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.
Counter shelf life
Thanks so much for posting this!!! I just made it and it was pretty easy to do. Can you tell me how long this vegan butter's shelf life is if left out on the counter? I plan to ice a cake with the a vegan buttercream frosting made with it and keep the cake covered cake dish, but I want to make sure I don't serve the the cake with the vegan buttercream frosting past it's fresh point. Thanks!!!
Thanks so much for this! I'm using it to make Vegan pies! The pasty comes out beautifully!
Does anyone else find that the soya lecithin gives it a slightly funny taste? Have been playing around with the quantities but It remains the same!! It doesn't matter in regards to the pies as it doesn't affect the flavour of the pastry but to use it normally it would be nice to not have that soya flavour.
I would just love the quantities to make a kilo in grams!!!! can't work it out myself as me and maths hate each other!
In reply to "that person" who says coconut oil is not the great product we all think it is. . . . do more research. Coconut oil contains MCTs; medium chain triglycerides. The fat in coconut oil is NOT stored as fat in our bodies but helps with the efficient burning of energy. Coconut oil has countless health benefits. This is not "new hype". Coconut oil has been around for a long time and there are numerous studies you can read about it. You're not a downer, you're just mis-informed. If you know how to ferret out the proper information on the internet , you'd see how wonderful coconut oil really is :)
I love all of the food science behind this, very fascinating! I will definitely be trying this out in the future. I tried looking through the comments on the off-chance the question had already been asked, but only got through five pages before reading fatigue set in, so please forgive me if a similar question has been asked.
If one were trying to just make a liquid butter FLAVOR (sort of similar to the artificial butter flavors like McCormick's, Adam's Best, etc.), would the first part of the recipe be sufficient (curdled soy milk part)? Obviously, not as concentrated as those artificial extracts one buys from the store. but volume isn't necessarily important as flavor. I'm trying to refine some recipes for "butterbeer", both hot and cold, and those extracts are A) way too expensive to go through as often as I do, and B) I have no idea what's in them, so if I could make my own up and control the ingredients that'd be even better. An added bonus C) on being vegan, for many many reasons.
If I understood correctly, soy milk yields the most buttery flavor due to the protein content. From your tests, did you notice anything in particular that seemed to boost the buttery flavor? I'm aiming to try and keep it liquid for my tests without necessarily making the butter completely, as melted butter doesn't seem to mix the best with cold carbonated water (I'm guessing due to the oil content).
This butter was great, but I'm not sure if my soy milk curdled enough when I made it. I was wondering if you used sweetened or unsweetened soy milk?
No More Earth Balance for Us!
bless you for sharing this! i subbed ground chia seeds for the last 2 ingredients, and it turned out really well. i'd rather dip bread in olive oil than use something like earth balance. the texture and melting quality of this was perfect! delicious in your chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies too. you've made life much more bearable for this mom of a baby with 10+ food allergies! :) if he's clear on soy, we will be all set, thanks to you!
I don't want to be "that person," but coconut, regardless of the new hype on the product and the mis-information about it spreading like wild fire all over the internet is actually a saturated fat and yes, contrary to popular belief, your body will store this fat and it will raise your blood lypids and cholesterol levels. I am trying desperately to find and alternative that is neither a saturated fat, nor a trans fat product. I won't use soy or oils of any kind. It would just be amazing if someone on this forum new of anything or could come up with anything that might actually work. Thanks so much! Sorry for the downer. :/
the only problem is that i only made 1 batch. and it's already gone. will remedy that situation tomorrow, officially known in the house as "vegan butter making day." i used soy lecithin granules which did not dissolve, but like others have mentioned, it didn't seem to affect the outcome of the butter or the baked goods i made with it. i used it in the Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (by far one of the BEST cookie recipes i have ever made), and used the leftover in place of some shortening for biscuits. i actually felt kind of bad mixing it with the shortening. there's something so special about fresh, high quality butter. i feel like i was gifted this recipe. thank you Mattie!!!
want to know if coconut oil can be substituted? it has high saturated fat content . using it as an alternative for butter again a highly saturated fat content spread makes me think is there a healthier oil alternative?
Xanthan Gum Concerns
I read one person's concerns about xanthan gum being genetically modified. I'm sure this is true with many brands but Bob's Red Mill is not. I contacted the company about it and they're very dedicated to GMO free products. In fact GMO free will be appearing on their labels. When in doubt about an ingredient in a recipe, just contact the company. Nowadays, it's easy to do via email and they're generally good about replying. You like their answer, buy their brand. You don't like their answer, don't buy their product. Simple.
Love this butter! Tried it yesterday and it came out perfect, I used it to make a banana loaf and an apple cake and both turned out great. Next step: making it savoury with garlic and herbs.
I am having the same issue with the soy lecithin granules not dissolving completely. Doesn't bother me really, though next time I am going to try putting them in with the curdling soy milk at the beginning so they have a little longer sitting in liquid to soften. My food processor isn't very good so running it longer hasn't helped much.
Today I threw a bunch of garlic cloves into the mix so that I could use this to make garlic bread! So wonderful - the only thing I had access to before was this really soft olive oil spread that was terrible for baking.
Your vegan butter recipe is so good. I have made this butter couple of times. Now we are not buying anymore butter from stores. I have made some little bit of changes instead of using Soy milk I used unsweetened Almond milk and as for lecithins I replaced them with flaxseed meal. It came out great. Thanks for the recipe. :)
The use of monkeys in the coconut indrusty
I didn’t read all the recipe (I’ve read the intro mostly) and comments, so maybe Matty or someone else already mentioned that. But there is (ab)use of monkeys in in the coconut industry (they are used to pick the coconuts). I’ve never managed to find out how widespread is this practice, and which brands are ethical.
Just FYI, because I guess some of the readers care about that. Also I’d be happy to find out more on the subject myself if anybody here knows something. Maybe my comment will drive some people to look for more info and hopefully they will be more successful than me.
coconut oil link
I am soooo excited to make this butter, thank you for the recipe! We went vegan 6 months ago and I find that all I want to do now is cook. I just made brownies using your recipe tonight, with Earth Balance, and they were great, can't wait to do it with the butter!
For Nicole, here is where I get refined coconut oil: http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-organic-coconut-oil-refined-odorless-flavorless-14-fl-oz-2
use Xanthan gum or guar gum
Hi Mattie. I have looked and looked I cannot find Guar and Xantham gum. I used agar agar but I think the boiling of the soy milk to activate the agar agar changes the taste profile. Can I leave it out?
Made the butter last night, which was easy to do. Decided to make biscuits tonight to compare to regular biscuits made with butter and milk. They tasted great! My "guinea pig" room mate tried them and thought they tasted just like regular biscuits! THANKS!
I can't believe it's not dairy!
As a former carnivore, the only 2 things that I've missed since making the change to a vegan diet are butter & bacon. While I've made peace with the fact that there will never be a satisfying substitute for bacon, I wasn't ready to give up on finding a better alternative than the hydrogenated frankenbutters on the market. I am absolutely over the moon for this amazing guilt-free vegan butter. The ingredients were easy to find, the recipe was simple to follow, and the result is delicious! I followed the recipe almost exactly, only adding a little extra salt (unrepentant saltaholic) The taste and texture is so much like "real" dairy butter. Thank you so much for sharing! Love, love, love it.
Can you replace the soy milk with almond or rice milk?
Loving your butters!
I made your coconut vegan butter and it is the most delicious thing ever. In fact, I love it more than real butter. I was so surprised, it even has the sour notes of cow butter. I didn't have a silicone ice cube tray, but I did have some little foil muffin cups and I used those to mold the butter. I have a question...do you have a good source for refined/deodorized coconut oil? I'm having a hard time finding it anywhere as it seems to be frowned upon because it's processed. I really want to make a savory butter. Thanks!