Coconut Butter can be expensive so why not try your hand at making your own? If you have a high powered blender, better yet, a Vitamix, this recipe will turn out perfect. It’s also a cute idea to whip up a batch and serve in a decorated mason jar to give to someone as a gift.
I found the idea for this recipe from the amazing Renee and Steph who are the brains behind The Natural Nutritionist.
Coconut is truly amazing super food. There is a difference between coconut butter and coconut oil. The Natural Nutritionists explain how:
At room temperature (24°C; in warmer climates), coconut oil is liquid. It is perfect for frying, as our polyunsaturated oils (e.g. olive; macadamia) are for cold use only. In cooler weather, coconut oil solidifies and must be melted before using in most recipes.
Coconut butter, on the other hand, is thick and smooth and even more dessert-like. It has a fuller flavour and doesn’t melt as quickly as coconut oil (coconut butter requires 35°C). You can certainly still cook with it, but it is also delicious off the spoon, as a spread, or as a sugar free cupcake topping. It has some fantastic savoury uses too – start with stirring 1-2 tablespoons in your sweet potato mash or to thicken a curry.
The best thing about this recipe? How cost effective it is. I spent just over $5 on the coconut, and worked out that 1/3 cup oil is less than $1. Add in the drop of vanilla and you’re at a total of $6.50. This recipe makes more than 500g of coconut butter, which retails for $13 or more. That’s a saving of over 50%! How wonderful.
Read more here from The Natural Nutritionist.
DIY COCONUT BUTTER
Submitted by: Claire @ Team Raw Blend
Makes: 1 cup
Serves: 3-4 people
- Airtight container for storage
- 500g desiccated coconut, unsweetened and preservative free
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
- Add coconut and coconut oil into your 2L Vitamix Wet container and secure the lid.
- Select variable speed 1. Turn your machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to HIGH.
- Use tamper effectively to press the ingredients into the blades if required whilst processing.
- Blend for 60-90 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
- Stop the machine and store in an airtight container.
The first thing to make out of a fresh batch of coconut butter? Chocolate of course!