So, I’ve seen a lot of homemade vegan butter recipes floating, melting, around the web. I figured it was time to hop on that butter churn, or in this case…food processor. Todd and I usually buy Earth Balance, which we love. However, we don’t love the palm oil. The collection of palm oil is destroying the habitats of orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants. Even “sustainably sourced” palm oil is pretty questionable. It’s in vegan butters as well as that “natural” creamy peanut butter that you don’t have to stir. Do I love stirring my natural peanut butter? It’s not one of my all-time favorite pastimes, but it does help clear my conscious. Plus, I get a pretty sweet little arm workout for a minute.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE VEGAN BUTTER
Makes about 1 cup
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. unsweetened, plain soy milk
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
heaping 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil, melted and room temperature
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. liquid soy lecithin
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
–Note–I recommend only using soy milk, as it is noted that some other non-dairy milks may have difficulty curdling. Refined coconut oil imparts absolutely no coconut flavor. Unrefined coconut oil, however, will impart a coconut flavor. Liquid soy lecithin and xanthan gum can be found in the organic or bulk section of most local grocery stores.
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy milk, apple cider vinegar and salt. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes, until it’s thickened and curdled.
Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in the microwave at 30 second intervals. It’s acceptable to still be partially un-melted, with bits of solid coconut oil. You don’t want it to be hot or warm at all. If it is, allow to cool. Measure it melted, not solid.
In a food processor, combine the coconut oil and the canola oil. Add in the remaining ingredients, including the soy milk mixture and processor for about 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides occasionally. It will quickly become whipped up, just like creamy butter!
Transfer into a storage container for the fridge (for buttering bread, etc. ), or silicone ice cube trays for the freezer (for baking, etc.)