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?

Or 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?

Because it is NOT a frugal item in the least when bought in the stores.

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?!

Another DIY Epiphany

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:

Other Great DIY Pantry Staples

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. Meredith says:

    Made this tonight in my black and Decker food processor with 2 bags of shredded coconut. It came out perfect with no harm done! Thanks for the recipe

  2. I was so frustrated. I used my vitamix, followed your recipe and hints, and it never became butter, just coarse ground coconut…

  3. I need a Vitamix food processor, how can I get it and what does it cost.

    • Hi Frida. I have some links in the post that should help. I recommend the refurbished models if you are on a tight budget. I had a refurbished model for years and it worked great. There were links up that weren’t working, but they should be working now!

  4. Hi
    How / where do you store this and how long does it last please?

    • Hi Sue. I don’t typically make shelf life claims, but you store it at room temp. It gets really hard in the fridge. I would typically consider it to have the same shelf life as coconut. Enjoy!

  5. I wished I could buy coconut for $1.75 a pound!!

  6. I used my magic bullet, it strained a little so I added a bit of water to get it going.. It did fine. I surely can’t invest in a vita mix on Social Security. Maybe I will find a used one at a good price. but until then the magic bullet will do the job. thanks for the recipe and I will be enjoying this for sure.
    I might add that there is a coconut butter that is used as a lotion so it has other ingredients in it … beware.

    • Oh great to hear!!! Maybe you can check Ebay for a Vitamix? I hope you can get one!! Yes, sometimes there are cosmetic things that sound like foods, but they are not. Thanks for bringing that up!

  7. Can you use fresh coconut to do this? And if so, do you have to go through the shred & dry process first, or just shred it?

    Thank you!

  8. I would think one could add a bit of “coconut oil” to the mix to get it going and get it creamy if it’s not happening for you. Just a thought!