Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vegan Oreos + Homemade Blendtec Coconut Butter

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

There's something about the way a cookie crumbles in your mouth after a dip in a glass of milk that brings back instant nostalgia for most folks. For me, oreos were my go-to childhood cookie. They were so dry and crunchy that they readily absorbed the milk and would leave little crumbs in the glass, giving me a cookies n' cream-type beverage long after the cookie was gone. As an adult, I never buy oreos. This is because if I have them in the house I know I will eat them all in a couple days. Sometimes being a grown-up means knowing what makes you loose all self-control and keeping that thing far, far away from you. But, (yes, there is always a but), a friend offered me one a few weeks ago and I readily  accepted (not wanting to be rude and all) and that little bite brought back waves of pleasant cookie-inspired memories. So, I decided I needed to try my hand at making them myself, and making them a little more grown-up.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

All the milk and butter in the cookies has been substituted out for coconut milk and coconut butter. You can buy coconut butter from the store, but it's a bit pricey, so I'd recommend making it at home. Coconut butter is basically unsweetened shredded coconut blended with a little bit of coconut oil until the shredded coconut is so broken down and warmed up from the blending process that the coconut oil within the shredded coconut sort of melts and the whole thing turns into a thick spreadable mixture. It might even get on the liquidy side if the blades get extra hot. This mixture is then refrigerated until it firms up and voila! You have coconut butter. When making it, you want to use a really strong and high-quality blender, like the Blendtec. I used my Blendtec to make it with the twister jar attachment and it gave me coconut butter in a little under a minute. The great thing about the twister jar is that as it's blending, you twist the top of the container and it wipes the inside of the blender, pushing the shredded coconut back down towards the blades.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

With a weak blender in a normal container, this process can take up to 30 minutes of blending, pausing to push the coconut back towards the blade with a spatula, and blending again. For the amount of coconut butter it makes, doing it yourself at home it costs less than half of the ready-made version. You can also make homemade nut butters really easily with the twister jar, which I've gone a bit crazy with lately (seriously, homemade roasted hazelnut-peanut butter combo is SO GOOD), but I've also experimented with adding flavored extracts to the coconut butter while blending, and so far my favorites are vanilla, lemon, and rosewater (separately, not together), but I have many more extracts in my cabinet to try....

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

The end product tasted like a lightly coconut-flavored oreo, with the cookie texture being just a little bit sturdier and slightly less crumbly than an oreo cookie. You could probably get it a bit more crumbly if you took out a tablespoon or two of the coconut milk, but you'll have a significantly harder time rolling the dough out and cutting out the shapes the drier the dough is. And honestly I liked the slightly firmer texture because I could hold the cookie in the dipping milk longer without having to worry about it falling in half and sinking to the bottom of the cup. Everybody wins! So, if you're looking to satisfy the cravings of your youth with a more adult-friendly cookie, I think I've got you covered.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Note: Blendtec provided me with a designer blender and twister jar attachment for review, but all comments and opinions are my own, per usual!

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Homemade Coconut Butter


4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (do not use reduced fat shredded coconut or powdered coconut)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut oil

Vegan Oreo Cookies


1 and 1/3 cup dutch process cocoa
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons egg replacer
1 cup full fat canned coconut milk, warm
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vegan Coconut Buttercream Filling


1 cup coconut butter, softened
2 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Begin by preparing the coconut butter. Add the shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut oil to the Blendtec and blend on the 'batter' cycle, twisting the top of the twister jar attachment in the direction opposite the blades. If after the cycle runs the mixture isn't clumping together in a butter quite yet, run the 'batter' cycle one more time and it should become a clumpy, thick white butter. Empty the coconut butter into a bowl, cover, and keep refrigerated.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

To make the cookies, sift together the cocoa and flour in a large bowl. Add the salt, stir, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the water and egg replacer until smooth, then add the coconut milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined and crumbs begin to form. When you hold the crumbs tightly together in your hand and then release, they should stay stuck together.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Empty the crumbly dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and pat it down into one cohesive mound. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the mound and roll out the dough between the two sheets of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and use a circular cookie cutter (about 2-3 inches wide) to cut out the cookie shapes and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches of space between the cookies. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill it for 30 minutes before placing the sheet in the oven. Bake for about 17-22 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow too cool for 15 minutes before removing from the cookies from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

While the cookies are cooling, you can prepare the buttercream frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the coconut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract at medium low speed until smooth. Set aside.

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Once all of the cookies have been baked and cooled, you can begin assembling the cookies. Take about 1 tablespoon of the buttercream and spread it on top of one of the cookies, then place another cookie on top to create a little oreo cookie sandwich. Repeat until all of the oreos have been assembled. Serve immediately.




Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

Homemade Vegan Oreos + Blendtec Coconut Butter | Adventures in Cooking

30 comments:

  1. Ummm... yes please.
    I already make homemade coconut milk (http://girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/homemade-coconut-milk/) but now I want to make coconut butter too! I'm thinking my food processor would be better than my little Ninja blender though.
    These cookies, dipped into homemade coconut milk sounds mildly like heaven. Coconutty heaven.

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    1. Thanks so much!! And yes, a food processor would work better than a Ninja, those guys don't have a lot of strength and it takes a good amount of force to grind up the shredded coconut. Homemade coconut butter is HEAVEN.

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  2. Love this so much, Eva!! I'm a sucker for an Oreo (or ten), so this homemade coconut version needs to be made ASAP. Gorgeous.

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  3. Holy smokes, I am sooo tempted to rush out and buy the ingredients right now!

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    1. Awww thank you Anne Marie!! They are very addicting haha :)

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  4. Yes, yes, OH yes! And for realsies, I need to get my hand on one of those blenders...

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    1. Seriously, it is AMAZING. It turns frozen fruit into a smoothie in like 5 seconds, no joke. I used it to blend up soup the other day and it blended it so fast that it gave it this amazing frothy texture from all the air bubbles it made. Once we're all moved in I'll have to make some for you!

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  5. WHY do you tease me like this?! I always wanted to try my own oreos, so this is a nice excuse :) x

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  6. Wow. They look so insanely amazing, even better with all the coconut flavor. I gotta make coconut butter. My "blender" is a nutribullet, I wonder if that'll work.

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  7. Those look delicious! I've never tried making homemade coconut butter but it sounds very cool. :)

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  8. Yum!! I'm the same way, if I buy the oreos I eat ALL the oreos :)
    Can not wait to try this recipe!!

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  9. These look so amazing Eva - and the filling looks amazing as I'm obsessed with coconut everything!
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  10. Oooh these look good! I love the shape of them and how they stack up all neatly :) Thanks for sharing the recipe! x
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  11. These are just gorgeous! And isn't coconut butter just the most amazing thing?! I once bought coconut butter, tried it, and gave it to a friend (I'm a coconutaholic and this was just not doing my tastebuds justice!)...but once I started making it at home, holy moly I can't get enough! I even made it for Christmas presents!
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  12. These look so good. I am bookmarking this! Love that cookie cutter!

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  14. gluten free option anyone? If someone tries them out or have suggestions for me, let me know?

    Btw, the photographs are amazing. I never knew i could attempt oreo cookies. You put them on the map for me. Thank you for that !

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  15. Dude, I eat Oreos like whoa on a regular basis. I can't help it. Your version sounds super rad, especially the part where you can make coconut butter at home on the cheap. Hope things are well, friend! :)

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  16. How beautiful are these?!!!! I love the cream filling in these cookies, so clever. :D I normally hate the cream part and just eat the crunchies, lol. But this one I bet I'd inhale in a second.

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  18. looks good and i;d love to try them but i cringe at the thought of egg replacer and so much sugar! i suppose i will use coconut sugar and yogurt instead of egg replacer. what do ya think?

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  19. have they done a coconut-flavored oreo? they really should.

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  20. Oh, these look so incredible! And they are vegan?! I must make these now.

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  21. Congrats for the amazingly delicious recipe for coconut oreo cookies!

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  22. Hi Eva,
    Can the cookies be stored for later consumption?

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  23. yo these sound BOSS! i wanna try em w spelt or einkorn and see how they do (i've got a wheat intolerance). your photos are insaaaaaaaaane! i'll admit i'm mildly jealous of that amazing painted white wood background.

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  24. Oreos are actually already vegan (however they might come into "contact" with milk products), but if I were vegan I would go with your version any day!

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  25. Oh my GOSHH!!! These are so beautiful and I love love love that you made coconut butter in your Blendtec. I've been afraid to try it in mine just in case I screw up horribly and waste all my lovely coconut! But now that you've done it, I'm so excited to try! My boyfriend's sugar indulgence of choice is pretty much oreos all the time, so I'll have to try to make him this more wholesome version. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

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  26. PLEASE CORRECT THIS RECIPE ASAP.

    For all of the comments on this post, there's not a single person who made them, a fact that became evident this afternoon as we did follow the recipe.

    I'm not sure where the errors lie, but the cookie portion of the recipe needs attention immediately. For starters, you left out instructions on what to do with the sugar during the wet ingredients portion. Then, there is no way that the combination of ingredients listed in the amounts listed will ever form something resembling "crumbly". It is wet, exactly like a brownie batter should be.

    We added an additional 1 CUP FLOUR and 1/2 CUP COCOA just to get the mixture to a basic cookie dough stage that will salvage the expensive ingredients purchased to make these cookies.

    As beautiful as the photos are, I sure would love the recipe to be accurate so that someone might have a hope of recreating something remotely close to your results.

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