I was browsing through some recipes the other day, when I came across one that called for Coconut Butter. Surely they mean Coconut Oil, I thought. Well, upon further inspection I found out that no they didn’t mean coconut oil, the really did mean coconut butter. What is this glorious sounding stuff!? I asked myself. To my surprise, it is something so easy to make and it only requires 1 ingredient! I had to make it immediately of course. After some trial and error, I now have a delicious creamy, flavourful spread! How to use this coconut butter? Think of it as peanut butter or any other nut butter. In the picture I spread it on a gluten free pumpkin muffin for breakfast. Delectable! You could drizzle some over ice cream, use it as a topping on your oatmeal, maybe even a CB&J sandwich! The possibilities are endless, (and super delicious).
Coconut Butter Recipe:
1 Bag or Several Cups Unsweetened Shredded or Flaked Coconut
All you have to do is dump your coconut in a food processor or blender and blend away. Make sure you have fresh coconut, and you will want to use a full bag, or several cups of coconut. I first tried making the coconut butter, with some coconut I had opened a while ago and there was only about a cup in the bag. This resulted in coconut powder on the side of my food processor and the blades not even touching it. As it turns into a liquid it reduces a lot in size, so you want to make sure you have enough in there so it can keep moving. My second try is what you see below. I used organic shredded unsweetened coconut, and I used the whole freshly opened bag. Your food processor or blender may take longer than mine did, up to 20 mins, so be patient!
After 1 minute of blending it looked basically the same as it did in the bag.
After 2 minutes, it started forming small clumps.At 3 minutes it really started sticking together and turning into a paste like texture. At this point I scraped down the sides and I continued to do that every 30 seconds or so from this point on.4 Minutes and it is starting to thin out.
5 Minutes and it is now a liquid. Keep blending! Not there yet.
6 Minutes and it has turned into a smooth liquid with an oily sheen. Tah Dah! Pour into a jar, and fit with a lid. Let sit at room temperature for several hours and it will firm up. If you put it in the fridge it will turn rock hard! So I just store mine on the counter.