[Emily's note: Just like Naomi, when I first discovered coconut butter, I devoured it by the spoonful. Coconut butter (not to be confused with coconut oil) is as satisfying as eating cake frosting (minus the tummy ache) while packing the nutritious punch of a superfood. I had no idea it was this simple to make…]
Coconut manna, coconut cream concentrate – coconut butter goes by a few different names, but buying it can be pricey. Did you know you can make it for half the price? That way, treats like Lemon Coconut Fudge can become part of a tight budget.
When I first had coconut butter, I couldn't stop eating it, spoonful after spoonful. What was this piece of heaven? Alas, it was only available when I visited my parents, it is still not available for sale (that I've seen) in Slovakia.
Then I found out I could make it. For way cheaper. And it's ridiculously easy. Dump coconut, blend, done.
It's best made with a high speed blender; apparently it's also possible to make with a food processor but I haven't tried it.
Coconut butter ingredients & equipment
All you need is:
- Shredded dried coconut (I like this one), use as much or as little as you'd like*
- High speed blender or food processor
- A few tablespoons of coconut oil (you may or may not need this)
*My blender works best with about 18 ounces (500g) of coconut – less isn't enough to mix, more is too heavy. The right amount may vary from blender to blender.
How to make coconut butter
- Dump shredded coconut into high speed blender.
- Turn on blender. Use tamper, if available, to keep the coconut moving. I start mine on high speed and end on low speed. The mixture may start to steam as it heats up. If the coconut does not want to start to break down after a minute, you can add coconut oil by the tablespoon until it starts to turn to ‘butter.' The longer you blend it, the smoother the butter will be. If you use a food processor, you will need to frequently stop to let the motor cool down and scrape down the sides.
- Pour or spoon into a jar and enjoy!
What do you make with coconut butter?
Let us know in the comments below!
The closest Naomi has gotten to her dream farm is growing live bacteria in jars and wrangling her four children, including twins. A Canadian who now lives in Slovakia, Naomi writes about traditions, food, and life in Slovakia (as well as some pretty strange food) at Almost Bananas.