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How to Make Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is simply shredded coconut turned into creamy coconut butter. It’s just one ingredient – shredded coconut – and only takes one minute with a high-powered blender, like my favorite 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.

Coconut Butter

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.

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.

Coconut Butter Recipe Video

While it’s really easy to make this recipe in a high-powered blender, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch below! 

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), 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.

How to Make 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 its 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.

What’s the Best Way to Store it?

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.

More Easy Vitamix Recipes to Make

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.
5 from 10 votes

Easy Coconut Butter Recipe

Prep Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 2 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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.


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


  • 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.
  • Pour the coconut butter into a glass storage container and store in the pantry.

Lisa's Tips


Serving: 2tbsp, Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Sodium: 10mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut butter, coconut butter recipe, how to make coconut butter
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48 comments on “How to Make Coconut Butter”

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Mine turned out more like coconut flour. Not liquid at all. I used a Vitamix on level 10.. Also, a great deal of steam came out of the top. What do you think I did wrong?

    • Hi Cherie – the steam is normal when you take off the lid. But it sounds like it just needed more time to blend into coconut butter. It will go from shredded coconut, to resembling coconut flour, to then coconut butter when you use the tamper to press it into the blades.

  2. Ms. Bryan ….does it go well with Coffee?? Or you haven’t tried it as yet ?

  3. Good morning, Lisa,
    I am on a desk-top computer and I also am having problems with the video. There is no video from this end, either! So sad, as I really wanted to make this coconut butter!


  4. Hey Lisa, thanks for all your great information!

    I tried making your recipe using my vita mix. I used dried unsweetened shredded coconut, but the dough was not very cooperative. I had to add 2+TBs of coconut oil. Could you please share the brand of coconut flakes and if you use dry flakes??

  5. I’ve made it before but thought it would be hard on my Vitamix so I used the food processor. So glad you encouraged me to try it in my vitamix. 

  6. I’ve made it before but thought it would be hard in my Vitamix so I see the food processor. So glad you encouraged me to try it in my vitamix. 

  7. I was not successful in making this coconut butter. I used 5 cups of coconut and ended up using 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I tried using my Nija and then my food processor, but it never came together. Any suggestions?

    • A few more details: I used unsweetened, organic shredded coconut from Edward and Sons along with Organics refined coconut oil.

    • Hi Kathy – It could be due to the power of your blender. The Vitamix will have more blending power :)

  8. Can I use fresh coconut for this recipe, or does it need to be dehydrated? We have trees! :)

    • Oh wow, lucky you! I’ve never actually tried making it with fresh coconut (so don’t know what would be involved). I’d recommend sticking to the dehydrated coconut flakes or shredded coconut. :)

  9. PS I’m with Kay…video here will not play.

    • That’s so strange as I have no problems seeing the video. Are you on mobile or desktop when viewing?

    • About the coconut butter, it does soften when heated up so it was not ruined. I just thought it was supposed to stay like your picture. It’s still good! And I tried the video on my phone and it didn’t work. I just tried it again and it says, “This vidéo file cannot be played. (Error Code: 224003)

      • Oh yes, it definitely hardens when it cools. Kind of like coconut oil, how it softens or hardens based on temperature. And thanks for the information on the video file. I’ll definitely look into that!

  10. I so wanted this to turn out! Mine is like a big lump that now is as hard as a brick. Won’t even blend into my smoothie in my Vitamix. Wondering if I could heat it up to soften it and put it back into Vitamix with some coconut oil? Or do you have any suggestions? Ugh.

    • Hi Donna – did you use unsweetened coconut flakes? I’ve found that sometimes that can happen if you use sweetened flakes (I think something in the sweetener makes it all stick together weird). I’d definitely try adding a little coconut oil to see if you can salvage it. :)

  11. Hi, I was trying to watch the video of “how to make coconut butter” but I could not find it. There isn’t a link here and I went and searched in your channel and still could not find it. Do you mind sharing a link here? Thanks!

  12. 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

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

  14. 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

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Ana – I’m happy you love my recipes and videos! It looks like you were sent the PDF guides on Oct 6. Make sure to check your spam folder and do a search by “downshiftology” to find them. :)

    • Thank you Lisa for this amazing recipe. I made it for the first time with coconut flakes and it was so easy, so fast! I put 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil. I love love it! I didn’t even need to use the tamper. I definitely won’t buy any coconut butter ever ever. Thank you 💕

  15. 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. :-)

    Rating: 5
  16. 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!

    Rating: 5
  17. Thanks for the coconut butter recipe and how to tips – love this blog!

    Rating: 5
  18. I’ve never tried coconut butter but this sounds amazing!!!

    Rating: 5
  19. 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.

    Rating: 5