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Learn how to make your own vegan butter at home! This vegan butter smells and tastes exactly like real dairy butter! It is spreadable, melts, and is perfect for baking. Plus, it’s cheaper than store-bought, and you know exactly what is inside!

Vegan Cultured Butter on a wooden board.

🧈 Introduction

After camembert, blue cheese, and yogurt, now comes butter. It’s starting to feel like a real creamery here!

The recipe was supposed to be released long ago, but I kept tweaking it because I was not fully satisfied with the texture.

I tried many recipes for vegan butter but couldn’t find one that smells, tastes and spreads like real dairy butter. So I had to make my own version. I don’t claim to have created cultured butter, though, since there are already recipes that rely on yogurt to give the butter a tangy flavor. Anyway, this butter is flavorful, has the perfect texture, and is soy-free, dairy-free, and palm oil-free. Did I mention it also melts like real butter?

After researching how butter is made, I found out it’s actually a fermented product. Did you know that? I didn’t. But we know making fermented food is easy, right? So, ready to make your own butter?

📘 Why Make Your Own Butter?

There are several advantages of making your own vegan butter from scratch:

  • Ingredient control: Did you know that over 80% of vegan butter available in supermarkets contains palm oil and flavorings? By making your own butter, you know exactly what you put inside, meaning no palm oil, flavorings, or preservatives. And you can flavor it! Add chives and garlic for a savory spread or cinnamon and raisins for a sweet treat.
  • It’s a fun process! Don’t be scared to try it. This recipe is straightforward. The only thing is that it requires some patience, like any fermented recipe.
  • Save money: Vegan butter alternatives can be quite expensive and not available everywhere, especially if you live in a small town. You can make your own butter anytime with just a few ingredients from your pantry. I quickly calculated, and the cost for 16 ounces of butter is around $5,8. This is over half the price of store-bought vegan butter!

🥥 Ingredient Notes

This vegan butter recipe requires just 7 ingredients. Here is what you will need:

  • Raw cashews – We will be using raw cashews to make cashew milk and ferment it with probiotics.
  • ProbioticsAcidophilus probiotics will allow the cashew cream to ferment and get a subtle tanginess.
  • Refined coconut oil – Coconut oil will help the butter firm up in the fridge. Do not use regular coconut oil. The flavor would be overpowering. Instead, use refined odorless coconut oil.
  • Grapeseed oil – You can also use sunflower or canola oil.
  • Sunflower lecithin – Lecithin is mandatory. Without it, the cashew cream will separate from the coconut oil, and you will end up with two different layers. Definitely not what you want! You can also use soy lecithin if you prefer. Both work.
  • Salt – To enhance the flavor of the butter. In my opinion, 1/4 tsp of salt is the perfect amount, but feel free to adjust to your taste.
  • Carrot juice – Optional, for the color. I first tried using turmeric to give it a yellow color, but it didn’t look natural. Too yellowy. So I went back to testing, and I found out carrot juice gives it a nice beige color, don’t worry, you can’t taste the carrot! Note: You can use half of a teaspoon of annatto oil instead of carrot juice to give your butter a nice beige/yellow color.

🥣 How to Make Vegan Butter

This recipe consists of two steps: 1) Making the fermented cashew milk and 2) Blending it with the rest of the ingredients.

Cashew Milk

It starts with the cashew milk that we will let ferment to get a tangy flavor.

  1. Make the milk. Start by blending soaked raw cashews with water and cultures.
  2. Ferment it. Then, transfer the milk to a clean bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it ferment at room temperature for 24-48h, depending on the temperature of your house.
  3. Taste it. After about 24 hours, you should see some air bubbles in your cashew milk. This means the fermentation worked. Once your cultured cashew milk has a subtle tanginess, it’s ready to use!

Why Culture the Cashew Milk?

Culturing the cashew milk gives the butter a tangier taste, a more complex body, and a richer texture. It’s the secret to making it smell and taste like real dairy butter!

Making the Butter

The next and final step is preparing the butter itself:

  1. Melt the coconut oil over low heat. You don’t want the oil to be hot, just melted.
  2. Add the cultured cashew milk, melted coconut oil, grapeseed oil, lecithin, carrot juice, and salt to a high-speed blender.
  3. Blend for about 1 minute or until smooth and fully combined.
  4. Transfer to a container lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for a few hours or until firm. Alternatively, you can place the container in the freezer for about one hour if you want to speed up the process.
  5. Your vegan butter is now ready!

Since this butter is traditionally cultured, it won’t keep as long as margarine. You can keep the butter for up to 7 days in a fridge.

❄️ Freezing

You can keep this vegan butter for up to 2 months in the freezer. I recommend cutting it into small cubes and then thawing just what you need.

🥞 Where to Use Vegan Butter

You all know where to use butter, but here are a few ideas of what you can do with it:

  • Breakfast: Spread on warm toast and sandwiches, top your pancakes, or even stir into oatmeal. Breakfast will never be the same!
  • Use in baked goods: Perfect for Chocolate Chip Cookies! Banana bread, cupcakes, pies, caramel sauce, the possibilities are endless. Oh, and what about puff pastry?
  • Make the frosting: Yep, you can use this butter to make buttercream frosting the traditional way. It will be soft and fluffy.
  • Brown: I successfully made brown butter from it. You have to be careful not to burn it, though. Then, use it in cookies, sauces, etc.
  • Add a flavor: Stir in risotto before serving, add to sauces, or melt on vegetables, a knob of butter will take your meal to the next level.
Spreading vegan butter on a slice of bread.

📔 Tips

  • Do not overheat the coconut oil. To prevent separation during blending, the coconut oil should be just melted and not hot.
  • Use refined coconut oil. Since coconut oil is this vegan butter’s main ingredient, you absolutely need to use the odorless/flavorless kind. Using regular coconut oil would give the butter an overpowering coconut flavor.
  • Regarding lecithin: This emulsifier is what allows the cashew cream and different oils to blend together. I tried using both sunflower and soy lecithin, and both work great.
  • Replacing the acidophilus: You can replace the capsule of Acidophilus with 1/16 teaspoon of mesophilic culture.
  • To flavor this vegan butter: Follow the recipe as stated. Once firm, let the butter sit on the counter for 1-2 hours or until soft. Stir in your add-ins (herbs, garlic, raisins, cinnamon, or chocolate for a sweet version) and transfer the butter to a container. Place in the refrigerator until firm again.

💬 FAQ

Can I omit the lecithin?

Unfortunately, no. Lecithin is essential to emulsify the oils and the cashew milk. It prevents it from separating.

Can I omit the fermenting step?

Yes, if you are short on time, you can skip this step and simply use the cashew cream. Your butter won’t taste as buttery but will still be delicious.

Does this vegan butter melt?

Yes! It melts just like real butter, so you can use it to make sauces or stir-fry veggies.

Can I use this vegan butter to make puff pastry?

While I haven’t personally tried it, I have no doubt it will work just like regular butter!

How long does vegan butter keep?

It will keep for about one week in the refrigerator. After that, I found it a bit too tangy.

Vegan Cultured Butter on a wooden board.

I hope you are going to love this plant-based butter! With over 75 ★★★★★ ratings, it’s definitely a must-try!

Thick, creamy, and soft, this vegan butter has the perfect texture. It’s spreadable right from the fridge and works so well in baked goods!

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Two loaves of vegan butter.
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Recipe
Vegan Cultured Butter

Homemade Vegan Butter (Cultured!)

4.72 from 82 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Creamy and spreadable cultured vegan butter that smells and tastes like real butter! Palm oil-free, soy-free, and dairy-free!
Prep Time : 30 minutes
Resting Time : 2 hours
Total Time : 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16 oz (450g)
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients
 

Cultured Cashew Milk

Cultured Butter

  • 1/2 cup cultured cashew milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 tsp liquid sunflower lecithin or 2 tsp powdered lecithin
  • 2 tsp carrot juice for color, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

Cultured Cashew Milk

  • Place the raw cashews in a bowl. Cover and let them soak overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  • Drain the cashews and put them back in the bowl. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, pour the boiling water over the cashews. This step will kill viable bacteria. Drain the cashews.
  • Add them to a blender with 2/3 cup of water and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides from time to time until everything is smooth.
  • Transfer the cashew milk to a small bowl or container and stir in the acidophilus powder. Cover with a clean towel or with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 24 hours (up to 48 hours). The cashew cream is ready when it has a light tangy taste. You should also see some air bubbles. This means the fermentation worked.

Vegan Butter

  • Melt the coconut oil over low-medium heat. Measure 1 and 1/4 cups of melted coconut oil and put it in a blender. Add 1/2 cup of cultured cashew milk, neutral oil, sunflower lecithin, salt, and carrot juice. Blend on high speed for about 1 minute.
  • Line a 6×4-inch container with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the container and place it in the freezer for at least 1 hour or until firm. Once firm, transfer to the refrigerator. It will become softer after a few hours.
  • This vegan butter will keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Since this butter contains live cultures, it might get stronger in taste/smell as time passes. It will keep in the freezer for up to two months.

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Notes

    • Do not overheat the coconut oil. To prevent separation during blending, the coconut oil should be just melted and not hot.
    • Use refined coconut oil. Since coconut oil is this vegan butter’s main ingredient, you absolutely need to use the odorless/flavorless kind. Using regular coconut oil would give the butter an overpowering coconut flavor.
    • Regarding lecithin: This emulsifier is what allows the cashew cream and different oils to blend together. I tried using both sunflower and soy lecithin, and both work great.
    • Replacing the acidophilus: You can replace the capsule of Acidophilus with 1/16 teaspoon of mesophilic culture.
    • To flavor this vegan butter: Follow the recipe as stated. Once firm, let the butter sit on the counter for 1-2 hours or until soft. Stir in your add-ins (herbs, garlic, raisins, cinnamon, or chocolate for a sweet version) and transfer the butter to a container. Place in the refrigerator until firm again.
    • Recipe inspired by Miyoko’s VeganButter and Nutcrafter’s Bettah than Buttah, as well as traditional butter-making techniques.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1 tbsp | Calories: 96 kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5 g | Protein: 0.3 g | Fat: 10.5 g | Fiber: 0.1 g
    Course : Condiment
    Cuisine : American, French
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    Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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    Can i use sunflower lecithin powder instead of liquid. What will be the proportion.

    If we opt to use soy lecithin (because we cannot find sunflower), it is always in powder. Would we use 2 tsp? You’re very innovative with your recipes. I am not a vegan and will never be because I don’t think it’s healthy, but I like to eat a variety of things and this is really cool!

    Hi Monika!
    What do you think is unhealthy in a vegan diet?

    Oreos cookies are the worst

    4 stars
    The stamp “Vegan” !
    Vegan food is, in general, a lot of junk and chem food. It just doesn’t make use of any animal product, that’s all. But that’s all good because 9.8/10 Vegans don’t care about their own health. 😉

    Thank you Thomas!

    Hi Thomas I could only get granules. Will I grind them into a powder?

    Thanks

    MairiAnna

    Butter is another raging success in this house. Many thanks Thomas. Can the butter be frozen?

    MairiAnna

    5 stars
    Looks amazing! So, did you try it with paff pastry already?😄

    5 stars
    You really are amazing! I have made some of your cheeses and theu are so time intensive, but worth it (ie i could never have come up with it myself)

    5 stars
    Thanks for another great recipe, Thomas!! This butter tastes great and made wonderful gluten, dairy and soy free pie crusts.

    5 stars
    It came out just perfect. I love your very creative recipes.

    This is brilliant! I’m curious if you can use other nuts besides cashews as a base – so many people seem sensitive these days. Will have to give your version a try! Bravo!

    I’ve just made this with sunflower seeds instead of cashews and it worked perfectly

    Hi what was the weight of the sunflower seeds you used, thanks

    5 stars
    Thank you very much for this recipe. It works really brillant and also omnivores are satisfied. As I am vegan since more than 5 years, was looking for a product without palmoil-seeds. Perfect and thank you very much for your work! As I held workshops for making vegan cheese I always recommend your page.

    Hi Thomas,
    I was wondering : is refined coconut oil the same as deodorized coconut oil? Meaning, if I buy some for this recipe, will I be able to use the rest for the foie gras recipe? 🙂 It says it has a neutral flavor on Amazon.
    Thank you!

    5 stars
    So I made this butter. I was buying Miyoko’s vegan butter at Trader Joe’s, but then they stopped carrying it. It was right around then that I got your recipe. You made it look like something I could do. I really wanted to make it a couple days ago, but I didn’t have sunflower oil. I had already cultured the cashews, so I decided to go ahead and make it. I used about 1/8 cup olive oil and a little extra coconut oil to make up for the other oil. I happened to have some red palm oil that I had bought on a whim and I added a teaspoon of that. It made it THE perfect color. Mine is like real butter – hard right out of the refrigerator, and better to spread after it warms up. I like it like this. It is soooo good! I love this butter. It’s my new favorite thing! I made bread just to go along with it.
    Thomas, you are genius. I think your blog is really underrated. You should be nominated for one of the most innovative vegan chefs!

    I agree 100% I’m blessed that he is here sharing all of this talent with us. This is making me happy and satisfied to eat vegan!

    Thank you! I was just going to ask if it would work to use olive oil instead. It has a buttery flavor and a much better omega ratio. The coconut oil will do everything the red palm with do (except the color) without the environmental hit (sustainable labels aren’t real for palm oil – some of those labelled sustainable are worse than the conventional – and those are horrifying!). Anyway, thanks for validating the olive oil.

    5 stars
    I am definitely making this butter again for Christmas. I will flavour it with dill and salt flakes. The basic recipe is also very good, first I thought it was bland but I got used to it and it is just the best butter! Perfect with my homemade sourdough bread. Happy Christmas!

    5 stars
    Wow! You did it once again! This is so much better than most of the vegan butters on the market, and SO MUCH less expensive than Miyoko’s.

    It is delicious! Unfortunately, I love spreading it on fresh bread and toast. I say unfortunately, because well, it’s hard to stop eating it!!!!

    Hi! I tried making Myiokos butter from her book and it doesn’t taste the same as her butter that you buy.
    I’m looking forward to your version. It is way too expensive at $6.00 a block.

    I have everything to make it. I’ll be doing it this weekend and let you know 🙂

    Her book version isn’t cultured like he store bought is. We asked her at a Vegfest.

    Hi There. I have a question if that’s ok?

    The butter mixture looked curdled after blending the cashew cream, oils and lecithin. I’ve put it in the freezer to see how it looks afterwards but, I think something has gone wrong.

    Maybe too much pro-biotic? – the cream was quite thick when I added it.
    Or maybe not enough Lecithin? – I have a powder so used 2 tsp
    Maybe coconut oil too warm after melting?

    I’m ready to give it another go anyway so, if you have any advice, that would be great. I can tell it’s going to be great when I get it right!

    Thanks for any help

    Jacky, Mine did something similar the first time. It seemed as though the powdered lecithin would not blend entirely in the blender. I now use an immersion blender to blend the 2 teaspoons into the cream mixture first. I blend till I can hardly see the lecithin specks. Then add the remaining oils and blend till creamy. It’s perfect!

    Amazing. thank for the tip. I’ll try again at the weekend and report back.

    Thanks for the advce. I’m trying again right now! I’ll report back the results.

    The second batch came out amazing! a mixture of ensuring the oil was sufficiently cooled, stirring in the powdered lethicin to the cashew first and then pouring oil in slowly made the resulting mixture much creamier. I thought I could see it start to split a little when I stopped blending but a coupe of hours in the freezer sorted it out.

    Thanks Sandra and Thomas for the tips to get it right and Thomas, thank you so much for the recipe, it’s really is great…we are just shovelling it in spread on fresh bread!! My New year diet has taken a sudden downturn

    Mine has looked curled as I was pouring it into a container…

    Lecithin powder can sometimes take a while to dissolve. I stirred mine into the cashew cream and let it sit for half an hour. Also, I found 2 tsp wasn’t quite enough to stop it splitting. 3 tsp worked better.

    Can we use guar gum or arabic gum instead of sunflower lecithin. Pls reply. Thanks

    I’m not the ex pert but that doesn’t sound like it would work.

    I saw it here and hence asked .
    https://www.myspicesage.com/lecithin-powder-p-543.html

    Thanks 🙂

    Hi…Thanks for sharing! I’m trying out this recipe… Question: As the recipe only requires 1/2 cup of cultured cashew milk what are your suggestions to do with the rest of the milk in the recipe? Looking forward to your comments!!

    5 stars
    Hi Thomas!

    Great recipe, I decided to give it a shot as I am familiar with Miyoko’s Vegan Butter in stores and wanted to make a similar product myself.

    Everything went super great! However, after going over the recipe a third time after making it and noticing a slight separation, I realized I used all of the cashew cream from steps 1-4. Whoops!

    Might I suggest adding n step 5 the words “1/2 cup” before “cashew cream”. Even though I read through your whole post twice and recipe twice before starting, I still assumed you meant “all of the cashew cream you made” because there is no separation of the cashew cream instructions and the final butter instructions. I now have a very off-balanced proportion, but luckily I measure everything by weight and take notes so I’ll be able to figure out how to save it! I’ll let you know how it all works out 🙂 I’m always up for a challenge 😉

    I also used Victoria’s suggestion of 1 tsp of organic, fair trade and sustainably sourced red palm oil, and it really does make the perfect color for those who don’t mind that type of ingredient. Thank you for that tip, Victoria!

    Thank you again, Thomas- I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog, and I am excited to try my hand at your cheese recipes as well.

    Sincerely,
    Chef Bug

    Thomas, you can always freeze the carrot juice in an ice tray, so that whenever you need 2 tsp, you can pop out one cube and dissolve it into your mixture.

    Could you just use the extra cashew milk to make another batch? I’m thinking make enough to end up with double the end results without leftovers

    3 stars
    Hi Thomas,

    Thank-you for generously sharing your creations. I’m in the process of fermenting my first batch of cashew camemberts. They are maturing into very convincing cheeses so far. My confidence in your research and my comfort with fermentation led me to try the butter. I completed the butter today and the texture is wonderful. However, as a non-vegan I can’t say that it tastes like traditional butter. My batch is similar in flavour to raw button mushrooms! I’m open to the unexpected and I’m sure any number of things could have happened in the process that created this flavour, including the fermentation or perhaps the quality or quantity of cashews.

    It won’t be solo on toast, but I will find many ways to integrate it in dishes. I just thought I’d share my results and will try it again to compare notes. Although I commend you for creating a butter with a good texture, I can’t offer a higher rating at this time due to the flavour and the slight difficulty of accessing the lecithin and refined coconut oil in a small community.

    5 stars
    I made this butter but added a half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to give it some acidity as my fermenting didn’t produce much. Also put half a teaspoon of nutritional yeast. My whole family are just amazed! It’s LIKE BUTTER. My husband who has joined us on the vegan path could not let his cows milk butter go. He has now. Thank you so much Thomas.
    I used soya lecithin granules , sokaedthem for an hour in water then added.
    I might have half of England reading your blog soon.

    Hello! The water separated from the cashew cream when i was fermenting it, should i opt the water out or mix it with the cream before adding other ingredients?

    Hi! Thanks for sharing! I bought Now’a 50 Billion Probiotic Powder (https://www.nowfoods.com/supplements/probiotic-10-50-billion-powder), and I use about 1q4 teaspoon to make cashew yogurt with it.. How much would you recommend to use for this butter? And cheese?

    I have made your butter and it is delicious. I wanted to tell you that I colored mine with annotto (achiote) oil that I had on hand from cooking asian food. Just a few drops colored the butter beautifully. One recipe keeps in the fridge for a long time for use in cooking or coloring.

    Does the coconut oil have to be refined or does unrefined work as well?

    5 stars
    Hi Thomas,
    I am your number 1 fan for the camembert and I would love to try this butter but I can’t find edible liquid lecithine. I see you are living in France now, as I am : can you tell me where to find it please ? The one I bought from Amazon said “do not ingest” on it. Thanks !!

    4 stars
    Hi there, I haven’t yet made this but I have started with the cashew mixture. I could only find refined coconut oil in liquid form, rather than the usual solid stuff. Will this work?
    Thank you in advance. I was really excited to see a Vegan butter recipe as it’s impossible to find one in the shops that doesn’t contain palm oil!

    Hi, Thomas,
    New subscriber here, and I’d like to try this butter recipe. I have the Silk brand Cashew Milk in my fridge at the moment. I assume that I can start out with this product, rather than making my own cashew milk from scratch, right?

    Okay, thanks. Also I’m not sure if using coconut oil is good for my personal dietary needs. Is there an alternative oil that suits the purpose? Thanks.

    I do not know if the local CVS carries Acidophilus Probiotic. May I purchase any probiotic in capsule form? I have a feeling the answer is no, but I did want to ask. Thank you.

    5 stars
    This is ridiculously tasty. I had to invest in the ingredients as I didn’t have them otherwise but it was well worth it! Thank you so much! I put smoked sea salt in mine!

    5 stars
    I love your recipes,thanks for everything

    Angy

    5 stars
    Is it ok not to perment the cashew ?

    Hi Thomas, thank you for the recipe! A quick question: When I use 1/2 cup cashews and 2/3 cup water, it makes 1 cup cultured cashew cream. But in the recipe it says 1/2 cup cashew cream. Is that correct?

    Thank you!

    5 stars
    Hey there! BIG FAN!
    Just one prob – If I follow the link for the Acidophilus probiotic – the page is blocked..
    is there something I have to consider before ordering my own Acidophilus probiotic ?
    can I get organic ones? what’s the name of the ones you usually use?
    And are the capsules vegan too? 🙂

    Absolutely, delicious, Thomas. My lecithine had gone hard so I did without, making using the mayonnaise method of pouring the oils in slowly. Maybe the texture is not perfect but the taste…oh my goodness!!

    This looks amazing! I’d love to try it.
    I have BlueBonnet’s acidophilus probiotic that expired 12/2017. Do you think I can still use it? It was kept sealed in the fridge…