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

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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!

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Vegan Butter

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...

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So glad this worked out June! I would expect the chia seeds to feel grainy on the palate but maybe not if you grind them way down. Good to know you also had great results with agar. Thanks so much for sharing and I'm so glad you were able to engineer your way to tasty vegan butter!

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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

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(Updated: August 28, 2015)
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Fantastic!

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.

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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.

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awesome

Hi,
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. :)

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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.

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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

coconut oil is full of cholesterol so i dont use it to make vegan butter. dont eat butter, margarine and vegetable shortening.

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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.

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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!!

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Nice option!

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!

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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.

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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

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Hi Jon, Thanks for your input. I think you're getting the food production procedure known as "extrusion" confused with butter production as well as vegan butter production. Food extrusion is not used for the processing of fats in the food industry as far as I'm aware. Food extrusion is used to squeeze, cook and press out products like pastas, dog food, veggie jerky, etc in a corkscrew-like configuration.

Crisco is a hydrogenated fat which is produced when hydrogen is passed through a fat (typically monounsaturated) that is liquid at room temperature. This hydrogenation process chemically alters the fat to act like a saturated fat, producing trans fats in the process. On the molecular level, the carbon chains that make up the fats are modified so they pack together more tightly, making the fat crystalize (get solid) at a lower temperature. Margarine manufacturers do this because they can take a affordable oil such as soy oil and turn it into a solid fat at a very low cost.

Fats coming from tropical regions are known as lauric fats and usually contain enough saturated fats to not need any chemical processing to make them more solid. On the molecular level, their carbon chains are also packed tightly like hydrogenated fats, but they don't contain trans fats like hydrogenated oils do.

Both Earth Balance and my method of Vegan Butter uses lauric fats blended with monounsaturated fats get the fat to a desired consistency. Mixing these fats via whisk, food processor or even by bare hand has no chemical effect and will not produce any hydrogenation related compounds. Furthermore, butter production is completely different- it involves churning which strip liquid surrounding dispersed fat globules which allows the globules to congeal into a solid mass.

There is a debate on the health aspects of plant-based saturated fats though. It depends on who you talk to in regards to whether it's more or less healthy than animal-based saturated fat. Thanks for the article link. It was a fascinating read on how extrusion effects nutrient content in foods. I'd love to get one of these but I'm about $80,000 short!
Thanks again for your input!

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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?

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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 :)

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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.

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awesome

I am just a starting vegetarian. Omg this recipe is so close to butter I couldn't believe it. If I keep finding recipes like this I won't have any problem.

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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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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.

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Terrific Job

I love, love, love your butter making methods, chemistry and creativity; however do you have any of the vegan butter recipes with a complete list of instructions and ingredients that use the almond milk instead of soy substitutes, and that use non-soy substitutes for the other ingredients as well while utilizing psyllium husk?

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Outstanding

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.

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Buy a vegan milk that does not contain vitamin A Palmitate, which is derived from palm oil.

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Well this changes EVERYTHING!

I am a new vegan and to be honest the thing I miss the most - the only thing I can't seem to duplicate - is butter. I've yet to try Earth Balance, but have a hard time with the palm oil in it - I love orangutans too much :).

So can someone tell me - what gives this butter it's "buttery" taste? The cider vinegar and the curdled soy milk? I'm just curious.

I have issues consuming unfermented soy, but will make the concession for this delicious recipe!

I'll be definitely making it with the chia sub and the sunflower lecithin (thanks June!).

Any idea if another type of secondary oil - like a nut oil or extra light olive oil - will work with the coconut oil? If no one knows I guess I'll just have to try it out and let you know!

Thanks for this truly LIFE CHANGING recipe!

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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.

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Terrific Job!

I love, love, love your butter making methods, chemistry and creativity; however do you have any of the vegan butter recipes with a complete list of instructions and ingredients that use the almond milk and instead of soy substitutes, and non-soy substitutes for the other ingredients as well while utilizing psyllium husk?

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Love it!

I used psyllium husk powder and all apple cider vinegar for this recipe. It came out great! I made it in a Magic Bullet (for those who wonder about food processor capabilities) and poured the mixture into a smaller rubber ice tray. The smaller cubes are better for me to comply to serving sizes for other recipes. I did go a bit out of my way to get the lecithin and the psyllium husks, but they were both inexpensive and this recipe only requires a tiny amount (make many batches).

Overall, I think the recipe is great, this was my first time making my own butter, but it will not be my last! I will say that the taste was closer to Earth Balance margerine, but not exactly like butter. Next time I will experiment with coconut vinegar for a slightly different flavor.

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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

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Excellent

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.

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Confused in the face of others' successes

I was SO excited about this recipe. I've seen this one and similar ones all over the blogosphere, and I was super into it. I got sunflower lecithin and refined coconut oil (ingredients I don't usually have, although virgin coconut oil is typically in my cupboards), followed the recipe as written, measured carefully, got the ingredients to the temperature described, and I got a yucky, broken emulsion. I really don't understand what I did wrong here, or if there's a missing piece of information that everyone else understood. Maybe the ambient temperature in my house is too cool? Or by processing for three minutes instead of two minutes, I did something wrong? Do I need to use my larger, more powerful food processor? Would I be better off whisking, slowly adding in the oil as one does with other emulsions? Has anyone else had this problem?

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Excellent!

Thanks for this recipe. I find the vegan margarine here in Norway revolting and also don't think it is a product that is very healthy to use (hydrogenated fat). I make a soft 'margarine' that is suitable for spreading but I wanted something I could bake with where oil wasn't suitable. My biscuits and shortbread were lovely using this 'butter'.
I had to tweak the recipe a bit as some of the ingredients are not readily available here. I used ground flax seeds instead of xantham gum and soy lecithin powder. I'm surprised something like this isn't produced commercially.

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So glad you're enjoying the Vegan Butter Josephine! Glad the ground flax seeds worked for you.

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