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This Plant-Based Butter Is Made From Chickpeas

By Marissa Higgins

There are some ingredients we expect to have in our kitchen. Cooking oils, spices, and butter are some of the core items we reach for no matter what meal we're preparing. If you're curious about a plant-based diet, or just want to reduce your animal consumption, you might already be familiar with options like tofu and nut milks. But when it comes to replacing butter, what are your options? Perhaps surprisingly, there are a growing number of plant-based butters on the market.

Chickpea butter is the latest innovation in plant-based butter. The brand, FabaButter, uses aquafaba to make their vegan butter. What is aquafaba? It's the liquid that comes in a can of chickpeas. It's used in a number of plant-based cooking hacks. For example, as an egg replacer in baking. 

And now, it's apparently the secret ingredient to a really wonderful butter alternative. FabaButter is made by Fora Foods and originates in Brooklyn. Even the way they make the vegan butter is sustainable. The aquafaba comes from their hummus leftovers. Other ingredients for the dairy-free butter include coconut oil, coconut cream, sunflower oil, and seasonings. The coconut is likely what gives the right amount of fat, while the chickpeas are responsible for the creaminess.