Thursday, April 25, 2013

Healthier Butter Spread

Butter is among one of my favorite ingredients, I have to admit.  Although it is much healthier than margarine made with fake ingredients, butter does have a lot of saturated fat.  I like to make my own healthier spread, which still has some butter, so it has that great butter flavor, but it is blended with olive oil and coconut oil.  Olive and coconut oils are made entirely of the good for you fats. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but if you heat it up just a little bit, it melts.  This makes for a lovely spread.
Here is how you make the spread:
1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid, not liquid
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
If you are not crazy about the olive oil taste, or want something with a more neutral flavor, substitute canola oil for the olive oil.  Canola is a heart healthy fat as well.
Cream together butter and coconut oil.
Toss in the salt.
Then stream in the olive oil.

Blend until thoroughly combined.

Pour the spread into a container with a lid.  At this point the spread is a little too runny because the mixing has warmed up the coconut oil.  Seal it up and pop it into the fridge for a bit.  After it chills, it will be a firmer consistency, more like butter.  If you want it to be more spreadable just let it sit out on the counter for about 5 minutes to warm up.

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