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Vegan Butter Recipes
Written by Mattie    
I am dying to try this out but really don't want to use xanthan gum for so many reasons... I've read that you can sub it for guar gum or a mixture of guar gum + locust bean gum... I've not used either of these ingredients and am wondering if you have any input as I understand the pivotal role the xanthan gum is playing here.

Thank you for being so passionate and creative!
RunicBaked Reviewed by RunicBaked October 29, 2013
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Guar Gum?

I am dying to try this out but really don't want to use xanthan gum for so many reasons... I've read that you can sub it for guar gum or a mixture of guar gum + locust bean gum... I've not used either of these ingredients and am wondering if you have any input as I understand the pivotal role the xanthan gum is playing here.

Thank you for being so passionate and creative!

Owner's reply

Hi RunicBaked! Guar gum should work as a substitute for xanthan gum in Vegan Butter to a degree. I've found that to get the same results, you should aim to add a little more than double the guar gum. That would be about 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoons guar gum for this recipe (I don't have my scale handy at the moment so I don't know what that is in grams). Xanthan gum is a little more effective at trapping air bubbles and emulsifying, but using guar gum should still work well enough.

I don't recommend the hassle of tracking down the locust bean gum for this particular application. We're just taking advantage of a very small amount of emulsification, air bubble trapping and thickening properties. Good luck!

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