How to Make Coconut Butter

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Using a spoon to grab a scoop of homemade coconut butter

Have you ever wanted to make your own coconut butter but didn’t know how? This is the recipe for you. Bonus? It requires just 1 bowl, 1 ingredient, and 10 minutes. Shall we?

Measuring cup and spoon of shredded coconut for making homemade coconut butter

The 1 ingredient is shredded unsweetened coconut. I find that using desiccated coconut (buying options included below) works best. But I speculate you could also use any unsweetened shredded coconut you can find.

The next important part is equipment! I highly recommend using a food processor as the design of blenders isn’t conducive to blending coconut butter. It tends to kick up the flakes and not allow them to blend, which is how it gets creamy.

So stick with a food processor for best results. Then, it’s just blend, blend, blend until you have creamy, delicious coconut butter on your hands!

Food processor filled with shredded coconut for making homemade coconut butter
Food processor with a batch of partially-made coconut butter

Coconut butter is:

Super coconutty
& So easy to make

It’s perfect for snacking on straight out of the jar, but also pairs well with things like baked sweet potatoes, ice cream, smoothies, muffins, banana bread, waffles, pancakes, and more!

I’ve also used it in recipes to make delicious things like Vegan Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge, Vegan White Chocolate Truffles, and Vegan White Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Food processor filled with delicious homemade coconut butter

How to Make Coconut Butter

An easy 1-ingredient, 10-minute recipe for how to make coconut butter at home! No sweeteners or flavorings – just pure, creamy coconut butter! Perfect for topping desserts, baked sweet potatoes, or simply as a snack!
Author Minimalist Baker
Food processor filled with our delicious homemade coconut butter recipe
4.4 from 82 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 (1-Tbsp servings)
Course Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2 Weeks


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


  • Add lesser amount of shredded coconut (3 cups or 240 g as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) into a food processor. If your food processor is larger than 7 or 8 cups, you may have to add the additional  shredded coconut (1 cup or 80 g as original recipe is written // or more // adjust if altering batch size) so there’s enough content to grind and churn into “butter.” In addition, we have tried using a blender and have to say it doesn’t work because the blender kicks the coconut up and doesn’t allow it to process. It’s also important that you have a good quality food processor. We recommend the 7 or 8 cup Cuisinart Prep. We’ve heard mixed reviews on the Ninja blender / processor being able to churn the coconut into “butter.” So for this reason, we highly recommend using the Cuisinart food processor, or a similar model.
  • Mix until a creamy butter forms – sometimes up to 10 minutes – scraping down sides as needed. Mine usually takes about 8-10 minutes, and I scrape down the sides 2-3 times to ensure the coconut is getting processed well.
  • Once it’s gone liquid and creamy, you can add things such as salt, vanilla extract, or stevia. But it doesn’t need anything at all in my experience! If you still don’t have coconut butter at this point, it’s likely you either a) didn’t add enough coconut flakes to the food processor ,or b) your food processor likely isn’t designed for this type of recipe or isn’t powerful enough. The main issue with making coconut butter tends to be an issue of equipment rather than method.
  • Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks (sometimes more). Depending on the temperature of your home, it will likely harden once cooled. To use, you can either heat it up in the microwave, or place in a shallow pot of very hot water and it will soften. Alternatively, if placing on hot food, scoop out and it should melt quite easily on the food.
  • I love putting coconut butter on things like baked sweet potatoes, bananas, muffins, waffles, pancakes, smoothies,ice cream, and oats, and especially just eating it straight from the jar!



*I like Bob’s Red Mill brand shredded coconut, or just getting it from the bulk bin at Whole Foods.
*Recipe makes ~1 cup coconut butter.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with lesser amount of coconut and without optional add-ins.

Nutrition (1 of 16 servings)

Serving: 1 one-Tbsp servings Calories: 100 Carbohydrates: 4 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 10 g Saturated Fat: 9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 1 g

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  1. Jenn says

    Used my 9cup Ninja Food Processor. Added 4.5cups, a TBSP coconut oil and about 25 minutes in order for it to get creamy. But excited to try it out in my butter bread!!! ❤️

  2. KAREN LUCAS says

    I love this idea so will be trying it out. This is exactly how i make my own peanut butter! In the food processor add rorganic roasted, salted peanuts, let machine run scraping down sides. I add coconut oil to help bring it together just a tablespoon. Just delicious and cheaper than buying peanut butter.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Homemade nut butters are the best, right?! Hope you love this one just as much!

  3. Monica says

    I have made this with great success, multiple times. I have a Cuisinart processor and agree the second ingredient is patience.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So glad this recipe has worked well for you, Monica. Thanks for the review!

  4. Fran says

    Tried in my Cuisinart and added more and more flakes until it was past the fill line, but no luck. It did not turn creamy, even with 3 packages of flakes after more than a few minutes. Transferred to my Vitamix, still dry. Added a Tbsp of coconut oil and voila. The oil solved the problem.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Fran! We wonder if the coconut may have been sitting around for a while or was a reduced fat version? Either way, glad to hear you were able to troubleshoot!

  5. nancy says

    Did not work, even after over 30 mins using new GE professional processor. I tried the large bowl, and then the small. Used 4 cups of Kroger Simple truth unsweetened coconut flakes. What did I do wrong? Disappointed, as I was making the Almond Joy protein bites for my daughter for valentine’s day.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nancy, we’re so sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you! What size is your food processor? We’re thinking it may have been too large for the volume of coconut. We recommend 4 cups coconut when using an 8-cup food processor. If yours is larger, you’ll need more coconut to get it to blend.

  6. ife says

    Great recipe! I read the distressed comments and decided to follow the recipe exactly to see what happens. My results were as Dana described. My organic shredded coconut was from Trader Joe’s and feels quite dry. My handy lil food processor is by Black and Decker and NOT state of the art. I did blend a little longer closer to 15+ min (possibly because of my little engine that could). It was like icing. The missing ingredient from the recipe is a TBSP of raw Patience. My 8yo soon watched and helped and at the end he tasted it and proclaimed, “it’s a miracle!”🤣

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, that’s adorable! We’re so glad it turned out well with a little patience =) Thank you for sharing your experience! xo

      • Brook says

        Hi, I also tried making coconut butter several times using different machines and different brands of dry shredded coconut. Not one of the attempts worked, even after an hour of blending. The best version was a more like lard and molded after a week or two. I’m normally a very good cook and baker, but this recipe is too frustrating.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Brook, we’re so sorry to hear it gave to you trouble! If it got moldy quickly, we wonder if there may have been contamination along the way? You can store it in the fridge to keep it fresh for longer.

  7. Max says

    I tried it with frozen fresh, finely shredded coconut, but after more than 30 minutes in 2000W professional food processor the result does not come close to a liquified smooth butter. It basically remained shredded coconut, as I expected when reading the method. Since the fresh shredded coconut is a bit moist I didn’t try with some water or oil. I experimented with various filling levels of the machine, from 50% to 100% but no difference to the end result.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Max, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out! If you were using fresh coconut, that’s the issue. This recipe uses dried coconut, which is necessary for not having excess moisture.

    • Monica says

      Same here!
      Ive tried different machines as well. No positive result. It seems the end result is quite liquid, so I wander if desiccated coconut is a good option?

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Oh no! So sorry to hear that you have experienced issues with this as well, Monica. It’s hard to know if different textures or brands of dried coconut make a difference, but depending on freshness (like how recently the coconut was dried before going into the package) it could change the end result quite a bit. You can see what food processor we use for reference if it’s helpful, and let us know if you have better results with desiccated!

    • Monica says

      THe end result seems not to be too much water, but clearly to little? since it does not come together at all but stays powdery.

      • Jeannie Staller says

        I used a kitchen aid and it never smoothed out like I liked. I added some olive oil since it was too dry but still not smooth when tasting.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Jeannie, what size food processor were you using? Did you adjust the amount of coconut at all? If there isn’t enough coconut in there for the size of your food processor, that can cause it to not get smooth. Hope that helps!

    • Madhu says

      I make coconut butter with coconut milk. The texture is a lot more silky and you don’t have to go through so much trouble. All I do is extract coconut milk from freshly grated coconut and blend it till it’s warm and then leave in the refrigerator for about an hour and voila you have fresh and creamy butter floating over some reusable coconut milk water.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi, I removed the recipe from your comment to avoid any copyright issues. But we think in that recipe, coconut oil would end up too oily and coconut butter would be a better choice. Since the recipe already calls for coconut, you could make your own coconut butter from that. Hope that helps!

  8. Erin says

    Hello, Mine tasted a little grainy. Did I need to mix it more. I was concerned I might mix it too much…I was making this for a recipe to use as icing, which called for melting it in the microwave. When I did, it just got dry and didn’t turn into a liquid…Do you have any insight why? Thank you! I will still use it as butter:)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erin, it does sound like it didn’t get blended enough. It’s hard to overdo it so don’t worry about mixing too much. We’d suggest taking a look at the photos for reference.

  9. Hali says

    Made this in my vitamix! Worked like a dream and turned the flakes to butter in under 3 minutes. Wonderful recipe, you’re the best as always!

  10. April says

    This could not have been easier. I was going to avoid making it by just buying some, but it’s so expensive. So i went for it. At first I was worried bc so many people commented on having difficulty. I don’t understand why. You just put the recommended amount in, turn the processor on, scrape down the bowl once or twice, and magically 10 min later you have butter. It doesn’t make much either, which I’m happy about. Not a health food so I didn’t want a ton to have to get through.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, April. We are so glad it worked well for you! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • April says

        Sure thing! Sorry about that. I didn’t see anywhere to rate the recipe. And i don’t see any star ratings for the other comments. But now I see the stars below this form :) I love your website all around, and I appreciate all the plant based recipes especially!

    • Ruth says

      I also used my vitamix. I added a handful of cashews and its a beautiful runny, creamy result. Plan on using it in curries and savoury mains instead of canned coconut cream. If it gets the flavour and texture I want I’ll be so happy!!!

  11. Indio says

    I’ve made a couple of your vegan staples my favorite were the gluten free lemon bars! So simple and so delicious so i can’t wait to make this! I’ve only ever had store bought coconut butter were is amazing but very expensive. Especially when you consider that most unsweetened coconut shreds are about $2. I’m curious about using this in baked goods. I’ve made coconut cake with coconut milk and virgin coconut oil, aquafaba in place of egg, sadly the end result was very underwhelming. I used it once in a coconut mousse and it was DELICIOUS but not sure if i’ll get the same result in a baked item. Thanks in advance!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Indio! This can be used in baked goods. The main issue people usually have with this recipe is their food processor isn’t strong enough to handle it, so make sure you have a nice quality food processor!

  12. Emily D'Emidio says

    Like some others, I made the mistake of prioritizing emptying my pantry rather than sticking strictly to unsweetened coconut…I should have read the comments first! Only after I was stuck with tiny particles of sweetened coconut refusing to liquefy did I read the comments…but in combining multiple tips, I was able to salvage the mixture into something edible, albeit not a coconut butter! I blended the whole thing for about 15 minutes total, adding in some coconut oil and a little hot water to help it along, and eventually ended up with something the consistency of marzipan. I rolled it into balls, froze them, and coated them in chocolate…hey, after having to listen to the food processor grinding so much, I deserve a treat, right?

  13. Kimberly May says

    I have found recipes for making my own chocolate that required coconut butter…. so excited I found this recipe! Every time I ask at the natural food stores I get take to the hand cream section…….

  14. devan says

    So, the new design of the vitamix motors is to REDUCE huge amounts of kickup. because of this, the blender worked perfectly for me!!

  15. Karla says

    Can you use coconut flakes? They are unsweetened but courser than shredded. I am having a hard time finding unsweetened shredded coconut, everything seems to be sweetened.

  16. Sofía says

    Hi Dana, I can get fresh coconut flesh down here in Mexico. In this case, would the amounts of coconut be the same? Should I use a little coconut oil?

  17. Adriana says

    Hello! Thanks for sharing this recipe…..I have leftover coconut flakes from making coconut milk, do you think it would work??

    I once tried it (toasted it before processing it to a butter) but after 45min got no results…however, I did not add any water.

    Would you have suggestions?

    I know I could always just try, but don’t want to do it again for 45min: rather expert advice hehehe :)

  18. Lili says

    I made the coconut butter with my Philips 300W Pro Mix Titanium blender and it worked! It took a while because I had to let it cool down a couple of times, but I got butter in the end. Thank you a ton for all your wonderful recipes! :)

    • Siva says

      I have made this and it tastes lovely, so I just end up eating it as a snack. It doesn’t work as a spreadable margerine since it is hard. Have you tired adding liquid oils to make it spreadable?

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Siva, we haven’t tried that, but think it would have issues with separation. Let us know if you do some experimenting though!

  19. Andrea says

    I’m so happy I found this recipe! I thought I would have to go out and buy it for this chocolate fat bomb I am making.
    I only had a 1 cup processor, so I put it in my blender to make the pieces much smaller and slowly added them into the processor. Wow! I never knew how simple this is! Thank you!

    • Denelle says

      Success! My Hamilton is usually TOO high speed for veggies, but perfect for nut butters. This was a well spent 10 minutes. I added nothing but a pinch of sea salt. Perfectly smooth and creamy.

  20. Mayra says

    Is it possible to mix coconut flour and coconut oil to make the butter? I have both ingredients but not a powerful blender so I need something I can make in my Nutribullet :(

  21. Ash says

    I just made this butter, I used a whole pack (250g) shredded coconut. I was a little worried at first as it just kept spinning but eventually turned out well! I am impressed. Prob took about 10 mins or less.

      • Chris says

        Tried this with frozen coconut chunks in this ancient food processor I have. Never made it to the butter phase, but it did adopt this fascinating kinda mousse-like fluffy texture.

        Not wanting it to go to waste, I added some cocoa and sugar and salt, and now I have this fascinating spread (?) that tastes like mounds candy.

  22. Janani says

    Random question. Do you think this could be used as an egg substitute for cookies (rather than apple sauce or pumpkin puree)?

  23. Hwasa says

    I have a cuisanart food processor. I churned the coconut for about 45 minutes, two days in a row, and it won’t go past that clumpy stage. It refuses to liquify. Disappointed I wasted so much coconut. I think I might just order coconut butter online. It’ll save so much time and effort

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      So sorry to hear that was your experience, Hwasa! It definitely shouldn’t take 45 minutes- not more than ~10. Did you reduce the amount of coconut or is your food processor larger than 8 cups? If there isn’t enough volume of coconut, it can have issues blending.

  24. Michelle says

    Where am I going wrong!? I have been trying to make coconut butter in the exact same Cuisinart food processor to no avail. I added about 8 tbsps of water by now and it’s forever just spinning in my processor nowhere near a butter! ? Help!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, it sounds like there is not enough coconut in there. We find you have to almost fill the food processor with coconut before processing it into butter. You could try adding more coconut. Hope that helps!

      • Michelle says

        I’m not sure how to reply to your response that I just saw in my inbox but I will definitely let you know how it goes next time. I did want to say however that it’s so frustrating that you said that perhaps my machine isn’t strong enough. It’s brand new from my sister in law last December. Plus like I said, it’s the very same machine that you named. It’s really weird because I usually have success with your recipes so I am willing to try again. Thanks!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Michelle, sorry about that! We forgot you mentioned it was the same one. Wishing you better luck next time!

    • Chloe says

      I don’t think adding water helps, it does the opposite I thought when making butters. Better to add more coconut or oil.

  25. Sarah Merrill says

    I have a blender that has a component for blending dry grains. We use it to make powdered sugar from regular white sugar when we need to. I always think it does a great job. Do you think I can successfully use that to attempt this with the coconut?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t had success making it in a blender, unfortunately. The blender tends to overheat before the coconut butter gets creamy.

    • Srijana Regmi says

      Blender works fine for me. The trick is that you need to constantly move the ground coconut around, as it tend to stick to the wall of the blender after a minute or so. Also, I find it easier to use more shredded coconut than less because then it kinda moves around itself without much stir needed. I hope that helps.

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for answering, Dana. My processor was definitely full. I’m thinking of trying again with unsweetened coconut flakes because I think I just made it more wet by adding the water. I hope that would work for next time

  26. Chris Wade says

    Greetings , I make keto chocolate melting cocoa butter & cocoa paste add stevita and coconut cream . It comes out good ,I use cupcake parchment and add an interior layer of org. teddys peanut butter or use silicone molds. It goes into the freezer but I am wondering what I could add to make a milk bar more like Pure Loves bars milk choc. & cups not their regular bars they are too dark.They have an ingredient listed as coconut and I wonder if I can use coconut powder not sure what type of coconut they are using but it seems to keep firm w/out freezing and milky . Do you think the powder will stay smooth and harden to a more milk choc. bar at room temp?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Chris, we have an upcoming recipe for vegan milk chocolate- stay tuned! In the meantime, maybe coconut butter?

  27. Lisa Ashley says

    I am trying to find something comparable to SimplyNature ExtraVirgin Coconut Spread that I found at Aldi’s a few years ago. I absolutely love it on baked potatoes. I’m at the bottom of my container so I’m going to try this first with my Nutri Bullet and see what happens. Every other spread I’ve seen in stores or online have canola oil in it. :(

      • Lisa Ashley says

        Sustainable oil blend (extra virgin coconut oil, non-GMO Sunflower oil, sustainable palm oil) purified water, sea salt, non-GMO distilled monoglycerides (emulsifier)

        I haven’t found anything comparable so if anyone knows of one, please share!

    • Elisabeth says

      Hi I just had a search too as I eat it for lunch on my rice crackers. You can make it yourself in foodprocessor. Fill up with shredded coconut than blend. I am going to try it as the Aldi store doesn’t sell it anymore

  28. Lang says

    OMG! Where have this been all my life?!

    Nut and seed butters make my face break out. Then coconut butter idea came along. I only had a bag of 8.8oz of shredded coconut, so I had to use something small, but strong and sharp, to blend it… found my Magic Bullet. With patience,
    1) I filled up the cup, blended a little bit,
    2) when there’s room, I added some more coconut, blended again,
    3) then when there’s more room, I added more coconut … repeat until I emptied the bag (or until my cup was full)
    4) finally, last hurrah of blending, until every coconut bits were liquified
    5) And…I got coconut butter! I’m so excited. It couldn’t be easier. Bad points- I blended it too long on my final hurrah; it’s coconut milk. Now I have to wait for it to cool down and solidify a bit. (I would add pics, but I don’t know how : )

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lang. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Feel free to use the hashtag #minimalistbaker on instagram for us to see the photo. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  29. Sylvia says

    I spent over half an hour doing this in my Breville 12 cup mixer workhorse (BFP660). I used the 14oz Great Value sweetened flaked coconut I bought from Walmart (with all the additives : Ingredients: COCONUT, SUGAR, WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL (SUSTAINS FRESHNESS), SALT, SODIUM METABISULFITE (TO RETAIN WHITENESS)).
    After about 10 min, I saw that I wasn’t going to get past the finely shredded phase, so I plopped in a heaping Tbsp of unrefined coconut oil (44g). After about another five minutes of processing, it was looking a little better, but not getting far. By now the flakes, that took up almost the whole bowl in the beginning, were shredded down to taking up only 2-3 cups. I thought maybe the blades didn’t have enough material to work with. So I got out the mini-bowl (3 cup?) for the Breville, and started processing in that. Only seemed a tiny bit better. Plus, I sliced off the end of my silicone spatula twice, trying to keep the coconut falling down into the center instead of climbing the sides. (I was putting the spatula through the opening in the pusher.) At about the 20-25min mark, when I was thinking of giving up soon, I decided to put in a couple Tbsp of hot water. This produced a noticeable result after a few more minutes. The mixture was finally starting to look a little like coconut butter. After about 30min (total), I added two more tablespoons of hot water. After a few more minutes, it started looking even better, and even resembled coconut butter. I never got it quite to the consistency of Artisana’s coconut butter (which is almost perfectly smooth), but I got it close enough for making Millionaire Cranberry Salad. Actually, my final product looks very much like the picture in the top of the page with the hand, spoon, jar, and measuring cup of dry, shredded coconut.
    In the future, I think I’ll start with the hot water very early on, after the coconut has shredded down a lot, and will probably switch again to using the small processing bowl once the coconut has compacted down in the large processing bowl. I’m wondering if it’s lack of moisture that kept the coconut from turning mushy. Or maybe the preservatives are interfering???
    But despite the final result not being very smooth, it is still quite yummy and doesn’t have that uncomfortable texture that I find in flaked coconut.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sylvia, sorry to hear it was more challenging than expected! But way to problem solve! We think the issue is probably the size of the container. We like to use an 8 cup food processor for this batch size in order for there to be enough volume to get it into a butter.

  30. Michelle says

    I tried it, using the coconut flakes already sweetened because it was the only one I had it in my house. It didn’t worked, I put it in the processor for like 10 mins and never made it as a butter ? also tried with the raw natural coconut and didn’t ? if you could help me. Please!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, it sounds like maybe your food processor isn’t powerful enough. Would you mind sharing which one you used?

    • Betty Gilliland says

      Thank you for posting this information. I have trouble digesting shredded coconut and wondered if a food processor would make it smaller. I’m glad to know that it will.

  31. Maria Guerriero says

    Hey! I made this and it turned out great. The second day I went to go use it, and it got really, really hard. Any tips for softening it up? I was thinking of putting it back in the food processor and adding some coconut oil.

    BTW: made a frosting with the coconut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Really yummy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      yes! It firms up at room temperature. Simply add a little water to a saucepan and bring it to simmer, then place glass jar in there without the lid on until it melts. OR, take the lid off and microwave in 20 second increments until it’s runny again. No need to reblend or add oil.

      • Michele Caldwell says

        Hello.I have used creamed coconut which I blened after softening in hot water then your recipe.The results were comparable.The creamed coconut was very cheap and already pretty much done .Are they the same ie butter?
        Also don’t leave it in the food processor and go and do something that takes a while or you will be back to a fry pan and boiling water.
        Very nice.Hard to keep to a tsp on toast.
        Thanks for all the recipes and help.
        Michele from Mirboo North Victoria Australia.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Michele, Thanks for sharing! We believe they are made through the same process. Though we find our homemade version stays more runny while store-bought tends to harden. Hope that helps!

      • Karin says

        I make coconut butter in my Vitamix in 3 minutes, works great. Just dump the shredded coconut into the container and blend at high speed.

  32. Sabrina says

    So, everyone – if you have a food processor use that. If you have a stick blender, use that. If you have a coffee grider, use that.

    You can use anything to blend your butter. Don’t be so stuck on a recipe’s rediculous suggestions that you give up!

    I have a wonderful hand crank food processor, put my coconut in it and it just churned this into pulp. Nothing more, just pulp. Blended in a coffee grinder and I got the butter consistency I wanted.

    Long story short. Use whatever you have. I’d probably have made my butter in seconds rather than hours hand cranking if I didn’t want to follow the recipes instructions of ‘only use a food processor’

  33. Randie says

    Hi. Sounds great and can’t wait to try making the coconut butter. Just wondering, at the beginning of the post you say “Just one ingredient” but there are four. Am I missing something?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Randie, only 1 ingredient is required. The rest are optional. Hope that clears up the confusion!

    • Nikki Earley says

      So I do not have a food processor. I put the coconut in my ninja blender and it got really small but not buttery. I was trying to figure out what to do and then I came across your comment to use the stick blender… Which I have one! Going to give it a try

  34. Max says

    Sadly, after 45 minutes, still nothing but shredded coconut. I added water, milk, and coconut oil. Still nothing but wet coconut.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Max, may I ask what brand of food processor or blender you used? I’m wondering if it’s an equipment issue…Either that or perhaps the coconut flakes were the issue?

    • stephanie says

      same here, i have a powerful food processor, tried for half an hour until machine got too hot. all i had was very finely cut coconut. I added some oil, nothing, then water and got a gritty paste. certainly not butter. I dont think this is even possible.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Stephanie, sorry to hear that happened! Did you modify the recipe at all? We find that making smaller batches can cause this issue as there isn’t enough in the food processor to keep it blending. Or perhaps you have a larger food processor?

        • Stephanie says

          I have a magimix 5200xl and i used 300g of coconut , which gave a depth of about 2″, which is sufficient for the blender to work on comfortably.

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hmm, we aren’t familiar with that blender. How does it do with nut butters?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I don’t find it requires refrigeration, but I suppose you can. It keeps for 1 month or more!

  35. Carolyn Rordam says

    Guessing my processor is not powerful enough or maybe the blades are tired. I ended up with something that was more like mashed potatoes. I gathered from the comments not to expect anything like super creamy butter but I don’t think I even got close. Sad. I was hoping to pour it over the no bake carrot cake balls, guess I’ll just dip them or something… It tastes great! But I’m worried about serving to someone who didn’t see me make it because of the weird texture.

      • Meli says

        In my experience, sweetened coconut or coconut with other anti-clumping additives can keep the coconut from turning into a butter. Also, less powerful food processors, blenders, etc. can be used, but you really have to watch out for the motor and take breaks so that it doesn’t overheat.

  36. Chelly Hamrick says

    This turned out amazingly. I was hesitant to try it because of all the reviews saying it didn’t work. I did it with my Hamilton Beach Food Processor and only took about 5 minutes. So glad I tried it because I haven’t been able to find coconut butter very easily. Tastes wonderful! Now I can make that Tropical Fat Bomb I’ve been anxious to try.

  37. Ricci says

    I read in many recipes that it isn’t recommended to use a Magic Bullet or similar blender but that’s exactly what I used and it came out unbelievably great! The only thing I did was half the recipe and it worked perfectly. I used Bob’s Red Mill shredded coconut and added a 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract when it started acting like it was too thick and it only took about 10-15 minutes. Thanks so much for this recipe as I am a huge coconut lover. (my only problem with this recipe is that it never lasts long after I make it)

  38. Jennifer Graves says

    Hi. I’d like mine to have a deep browned flavor. If I toast the shredded coconut first do you think it will still turn into the right consistency?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Good question! We haven’t tried and don’t know for sure.. but if you experiment with it, report back on how it goes! Good luck!

    • Mary Lair says

      Hello Jen,
      I am surprised it wasn’t mentioned in the above reply in February 2019, but there is a very similar recipe to make coconut butter using toasted, unsweetened, flaked coconut–right here on Bakerita. I just looked at it and plan to make it real soon. Good luck!

  39. Sue Lerdo says

    It’s been a while but I believe I’ve made coconut butter using your recipe. I was wondering though, if I could toast the flakes first as I’ve tried a coconut butter made from toasted coconut (store-bought) in the distant past and it was scrumptious. Thanks in advance!

    • Mary Lair says

      Sue Lerdo,
      Please see my reply, just above, to Jen’s question, which was essentially the same question as yours. You can probably go to the Bakerita recipe index to search for it. I can’t wait to make the toasted coconut version myself! Good luck.

  40. Jessica Pierce says

    I used my Cuisinart foot processor and I was getting coconut flour for after what seems like forever. I added a little bit of water slowly and got butter almost instantly.

  41. Shellie says

    I just made this and I agree with others who have said it’s difficult to not just eat it by itself. Lol I’m planning to try it on the cinnamon roll oatmeal tomorrow morning. It took me about 20 minutes to make, but I only had 1 bag of shredded coconut (about 2 cups instead of the suggested 3 to 4 cups), so I had to do alot of stopping and scraping. Next time I’ll use 2 bags and I think that will be much quicker and easier.

  42. Camila says

    Hi! I make my own coconut milk. Can I use the pulp from the process to make the butter? Do I need to dry it out in the over first?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Camila,

      We aren’t sure it would work to use the pulp since some of the flavor may get lost. Hope that helps!

  43. Alicia from Uruguay says

    I’ve just made it and it came out perfect! I have a regular food processor and it took 30 minutes to get the right texture..
    The R-oreos are really delicious!!! perfect recipe!! Thank you!

  44. Tammy MATTKE says

    3-4 minutes in my nutri bullet, turned out perfect! 2-3 cups of coconut gave me 1/2 cup of butter. Yum! Thanks

  45. Havik says

    I was excited to find the carob bar recipe you have, but I got nervous when I saw I would need this coconut butter for it. My food processor is tiny and barely functional- its better suited for more liquidy things like pesto. I saw some of the comments that reccommended using a VitaMix so I tried using my magic bullet. It would get stopped up after a few seconds so it took a while to get it nice and creamy, but it worked! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  46. Cara says


    I just made this today! It’s incredibly easy but takes patience! I have a Breville Kitchen Wizz Pro 2000W Food processor which I was able to successfully make homemade almond butter twice before. Into the food processor, I add 500grams of dessicated coconut because my food processor is a bit big (has 3.7L capacity). It probably took me a lot longer than 20 mins but that’s because I only process for 30 seconds each time then stop. So there were a lot of breaks. But it works! I’ll post the photos in Instagram and tag #minimalistbaker. Thank you for this recipe! Altho, I didn’t add anything extra after. Oh and I think I got more or less 450grams of coconut butter as a result.

  47. Ashley says

    Hi Dana! Do you have any suggestions on making other types of vegan butters? I’m not a fan of coconut butter for the texture. Thanks! :-)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Not quite yet, Ashley but be on the lookout for more as we are always adding new recipes to the site :)

  48. Sadie says

    I thought I would leave a comment that might help someone else. So it did take me like 20min to get the shredded coconut to turn into coconut butter. It wasn’t working for me at first but I noticed if you add between 1-4 tablespoons of coconut oil that it turns liquidly pretty fast.

    • Ellen says

      This is what I had todo as well. I mixed mine in my food processor first but it was taking forever so I changed and used my Vitamix instead which I should have used in the first place. I think it turned out, since I’ve never had coconut butter before I’m unsure of the texture. It was creamy but not real creamy like butter!

  49. Lisa Lyle says

    Welllll……first I tried it in my commercial vitamix….no luck. Moved it over to my KitchenAid mixer and have been at it for over half and hour and I still only have a pasty cornmeal. Would LOVE to know what I could podsibly be screwing up?

  50. Janice Neven says

    I followed directions using organic shredded coconut. It broke down into small shredded particles but never even slightly got creamy. I finally resorted to adding about one Tbs of milk (don’t have coconut oil). My Kitchen Aid food processor has 5 speed settings plus pulse. It still didn’t get creamy, just made lumps from the milk. The processor got hot to the touch and the coconut started to steam. I think I burned out the motor. Don’t know what to do with the semi-processed coconut.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Janice, sorry you had trouble with your coconut butter. Sounds to me like it was a problem of your kitchen aid processor (although I know people who have had success with some of their models). I can only speak for my 7-cup cuisinart, which churns perfect coconut butter every time.

  51. Virginia says

    I personally had no trouble making it in a blender. I did two and a half cups of coconut flakes in a personal sized attatcement for my ninja blender. I also added one or two tablespoons of coconut oil, that seemed to help.

  52. Ariel says

    I just CANNOT get passed the stage shown in that second picture.
    I’ve gone through, now, 2 different food processors and it’s just not working for me.
    I saw somewhere else that sometimes you get a bag that just won’t breakdown , so you add a couple tbsps of coconut oil. Tried that as well. I just can’t get it passed the weird grainy, sticky stage.
    Do you have any suggestions for me?

  53. Saskia says

    Took me an our and the kitchen is a mess but i got it?. First tried in my kitchenaid blender until smoke came out ?. Then i put it in a kind of nutribullit with the grinder blade and it was ready in less then a minute ?

    Greetings from the Netherlands

  54. Natalia S says

    My two cents: it’s a matter of quality coconut shreds. Do yourself a favour and grab some high-quality organic shredded coconut from the Whole Foods bulk bin section (a~$1.50 for a cup) and you’ll be amazed. I just got some and within 3 minutes in my $29.99 Ninja food processor, I had a delicious coconut butter. No issues at all!

  55. Heather says

    I tried making this with my Vitamix and it turned out to be too dry..? Is it because I use the more dry bulk section shredded coconut? Should I use the more moist coconut in the bag?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That may have been part of it, but we also have not had success with a Vitamix for this recipe as the design of blenders isn’t conducive to blending coconut butter. It tends to kick up the flakes and not allow them to blend, which is how it gets creamy. We recommend using a food processor like this one.

  56. Joanna says

    I just made it with coconut flakes! Delicious! You can still taste a little bit of grain but it’s still really good! Now I just don’t know how to eat it ?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Joanna! It’s perfect for snacking on straight out of the jar, but also pairs well with things like baked sweet potatoes, ice cream, smoothies, muffins, banana bread, waffles, pancakes, and more! Hope this helps!

      • Tamara Seaver says

        There are several fat bomb recipes and other Keto recipes that call for coconut butter as well.
        I have fat bombs on my To Do list today :)

  57. Sam says

    Wow, who knew. Thank you for this. I picked up a 500g bag of natural coconut flakes yesterday for next to nothing, around $2,25, so I thought I would give it a go in my Nutribullet. It turned out perfectly! I used the milling blade and filled my cup to capacity with the flakes. Once it got to paste stage, I emptied it into a clean bowl and repeated the first step until I had enough paste to fill my cup 1/3. I then switched to the regular blade and let it run into a beautiful smooth butter.

  58. Karen says

    Thanks so much for the recipe and inspiration! I used 2 cups coconut in the 4-cup workbowl included with a 12-cup Cuisinart food processor. Had to scrape frequently, but the recipe worked well!

  59. Claire Blais says

    I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy this when I made it – thanks so much for publishing it I live in a small community and was finding it difficult to purchase. Now I will continue to make my own as it is much better than the stuff I did eventually find to buy

  60. Abigail says

    The Ninja blender works perfect for this. The food processor does not. I have the Ninja Kitchen System that includes both the processor and the blender.

    • Vic says

      Thanks, I have tried twice in my ninja food processor And never got cream, I also have the blender and will give it a try.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We love it on our ice cream, but if that isn’t your jam, feel free to put it on muffins, waffles, pancakes, smoothies,ice cream, or oats!

  61. Sasa says

    Just grabbed your recipe from Mama Eats Plants. It worked great in the vitamix for me! Well… I should say the end result was great. All I could find was one 8oz bag of unsweetened coconut at the store, so I think it took a little longer. I had to scoot down the flakes from the 4 corners of the vitamix almost constantly as it blended (I did low speed option at about 50%). Also found it helpful not to add all of the coconut at once. It took about 10-15 minutes of this before it turned into butter. Lastly- Don’t refrigerate it! It turns into concrete;)

  62. Amy says

    Worked like a charm in my vitamix. I used the Trader Joe’s organic unsweetened coconut flakes. In be beginning I used the tamper-thing to smush around the coconut flakes, and then just let the blender do it’s thing once it got to stage two.

    (For reference I started in my Ninja bullet/cup blender because I didn’t want to pull out my vitamix and it wasn’t looking promising. After switching to the vitamix I had coconut butter in 2-3 minutes.)

    Thanks for the recipe! I was curious about coconut butter, but didn’t want to buy a whole jar from the store. Glad I could try it out with a couple of dollars worth of coconut flakes instead.

  63. Marina says

    Made this as a frosting for the carrot cake (also from this website) and it complemented the flavours perfectly. I added a bit of coconut cream, to thin it (probably the food processor I have is less powerful) and also some agave syrup, as my friends like their sweets, sweeyt! :) everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Penny Bergstrom says

    This didn’t work for me at all. I have a very efficient food processor, blended it for 30 minutes and finally gave up.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re sorry to hear you had some issues with this recipe, Penny.. Sometimes the trouble with making coconut butter is that there isn’t enough coconut flakes to fill up the food processor bowl and it needs more volume to churn into butter. Try adding more coconut flakes. Otherwise I fear your food processor may not be powerful enough… We use this one and have had success with it!

  65. Mandy says

    I made this today in my 9-cup Cuisinart food processor. I used about 3.5 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut from the bulk bin at my local natural food store. It took just under 10 minutes. Thank you!!

  66. Grace B. says

    Just made this and it turned out perfectly! Followed all of the instructions and after about 8 minutes I got a thick, creamy coconut butter! So excited to use this and to be able to make it at home so easily and inexpensively.

  67. Jane says

    I dusted off my old food processor which, to be honest, I had forgotten about! I am thrilled with the results and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would! Excited to look for recipes to use it in! Thanks so much ?

  68. Gail says

    I used my Vitamix, it worked great! I did have to add a small amount of coconut oil, as it was too dry. It is yummy and so easy to make and took less than 5 minutes. Thanks for the great recipe, I’m sure I will make it again.

  69. Margaret Kubo says

    I purchased a fresh coconut. If I shred it myself, to your knowledge, will it make coconut butter?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We have not tried, and can’t say for sure. If you give it a try though, report back!

  70. Ginni says

    Hi. I just discovered your site! I’m so excited to try your recipes. I have a question…I HATE coconut. I do use coconut oil which doesn’t seem to have a strong coconut flavor at all. What can I use instead when recipes call for coconut flakes? Thank you so much. I’m ready to eat healthy with easy recipes!

  71. Maria says

    Thanks, Dana, for your wonderful, inspiring blog! I’ve tried many of your recipes and all have turned out great. Just made the super seedy sunflower seed butter a couple weeks ago and now the coconut butter. Really amazing! Thanks for your instruction. I’m not sure if the coconut I used was dessicated or not but I used a Cuisinart Pro Classic food processor and it took less than 15 minutes, including scrape time. So easy! Results were perfect-as described-and now I never have to pay for the overpriced stuff in the store!! Thanks so much!

  72. Jenny Budhrani says

    I had issues making the coconut cream I ran my Ninja food processor on and off for almost 30 minutes and finally gave up.

  73. Bethany says

    I used my vitamix and it turned out great. I also used unsweetened flakes, not dessicated. Who knows! It may be the brand of coconut you use that makes a difference?

  74. Licia says

    Quite literally just finished making this. Ive never liked icing, but my life changed the first time I tried coconut butter as a replacement. Once again this method proves homemade always beats store bought! So delicious and I feel good knowing exactly what the ingredients are. Thank you! I did make one change; I started with a food processor and that would have been enough but when I was done I wanted it to be just a little more creamy so I threw it in the high speed blender for a couple more minutes and it came out perfectly. I had two appliances to clean, but oh well!

    • Wanda says

      I did the same process with fresh coconut which was firm, but not dry. I cut it into 1″ chunks and
      threw it in the food processor. I also wanted it to be creamy; therefore, I threw it in my Vita-Mix and
      added some coconut oil. It needed to be tampered quite a while to get to the creamy stage.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Joann! We recommend storing at room temperature, where it will last for up to 2 weeks (sometimes more).

  75. Neo says

    From reading all the comments, here are some tips toward successful coconut butter dreams:

    Do use dried unsweetened coconut high in fat.
    Do use coconut low in sugar (to avoid clumpiness)
    Do use more coconut flakes to weigh down the blender/processor to force more coconut into the blade.
    Do use coconut oil to help weigh down the flakes and/or smooth out the butter if needed.

    Do not use sugars that tend to crystalise under certain temp conditions to avoid crystalisation/clumpiness (ie cane sugars, maple sugars, etc). I don’t use any sweeteners..

  76. Hugely disappointed says

    I spent over an hour with this. I followed two or three suggested tweaks because it just wasn’t panning out.

    In the big scheme of things it would’ve been easier to just order coconut butter from amazon for $13 ( since my local TJ and Wholefoods don’t carry this and I’m not about to run all over town looking for it) because I just wasted an hour and $9 worth of ingredients on this task. Huge let down.

    I still love your site but I’m not trying anymore recipes that call for ingredients I don’t normally use or have to DIY just to add to the recipe. I really wanted to try to make your raw Oreos but I’m over that now. I’m a single mom. Just don’t have time or money to waste like this.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! We are sorry to hear you didn’t have success with this recipe. If you get a moment, we’d love to hear more about what didn’t work for you so we can offer tips. Hope to hear back!

      • Less disappointed says


        Thanks for reaching out !

        So I started with the exact measured unsweetened coconut flakes. Spent about 45 minutes on just trying to get to stage 2. Then I noticed someone mentioned filling up their FP rather than just using the suggested measured amount of coconut. So I added 4 more cups of coconut to my 8 cup FP. after a lot of overheating and about an hour, the coconut seemed to be getting softer. Not quite a liquid but I gave it a few more minutes and I was finally to liquid stage. Then I added sugar and vanilla and it went right back to clumpy and never returned to liquid again. I sprinkled in maybe 3 tbsp of sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla.

        So I ordered some coconut butter online from Amazon for $13 and the jar made 27 cookies with enough butter left over to put on a croissant or two. Definitely don’t want to buy that again because that’s expensive but I have to say the cookies are delicious! Better than Oreos! Still I added vanilla and sugar because I didn’t like the taste of the unsweetened coconut butter I was aspiring to make. If you can help sort of my kinks that would be great because I’d like to make these again.

  77. Drew says

    Had great success. Took about 6 minutes or less. I used “SWAD” brand 14oz. coconut powder (product of Sri Lanka) that was about $5 & change purchased locally at a store that deals in multi cultural foods. I chose this brand because it was the lowest in salt, sugar & had a higher fat content & no additives to retain color.
    I used a nutribullet, filled about 1/2 way. Pulling it off & on the machine every 10 or 15 seconds & shaking down the product. At this point it was still a little granular in texture until I added coconut oil, a little at a time, until the product was pourable (consistency of thick molasses). Used a total of about 10 oz. of coconut powder with about 1 teaspoon of oil added. Plan to see how it works out in peanut butter fudge with a little sweetener added to the mix &/or chocolate. Thanks for the guidance.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! We haven’t tried using fresh and can’t say for sure, but if you try, report back on how it goes!

  78. Allen says

    Took some work but figured it out. I used a Vitamix. The smaller container does not work. I used organic coconut flakes dry as a bone to start. I put the vanilla in with the coconut a pinch of salt and a pinch of natural pure cane sugar after just a small bit of mixing. I started with a small amount about three once’s of coconut in the small container but the blades were missing the coconut so I transferred it to the larger container. Tamping it down is highly effective and it took time to get the right consistency I found that being patient but tamping it a lot helped.

  79. Jenny Waenink says

    For those who have a hard time getting past the grainy texture and on to smooth… Add 1 tbsp coconut oil. The extra fat content makes ALL the difference!!!

  80. Kirstyn says

    I made a half recipe and the lower volume took forever in my food processor (but I only had 1.5c coconut and needed butter so I persevered) I added 1/4tsp vanilla extract and a drop of stevia towards the end of processing and it came together beautifully. Now ready to add to my pre-long run smoothie! Thanks Minimalist Baker! (How bout a Runner’s recipe line up? Pre run fuel, recovery dinners, snacks? I have No Meat Athlete cookbook, but everything so far is bland or blah. ) TIA ;o)

  81. Tina says

    I was a little afraid to try your recipe after reading some of the comments, but I went ahead and made it anyway, in my Cuisinart food processor, and it worked like a charm! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’m not sure if it would work with sweetened coconut as we have only tried with unsweetened!

  82. Tamar says

    Amazing! Genius! Inspirational! Made this in my Vitamix from a 340g bag of coco shreds and now I have a stunning mason jar filled with delicious coconut butter that only cost $3.79! My life is changed!

  83. Kim says

    I just tried to make this for the carob bars recipe. It looked like it was working well at first, I had liquid butter after processing for ~5 minutes. I then added a pinch of salt, and dash of vanilla and maple syrup, processed for 30 more seconds and it turned into a dough-like texture which did not melt when I tried to heat it up. Not sure if processing for too long dried it out or if the added ingredients caused it.

  84. Charlotte Durrant says

    Desperate to make this!…However when I tried, I put in the MagiMix food processor for in excess of 20minutes, and still nothing, just finer dessicated coconut! Puzzled. Any tips would be so welcome…x

  85. Jenny Smith says

    Massively frustrating. I have been trying for 35minutes in a good quality Kenwood food processor, which has now stopped working altogether. I really hope it’s just overheated and will come back to life again. Epic fail.

    • Jenny Smith says

      My processor came back to life thank goodness. But it didn’t work in the Ninja either, which overheated pretty quick, so I stopped for safety to my Ninja.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Jenny, what size is your food processor? Sometimes the trouble with making coconut butter is that there isn’t enough coconut flakes to fill up the food processor bowl and it needs more volume to churn into butter. Try adding more coconut flakes. Otherwise I fear your food processor may not be powerful enough…

  86. Laura says

    Howdy from Texas! I used the super cheap Walmart unsweetened coconut and it was SOoooooo dry when nothing was going according to the instructions I added a Tbl coconut oil,wet pour kind and 2Tbl h2o and wa laa butter!

  87. Bernie Harrison says

    Would this recipe work in a Thermomix? It’s like a high speed blender but it can also make good nut butters etc

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We have not tried using a Thermomix, and cannot say for sure. If you give it a go though, report back on how it goes!

  88. Kristina says

    Hey everyone! So after some frustration like some people commenting I decide to give it a different approach after some research. It was not working in my Ninja food processor so I switched to the Ninja full sized blender and added two and a half bags (18 oz total) of the unsweetened shredded coconut and I FINALLY got it to work! Definitely try adding more and using a blender and seeing how it works. I love mine!

    • Sally Maper says

      Only a NINJA blender will work because the blades go all the way up the blade stick.Regular blenders only have a blade spinner down at the base. There may be another brand that has the blades all the way up but I don’t know.

  89. Timpaleinen says

    I found out that if you rub coconut butter on your body before doing it in the bed your next child will have the wisdom of Gandhi and The tits of kasturba.

    One dusty boi

  90. Raja says

    I just made some coconut butter a few minutes ago and it is so wonderful and creamy. I tried using a mini food processor in the past and it did not work very well. Someone in my apartment complex placed a NutriBullet blender on the table we use for things we no longer want and I grabbed it. It worked and making my own is so much cheaper than buying it like I did years ago. I am so very pleased.

  91. Erica Williams says

    I just made this in my ninja food processor. Came out great. 2 bags of unsweetened coconut flakes in the larger size processor for about 8 mins. Thank you so much.

  92. Jami says

    I just made this. Only had Tjoes coconut but it worked fine. Amazed how these dry crumbs turn to butter. Now to make something with it….thinking the carob bars you posted. ?

    • Timpaleinen says

      I found out that if you rub coconut butter on your body before doing it in the bed your next child will have the wisdom of Gandhi and The tits of kasturba.

  93. Anna Hebel Gerber says

    I used my food processor in low and for longer. Got it creamy and then when I added maple syrup it went back to crumbly coconut!
    Any ideas why?
    When it was creamy it was delicious though!

  94. Charity Wattenburger says

    I have been processing my coconut for about 20 minutes, it’s just gotten very hot and very fine. I took the tube out of the drop shoot to let all the steam out. Is this happening and not turning to a “butter” because my local store bins only had sweetened coconut? The only unsweetened coconut was a dry powder. Please help!!

  95. Paige says

    Hi! I love your beet cupcakes and make them all the time!

    I am currently looking for a white “chocolate” option for a vegan cake pop. Can I dip the vegan cake pop in this coconut butter and have the same result (or as close as can be) to a dipped cake pop?

    Thank you for all you do!

  96. Dlene says

    I made it in my processor and it turned out more like a paste and even when i extended the process, it maintained a paste. What could have gone wrong?

    • Raja says

      Maybe your processor did not have enough power. I recently used a NutriBullet and it worked perfectly. The best part is that I did not purchase the expensive NurtiBullet. Someone threw it away where I live and placed it on the “free” table.

  97. Leslie says

    Worked perfectly in my VitaMix. Used 3 bags of unsweetened organic coconut, dash of kosher salt and splash of vanilla. Took 3 minutes…MAX

        • Nola says

          I’ve just made it in my regular vitamix pitcher and took 2 mins tops on high speed. It’s nice and creamy/smooth, but quite liquidy. Do you think I overblended it? It is supposed to be smooth? Or have some texture/thickness?

  98. Dawn says

    Sorry, this was a very expensive epic fail. I have a high powered professional food processor and Vitamix and after using both for 30 minutes, just dryclumps. Back to the store for me. This one beat me.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So strange. I’ve never had coconut butter not work. A food processor is the way to go. How many cups is yours? Mine is 7 and using 3-4 cups coconut flakes works every time. Perhaps if your model is bigger add more coconut?

      • Regan Brashear says

        I have found that adding a tbsp of coconut oil can help get it going in the right direction.

        • Dave says

          Worked perfectly in Vitamix, but you have to use enough coconut flakes so you can use the tamper to push down on the mixture, otherwise you have to stop, push coconut down into blades with spatula, and restart dozens of times.

  99. Trula says

    I used Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Coconut and it turned out very dry, not a bit creamy. I added a little coconut oil and, it is as creamy as can be. It is definitely not good to eat by itself, I’ll have to try mixing it in something.

  100. Terry says

    Didn’t work for me either. Used my 64 oz Ninja (Blender/food processor/bullet). It’s brand new and after 6 minutes it finally shut itself off. I did stop and scrape down the sides twice. I let it cool down then kept on with the blending/scraping/blending/scraping and seems like it might be starting to get somewhere but never anything more. Then tried small food processor. No. Tried Bullet. No. Tried Ninja blender. Yes! Finally! Will use the blender next time

    • TERRY says

      UPDATE: The coconut butter I ended up with is WONDERFUL! My Ninja food processor is SUPER powerful (I’m almost afraid of it!), but I think it’s too big and the coconut ended up under most of the blades so all it was doing was kicking up the coconut and not really able to blend it. When I switched to the Ninja blender, it had a smaller base and that kept all the coconut together with the blades so that worked. It’s so yummy! I will try again. I put it on toast which was wonderful. This morning I made a fruit bowl (papaya, yougert, almonds/cashews/walnuts, coconut, granola and drops of coconut butter. The drops of coconut butter in the mix put it over the top. THANK YOU !!

    • Rachel says

      I tried this tonight in my 64oz. I saw your comment, have you tried again? I’d love too but don’t want to waste

  101. Rebecca says

    Turned out great for me!!! Thanks for the idea.
    I used my Cuisinart food processor and it worked like a champ :)

  102. Cris says

    Do you think this would work with a magic bullet? I only have a tiny 2 cup food processor and a ninja which does not work as a food processor.

  103. Kristina says

    I have tried this veggie with some of the chocolate recipes. The only desiccated coconut I could find was low fat. Do you think that prevented it from turning into butter?

  104. BGLarkin says

    This recipe worked like a charm. Thanks so much! Couldn’t find this in 3 stores that I tried. Now I don’t need to anything more than just buying the coconut.

  105. Jackie says

    It worked for me but at a certain point I had to move it from my large food processor to my mini one as the blades were spinning above the coconut.

    • JS says

      Purchased less than $5.00 of organic unsweetened shredded coconut from the bins at Whole Foods. Broke out the big Cuisinart food processor. Less than 5 minutes later and only one scraping, I have beautiful, creamy coconut butter. Thank you for this simple recipe!

  106. Shannon says

    Hi! Thanks for posting, I’m excited to try it and sure hope my old processor works :-) I’m wondering how much butter to expect from 3 cups of shredded coconut?

  107. Alexis says

    I made this in my Cuisinart 8c Food Processor tonight with a bag of Let’s Do Organic shredded coconut. Took a little over 10 minutes to make! So good. And so much cheaper than buying it from the store.

  108. Dee says

    Wow this was easy! I forgot the pinch of salt and wished I had of remembered… but I was just so excited! Now I don’t have to go hunting for coconut butter! BTW I had organic non processed coconut flakes on hand so it worked out great!

    • Nola says

      Have you happened to notice if anyone has said what kind of pitcher they are using on the vitamix? There is the regular one and then there is one for grinding, etc. Hoping it’s the regular one :-)

  109. Elizabeth says

    Hi Dana.
    Sadly, my first attempt with dessicated coconut and a 600w food processor was a failure. Perhaps my unit didnt have enough power. But hey, i remain hopeful and will try it again.
    How about freshly grated coconut ? What do you think ?

  110. Linda says

    I made coconut butter and it’s delicious! But I made it in my Vita-Mix, using the tamper as if I were making nut butter. It took about 2 minutes.

  111. Karina Ferro says

    Just made this recipe and it literally took 6 minutes with my food processor I used the shredded coconut from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. I have a Cuisinart Prep 9 food processor! I literally got super liquid coconut butter!

    • Charity Wattenburger says

      I have been processing my coconut for about 20 minutes, it’s just gotten very hot and very fine. I took the tube out of the drop shoot to let all the steam out. Is this happening and not turning to a “butter” because my local store bins only had sweetened coconut? The only unsweetened coconut was a dry powder. Please help!!

      • GF says

        The issue is that when using flakes of coconut they tend to get blown to the sides, and or below and above the blades. What I found worked good was to use the FP for 5 min stirring the mixture from the sides. Then switch to the individual Single serve cup to get the weight of the flakes to be forced down. That’s when the magic happens. I did have to scrap the sides once or twice. So, if you are having issues, it is probably not the fault of the equipment, but the weight of the coconut. Hope this helps. If you go straight to the individual single serve it could make your Ninja work to hard.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jodi! Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks (sometimes more). Depending on the temperature of your home, it will likely harden once cooled. To use, you can either heat it up in the microwave, or place in a shallow pot of very hot water and it will soften. Alternatively, if placing on hot food, scoop out and it should melt quite easily on the food.

  112. Katie Eldred says

    I used unsweetened shredded coconut flakes from trader joes and a food processor, but it didn’t work for me. :( Blended for 20+ minutes and all I had was very finely chopped coconut. Any suggestions? Maybe it was the coconut I used?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, sounds like it may just be an issue with your food processor. What brand and model is it? Maybe it’s not powerful enough or perhaps you didn’t add enough coconut flakes to help it form into a butter. Also, as I mentioned in the recipe, desiccated coconut really works best. Perhaps try that next time?

    • Dan says

      Possibly. Might just have to add some coconut oil or creamer coconut for a little liquids to use.
      Not a lot a a time. Tablespoon most and see what happens. Then add more if needed

  113. Monika says

    I just used my food processor to make this. At first, it felt like nothing was happening, but about 5-6 mins later, the flakes started to break down and a little bit longer… we have butter!!

    Thanks for the recipe. Will be making this again x

  114. Joan says

    I used my Blendtec Twister jar for this and it took less than a minute.
    It is so delilcious!
    My kitty kept bugging me while I was washing the jar…he liked it too!

  115. Emaleigh Downey says

    well, found my new obsession. Cant stop licking the inside of my food processor!
    Also, I used Bob’s Red Mill’s flaked coconut and it worked great!
    Would love to try making this with some chocolate as well! YUMMMMMMM

  116. Judy says

    Oh boy! Funny how I didn’t think of using this butter —sooo fast, about 4-5 min—as icing after I used it in your pb/ab fudge recipe! Because I love lemon with carrot muffins/cake, I added lemon zest and a little juice (plus the salt & vanilla options) and wow! Hard to not just eat it instead of put it on the cake!
    So THANK YOU for both the Carrot Cake recipe and this icing..and Happy Birthday!!

    • linda says

      I use flakes, that I buy in bulk that still have the brown peel-like stuff around the edge, in my vita-mix. It takes about 2 minutes. After a minute or so, I hold the tamper down on it, moving it now and again to a different side. I think that the heat has something to do with it working. There has to be enough coconut to cover the blades even after it’s been chopped into little teeny pieces. I end up with about a cup of delicious, almost liquidy coconut butter. I chill it to make a semi-hard candy — mmmm good. (It’s the same way I make nut butters.) My only problem is that it takes about ten minutes to get it all out of the blender. For that, a food processor would be lots easier.

    • Dan says

      I heard flakes actually make a better product. Less gritty.
      I would encourage a good processor and NOT a blender on steroids (vitamin). Not a good set upofor this process

  117. Malory says

    I’ve tried three times to make this with shedded coconut. I end up blending for about 30 minutes and nothing happens. Do you have some suggestions? I’m at my wit’s end. :-(

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Malory! Hmm did you use a food processor? The only thing I can think it would be is the equipment you’re using. The coconut should go through three stages on its way to turning into butter. First the texture will be finely shredded, then thin out into a grainy liquid, then finally turn into a smooth, thick liquid. The finished butter will seem runny, but when you taste it the texture will be like thick, sticky, slightly grainy peanut butter.

      • Allie says

        I also tried this and didn’t work for me either. After about 20 minutes, I had to let my food processor cool down! My only guess is that the shredded coconut I had was too dry?

        • Rosemarie says

          I just made this for the first time. I think your processer doesn’t have enough power. I first tried with my small one that I use to chop nuts,herbs and small things. 20 minutes went by and all I got was coconut flour. I got out my big one and with in 20 minutes I had butter. I t really reduced in amount. I used a pound of coconut from the ben a it and it made about a cup. Tastes good though.

        • Kym says

          So easy to make in a VitaMix. Used 1.5 bags unsweetened organic coconut. Took 2 minutes, tops. Going to incorporate the rest of the bag now that the volume blended down to maybe 1/4 of the pitcher. I want to add some cocoa powder ?

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Paula! What did it turn out like? Let us know and we’ll do our best to help!

          • Paula says

            It just ends up soft but chunky in the Vitamix. I have one with more of a square base. I ended up moving it to my food processor and it still didn’t work. I spent about an hour! As a final attempt I added it to the blender. I think the heat from running for a few minutes did it because it finally turned to butter when I was about to give up!

          • shartmann says

            Mine did not work in the Vitamix! now i have a blob…and no ice cream to put it on

          • Elle says

            Okay, so I see this thread is old, but last (and first) time I made the Raw Oreos I was at my daughter’s in Florida and all she had was a blender. It was just okay–but the flavor was great! Today I tried it again at home using my Black & Decker food processor and only got like what another poster identified as crumbly “coconut flour.” Then I broke out the Vitamix (which I had avoided using because Dana emphasized a ‘food processor’) but after about 15 minutes on high it got super hot, it started smelling like burning plastic and roasted coconut – so I settled for a pasty version. Nothing like the runny creamy butter pictured. Used unsweetened organic coconut threads from Frazier Farms…super frustrating. :(

            Also used the B&D for the ‘cookie’ but it’s really crumbly. May soak the almonds next time. Any input on that? The taste is good. (Don’t over-salt!)

          • Lisa says

            I have a commercial Vitamix and am having a significant amount of trouble getting the coconut to turn into “butter”…just letting my blender cool off for a bit then I will try some more!

        • Dan says

          Add a teaspoon of coconut oil (refined if you want less coconut flavor). Blend more, should start getting better. I’ had to add up to 3 teaspoons.

          Depends in the type, age, of flakes as well as how good the machine is.

          I have a mediocre machine and do 12 oz bag of Publix greenwise unsweetened and it takes between 7 and 12 minutes.

          Good luck.

          • Agnes Quinn says

            I started with blender, switched to food processor, finally added coconut oil and that was the trick for my older machine (easily 12 years old) It’s now in the garbage, the processor not the butter so I will buy a new unit and try again.

      • Sam says

        The trick is how big or small is your food processor. I tried to make 3 cups per your recepie, but I was having the same issues. After some online research, I doubd out that I need to add at least 7 cups to my 8 cup ninja food processor.

    • Nadine says

      I wonder if using a small amount of coconut oil or coconut cream would help the ineffective equipment out?.?. After all when making pesto you need to add oil until it blends smooth. Just a thought.

      • Dan says

        Yes, I use coconut oil, spoon or drizzle som in a little bit at a time. Let it work and make sure you are scraping down the sides often.

    • Teresa Ryan says

      I also used my new black and decker processor and got nothing but crumbly coconut could it be because I bought the coconut atbulk barn.

  118. Malin says

    hi, Do you think I could replace instead of cashew butter for vegan white chocolate? I am allergic to nuts, and all recipes calls for cashew/macadamia. So maybe this butter, ricepowder, coconut oil and cacao butter would work- what do you think? Kindly white chocolate lover ? Love all your work.

  119. Ariel says

    This looks so yummy! I never imagined it was so easy to make your own. I’ll definitely be trying this! :D