Keto Recipes - Created Date : 16.10.2019
How to Make Coconut Butter
Coconut butter is simply shredded coconut turned into creamy coconut butter. It’s just one ingredient – shredded coconut – and only takes one minute with a high-powered blender, like my favorite Vitamix.
You may not realize how incredibly easy it is to make coconut butter at home. So I’m here to tell you (and show you) just how easy it is. And the best part – it’s far more cost effective than buying it in the store.
What do you need to make coconut butter? Just one ingredient – shredded or flaked coconut.
By using the pure, raw flesh of the coconut you’ll have a creamy, smooth, rich coconut flavor spread that’s full of healthy fats, minerals and nutrients. You can then eat this straight from the jar or use it in numerous recipes – and I’ll give you a few ideas below.
Tips for the Best Coconut Butter
When using your Vitamix to make coconut butter you need a minimum amount of shredded coconut in the blender to allow the blades to work properly. If you don’t have enough shredded coconut, you’ll just splat the ingredients to the side of the container and the blades will spin air. You need at least 6 cups of shredded or flaked coconut (though you can use up to 8 cups or a full container).
You can use shredded coconut or flaked coconut (both unsweetened), either works just fine. Though I’ve found coconut flakes tend to make for a slightly smoother finished product.
Remember that the tamper is your friend when it comes to many Vitamix recipes. Use the tamper to push the shredded coconut into the blades until a liquid has formed.
When you first start blending some coconut will get pushed to the sides. Just scrape down the sides halfway through to ensure all of the coconut is near the blades. If you feel that your coconut butter is too thick, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to thin the mixture and help the blades.
How to Make Coconut Butter in Your Vitamix
The benefits of making coconut butter in your Vitamix rather than a food processor is two-fold: 1) speed, and 2) smoothness.
It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to make coconut butter in a food processor and it takes 1 minute to make in a Vitamix. The power of the Vitamix motor also ensures an ultra creamy and smooth coconut butter. Far smoother than you’d ever get in a food processor.
In terms of consistency, the coconut butter will be fairly liquid immediately after its made, due to the heat and friction from blending. But it firms up as it cools. To soften it back up in the future, just place the glass container in a bowl of warm water and give it a stir.
How Do you Store Coconut Butter?
Unlike homemade nut butters which need to be stored in the fridge to prevent them from going rancid, homemade coconut butter can be stored at room temperature. Just place it in a sealed container in the pantry. You can store it for several months.
Coconut butter can also be used in savory recipes such as curries and stews and dolloped on roasted veggies and sweet potatoes. It’s delicious as a spread on toast or added to your favorite green smoothie.
Add the shredded coconut or flaked coconut to your Vitamix. Add the lid, remove the cap and insert the tamper. Turn the Vitamix on high and use the tamper to push the coconut into the blades. You may need to scrape down the sides halfway through, then continue blending until it's creamy. For a smoother consistency, you can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
Pour the coconut butter into a glass storage container and store in the pantry.
About the coconut butter, it does soften when heated up so it was not ruined. I just thought it was supposed to stay like your picture. It’s still good! And I tried the video on my phone and it didn’t work. I just tried it again and it says, “This vidéo file cannot be played. (Error Code: 224003)
I so wanted this to turn out! Mine is like a big lump that now is as hard as a brick. Won’t even blend into my smoothie in my Vitamix. Wondering if I could heat it up to soften it and put it back into Vitamix with some coconut oil? Or do you have any suggestions? Ugh.
Hi Donna – did you use unsweetened coconut flakes? I’ve found that sometimes that can happen if you use sweetened flakes (I think something in the sweetener makes it all stick together weird). I’d definitely try adding a little coconut oil to see if you can salvage it. :)
Hi, I was trying to watch the video of “how to make coconut butter” but I could not find it. There isn’t a link here and I went and searched in your channel and still could not find it. Do you mind sharing a link here? Thanks!
Thanks Lisa. That is so strange because I still do not see a video in the blog post, all I see is the line “WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO OF MY COCONUT BUTTER RECIPE” but it’s just text and not clickable. All the other pictures are just pictures, none of them video ….
Hello!! I really love, like LOVE, your recipes and your way of explaining them, I find it very..calming :D
One quick question: So, I tried to make this butter because coconut is LIFE for me…and I tried with shredded coconut in the food processor and the result was horrible. I used 400-500 grams of coconut :))) but no result…Literally, I added coconut oil, some milk…or even oats to make the coconut stick together or even transform them in the butter…and I stayed near the processor for about 40-50 minutes:)))
My blender is not so powerful like yours…and my question is how to make this heavenly butter with no such powerful blender (I think it has 600-700 W) or with a food processor? Should I try with flakes?
Thank you and love your work!!
Hi Ioana – thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy you love my recipes and videos. :) That’s a bummer this didn’t work out for you. Did you make sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut? Sometimes sweetened coconut can negatively impact it. But otherwise, if your blender isn’t very powerful (and if you don’t have a tamper) I’d stick with the food processor. You could try the flakes, but that shouldn’t make that much of a difference. And my only other recommendation would be to add coconut oil, which you did. So I’d just double check the type of shredded coconut you used.
hmm…I don’t know if they are sweetened or not. because every-time I buy shredded coconut, I can buy very cheap…for 0.50 dollars and it says that the package contains only coconut or I can buy for almost 2 dollars (both same grams of products) and it also says that the package contains only coconut :))) And the sad thing is that in Romania there are no companies that sell coconut butter or if they are..they are soooooo expensive…like the cashew butter…and I like make my own home.
Thank you so much for your response!!!
Unfortunately, it does sound like it’s more the shredded coconut you have that’s causing the problem. Maybe see if you can buy a different brand at another store? And yes, it’s always best to make it at home when you can. Good luck! :) x
Hi Lisa – I have been subscribed to your YT channel for several months and I Love it! I subscribes to your emaila to get the guides but I havent seen anything come through. I tried reregistering my email and it says I was already registered. I would love to get them soon. xo
Oh, I literally just ordered my Vitamix earlier today – SO EXCITED to welcome that into my life! – so it’s just fated that I would happen upon this recipe. Cannot wait to try this out in my new machine. And I love that the butter is so simple to store – I did not realize that!
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The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
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2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes