If you don’t know me already you would know I’m kind of a nut butter snob. I like to buy different kinds of almond butters, peanut butters, fancy butters etc. I usually have about 4-5 different butters in the pantry. One that I’ve been lacking in is coconut butter. I love when it gets melty and then I’ll drizzle it on top of an ice cold smoothie. It hardens up and becomes a fun chew in the mouth. A jar of coconut butter can be quite pricey and the other day I wanted to make my own. Unsweetened coconut was on sale at Wholefoods, couldn’t be better timing!
I wanted to see how well my Vita Mix would work but in the end I think a food processor gets it to a smoother consistency. To help the coconut smooth out I added a dab of coconut oil. The blades from the Vita Mix help to warm up the mixture. At room temp the coconut butter is quite firm but with a minor nuke in the microwave, its tasty, melty self can be drizzled over anything.. ice cream anyone? With the warmer weather I drink more smoothies, so I’m glad to have coconut butter back in my pantry!
Homemade Coconut Butter
2 cups unsweetened coconut (use a fresh better for best consistency)
1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
In a blender or food processor, process coconut for 4-5 minutes. If needed scrape down the sides to get an even consistency. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to help the process smooth out. Eventually the coconut will become buttery and will warm up to make for an easy drizzle. Store in a jar and place in the pantry. When needed, nuke for a few seconds in the microwave or boil up a pot of water, remove from burner and place jar in pot to warm up.
My favorite way is having it drizzled on top of a smoothie but I tend to sneak in a spoonful of this stuff instead. Coconut gives you a nice energy boost and has wonderful antibacterial fighting properties for your stomach and well being. Yay for coconut!!