What is vegan butter made of?
Homemade vegan butter is made from just 8 easy to find plant based ingredients. Here is what you will need and why:
- Almond flour – This is crucial for the best buttery flavour and emulsification.
- Non-dairy milk – For creaminess and emulsification.
- Nutritional yeast – For a buttery depth of flavour
- Salt – flavour. Salt makes everything better!
- Apple cider vinegar – It needs some acid to balance the flavours and apple cider vinegar is milder than most other culinary acids.
- Refined coconut oil – For setting. Note that it must be refined (i.e flavourless and odourless). Without it the butter will stay liquid so it is absolutely essential.
- Olive oil, avocado oil or canola oil – Essential for texture and spreadability
- Turmeric – For colour. This is the only ingredient you can safely omit.
How to make plant based butter
This vegan butter recipe takes literally a couple of minutes to make, plus some time for it to set.
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1 – Add all of the ingredients except the oils to a blender and blend until smooth.
Step 2 – Add the refined coconut oil and the olive oil and blend again until incorporated and light and airy.
Step 3 – Pour into a lidded container and place in the fridge to set.
- Measure everything carefully and don’t omit or change anything (except the turmeric which can be safely left out if you don’t have it because it is only used for colour).
- You must use refined coconut oil. It’s sometimes labelled as “deodorized”. You absolutely cannot use unrefined or virgin coconut oil because your butter will smell and taste of coconut. If you arne’t sure if yours is ok, check the label. It will say somewhere. Or give it a sniff and taste. If you can smell or taste any trace of coconut it is not refined and not suitable for this recipe.
- Make sure the refined coconut oil is liquid but at room temperature. Don’t add it while it’s hot.
- Blend until completely smooth but don’t let the liquid butter get hot while blending or it could split. If it starts warming up give the blender a break for a minute or two before continuing.
- Let it set thoroughly before using.
- Store in the refrigerator
- Let is soften at room temperature for a few minutes before spreading for ultimate creaminess and ease of spreading.
- Omit the almond flour if you plan to use the recipe for sautéing or frying.
Eat it plain or serve it with vegan brownies or vegan waffles, and even with some chocolate chips or chocolate syrup on top. Get creative and enjoy it with your favorite toppings! Keep it in the freezer for 1 or 2 weeks. Take it out of the freezer and leave it at room temperature for 5 or 10 minutes before serving so it gets a creamier texture.
Is it healthier? (Sourced from Healthline)
From milk alternatives to vegan cheese, numerous plant-based products are on the market, including plant-based butter.
Plant-based butter, also referred to as vegan butter, is a nondairy butter substitute that’s typically made by combining water with a plant-derived oil, such as olive, avocado, coconut, palm kernel oil, or a combination of oils.
These products often contain additional ingredients, such as salt, emulsifiers, colorings, and natural or artificial flavors, to more closely resemble the taste and texture of real butter.
While it may seem similar to margarine, the main difference is that margarines may still contain small amounts of dairy, whereas plant-based butters are free of animal products.
As more plant-based butter products become available, you may wonder whether they’re healthy.
This article reviews the nutrition content of plant-based butters, their potential benefits and downsides, and how they compare to real butter.
Given that they’re primarily made from plant-derived oils, plant-based butters are generally high in calories and fat.
Earth Balance is one of the original and more popular brands of vegan butter. One tablespoon (14 grams) of the brand’s Vegan Buttery Sticks provides (6Trusted Source):
- Calories: 100
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Total fat: 11 grams
- Saturated fat: 3.5 grams
- Monounsaturated fat: 5 grams
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5 grams
- Sodium: 120 mg
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks are made from a blend of palm fruit, canola, soybean, flax, and olive oils and also contain salt, natural flavor, soy protein, soy lecithin, lactic acid, and annatto extract (for color) (6Trusted Source).
It’s important to note that the nutrition content, particularly the fatty acid composition, of plant-based butter can vary, depending on the types of oils and additives used.
How to store
Be sure to pour the butter into a container with a lid so that it’s easy to keep it covered. I put mine in small or shallow jars mason jars.
You might be wondering how long vegan butter lasts? Store it in the refrigerator and it will keep for about 2 weeks. This does depend to some extent on the milk you use to make it with though. If you use store bought milk it lasts longer than it does if you use homemade milk. That’s because store bought milk has preservatives in it and homemade doesn’t.
This vegan butter freezes really well. If you make more than you think you will comfortably eat in 2 weeks, or if you want to make a really big batch every couple of months, store it in the freezer where it will keep for up to 3 months.
To freeze in an airtight freezer safe container – When you make the butter pour it into the freezer safe container cover with a lid and put it straight in the freezer. You can also freeze the already set butter if you prefer.
To freeze in a silicone ice cube tray – Pour the liquid butter into the silicone trays. Place them gently and evenly in the freezer. Once the butter has solidified you can wrap the ice cube trays up really well or put them as they are in a sealed freezer bag. Or you can pop the frozen cubes out and store them in a bag or container so you get your ice cube tray back for other things.
How to defrost – When you want some butter remove from the freezer and allow to defrost overnight in the fridge. If you have frozen it in an ice cube tray it will defrost really quickly so you can pop one out and leave it at room temperature until it’s ready to use. It usually takes about 30 minutes.