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Nina's Vegan Aquafaba Butter

Nina's Vegan Aquafaba Butter 16.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post

Oct 5, 2015

This butter-substitute spread comes together in about 60 seconds and is similar to the commercial vegan “butter” spreads like those made by Earth Balance. Aquafaba refers to the cooking liquid – not the soaking liquid – from dried chickpeas, or the liquid from canned chickpeas.

If you can, use refined coconut oil, which has a somewhat buttery flavor. If you are using aquafaba that is already salted, taste the mixture as you blend it before adding more salt.

Make Ahead: The aquafaba butter needs to be refrigerated (uncovered) overnight. It can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 6 months.


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Tested size: 16 servings; makes about 16 tablespoons

  • 1/3 cup solid coconut oil, preferably refined
  • 4 teaspoons canola or rapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons aquafaba (see headnote)
  • 2/3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Pinch ground turmeric (optional)


Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat, then remove it from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the canola or rapeseed oil.

Combine the aquafaba and vinegar or lemon juice in a Mason jar or similar container and begin blending with an immersion (stick) blender. It should start to thicken within just a few seconds, so begin pouring the oil mixture into it slowly, and continue blending until it thickens into something resembling mayonnaise.

At this point, taste it to see whether it needs salt; if it does, add the 1/3 teaspoon. Mix in the turmeric, if using, to give the vegan butter a little color.

Scrape the mixture into a container; refrigerate uncovered overnight or until firm. Once it's firm, you can cover it and refrigerate or freeze, as needed.

Recipe Source

Adapted from the Danish blog

Tested by Kristen Hartke.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon: 50

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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