A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Simply Cinnamon Spelt Bread, and atop that bread was a delicious, dairy-free Spiced Honey Butter that I whipped up for a treat.
Although, instead of dairy-free butter rather, I used a combination of nutritive oils! This causes it to firm up nicely for slicing, spreading, whipping, and melting. Consequently, this recipe is not only dairy-free, but it is also soy-free and gluten-free. For a vegan butter, maple syrup or agave would make a delicious replacement for honey.
If you want a softer butter straight from the fridge, feel free to change the oil blend 50/50. That is, use 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of the other oil. The more nutritive oils will impart their own flavors. For the most neutral taste, I use Extra-Light Olive Oil. For a richer taste, I used Hemp Seed Oil (the Green Gold Hemp Oil from Foods Alive – not as strong as some other brands in flavor).
We enjoyed this delicious spiced honey butter spread on toast, melted over steamed carrots and beets, and I can only imagine how incredible it would be drizzled over popcorn or atop a warm cornbread muffin.
Special Diet Notes: Spiced Honey Butter
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, and vegetarian. Optionally vegan / plant-based.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (palm oil can be substituted)
- 1 tablespoon good quality oil (hemp, flax, olive, walnut, etc. – I used Foods Alive Hemp Oil for one batch and Extra-Light Olive Oil for another)
- 1 tablespoon honey (use agave nectar or maple syrup to make it vegan)
- ¼ teaspoon chinese 5-spice powder (sold in most spice sections)
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- In a small dish, whisk all ingredients together. Place in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and vigorously whisk with a fork to smooth it out. Return to the freezer for a bit more. Whisk again to make it smooth. It should be quite firm at this point. Shape or pipe as desired and store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Assuming your house isn’t too warm, the “butter” will stay solid at room temperature, just softening a bit, but will melt readily atop warm toast or steamed veggies (try carrots, sweet potatoes, golden beets, or other honey-loving veggies).