So, if it weren’t for other blogs, I wouldn’t even know coconut butter was a thing. Coconut is, like, the next big thing in the food world it seems. Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut butter, COCONUT EVERYTHING!
I didn’t even have an idea what it would actually taste like, but one day I just threw some coconut in my food processor, and decided to give it a try. I do love anything with the word ‘butter’ in the name, so I figured there was no way it could be bad…
In fact, you could tell me that broccoli butter is a thing, and I’d probably be convinced I needed to get in the kitchen and make it rightthatsecond.
Turns out, coconut butter is good. Like, really good. It’s like a combination of creamy, drippy homemade peanut butter with chewy coconut flavor and texture. It’s great on toast, bananas, and especially smoothies. It’s actually kind of magical in smoothies.
The coconut is already slightly sweet, so you don’t need a lot of sugar. I used 1/2 tbsp, and I probably would have REALLY loved it with 1-2 tbsp, but I wouldn’t use more than 2. Also, if you don’t like to add sugar, you can totally leave it out. Either way, you are in for a creamy, drippy jar of deliciousness.
Creamy, simple and delicious coconut butter with bold vanilla bean and lightly sweetened with brown sugar.
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste)
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar*
- Blend coconut in your food processor until a creamy, peanut-butter-like texture forms, about 5-7 minutes. Split vanilla bean length wise and scrape seeds into coconut mixture. Add brown sugar and continue to pulse until well combined, about an other 1-2 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. Stir before serving.
*You can omit the brown sugar if you wish, or if you like things sweeter, add up to 2 tbsp. I would add it 1/2 tbsp at a time, and taste as you go.
I've had my jar for over 2 weeks and it is still going strong. If it will last you longer than that, you may wish to keep refrigerated.