Make this easy, super healthy, uber-cool, pocket-friendly, flax seed butter right in your home to get your daily dose of omega 3 fats by following these step-by-step photos.
Seed butters are the rage and talk of the town now. Flax seeds and Chia seeds are the 2 must-add ingredients in my everyday smoothies.
I have been including them both in my diet regularly and have seen tremendous improvement in my overall health.
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My hair and skin feel several times better than they used to be. I can undoubtedly say that it is due to the inclusion of omega 3 fats daily.
The idea of making a flaxseed butter just like peanut butter, made a lot of sense and I loved it absolutely when I made my first batch.
After that, I have made various kinds of butter using a combination of other seeds as well. It is much more economical than buying an off-the-shelf bottle from a health food store.
What is Omega-3 & Why do you need it?
Omega-3s are important components of the membranes that surround each cell in your body.
Omega-3s also provide calories to give your body energy and have many functions in your heart, blood vessels, lungs, immune system, and endocrine system.
Despite being an essential fat that we need to survive, the human body cannot make it on its own.
We get the omega-3 fatty acids we need from the foods we eat.
While the main source happens to be Fish, flax and chia seeds are the best source of getting the essential omega 3 fats for vegetarians and vegans.
Cold-pressed coconut oil
Sweetener of your choice
salt and flavoring
1. Dry roast flax seeds in a pan, tossing them frequently, till it is fragrant. When you take it in your fist, you should feel the heat. Switch off the stove and let it cool down to room temperature.
2. Transfer to a mixie jar or food processor and run till the flax seeds are ground to a coarse powder.
3. Add, salt, sweetener of your choice (if using) and run the mixie once again. Add ¼ cup oil first and process it till it all comes together in a mass.
4. Add the remaining oil and grind till the butter forms into a smooth paste. This should take 2-3 mins. Keep scraping the sides with a spatula. Flaxseed butter is ready.
It is best to use cold-pressed coconut oil (which I highly recommend) as it elevates the flavor profile and you do not need any additional flavoring agents.
I would suggest that you make it in little quantities and resist the temptation to make it in bulk, to get its full health benefits.
I prefer using this food chopper more than a regular mixie jar to make nut or seed butter as the consistency and texture come out much better.
To make flavored butter, you can use a dash of vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, or cinnamon.
Is Flax Seed Butter Vegan?
If you are making all-natural unsweetened seed butter, then it is 100% vegan.
But if you prefer it sweetened and also sugar-free, then to keep it vegan, use only maple syrup. You can also try jaggery syrup but I have not tried it yet.
What is the shelf life?
Flax seeds tend to go rancid quickly. So it is better if you make it smaller quantities.
I usually make a batch that lasts me for a week or 10 days at maximum.
While you can store it at room temperature itself, I prefer to keep mine on the refrigerator door shelf.
What Oil works best?
I have added cold-pressed coconut oil to make this butter. But you can use any neutral flavored oils like olive, peanut, or sunflower.
You can also even use cold-pressed flaxseed oil if you can get hold of it.
But I love using coconut oil more because eating the flax seed butter right out of the bottle tastes like eating a crumbled coconut cookie.
How to choose the best flax seeds?
I use flax seeds almost daily. So I have tried various brands of seeds ranging from worst to good while I struggled to find 'The One' that I can finally settle down with.
After all those attempts I prefer to buy these Flax Seeds. These seeds store well at room temperature without giving off any weird fish smell and do not go rancid soon as well.
You can follow the same steps and replace half the flax seeds with white sesame seeds and make Flax seed-Sesame butter.
You can also use pumpkin or melon seeds or a little bit of all the seeds to make Seed Butter.
Best ways to use Flax Seeds Butter
- Use it as a spread on bread or gluten-free Rotis
- Drop spoonfuls while making smoothies
- Swirl few spoonfuls into your porridge
- Add a tablespoon or 2 in your overnight oats
- Use it as a dip to eat fruits and crackers.
- Just eat it plain straight from the bottle.
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Flax Seed Butter Recipe
- 100 gms Flax Seeds
- ⅓ cup Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- 1 to 3 tablespoon Sugar or Honey or Maple Syrup optional
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- Dash of cinnamon or cardamom or vanilla for flavoring optional
- Dry roast flax seeds in a pan, over medium flame, tossing frequently, till it gets fragrant. When you take it in your fist, you should feel the sharp heat.
- Switch off the stove and let it cool down to room temperature.
- Transfer to a mixie jar or food processor and run till the flax seeds are ground to a coarse powder.
- Add, salt, sweetener of your choice, and flavoring agent (if using) and run the mixie once again till well combined.
- Add ¼ cup oil first and process till it all comes together in a mass.
- Add the remaining oil and grind till the butter forms into a smooth paste. This should take 2-3 mins. Keep scraping the sides with a spatula.
- Flax seed butter is ready. Take a taste test and add more sweetener or flavor according to your preference.
- Transfer into a clean, dry jar and keep it refrigerated.