Have you ever wondered how to make coconut butter at home? Creamy, rich, coconutty… It’s easier than you may think, and the entire process takes less than a minute.

coconut butter

There are so many coconut-centric products on the market these days – coconut butter (coconut manna), creamed coconut, coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut water… it can be easy to confuse these with one another. So, first, let’s look at what sets all these products apart.

  • Coconut butter, also known as coconut manna, is pureed dried coconut meat. Since it’s the entire meat of coconut that is pureed, coconut manna has the same nutritional profile as the whole coconut – 83% fat, 14% carbohydrates – mainly fiber, and 3% protein. The consistency varies depending on temperature – it stays solid up to 72°F/22°C and begins to melt at 76°F/24°C.
  • Creamed coconut is almost identical to coconut butter but thicker and denser. It’s usually ground into a semi-solid white paste and then formed into a solid white block. Creamed coconut is interchangeable with coconut butter.
  • Coconut oil is the oil that has been extracted from coconut meat. It is an isolated fat, and as such, it is 100% fat. The consistency of coconut oil changes with temperature – it stays solid up to 74°F/23°C and begins to melt at 78°F/25.5°C. 
  • Coconut cream and coconut milk are made the same way: by simmering coconut meat in water and then straining out the coconut solids. The resulting liquid separates into thick, semi-solid coconut cream and thin coconut milk. Coconut cream should contain at least 20% fat, while coconut milk contains 17% or less. There are actually two types of coconut milk – canned coconut milk (with a higher fat content) and beverage coconut milk in a carton (with a considerably lower fat content). 
  • Coconut water is the inner liquid of young coconuts. It’s a clear fluid and doesn’t contain any of the fat found in coconut meat. 

In this post, I will focus only on coconut butter, specifically how to make it at home.

coconut manna

Tips for Making Coconut Butter

Ingredients

The only ingredient you’ll need for this recipe is dried coconut. That’s it!

  • Coconut: look for dried, unsweetened coconut. Dried coconut is available in many forms – flaked, shredded, and desiccated are the most common. The main difference between them is shape. Flaked coconut comes in wide, flat pieces; shredded coconut comes in thin strands; desiccated coconut is finely ground. All these forms of coconut contain the same amount of fat, which is why they work equally well for this recipe. Desiccated coconut might be the driest of the three, but the moisture content doesn’t affect the consistency of the final coconut butter. I have made this recipe with flaked, shredded, and desiccated coconut and noticed very little difference. 

Note: coconut flour will not work here because it’s processed differently than the other forms of dried coconut. Coconut flour is actually a byproduct of making coconut cream and coconut milk. The strained-out coconut solids are dried, ground into flour, and defatted. Because of the defatting, coconut flour will never become creamy.

ingredients for coconut butter

How to Make Coconut Butter

Making coconut butter at home is as easy as adding dried coconut into a high-speed blender and blending for about a minute. I use my Vitamix, and the entire process, from start to finish, takes 50 seconds. 

  1. Blend the coconut. Add the desiccated coconut to a Vitamix blender and blend on high until creamy, for about 1 minute. The coconut will go from ground to pasty to creamy. Use the tamper to push the coconut down into the blade as you’re blending. The finished coconut butter will be creamy but slightly grainy. This is completely normal and characteristic of store-bought coconut manna as well. Coconut butter is liquid straight out of the blender due to the friction of the blade, but it begins to turn solid as it cools.

If you don’t own a high-speed blender, you can use a food processor. However, the process is less efficient and can take up to 20 minutes. You will also have to stop the food processor occasionally to scrape down the sides. 

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blending coconut butter in a Vitamix blender
coconut butter in a Vitamix blender

How to Serve Coconut Butter

Honestly, coconut butter – just like any nut butter – is amazing straight out of the jar. I frequently eat it with just a spoon and have to force myself not to eat the entire jar. You can also blend it into smoothies, stir it into oatmeal, drizzle it over pancakes, use it as a dip for fruit, stuff it into dates, or use it in desserts, such as coconut macaroons or fudge.

If you’d like to switch things up, you can mix in any nut butter you like (or blend the desiccated coconut with any nuts of your choice). Coconut almond butter is one of my favorite combinations. Another option is to stir in cocoa powder or melted chocolate. Just make sure you don’t add any water-based liquid ingredients, such as maple syrup or honey, as they can cause the coconut butter to seize. 

How to Store Coconut Butter

  • Storing at room temperature: transfer the coconut butter to an airtight container and store it at room temperature for 1 month. Unlike nut butters, coconut butter doesn’t turn rancid.
  • Refrigerating: transfer the coconut butter to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 3 months.
  • Freezing: transfer the coconut butter to an airtight container and freeze it for up to 6 months. 
homemade coconut butter

More Nut Butter Recipes

  • Almond butter: making almond butter at home is just as quick and easy as making any other nut butter in a Vitamix blender. The final result is smooth, creamy, and delicious homemade almond butter.
  • Hazelnut butter: coming soon!

Did you make this recipe? I would love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review and rating below.

4.50 from 2 votes

Coconut Butter

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Yield: 16 (1-Tbsp.) servings
Have you ever wondered how to make coconut butter at home? Creamy, rich, coconutty… It's easier than you may think, and the entire process takes less than a minute. Watch the video below to see how quickly it comes together!

Ingredients
 

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Blend the coconut. Add the desiccated coconut to a Vitamix blender and blend on high until creamy, for about 1 minute. The coconut will go from ground to pasty to creamy. Use the tamper to push the coconut down into the blade as you’re blending. The finished coconut butter will be creamy but slightly grainy. This is completely normal and characteristic of store-bought coconut butter as well.
  • Store. Leftover coconut butter keeps well in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 month. For longer-term storage, refrigerate for up to 3 months or freeze for up to 6 months.

Video

Notes

*I used a 48-oz Vitamix container for this amount of coconut. If you are using a 64-oz low-profile container, you will need 5-6 cups/400-480 g of desiccated coconut.
*Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please feel free to make your own calculations.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 16, Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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