OK, so I know there are vegan options for butter in stores. However, I don’t enjoy the taste and the “butter” I use is actually pretty easy to make and pretty healthy. It doesn’t have refined oils and added natural flavors in it. This recipe is from one of my earlier posts, but I’ve decided to repost because I love it that much. I ALSO have some new information to share on it.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Flaxseed Oil
Directions. Place coconut oil in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. After ten minutes pour 1/2 cup of coconut oil into a tupperware container. Then pour 1/2 cup of flaxseed oil into the same tupperware container and stir. After that, you stick the container in the fridge. In a few hours you should have a butter like substance you can spread on toast or put on steamed veggies.
So, why is it good for me? Well, butter made from dairy has a heavy concentration of saturated fat. Even though our bodies need saturated fats in order to build cell walls, dairy butter is very imbalanced between saturated and unsaturated fats.
It is true that coconut oil is high in saturated fats. However, the saturated fats are less harmful to the body because they are medium chain fatty acids. Unlike the saturated fat from dairy, the fat found in coconut has shown no correlation to increases in bad cholesterol and heart disease.
I’m sure everybody has heard about flaxseeds at this point. They are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are necessary for our brain functioning. Flaxseed oil also contains Vitamin E, which is great for the skin and joints. It’ll give you a nice glow :)
However, the EFA (essential fatty acids) in flaxseed oil need to be converted to DHA. Everyone has different conversion rates. Coconut oil doubles the conversion rates of EFA to DHA.
So this butter will give you a nice balance of fats. It is 50% saturated fat and 50% unsaturated fat. This is a better balance than dairy butter.
The coconut-flax butter in comparison to a product like earth balance will give your brain a better chance at absorbing and using the EFA. The oils in earth balance typically come from soybean, canola, and olive oil. These oils have a higher concentration of Omega 9 and Omega 6. The American diet is already high in these two fatty acids, which is why there has been so much hype around getting Omega 3’s. When your body has too much Omega 9’s and 6’s inflammation occurs.
Flaxseed oil and hempseed oil have a good balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6. However, I find hempseed oil a little gross. Well, that is pretty much my philosophy around eating this butter instead of all other butters. It really takes very little time to make and will last for about 6 months in the fridge.