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Coconut butter is a creamy coconut spread made from dried coconut. It can be quite expensive to buy at the store, but you can make it at home in just minutes!

homemade coconut butter dripping off of a spoon into a jar.

What is coconut butter? Just like peanut butter is made from ground peanuts, and almond butter is made from ground almonds, coconut butter is made from ground coconut. 

Be sure to use shredded, unsweetened coconut for the best results. (Not the flaked sweetened coconut commonly used in baking.) This spread is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, and since it has no added sugar, it’s also Paleo and Keto-friendly.

shredded unsweetened coconut spilling out of bag

How to Make Coconut Butter

Add 16 ounces of shredded unsweetened coconut to a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade. (I use a 12-cup machine.) Don’t use less than this amount unless you have a smaller machine, as there won’t be enough quantity to keep everything blending smoothly.

Secure the lid on the machine and start processing. It will take 5 to 10 minutes of blending for the coconut to change into a butter-like consistency.

shredded coconut filling a 12-cup food processor.

Stop and scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed, to make sure no coconut flakes are missed. 

Once the coconut butter looks smooth and will drip off of a spoon, it’s ready to use. Don’t be surprised if it has a slightly fibrous texture when you taste it; this is simply the nature of coconut butter.

coconut butter pureed in a food processor.

Transfer the homemade coconut butter to a jar with a lid. Coconut butter can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month at room temperature, or for up to 3 months in the fridge. It will harden when chilled, but you can warm it up to make it pourable again. 

Storage Tip: Keep moisture out of your coconut butter jar for the longest shelf life. Don’t add any additional flavorings and always use a clean, dry utensil to remove the coconut butter, so you won’t introduce any moisture or bacteria into the jar.

Coconut butter in a food processor with a spatula.

Note: If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix) to make coconut butter instead. Be sure to use a machine with a tamper, so the coconut will be pushed towards the blades often when you blend it.

How to Use Coconut Butter

Coconut butter can be used as a spread on toast, waffles, and pancakes. Drizzle it over a bowl of oatmeal to make it more filling or over your favorite desserts.

It can also be used as a swap for nut butters in many cases! I don’t recommend adding it to smoothies, however, as the coconut butter will harden when chilled and may make the texture unappealing.

To reduce the oil or butter in a recipe, you can replace up to half the amount called for with coconut butter. This will add extra fiber to the recipe, so it may taste slightly “healthier” in that case. 

If you’d like to use coconut butter in a recipe, start with Coconut Macaroons or swap it for almond butter in Chocolate Coconut Macaroons.

Note: I’ve replaced the coconut oil in my Vegan Fudge recipe with coconut butter, and results were not bad! (It’s a little less melt-in-your mouth with the extra fiber added.) While I might not make it this way for guests, my family devoured it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter?

Coconut oil is extracted from the plant, so it has no fiber and is in liquid form when melted. Coconut butter is made from pulverized coconut, so it includes the fiber and has a thicker texture, similar to a nut or seed butter.

Does coconut butter get hard?

Yes, just like coconut oil, coconut butter is solid when it’s cooler than 78ºF. You can warm it up again for easier measuring and mixing.

What does coconut butter taste like?

Coconut butter tastes like straight coconut. It’s lightly sweet and nutty, and I find it to be very pleasant! But, if you’re not a coconut fan, this recipe probably isn’t for you.

Looking for more coconut flavor? Try Coconut Flour Brownies, Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream, and Coconut Panna Cotta.

homemade coconut butter dripping off of a spoon into a jar.

How to Make Coconut Butter

4.56 from 9 votes
Coconut butter is a creamy coconut spread made from dried coconut. It can be quite expensive to buy at the store, but you can make it at home in just minutes!
prep10 mins cook0 mins total10 mins


  • 16 ounces shredded unsweetened coconut (about 4 1/2 cups)


  • Pour the shredded coconut into the bowl of a large food processor (I use a 12-cup machine) fitted with an "S" blade. Secure the lid and begin processing. After 5 minutes, stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, to make sure everything is incorporated evenly. (You mustn't use less than 16 ounces of coconut unless you have a much smaller food processor.)
  • Continue processing, until the coconut looks pulverized, almost like a paste. After 2 to 3 more minutes, it should have a drippy consistency, with a slightly grainy appearance.
  • Continue processing the coconut, until you hear a "sloshing" sound. This is a sign that the coconut butter is much smoother. It may still feel slightly grainy when you taste it, but it should easily drip off of a spoon. It should take 10 minutes or less to achieve this texture, from start to finish.
  • Store the coconut butter in a sealed glass jar at room temperature for up to a month. Be sure to avoid adding any moisture to the jar for best shelf life, and you can store it for up to 3 months in the fridge, if you prefer. Please note that it will turn solid if stored in a cool place. You can set the jar in a bowl of hot water or melt it over a double-boiler to use it again.



Nutrition information is for 1 ounce of coconut butter, or roughly 2 tablespoons. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: Coconut Butter

If you try this coconut butter recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how it works out for you!

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Used 16 ounces of shredded coconut.

    Been going for more than 20 minutes on the number 2 setting of my kitchen aid with a S blade and not yet to the point where it will drip off a spoon.

    Thinking more like 30 minutes.

    If it doesn’t reach that consistency by 30 mins I may add some water even though I am not sure if this is a good idea

  2. Hello! I make my own coconut milk with the fruit, it’s possible to use the coconut pulp that’s left after squeezing all the liquid?? Thank you 💞

  3. The unsweetened coconut I have bought is so dry that it never liquifies in the food processor. It just becomes finer pieces of dry coconut. Is there a specific brand of coconut that I need to buy?

  4. I have a Vitamix and have always wondered if it could be a substitute for a food processor or if I needed both. You would think I would have tried it, but I have not! I’m going Keto now, so I will be trying this in the Vitamix. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I made this tonight in my black and decker food processor and it turned out awesome. It took a good 30 minutes to turn to liquid. I scraped down the sides every 5 mins and mixed the softened coconut from the bottom of the bowl in with the rest of the dry coconut each time I stopped it. I didn’t think it was going to turn but I know when I make nut butter in the food processor it takes a long time also. I was going to add a little melted coconut oil to add some moisture but I decided to wait it out. It is a bit gritty but very fine. I poured it through a sieve and I at least got out a few pieces before I put it in the jar. I took a bit of the Nutiva brand coconut manna that I have and it was more gritty than mine. 🙂 I’, going to try and make a batch in my nutri bullet tomorrow and will report back on how it goes. Thanks for the instructions and for all the time you spend with all the info and recipes you give us. May you be Blessed today and always.