Chocolate Coconut Butter

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First, measure out 8 ounces or about 227 grams of unsweetened shredded coconut.

Next, add the unsweetened coconut to your food processor and hit the on button…

If your processor stops, simply turn it off and scrape down the sides with a spatula. Eventually, the coconut will start to clump…

Continue to let the food processor do its thing, and after about 15 minutes, you’ll have 8 ounces worth of yummy sweet coconut butter…

Now, for the chocolate part. Simply take your favorite bar of chocolate. I used a 100 gram Lindt 85% cacao bar as I prefer the dark stuff.


Next, melt your chocolate of choice, turn the food processor back on, and slowly drizzle the chocolate into your homemade coconut butter. (Edited to Add: You DO NOT have to melt the chocolate and add in the end. I find it works just as well to add the entire bar of chocolate in solid form to the coconut shreds prior to processing, and the coconut butter hardens more quickly using this method.)

There you have it, homemade chocolate coconut butter…

Chocolate coconut butter atop a bowl of warm oat bran

Keep in mind that coconut butter will harden at room temperature, and there is no need to refrigerate. Simply scape off however much you want and either warm it yourself or serve atop something hot. It will melt quickly. Enjoy!

Edited to Add: I did actually store mine in the fridge for a couple of hours as it would not solidify…

Perfect!

Enjoy spread on pumpkin grain-free bread or…

store in the fridge in ice-cube trays for an afternoon treat…a HEABified Mounds bar. :)

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Amber from Berlinswhimsy October 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

WOW, I am going to have to try this!

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HEAB October 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Enjoy Amber…obsessed with it myself. CD too. :)

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Kelly Michelle October 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

I cannot for the life of me seem to be able to make coconut butter. I tried in my food processor three different times using two different types of coconut (including the bulk one from WF you use). I let it go for ages. Til my food processor shut itself off several times and nothing at all. Just would not work. So I gave up. then I got a Vita. One of the first things I attempted was the coconut butter and still nothing! I let it run until I thought my ears would bleed (stopping and scraping the sides as I went) and still nothing, although some coconut right around the blades appeared almost burned? What am I doing wrong? I even tried to add a little coconut oil to the mix to help smooth it after it wouldn’t work the normal way and nothing. I think I am coconut butter making cursed :(

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HEAB October 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Kelly,
I’m so sorry it’s not working for you. Your food processor may have been a problem as it works in mine with even the generic unsweetened big coconut flakes from my regular grocery store. I’ve never tried making it in the Vita, but it should work. Perhaps try Mae’s method: http://ohhmay.com/2010/03/13/homemade-cacao-bliss/

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Kelly Michelle October 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

ugh, I’m cursed. That’s basically what I was doing in the vita and no luck. I have seen others posting about getting it to work in the Vita so I couldn’t wait to try thinking that my food processor was the problem but the problem must just be me!

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HEAB October 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Sorry Kelly, I wish I could be of more help. :(

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I tried making this in my vita, and it wouldn’t work for me :( I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but no luck! I’m wondering if maybe I needed to use a larger amount. (I only used about 1 cup of flakes.) Maybe if I tried 2 cups? I have no idea why I think that would work but I feel like it might help… haha

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HEAB March 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Not sure Liz. According the Mae’s recipe, she used a half pound…which is 8 ounces which equals about 3 cups. So yeah, definitely try more, and don’t be afraid to crank it to high. Your Vita will shut off automatically if the motor gets too hot…just wear some headphones or ear plugs. ;)

Mallory October 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

how long dos it take you to whiz the cocont flakes mine dont seem to ‘work right’ hahaha

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HEAB October 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Mallory,
Usually takes about 15 minutes. Requires some patience but totally worth the wait. :)

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

Wow that looks so good, i love chocolate and coconut together! And this must be so much cheaper to make than the one in the store, I know what I’ll be whipping up this weekend :D

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HEAB October 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Nicole,
Hope you enjoy – CD and I are obsessed. So good! :)

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Brandae October 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Hi Heather,
I don’t have the dark chocolate stash you do but do have some Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. Think that would work with maybe a drizzle of agave or stevia drops? Or some water/coconut or almond milk added too? I can try it and report back but wanted to see if you had already done so. Thanks!!!
Love your nesting post. :) I’ve had four babies, and that instinct never really lessens with subsequent pregnancies. Have fun!!!
Brandae

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HEAB October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Brandae,
Yes, I’m sure the cocoa powder + sweetener would work just fine, but no need to add any additional liquids as the the oil contained in the shredded coconut will liquify when you grind it in your food processor. Enjoy and yes, please let me know how it goes. I’m off to do a bit more nesting. ;)

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Brandae October 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I think I’m almost deaf from the food processor running so long, but I made it! I didn’t measure the shredded unsweetened coconut but guesstimated it was close to 8 oz, processed it forever, and then added 3 T Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder and 15 drops of vanilla creme stevia (had no idea where to start with amount so guessed). It’s sitting pretty in a mason jar just waiting…I had already made pumpkin banana “soft serve” with chia seeds, shredded coconut, and vanilla cinnamon almond butter so I decided to not add the chocolate coconut butter to that conconction yet. I did enjoy cleaning up the bowl mess, and it was yummy! Now what to try the chocolate on first???? :)

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Brandae October 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Concoction…not conconction. It’s the homeschooling mom in me – have to correct myself!!

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HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Brandae,
Haha – cleaning out the food processor is my favorite part of making the chocolate coconut butter. I say try it on some warm oats or heck, just eat straight up with a spoon. ;)

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Brandae October 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Yesterday I let it melt into a bowl of pumpkin “pie” oat bran – yum, yum. This morning I melted it on top of the fillings in a healthy breakfast quesadilla. The quesadilla was brown rice and fillings were coconut oil sauteed banana slices, cinnamon, pumpkin. I scrape the chocobutter out of the jar into shavings so it’s not really that much – the photo is deceiving. http://fillafarmstead.shutterfly.com/8075

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HEAB October 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Bramdae,
I can’t see the photo as it’s password protected, but your breakfast sounds amazing! I think I need to make that. I have so many pumpkin recipes piling up and need to stock up on the Libby’s! So glad you’re enjoying your choco coconut butter. Just ate some myself on a slice of banana bread a friend baked for me. So yummy.

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Kristin October 25, 2010 at 8:55 am

A friend recommended your journal and I am SO glad she did! You have some amazing recipes on here that I cannot wait to try myself.

DH LOVES anything chocolate coconut so I made this for him this weekend and it’s fabulous! So easy! I’ll never buy another nut butter again. I also ended up making roasted pecan cinnamon nut butter since this came out so well.

Now I’m just trying to come up with ways to enjoy more of this stuff!
Thanks!

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HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

Kristin,
So glad you found me and thanks for reading. My husband and I are obsessed with the chocolate coconut butter. Oh my gosh, I can’t get enough of the stuff! Happy to hear you’re enjoying it, and my favorite use for roasted pecan butter is smearing it on some roasted kabocha or butternut squash. Also amazing on baked sweet potatoes. :)

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Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I can’t believe I missed this recipe! I’ll definitely be making this as soon as my current homemade coconut butter stash is diminished. ;-)
Thanks!

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Michaela February 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Would it work if you replace the chocolate with cocoa powder and coconut oil? I think I will give this a try! Thank you for the recipe!

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HEAB February 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Michaela,
No coconut oil necessary. The oils in the shredded coconut will come out in the grinding process. So, I would just add a few TBSP of cocoa powder and a little sweetener if it’s too bitter. I think it will turn out great!

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Martha April 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Heather – is there too much liquid in fresh coconut to make your choc cononut butter? Thanks, Martha

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HEAB April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Martha,
I’m sure it will taste good, but it will probably come out more like chocolate cream or a pudding rather than a butter, and it won’t keep as long.

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qq:) May 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

wow super nice

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Nikki @ Resistant Nikki August 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Just linked to this post on my baked steel-cut oatmeal post:

http://resistantnikki.blogspot.com/2011/08/blueberry-baked-steel-cut-oatmeal-aka.html

When I finally get a good food processor this is going to be the first recipe I try!

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Sharon January 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I just wanted to mention that sharpening your S blade may cut down on the time it takes.
I had given up on making nut butters several years ago. Although I didn’t know at the time it could take up to 20 minutes.

Then I read online about sharpening the blade and realized that my S blade had been worn down to being very dull.

So I bought a cheap honing stone and took a shot at sharpening my own blade.
What did I have to lose? My old Braun food processor is ancient.

Imagine my surprise when I made SMOOTH peanut butter in less than 5 minutes.

I can’t wait to try the coconut butter! Thanks!

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HEAB January 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

Sharon – good call. I never thought to tell people to try sharpening their blades if the nut butter wasn’t working in the food processor. Thanks for the tip and enjoy your coconut butter!

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