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Vegan Butter Substitute

16 servings

This delicious butter substitute is an interesting mixture of cooked millet, carrots, and raw cashews. Don't try to use it in baking or frying. It is only a spread for bread, scones, muffins, and the like. It contains more sodium than the ideal, but the salt is necessary for flavor. The calorie density is very low: much lower than that of bread.  :-(

Yummy Vegan Butter

vegan butter substitute

When you use this substitute for butter, feel free to spread it on thickly. It is very low in calories.

Here you see spread it on Ezekiel 4:9 bread, our favorite bread. We aways make this butter when we make our delicious whole wheat scone recipe. Try it when you are ready for a treat.

8 oz water
2 oz millet

1 1/2 oz carrot, peeled and cut in 1/8" circles

10 oz water
1 1/2 tsp agar powder

1 oz raw cashew pieces
1 tsp salt

In a small non stick saucepan, bring 8 oz water to a boil. Stir in millet, return to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Add carrots to the pot and cover again without stirring. Cook for 10 minutes longer. 

While millet is cooking, put 10 oz water in a glass measuring cup. Stir in agar powder and set aside for agar to soften.

Put raw cashews and salt in blender.

When millet and carrots are done, transfer them to the blender. Stir the water/agar mixture, then quickly pour it into the small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook and stir for one minute longer. Remove from heat and pour immediately into the blender, then blend all ingredients until smooth.

Pour the blended liquid quickly into a small container. Cover and chill.
Wash your blender as soon as possible, because the agar will set at room temperature. If necessary, fill the blender half way with warm water and add a drop of dish soap. Blend on high to clean the blender.

Comments: Agar is a natural seaweed thickener, more correctly called agar-agar. It is a vegan substitute for gelatin. It comes in powder form, in flakes, and in transparent strands. We find the powder dissolves better than do the other forms. You can buy agar in most health food stores.

Yield = 16 oz  1 serving = 1 oz   Calorie density = 25 calories/oz

Calories per serving: 25   Fat: 0.9 g (31%)   Protein: 0.8 g   CHO: 3.6 g

All of our recipes are written by weight. If you don't know how to measure food with a kitchen scale, please read these instructions before you start to measure any ingredients!

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