coconut butter in blender

COCONUT BUTTER RECIPE (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Keto, Whole30, Vegan)

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The culinary uses for coconut butter are multitudinous! 🙂 My favorite way to use coconut butter is in Paleo or grain-free baked goods (like this one)! Coconut butter can also be used to make raw energy balls, truffles, as a spread, in sauces and dips and so much more. Coconut butter is healthy and easy to use, a wonderful staple to make often and to keep on hand. But coconut butter can be quite expensive to buy. This recipe is fast, easy and economical to make (about three times less than buying it)! AND I love when I find a food that’s perfect for so many wellness diets: Coconut butter is suitable for Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Keto, Whole30 and Vegan diets. I provide both food processor and blender instructions below, plus a link for how to make toasted coconut butter.

how to make coconut butter recipe is shown with blender pouring out coconut butter and a second image shows unsweetened dried coconut before it is processed in the blender

Keeping It Simple — Food Processor or High-Speed Blender

To make your own homemade coconut butter, all you need is a food processor and 5 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut. 5 cups shredded coconut yields just a teeny bit more than the 1-1/2 cups butter. Five cups of unsweetened coconut is about 16 ounces.

Coconut butter can also be made in your high-powered blender. I’ve used both the BlendTec (this one) and the Vitamix (this one).

Have you made coconut butter before? If not, simply place the shredded coconut into your work bowl with the metal blade insert. Turn the motor on and wait 5-10 minutes, depending on your food processor (or blender), and you will have “manna.” Very magical. My Cuisinart (this one) is super fast and super quiet; so it’s a quick and easy process that is also inexpensive.

You can literally walk away and let the food processor turn the solid to liquid.

If using a blender, you may need to stop and start the motor a few times to scrape down the sides … and babysit the process a bit more. It works best to use your lowest power setting. And the tamper can be helpful. Once the shredded coconut begins to liquefy, the power can be increased from “1” to “3” and eventually to “6”. But the lower power settings are necessary in the beginning.

Having used all three appliances, food processor and two high-speed blenders, I do find the food processor to be slightly more efficient at the job. The motor is less taxed. But when we moved into our tiny house last year I gave away all the appliances I didn’t use on a weekly basis. I got rid of my food processor because coconut butter (and pastry dough) were the only things I made in it often. So now I always make our coconut butter in our blender, and it certainly works fine.

You can also buy Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna here (it’s the best priced option for already made butter).

4 steps to making homemade coconut butter in blender: unsweetened coconut in blender to the fourth photo of it pouring out into a measuring cup

Healthy!! MCTs

I can’t write about coconut butter without at least briefly mentioning its health benefits! Coconut butter is truly a super food for Keto, Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan and basically most wellness diets. Coconut butter is full of medium-chain-triglycerides — fatty acids that are small molecularly and therefore, easy to digest, and instead of being stored as fats, MCTs burn right up and become fuel, or energy, for our bodies. This process speeds up our metabolism! (Carbohydrates go through a similar process; the difference being that they produce an insulin spike.) MCTs go one step further: They help our bodies to burn fat for energy. MCTs are a great fat to assist healing and to boost the immune system. The coconut oil in coconut butter also contains lauric acid, a compound that gets converted into monolaurin. I have purchased monolaurin alone for its pathogen killing properties. It is both powerfully anti-viral and antibacterial!

Suffice it to say, whole ground up coconut is a fabulous super food, yielding energy and many healing properties. Coconut butter is also delicious and satisfying, helping us to feel satiated, because nutritionally we are!

DIY coconut butter being poured from blender

5 from 2 votes
coconut butter in blender
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 233 kcal
Author: Megan
  1. Food Processor: Place unsweetened coconut into work bowl of food processor, with metal blade insert. Turn the motor on and wait 5-15 minutes, depending on your food processor. The butter is ready when it is runny and as smooth as possible.

    Blender: Place unsweetened coconut in blender. Put on lid, and start motor at lowest speed. Maintain lowest speed about 2 minutes, then increase speed gradually as it liquefies. Use tamper as necessary to keep coconut pieces processing until it moves on its own. After about 4 minutes and coconut is liquidy, increase speed to medium-high for an additional 2 minutes.

  2. Use a spatula to scrape butter into a jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator. The butter will harden. To soften, place jar into larger bowl of hot water and stir occasionally; or place jar in warm oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 192mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Toasted Coconut Butter

If you warm your coconut butter in the oven, to soften it, and leave it in the oven too long, it will become Toasted Coconut Butter, which I discovered by accident! 🙂 You can also make Toasted Coconut Butter on purpose, which turns out better. 😉 Here’s my friend Lindsey’s recipe for it, which is a great alternative to nut butters and delicious to bake or cook with. Here are three photos of Lindsey’s coconut butter recipe, from when I made it recently!

three images of toasted coconut and coconut butter

Have you cooked or baked with coconut butter before?

Here are some of my FAVORITE recipes that use coconut butter:

coconut butter being poured from a blender for keto, aip, paleo, whole30, gaps and vegan diets


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  1. Thanks so much for including blender and food processor versions, I only have a blender. I love how easy this is to make, so much better than the store-bought coconut butter and cheaper too! The toasted version sounds yummy.

  2. Love this, and you’ve inspired me to start making my own coconut butter again! It’s pretty expensive where I live, but dried coconut is very cheap!

  3. SOOO easy! I really need to try this at home. I love coconut butter, and it can get pricey when you buy it. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe!

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      Hi Meredith – ages! It hardens in the fridge, and I’ve never seen it go bad, for months. It’s dried coconut we’re using, so no water, so therefore almost no chance of spoilage I think. Maybe 6 month shelf life to be safe? If you know you want to keep it that long, I’d just let it cool before putting on the lid so there’s no steam, although I’ve never had an issue with that.

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      Hi Linda, you can run the motor for longer. But as I mention in the article/recipe, there is no way to get homemade coconut butter completely smooth. I suggest buying coconut butter if you need it completely smooth, or making it homemade if you don’t mind a little nubbiness.

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      Hi Carol, I would not say it’s gritty at all. I would say there is a little nubbiness that’s going to stay. I don’t mind it. For those who do, I suggest buying coconut butter. Also, make sure to run your motor long enough to get the butter pretty smooth and very liquidy.

  4. Hi! I tried to make this in my Ninja blender and it just keeps pushing it to the sides and not emulsifying it further. Any tips or should I just keep it running? Thank you so much!

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      The Ninja is one machine I haven’t used. But I can say that that is what happens first in the high powered blenders I use, before the coconut begins to liquify. So it’s just a matter of how the motor is doing … if it gets over-heated or not, running for that long.

  5. WOW! I had so much leftover coconut, so I tried this. Thanks so much, this saves so much $. It was a little gritty, but I used it on corn on the cob with a little salt and that was fun for me!

  6. Using my vita mixer and it’s not going well- I have a dry paste – certainly not liquid and I keep having to stop and scrape down the sides- I used organic unsweetened coconut- is very dry- should I have used the “dry” Viatmix blender pitcher for this?

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      Coconut butter can be made in either a blender or a food processor. In normal size blender jar or a 12 cup standard food processor (or 14 cup) the 5 cups of dried coconut (yes, unsweetened) purees in 8 to 15 minutes, or less (5 minutes), depending on the machine used. Occasional scraping down is the most that is needed, but a tamper can be helpful with some blender models. Make sure to start at a lower speed setting. Good luck. You need to get past that dry stage, and you’ll be fine just as long as you’re using 5 cups of coconut.

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