I blew my own mind this afternoon. A couple of weeks ago, it was mentioned to me that you can make your own coconut butter (y’know, like that fancy Artisana stuff everyone loves?) by throwing shredded coconut into a food processor and letting it process for 5-10 minutes.
Now, this might be old news to some people, but I’d never considered or tried it until today. Let me tell you, friends, this is amazing if you’re a coconut butter fan but are not a fan of paying $11-$15 for a jar.
It honestly could not be easier. Or cheaper. At my usual health food store, organic unsweetened shredded coconut is $2.99/lb. Admittedly, it’s going to take quite a bit of coconut to make up a whole jar, but this is still going to be way cheap. I didn’t do the math, but I’m guessing it will come in well under half the price of pre-made coconut butter! This is what I did today, and I got about 1/2 cup of coconut butter in my little jar, which is a good start!
I’m A Cheapskate Coconut Butter
1.5 cups organic, unsweetened shredded coconut
Throw coconut into the food processor, and allow to blend about 5-10 minutes, until creamy smooth. You’ll want to scrape down the sides a few times in the middle, but as it gets closer to the end the mixture will have warmed up and gotten really liquid so you can just let it go until you obtain a nice smooth texture.
There are about a million uses for delicious coconut butter, such as
eating it straight from the jar my Raw Coconut Green Curry, which I’m definitely going to be whipping up a batch of with this newfound wealth of coconut butter, or creamy coconut smoothies, rich Raw Hot Chocolates, creamy raw icings, coconut macaroons, and the equally simple chocolate coconut butter, which I’m going to be devouring tomorrow after I add some raw cacao powder and agave to some of my cheapskate coco butter! Hell, just spread some on toast or sliced fruit for a little snack or breakfast! Endless options! Endless!
Now, go forth and hack the coconut butter system, friends!