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How to Make Coconut Butter

Learn how to make coconut butter at home! All you need is shredded coconut, one minute and a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix.

Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make - it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! It's an easy coconut butter recipe.

You may not realize how incredibly easy it is to make coconut butter at home. So I’m here to tell you (and show you) just how easy it is. And the best part – it’s far more cost effective than buying it in the store.

What do you need to make coconut butter? Just one ingredient – shredded or flaked coconut. By using the pure, raw flesh of the coconut you’ll have a creamy, smooth, rich coconut flavor spread that’s full of healthy fats, minerals and nutrients. You can then eat this straight from the jar or use it in numerous recipes – and I’ll give you a few ideas below.

It takes less than one minute to make coconut butter in your Vitamix, but I do have a few tips to ensure your coconut butter comes out perfectly.

Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make - it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! It's an easy coconut butter recipe.

Tips for the Best Coconut Butter

  • When using your Vitamix to make coconut butter you need a minimum amount of shredded coconut in the blender to allow the blades to work properly. If you don’t have enough shredded coconut, you’ll just splat the ingredients to the side of the container and the blades will spin air. You need at least 6 cups of shredded or flaked coconut (though you can use up to 8 cups or a full container).
  • You can use shredded coconut or flaked coconut (both unsweetened) for this coconut butter recipe, either works just fine. Though I’ve found coconut flakes tend to make for a slightly smoother finished product.
  • Remember that the tamper is your friend when it comes to many Vitamix recipes. Use the tamper to push the shredded coconut into the blades until a liquid has formed.
  • When you first start blending some coconut will get pushed to the sides. Just scrape down the sides halfway through to ensure all of the coconut is near the blades. If you feel that your coconut butter is too thick, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to thin the mixture and help the blades.

Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make - it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! It's an easy coconut butter recipe.

Making Coconut Butter in Your Vitamix

The benefits of making coconut butter in your Vitamix rather than a food processor is two-fold: 1) speed, and 2) smoothness.

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to make coconut butter in a food processor and it takes 1 minute to make in a Vitamix. The power of the Vitamix motor also ensures an ultra creamy and smooth coconut butter. Far smoother than you’d ever get in a food processor.

In terms of consistency, the coconut butter will be fairly liquid immediately after it’s made, due to the heat and friction from blending. But it firms up as it cools. To soften it back up in the future, just place the glass container in a bowl of warm water and give it a stir.

How Do you Store Coconut Butter?

Unlike homemade nut butters which need to be stored in the fridge to prevent them from going rancid, homemade coconut butter can be stored at room temperature. Just place it in a sealed container in the pantry. You can store it for several months.

Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make - it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! It's an easy coconut butter recipe.

Ways To Use Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is frequently used in dessert recipes, like my Chocolate Peppermint Slice or Lemon Donuts with Blackberry Glaze. It can also be used when making fudge, ice creams, raw desserts and chocolate truffles.

Coconut butter can also be used in savory recipes such as curries and stews and dolloped on roasted veggies and sweet potatoes. It’s delicious as a spread on toast or added to your favorite green smoothie.

Watch this Quick Video of my Coconut Butter Recipe

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For more simple recipes to make in your Vitamix, check out my almond butter, almond milk, cashew milk, hummus, basil pesto, tahini and vegan alfredo sauce.

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Coconut Butter Recipe

Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make – it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! Watch my video above to see how quickly it comes together.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups unsweetened shredded coconut or flaked coconut
  • Optional: 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Add the shredded coconut or flaked coconut to your Vitamix. Add the lid, remove the cap and insert the tamper. Turn the Vitamix on high and use the tamper to push the coconut into the blades. You may need to scrape down the sides halfway through, then continue blending until it’s creamy. For a smoother consistency, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Pour the coconut butter into a glass storage container and store in the pantry.

Lisa's Tips

Nutrition Information

Yield: Approx 1 cup, Serving Size: 2 tbsp

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 198
  • Total Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 17g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
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18 comments on “How to Make Coconut Butter”

  1. Hello!! I really love, like LOVE, your recipes and your way of explaining them, I find it very..calming :D
    One quick question: So, I tried to make this butter because coconut is LIFE for me…and I tried with shredded coconut in the food processor and the result was horrible. I used 400-500 grams of coconut :))) but no result…Literally, I added coconut oil, some milk…or even oats to make the coconut stick together or even transform them in the butter…and I stayed near the processor for about 40-50 minutes:)))
    My blender is not so powerful like yours…and my question is how to make this heavenly butter with no such powerful blender (I think it has 600-700 W) or with a food processor? Should I try with flakes?
    Thank you and love your work!!

    • Hi Ioana – thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy you love my recipes and videos. :) That’s a bummer this didn’t work out for you. Did you make sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut? Sometimes sweetened coconut can negatively impact it. But otherwise, if your blender isn’t very powerful (and if you don’t have a tamper) I’d stick with the food processor. You could try the flakes, but that shouldn’t make that much of a difference. And my only other recommendation would be to add coconut oil, which you did. So I’d just double check the type of shredded coconut you used.

      • hmm…I don’t know if they are sweetened or not. because every-time I buy shredded coconut, I can buy very cheap…for 0.50 dollars and it says that the package contains only coconut or I can buy for almost 2 dollars (both same grams of products) and it also says that the package contains only coconut :))) And the sad thing is that in Romania there are no companies that sell coconut butter or if they are..they are soooooo expensive…like the cashew butter…and I like make my own home.
        Thank you so much for your response!!!

      • Unfortunately, it does sound like it’s more the shredded coconut you have that’s causing the problem. Maybe see if you can buy a different brand at another store? And yes, it’s always best to make it at home when you can. Good luck! :) x

  2. Hello Lisa, I love to use vitamix with ur recipes! How long does coconut butter last?

  3. Hi Lisa – I have been subscribed to your YT channel for several months and I Love it! I subscribes to your emaila to get the guides but I havent seen anything come through. I tried reregistering my email and it says I was already registered. I would love to get them soon. xo

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  4. This is great! Amazing what those machines can do! My husband always buys coconut butter. Thinking we could save a lot of money making it ourselves. :-)

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  5. Oh, I literally just ordered my Vitamix earlier today – SO EXCITED to welcome that into my life! – so it’s just fated that I would happen upon this recipe. Cannot wait to try this out in my new machine. And I love that the butter is so simple to store – I did not realize that!

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  6. Thanks for the coconut butter recipe and how to tips – love this blog!

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  7. I’ve never tried coconut butter but this sounds amazing!!!

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  8. This is perfect and so much better than buying it. We are trying to find ways to always make our own items to reduce contamination of gluten. This will help a lot.

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