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?
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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Millet Butter (Healthy Buttery Spread)
- 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.)
- 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.
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