Millet Butter (Healthy Buttery Spread)

Vegan Millet Butter

Is Oil Healthy?

Despite what you may read on the internet, butter, margarine, and oil are not health foods. While we do need fat in our diet, the fat found in whole foods – like avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, etc. – is the best way to get that fat.

Fat from animal sources (like butter) and refined fat (found in oil and margarine and buttery spreads) have been shown to contribute to health problems, like weight gain, digestive issues, heart disease, and diabetes.

But who doesn’t love a warm piece of bread or fresh corn-on-the-cob slathered with butter? Is there a healthier option for a buttery spread?

Yep.

Healthier Butter Spread

This millet butter still contains some oil, but unlike other butter spreads, it actually gives you some fiber (other butter spreads have ZERO fiber) and offers a healthy dose of thiamine, niacin, and magnesium.

It’s also lower in calories than most other butter spreads.  And it’s vegan and gluten-free.

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Healthy Butter Recipe

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Millet Butter (Healthy Buttery Spread)

This healthier buttery spread actually gives you some fiber (other butter spreads have ZERO fiber) and offers a healthy dose of thiamine, niacin, and magnesium.
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Condiment
YIELD 1.5 cups
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup full-fat, canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup mild-tasting coconut oil - see note #1
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mild-flavored olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch granulated onion
  • 1 pinch granulated garlic
  • 2/3 cup hot, freshly-cooked millet - See note #3 below. (Be sure to keep millet hot until ready to add to other ingredients.)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until very smooth. (I use a high-powered blender to make this recipe. Other blenders have a hard time getting it super smooth.)
  • Pour into container and chill.

Notes

1. Mild-tasting coconut oil is coconut oil that does not smell like coconut or have a coconut flavor.
2. This Millet Butter keeps in refrigerator for about 5 days. I tried freezing this, and it changed the texture too much. (It was still edible – but barely). Since dividing the recipe in half doesn’t work well (not enough in the blender to blend smooth), if 1 1/2 cups of butter is too much for you to eat in 5 days (like it was for me), consider sharing some. πŸ™‚
3. I cook my millet in a crockpot (as described in this post) or in an Instant Pot using the slow cook function for 6 to 7 hours on low. 3/4 cup of millet to 3 cups (scant) of water is a good ratio. I like my millet to have a thick consistency so that my butter isn’t thin.
4. If you would like your butter to have more of a yellow color, add 1 to 2 small slices of raw carrot to the blender.

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12 Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for sharing this! I have been on the elimination diet for a couple of weeks and was looking just this sort of recipe I cannot currently eat corn or bread but in one more week I will be able to begin adding back foods to see what I am allergic to.

    I have noticed that even onions and garlic bother me, so have also dropped these two for the time being. Do you think that this recipe would still taste good if I left this two ingredients out?

    BTW, you look great and we miss you!

    Stephanie

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Yes, I think it would be fine without the granulated onion and garlic. They add a nice flavor hint, but I don’t think they are necessary.

      I hope you are able to figure things out using the elimination diet. Having allergy/diet issues is no fun.

      Good to hear from you! I hope you enjoy!

      Jennifer

  2. Hi Jennifer, I am going to try this. Question: Did you try reheating the frozen, thawed out butter? Some spreads come back just like the original if stirring while reheating until hot or just beginning to boil a little. thanks for your work!

  3. Hello Jennifer,
    I thought this was a great idea for ‘butter’. I’m going to try it as soon as possible! Will let you know how I get on/ it turns out. Thanks for your healthy ideas.

    1. Hi Samar,

      I would not recommend using any other grain other than millet.

      The cooked millet gives a creamy “buttery” feel. It also helps the mixture to thicken – so it isn’t a sauce. And it has a very mild flavor that fades into the background so you feel like you are eating butter, not cereal. It’s definitely an essential ingredient in this recipe.

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for this great suggestion!
    and for the color we can also add a little zaffron to it.

  5. 4 stars
    Iade this but as soon as I stopped the blender it started to separate – mostly the olive oil separating from the rest. Have you come across this problem? Ot tasted good though.

    1. Hi Pamela,
      Was your millet freshly cooked and still hot? If not, that can cause it to separate. Also, be sure to blend it very, very well so that the oil emulsifies. I use a Blentec blender to blend mine.
      Jennifer

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