Coconut Butter + Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter Cups

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Author Notes: Coconut Butter is made from one simple ingredient, unsweetened, dried shredded coconut! Prepare to be amazed. The coconut butter cups are a fun twist on the classic chocolate peanut butter cup. Enjoy!Ashley McLaughlin

Makes 1 cup coconut butter + 20 mini cups

Coconut Butter

  • 3 cups unsweetened dried finely shredded/grated coconut [not flaked or chips]
  1. Add the coconut to a large food processor and turn on until it reaches a fully smooth-liquid state, about 5-10 minutes. It should easily drip from a spoon. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Store in a sealed jar in your pantry.
  3. The coconut butter will solidify below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Simply reheat by scraping out the desired amount and melting in a pan over low heat until smooth. Or, scrape into a small bowl and place in the microwave for 10 second increments, until melted.
  4. tips: Be sure to use a fresh bag of coconut to ensure it hasn't dried out. Never add any liquid other than melted coconut oil to help move the process along. In more than 20 batches that I've made I've never needed to add coconut oil to help process into coconut butter. Do not use less than 3 cups of coconut in an 11c capacity food processor.

Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter Cups with Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • 1 cup coconut butter, melted or freshly processed
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure cane sugar, optional
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, warmed
  • 1 pinch fine grain sea salt
  1. Stir the peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and pinch of sea salt together until smooth. Mixture will be thick.
  2. Add the melted coconut butter to your food processor, if not using a fresh batch, and turn on.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil and continue to process.
  4. Add the vanilla beans (discard the pod) and 1 tablespoon pure cane sugar [if using].
  5. Continue to process until the sugar has melted and the mixture is drippy.
  6. Line a mini muffin pan with 20 mini liners and add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vanilla bean coconut butter to the bottom of each.
  7. Take about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate peanut butter and flatten it slightly in between your fingers. Place on top of each cup.
  8. Top with 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vanilla bean coconut butter and lightly tap the top of each cup with a spoon to level the ingredients.
  9. Place the pan in the freezer or fridge until hardened. Best if stored in a sealed container in the fridge.
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about 1 year ago Alex Peters

I have to say, I don't get the hype. I have overheated my Vitamix and my small food processor doing this and end result...? Not that great. So I thought I would buy the premade stuff and see what all the fuss was about but when I got it home and tried it- by the way "stirring" store bought coconut butter is exactly like stirring natural peanut butter where all the oil has seperated, it's hard as a rock. But once I had tried the store bought, organic raw coconut butter, it tasted exactly like my appliance destroying homemade version- i.e. nothing to write home about. it's a little gritty, mildly coconutty and really kind of blah. I love making coconut milk using the dried full fat coconut flakes but this just isn't all that.

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over 1 year ago Popcake

Hi - I tried to make these last week. I almost killed my food processor in the process - I reckon it was on for 30 mins. Nothing really happened. I bought this stuff on your recommendation: http://www.amazon.co.uk...
But nothing but a fine version of what I put in - tried adding coconut oil. Again nothing. I live in the UK and still unsure what to use. Is it suppose to be fresh - like almost if I was to crack a coconut open and use the flesh like that?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Hi there! Sorry for the problem you had. The link you sent was for "lite" unsweetened coconut which has a much lower fat content and unfortunately will not turn into coconut butter. In my post on Food 52 for the coconut butter cups I mention about not using the low-fat/lite kind. http://food52.com/blog... You'll want to try this coconut instead: http://www.amazon.co.uk... Hope this helps!

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over 1 year ago Ielean Spanos

If you have a Vitamix it works way better than a food processor. Alternatively, if you have a little coffee or spice grinder that works well too, (wash it out well first). It takes more time as you can only do small batches, but you can still do a lot of small batches a lot faster than in a food processor. A food processor just doesn't do the trick for this.

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over 1 year ago Mindy,Faulisi

Thank you for the input!! I don't have a Vitamix (yet) so I'll try it with my spice grinder. I really can't wait to eat these :)

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Also be sure you're not using "lite" unsweetened shredded coconut. It must be the full fat variety. :)

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over 1 year ago Mindy,Faulisi

i am dying to make these cups but ive been running my processor for over 10mins and the coconut is no where near liquid, just a very dry almost flour like state. i live in CO and its very dry here, should i heat it? ive already added 1tbsp of coconut oil, i could add more i just dont want to ruin it.

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over 1 year ago Mindy,Faulisi

i added coconut oil (3tbsp total), coconut cream, even earth balance (im out of coconut oil now). its about the consistency of ricotta cheese. for now its going into the fridge because im out of time for the night. please help me make something delicious!

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

What type of coconut did you use? Was it flaked or shredded? I also live in Colorado but only once (out over 20 batches) has it not turned to coconut butter. I think that time it was due to using an older bag that I opened a few months prior. I have never had to add coconut oil so I'm not sure what could have been the issue, except for the type of coconut used. Or, if you only used 1 cup of coconut in a large food processor (11 cups) it makes it very hard to turn to butter. 3-4 cups is best. Hope this helps! Adding any liquid besides coconut oil will unfortunately not help.

Stringio

over 1 year ago Katherine Francis

I bought a glass flip-top container for this, is it necessary to boil the container before use? It would only be for short term, I'm sure this coconut butter won't last long.

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

It just depends if you want the container fully sterilized or not. Normally, I thoroughly hand wash new jars or put them in the dishwasher.

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over 1 year ago Morgan Ketza

Well my coconut mix didn't come out drippy; I had to use the spatula to swish it out of the food processor. I ran the thing for almost 15 min on and off to scrape the sides. I have a can of firm coconut cream from trader joes, I was thinking that it may liquefy it down just a tad and make it smooth. Hoping it works because these look great! :)

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Your best bet is to add melted coconut oil to the mix and not any type of milk/water liquid. Were you using unsweetened finely grated/shredded coconut or the flaked coconut? The flaked kind won't work for this. Also, it's best if you use a fresh bag of coconut. Hope this helps!

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over 1 year ago Vitaj

Ah... Flaked NOT recommended. NOW I see that! lol Yeah, it didn't really work out very well, and I finally gave up before I burned up my Cuis. : ( I bought organic flaked at my coop, imagining it to be superior in oiliness, etc., but alas... Will try again after I've used up all this flaked stuff I have!

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over 1 year ago Popcake

Shredded coconut? Is this the same as desiccated? Can't find Shredded... sorry - do you mean fresh coconut that you shred?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

You're looking for shredded or grated dried + unsweetened coconut. I just looked up info on desiccated and it sounds like it's dryer than the shredded/grated kind, so this probably will not work. Here's the link http://www.wisegeek.org... Here's a link to what you're looking for: http://www.amazon.com/Lets... (not coconut chips or flakes) And fresh coconut will not work. Hope this helps!

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over 1 year ago Angela2mc

I made these last night and they are so good! I'm avoiding sugar, so I used 1 tbls in place of the granulated sugar and another tablespoon of sugar in place of the maple syrup.

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Thrilled to hear you enjoyed them!

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over 1 year ago aneeval

These look great! Do you add a whole vanilla bean minus the seeds to the coconut butter mixture?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Nope, you want to add the seeds only. I'll modify the directions to be more specific about that.

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over 1 year ago agapegirl

In the comments you say "grated"; in the recipe you say "shredded"; they also make "flaked"; so, which is best? thx

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Sorry for the confusion. Grated + Shredded are the same. It's the smallest form you'll find dried unsweetened coconut. Flaked is not recommended.

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over 1 year ago agapegirl

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over 1 year ago joannajw

can I make it in a Vitamix or is the food processor better?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

I have seen people make it with their Vitamix but I have never tried. I always have much better luck making nut butters and coconut butter in my food processor, so I've always stuck with that. You can check this link http://wholenewmom.com... and I found a few others as well when searching "coconut butter vitamix." Hope this helps!

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over 1 year ago dbradley

I'm confused on how the food processor will "melt" the sugar. Are you really just looking for it to dissolve in the heated coconut butter and oil?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Yes! If you decide to use the sugar (I find coconut sweet enough on it's own) you're just looking for it to incorporate and melt into the butter. :)

Candycane

over 1 year ago Colleen Rose

omg you could use almond butter and it would be like an almond joy!

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over 1 year ago Rose Anne DeCristoforo

Can coconut butter be made with fresh coconut meat?

Ashley-1089

over 1 year ago Ashley McLaughlin

Unfortunately not. It only works with the dried, unsweetened, grated variety.

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over 1 year ago Kitchen Butterfly

Wow, that's so so interesting. This would be wonderful for coconut jam drop cookies I want to make! It would amplify the coconutty taste. Yum.