Vegan Roasted Garlic Spread

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The sweet mellow taste of this simple oil-free Vegan Roast Garlic Spread is delicious when spread on crusty bread, fresh corn on the cob, or even a baked potato. The possibilities are endless!

garlic bread spread

The secret to the creamy butter is caramelized roasted garlic cloves. Roasting garlic cloves requires long, slow cooking that mellows the garlic’s strong taste and leaves a rich, deep flavor in its place.

What I love about this garlic butter is that it’s

  • Perfect for buttery spread
  • Deeply flavorful
  • Sweet mellow taste
  • Herby
  • Super healthy
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Simply delicious

How to roast garlic without oil

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

Roasted garlic is great in soups, dips, and many other dishes. It sounds mysterious until you make it for yourself and see how simple it really is.

Vegan Garlic Butter

Why roast garlic? Roasted garlic adds tremendous flavor and depth to recipes. Roasting the garlic mellows it out and makes for a sweet and delicious flavor.

Roasted garlic spread ingredients

  • roasted garlic heads
  • dry Italian seasoning
  • sea salt

Roasting garlic can be done in these easy steps

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Start by peeling off the loose skin of each garlic head.

Next, cut off the head of the garlic. You want to make sure that all of the cloves are exposed. If your knife misses a couple of cloves, just use a paring knife to cut the tips off. Picture below.

Place heads in a baking dish, add about 4 tablespoons of veggie broth to keep moist, and place lid on top. Another option is to simply wrap the garlic heads in parchment paper then an outer layer of foil instead of using a baking dish. This method keeps them quite moist.

Bake in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until cloves begin to pull away from the garlic skin.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

cloves of garlic in pan

Once the garlic is finished cooking and cooled, you can easily squeeze out the cloves by pressing upwards from the root.

Basically, this is just squeezing the individual cloves out of the head. They will be soft and mushy and ready to add to other recipes. Garlic butter keeps for 7-10 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Vegan butter with garlic cloves
Notice that the cooked clove has separated from the outer skin.

If you are looking for a good oil-free homemade bread, Potato Strong has a great Whole Wheat Baguette recipe.

Nutrition in garlic

One clove of garlic, weighing about 3 g, contains about 3 percent of the daily recommendation for manganese. Manganese is incorporated into enzymes and also acts as the primary antioxidant in the mitochondria of cells.

Garlic also contains vitamin C, another antioxidant nutrient that also helps build the structural tissue of blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and bone.

The trace element selenium, also found in garlic, functions in the activity of a variety of different enzymes. Garlic may also make the body better able to utilize iron and zinc when consumed with foods containing these minerals.– LiveStrong

garlic heads on cutting board
The active compounds in garlic can help reduce blood pressure.

Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-375 BC)–known as The Father of Medicine–actually used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions. Modern science has recently confirmed many of these beneficial health effects.

garlic butter on slice of bread on cutting board
This garlic vegan garlic butter is delicious on your favorite crusty bread.

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vegan Garlic butter on bread
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Vegan Garlic Bread Spread

Author: EatPlant-Based.com
The sweet mellow taste of this simple oil-free roasted garlic & herb vegan butter recipe is delicious spread on crusty bread, fresh corn on the cob, or even a baked potato. The possibilities are endless!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and begin to prep garlic heads
  • Peel off the loose skin of each garlic head.
  • Next, cut off the head of the garlic. You want to make sure that all of the cloves are exposed. If your knife misses a couple of cloves, just use a paring knife to cut the tips off.
  • Place heads in a baking dish, add about 4 tablespoons of vegetable broth to keep it moist, place the lid on top. Another option is to simply wrap the garlic heads in parchment paper then an outer layer of foil instead of using a baking dish. This method keeps them quite moist.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until cloves begin to pull away from the garlic skin. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Once the garlic is finished cooking and cooled, you can easily squeeze out the cloves by pressing upwards from the root.
  • Squeeze cloves into a bowl and mash up with a fork. Add Italian seasoning and salt. 
  • Now, it's ready to be spread on bread, corn on the cob, or other cooked vegetables.  Garlic butter keeps for 7-10 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Video

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g

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