Coconut Oil Safest of All Oils
(Please delete my previous comment which wrongly lumps coconut oil with other vegetable oils.)
Since 2007 it has become common knowledge that omega-6 oils are the principle cause in the US of exploding obesity, heart disease, arthritis and some cancers. In 1900 people ate omega-6 oils in the relationship to omega-3 oils of 2:1. Today it is 16:1.
Coconut oil is about the safest of the vegetable oils. Here is a table from the NIH showing
the omega-6 content for 1 tbs of oil:
coconut 245 mg/tbs
sunflower 505-2957 (depending on type)
poppy seed 8486
It appears from NIH data that coconut oil is the safest of all the vegetable oils, except for an oil called perilla oil, which is not in common use here, which means coconut oil is the oil of choice.
Thank you so much for this recipe! My sister and I made it last night after researching all the problems with palm oil. Not only is this a great substitute for Earth Balance, in my opinion it tastes ten times better! Your scientific research and culinary creativity constructed a masterpiece!
I've never made my own vegan butter before but I like how much cheaper and easily customizable it seems to be. I'm trying not to consume too much soy and was wondering if you could possibly tell me if you think this sunflower lecithin would work for this recipe. I've never used any lecithin before and I want to make sure I get the right thing.
I have the highest hopes for this recipe as I have not been able to successfully veganize my favorite Christmas cut-out butter cookie recipe to date due to, I think, the unavailability of a suitable vegan butter option. The only non-vegan items in my cutouts are butter and 1 egg. HOWEVER, the commercially available vegan butter is all salted and I think that it is the reason why the cookies have an unusual "aftertaste" or "off" flavor on the tongue when I do the substitution with Earth Balance sticks for the butter (I don't think it's the "egg" substitutes b/c I've tried multiple methods to replace the egg and still, the same weird aftertaste remains... hence, my suspicion that the problem is the salted vegan butter replacement). Do you think that I can remove all of the salt from this recipe whenever I want to use it just for 'clean' baking? or does the salt serve an essential purpose/ratios/etc.? The flavor is perfect as written for traditional butter purposes, but I think that I will need to remove the salt to "save" my recipes requiring unsalted butter. Have you tried it without adding the salt for an "unsalted" version? Any suggestions would be so appreciated. [and by the way, THANK YOU for having an AMAZING site/recipes to offer!!!]
Can't wait to try this!
Hi there! Thank you for this great recipe! I can't wait to try it. I have just ordered some soy lecithin liquid online so will have to wait for it to arrive before I can make it. One question, do you think it would work using olive oil in place of the canola/safflower/sunflower oil? I only use olive oil at home and don't really want to buy a whole bottle of canola oil for one recipe..
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Thanks again! :-) :-) :-)
I have not tried the recipe yet, but I am very anxious to. For months I have agonized over what to use instead of the tried-and-true Earth Balance. Canola oil works so well for cake, bar cookie, quick bread, and yeast bread recipes; but, I had no idea what to do about pastry and other cookies. I especially appreciate the background and process explanation, because I like to know the purpose behind using a particular ingredient or performing a certain task. Thanks again.
Some really good ideas and worth experimenting with. I do have a problem with soya milk though, in fact any unfermented soy product.The only people that ingest these hormone laden poisons are Europeans where we have been fooled into thinking they are healthy when they are not, and our Asian friends know it. As a Chinese cook and they will tell you that in their country soy is primarilly used as a fertilizer, unless it's fermented into sauces or similar. There are non animal non GM curdling agents and rennet which if you can find them are good for making vegetarian, kosher, halal and some vegan cheeses and spreads.
Came back again to say I tried making it using plain soy yoghurt instead of curdled soymilk, and I love it, I think I'll be using that adaptation permanently. I think it tastes the most like dairy butter that way. Also, I'm dying to hear about your vegan Greek yoghurt experiments!?
Hey there! Thanks for posting this. It was so easy to make! My butter came out tasting more coconutty (which is fine with me since I love coconut). I made two batches. The first batch I made, I followed the directions to a 'T'. and as I said it definately smelled like coconut. The second batch I altered a bit and added less of the coconut oil, 1/4 cup instead of the 1/2 cup. I got the same result. Don't get me wrong, I love it, it's tasty and the texture is great!
Just wondering if I read something wrong...any ideas?
Overwhelmed by ACV
I was really excited to try this recipe. I am not a vegan but I want to be able to bake for friends who are vegan. There are some issues with soy so I made cashew milk/cream btw it is so much creamier then almond milk. I let the milk and ACV sit on the counter for an hour or so. It takes about 3 days on the counter to get cashew milk with ACV to sour. I melted the coconut oil over hot water and let it return to room temp and blended everything together. All I could smell was the ACV I tasted it and it was the predominate flavor it was also a bit tart. Does this mellow out in the fridge/freezer? Would another acid be better with the cashew milk? Any suggestions would be great. I would like to learn from others as it will get very expensive going thru trial and error. Thanks
Thank you so much for this!
I was so excited finding this recipe (and all the reasoning behind - this fits perfectly with how my brain works) that I've made it immediately, even that I only had unrefined coconut oil. So my butter came out smelling with coconut. But it still tasted lovely, and the coconut smell went away after couple of days in the fridge. I added the tiniest pinch of turmeric for colour.
Me and friend of mine are in transition from vegetarian to vegan. We each have last weakness left. For me it is natural yogurt. For her it is butter. So - next time I go visiting I will bring her some butter :-) - your butter. This tastes so different from many vegetable spreads, even the 'best' ones, really buttery, I am sure she will be thrilled. As for my yogurt - I am experimenting with coconut yogurt (I can make sweet dessert yogurts from soy or other grain milks, but not the Greek yogurt substitute) - so it's all good. Thank you again, this is really great resource.
Hi again, I commented a few weeks ago about the lecithin granules vs. powder. To update, I did find granules to compare, and my version is definitely more powder-like. The recipe worked great and has a nice taste, though I didn't see any visible curdling of the soy milk for some reason. I can only comment on the "soft" version as I have a pile of Earth Balance that I stocked up on when it was on sale to use up first for baking. I subbed 2 Tbsp of coconut oil with liquid oil, but it was still pretty rock hard when kept in the fridge... next time I'm going to try a whole 1/4 cup of liquid oil and see what happens. I guess I'm too used to vegan Becel :)
On to my question: I made this on March 20th and have used about 3/4 of it since. I haven't opened it in probably close to a week, but this morning I noticed there were several dots of green mold. I'm pretty good about using a clean knife in things that could spoil, so I don't believe it was that. The soy milk I used was just opened for this purpose. I was wondering if you had any insight as to why this would have gone bad after only a couple of weeks, and perhaps some ideas for preservation of the soft version since it's kept in the fridge. Thank you!
even if you don't have a food processor....
I've made this several times now, both in my workplace, where I have a food processor, and at home, where I only have a hand blender (albeit a good one) and it's worked out perfectly every time, so I just wanted to let people know that you don't really need a food processor to make this lovely stuff for your toast. Also, I just made a version with Marmite added, to streamline my morning toast making. Thanks for coming up with this Mattie :)
This recipe looks fantastic! I was on the hunt for sunflower lecithin since I figured finding non-GMO soy lecithin would be tricky--I was right. Sadly, I couldn't find sunflower lecithin either and had to settle on "lecithin powder". Is that the same as the granules? It's sort of a fine crumb like graham cracker crumbs. If it's different than the granules, should I reduce the amount to 2 tsp since it's probably more compact than granules? Thanks! Can't wait to give this a try!
I'm seeing some folks not liking working with the lecithin granules and just wanted to say that I'm using liquid lecithin and it works beautifully. I think it costs a bit more, but since you use so little, it's worth it. I had to have a friend bring it from the states and what she ended up bringing is actually lecithin supplements, so I'm cutting open gel caps (I know!) to get the lecithin out, but it works - and in the states I've been able to get liquid lecithin in the past in health food stores. Good luck ya'l
Even more delicious with yogurt!
Thanks for the excellent recipe. I've been so nervous about hydrogenated margarine so this is a godsend. It works great as a substitute in all recipes. If any of you love the taste of yogurt margarines, try substituting the soymilk in this recipe with a soy or almond milk yogurt of the same quantity. It is absolutely delicious even without being spread on anything. While I didn't quite like the taste of the soy lecithin granules, one little tweak and this recipe has turned into my new favorite on-bread-spread. The yogurt blocks the lecithin taste and makes it taste like its farm fresh! Thought I'd share the joy over my new find since you so generously shared this recipe for free. The yogurt changes the flavor dramatically!
Gratitude from afar
I'm here to sing praises. I've never loved Earth Balance, but used it when needed as being the only thing commercially available. Then I moved to Thailand, where the only dairy-free butter product I have found tastes like melted down Mcdonalds arches. I found your recipe, and after a friend brought me lecithin, I was good to go (I'd brought xanthan gum with me when I moved). I get freshly made soy milk from a local open market and it curdles beautifully.
All I can say is, why have I never done this before??? It's so easy! And it's SO much better than any other vegan butter! And healthier! And rainforest friendlier (no palm oil!).
For all considering making this; it works! It even melts in the frying pan just like "real" butter, and gives a great flavor to things. It has the perfect consistency; I really can't rave enough.
thank you thank you thank you!
A million thank you's!
Firstly, Thank you so much for this recipe. I have only been a vegan for about a month, and while I had no qualms about omitting meat and milk from my diet, as a passionate baker, I did feel a sense of loss for all the recipes that call for eggs and butter.
However I quickly learnt that they can easily be replaced in the majority of recipes, and have been having great fun recreating all of my old favourites cruelty free!
However, there are just a couple of recipes, like my homemade Croissants/Pain Au Chocolate, for which there is no replacement for butter, and I have been totally unable to purchase vegan butter anywhere, or even find anyone who has heard of it...
Which is what lead me here.
I cannot describe to you the joy and elation of being able to make my own butter, it feels like one of my greatest culinary achievements ever!
I was really shocked at how quick and simple it was too. After mixing it, and putting in the freezer to chill, I was concerned that the mix had quite a vinegary smell, and prepared myself for the worst... An hour later, I tentatively had my first taste and WOW! It was creamy, salty and UTTERLY BUTTERLY!
Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You again for making this available to me (particularly as it seems to be the only one available!).
The only slight issue, is that I used Soya lecithin granules, (as they were the cheapest and most available option) and they didn't seem to melt into the mix, so I had brown flecks in it, which didn't seem to affect the flavour, although it was a little crumbly which could possibly be related(?).
Any tips to avoid this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for reuniting me with my beloved Pastries! :)
I'm wondering if the xanthan gum in the butter could make baked goods made with gluten-free flour with xanthan gum gummier. Made some cookies today and added an extra half teaspoon xanthan gum to a gluten-free mix recipe I found online and the cookies were extra gummy. I may have messed up some of the measurements for the mix though, and the extra half teaspoon was of course a bad idea. I know now I don't need the extra with this butter.
Sumatra isn't a country.
I don't have xanthan gum, can I use arrowroot starch instead? What's the amount to use? Thanks for your help and sharing :)
What I Thought
This was great the second time I made it and used table salt as opposed to un-grinded rock salt--it's as great as everyone says. Tastes like real butter. I used the suggested king ice cube mold purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond for $7.99. A double batch of butter takes up five out of the six cubes, in case anyone's wondering, like I was. Having the coconut oil well melted makes it faster and easier to pour the butter into the mold, but harder to move the ice cube mold to the freezer without spilling some of the butter. I may work a little slower than most people, so others may not need the butter as melted as I did.
Mattie, Grazie Grazie Grazie! What a great recipe. I made it today for the first time and love it. I have one question though, because I live here in Italy, I can only find Virgin Coconut oil, which as you know has a taste of coconut. The refined kind is sold to the food industry in very huge quantities. Is there any way I can diminish the taste of coconut when using the virgin kind? I also tried to find cocoa butter but alas that is not sold here either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. BTW I LOVE your website, it is my go to site as I am a vegan newbie. Thanks again.
thawing vegan butter
I've made this recipe and it is terrific! The first batch was made with ACV, the second, I used lemon juice to curdle as the ACV's smell was a bit too much for my delicate nose. Right now, my vegan butter is in the freezer. I would like to make my favorite cookie recipe that calls for softened butter, so my question is, how long can I keep the frozen vegan butter on the counter to soften? I've only used Earth Balance in my recipes and this product softens at room temperature rather quickly. My vegan butter is rock hard. I'm concerned if I leave it out too long to soften that I could be courting bacteria. Perhaps I could soften it in the microwave? Thanks for any help you can offer.
I can't believe it!
I'm newbie vegan and I love it! However, I really missed the butter. Have tried various recipes and bought vegan butter in the store, but nothing has worked for me. Searched a few days ago on Google, something like that; "vegan butter tastes like real butter". Then I found the recipe here. I did not believe it could be possible. But when I read all the ecstatic comments here, I just had to try.
And yes, IT REALLY TASTE LIKE BUTTER! I'm so overwhelmed! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe. Of course I have written about it on my blog (and of course linked to the page here)! Skandinavian readers can read it here; http://livsmagasinet.no/vegansk-smor-som-virkelig-smaker-som-mejerismor - and the rest of you can see the pictures. :-D
My family loves this butter. I found the best milk to use is Blue Diamond Coconut Almond...curdels nice and makes the butter have a wonderful creamy taste.
Avoinding Palm Oil thanks to you
Hi Mike, I made this recipe today and due to the fact that I was not able to obtain yet Xantham here in Swittzerland and the Lecithine only in granulated form, I experimented with the Chia in one batch, the AgarAgar in another, with store brand Soy and homemade one (with the wonderful veganstar).
1. Mixing the soy, vinegar and the AgarAgar or Chia from the beginning limited the soy from curdeling as the Chia and AgarAgar emulgated the soy, the chia more than the Agaragar.
2. Curdeling was slightly better with the homemade soydrink (most probably because it had more protein)
3. The soy lecithine granulates did not disolve well (how did the others here managed?) in my Thermomix mixer; only when transferred to the Vitamix did the get grinded well enough. I wonder, if this isn't essential for doing the job in the butter, plus: The butter looks strange with the dots inside. Any idea how to "work" the granulates so that they are more similar to the liquid lecithine?
4. The chia remained such a dark, grey mess (grinded in the Vitamix), that I did not feel like mixing it with the coconut oil. I wonder though what it looks like in the end and if people "liked" the colour of it.
5. Tomorrow, I will sure check around here to see if I can't get my hand on Xantham, so that the experimenting can go on. ;-))))
THANKS for sharing all your wonderful experiences with us here. BR from Zurich!