How to Make Vegan Butter - Regular Vegan Butter - Coconut Oil Base

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Is it possible to omit the salt so as to produce unsalted vegan butter? I try not to use salted fats in baking.

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Hi gatoscuro, It's totally possible to omit the salt. The salt does play a minor role in curdling the protein (along with the acetic acid) in the soy milk but you should still be able to produce a quality butter. I designed these Vegan Butter recipes to be pretty low salt because I wanted it to taste like butter as opposed to the over salted margarine monstrosities that clutter the market. I also wanted this to be as close to a salted regular butter as much as possible, which doesn't have mush salt. Good luck!

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No Vinegar, No Problem

I made this again today with a new combo. Homemade almond cream (1C soaked, blanched almonds); 2C water and 2 large Medjool dates.
I used the almond cream rather than soy milk plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice and used 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oilive Oil (first press) rather than Canola, along with Sunflower Lecithin.
The almond cream was to allow enough protein to curdle. The lemon juice was because I don't tolerate vinegar and the Olive Oil was to add back the fruity tones plus it's not GM, like Canola. This one has the best flavor to date considering all the modifications. Hope it helps someone else.

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That's so cool laurelvb! I've been wanting to make a homemade almond milk with a higher protein content for vegan butter experimentation but you beat me to it! The date and lemon addition is so innovative! I'm going to eventually break up the Vegan Butters into its own separate section so I can expand the genre more. That would be great if you could submit this as a recipe for the section. I'd love to showcase it if you have a picture! Get in touch with my via my profile if you're interested.

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Excellent taste!

This is SEW good! Can't believe it taste BETTER than real butter! Thanks SEW much for all your work!

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Thanks for this - I've long wondered how I can get around the palm oil issue as I've found it pretty hard to get away from using the Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for most of my baking.

One interesting thing I've found about the coconut oils I've used in cooking is that extra virgin coconut oil usually has a more pronounced coconut flavour than more refined coconut oil (even if both types are organic). I'm thinking that when I try the regular butter recipe I'll use refined coconut oil to get a more neutral taste.

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Hi Nicole, There is definitely a difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil and I use the two specific types differently according to what I'm making. Refined means they've run it through a filtering process to remove most of the odor and flavor. This works well when you want to make something that doesn't impart coconut flavors- like Regular Vegan Butter.

I go for unrefined coconut oil (that is more in its natural state) when I want to showcase coconut flavor- as I do in Coconut Vegan Butter. I use both types extensively in my kitchen.

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Awesome work man! I have been thinking about this same thing, but did not think of the curdling of the milk for flavor. Thanks for sharing.

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I greatly admire all research and work you have done to create these butters! Thank you for the information. I have a quick question for you. I have an allergy to coconut; is there another oil that I can substitute that will give the right consistency and butter flavor?

Owner's reply

Hi Ellie,

The White Chocolate Vegan Butter uses cocoa butter instead of coconut but it's going to add a subtle chocolate flavor to the butter unless you can find a deodorized version. I don't recommend palm kernel oil due to the environmental issues associated with it. Good luck!

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This looks great! How much cream of tartar should be substituted for the vinegar?

Owner's reply

Hi Janille, I don't recommend substituting cream of tartar for the apple cider vinegar because the vinegar adds complex, fruity notes that are similar to butter. Cream of tartar adds more singular 'tart' notes that don't make the butter as tasty.

But if you're still set on using cream of tartar I'd recommend something in the neighborhood of 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.

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(Updated: January 13, 2012)

You have mentioned that coconut oil requires to be melted before adding it to the butter. But in Goa coconut oil is always in the liquid state, Goa's climate being tropical, except for the very brief period of winter (November-January end).

We use home made unrefined coconut oil (from coconut trees in our garden) for cooking too. Can I use home made oil? Is it ok to use it directly as melting it is not possible, unless I freeze/refrigerate it and then melt it?

Owner's reply

HI Gemini,

That's so cool that you can just grab coconuts from your back yard! As long as you can extract 100% coconut oil from the coconuts you can use it in your vegan butter. Just be advised that since it's unrefined it will make your Vegan Butter taste more like coconut than butter.

It doesn't matter if it's pre-melted or not; once the recipe is prepped it'll need to be solidified in the refrigerator. Good luck!

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How to make vegan butter

Oh My God! Your recipes are amazing. I have been wondering about vegan butter for a long time and as you said they practically don't exist. Margarine and other substitutes just do not taste the same and do not do the job well. I am dying to try out these recipes for vegan butter starting with the basic one. I'll get back with a report.

Owner's reply

Thanks Dee! A couple days ago my girlfriend made chocolate chip cookies with the White Chocolate Vegan Butter and they were insane- It was really cool to get white chocolate background notes in the cookie. Good luck with your experiments!

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question

Can you replace lemon juice for Apple cider vinegar? It curdles the milk better.

Owner's reply

Hi Suneah, the apple cider is used in Vegan Butter for optimal flavor development. You can use lemon juice if you prefer but it won't taste as buttery. However, I have plans to use lemon juice in a future version of Vegan Butter that puts lemon and cream at the forefront.

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Canola Oil?

I was disheartened to see canola oil listed as an ingredient in this recipe.

A variety developed in 1998 is considered to be the most disease- and drought-resistant Canola variety of rapeseed to date. This and other recent varieties have been produced by using genetic engineering. Currently, 82% of the rapeseed crops planted in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are GM (genetically modified) herbicide-tolerant canola varieties.

From the Wikipedia.

Canola oil is not good for humans at all.

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Vegan Butter

I am SEW making this immediately! Finally vegan butter! Can't wait to try it! Thanks SEW much!

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are the 'lauric' fats such as coconut oil turning

are the 'lauric' fats such as coconut oil turning to hydrogenated fats becuase you are melting them and then freezing them? i am on the swank diet for multiple sclerosis and can not have coconut, palm or cocoa butter is there another way to make this butter? sounds so yummy!

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You write "Real butter consists of about 18% fat, 78% water and 4% milk solids." In Ireland butter has 80% minimum fat, the rest being water and milk solids I imagine. (and usually max 2% salt)

Is butter in the US that different? or are fat and water content switched above?

Owner's reply

Good eye Irmhild! That was a typo and I just switched it to reflect that Butter is roughly 80% fat and 20% water and often higher in European countries. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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Substitute for coconut oil

My father is allergic to coconut. Are there any substitutes for coconut oil that can be used in the Regular Vegan Butter recipe?

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Amazing info

This post is amazing, thank you so much! Packed with information and recipes, that's great! In Brazil where I'm from and here in the Oceania where I'm travelling we don't have any alternative for vegan butter apart from margarine. I'm sharing this post so many more sad vegan bakers can enjoy this!

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Guar gum

Mattie, these recipes are brilliant! Quick question: will guar gum work in place of xanthan gum?

Owner's reply

Thanks Theo! Guar gum should work unless you're planning on whipping the vegan butter like you would before adding it to some cake recipes. Guar gum doesn't facilitate the trapping of air bubbles as well as xanthan gum. Guar gum's emulsification properties should work just about as well as xanthan gum's though so if you're not whipping it you should be good to go. Good luck!

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this recipe looks great! but i wonder, how do you think this would taste in mashed potatoes? would it still give it that same buttery taste that earth balance gives it?

Owner's reply

Hi nikki, Earth Balance uses a flavoring that likely contains the chemical diacetyl, which is actually what real butter flavor is made of. The vegan butter listed here doesn't use chemically derived diacetyl so it has a more subtle flavor. If you're pressed for time you may want to go the Earth Balance route. If you have a little extra time and want something truly homemade, I think the Regular or Three-herbed vegan butter would be fantastic in mashed potatoes. Let us know how it works if you end up going for it!

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Anything without Coconut?

This is an excellent article. It is well thought out and presented in an excellent format. I also appreciate your concern about palm and habitat destruction.

I have food allergies and cannot have palm or coconut products, corn, and dairy (among other things). That means I no longer have any butter alternatives other than hydrogenated soybean shortening. Do you have any other suggestions for fats that will work to create a vegan butter? Other than the one using cocoa butter, that is. I am looking forward to making a batch to use for baking desserts, but there are some uses that really shouldn't have a chocolate flavor.

Thank you for any suggestions that you might be able to offer.

Owner's reply

Hi Ktquilt, The lauric fats, that is, saturated plant-based fats from tropical regions, consist of cocoa butter, coconut, palm kernel and palm oils. These oils are necessary in vegan butter so it stays solid at room temperature. As of now I don't have any other solutions to creating vegan butter without lauric fats but if I ever do, rest assured that I'll post it. Good luck and let me know if you find an alternative!

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Great Vegan Butter

I hope you get a patent for your recipes! With all the scientific information, you sound like Alton Brown. Are you related? ;-) Thanks so much!

Owner's reply

Thanks for the compliment Kelly! No relation but I would trounce Alton in an arm wrestling competition (due to my constant whisking of vegan butter) but that's all I've got. These recipes are not patented and free to flourish in the open world. Enjoy!

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Thank you for the fantastic recipe! I made the regular one, all my friends and me were amazed! I use it for my cookies and nut spreads as well! Works great!
Only one thing - I kept it in the plastic box and I noticed that water started condensing on the lid after a short time. I thought that could be a problem if I would like to keep my butter for a longer time - it could cause the mold. It actually happened to my first batch after 20 days :-(. Do you know how could we prevent this condensation?

Owner's reply

Hi Ela, Unfortunately the vegan butter does tend to show some surface mold after about 20 days or so like you've found. This is because this vegan butter doesn't have preservatives. I'm currently doing testing with ascorbic acid (in place of apple cider vinegar) to see if I can still get desirable flavors while increasing shelf life. I'll definitely update the recipe with my results!

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Inspired!

What inspiration! I love all the different flavors you came up with too. I started reading this article and thought that making vegan butter would be difficult, but it seems fairly easy. I really appreciate the great detail too, it will help me when I make this tonight! Thanks again!

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Azure Standard has Sunflower Lecithin. 16 oz. is $5.05 but you can buy more if you want to. Cool.

Owner's reply

Thanks for the sunflower lecithin info laurelvb! I just updated the recipe for sunflower lecithin and a powdered lecithin substitution amount to make things easier for everyone.

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Fantastic resource, thank you!

Wow -- thanks for all the experiments you've done -- and for sharing these in such an organized format. (Being a non-scientific person, I found your explanations very understandable, phew!)

I've been using your fantastic post as my primary resource for developing non-dairy butters using the Thermomix kitchen appliance. I'm excited to try these, and variations there of, and will let you know now it goes. Many thanks :)

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Can u help me make cheese

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Thank you!

Just wanted to follow up - thank you for responding to my question about the lecithin. I doubled the xanthan and it worked out great! I'm so happy for this recipe as it has saved my allergic family's Christmas! I'll for sure be using this in my Xmas baking and in buttercream - thank you SO much!

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"I can't believe it's not butter!"

Howdy.
I made the butter and am very proud. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. I didn't find it to be "vinegary" I think that more so happens if one is not a normally a vinegar user. Also, I told my grandmother about it and she mentioned maybe adding turmeric if you want it yellow. Just an idea...anyways I look forward to trying other recipes on your site. Keep with the science experiments!

Ari

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Hi Mattie, Thankyou for your reply, *Liquid* lecithin is not available in the UK, *powdered* lecithin is available, can I use powdered lecithin to make the butter, and if so, how do I use it in your recipe? Thanks in advance. Prema

Owner's reply

Hi Prema, I just conducted some testing and found that 1 teaspoon liquid lecithin is equivalent to 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered lecithin (aka lecithin granules). They are both used the same way in this recipe, just in different amounts. Thanks for your feedback! I just updated the recipe to reflect this substitution.

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Can't wait to try this!

Hi - I'm dying to try the white choc butter - I'm vegan and nursing my highly allergic toddler so we also have to avoid all nuts, soy, sunflower, coconut, legumes, safflower and flax - so I guess I'm stuck using hemp milk but since I can't use either lecithin, can I add extra xanthan gum? I'm praying something will work. Thanks!

Owner's reply

Hi Sarah, hemp milk does curdle with acids (although not as much) so it should work in place of soy. You should be able to double the xanthan gum and still get good results. Good luck!

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Great Recipes

My family is vegan...no egg, no dairy, no meat. We also try to stay away from extracted oils. I am just curious how much better this butter is since it has a lot of coconut oil and some canola oil? It seems like alot of vegan recipes may be egg or dairy free but contain a lot of oil or refined sugar. Help?

Owner's reply

Hi LKelley, This vegan butter is a replacement for regular butter and also palm oil-based commercial vegan butters which are linked to rainforest destruction. It also gives you the option of customizing your vegan butter with different flavors which are currently not offered on the market. If you're interested in limiting your fat intake, I would advise staying away from this;)

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