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Once you realize how easy it is to make vegan butter, you will never buy vegan butter at the store again. And why would you? Vegan butter at the store is crazy expensive, and has ingredients that many of us can’t have, and probably even more of us don’t want!
You can use this homemade gluten-free vegan butter in any way that you would use any other butter. Put it on pancakes or a baked potato. Use it for baking. Use it for frying. We use it to make our vegan chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies, and to slather on our best-ever gluten-free vegan biscuits.
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This vegan butter recipe contains soy milk, ACV, coconut oil, and avocado oil (although you can use another oil in place of avocado if you like – the thing is that avocado oil has a sort of buttery flavor of its own). That said, we are also going to show you an ingredient that you can use that will bring your homemade vegan butter to a whole new level. In fact, it will blow your mind.
Homemade Vegan Butter Recipe
1/2 cup plain soy milk (the fewer ingredients the better, ideally there will be only two ingredients: soy and water)
2 teaspoons ACV (apple cider vinegar)
1 cup melted refined coconut oil (use refined unless you want your vegan butter to taste like coconut)
1/2 cup avocado oil (or other light, neutral-tasting oil, such as safflower or sunflower)
1 dash up to 1/2 teaspoon salt, depending on how much salt you like in your butter.
(Don’t worry, we’re going to get to the mind-blowing ingredient below.)
Combine the soy milk and the apple cider vinegar in a bowl that holds at least 4 – 6 cups (two cups of butter, plus room for whisking) and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the soy milk, and whisk until smooth and fully incorporated. This will take 3 to 5 minutes.
Pour your butter into whatever containers you are going to use. We use a combination of these half-pint canning jars:
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…which is available on Amazon here. We like this one because the sticks are a 1/2 cup each, just like commercial butter and Earth Balance, they are marked off in tablespoons, and because it has a lid. Unfortunately we didn’t think to take a picture of the mold while it was full, or of the sticks of butter it makes before we used them up. But what we can tell you is that this homemade vegan butter works just like the commercial stuff for baking, etc., and so having some of it in stick form is really useful.
That’s it! Enjoy your homemade vegan bu… what’s that you say? The mind-blowing ingredient? Of course we didn’t forget!
Remember how we told you to use refined coconut oil? Well, Nutiva makes an organic butter flavor refined coconut oil!
That’s right, the coconut oil itself is butter flavored, so that if you use it in this recipe it will bring your homemade vegan butter up to a whole new level! The…wait for it … mind-blowing level!
If you’re curious about what the ingredients are in Nutiva’s butter flavor coconut oil, so were we, so we wrote to Nutiva and asked them. Here’s what they said:
“Our vegan buttery flavor in our Organic Coconut Oil with Non-Dairy Butter Flavor is proprietary flavoring that is made from pure certified organic non-GMO plants including sunflower, coconut, and mint. The buttery flavor does not contain any legumes, soy, corn, or corn derivatives. The product is free from peanut products, tree nuts, sesame seeds, dairy products, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy products, wheat, sulfites, and gluten. Our Buttery Coconut Oil also does not contain alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots), does not contain any ingredients from the nightshade family, and does not contain MSG. It also does not contain any grape, lentil, olive, pumpkin, or spelt.”
You can get Nutiva’s butter flavor coconut oil here on Amazon, although it is quite a bit cheaper if you get it from a local health food store, or from Whole Foods, where prices range from $6.99 to $7.99 for a 14-ounce jar.
All that said, here’s the thing: this vegan homemade butter is amazing even using regular refined coconut oil. We predict that once you taste this butter you will never want to buy vegan butter from the store again. Using the butter flavor coconut oil is a step to the next level, but you will not be sorry if you make this recipe even with plain refined coconut oil.
This recipe was inspired by Nora’s butter recipe.
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