Homemade Coconut Butter recipe
Have you ever tried coconut butter before? It’s absolutely gorgeous in loads of recipes such as on top of pancakes or toast, and it’s especially good in smoothies. This coconut butter recipe is so easy to make as it only uses 1 ingredient. There is a lot of confusion surrounding coconut products so I’m going to try and explain the differences between some of the coconut products.
The difference between coconut butter and coconut oil
Coconut oil is just the oil extracted from the coconut where as coconut butter is the whole coconut ground up into a butter. Coconut oil can be used in place of other oils and has a very subtle coconut taste. Coconut butter tastes very much of coconut and is a lot thicker and creamier so it’s nicer used as a spread if you enjoy the taste of coconut.
COCONUT BUTTER IS ACTUALLY THE SAME THING AS CREAMED COCONUT (Not coconut cream. Confusing I know!) Coconut butter is often sold in a jar where as creamed coconut is usually sold as a block. Both are the same thing. Coconut butter/Creamed Coconut will melt at high temperatures and will normally be a solid block especially if you keep it in the fridge.
The difference between creamed coconut and coconut cream
Coconut cream is the cream that is left on top of the whole blended coconut when it’s been sitting a while, and is a thick liquid the same consistency as dairy cream, where as creamed coconut/coconut butter is the whole coconut blended and is usually solid, the same consistency as a butter kept in the fridge.
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So today I am showing you a recipe for coconut butter which is the whole coconut usually in a solid state. Sometimes when I haven’t got round to making this myself I buy Creamed Coconut from my local store. This is kept in the Asian section as it’s often used for making curry. You can also buy the Creamed Coconut I use online, or you can buy Coconut butter. They are the same thing even though they have different names and look completely different. Coconut butter is often a lot more expensive so look out for creamed coconut if you want to save some money or make your own for a lot less. The main thing to look out for when you are buying coconut butter is that it’s made with 100% pure coconut.
Homemade Coconut Butter Recipe
This recipe is so easy to make and the best part of all is it only has 1 ingredient which is dried coconut. Where you live this might be called shredded coconut, dried coconut, desiccated coconut or coconut powder. They are all fine but it has to be the fine grains of coconut, not flakes as it won’t process properly. You can see what it looks like and buy it on Amazon here. You can use either a food processor or a high speed blender to make this. I’ve tried both and my high speed blender was a lot quicker, about a minute in total. The main thing is you’ve got to add enough coconut so it covers the blades properly when they’re spinning round.
As this is warm when you make it, it will be a thick yet soft consistency. You can store it in an air tight container such as a jar. You don’t actually need to keep this in the fridge and it will go rock solid if you do keep it in there. Depending on how warm your house is, the consistency will vary when it’s kept out of the fridge. If it’s totally solid when you come to use it the best thing to do is to place the jar in a bowl of boiling water for just long enough for it to melt a bit. Then you can add it to your recipes.
Coconut butter in smoothies
Coconut butter is absolutely gorgeous in smoothies. It gives it such a rich creamy flavour and texture and make a much creamier smoothie than simply adding the dried coconut to your smoothie which can be a bit gritty depending on your blender. So any recipe that you find on this website that calls for dried coconut, you can use coconut butter instead. Start by adding 2 tablespoons and then add more to taste. Here are some of my favourites:
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Homemade Coconut Butter recipe
Coconut butter is absolutely gorgeous but it can be very expensive to buy. This coconut butter recipe will save you so much money and is fairly quick too.
- Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
- Total Time: 10-15 Minutes
- Category: Smoothie Ingredients
- Method: Blender, Food Processor
- 4 or more cups of dried coconut (small grains not flakes of coconut)
- Process the coconut in the food processor stopping to scrape down the sides when required. This may take 10-15 minutes depending on your food processor.
HIGH SPEED BLENDER:
- Blend the coconut on medium to high power stopping to scrape down the sides. If you use a vitamix you can use the tamper to make this even faster. This may take 1-3 minutes.
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