I ran across this idea at Heather Eats Almond Butter. (A fantastic blog with all kinds of great wholesome, healthy ideas and recipes.)
And I recently read Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife. So, I had already decided that we needed to get some more coconut in our lives!
I made the switch last year with our cooking oil and we now exclusively use coconut oil. Anytime a recipe calls for oil – ours is coconut. And we already use coconut oil as lotion too. (Months ago the bird asked me why I was using lotion to make her a grilled cheese sandwich….haha)
But, we don’t eat much actual coconut. After reading the book, I knew I wanted to. This seemed like a great first recipe.
I have never had (or even heard of) the coconut butter Heather refers to in her post. It’s called Artisana raw coconut butter. It sounds amazing, but apparently it’s over 10 bucks a jar. So, she figured out a way to make her own. Genius.
I did it. It was easy. It is fabulous!
I poured two 5 ounce bags of flaked unsweetened coconut into the old Blendtec. (She used a food processor in the original post) I turned it on. Mine took about 4 minutes to become butter. If you use a food processor it will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it keep on running. Don’t get discouraged. Be patient. I used the Blendtec since I knew it would be faster. I’ve used it to make raw almond butter, so I knew it would work. After a few minutes it looks like this.
I poured it into a jar. It smelled SO good. I let it sit on the counter for a few hours and now it looks like this.
Apparently even the Artisana kind stays hard a room temperature. (Coconut oil does too, so that makes sense.) I made the kids an almond butter and coconut butter sandwich. AMAZING!
I didn’t have time to go all the way to Whole Foods to get bulk organic un-sulfured coconut. So, I just used what I had from Kroger. Next time I will use the good stuff with no preservatives. 🙂 Two bags of coconut from Kroger cost about $2.50. I think the same amount from Whole Foods would be about a dollar more. Way better than 13 bucks a jar! 🙂 I can’t wait to try it on other stuff. So far we just eat it with a spoon.
Nicole Greene says
This sounds fantastic! can you use the coconut butter in lotions etc.?
I heart coconut butter, but hate the price, so only buy it as a treat. Never thought of making it in thr speed boat blender! thanks for the tutorial/inspiration!
Renee Whiting says
I can’t wait to try this, with the pancakes of course!
How long will this keep?
I am not completely sure. I am thinking as long as coconut flakes or peanut butter will keep, which seems like forever. It never lasts that long in our house though.
What type of blender is that? I have been wanting to get a good one but cant afford a vitamix! I hate how long it takes to make this in a food processor.
Hi LaDonna. It’s called a Blentech. I bought it used or refurbished from ebay few years ago. Before kids, when I had more money. It was still a lot! I saved for a while to get it. It was a few hundred if I remember correctly. It makes every job easier though. Blendtech is just like Vitamix. It’s the one starbucks uses to make frappachinos. 😉
Heather Eats Almond Butter says
So glad you tried and liked the coconut butter! Amazing stuff. So good on oatmeal, toast, sweet potatoes, etc. Thanks for the kind words and always happy to see other bloggers spreading the coconut love. 🙂
This butter looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try it. Did your coconut butter have a grainy texture?
Thanks. I need to make some more. Good question about the grainy-ness. I didn’t think it was “grainy”, but it’s not as silky as smooth peanut butter.
Do you leave this out on your counter or put it in the fridge? I have heard to put it in the fridge. So the first time I made it, i put it in the fridge, i bc old no longer use it :-(.. but I don’t want to waste more. Thank you!!
I leave mine out. I kept it in the fridge once, but it got too hard. I microwaved it and it was fine again.
How long would this last in the fridge? I must admit, I am not a fan of the coconut taste, but my husband and kids would love this.
I think it would last a few weeks in the fridge. It does get pretty hard if you keep it in the fridge. I keep mine out on the counter.
What speed did you use on your blendtec? Thanks
I used Smoothie a few times.