Coconut Cream Recipe

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If your kids are like mine, they get hungry often, especially during a growth spurt. Since most snack foods are sugar laden or chemical laced, snacks can be one of the tougher things to adapt to real food options.

Though slightly unconventional, this coconut cream recipe (also called coconut butter) is a favorite with my kids. It has a texture somewhat like peanut butter, but contains more nutrients. It is filling due to its beneficial fats and protein/fiber content from the coconut. This recipe is also typically a safe option, even if your child attends a school where nuts are not allowed.

Coconut Cream Recipe

We use this in many ways, but here are some of our favorites:

  • A big spoonful by itself for a quick snack
  • Whipped with a little extra coconut oil, some vanilla, and some freeze dried strawberries for a healthy “icing”
  • 1 tablespoon blended into a cup of water for instant coconut milk or chocolate coconut milk
  • Spread on homemade pancakes
  • In between homemade pancakes with some banana slices (similar to PB and banana)

My favorite part… it is an inexpensive and delicious snack and the kids love it because they think it is like eating PB or frosting from the jar! We typically add some flavors to the basic recipe, most often a little cocoa powder and honey or vanilla and honey.

Coconut Cream Butter

Coconut Cream Recipe

Homemade coconut cream made with shredded coconut and coconut oil makes delicious snack packed with healthy fats. 
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Calories 89kcal
Author Katie Wells


2 cups



  • Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor or high powered blender. It will be powdered at first, but will start to get thicker and stick together.
  • Slowly add the coconut oil and it will form a thick, but moveable texture.
  • Add optional ingredients if desired.
  • Blend to incorporate and store at room temperature in a glass mason jar.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 TBSP)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.4g13%
Saturated Fat 7.3g46%
Sodium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 2.9g1%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 0.7g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Texture of finished coconut cream will be thick and a little grainy, similar to natural peanut butter. 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


50 responses to “Coconut Cream Recipe”

  1. Paula Avatar

    Can you use shredded coconut that you have just made coconut milk from?

  2. jill Avatar

    I enjoy reading all your post. Thank you. This sounds good. I ll have to try.

  3. Christine Elsdon Avatar
    Christine Elsdon

    thank you! one of my latest favourite snacks is to make a salted ‘caramel’ apple dip, i gently warm up some coconut butter, add a splash of real maple syrup, a dash of himalayan sea salt and a drizzle of coconut milk. Stir it up and dip green apple slices into it. oh so yummy!

  4. Crosario Avatar

    All these ingredients are delicious and great for the skin. Couldn’t this be used as a body butter (?) or a hair mask conditioner??

  5. Annette Avatar

    mixing coconutoil with a little honey and cinnamon to taste and eat a half teaspoon instead of chocolates when that sweet craving starts

  6. Trinity Bosch Avatar
    Trinity Bosch

    I absolutely LOVE coconut. I try to use coconut in everything I cook. Ever since I found this site I have been going through a health craze. I also found this other website called Coconut Mama. She has a lot of neat and healthy recipes. I have been trying to find a good recipe for chocolate. Do you have that?

  7. Eddie Avatar

    I just made this pie and I had to run to the computer to post my review. This coconut is fantastic! This is a quick coconut recipe that tastes like it took hours.

    I also found some recipes here that you may like http://www.gourmandia.com

  8. Liv Avatar

    I don’t have a Vitamix. Can I do it in a blender? Also, the coconut shredded is fresh? That would be great to make with the leftover for making coconut milk!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I used Dried coconut in this but you can use fresh as well it just needs to be refrigerated. A blender should work though it might take a little longer

    2. Meagan Avatar

      I usually use my food processor instead of my vitamix for coconut butter. It takes forever but it gets the job done.

  9. Laelle Martin Avatar
    Laelle Martin

    Thanks for the recipe! I typically make coconut butter in food processor and it works great, but does take at least 10 minutes, so be patient!

  10. Kayti Avatar

    I couldn’t get this to work out in my Vitamix. I tried the wet blade first and I needed SO much coconut oil and was still getting nowhere. Then I tried the dry blade (I’m new to the Vitamix, just got one, thought I had nothing to lose lol.) Still didn’t get the right consistency. What could I have done wrong? I think if I attempt this again I’m going to put the shredded coconut in the dry blade then add the stuff to it in the wet blade.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I just do it all at once. I should clarify, in case it didn’t make sense above, that this is more the consistency of natural peanut butter than cream or whipped cream…

      1. Kayti Avatar

        I hate to beg you for more, but could you add on a picture of it that shows the texture better? Regardless, I love your recipes and what I ended up with tastes delicious!

    1. Alex Avatar

      5 stars
      Hi Katie, I made a small batch last nite and layered both the natural and choc option in my hubby’s chia pudding. The rest I licked off the spoon. It was so good I’ll be making more today haha. It is difficult to achieve this in Vitamix, but in a Blendtec (the dry jar) it is rady in a minute. Thanks for this gem!

  11. kford525 Avatar

    Do you use your wet or dry blade on the Vitamix? I’ve had trouble getting a smooth consistency in our coconut butter.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I use the wet blade… it is definitely more the consistency of a natural peanut butter than smooth butter…

  12. Butter Avatar

    Another healthy snack, freeze a ripe banana, run under hot water until skin can be removed and eat…it’s like banana ice-cream.

    1. Libby Avatar

      If you peel them before freezing them, they still remain a good color/texture, but you don’t have to deal with the frozen peel. I hope this makes your life a little easier and saves water! 🙂

  13. Sheila Avatar

    I tried making this but mine didn’t end up with a peanut butter texture. It’s more coarse. Perhaps I the oil needed to be more liquid? Or I needed to use more of it? Despite it’s crumblier texture, my 3-year old son still loves it. 🙂

  14. Catherine Knight Avatar
    Catherine Knight

    I have tried making this before using the recipe from theclothesmakethegirl. I can’t get the texture to be the same as the store-bought Arianas. Any tips?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I haven’t tried that brand… is your version thinner or thicker?

  15. Petalpower Avatar

    one of our favorites is a dip/spread made from cream cheese, vanilla yogurt, (or any flavor you prefer). I blend them together, add honey, agave, or maple syrup if extra sweetening is needed, and optionally sprinkle chopped nuts on the serving portion on the plate. We eat this with sweeter crackers, on toast, or with sliced fruit. the options are endless. Lemon yogurt is awesome with softer fruits too.

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