Chocolate chip orange coconut butter

by Kiran on February 15, 2012 · 84 comments

in Desserts, Nut Butter

Good morning!! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones — be it with families, friends etc..

We had a quiet downtime, eating loads of yummy strawberries, sipping champagne & overdose on chocolates. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right?

Perfect excuse for a sugar-high 😉

While grocery shopping over the weekend, I had a huge hankering for freshly shredded coconut. Huge! But I didn’t know what else to do with it other than sprinkling it over my morning oatmeal.

Have you found yourself often looking into the pantry for inspirations? I’ve done a gazillion times. It’s essential when you have a half eaten bag of chocolate chips, literally begging to be used.

Or looking for an excuse just to use it up. Either way, I had fun experimenting with this new recipe. All the while munching on a handful of chocolate chips. Yeah, never skip on snacks, people.

With the food processor buzzing away (annoying noise!) in the background, I can’t help but transport back into my childhood. Wonderful memories of me begging my mom to serve up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch & dinner. She rolled her eyes and with a gentle no, summoned me to eat up my vegetables.

Well, mom, you can’t stop me now. Can you? 😉

Chocolate, orange and coconut goes hand-in-hand, and I love to believe it’s a match made in heaven. Dunking strawberries in a drippy chocolate chip orange coconut butter is better that dipping it in plain ol’ chocolate sauce.

You have my guarantee.

Now shut me up, and go make yourself a nice bowl of this decadent dessert. Just try not to eat it all in one sitting. Don’t sue me if you do 😉

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  • 3 cups of freshly shredded coconut*
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted (i used 60% bitter sweet cocoa)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Using a high-capacity food processor (preferably 12 cups), cream shredded coconut for 10-12 minutes. Occasionally, stop to scrape the sides.
  2. Once coconut is completely drippy, add melted chocolate chips, coconut oil & agave nectar. Pulse to combine.
  3. Sprinkle in orange zest, vanilla extract & pinch of salt. Pulse until thoroughly combined & smooth.
  4.  Store in a sealed jar, either in a cool cabinet or refrigerator.

*Notes: DO NOT use only coconut flakes, sweetened coconut flakes/shredded, low fat coconut flakes/shredded. It has to be freshly shredded coconut or shredded coconut flakes. A fresh purchase would yield drippier texture. Coconut butter would be solid. Scrape desired amount and reheat. Nut butter melts well over hot foods, i.e hot oats.


If you are a huge fan of peanut butter, you would love this recipe. Slather it over your morning toasts, oats, cereals, yogurt.. Have a mid-morning/day snack with apple slices, carrots & celery sticks.

I bet it would be a great fondue too! The possibilities are endless.

What are your favorite nut butters/dessert sauces?


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1 the wicked noodle February 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

OH MY…looks absolutely delish!! I love coconut. I should make a coconut cream pie one of these days – and drizzle your sauce over it! YUM!!
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2 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Kristy — thanks dear. Let me know how it tastes. I would love to make a coconut cream pie one day too 🙂

3 Maria February 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

This looks dangerous:)
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4 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Maria — thanks! I think so too 😉

5 Rosa February 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

That must taste sinfully good!



6 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Rosa — no doubt 🙂

7 Em (Wine and Butter) February 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

YUM!!! I love chocolate and orange together – but had never thought to add coconut too – I can imagine it being fabulous though!

Happy (late) Valentines – NOW …. where are those chocolate kale chips missy!? 😉
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8 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Em — thanks and hope you had a very happy valentines day too! Recipe for seasoned kale chips is posted today 🙂

9 Katherine Martinelli February 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yum, what a great combo!! Great use of that leftover coconut 🙂

10 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Katherine — leftover chocolate chips, actually 🙂

11 Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan February 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Dear Kiran,

This looks like a real sweet treat and I agree champagne is the perfect accompaniment, apart from your loved one of course 🙂

12 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Chopinand — haha, i agree!

13 Suchi February 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Coconut with strawberry…this is a first….but now that you have pointed it out, seems like a nice possibility 🙂
Butterscotch is of course my favourite sauce and I adore anything and everything with nuts, maybe except macadamia (don’t like the texture) and pine nuts (smell, urghhh)…one thing I cannot get enough of and put on anything and everything is lemon curd, it is a spread, but I use it as a sauce, spread, in between spoon licking snack 🙂
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14 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Suchi — I am with you about lemon curd. Spoons are better than bread 😉

15 Simply Life February 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

sounds like you had the perfect valentine’s day!
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16 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Gina — I am still having a perfect day, slathering this butter on everything 😀

17 Carolyn Jung February 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I wouldn’t even need the strawberries to enjoy that sauce. I’d happily eat it with a spoon. 😉
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18 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Carolyn — Ditto!! 😀

19 vianney February 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Divine… I think I would not even need berries, big spoons into my mouth..yummy!!
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20 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Vianney — Haha! So true!

21 Liz February 15, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Oh, I’d pick this coconut infused chocolate over plain chocolate every time! Perfect for dipped berries~

22 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Liz — thanks sweetie 🙂

23 Asmita February 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Chocolate and orange is such a classic combination and if that’s not enough you have really kicked it up a notch by adding coconut. This dessert sounds heavenly!!!
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24 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Asmita — thanks a lot, and have a happy weekend 🙂

25 NikS February 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Gosh this will be wonderful with every fruit I can think of. Sharing might be hard though!
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26 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Niks — I cannot agree more 😀

27 Raks February 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

This sounds amazing, the combination of coconut and chocolate I love a lot in the chocolate bounty… I am sure, strawberry dipped on that choco sauce will add yumminess!

28 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Raks — True to the word 🙂

29 Nava Krishnan February 16, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Perfect way of enjoying the berries as well as for home celebration of Valentine’s Day. All the pics are simply oozing out with taste and I probably can have just one berry with the dip.

My Valentine’s Day was another normal day Kiran because my other half and myself go on our marriage lifee with trying to have many Valentine’s Day in between, that dining we do from time to time, the holidays I have, movies we go to etc etc.

30 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Nava — thanks a lot dear.. I agree with you, everyday should be special with your loved ones 🙂

31 Khushboo Thadani February 16, 2012 at 3:27 AM

I don’t need dippers for this…a spoon will work just fine ;)! This looks fabulous, chocolate goes so well with coconut and orange (almost as good as chocolate and peanut butter)! I’m surprised I never thought to combine the 3! Glad to hear you had a wonderful Valentine’s :-)!

32 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Khushboo — Ditto about the spoon. I want to add it in a smoothie too 🙂

33 chinmayie @ love food eat February 16, 2012 at 3:38 AM

That sounds awesome!! I have been snacking on fresh strawberries a lot after my hubby bought 8 full boxes of it 🙂
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34 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Chinmayie — 8 boxes of strawberries?! Lucky you 😉

35 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 16, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Hey Kiran! This looks wonderful. now our moms cant stop us! just had some strawberries I wish I had seen your Chocolate chip orange coconut butter 10 minutes earleir! thanks for sharing Kiran! =)
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36 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Helene — thank you for reading dear. and I hope you get to try this recipe soon 🙂

37 Tenille @ My Family Table February 16, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Oh, this would be great over a simple chocolate pudding. Got to love a good round of pantry inspiration!
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38 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Tenille — now you had me craving for chocolate pudding!!

39 Ina gawne February 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Wow…my mouth is watering…this chocolate sauce sounds divine! So much more tasty than chocolate dipped strawberries. I bet it would taste great drizzled over cake too!
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40 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Ina — thanks dear, it would be great drizzled on everything. I promise 😀

41 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This looks really YUMMY!
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42 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Angie — thank you & have a lovely weekend 🙂

43 Meenakshi February 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Chocolate and orange, done. Chocolate and coconut, also done. But the three of them together…why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?
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44 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Meenakshi — there’s always something new and interesting to discover, no? 🙂

45 Charles February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Hi Kiran – this looks like an amazing treat. I totally agree – orange and chocolate go perfectly together, although I’m not so familiar with the +coconut combination… I’m sure it’s wonderful though. I really happy because I FINALLY found agave syrup/nectar for the first time in France recently as well! 🙂

46 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hi Charles — so glad you are able to finally utilize agave nectar. Small discoveries makes life worth living!

47 Denise February 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

This looks delicious. I totally see myself dipping strawberries, raspberries and cookies in it. Or eating it plain, just the lovely way it is…
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48 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Denise — thanks a lot dear 🙂

49 Gretchen O'Donnell February 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I love chocolate and orange together. Never thought about coconut thrown in the mix!
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50 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Gretchen — you’ll love it too 🙂

51 Ann February 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Oh, my! This is absolutely brilliant! What a delicious valentines treat….or a Friday treat. Or Monday. Maybe even Tuesday! LOVE It!
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52 Kiran February 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Welcome back Ann — I hope you had a wonderful EU trip 🙂

53 Von February 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I often go looking in the pantry whenever I have no idea what to make for lunch…unfortunately, it never really gives me much inspiration because it’s always the same :S haha…

I love the coconut and chocolate combination- I’ll have to try chocolate coconut and orange some time 🙂 It sounds delicious!
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54 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Von — same here! I think we need to restock our pantry, no? 😀

55 Rebecca February 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

fun sauce nice treat :- can U believe I have got a real coconut and cracked it and took out center once man it was work can’t believe they do in India daily
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56 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Rebecca — i grew up enjoying whole coconut. We used to gather, crack open, grated and cook. Delish. A lot of work, but so worth it in the end 🙂

57 myfudo February 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

I am in…I’d like an exotic-coconut flavored treat for a post Valentine celebration…Your pictures are always amazing! hugs!
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58 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

MyFudo — thanks a lot my dear, hugs 🙂

59 Jennifer (Delicieux) February 17, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Mmmm this looks fabulous Kiran! As far as dessert sauces go I don’t think I can go past chocolate…dark chocolate. I just love the stuff, especially with a hint of orange 😉

By the way, I love that gorgeous spoon (or is it a ladle) in the last photo! Simply gorgeous!
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60 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Jennifer — thanks a lot. That is a vintage spoon 🙂

61 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 17, 2012 at 4:09 AM

What a lovely way to eat strawberries! I constantly look into my pantry for inspiration-sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t! 😛
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62 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Lorraine — ditto!!

63 Maureen February 17, 2012 at 5:03 AM

A very delicious combination, my friend! Deelish!
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64 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Maureen — Thanks sweetie 🙂

65 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh my, I think you’d be totally right about the flavour combination! Orange and chocolate already go very well together and adding coconut, now that’s on a new level. 😀 Every time I see recipes that I want to make, I get frustrated because not anywhere near a usable kitchen right now! 🙁 Have to wait until I get back home…
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66 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Jenny — Don’t worry about recipes, just have fun travelling 🙂

67 Parsley Sage February 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Hot stuff! My mom would never let me eat what I wanted to either. I think this is a glorious way to make up for time lost 🙂
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68 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Parsley Sage — ditto!

69 Santosh Bangar February 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

it is looking divine. and moreis spoon and dish so beautiful

70 Kiran February 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Santosh — Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting 🙂

71 Richa@HobbyandMore February 18, 2012 at 3:13 AM

this is my kind of finger licking, eat at all snack times, butter!
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72 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Richa — ditto!! Best for snacking, all the time 😀

73 Reem | Simply Reem February 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Sinful, Sinful, Sinful!!!!
This is absolutely dangerous and delicious…
I love it Kiran.

74 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Reem — hahaha!! You are hilarious 🙂

75 Magic of Spice February 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Those flavors do work beautifully together 🙂 This looks amazing, wish I were not allergic to strawberries, they are always so pretty 🙂
Hope you valentines day was lovely!
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76 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Magic of Spice — I am sorry about the allergy, but you can dip anything into this sauce. Even just a finger 😀

77 Sophie February 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Recently, I tried to make coconut butter but my food processor didn’t made it come out as good it has to be. I am going to buy a Vitamix 5200 who can do this job in no time so that I can make this tasty & fabulously looking recipe!

I can’t wait to try it too! 🙂 Looks appetizing! 😉
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78 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Sophie — perhaps the shredded coconut were too dry. And make sure it’s shredded, not coconut flakes. Freshest is the best 🙂

79 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Love the flavor combo in this!
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80 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Matt — thanks a lot!!

81 Cass @foodmyfriend February 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Yuuuuummmmm. I didn’t eat any chocolate on Valentines Day, can you believe it?! I did get a beautiful pair of earrings though 😛
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82 Kiran February 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Cass — aaaahhh, you didn’t eat chocolate on V-day? Glad you compensated it with earrings 🙂

83 Choc Chip Uru February 28, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Jaffa in chocolate sauce form? Where are my marshmallows, lollies, strawberries etc.. 😀

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84 Kim Bee March 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Oh my gosh, this is fantastic. I think this recipe might change my life.
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