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. Deborah says:

    Did you use the dry container or wet container on your vita mix when making the coconut butter.



  2. Jessica Parke says:

    I make “Monkey Butter” with coconut butter. 14 oz crushed pineapple (I grow my own pineapple) about 4C sliced bananas (I grow my own), I cup coconut powder (I made my own) 1 1/2 c coconut butter 1 1/2 T lemon juice (used bottled but would have used real if I had on on hand). Cook and kinda stir/mash with a whisk. As it continues to cook it starts to thicken nicely, no need even for pectin. I put it in recycled containers and freeze. It has to be frozen or left in the fridge once opened. I have a friend who uses this mixed with tapenade as a salad dressing or on fish!

  3. Hi Jessica

    I am just wondering if you live in Michigan
    because I also order from Country Life Foods.
    I live in Fowlerville and have been enjoying reading so many
    If your posts and recipes. I haven’t made anything yet
    But I really want to!!

  4. I haven’t read the comments all the way down, so perhaps I’m repeating things, but I too had difficulty making this work with my VitaMix. I am using the 5200 series (previous to current model as of Oct 2014) with a wet container. I used 7 cups of dried unsweetened coconut that I purchased from the bulk bin at Whole Foods. It also turned brown on me and never liquified and I had to add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to salvage it. It pretty much now has the same consistency as my commercial coconut butter except mine is now tan colored. I also experienced that it made my container leak. The last time this happened to me, I called vitamix and they sent me a new container since it is still under the 7yr warranty. This is my almost brand new container now, so I was bummed. This time, I just stuck a wooden spoon in the blade and hand torqued the black ring on the bottom and it doesn’t leak now. I could have torqued it with a wrench to help it be tighter. So far so good. I think I will try again with my branded bulk coconut from the buying club and if it doesn’t process in a couple minutes I will stop. I think it all depends on the fat content and if you find a product that works, stick with it. The bulk bin at Whole Foods might change. Good luck!

  5. How about using a Kitchenaid blender? Anyone ever try that? The coconut butter sounds delicious!

  6. Davilyn Eversz says:

    Thought I might mention this in case some people are not using organic coconut so as to save money. A while back in the Asian countries, the coconut trees started to die in the plantations. It was becoming epidemic and they could not find a way to fight it. It was a fungus of some sort I believe. They finally found that injecting formaldehyde into the tree killed the fungus. This is a regular occurrence now, to do this. However, it is not allowed for use in the producing of organic coconuts.

  7. Hello, I made it yesterday and left it out of the fridge but it became solid and it’s not cold at all in my house..
    Why did it happend?

  8. Adrian Klingel says:

    I tried this with a “fresh” coconut with my Blendtec. Do not attempt, it was a big waste of time. The “fresh” is in quotes because I bought two coconuts from Whole Paycheck, and one of them was bad. So maybe the other one was getting ready to go bad. Anyway, it looks like it’s the cookies for us.

    • UGH! So sorry. It would be a totally different product as the unsweetened coconut is dehydrated. I think I need to make cookies too actually so you’re in good company.

      • I tried making coconut butter in my Vitamix once before and it didn’t work. I bought a jar and just ran out (my toddler loves it on mashed sweet potatoes), so I was going to buy more, but you’ve inspired me to try making it again. I’m really glad I found this, because I bought a massive bag of shredded coconut at Costco, and I was a little worried I couldn’t use it all before it expires. I actually prefer coconut flakes. 🙂

        • It lasts pretty long and you cd put it in the fridge or freezer too. I am going to need to redo this post – start w/ 4 cups and then make that into butter and go from there adding 1 cup at a time. Works much better!

    • Did the cookies work out with fresh coconut in the blendtec? I am trying to figure out what I can make with these two fresh brown coconuts, that is easy.

  9. recipe sounds simple if it were all there,like all other incomplete recipes out there,yours is the same incomplete,may be obvious to you but not to someone who has never heard or made it before,this may sound like a stupid question but, i want to get it right,so, HOW MUCH BUTTER?
    a recipe normally list all ingredients not half, can you list it for me please

  10. What about using a ninja? I’m like a lot of people who cannot afford a vitamix. Thanks from Emmett, Idaho

  11. 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!

      • Yes it does. I always make my coconut butter using my Cuisinart food processor. As a matter of fact the reason I bought it was to make coconut butter. It takes about 8 – 10 minutes, stopping periodically to scrap the coconut off the sides of the food processor.

  12. 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.)

  13. I just used my vitamix, trying to use one (7 oz.) package of let’s do organic coconut and it was NOT working. After like 10 minutes of pushing the coconut down, starting, pushing it down, etc…I finally dumped another package of coconut in there and within two minutes it was done. Nice 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. I just tried to make this “Easy Recipe” in my Vitamix and it was an epic failure! All it seemed to be doing was cooking the coconut. Not only that but I spent 20 minutes trying to get my shredded coconut to turn into butter and burnt the cupcakes I was making it for. I guess that works out perfect since I didn’t get coconut butter out of this anyway. :*( What did I do wrong????

    • Oh no! I am so sorry. I just updated the post. I have been working on this for awhile and I think the new instructions should help. I hope to redo the image / images and share with everyone again soon. Let me know how it goes.

  15. I wonder whether adding some coconut oil to the dessicated coconut might give it a bit more grip so that it would break down better. Unlike nuts which aren’t, the coconut is dehydrated so it would be harder to break it down.

  16. Should you store it in the frig or is it ok at room temperature ?

  17. How long is shelf life? I can order 10 lbs thru my Co Op but that will make a lot.

    • 10 pounds of coconut, you mean? I order more than that and we haven’t had issues w/ it spoiling but it won’t last forever. We use it for Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Butter and other treats.

  18. Pricillia says:

    It’s really good recipe. Want to try it tomorrow :D. Can I use fresh coconut shredded?

  19. I didn’t read much of the comments so sorry if this is a repeat.

    If the coconut isn’t FRESH I can see that as being the reason for it not working. Shredded coconut drys out fairly quickly.

    • Hi Carol. I’m not sure what you mean. The coconut is supposed to be very dry. If there is moisture in the blender it doesn’t work. Let me know if I am confused.

  20. I bought my Vitamix at Bed, Bath and Beyond with 20% off coupon. So it took $100 off of $500 Vitamix.

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