I used psyllium husk powder and all apple cider vinegar for this recipe. It came out great! I made it in a Magic Bullet (for those who wonder about food processor capabilities) and poured the mixture into a smaller rubber ice tray. The smaller cubes are better for me to comply to serving sizes for other recipes. I did go a bit out of my way to get the lecithin and the psyllium husks, but they were both inexpensive and this recipe only requires a tiny amount (make many batches).
Overall, I think the recipe is great, this was my first time making my own butter, but it will not be my last! I will say that the taste was closer to Earth Balance margerine, but not exactly like butter. Next time I will experiment with coconut vinegar for a slightly different flavor.
Confused in the face of others' successes
I was SO excited about this recipe. I've seen this one and similar ones all over the blogosphere, and I was super into it. I got sunflower lecithin and refined coconut oil (ingredients I don't usually have, although virgin coconut oil is typically in my cupboards), followed the recipe as written, measured carefully, got the ingredients to the temperature described, and I got a yucky, broken emulsion. I really don't understand what I did wrong here, or if there's a missing piece of information that everyone else understood. Maybe the ambient temperature in my house is too cool? Or by processing for three minutes instead of two minutes, I did something wrong? Do I need to use my larger, more powerful food processor? Would I be better off whisking, slowly adding in the oil as one does with other emulsions? Has anyone else had this problem?
To all vegans out there. I am not sure if this is something you know about or not. When you purchase your "Non-dairy" milk substitutes you may want to look at the container more closely. If you look at the Kosher certification of the product I have not found a company that makes soy milk with out it saying OU with a D next to it on the container. That means that the soy milk was produced in a factory that also produces dairy products and that there is enough evidence for the Rabbis' to say that this product may contain a large enough quantity of dairy that it can not be eaten with meat. The Rabbis are very strict about this. Dairy and Meat can NOT be mixed together. So if you really want to stay away from dairy then I would look for a product that does not have a D next to the certification. So far the only one I found that is dairy free is Shoprite Almond Milk.
Thank you for this fantastic recipe! I couldn't believe how easy and impressive the results were. This stuff is BETTER than butter. It melted beautifully on a piece of toast and tastes great.
I used all apple cider vinegar, canola for the oil, and for the milk I used homemade quinoa milk I had on hand (it curdled perfectly).
I doubled the recipe so I had some extra sticks to share with friends, and they also were amazed at how good it is.
Thanks again for doing all of the research for this. I really enjoyed learning what was behind each step or ingredient.
I really appreciate all the work that went into this recipe, the trial and error and research. I made this recipe a while back, and while it was almost perfect, my only complaint was that it had a salad dressing/mayo like taste. Granted, I used olive oil, so that probably contributed to that taste. But the vinegar taste was very strong too. I'm wondering if I used a more innocuous oil, is there a more mild vinegar I could use?
THANK YOU for this recipe, and also for explaining why/how these ingredients work together. As a vegan I have used Earth Balance 'butter', but have decided to stop using products that contain palm oil. So there really wasn't any other option. So glad I found this recipe. I followed it exactly -- using sunflower lecithin and all apple cider vinegar - and it's PERFECT. My husband even made the comment that it has the perfect aftertaste. It's summertime so my kitchen is warm as a default - which meant my coconut oil was already in liquid state to begin with. I think it may have been a little too warm, even, since once blended everything was very liquidy. But like I said - came out perfect. I will be making a bigger batch of this next time!
Question, does this butter melt like normal butter? like could I use it in a recipe requiring melted butter?
Hello, I am really excited to try this recipe, but where I live apple cider vinegar and liquid lethicin are not available. I only have a really primitive food processor so granules aren't an option... Does anyone know if lemon juice would be a suitable substitute for the vinegar and if lecithin powder could be used in the same dosage as the liquid? Thanks very much for this recipe!
I have made this recipe several times now and it is great. I've recommended this recipe to others. However, I was also thinking it would be cool to know of a way to make this without a food processor or blender, if there are people who want to make a Vegan Palm-Oil Free Butter but don't have that equipment.
I have a question: in my country we are already used to low fat butters (around sixty percent fat). What would you recommend doing in this recipe to obtain a low (or lower) fat butter?
Thanks in advance, looking forward for some feedback.
What a fabulous article! You are a scientific magician! Cannot wait to try this.
Very, very nice
Made this today for use in an alfredo-style sauce. Just...I haven't had butter in seven years. I can't describe my reaction as anything other than "ecstatic". My partner, who is a low-fat, whole foods vegan (while I am, as well, I still enjoy making things that confuse omnivores, and occasionally, consuming them), was thoroughly deterred by the texture and flavor, confirming for me that this recipe is spot-on ;)
A note to others attempting this recipe: it is THOROUGHLY worth it to invest in a digital kitchen scale, if only because it's a pain in the tail to try and get the refined coconut oil out of the jar, then pack it into a measuring cup, and THEN scrape it all out again (thanks for the weight-based measurement, by the way; very helpful). Let's not forget effectively cleaning solidified oil from said cup-measure. You can get a decent one for between $15 and $25 at your local department/grocery store (I go to Fred Meyer, e.g.). And if, like me, you have a secondary kitchen hobby like micro-batch beer brewing, that scale absolutely will see other uses.
Thank you for giving butter back to me.
I really liked reading how to make vegan butter is it possible to have the other ingredients
in grams other than the coconut oil as this already has it grams.
A (baking) lifesaver
I just want to say thank you for sharing this recipe. It has seriously made our lives so much easier and our purses thank you. I make this all the time in big batches and I've found the recipe so flexible that it's a wonder. :) I've given up on the store bought vegan butter and couldn't be happier with my new homemade butter. Thank you for sharing all of the details, too, since it made me more informed and therefore more confident with trying this out.
I am not vegan
This is terrible! I have always been a butter lover, but lately I try to stay away from it because it's too heavy on my stomach, I was asked to make dairy free cookies for my grandsons birthday. I needed BUTTER. I made this with virgin coconut oil. Worst thing I could have done. No one could tell there wasn't butter in the cookies. I got rave reviews ! Not only that, but now I look for things to eat that I can butter with this. I plan on using this instead of real butter or margarine. I never liked margarine. And I like the light coconut flavor on toast and sweet potatoes, sometimes even on my finger tip!
I ordered a tub of refined coconut oil to make more but I'm sure I will still be making some with virgin oil.If you're wondering why it's terrible, it's because I like it too much! LOL. Thank you for creating and sharing. Especially something with healthy fats that serves the purpose of something I liked but tried to
avoid. Anyone who is thinking of trying this, do not hesitate! You don't know what you're missing. Oe0bd
Looking forward to making this
Looking forward to making this.. I have to make a Vegan birthday cake. and im hoping this will work as a great substitute for the Italian buttercream I make
great recipe but good food processor and liquid le
this recipe came out FAB the first few times I made it. Blended up the lecithin no problem, tasted lovely, very much like dairy butter.
My old foodprocessor broke though and the new expensive one i got is absolute garbage. I dont have access to liquid lecithin here (well, Fearns, but its not non-gm, so i wont use) and my food processor has done a junky job at dealing with the lecithin granules...i have tried soaking them in hot soymilk for several hours, soaking them in heated oil for several hours, trying to mix them with water to dissolve, to no avail. all the batches ive done with the new food processor have come out like garbage; little chunks of lecithin still in them no matter what i soaked them in first or how long i blended. the last few even separated into 2 layers :/ and some batches came out crumbly as well :/ Not the recipe's fault though, just my crummy food processor :(
Also you list the shelf life as 2 weeks in fridge or a month in freezer. if my stuff has been in the fridge for almost 2 weeks can i pop it in the freezer for another week or 2? Is a month the max shelf life in freezer? Thanks
I love, love, love your butter making methods, chemistry and creativity; however do you have any of the vegan butter recipes with a complete list of instructions and ingredients that use the almond milk instead of soy substitutes, and that use non-soy substitutes for the other ingredients as well while utilizing psyllium husk?
I love, love, love your butter making methods, chemistry and creativity; however do you have any of the vegan butter recipes with a complete list of instructions and ingredients that use the almond milk and instead of soy substitutes, and non-soy substitutes for the other ingredients as well while utilizing psyllium husk?
Fantastic (Almond/Soy Free Version)
Ok, so first off, this recipe is fantastic. It tastes like butter. A little hard to spread, but I'm sure I'll figure out a fix for that (maybe add more liquid oil). So, I can't eat dairy and I can't eat soy, so finding these ingredients was a little difficult. I found coconut vinegar at Upaya Naturals, along with psyllium powder, sunflower lecithin, and some other great finds. I made mine with coconut oil, canola, almond milk, apple cider & coconut vinegar, sunflower lecithin, and psyllium powder. This recipe is super easy and very yummy.
alternate to soy info
Hey there, I've already said how much I LOVE This recipe here. I'm not on the anti-soy band wagon, but I have a friend who is deathly allergic to soy, so I've been mucking about with how to make this without soymilk. As Mattie has made clear, protein content matters. I tried hemp and homemade almond milk, but neither one curdled very well. So today I tried So Delicious brand Almond Plus, their higher protein Almond milk. It has pea and rice protein added to it, and it curdled almost as well as soy milk. I'm not into selling brands, and to be honest I'm pretty disgusted with how most mass produced non dairy milks are mostly just water and thickeners with very little of the nuts, oats, seeds or whatever they claim to be based on - so I like making my own. But in this case, this product came through for making this butter without soy. I used the unsweetened version and it tastes great.
Also, response to Alexis - if you use all coconut oil it will just be a harder butter. The vegetable oil seems to be there to make it softer. So I think it will work fine, you just might need to leave the butter at room temperature for a little bit to make it spreadable.
I have an important question!
I have a weird intolerance to oils (my body can't digest them well) I really can only use coconut oil with out upsetting my stomach. I have a huge problem with canola oil and was wondering if instead of it I could use all coconut oil and it would still come out fine? Thank u!
I just made a double batch of this butter and it is FANTASTIC! It looks just like the picture and melts on your tongue :) I have't used it in recipes just yet but I daresay it will be perfect for making buttercream icing.
To the people who have had issues with the granules not dissolving, blend the mixture for longer! All the granules disappeared with my mixture but I also use a high powered blender so those with regular blenders may need to blend for a few minutes. They definitely dissolve if you blend it extra :)
Counter shelf life response
In response to knoxing27, I can't tell you anything precise, but I made Mattie's easy buttercream frosting using this butter on the weekend. I prepared the frosting the day before, then put it back in the fridge, in a bowl covered in clingwrap. The next day, I made and iced the cake, and it was out on the counter for several hours (maybe 4 or 5), although it is currently winter in Australia, so temperatures were probably around 10 degrees C for most of that time, and it tasted just fine. Hope that helps.
Bye bye Nuttlex
This recipe is one of the best vegan discoveries I've made. I don't think it tastes exactly like butter (I was fairly new to veganism when I first made it), but it sure tastes great. I always have some in the freezer now, and I no longer feel inordinately jealous of Americans with their access to Earth Balance. I use it as a spread and bake with it, and it's never let me down. Omnivores and lacto-vegetarians have also given me positive feedback.
Since Australian tablespoons and cups are slightly different, and because I always make a tripple batch, I've posted a trippled for-Aussies version of the recipe at the website below. If you're an Aussie, you might find it convenient.