We have a special place in our hearts for Coconut Cream Concentrate – the creamy, coconutty product you get when you take dried coconut and puree it until smooth. Think of it as peanut butter or almond butter, but made from coconut. You may also know similar products as: Coconut Manna and Coconut Butter.
We find the difference that sets apart Coconut Cream Concentrate from Coconut Butter is simply the looseness that is obtained by how finely the coconut is ground – we suggest getting this as creamy and fine as possible when using it in recipes!
Photo by Crystal of Wholefed Homestead
One of our most popular recipes on the blog, Creamy Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons, was invented when Stacy was following the Autoimmune Protocol and couldn’t have nuts or eggs, but desperately wanted a Paleo cookie. With coconut as they base they turned out INCREDIBLE! This was pretty much life changing. For years we’ve gotten the HIGHEST compliments from people on these cookies – often hearing people don’t even bother baking them, which inspired our No Bake Coconut Bars.
Coconut Cream Concentrate isn’t an inexpensive product nor is it easily found in stores. Fortunately, it’s simple to make at home, and you can do it for a fraction of the price! There are only a few ingredients, most of which you likely have in your pantry. You’ll find the recipe below!
Photo & recipe from our cookbook Real Life Paleo
- 2 cups unsweetened dried coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- 2 Tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until a thick, white butter forms, about 8-12 minutes.
If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can purchase already made Coconut Cream Concentrate here.
Try a few of our favorite recipes made with Coconut Cream Concentrate:
Want even more recipes to use Coconut Cream Concentrate?
Try these recipes from some of our friends:
Roasted Winter Squash with Coconut Butter from Balanced Bites
Chocolate Coffee Coconut Truffles from Paleo Magazine
Macadamia Nut Coconut Butter Cups from Primal Palate
Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups from My Heart Beets