How to Make Coconut Butter Without a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor - The Rising Spoon

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Make Coconut Butter Without a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor

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How to Make Coconut Butter Without a High Speed Blender or Food Processor
Ever since I figured out how to make coconut milk and coconut flour at home, I've been jonesing to make coconut butter. However, I put it off for quite some time because I wrongly assumed I needed a food processor or high-speed blender to pull it off. 

So, I waited. 

Every time I walked past the nut butter section in my local health food store, I'd stare forlornly at the coconut butter, take one look at the $16 a jar price tag, and keep on moving. 

I knew it would taste delicious, but couldn't justify the cost. Not when I could snag a large jar of organic peanut or almond butter for 1/3 of the price.

Handy Dandy Immersion Blenders

Fast forward to now. I'm back in the habit of making hot buttered coffee (a.k.a. bulletproof coffee) every morning with pastured butter, coconut oil, a drizzle of real maple syrup, Ceylon cinnamon and allspice. Thanks to a suggestion from some of my Facebook fans, I use my immersion stick blender to whiz the coffee instead of a normal blender. 

How to Make Coconut Butter How to Make Coconut Butter With An Immersion Blender

Despite this handy tool, I'm incorporating smoothies back into my life, so I needed a regular blender. My squash-hating boyfriend (as he's fondly known to my regular readers) and I took a trip to Target and picked up an inexpensive one for the job. Nothing fancy. I can only dream of owning a high-speed blender in the future.

Anyways, several days into having my new contraption I realized I ought to give coconut butter a try. I figured between a brand new blender and my immersion stick blender, I could manage homemade coconut butter without dishing out cash for a food processor. 

AND save myself a buttload of money over the store-bought version. Okay, maybe only $13, but that's still a chunk of change. 

Making Coconut Butter Without a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor 

With a little patience (this took about 10 minutes), I used my immersion blender set on low speed to break down the finely shredded coconut flakes past the coconut flour stage and into a more buttery state. 

Once it was soft enough that I felt confident my blender would be able to whiz it without getting stuck, I transferred it to the big one, and let it run for a few minutes until it was as smooth and liquidy as I could manage. 

Bam--homemade coconut butter!

How to Make Homemade Coconut Butter
Perks of Coconut Butter versus Coconut Oil

I loooove coconut oil for cooking, homemade lip balm, and whipped body butter, but for snacking purposes coconut butter is awesome to have around as a second option. The main difference (besides consistency) between coconut oil and coconut butter is that the butter contains the meat of the coconut, and thus all the fiber while coconut oil has that filtered out.

They both contain healthy fats, and so on, but coconut butter is more filling. It's great for bulking up snacks and sweets like homemade fudge or energy bars/balls, but there are honestly so many ways you can use it. Think of all the possibilities for peanut butter and then you'll have some ideas.
  
Now that I have a full jar sitting on my counter, I plan on eating it liberally with a spoon (ahem!), and then tinkering with some coconut snack recipes. Keep an eye out for them soon.

How to Make Coconut ButterHow to Make Coconut Butter (Without a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor)
Don't want to shell out extra money for store-bought coconut butter? Learn how to make healthy, filling coconut butter at home in about 10-15 minutes for 2/3 less using only an immersion blender and regular blender.
Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups of coconut butter

Ingredients
4 cups of unsweetened, finely shredded coconut flakes (like THIS)

Recommended Equipment
immersion stick blender (I have this & love it)
large bowl
regular blender (this is what we just bought; very affordable, not sure about longevity, though)
OR (if you're so fortunate)...

Directions
Measure the shredded coconut into a large bowl or a container deep enough so that you can easily blend the flakes without it splattering coconut everywhere. Use your immersion stick blender on low to pulse the coconut flakes until it turns into a finer texture, closer to flour (it will still be grainy), taking care to move the stick blender around the bowl to get all the flakes equally. The coconut flakes will probably get stuck in the blades, so you'll need to scrap out the coconut every minute or so with a spoon or small spatula. 

Once you get to the flour stage, you're only 1/3 of the way there. Keep pulsing the coconut flakes, scraping the blades when needed, until the coconut flakes begin to soften and turn slightly liquidy (the coconut oil coming out). This should take at least 10 minutes. Be patient and keep trucking!

Once it's soft enough and looking more liquidy (it's about 2/3 done at this point), transfer to a regular blender and whizz away for a few minutes until it's liquidy (like peanut butter, but grainier). The longer you blend the coconut butter, the smoother it will be, but you can only get it so smooth in a regular blender. That is the benefit of using a high-speed blender or food processor, but it's not a big deal using an immersion blender and regular blender. It will still taste amazing!

When the coconut butter is as smooth as you desire, pour it into a separate container (I prefer a mason jar), secure with a tight-fitting lid, and store on the counter. 

Notes & Tips
  • If the coconut flakes aren't blending well in your regular blender, melt 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil on the stove top, and add that to the mixture to help get it moving. 
  • Alternately, you can pour it back into the bowl and use the immersion blender again to get it to a softer stage.
  • To get the best results for your time and effort, I recommend making a batch of coconut butter with no less than 3 cups of shredded coconut. 

I'd like to hear from YOU!

What's your favorite recipe using coconut butter?
How to Make Coconut Butter Without a High Speed Blender or Food Processor
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