There’s nothing like a fresh baked roll slathered in warm butter. It may be simple, but it’s one of the most comforting snacks out there. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to give that up. Vegan butters are just as, if not more, delicious than dairy butter (and they don’t involve animal cruelty).
You can also make vegan butter from nuts and fruits for a more flavorful spread. No matter what kind of vegan butter you decide to make, we’re sure it will be delicious––especially if you try one of these 15 recipes we found on our Food Monster App divided into sets of 5 traditional, creative, and nut butter recipes!
1. Vegan Butter
Looking to avoid palm oil and create a delicious spreadable vegan butter? This delicious spread will have you convinced you never need to buy your butter at the store again. Check out How to Make Your Own Vegan Butter by Deb Gleason
2. Palm-Oil Free, Soy-Free Butter
Source: Palm-Oil Free, Soy-Free Butter
Making your own vegan butter is easy. Of course, that’s because all the hard work has been done by others who figured out all the science. All that’s left to do is create your own variation to make the butter you like best. Of course, if you don’t need the butter to be soy-free and/or you need it to be nut-free and seed-free, you could use soy milk and soy lecithin in the recipe instead of the cashews and sunflower lecithin. Making this Palm-Oil Free, Soy-Free Butter by Rhea Parsons a such an easy thing to do that means so much for the animals.
3. Homemade Butter
Source: Homemade Butter
Sometimes, you can’t go out and buy some vegan butter, or you can’t find a yummy-tasting perfect one for your crusty bread or croissant! This Homemade Butter by The Rose and Bean is so easy to make, and you can use it in baking or on toast. It melts perfectly and is a great substitute for store-bought products. As an added bonus, you’re getting rid of all the added nasties that shop versions have, as well as getting rid of palm oil. Wins all around.
4. Coconut Butter
Source: Coconut Butter
You will be amazed at how effortless the process of making Sara Oliveira‘s Coconut Butter is. It’s truly as easy as opening a package of coconut meat, blending it, and scraping down until it is smooth, almost liquid paste. You can add a little salt to make it tastier and if you are having trouble making the coconut paste, add coconut oil, thus speeding up the process. Use this spread anywhere you would use regular butter!
5. Vegan Buttercream
Okay, so this isn’t a butter recipe, but it is vegan butter-based and so delicious! Use one of the recipes from above to make The Best Vegan Buttercream Recipe by Gretchen Price. It is both animal and allergen friendly! This recipe is truly for the best buttercream frosting. This recipes makes enough frosting to make layers in your cake, so feel free to enjoy!
1. Garlicky Chive Blossom Butter
Source: Garlicky Chive Blossom Butter
This is a great way to add new flavor and excitement to plain old vegan butter. You can also use this technique with any fresh or dried herb you like – other nice options would be thyme, rosemary, or basil. A pat of this lovely Garlicky Chive Blossom Butter by Ashley Smyczek is great on scrambled tofu, vegan quiches, or stirred into mashed potatoes.
2. Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter
Source: Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter
This Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter by Jennifer Strohmeyer is naturally sweet with hints of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. Many apple butters call for around 2 cups of sugar, but dates are a great alternative!
3. Homemade Cocoa-Coconut Butter
Source: Homemade Cocoa-Coconut Butter
This Homemade Cocoa-Coconut Butter by Annie Oliverio can be used directly on toast, pancakes, and waffles, or it could also work deliciously when making chocolate-based cookies, muffins or breads – instead of regular vegan butter.
4. Pumpkin Butter
Source: Pumpkin Butter
This is a truly yummy and very versatile pumpkin butter – this baby can be spread on toast, dolloped on vegan yogurt or porridge, licked straight off a spoon, you decide. This recipe for Pumpkin Butter by Aine Carlin is almost too easy. It’s a heck of a lot less stressful than making jam. All those gorgeous spices and silky smooth pumpkin puree make for one fabulously tasty spread. You must make this.
5. Blueberry-Vanilla Coconut Butter
Source: Blueberry-Vanilla Coconut Butter
The melt-in-your-mouth smoothness, the rich texture, and the naturally sweet taste combine to make the perfect straight-off-the-spoon experience––coconut butter is so good it’s almost addicting. However, it can get expensive to buy. That’s why it’s great to make your own! In Amber Shea Crawley‘s Blueberry-Vanilla Coconut Butter, the wild blueberries turn the coconut butter into a fruity treat, and when topped off with a whisper of vanilla and a kiss of sea salt, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to coconut heaven.
1. Simple Walnut Butter
Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree. The two most common major species of walnuts are grown for their seeds — the Persian (or English) walnut and the Black walnut. While the English walnut originated in Persia, the Black walnut is native to eastern North America. The Black walnut is of high flavor, but its hard shell and poor hulling characteristics leave it unsavory for commercial growth for nut production. The commercially produced walnut varieties are nearly all hybrids of the English walnut. Walnuts also make a great butter––Learn How to Make a Simple Walnut Butter At Home with Dennis Abell!
2. Pecan Butter
Pecan butter is made from pecan nuts cultivated from a species of deciduous tree belonging to the hickory family, Juglandaceae. The tree is native to central and southern parts of the U.S. Today, however, it is being cultivated in many regions of the world as an important commercial tree nuts crop. Each spring season, the tree bears catkins, consisting of the cluster of monoecious flowers arranged closely along a central stem that ultimately develops into fruits by autumn. Pecan nuts, much like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, are not true nuts but, botanically, are a drupe. Now that you know some facts, Learn How to Make Pecan Butter at Home with Dennis Abell!
3. Homemade Cashew Butter
Cashew butter is high in protein, B vitamins, and unsaturated fats that help boost metabolism, promote cellular health, increase skin and muscle tone, and enhance the immune and nervous systems. While it contains less fat than most other nut butter varieties, a single teaspoon of unsalted cashew butter contains 94 calories, 12% of the daily value of fat, and 8% of the daily value of saturated fats. Clémence Moulaert will teach you How to Make Homemade Cashew Butter that includes quite a bit of super-healthy, super-good for you coconut oil. It’s yummy, and your skin will thank you.
4. Homemade Almond Butter
Source: Homemade Almond Butter
You only need 1 ingredient and a powerful blender to make Homemade Almond Butter by Nele Liivlaid at home. Enjoy your smooth and creamy homemade almond butter with no additives and pay 2-3 times less compared to store-bought varieties!
5. Homemade Peanut Butter
Source: Homemade Peanut Butter
Why buy peanut butter from the store when you can make it yourself? This recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter by Kathryn Geyer teaches you how to make your very own! You’ll want to eat this household staple with everything. Spread it on toast, add some to oatmeal and smoothies, or just grab a spoonful right from the jar.
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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