Heavenly Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter

I love sweet. I love salty. I love savory. I just plain love food. No secret. Even though I’ve made drastic changes in the way I eat over the last year and a half, I still love a good treat now and then (more now…less then). I have a serious affection for coconut, lemon, nut butters and chocolate. I don’t know if you can survive eating just those things or not but if not, I would die very happy.

I was inspired by this recipe to try and make coconut butter. Easy right? Um….let’s just say that while I anxiously awaited the creamy phase in the process…my food processor started smoking. Clearly smooth and creamy was not in my future. But now I was determined. I had the coconut and now I was craving something coconutty….what’s a girl to do?

Create this bad boy, that’s what:

chocolate coconut almond butterSometimes the greatest discoveries happen by accident and this was no exception. It’s thick, it’s got a wonderful texture and it can be as sweet as you want it to be. The best part of it is that it comes together in less than 15 minutes, keeps for at least 2-3 weeks, is vegan and almost completely guilt free (though I feel very little guilt stuffing this into my face…) I’m not genius in the kitchen but every now and then I have a flash of brilliance.

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Oh yeah baby! I took my coconut, added almond butter, cacao powder, vanilla, maple syrup and a wee bit of almond milk and Bam!! Chocolate Almond Coconut goodness! Thankfully…once the food processor had a nap, it was ready to rumble again.

Here’s how I made this awesome spread:

Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter

One generous cup

Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (cocoa works fine too, this is just what I had on hand)
  • 1-2Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla
  • Almond milk as needed (unsweetened is best)

Directions

  • Add coconut to food processor and process until well broken down and buttery (about 5-7 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. It likely won't be completely smooth and creamy but that's ok, so long as it's more like a nut butter consistency.
  • Add almond butter, cacao and vanilla and pulse to combine. Mixture should be thick, almost dough-like. If it's crumbly or too thick, add a splash or two of almond milk to moisten it up (I think I used about 2 tbsp total).
  • Add maple syrup 1 tbsp at a time and pulse to combine. Taste test and add more until the desired sweetness is obtained (I added close to 2 Tbsp)
  • Once combined, store in an airtight jar and refrigerate.
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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

6 Responses to Heavenly Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter

  1. Ah, the smoking food processor, the sign you’re being creative, right? I broke my first one trying to make banana soft serve for the first time a few years ago. I’ve actually never tried again, which I know is weird. This looks delicious, by the way!:)

  2. Mine will actually just turn off before it starts smoking, but sometimes they can be frustrating! The key is turning it off when you can sense it needs a break. Sometimes, you just have to give it a moment. It’s weird, I’ve had almonds come together in minutes, and I’ve had them take close to 20 because I kept having to stop my food processor so it wouldn’t die on me. Pause and scrape, pause and scrape. And sometimes I smack mine around a little while it’s moving. We have kind of an abusive relationship. 😉 I’m glad you still ended up with something that tasted good! Also, if you ever get really sick of waiting, just stream in some melted coconut oil and it’ll kick things up real quick!

    • Oh coconut oil, good call! This last batch came together much faster than previous attempts. Thankfully, the processor has recovered. I was worried for a minute. I’ve burned out my Vitamix twice now so I definitely have a talent for destroying expensive appliances. Thank goodness for warranty!

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