Growing up, the only nut butter I'd ever tasted was peanut butter. I had no idea you could take pretty much any nut and turn it into a rich and delicious spread. These days there are a variety of natural butters made from different nuts and seeds (or combination) on the grocery shelves: walnut butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, coconut butter. It's easy to replace peanut butter (if you choose to) with any of these other nut butters and they are super easy to make at home!
Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make coconut butter. My sister Heidi has been making coconut butter for quite a while and she kept urging me to try it. I wish I had listened to her earlier because, oh my goodness, it's so delish!
Now, you'll have to like coconut in order to enjoy this butter but it is very versatile. It's rich and creamy, and you can spread it on toast with honey or mashed berries (my idea of a quick jam), use it in baking, or even just eat it with a spoon! Just remember, coconut is made up of a lot of fat and, although it is good fats, you might not want to overdo it if you're eating it straight from the jar, which I've been guilty of.
To make this super simple butter, all you need is unsweetened shredded coconut and a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix. The following instructions are based on the Vitamix I have, but you can adapt it for the type of blender you own.
How to Make Coconut Butter
- 6 cups shredded coconut
- Add approximately 2 cups of coconut to the container of your Vitamix.
- Turn on the Vitamix and slowly increase the speed dial to 10, using the tamper to continuously push the coconut down into the blades.
- Once the butter starts to come together, turn off the Vitamix and add another 2 cups of coconut, tamping it down while the Vitamix runs on speed 10, then repeat with the last 2 cups.
- Blend until the coconut has broken down and transformed into a soft, smooth butter.
- Store the coconut butter in a glass jar in the cupboard. I got about 2 cups of coconut butter from the 6 cups of shredded coconut.
- Give your Vitamix or high-speed blender a break if needed, stopping every couple of minutes or so to ensure it doesn't get overworked.
- Store the coconut butter in the cupboard, not the fridge. It will solidify in colder temperatures and remain softer in warmer temperatures.
- If you live in a colder climate like me, the coconut butter may still solidify in the cupboard depending on the temperature in your home. To soften, I place the jar in a bowl with warm water for a few minutes.
- To avoid waste, I like to make a fruit and veggie shake right after I make the coconut butter so any butter that remains on the side of the container will blend into the shake.
- For easy cleanup, I add very hot water and a small squirt of dish soap to the Vitamix container, then blend the soapy water on high for 30 seconds before rinsing.
I'd love to hear if you try making coconut butter for the first time! What's your favourite nut butter?