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  • Makes 1½ cups

Corn butter is a plant-based sensation, and with good reason: It’s a sweet and creamy easy-to-make vegan alternative to butter that isn’t overly processed or high in fat. Agar powder, a seaweed-derived alternative to gelatin, helps to bind the ingredients while keeping things light. Look for agar powder in the baking aisle next to jello ingredients or at Asian markets.

Creamy Corn Butter

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon agar powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Combine corn kernels with ½ cup water in a blender. Blend for a few minutes to achieve a very creamy texture.
  2. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the corn into a medium saucepan. Add nutritional yeast, agar powder, salt, and garlic; bring to a simmer on medium heat stirring constantly. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens. (If the mixture gets lumpy, you may need to smooth it again in the blender.)
  3. Pour into a container with a lid and let cool for 10 minutes. Then cover container and chill in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes to set. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 5 days.

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Davies Linn1 month ago
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Can you freeze any excess?

Shelly2 months ago
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I haven’t tried this but I will soon. Just wanted to say Darshana is my favorite recipe creator ever. Regardless of the originality or the idea, her recipes are always worth trying and usually very easy to follow, and delicious, too. Thanks Darshana!!

Louis Miller7 months ago
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What does ‘strain the corn into a fine mesh sieve’ mean? Does that mean that you remove the water in the sink and then put the kernels in the saucepan? Are there other fake butters that are compatible with this diet regimen?

Eric L7 months ago
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Louis, they mean ‘strain the corn [mixture] through a fine mesh sieve’. You retain the liquid and the sieve catches any bits that were not well-blended. Put the liquid in the saucepan and the bits in the trash.

I have been whole-food plant-based for c. 4 years to by no means an expert, but all the other fake butters I have heard about are store-bought and highly-processed.

brandnewvegan has a good corn butter recipe on his site as well that does not require straining and is slightly better-rated than this one.

Mark Giannini9 months ago
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Love to know if someone has put the butter in the freezer. If, yes how was it after it thawed out. Thank you

Mark Giannini9 months ago
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Love to know if anyone has put the butter in the freezer. If , yes how was it after it thawed out. Thank you

inks1 month ago
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I have frozen this but the corn butter I made was a mix of this and Brand Vegan recipe. The texture Isn’t great when defrosted but it’s fine after reheating.

VeggieTater11 months ago
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Don’t expect “butter” but a wonderful spread! I’m lazy and not so fussy about having a little fiber in my spread so I just pureed a can of corn with some of it’s liquid a, spoonful of soy yogurt, the nutritional yeast and a bit of miso. When it was smooth enough I added about 1/2 tsp or so of konjac powder and blended again, let is sit for a few to thicken, done!(https://www.foodingredientsonline.com/doc/konjac-flour-glucomannan-0001) .
Konjac is a very versatile, flavorless, healthy, low calorie starch that has amazing thickening properties in cold liquids, so no cooking required. Also great for salad dressing, sauces, and on and on! (If you add it to hot liquids be sure to dissolve in cold water first or it will instantly clump into a solid mass!)

Christie Lipinski11 months ago
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Anyone ever add fruit to this recipe for a different flavor?

AMANDA1 year ago
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Can you freeze this recipe?

Mary1 year ago
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If you can’t find agar agar, I made a very similar recipe I found on line. It was “easy vegan polenta butter” using polenta rather than corn, so there was no waste and no need for thickeners. It was a vegan recipe, free from dairy, oil, nuts and gluten. I found it at
https://eatlivebnspired.com/easy-vegan-polenta-butter-oil-free-nut-free-dairy-free-gluten-free/

Jackie Jardine-Moore1 year ago
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This is very similar to something I often make to dress up veg or baked potato. Only mine is much simpler. I drain a can of salt free or low sodium corn, add Benson’s Table Tasty to taste and a tsp of lemon juice then blend in high-speed blender. A lot easier and still good.

Noemi1 year ago
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I made this and it tasted good, but doesn’t taste anything like butter. It tastes like corn. Now, corn is delicious, and I did eat all of it. But it was a lot of work, and I had to throw away the solids. I’d rather just eat corn.

Surie1 year ago
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Will tapioca powder work?

Ronda1 year ago
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I can’t get agar powder locally. Is there a substitute?

Michele1 year ago
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You can check this website for substitutes and their possible outcomes. https://substitutecooking.com/agar-agar-substitutes/

Trina Sharp1 year ago
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Can this be frozen and then thawed for later use?

Michele1 year ago
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Can you freeze this?

Connie1 year ago
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I didn’t strain mine though. And I used psyllium hulls to thicken instead of agar.

Connie1 year ago
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6 cups seems like a lot of corn. I just used a 12 oz bag of frozen corn.
It’s plenty.

Joan1 year ago
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Can I use canned corn?

Darshana Thacker1 year ago
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Yes, you can. Rinse and drain well before use.

Squyres, Mary1 year ago
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Could corn starch be used as a thickener in place of the agar powder?

Darshana Thacker1 year ago
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Yes, you can use corn starch, but you may find the texture too dense for butter.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.

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