PLEASE USE SOY MILK
TO THOSE USING ALMOND/FLAX MILK AND THEN RATING THE RECIPE 3 STARS...it's not the recipe's fault. This will NOT work with anything other than soy milk, because the soy milk is high in protein and that's what makes the curdling happen. Please try again with soy milk and you will have greater success. Per cup of soy milk has 6-8g of protein while almond only has 1. I made this with great success!
I converted this recipe to grams for those interested.
2.47g coconut vinegar
140.79g refined coconut oil
13.63g liquid oil
4.54g liquid soy lecithin
0.75g xanthan gum
1.05% apple cider vinegar
1.05% coconut vinegar
59.65% refined coconut oil
5.77% neutral liquid oil
1.92% liquid soy lecithin
0.32% xanthan gum
I made this butter 10 weeks ago for the first time. I followed the step and the final product did not look appealing. However, I put it in the fridge not expecting much. I could not be any more surprised. The butter was amazing; my husbands and daughters were so impressed. The second time, I used a pestle and mortar to grind the soy lecithin granules to a powder form, added 2 tablespoons of aquafaba and a pinch of turmeric for colour and it turned an amazing butter into a very creamy and special butter. I love it! I have had great success with using this butter for vegan croissants, cakes, cookies, brownies, brioche, wholemeal bread and the latest frying French toast. I have quadrupled the recipe and it still amazing. The most amazing part is that the butter is ready straight from the fridge but leave it 5 minutes outside and it is really nice. Your information before the recipe is excellent. Thank you so much for your generosity!
YIPEE!!!!!!!!! Chia Seeds AND Agar Agar work so well in your vegan butter recipe...and not coconut flavor at all so tastes like real butter!!!!!!!!!!!...I did not need to go further with Arrowroot or Flax Seeds as I am completely satisfied with Chia and Agar Agar results...Mattie: if it wasn't for your recipe I would have never know the basics for formula/ingredients so I am grateful you posted this recipe... the only change in the Chia Seed or Agar Agar Butter is:
1)...omit the Xanthan Gum. add 3 T. finely ground Chia Seeds (grind almost to powder in spice grinder) or 3 T. Agar Agar Flakes to 2).
2)... Add soy milk. apple cider vinegar. salt. 3 T. finely ground Chia Seeds or Agar Agar Flakes and let sit until curdled (15-20 minutes instead as Chias and Agar Agar have to turn glutinous so it will bind)
4)...add coconut oil (did not put in microwave - left solid). sunflower or safflower oil. Sunflower Lecithin.(I used Sunflower Lecithin as it is healthier than Soy Lecithin for me) and Chia Seed or Agar Agar mixture blending until emulsified. I had to change for my allergy but you Mattie started something good for all who care to listen and experiment for their daily wellness... Blessings...
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 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
Fast, delicious...a game changer!
I've only just whizzed this up, but OMG. I used all apple cider vinegar and xanthan gum as I was worried how the lecithin granules would break down. I added some turmeric for colour and I've tasted it from the bowl and it is amazing! So easy and fast. I won't be buying the $10 store brand anymore! I can't wait for it to solidify, but in the meantime I scraped the extra out of the bowl and it's gone straight on a cracker and was everything I had hoped it would be! Thank you!!!!
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.
Awesome for Vegan Frosting
Thank you so much for this recipe! I make and sell baked goods. I wanted to make my own vegan butter, as the store closest to me doesn't carry it and I thought it may be cheaper to make. To be honest, I thought it'd be fun to say I made the vegan butter myself as well :) I used the vegan butter in a chocolate frosting and it turned out amazing! I even like this frosting more than the non-vegan ones. I wish I could post a photo here. It was so light and fluffy. Even after 4 days , the frosting was still holding it's shape and very tasty! As for a few people on here mentioning a strong vinegar smell... I didn't get that. Are you sure that you put the right amount of vinegar in?
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.
Thank you for this recipe. I am impressed by what you achieved. This is above all expectations: it has a more buttery quality than any commercial margarine, and I have to congratulate you solemnly, for you really understood butter -- and helped me understand it. You've earned a Breton's infinite respect. As we are known as the pickiest butter lovers among the French, it is not easy to have us satisfied with substitutes.
I gave it a little twist. Before I curdled the milk I blended it with a small amount of NUTRITIONAL YEAST, which has a buttery, umami taste and is often used in vegan recipes to compensate for the absence of cheese. The result was a bit unhappier than planned, because I could not find pure yeast and resorted to a mixture of yeast and wheatgerm instead, so there was an undesirable vegetable taste in it. I am sure it would be very palatable with pure yeast, and for now the idea that the nutrient profile of my butter is improved by the wheatgerm in it makes up for its slightly unpleasant taste. Well, actually, it does not, for I am no superfood freak. Anyway, if your aim is to come close to real butter, use nutritional yeast, but no wheatgerm. Do not use curcuma either: the vegetable taste may be ascribable to that pinch of curcuma I sprinkled on my curdled milk for the sake of colour.
Now I have a project, which is to find a replacement for the coconut oil. I will make some special butter for technical purposes. Before you condemn my zeal, please read through! I know it will not be easy to swallow that I consider having recourse to refined SHEA BUTTER but here are some reasons:
1) coconut oil is costly and my aim is not only to avoid using unethically sourced products, but also to reduce the cost of food;
2) coconut oil has a very low melting point, even lower than spreadable butter, and even in its solid state it is quite soft, so I am afraid this vegan butter will not be fit for making puff pastry;
3) for all I know, and I know little, so I am not completely sure of this, coconut oil has a better nutrient profile than shea butter and is less harmful (one may infer it from the resemblance between shea butter and palm oil). That said, I do not make so much of a point of using healthy ingredients, as of using "ethically cleaner" ones. Ethically sourced refined shea butter can be found easily. I thought of using a blend of regular oil and refined cocoa butter but the latter is rare, expensive and its origin is often untraceable.
The final product may have a more distinct flavour and a less pleasant texture, but I will not use it as a spread. It should be suitable 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. :)
I generally need to stay very strict on the fats for health reasons, but this is a great option for those rare exceptions and freezes nicely! Curious if you have ever tried using konjac powder (glucomannan) as an emulsifier...its a natural, dehydrated konjac root ingredient used to make those cool zero calorie"miracle noodles" from Japan. (shirataki). I have been playing with a bag of this stuff, a fine white powder, and it is awesome and amazing in all kinds of applications! Blended into liquid it acts like a thickener without having to heat it, like cornstarch, though warming it makes it dissolve quicker. It has so many useful and unusual properties and applications I have yet to even scratch the surface! It has many health benefits to boot and needs to be better known! I may have to try it if you haven't, the next time I need to make butter. Thanks!
When followed as written the recipe works perfectly. Tastes buttery (and since I've only been non-dairy for 3 days, I have a good memory of what that should be like). I found a good butter mold on Amazon and doubled the recipe to fill it. Currently chilling--but I may have licked the spatula for a taste test.
Sadly.. the writer of the comment below. In case you see this COCONUT DOES NOT CONTAIN CHOLESTEROL! Only ANIMAL products contain cholesterol and last I looked a coconut was a NUT and NOT an animal. Get your facts straight!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this butter! Thank you!! :)
"Reviewed by nükhet kuzuoğlu July 06, 2012
coconut oil is full of cholesterol so i dont use it to make vegan butter. dont eat butter, margarine and vegetable shortening.
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.
Its a bit pale, but tastes great
Obviously, coconut oil is white, and that isn't a problem. But I enjoy the look of pale yellow in my butter. I added a small amount of saffron to the soy milk for a few min before I added the vinegar. It gave this very nice vegan butter the light yellow butter of dairy butter. Also, Saffron adds an undertone of a gentle hay like flavor which reminds me of fresh cow's milk.
I'm not vegan, but have friends who are & a young nephew who is allergic to just about everything.
I made a non-soy version of this twice so far. This made my day! I baked a vegan red velvet cake last night using my homemade vegan butter. I've never been happier! Hubby couldn't tell the difference between my usual red velvet cake & my vegan one!
I used my Ninja processor to mix everything together. Then I poured it in a silicone butter keep & slice I found. Eureka! The "butter" was the perfect weight. Recipe made sticks (0.25 lb).
I used Barlean's butter flavored coconut oil. This tastes just like the real thing. I'm going to make a spread for my mother-in-law who is vegan as well.
Thank you so much! I can't wait to try some of your other recipes!
Process is Still Likely to Create Triglicerides
I really like the recipe for making vegan butter, but I would stress that you are essentially doing the same thing chemically to the fat in your recipe as the people who make Crisco (and Earth Balance for that matter). Whenever someone makes any fat (plant, animal) more stable at room temperature (i.e. solid) the fats go through a hydrogenation process to add hydrogen to the lipid structure. This process increases the melting point of the fat. Commercial companies that make Crisco use an extrusion machine to accomplish this task. Earth Balance's process is the exact same, they just market their product differently. Butter churning breaks down the fats in cream and chemically changes them into a solid. Your process is using the speed of the food processor blades to break down the liquid fats into a structure that stays solid at room temperature. All of these processes share one thing in common; they all produce trans fats (triglycerides).
All that being said, I do really like your process and recipe. I would just caution making any claims that this process is somehow healthier than any other hydrogenation process commercial companies use. But as a DIY vegan butter recipe, I don't think there's a better one on the web.
I've included some good reading on the extrusion process and how commercial manufactures http://www.aseanfood.info/Articles/11024149.pdf
Its a great recipe!
I made this recipe with coconut virgin oil, guar gum and rice vinegar. That's what I had at the time. I realized the really important step is the emulsifying process: because of the Gum gets sticky so fast, you must run the blender or food processor as quickly as you can. I blended it for more than 2 min. I think longer is better. It's a really good amount of liquid and gets hard in minutes. For the question to Julia, yes. You can use lemon juice for it, it works as the same: both they are acids.
Thank you so much for your recipe!!
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 :)
Unfortunately sauteing with your butter recipe ends up in unwanted clumps due to xantham gum being fried at high temperatures. Perhaps you could use something that melts. You are right about the acidic taste. The vinegar flavor ruins the butter experience if you were to spread it on bread to be eaten directly. Lemon juice has the same effect. Moreover, I did try organic coconut oil which resulted in the best flavor. But, as I am sure everyone knows, organic oil is extremely expensive. It is also interesting to note that this butter for some reason will collect mold rather quickly if not used soon enough. Freezing only retards the mold growth.
How long do you hold your butter before using? Have you tried other neutral tasting acids with or without success?
The bottom line for me is I cannot fry in many cases with this butter but it is great for baking and it is good for spread if consumed before it molds.
coconut vinegar is the way to go
As a science based person I really appreciated the background here. To those who have difficulty finding stuff locally--that's what Amazon is for. Even though my local organic store (Sprouts) had refined coconut oil AND coconut vinegar--I ordered online as well. You can get more than a pound and a half (54 0z) of Nutiva Refined Coconut oil for around $17, and the vinegar for around $6. I also got some palm oil as well (since most commercial products I find contain both coconut and palm oil) I hope the environment will forgive me. I also ruined the first 2 batches. I didn't have refined coconut oil on hand so I used unrefined---big mistake--I hoped everything else would mask the coconut flavor--it doesn't. Don't go there! second mistake: I used exactly the blue silicone molds that were in the picture..they had been in the freezer unused for a couple of years and imparted a terrible freezer taste to the butter that penetrated well into it. I could at least get a sense of the flavor though and found that the 1/2 apple cider and 1/2 coconut vinegar was still too much apple cider vinegar for me. Today I made it without apple cider vinegar---It's great!
Other points---I sometimes make homemade soy milk--it's easy---I found that homemade curdles MUCH better than commercial.
While I like both tumeric and saffron (both mentioned by other readers) I didn't want it in my butter---BUT using 1/2 of the oil being palm oil--it comes out a pale golden.
My usual go to vegan butter had been earth balance---no need--this is quick and easy, and especially good for baking
LOVE LOVE THIS Cruelty free butter !!
I just made this and we all LOVE it !!! The best part is that it is cruelty free !! The dairy industry is so savage.
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.
Noobs: Read my story and learn from my mistakes!
So I've made this twice now and the results were awesomeish. I say "awesomeish" as my endeavor with this was hilariously funny. So the first time I made this, I had no idea that liquid lecithin (sunflower) was so messy! I made it but noticed there was still some lecithin not mixed in. I pretty much made a hot mess and just dumped it in the mold. The husband also ordered silicone loaf molds instead of butter or ice molds so each cavity holds the equivalent of 4 sticks of butter. Feeling determined, I still used the butter to make a batch of cookies. I pretty much copied a nonvegan recipe and the results were amazing even though my butter didn't look that great!
Learning from my mistakes and feeling more determined, I made the recipe again. I accidentally did a whole tablespoon of lecithin instead of a teaspoon so I ended up tripling the recipe. Learning from my mistake, I mixed the lecithin into the curdled soy milk directly. This time the results were beautiful and not nearly as messy. As I was pouring my butter into my loaf pans I then made the realization I forgot the salt! it was still great though and I really appreciate your amazing effort plus the science involved in it. I just recently got involved in baking so this is awesome! Do you have any advice on making a sweet cream butter? I might add a little turmeric to get the yellow in there as someone recommended. Thank you so much! I was a Nucoa user for years before this!
After i discovered that the Vegan butter i was buying at the grocery contained Palm Oil i set about looking for the perfect recipe for my own homemade version. This is it !! This is the third recipe i have tried. I used the psyllium husk because that is what i had on hand. And i added a tiny sprinkle of tumeric to give it a yellow color. It looks, tastes and melts just like the real thing. Best of all no baby cows were murdered :-) And no habitats stolen from Orangutans !! Enjoy !!
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.
Best thing since butter!
This recipe is fantastic!!! I absolutely love the product. I can't imagine it tasting any more like butter without being butter.
The recipe seems to be quite robust, because in spite of a couple issues I had, it turned out great. I used all apple cider vinegar since I couldn't find coconut vinegar. Also, my soy lecithin granules hardly dissolved at all - so I ran my food processor twice as long as the recipe suggested, and then ended up straining out the rest of the granules. But it still worked well.
Thank you as well for the brilliant write up. It's so nice to understand the science behind the recipe.