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

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Plants and cholesterol

@umpah

Plants (including coconut) DO contain cholesterol, but in much smaller quantities than typically found in animal products - http://chemistry.osu.edu/~gopalan.5/file/7B.PDF

Cholesterol in food isn't really the issue either, it's the amount of saturated fat in your diet that matters when it comes to your health - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cholesterol/Pages/Introduction.aspx

As with most things, a healthy diet and lifestyle with a few indulgences will not do you any harm, and will probably make you a happier person too :)

I'll be trying out this butter soon, it sounds lush!

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5.0

No microwave.

Hello - any suggestions for melting if one doesn't have a microwave?How long to melt on the stove, thanks!

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Vegan Butter

I made this today and it is OUTSTANDING!!!!!! You, my friend are a culinary genious. Thanks so much for this recipe:-)

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Vegan Butter

I have just ordered the necessary items I will need to make this vegan butter and will be purchasing the chia seeds as a substitute. Very excited to try as although we love Earth Balance we do not want to be using any palm oil. The reviews rate this very highly and looking forward to trying for myself. Thank you.

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5.0

Amazing

I gathered the necessary ingredients for this from Amazon.com, and gave it a shot, with the substituted ground chia seeds that another commenter recommended. This is an incredible recipe, and I can't believe how well it mimics the taste of dairy butter. With ingredients like coconut oil, I didn't know what to expect... But the flavor is spot on. So much better than margarine, which I hate.

Two notes are that the recipe makes a small amount, about one or two regular sticks. I tripled it to fit two of the silicone ice trays. Secondly, you should know that using ground chia seeds gives the (otherwise golden) butter a peppered appearance, even though finely ground. Doesn't bother me, though, and worked very well. Truly amazing!

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

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Can I use fruit pectin instead of lecithin and xan

I went to the market and cannot find either one. I did find fruit pectin. I also see suggestions for agar agar and chia seeds, but I have yet to find those also. I might be able to get chia seeds in a bigger city in Costa Rica, but I'm in a small town and so I have to alter many recipes.
Do you think fruit pectin would work? I do have flax seeds also and a grinder.

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Any idea if I could make this with asian soy milk? I'm from asia and I can't find american brand soymilks like Silk.
Is it possible to substitue the lecithin with flax? Considering the fact that the lecithin is used for emulsification, egg (yolks?) are emulsifiers and flax is an egg sub.
Thank you so much! :)
(Not actually vegan, but trying to lead a healthier lifestyle)

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Thanks!

I'm just learning about the Vegan diet... I doubt I'll go all-vegan, but I definitely appreciate and recognize the value. Nonetheless, I didn't know that you could make vegan butter, so thanks, but thank you for an informative and beautiful posting - great pics and structure. :)

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vegan butter

Could i use guar gum in place of xanthan gum?

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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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Vegan Butter (second comment)

I did more research for natural alternatives for Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum: this is what most offer: Finely Ground: Chia Seeds. or Flaxseeds or Arrowroot or Agar Agar which are all very good for health effect...I will try each of these including the instant tapioca (even though a thick starch but natural) and be in touch after my experimentation...sounds like a lab kitchen! ha

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Vegan Butter

I made the vegan butter and is it delicious!!! I never have food allergies but after spreading the vegan butter on toast one hour later my throat became sore and swollen...I did some research and found out about Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum can be very harmful to some people and wish I had not used these products(I made a large batch of butter)...I know you need a BINDER to emulsify but I will throw the first butter batch out as I did have a reaction to it and it has been two hours and still have throat problems...I was wondering if I added Instant Tapioca (to apple cider. soy milk. salt mixture so it softens) or Tapioca Flour to bind the oil: do you think this would work? if not, I will keep on researching until I find a more natural product...I really like your recipe for vegan butter: it has very good taste and texture but not all natural product...hope you can understand! :)

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Sweetened or Unsweetened Soy Milk?

I'm looking forward to making this very soon. I don't usually buy soy milk, but when I do, I buy the unsweetened variety. Do you use the sweetened or the unsweetened? I don't mind buying the sweetened if that is your preference as I want my butter to be the best. Thanks!

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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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It looks like the comments aren't being answered anymore, but it's worth a shot. I do not own a food processor. I keep considering it but haven't felt like it was worth the extra cupboard space. How possible would it be to use a blender for this recipe?

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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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Also...

Wanted to mention that I used Soy Silk Light Original (soy milk partially sweetened by Stevia) with great success. And I found someone recommending http://www.soaperschoice.com/ for very inexpensive, food quality, organic, refined coconut milk. Will be ordering for this site tomorrow, because I'm going to be making lots of this butter :)

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5.0

Just like butter

Made the original version. The soy lecithin granules I used didn't blend completely, but rather than go over the two minute blend time in the food processor, I stopped blending, filled the silicone tray and froze it. Just had "buttered" toast, and... jeez that's good. Will put the soy granules in a spice grinder first next time?? Just like butter. I'm completely amazed. Now- to find less expensive refined coconut oil. Thank you sooo much for this recipe!

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OH how fun was that!! :) I used unrefined coconut oil so it does taste a little too much like coconut for me (even though I like coconut) but I will still eat it. And for $1.25 at the dollar store I found little silicone baking pans that look like a stick of butter and the recipe filled two of them right to the top!! Sweet! I am so excited to try this butter (its currently chilling) and looking SO forward to never having to pay for Earth Balance again.. especially knowing it is not that good for me!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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A question!

Hi Matt,
its a little late to ask (i'm going to try make this and then the croissant soon) but is omitting the zanthum gum in the butter going to very badly effect the croissant? Its so unbelievably expense here (New Zealand) and I'm leaving here soon anyway.. Can I add a bit more oil instead of coconut oil to make it malleable?

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Cool! I've never thought of making my own VB, thanks! :)

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Like the previous comment by Cat, I'm also hesitant to use Xanthan Gum. The only one we have here in Australia is made in China and who knows what from and what chemicals are in it! Wish I could get organic Xanthan Gum...

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Hi Cat, I'm interested: why are you hesitant to use xantham gum?

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Alternatives to Xanthan Gum

I am very hesitant to use xanthan gum. I generally avoid foods at the grocery store that have it listed as an additive. I know you said the recipe can do without, though the structure of the butter changes. Can you or anyone else recommend some possible alternatives? Finely ground flax meal, for example? Would the structural results be the same?

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Home made Vegan Butter in India

Hi,
I was told there was absolutely no replacement for margarine when it came to baking - especially the puffs & rolls, because they need layers and layers of flour to be separated from each other during baking.
However, its wonderful to read this and know that the only reason margarine is required is because of its consistency at room temperature.
Here in Indian households we have had an age-old tradition of fermenting and curdling fat from full-fat milk. After reading your article I am sure that the butter we get from that will work fine.
I will try one of the puff recipes today itself and post another comment as soon as its done !
Thanks in advance !

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5.0

way better than Earth Balance!

This butter tastes so much better than any vegan margarine that I've tried! Even though mine tastes like coconut because I couldn't find refined coconut oil...
And I can't believe how easy it is to make! I made the regular butter to spread on my toast and add to my morning oatmeal.

Owner's reply

Hi cactus! I often make this with regular coconut oil because I love coconut flavor so much. Life could be worse right? ;) So glad you like it!

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Sooo much better than any vegan margarine on the m

Doubled the recipe because my food processor is larger than normal. Worked fine-great instructions. This has such great flavor! Last night I melted a little and drizzled it on some popcorn. It was the closest to butter I've tasted since going dairy-free. Delish! Thanks again!!

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I haven't tried this on popcorn yet Angie but it sounds awesome. So glad it worked well for you!

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vegan butter and cake frosting

Hi Mattie,
Can you use regular vegan butter in a "butter cream" frosting? I don't like the taste of Earth Balance spreads or sticks in my frostings and spectrum organic shortening makes the frosting too soft. Also, have you experimented yet with citric acid granules? Looks like you were thinking about this last year, but the recipe still calls for vinegar. Looking forward to trying the recipe, especially if I can sub regular vegan butter for Earth Balance spreads. Thanks!

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Hi Beverly! You should have no problems using Vegan Butter in frostings. Just keep in mind that since the melting temperature of coconut oil is about 76F, if you take this cake out somewhere where it's hotter, the frosting will slide off! Palm oil and cocoa butter has higher melting points if you need to get around this.

I did experiment with citric acid and ascorbic acid and found that while the ascorbic acid preserves the butter nicely, it makes the Vegan Butter taste like metal, even in the smallest amounts. Icky! So now I've just ordered grape seed extract which is also supposed to be a powerful natural preservative. I haven't put it in vegan butter yet but the powder tastes extremely sour and astringent so it's not looking good. I'll post if it works out!

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