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Homemade Coconut Butter

I love coconut butter. You will notice that in many of my recipes, I use coconut butter instead of coconut oil. Why? Because it has a richer flavor and a better texture than coconut oil. But coconut butter is both expensive and hard for some people to find. The solution? Make your own. But be sure to read the comments at the end of the post. It is good, but it isn’t exactly like Artisana coconut butter, my favorite.



I have seen a lot of posts on making your own coconut butter. I was pretty convinced that homemade coconut butter (made from dried coconut) could never be as good as the brand I like to use which is made from raw coconut. But this post, coconut butter, inspired me to try. I will walk you though the steps.


Homemade Coconut Butter – Visual Instructions. Recipe Follows.


Place dried coconut in food processor. I have a 12 cup processor. If yours is smaller, you can adjust and make two batches.

After 2 minutes

After 4 minutes

After 6 minutes. The oils are starting to release.

After 8 minutes it is looking pretty good.

After 10 minutes it is pretty liquid.

Pour it into a clean jar and let cool. Don’t worry, it isn’t hot, just slightly warm. As it cools it will harden.


Conclusion and Tips

I must admit, I was pretty impressed. It hardened (see first picture) after sitting at room temperature for a bit. It looked like coconut butter and it tasted pretty darn good. And I am very picky about the qualities of my ingredients. What I didn’t like was that it is grainy. Even after a turn in the high speed blender, I could never get the beautiful smooth consistency of the Artisana coconut butter I was comparing it to. But in a pinch, especially in recipes that the consistency would be covered up by other textures, it could work. And oh my, it is a fraction of the cost. My 16 ounces of dried coconut made over 2 cups. Probably the equivalent to a 10 ounce jar of the Artisana.


Note: My food processor is a 12 cup KitchenAid. It is a work horse. It didn’t even bat an eye at making this. But all food processors are different. Keep an eye on yours while running it this long.

Coconut Butter


Coconut Butter


  • 16 oz dried, non-sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Place coconut in food processor.
  2. Process until smooth. (See above photos)
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  1. Elizabeth Buttle wrote on November 11, 2015

    Hi. Can coconut butter be made from a raw coconut bought at a supermarket? Does it have to be dried flakes? Is a raw fruit just too wet for it to work?

    • Susan wrote on November 17, 2015

      Hi, Elizabeth. Unfortunately no. There is too much moisture in it. Cheers!

  2. Munjeet wrote on April 17, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this, love.

    • Susan wrote on April 19, 2015

      You are welcome! :-)

  3. Josef wrote on February 7, 2015

    What brand of mixer was used? I do not in the food processor Braun 600W fail :(

    • Susan wrote on February 10, 2015

      I used a Kitchenaid. Cheers!

  4. Anya wrote on November 25, 2014

    Has anyone tried making coconut butter the same way you make butter from cows cream? ie, whipping the coconut cream until it goes through the whipped stage and into the butter stage?

  5. Wendy wrote on October 19, 2014

    I just made this. It was so easy and took a total of 10mins with my Vitamix. It is so yummy!!

  6. Arlene wrote on August 24, 2014

    Hi, I was reading the how to for making the coconut butter? What do you use coconut butter on or for? I’m clueless, but want to learn, thanks anyone.

    • Susan wrote on August 24, 2014

      Coconut butter is actually used in a lot of the recipes on this site. If you do a search in the search box on the right, you will see all the recipes that use it. Cheers!

  7. Newbee 2 Raw wrote on August 6, 2014

    Thanks for the recipe. Run it [coconut butter] through a cheesecloth while still in liquid form to remove the grainy-ness! Then pour into a jar for cooling and forming.

  8. Theresa Williamson wrote on July 14, 2014

    Have you ever heard of the Hallelujah Diet? George Malkmus was dying from colon cancer and he started eating raw and became well. I think they also have a cookbook for raw food preparation. I am amazed at what you have learned and hope to learn more from you.

  9. Livi wrote on February 11, 2014

    yum!! do you think this would work with toasted coconut?

    • Susan wrote on February 11, 2014

      I honestly have no idea. If you try it, let us know. Although we do focus on raw here. :-)

  10. Allison wrote on November 26, 2013

    Hi Sue! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I live in the Philippines now while my husbands in med school and lets just say import good are double expensive ! I just made this and it only costed 15 pesos! ( $.34) what a steal! Thanks!


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