Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter

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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!

Hands-on 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
Calories180kcal
Magnesium11mg (3%)
Potassium115mg (6%)

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

Ingredients (makes ~ 1 1/4 cup / 300 g / 10.6 oz)

Note: If you don't have a strong food processor to make it, you can buy coconut butter on Amazon.

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"). Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter
  2. Start processing until desired consistency is reached. If you use enough coconut, you won't need to scrape it from the sides. Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter Here is how the coconut looks before blending and after a minute... Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter After 3-5 minutes... Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter After 7-8 minutes... I add the salt at this point and just pulse for a few more seconds to mix it in. Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter 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. Foolproof Homemade Coconut Butter
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Love the idea of making coconut butter... because it is delicious but expensive when bought from the store! I've got some organic Creamed Coconut (not to be confused with coconut cream in a can)... could I use that for the coconut butter? If you google/amazon search it, you'll see the green boxes come up for it. When I receive it- it is either solid (if its cool out) or semi-solid/nut butter texture (when warm). Thanks!

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Hi Sara, I think you may be referring to the same thing 😊 What I mean is that "creamed coconut" is the same thing as coconut butter. It should only be made from dried coconut meat and inside the packs it often has a layer of separated (slightly transparent) layer of coconut oil.

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Yes! We are talking about the same thing! I had no idea there were so many ways coconut meat could be found! I've got 3 littles at home and finding the creamed coconut has been a game changer! If you do affiliate links- might link to that product online? Just a suggestion- excited to make the lemon bombs. Thank you for the reply and info!

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Thank you very much Sara, will do! The lemon fat bombs are really good, I have a few in the fridge made with vanilla

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Hi Martina,
First time I’ve ever have made a comment of any kind, but wanted to let you know bought myself a new Russell Hobbs processor and thought I’d give your recipe ago!! Unbelievable!! Perfect coconut butter and using fine desiccated coconut! Thank you

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Thank you for your lovely feedback Rita!

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Hi Martina, thanks for the recipe. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.. I don’t have a food processor so I’ve tried with my blender and after more than 30 minutes of trying, I gave up... I used shredder coconut and nothing happened even after adding 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.. it only became a bit wet or oily but still sand-like texture. Do you have an explanation...?

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I'm sorry to hear that! I've seen videos where people used blenders like Vitamix and it worked but they had to keep scraping the coconut from the side. If you use a less powerful blender, it may not work. I've always had best results with my food processor.

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I have never left a comment on a recipe blog but I felt it useful to share this. I tried my hand at this coconut butter in my kitchenaid food processor. Even after 8 or 9 minutes it didn't look like it was ever going to turn to butter, but rather just some form of sticky coconut flour. Then I added a tbsp of coconut oil, still nothing, so I said nuts to this, it has to work and started adding water. I've been working at it for about 30min now but we are getting there I think. At any rate my 2 to sneaks a spoonful everytime I open it to add more water. I've probably added a good 2 cups of water about 1/4 cup at a time and I will probably leave it at that as my processor is running quite hot. It's still a bit grainy but tastes yummy. Hope that helps those that have commented that it is not turning into butter.

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Thank you for sharing this Madeleine! To me it seems that in this case the issue is with the coconut - perhaps it was less fatty? I know that "desiccated" coconut has less moisture than "shredded" coconut and that coconut flakes (chips) work even better than shredded coconut. I hope this helps!

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I made this in a spice coffee grinder. I threw the shredded coconut in and pulsed it a couple of times before I realized that I needed the coconut oil. I didn't quite add enough oil, but considering I was doing it on the fly, I was very happy with the product. This is much more cost effective and easy. A tablespoon of coconut butter is one of my favorite quick fat bomb/snack. Thank you!

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Thank you for your feedback Christina!

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It could be that I have a super shitty processor.. but I also had to add a little bit of coconut oil for it to turn into “butter” and even still it’s a bit lumpy.. thank you for the recipe!!

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I tried this recipe and it came out great ! Thanks and hope to try many more from this blog .

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Can I use my ninga blender to make coconut butter, i do not have a food processor

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I am a Keto newbie, Thank You for the homemade Coconut butter recipe...This will make life so much easier and cheaper too. lol
Teri

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Thanks so much for this.  I love it.
I used this recipe to make some last week and I've almost finished the jar.  

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Does the coconut butter need to be stored in a glass container/jar? Or will it last as long in a sealed plastic container? Thanks!

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Hi Shawna, yes, it can be kept at room temperature and stored just like shredded coconut (a few months). Both glass container or plastic container will work just fine.

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I'll tell you my food processor/blender combo is 1100WS but it takes a lot longer to make me be than yours does! I'm really wanting that killer Kenwood mixer right now! It even looks amazing.

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This Kenwood food processor is definitely the best one I've owned! 😊

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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! 😊

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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! 😊

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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 😊 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 😊

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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! 😊

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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 😊

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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 😊 Details are here: 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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