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Best Homemade Vegan Butter (Oil-Free)

This creamy, spreadable Vegan Butter requires only 6 simple ingredients and a blender. Spread it on toast, vegetables, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and more! It also happens to be oil-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free.

bright colorful bowl and saucer filled with plant based butter, toast and coffee in background

Though prepackaged vegan butter can be purchased at many grocery stores, it is always loaded with oil and fat which most whole food plant-based folks are avoiding. After all, we are trying to improve our health, right?

That’s why I decided to look around at healthy vegan butter options online, and I stumbled upon one made with cauliflower (yep, you read that right!) from Cooking With Plants. Their recipe called for psyllium husks which I didn’t have and honestly didn’t even know what it was, so I decided to mess around in the kitchen a bit with different ingredients.

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Ingredients in oil-free plant-based butter

The ingredients are really simple, and you might even have everything you need on hand.

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How to make it

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

This plant-based butter really is one of the easiest recipes to make, and it’s a delight to finally have a healthy vegan butter substitute that I can feel good about eating and serving.

Begin by cooking the cauliflower. Personally, I like to place mine in a microwave-safe bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water and steam it for about 5-minutes. You can also cook it on the stovetop if desired.

I haven’t tried making this with previously frozen and thawed cauliflower but think it would work fine, though you might need to start out with a little less plant milk to play around with the consistency.

Place the cooked cauliflower and all other ingredients in a blender and process until nice and creamy.

vitamix with cauliflower, plant milk, and spices

Since we are using only small amounts of ingredients for this recipe, if your blender has a small cup attachment or adapter, it will be the perfect size for this.

Otherwise, you might need to stop your blender and scrape down the sides a few times during the process. Another option is to make a double batch to have plenty to reach the blades and keep things spinning. That’s what I like to do.

I haven’t tried using an immersion blender on this, but it would likely be a great choice if you don’t have a cup attachment for your blender. These handheld blenders are great when making creamy soups as well.

overhead photo of 4 slices of toast topped with plant based butter on wooden table

The consistency should be nice and creamy and will thicken a little more after refrigeration.

What to serve vegan butter on

This stuff is creamy and delicious and great on many dishes like the ones listed below.

blue bowl filled with vegan butter with sourdough toast in background

All Your Vegan Butter Questions Answered:

  • Q: Can I bake with cauliflower vegan butter? I haven’t tried it yet, but will let you know. If any of you give it a go in baked goods, I would love to hear how it turns out.
  • Q: Is frozen cauliflower okay to use? I think frozen would work just fine in this. The only thing I would suggest is reducing the amount of plant milk to 1 Tbsp until you figure out the right consistency.
  • Q: What kind of oil-free bread can I spread it on? Though this is not a post about bread, I know there will be questions about the types of bread I used in the photos. My family loves Dave’s Killer Bread in the green package, and it’s completely oil-free. We also like crusty sourdough bread. And, Ezekiel Bread is another great option.
  • Q: How long will this vegan butter keep? Depending on the freshness of your cauliflower, this vegan butter should keep for about 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
overhead photo of bowl of vegan butter with slices of toast on wooden cutting board

Recipes to use homemade vegan butter on

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bright colorful bowl and saucer filled with plant based butter, toast and coffee in background

Best Homemade Vegan Butter (Oil-Free)

Yield: 16 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

This creamy, spreadable vegan butter requires only 6 simple ingredients and a blender. Spread it on toast, vegetables, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and more! It also happens to be oil-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Begin by cooking the cauliflower. Personally, I like to place mine in a microwave-safe bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water and steam it for about 5-minutes. You can also cook it on the stovetop if desired.
    2. Place the cooked cauliflower and all other ingredients in a blender and process until nice and creamy.
    3. Since we are using only small amounts of ingredients for this recipe, if your blender has a small cup attachment or adapter, it will the perfect size for this. Otherwise, you might need to stop your blender and scrape down the sides a few times during the process. Another option is to make a double batch to have plenty to reach the blades and keep things spinning. That’s what I like to do.
    4. The consistency of this plant-based butter should be nice and creamy and will thicken a little more after refrigeration.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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Chelsea

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Hi! Did anyone ever bake with this? I’m wanting to do an oatmeal bake and curious if it would work

Zillah

Thursday 10th of November 2022

I’ve made this cauliflower butter 3 times now. We love it and make larger batches as the blender handle it better. It comes out more like a sauce and we love it over steamed veg etc. I’m going to try it with less milk next time. Does cooling the cauliflower make a difference to the end texture?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi Zillah- That's a good question! I haven't tried cooling the cauliflower first but would love to hear how it goes if you give it a try. I am so glad that you like it enough to make it 3 times already. That's awesome to hear!

Robin

Sunday 5th of June 2022

This was amazing! I successful in making it creamy by first mashing with a potato masher and then putting it all in the "bullet". I was wondering if we could add the Agar Agar to make it sliceable. Thanks Terry for another amazing recipe.

Terri Edwards

Monday 6th of June 2022

Hi Robin- Yes, I think adding agar would work. Please let us know if you give it a try. And, I'm so glad that you liked it!

Dorothy

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Terrific. Reminds us of mashed potatoes. Very good on bread. Will use it on mashed potatoes and veggies. Thank you. Perfect blend of flavors and good consistency.

Tina

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Can't wait to try this! Does it melt? could I try on popcorn or is it just too wet?

Terri Edwards

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Tina- Personally, I think popcorn wouldn't be a great idea. It's more suited for corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, etc. Hope you enjoy it!

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