WARNING! This tasty treat is seriously addictive and while it contains healthy medium-chain fatty acids, most notably lauric acid, which is known for its antiviral, antibacterial and immune boosting properties, it’s easy to overdo it. I have had to cut myself off more than once and have been cut off by someone close to me (who will remain nameless), meaning I refused to keep shredded coconut in the house for a certain period of time. And yes, there is only one ingredient: unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut. You also require a food processor or blender. You can buy coconut butter (sometimes called coconut cream concentrate) in the store, but it’s super expensive. I used 500 g (two bags) of Let’s Do Organic Finely Shredded Coconut (unsweetened) to yield about 425 g of coconut butter. To save even more money, hit up the Bulk Barn or similar store and buy your shredded coconut in bulk.
Place the shredded or flaked coconut into the food processor or blender and process until smooth! It may take up to 10 minutes, depending on what machine you are using. You want to make sure it is smooth and not grainy. Use a spatula to scrape the coconut off of the sides a couple of times during the processing.
If you are having trouble getting it to a creamy consistency, try adding 1-2 tbsp of melted coconut oil.
I recently added 10 drops of liquid stevia extract to make it a little sweeter and it turned out great! You can also get a little experimental/creative and add cocoa powder, other nut butters like almond butter, spices, etc.
You can keep your coconut butter on the shelf, no need to refrigerate it. It will be solid at room temp, just like coconut oil. To soften it, boil some water and place the jar in there for 5 minutes or so. Stir and enjoy!
Some ideas for using coconut butter:
- Eat it off the spoon for a quick snack (my personal favourite)
- Drizzle melted coconut butter over some berries for a delicious dessert
- Use melted coconut butter in place of syrup on pancakes
- Add it to smoothies for thickness and some healthy fat
- Spoon it over baked sweet potato or roasted winter squash
- Use in place of other nut butters or mix with other nut butters (soften it first)
If you have a favourite way to use coconut butter, I would love to hear it! Please share in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any coconut butter addictions that may occur as a result of this post 🙂