I recommend scraping down the sides of the food processor after an audible change where the blades aren't really catching any of the coconut. This will become an increasing issue as the paste starts to come together; your processor's blades will just whizz freely after 30 seconds or a minute of work.
Slowly but surely, you'll end up with a coconut paste similar in consistency to a peanut butter. It will be a little drier in texture but spreads nicely across toast or waffles (or anything in sight, in my case!). The butter will become solid at room temperature, but if you scrape a little off the top and throw it in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds, it will become soft and pliable once more.
makes one small jar
What You Need
2 cups dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut
salt to taste (optional — I used Tahitian vanilla salt from The Meadow to sprinkle on top of my coconut butter toast)
Food processor or Vitamix blender
1. Process the Coconut - Put the dried coconut in the food processor or blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down the sides often for approximately 18 or 19 minutes, until a thick paste is formed.
• 3 Minutes - The coconut breaks down into clumps
• 5-8 Minutes - The coconut starts to look more sandy and paste-like. Scrape down the sides of the processor as often as necessary to continue processing the coconut.
• 11-15 Minutes - The coconut starts to pull together into a buttery paste. Continue to scrape down the sides of the processor regularly.
• Finished - The coconut has been ground to the consistency of peanut butter, thick and spreadable. Add salt to taste if desired, or leave plain and add salt when serving.
2. Store the Coconut Butter Store in a small jar in the fridge, scraping up spoonfuls and microwaving for 10-15 seconds to soften and serve.
(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)