Luscious Oil-free Vegan Butter
This luscious oil-free vegan butter hits all the notes expected of a rich butter and can be used for more than just the typical butter uses.
Oil-free vegan butter is not easily found in the stores. In fact, I have never seen a vegan butter without oil. For that reason, it became necessary to create this homemade version of a butter type spread. The method created for this oil-free vegan butter makes for a smooth creamy texture and buttery taste.
Thinned with a little water it can be tossed with potatoes and other vegetables for roasting. I have also used it in place of coconut milk in curry sauces, which adds a great taste, thickens the sauce just right and unlike coconut milk has very little saturated fat. Luscious oil-free vegan butter is also the base to making flavored dips and sauces like the Silky Smooth Vegan Hollandaise.
Simmer the Cashews
For this oil-free vegan butter, simmering the cashews until they are soft as opposed to soaking overnight gives a smoother more buttery taste and texture. The cashews take about the same amount of time to simmer as it does to preheat the oven and roast the garlic, so they can be done simultaneously and the cashews and garlic will be ready around the same time. When the cashews are ready they will appear very smooth on the outside and will have the same lightened colour throughout if you cut one in half horizontally.
Roasted Garlic for Luscious Oil-free Vegan Butter
Roasted garlic is the secret to this oil-free vegan butter. It makes it savory and full flavored without overpowering the luscious, creamy taste. Garlic when roasted becomes mellow and loses its pungency. The roasted garlic develops a lush, rich savory taste which balances and enhances the sweet creamy taste of the blended cashews. It also adds sheen to the appearance, making the vegan butter even more appetizing.
Storing Luscious Oil-free Vegan Butter
The butter is best stored in a glass container in the coldest part of the refrigerator and will be good for up to five days. It thickens up once it gets cold. If needed add a few drops of warm water at a time and stir to the consistency desired.
The lemon juice will lift and brighten the flavor, but I note as optional because it depends on how you use the butter. More often than not, I add some lemon juice.
Tools Used in this Recipe
- small sauce pan
- chef knife
- cutting board
- bake sheet
- parchment paper
- hand blender
- flexible spatula (like silicone)