How to Make Coconut Butter


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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.

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.

Easy Coconut Butter Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Homemade coconut butter is extremely easy to make – it only takes one ingredient and one minute in your blender! Watch the video below 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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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix, a brand I’ve used and loved for years. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I thing our shredded coconut in australia is dryer I had to use some oil and milk to get it to go in food processor, next time I can get fresh coco nuts I’ll shred the flesh myself to make the butterelaine

  2. Hi Lisa, awesome, thanks for posting this. I have a Vitamix E310 model – at the bottom end of the range – and it took a good 5 mins – so to anyone else out there with a smaller Vitamix model I say Keep Going! It does come together. Mine is a nice golden colour, so I think it may have gotten slightly toasted, as it got very hot. I’m very happy though. Thanks for posting. Cheers Esther5 stars

  3. This looks easy and yummy. I want to make coconut milk and have done it by soaking dried coconut flakes in warm water and then blending with more water in the vitamix and straining. However, I’ve also seen coconut milk recipes that use coconut butter and water in the vitamix. I can’t find any recipes for coconut milk on your website. Have you ever made coconut milk from coconut butter — or any other way?? Thanks!

  4. Is there sense in soaking the coconut shred overnight as for milk? Would the soaked coconut work as well for preparing the butter? Thank you so much

  5. Hi Lisa – I have been subscribed to your YT channel for several years and I Love it! I’ve subscribed 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!


    1. Hi Jeannie – Thanks for letting us know! We will contact you via email for further information regarding the PDF’s :)

  6. Just made this late this morning and it’s been 5 hours and it’s still super liquidy. Did I blend it too long? I had to blend it several minutes in my blender to get it smoooth. 

  7. Hi Lisa – I have made coconut butter several times and I’m able to get it creamy and liquid – but once I pour it into a jar and it cools, it is not a spreadable consistency at all. I can dig out spoonfuls and eat it like that (which is yummy), but it’s much too solid to spread. Advice please? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Cara – that’s totally normal. Coconut butter hardens at room temperature. If you’d like it soft again, just microwave it for 20-30 seconds or so.

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

  9. 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!


  10. 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??

    1. Hi Blanca – I purchase my coconut flakes from Whole Foods. Also, make sure you’re not halving the recipe, that you’re using the full 6 cups. If you try to use less, it won’t blend as well.

  11. 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. 5 stars

  12. 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. 5 stars

  13. 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?

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

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

    1. 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. :)

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

    2. 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)

      1. 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!

  14. 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.

    1. 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. :)

  15. 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!

    1. Hi Kay – I don’t have the coconut butter video on my YouTube channel but you should be able to see it in this blog post.

      1. Thanks Lisa. That is so strange because I still do not see a video in the blog post, all I see is the line “WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO OF MY COCONUT BUTTER RECIPE” but it’s just text and not clickable. All the other pictures are just pictures, none of them video ….

      2. That’s really weird. I just double-checked on both my iPhone and laptop and I can see the video.

  16. 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!!

    1. 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.

      1. 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!!!

      2. 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

  17. 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. xo5 stars

    1. 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. :)

    2. 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 💕5 stars

  18. 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. :-)5 stars

    1. Yes, Vitamix blenders are extremely powerful and it makes all these homemade version of store bought items (especially “butters”) so easy! You should definitely coconut butter a try at home. :)

  19. 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!5 stars

    1. Oh yay! You’re gonna be so happy with it! Make sure to check out my recipes page as you can sort by Vitamix recipes – so many things you can make in it! :) x

    1. It’s delicious – so creamy and coconuty! You’ll definitely have to give it a try. :)

  20. 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.5 stars

    1. Yes, it’s always best to make items at home when you can. And in the case of coconut butter, it’s so incredibly easy there’s no reason no too! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. :)