People seem to be still going crazy for coconut butter. For good reason though. It's delicious and healthy but also comes with a hefty price tag. That's why it seems bizarre to me that so many still choose to buy it when you can make your own for less than half the price.
Before I show you how to make coconut butter, let's go over some coconut butter faqs for all those coconut butter newbies.
Are coconut butter and coconut oil the same thing?
No, No, No. Peanut butter and peanut oil aren't the same things, right? The same goes for coconut butter and oil. Coconut oil is made up of all fat while coconut butter also contains coconut meat. This gives coconut butter a nutritional edge over coconut oil because it also contains some fiber and protein.
Like peanut butter, coconut butter is delicious spread on toast and added in place of butter in dessert recipes. Coconut oil on the other hand is great for cooking.
What are the health benefits?
- Fuel your body with healthy fats that are easily digestible and give you an energy boost like no other.
- Get a daily dose of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, E, B, iron and zinc, all in one delicious spoonful.
- Say goodbye to cravings and extra pounds with coconut butter's weight loss magic.
- Keep your heart happy and healthy with coconut butter's cholesterol-lowering powers.
- Get ready for compliments on your radiant skin and luscious hair, thanks to coconut butter's beauty benefits.
- Soothe inflammation with coconut butter's anti-inflammatory properties
- Balance your hormones and feel your best with coconut butter's hormone-regulating benefits.
- Boost your immunity and stay healthy with coconut butter's antimicrobial properties.
- Say hello to stable blood sugar levels and goodbye to diabetes with coconut butter's blood sugar-regulating benefits.
What does coconut butter look like?
The consistency of coconut butter will depend on the temperature. It can be anywhere from thin and runny to "hard as a rock" solid. There is no need to keep coconut butter in the fridge. However, if it's really hot out and you prefer a harder coconut butter then pop it in there. On the other hand, if it is so hard that it's preventing you from eating it, then heat the coconut butter in the microwave for a few seconds or in a water bath.
How do I use coconut butter?
My favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it's really addicting! You can also use it in baking. It tastes delicious in cookies or vegan fudge. When coconut butter is in its liquid form, you can drizzle it over ice cream, granola, fruit, or cereal.
Here's an easily digestible list of my favorite fun and creative ways to use coconut butter.
- Spread it on toast or crackers for a deliciously creamy and tropical twist on your morning breakfast.
- Whisk it into your coffee or tea for a creamy, coconutty boost of energy.
- Mix it into smoothies or oatmeal for a tropical twist on your favorite breakfast.
- Use it as a dairy-free alternative in baking recipes, like cakes, cookies, and brownies.
- Mix it with some cocoa powder and a sweetener of your choice for a homemade chocolate spread.
- Use it as a dairy-free alternative in savory recipes, like curries or soups.
- Mix it with some herbs, spices, and a little bit of liquid for a delicious marinade for tofu or tempeh.
- Use it as a replacement for butter or oil when cooking and sautéing.
- Eat it straight from the jar, as a healthy and delicious snack.
- Use it as a face or body moisturizer for a tropical spa experience at home
How do I make coconut butter?
This is the real reason you are here, right? I've called a lot of my recipes "easy" but this one is the easiest, though I can't really call it a recipe :D
Start by placing shredded and unsweetened coconut in a food processor and pulse. PS: This might work with sweetened but I haven't tried it and not sure if I would like that sugary taste.
After the first few minutes, the shredded coconut will start clumping together (as seen above), and keep pulsing...
Several minutes later, you'll see it turning into a smooth paste. You'll have to scrape the side down several times at this stage. If your food processor starts heating up, give it a break. The coconut won't go bad if you let it sit in the food processor for 5 minutes or 20 or an hour. Better to do this slowly than end up with a broken food processor.
Just when you think that there is no way this will turn into coconut butter, it becomes nice and smooth. Due to the heat from your food processor, you will have coconut butter in a nearly liquid form. This actually makes it easy to pour out of the food processor and into your container. Pop it in the fridge to firm it up or drizzle it right away over your favorite vegan ice cream :)
I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it's colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.
How to make Coconut Butter
- 2 cups shredded and unsweetened full fat Coconut
Please note that you this DOES NOT work with fresh coconut! Use only unsweetened, dehydrated shredded coconut or coconut flakes.
Pulse shredded coconut in food processor for 10 minutes until smooth. Scrape down sides when needed and pause occasionally to prevent food processor from overheating.
Store coconut butter in an air tight container.
Not sure which kind of shredded coconut to use? Bob's Red Mill Shredded Coconut works wonders!
Now that you've made coconut butter, use it! I love using it for these Cranberry Nut Butter Cookies! So good :)
Looking for another nut butter to make?
Then be sure to try my guide on How to make Walnut Butter- 3 ways!