Coconut Cream Concentrate

Delicious Coconut Cream Butter a healthy and easy snack kids love it Coconut Cream ConcentrateCoconut cream concentrate (also sometimes called coconut butter) is an incredibly tasty and filling way to get in your healthy fats! It is my favorite on-the-go treat, and I even keep a small jar in my purse for times when the kids or I get hungry while out.

It is super easy to make and can be flavored with cocoa powder, nuts, dried fruit, etc. for yummy variations. If you like coconut at all, this is a great way to enjoy it!

Coconut Cream: You’ll need

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Coconut Cream Concentrate
Make your own coconut cream concentrate or coconut butter with this simple recipe that uses just coconut, coconut oil and optional flavorings.
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut or coconut flakes
  • 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Optional flavorings including: real vanilla extract, chopped nuts, raisins, cocoa powder, chia seeds
  1. Pulse the shredded coconut or coconut flakes in the blender or food processor. At first, it will be powdered, then it will start to stick to itself and become smooth like almond butter.
  2. When it starts to get thick, add 2-3 TBSP of melted coconut oil and keep blending until smooth.
  3. Add any flavorings and mix by hand
  4. Store in a jar, in or out of the fridge or take as an on-the-go snack.
  5. Enjoy!

This is one of my favorite ways to eat coconut. What’s yours?

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    Oh, you didn’t!! I am a happy, happy person now! I’ve been wanting to make Civilized Caveman pumpkin squares but there’s no local coconut cream source. Now I can whip some up! :) Thank you!!

  2. Dazane says

    I’m picturing a small amount of coconut cream, the cosistency of thick peanut butter stuck at the bottom of my Vitamix, and me poking around the blades trying to salvage what I can.  Mayo is bad enough.  Surely, large quantities of the coconut cream end being washed out when washing the blender.

    • says

      It is actually thick enough that it usually falls out pretty well
      with a hard upside down thump. If not, just dip the bottom of the vitamix pitcher in some hot tap water to loosen it up and it should all fall out.

      • malynda says

        I really want to try this as I love coconut but I am confused when you say you keep a jar of this in your purse for snacks?…do you carry along bread or crackers to put it on? How do you eat it?


  3. says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I LOVE coconut but have been unsuccessful at making coconut milk. I have resorted to buying it canned, but I would rather not do this. This coconut cream looks like something I could easily make fresh!

      • DJ says

        As far as all the definitions I’ve seen, this *is* coconut butter, except with added oil. Coconut “milk” or “cream”, every way of making it that I’ve seen is mixing coconut with water, then filtering/squeezing the liquid out. Not to be overly pedantic, but for effective communication, it’s always important to make sure we agree on what words mean (see FDA, HCFS and the “corn sugar” fiasco).

        • says

          Thanks for the info. This is from what I can tell, the exact same as what Tropical Traditions calls Coconut Cream Concentrate. So many different terms! at least they all involve coconut :-)

  4. Greta says

    Do you have an idea of the length of the first step?  I think I did something wrong because mine turned out a bit grainy. 

    • says

      Just a minute or so. It is definitely thicker like natural peanut or almond butter rather than cream like, though you can get the smoother cream by making coconut milk and skimming the fats off the top when
      it gets cold.

  5. says

    Just tried to make this…followed steps exactly, with a Vitamix, but I don’t know how this could be compared to canned products.  It’s like eating wet sand.   Did I do something wrong?

    • says

      This is more of a coconut butter (like almond butter) consistency that is a concentrate to make coconut milk, etc. It is different than the cream that is at the top of canned coconut. Sorry if that wasn’t very clear!

  6. Linds says

    Ohmygoodness thank you! I’ll be traveling a lot with my school this year & no one else eats Paleo so I’m always on the hunt for shelf stable foods and I bring along. Thank you!

  7. Sonya says

    I make this in my thermomix, takes three minutes and with the use of heat (37 celcius) I don’t need to add the coconut oil. By the time it is finished processing it is pourable, but extremely thick. I keep this out of the fridge because once it cools it is solid. I haven’t added any flavours before but now I will because it is a perfect treat, with the natural sweetness of the coconut, to make me feel like I’ve indulged.

  8. says

    Thank you SO much for this recipe!! I was really wanting to buy some Coconut cream concentrate from tropical traditions to make some goodies for my kids this month and then I saw the price eeek! This is SO much more affordable, especially since I just stocked up on shredded coconut last night for 2.39 a bag! Can’t wait to try this, your a life saver!

  9. Dainty Lia says

    What went wrong????? I have been looking forward to making this for the first time since I’ve heard of this supposed “Heaven on Earth” (as described by many).I followed the easy directions using my Cuisinart FP and added vanilla ex. to the recommended Trop. Trad. dried shredded coco. I have always loved coconuts and coconut water and had high hopes for this, but the taste of this to me is sort of a DRY/GRITTY/ROASTED NUT taste (though it did liquify beautifully). Is THIS what its supposed to taste like??

    • Karen Stock says

      I had originally started making coconut butter in my Breville Sous-Chef FP, but took 10 minutes and was still a little bit grainy. That was the original recipe I followed from Pinterest. I started using my Vitamix and it only took a fraction of the time and came out much creamier. It’s important to make a large enough quantity to get it blending. In the wide bottom 64oz container I fill to somewhere between the 24-32 oz mark. Use tamper until it gets very soft and let process till creamy.

  10. says

    Just made this and I added the tiniest sprinkling of coconut palm sugar. It turned out creamy but liquidy. I assume that since there’s coconut oil in there, it will solidify?
    Do you think this would be good to add to your butter/coconut oil/coffee mix? I think I’m going to try that!!

  11. Janelle Moyer Bensinger says

    Would light olive oil possibly work with this? I don’t have any coconut oil and actually don’t care too much for using it (it’s a pain because it gets so hard) so I wasn’t planning on purchasing any anytime soon.

    • Rhonda Swetnam says

      Janelle, I would not recommend using Olive Oil. The combined taste of the coconut with the Olive Oil would not be good. If you don’t want to purchase coconut oil, try making the coconut cream without using any oil. You should still get a good product.

  12. Ron says

    How much coconut cream is a good snack? What would you recomment putting it on for a snack to keep my calories to a minimum? I also have IBS.

  13. Marie Adell Morgan says

    I liked this more when I doubled the recipe and added about half a cup of water. Yay! Yummyness and health, gotta love it!

  14. Marie Adell Morgan says

    Since making this with the added water, even though it was quite yummy, the water made it more likely to go bad quickly, unless refrigerated. The pint of it I had in my purse started to get moldy and had to be thrown away. Very sad! I’m just posting this as a follow up, in case others were misled by me and ended up wasting their ingredients too! Sorry! I think it would be able to work if it were pressed out in a small pan or bowl, refrigerated, and then cut in to cubes or pieces that could be easily popped in the mouth and enjoyed. But, for unrefrigerated portability, don’t add the water. just my two cents. . .

  15. Sally says

    Tastes very good! In order to get this to work in my food processor I had to triple your recipe (3 cups coconut added 6 T coconut oil) this yields about one cup of coconut butter so I definite I suggest multiplying it!

  16. Lisa says

    What am I doing wrong? I am using a vitamix and cannot get the coconut to turn into the buttery form you mentioned. I even tried tripling the recipe like another comment suggested. Then I tried adding the melted oil but it seems too thick bc the blade just spins in the middle and builds up the coconut mixture on the side. Tried adding water too like another comment suggested, but no success. Now I just have a lot of wasted ingredients :(. Any suggestions?

  17. Hannah says

    Wow, definitely gonna try this!

    Just wondering though, is there a limit to consuming this? I might go all-out and crazy and probably have a jar or two of this in a day, lol :D

  18. Sally says

    I’m a coconut nut, so thanks very much for the recipes. I haven’t tried to make the coconut butter, but I think I really NEED to!

  19. Yeoman says

    Could add water to this to make it into coconut milk or cream for general cooking ie curries ect. I don’t like buying the canned stuff and have seen some concentrates in the store that you add water to to make milk but they are packaged in plastic. this would be a great alternative.

  20. Tanja says

    Hi there,
    I’m going to make this in my food processor…
    but I’m wondering if the heat generated by the food processor will affect the healthy properties of the coconut oil? (ie… will it make the coco oils go rancid/carcenogenic?)


  21. Marie says


    I now make my own home made almond milk and I use coconut flakes and vanilla bean for flavor. Could I replaces the flakes with this ….minus the added coconut oil though. I already make my own date paste which I add to my almond also

  22. Alecia says

    This coconut cream recipe DID NOT WORK FOR ME!!
    I tried a blender and tried a good processor. Tried wit sweetened coconut and with unsweetened coconut. Pulsed bith times for what seemed like hours. NEVER got past the POWDER stage.
    I’m going to go BUY Some coconut cream!!!!

  23. Lisa says

    For the first step, do you mean to really pulse it with short steps for about a minute or just let it blend continuously for a minute. Thanks.

  24. Lisa McGillicuddy says

    I just made this with the leftover coconut from the clusters. I like it. I used vanilla and added just a tad of almond butter. It’s very energizing. Wow. I plan on eating a spoonful of this in the morning while (running around and) getting ready for work. I’m already using coconut oil in my coffee and this will wake me up for sure when I don’t have clusters in hand. :-)

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