How to Make Coconut Butter

You can make coconut butter yourself. Here’s the recipe you need. Bonus? You only need one bowl and one ingredient. Let’s do it!

The one ingredient for this recipe is unsweetened coconut shreds. It works best when I use desiccated Coconut. You could, I suppose, use any unsweetened coconut shredded you can find.

Equipment is the next most important thing! It is best to use a Food Processor, as blenders are not designed for blending coconut butter. It will tend to shake up the coconut flakes and not mix them. This is how it becomes creamy.

For best results, use a food processor. Blend, blend, and blend some more until you get a creamy, delicious coconut oil!


  • 3-4 cups unsweetened desiccated Coconut (or shredded),
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • One dash of stevia (optional)


  • Add less amount of shredded Coconut (3 cups or 240g as written in the original recipe // adjust the batch size if you are changing batch size) to a Food Processor. You may need to add more shredded Coconut if your food processor has more than 8 cups. (1 cup of 80 g is the original recipe // or even more // adjust the batch size). You should also have a high-quality food processor. 7 and 8 cup Cuisinart prep is recommended. The Ninja blender/processor has received mixed reviews regarding its ability to turn coconuts into “butter.” For this reason, we recommend using the Cuisinart or a similar model.
  • As needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl to form a creamy butter. My coconut butter usually takes 8-10 minutes. I scrape the sides twice to make sure the Coconut gets processed.
  • You can add salt, vanilla, or stevia once it has become liquid and creamy. It doesn’t really need anything, according to my experience. If, at this stage, you don’t yet have coconut butter, you may not have added enough coconut flakes into the food processor, or your food processor is either too weak or is not designed to handle this recipe.
  • Store at room temperature for up to two weeks (sometimes even longer). It will harden depending on the temperature in your home. You can use it by heating it in the microwave or placing it in a shallow pan of hot water. If you want to use it on hot food, scoop some out, and the product should easily melt on your food.
  • Coconut butter is great on baked sweet potatoes, muffins, and waffles. It’s also good in smoothies and ice cream.

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