Ever since tasting Artisana's Coconut Butter
(and consuming the whole jar in a week and a half), I have been wanting to eat more. I only had one jar though, and the same product costs almost twice as much in Singapore. Even though I could order a jar from iHerb.com, I was inspired by Melissa Joulwan to attempt homemade coconut butter.
So, last month I ordered a bag of Bob's Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut from iHerb.com. Instead of following Melissa Joulwan's receipe to the T, I decided to go by feel. I scooped about a quarter of the bag into the blender, added a few tablespoons of Artisana coconut oil, and pulsed for about 5 minutes. Then, I emptied another quarter of the bag into the blender and another few tablespoons of coconut oil. Pulsed for another 5 minutes before I got afraid of the blender's motor burning out.
The result I got was not creamy coconut butter like Artisana's but a somewhat creamy, mostly gritty (from the coconut shreds) paste. Probably two big reasons: my blender's blade (see picture below) is different from that used by people who have successfully made coconut butter, and I pulsed instead of letting the blender run for 10-15 minutes.
I was happy with the result because I like chewy things anyway! But if you want creamy coconut butter, it would be best to use the right equipment and to follow the receipe.
Homemade Coconut Butter
5 oz. unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
3 shakes of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (optional)
1. Place the coconut in the bowl of a food processor and add the other ingredients.
2. Turn the food processor on high for 10-15 minutes. But every 5 minutes, scrape down the sides. It is done when it starts to stick together like cookie dough or is beginning to liquify. It will solidify a bit when it is cool.
3. When the coconut butter is ready, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Bob's Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut can be bought from iHerb.com at US$5.38 for a 680g bag. If you are a first-time customer, the coupon code "XOJ002" will get you US$5-$10 off your first order.
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