Coconut Butter - Easy 1-ingredient Recipe - Texanerin Baking (2024)

Coconut butter is super easy to make and only requires coconut and a food processor or high-speed blender! Naturally paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. With a video.

While I’ve got quite a few dessert recipes ready to post, I know that a lot of people aren’t super into baking just yet after the holidays. So here’s something a little different!

A few people have mentioned in my recipes with coconut butter that they didn’t know you could make your own. So here we go!

What is coconut butter?

Coconut butter is just the ground up dried meat of a coconut. It’s also known as coconut manna.

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Is coconut butter the same as coconut oil? Coconut butter vs. coconut oil.

It’s very different than coconut oil, which is the oil that is pressed out of coconut meat. When you buy a jar of coconut butter, there’s usually a layer of coconut oil at the top that has separated.

You just warm it up and stir it back together. In the summer, it’s so warm in our kitchen that it’s liquid enough and can be just be stirred.

Coocnu*t butter is not interchangeable with coconut oil.

You have to use it in recipes that specifically call for coconut butter. Like these vegan coconut macaroons, which is probably my favorite cookie recipe of the last several years and my go-to cookie recipe (but I always dip them in chocolate and drizzle more on top!).

If you need some other recipe ideas, try this healthy vegan peanut butter and jelly fudge or this paleo vegan chocolate fudge!

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Is there a coconut butter substitute?

Other articles about how to make coconut butter suggest using another nut / seed butter, coconut oil or regular butter but I’ve tried all of these subs in several recipes and can say that the results are never even similar.

I’ve made at least 50 attempts at converting several of my recipes to be nut-free / AIP-friendly using coconut butter and none of them worked. So I really don’t recommend it. They come out dry and crumbly.

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What kind of coconut should I use?

Pretty much anything except fresh coconut. You can use shredded coconut like I did or coconut chips, flaked coconut, coconut flakes and desiccated coconut. All of that works.

Desiccated will just take a bit longer than the other kinds because it has less moisture in it. And make sure to use unsweetened and full-fat! None of that reduced-fat stuff.

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The amount of coconut you use will depend on how big your food processor or high-speed blender is. A regular blender will not work! You have to use a Blendtec, Vitamix or something similar.

You need to fill the food processor at least halfway with coconut. You’ll have a hard time processing if it’s not at least halfway full.

Do you need to add some coconut oil?

I’ve been making homemade coconut butter for 8 years and have never needed to do that. If yours absolutely won’t come together after 10-15 minutes, you could add maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil at a time to see if that helps.

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How do you store coconut butter? How long does it last?

Coconut butter stays good for ages at room temperature. I would say as long as your shredded coconut (or whatever coconut product you’re using) is good for. I’ve found hidden jars that were over a year old and they were perfectly fine.

So don’t worry about making too much! That’s just not possible once you try these coconut lime macaroons (which call for coconut butter) because you’ll want a constant supply. ;)

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It hardens as it cools unless your kitchen is very warm. There’s unfortunately no way to prevent this.

I’d love to hear what you think of this homemade coconut butter!


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  • 1 pound (450 grams or almost 6 cups) or more full-fat unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut flakes or flaked coconut


  1. If using a food processor: fill the food processor at least halfway with coconut flakes. You'll have a hard time processing if it's not at least halfway full. Process until very liquidy, almost like water. Stop every few minutes to scrape down the sides and let it cool a little if it feels too warm. Don't kill your food processor! Depending on your food processor, it could take 15-20 minutes.
  2. If using a Blendtec, (you can also use a Vitamix), use the Twister Jar and start processing while twisting the top of the jar counterclockwise. I start off on 1 and work up to about medium power. Process until very liquidy, almost like water. It'll only take about a minute.
  3. Place in a jar and stir every hour or so until firm and solid (this may take up to 6-8 hours depending on how warm your kitchen is. If it's very warm in your kitchen, it might not become solid. If you're in a hurry, refrigerate). Store at room temperature. To soften, place the jar in hot water or microwave (provided it's in a microwave-safe jar) at 50% power for 15 seconds at a time.


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Can you use coconut butter for baking? ›

In baked goods and other desserts, it works in any application where you'd otherwise use peanut butter or tahini, like swirled into brownies, mixed into cookie dough, or even to amp up frosting. As far as I can tell, me and coconut butter are in it for the long haul.

What is the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter in baking? ›

They're two distinct products, used for different purposes, so they can't really be substituted for one another. Coconut oil is best used for sautéting and roasting foods, and even baking. Coconut butter, on the other hand, is best used with foods that are already cooked.

How long does homemade coconut butter last? ›

Keep the coconut butter stored at room temperature in the pantry. It will keep for months. It will become very hard during storage. To use again, you will need to warm it first, so that it becomes a liquid again.

What does coconut do in baking? ›

Coconut flour is made from dehydrated and ground coconut. It's great for baking thanks to its naturally sweet and mild coconut flavor. Coconut flour can be used in a variety of recipes as a substitute for wheat flour and is a popular gluten-free and grain-free flour alternative used in baking.

Can coconut butter replace butter in baking? ›

It has a low smoking point, so you shouldn't use it for frying or sautéing ingredients. It can replace butter when baking, though. This ingredient is a great substitute for any type of fat when making baked goods. It's most commonly used as a substitute for nut butter.

How to use coconut butter? ›

What to do with coconut butter
  1. Spoon coconut butter straight from the jar and eat it. ...
  2. Melt it and pour it over a sweet potato or winter squash. ...
  3. Use it in a curry dish or stir fry for an extra amazing flavor.
  4. Add it to a smoothie like this piña colada one.

What is coconut butter good for? ›

Coconut butter is a rich source of lauric acid. This value has been passed down by the coconut fruit itself. Lauric acid further helps coconut butter fight off viral infections such as the flu, common cold, and genital herpes. It can also protect the body from chlamydia, bronchitis, and yeast infections.

How much coconut oil to replace butter in baking? ›

When baking with coconut oil, it is generally substituted for other fats on a 1:1 basis. If a recipe calls for ½ cup butter, you can use ½ cup coconut oil.

Does coconut butter taste like coconut oil? ›

Coconut oil and coconut butter have distinct differences in appearance, taste, and functionality. Coconut oil is best for frying and cooking. Coconut butter is great for making no-cook candies, or candies cooked slowly over very low heat.

How to tell if coconut butter is bad? ›

How do you tell if coconut butter is bad? Check for any signs of mold, which could appear as fuzzy, greenish-blue spots on the product. Unpleasant smells, like rancidity or mildew, and a noticeable change in flavor are also indicators that the coconut butter has spoiled.

Does coconut butter ever go bad? ›

What is the shelf life of coconut butter? Coconut butter is naturally stable and lasts for about 1 year to 15 months depending on the brand and if it contains preservatives or not. However, the consistency of coconut butter will vary according to the temperature while in storage.

Should coconut butter be refrigerated? ›

Store homemade coconut butter in a sealed container or glass jar. There is no need to refrigerate it, and the coconut butter will last for at least a few months in the pantry… that is if you don't eat it all first!

What is the best coconut for baking? ›

Dried Coconut: Desiccated, Shaved, Flaked and Shredded

This is the best option for baking into slices, cakes and biscuits. On the other hand, shredded coconut is a little more coarsely grated, with longer strands, and a bit of a higher moisture content.

Can I bake a cake with coconut oil instead of butter? ›

So for every cup of butter (226 grams) in the recipe, substitute 194 grams of coconut oil and 36 grams (or a little over 2 tablespoons) of milk. Recipes that call for melted butter, like bread, quick breads, muffins, and cakes, will be fine. Just make sure the coconut oil is in its liquid form when you use it.

What enhances coconut flavor? ›

Coconut and Turmeric: The warmth and complexity of turmeric pairs exceptionally well with the creamy nutty notes of coconut, creating a taste combination that's delicious in herbal teas, prepared sauces, snack chips, and nutritional supplements.

Can I use coconut cream instead of butter in cookies? ›

Coconut cream, cacao and chickpeas can replicate the moisture and flavor we get from dairy-based butter.

Does coconut butter melt? ›

Coconut butter is what happens when you blend up unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut so that it slowly breaks down into smooth, luscious coconut butter. It's similar to coconut oil in that it has a low 77º melting point.

Can you cook with coconut butter? ›

Coconut butter burns easily and isn't your best bet for stovetop cooking over anything higher than very low heat for a brief time. It's perfect for making fudge and candies and may be substituted for butter or oil. It will add a strong, sweet, coconut flavor to your recipes.


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