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.
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 healthy, 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.
Ingredients in oil-free plant-based butter
The ingredients are really simple, and you might even have everything you need on hand.
- Plant milk such as almond, soy, etc
- Nutritional yeast
- Garlic powder
- Sweetener such as date sugar or another type
How to make it
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.
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.
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.
- Baked potatoes
- Roasted, steamed, or grilled veggies
- Corn on the Cob
- And more…
All Your Vegan Butter Questions Answered:
Q: Can I bake with cauliflower vegan butter?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: Depending on the freshness of your cauliflower, this vegan butter should keep for about 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipes to use homemade vegan butter on
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- 1 cup cooked cauliflower
- 2 Tbsp plant milk
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/4 tsp sweetener such as date sugar or others (optional)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 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.
- Place the cooked cauliflower and all other ingredients in a blender and process until nice and creamy.
- 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.
- The consistency of this plant-based butter should be nice and creamy and will thicken a little more after refrigeration.
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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