Homemade Coconut Butter

This Homemade Coconut Butter is sooo easy - you won't ever think of buying it again. Used in many dairy-free recipes, it also tastes great as a spread, or plain on a spoon :)!

Have you seen coconut butter in recipes and wondered what it is?  Have you seen it on the shelf in your local health food store and wondered how you can ever afford to include it in your frugal pantry?

Well, I have sure done both.

I saw a great recipe one day that I really wanted to try and then read “coconut butter” as being one of the ingredients.  What?  I have coconut and coconut oil in my pantry, and know about coconut flour, coconut sugar, and even coconut manna…but not coconut butter.

So of course I quickly looked online to see where I could get it and how much it would cost.  Well–giant pause– it cost a mere $13.99 for a “giant” 16 oz. container on the first site I checked :-(.

Now, I don’t pay $13.99 a pound for much of anything, let alone something that is made entirely of —  (reading the ingredient list)– COCONUT!  That’s it?!

Well, it took me back to the day when I was trying to find milk substitutes for baking since my oldest was diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to dairy and I saw oat milk on the shelf.  You guess it — the only ingredients in the oat milk on the shelf at Whole Foods were oats, water and a little sweetener and sea salt.  (Sounds of my “you-can-make-this-yourself” mind churning)

So what did I do next?  Of course I tried to see if there was a way that I could make it myself —

Well, I found a post about making it in a food processor.

The post said it took about 12 minutes of whirring coconut in the food processor.  I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news but — I have a seriously strong food processor.  A Viking Professional (yes I bought it refurbished).  This machine makes quadruple batches of my Savory Hummus a joy, yielding a creamy smooth product in about 1 minute.  So I figured that if any food processor was going to be able to make coconut butter, mine would.

I put about 1 pound of shredded, unsweetened coconut in my processor and let it run–and run–and run– and nothing much seemed to be happening.

That’s when I thought that I’d rather have my food processor than my coconut butter.  So I gave up.

For awhile.

Fast forward several months and I was at it again.

This time — victory!!  For me and all the frugal folks out there.  Here’s how to do it.

Now, brace yourself, because if you don’t have one, you will need a Vitamix.  I suppose that this might work in a regular blender, but I don’t have one anymore.

And though the price of the Vitamix is a little steep, once you see how easy they are to clean, and whip up a lot of coconut butter and:

you’ll see how quickly your financial savings will cover the cost of a Vitamix pretty easily!

(Note:  For those of you who would like to make a go of making coconut butter in your food processor, please try it and let me know what happens.  I just would encourage you to keep an eye on your machine so that you don’t burn it out.)

NOTE:  Occasionally, for some reason, the coconut butter just doesn’t make coconut butter.  I have really despaired of this in the past but we’ve managed to eat it anyway.  However, if that ever happens to you, just add a few things to the blender and you can have these fabulous No Bake Coconut Cookies instead!

So now for the money part.

One 16 oz. jar of coconut butter costs approximately $13.99.  One pound of medium unsweetened coconut costs me (I purchase from Country Life Natural Foods) approximately $1.75.  That’s more than an 87% savings!!

I have always said that whole, real foods do not have to cost a lot of money.  You just need to be a little flexible and a little creative and have a community of whole foodists to share ideas.

Need some convincing about purchasing a Vitamix?

  1. I will soon be doing a post explaining how this great machine has helped our family save TONS of money over the years, so check back soon.
  2. You can get a great deal purchasing one through my website (special deals and free shipping are available and your purchase will help support this blog :-).)
  3. I know this sounds ridiculous, but here’s how I think –With just your cost savings on coconut butter alone, if you make 36 16 oz. jars of it, you will have paid for your Vitamix with your savings.  Since I have heard of these machines lasting 20 years (they have a great 7 year total warranty), I can easily see you making about 1 jar of coconut butter per year :-).  OK.  Now you know what a savings nut I can be.
    4. Check out my post on Inflation – One Way to Beat It for my thoughts on the economy today and big ticket items.

Ways to Use Coconut Butter:

– We’ve spread it on sweet crackers, or just on bread.
– Use in recipes calling for coconut butter, of course.
– My kids like to eat it with a spoon :).
– As a frosting (it will need some sweetener and will get quite hard, like a stiff frosting.)
– As a fat substitute in recipes, but it really needs to be softened first and will make your recipe a little more stiff than otherwise.

For other DIY Pantry Staples, check out:

Easiest Almond Milk
Homemade Coconut Milk
Homemade Nut and Seed Butter
Powdered Egg Replacer
Powdered Sugar Substitute 

Do you have a recipe for coconut butter that you would like to share?  How about something that you would like to figure out how to make at home?
 
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  1. Charmaine says:

    Would love to make these cookies for my daughter for school, being a nut-free school I would have to make these with coconut butter, but do not have a Vitamix. would this work in a food processor or a Mistral Gourmet Whizard? If not how else can coconut butter be made?

    • It should work in the food processor but it takes a lot of time. I am sorry but I don’t know about the M. Whizard – I haven’t heard about that. Hope it works for you!

  2. My Vitamix did not work for coconut butter. At all. As in, it choked and overheated and started to smell like it was burning and just was generally not good. (Same deal as with your food processor: I decided I’d rather keep the Vitamix than have the coconut butter!)

    You’re the first person I’ve ever heard talk about making it who did NOT use a food processor, so I’d think most food processors should work. (I don’t own one, so I haven’t been able to try again.)