut. I thought in the beginning if it could be so easy, and yes it is! very easy and delicious. now I can follow your fat bomb Smile

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I'm glad you like it! Try toasting the coconut in the oven for 3-5 minutes, it brings in an amazing flavour Smile Details are here: ketodietapp.com/.../Keto-Coconut-Fat-Bombs

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Fortunately we have ready-roast coconut flake.it tastes real good I can't go back to other general fat bomb.

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Did you use dried coconut?  I have a brand new food processor and mine just stays grainy (like yours after a minute).

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Yes, I used dried coconut - flaked or shredded. I think that this may happen if you don't fill the food processor enough .... or it may be the food processor itself - it may not be strong enough.

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I have a Kitchen Aid food processor. I just get the grainy 3 minute version also. Now that I've ground up all this coconut, what can I do with it? It certainly isn't butter....  Help!!

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Have you tried adding some coconut oil? a tablespoon or two should help.

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I used my blender to break it up to gooey grainy stage - it would not go further... then I put it in my little Tribest personal blender with blender blade - it has come out nice and smooth. Pity it is 2 steps but it works. I made sure all the tools were warm to help it along.
I actually make a 1/2 recipe of the toasted keto bombs directly in the Tribest starting with cutting blade (needs a fair bit of knocking down) - and finish with blender blade to smooth up after coconut oil and butter is added.

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Darn, I've been trying to make this work and I just can't get it. Used 5 cups of flaked coconut (it was a bulk brand locally - so it wasn't huge pieces, looked someplace between flaked and shredded in size), and my food processor just keeps tossing it around. After about 15 min on and off, it looks like something between your 1 minute picture and the 3-5 minute picture. I tried adding some coconut oil to start it up, and everything gets warm and melts it, but doesn't do anything beyond that.
Is my food processor just sad/old? It's only about 2 years old and a decent model... maybe I'm doing something else wrong? Any ideas would be great. For now, I'm going to modify this batch into sugar free almond joys, but if I could trouble shoot, I could try again next shopping trip.
Thanks.

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Sorry to hear that Cassandra. If you added coconut oil and it didn't help either, I think that it's the food processor :-( Maybe the blades are not sharp enough or it's not strong enough?

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I tried coconut butter dozens of time and was never able to make it happen, even if I roasted the coconut flakes first or added lots of melted coconut oil. It would always just stay a gritty mess no matter what I did. I used a Nutribullet, another powerful blender and a food processor, which I burnt in the process but no luck.
Recently, I discovered "creamed coconut". It's sold in solid blocks for about £1.50 in supermarkets and £0.50 in Asian food stores. It basically is coconut butter that just needs to be mixed up. I just warm it up by placing it in hot water and then give it a minute or so in my Nutribullet. Makes wonderful creamy coconut butter that is ridiculously cheap.

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That's great! I sometimes get mine in bulk from Amazon (I think it's Tropical Sun). It has a layer of coconut oil on top so I just melt the whole packet in a double broiler.

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Hi, great to see how easy it is. I only have a  blender so I better get my scraper ready! One question for you - where do you get your unsweetened coconut from? I can't find it in the supermarkets and anything I have seen is either sweetened, or I'm unable to work out from the packaging if it is sweetened or not...

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Hi Richard, every package should have a list of ingredients... at least I would think it should. I get mine on Amazon - both flaked and shredded Smile

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I have tried this previously on my thermomix and I just couldn't get it to work.  Purchased a Kenwood Chef last week and viola, worked easy peasy! Yippee!  

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It is so much better than using a blender - no sticking Smile

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This is so easy and thank you for this recipe. I think Melonie meant the price of the coconut butter was so expensive on line and it's so simple and less expensive to make! I agree with her! I surely appreciate the recicepes to assist me on my keto journey. And thanks for the ebook too! This will keep me happy until your cookbook comes off the press! Your hard work is much appreciated! It's like Christmas in November!  

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Thank you Marybeth, yes I realised that and I changed my comment. I realised it when I read it today - I think I was probably too tired as I was reading it last night! Smile

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I agree, if you don't use enough coconut, it sticks to the sides! And it's really worth getting a mixer/chopper/food processor that does everything. It's not more expensive than getting all of the kitchen appliances together and saves so much space!

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Thanks for sharing Martina!Looks amazing 😊

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Thank you! Smile

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Really? That's it? They sell this for so much money... This changes everything! Thank you so much!!

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Yes, that's it! Smile

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