Maple Lemon Compound Butter (Perfect for Oatmeal!)

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Maple Lemon Compound Butter

Have you ever made compound butter? It’s really easy, and it’s a great way to add tons of flavor to your meals. You can flavor your butter with anything from fresh herbs to  bacon and pecans and it will be ready in your refrigerator to add a punch of flavor to whatever you’re eating.

Lately, I’ve been in love with maple lemon compound butter. The maple adds sweetness, while lemon zest adds a burst of bright, citrusy flavor that cuts through heavy winter flavors.

I made this maple lemon compound butter with oatmeal in mind, but it’s also great on sweet potatoes, squash, or baked salmon. You can even use it in place of plain butter to sauté shrimp. Really though it makes oatmeal so easy, and you can even stick a pat of the butter into a plastic baggie and bring it to the office with you to put on top of instant oats. I’m all about saving time in the morning!

How to make maple lemon compound butter

The recipe is so easy that there’s almost no excuse not to make it right this second. You only need four ingredients: unsalted butter, lemon zest, maple syrup, and sea salt. For the brightest lemon flavor, I like to use an organic, non-waxed lemon.

Mix all of the ingredients together, then roll the butter tightly in a piece of parchment and put it in the refrigerator to solidify. After a few hours, you’ll be able to slice off as much (or as little) as you need. It will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks, ready to add a little something special to your meals.
Maple Lemon Compound Butter

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Maple Lemon Compound Butter (Perfect for Oatmeal!)

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Calories: 45kcal


  • 1 stick 1/4 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lemon preferably organic, zested
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 generous pinch sea salt.


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a heavy wooden spoon mix everything together until it's thoroughly combined. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  • Spoon the butter along the long edge of a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the butter, then roll tightly. Roll the ends of the parchment to seal. Refrigerate 2-3 hours, or until firm.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Lemon Compound Butter (Perfect for Oatmeal!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By on November 17th, 2016

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Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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2 thoughts on “Maple Lemon Compound Butter (Perfect for Oatmeal!)”

  1. I always prepared my oatmeal the Sunday before the week as I rarely have time in the morning to prepare. I would have never thought of pre-making a butter for it! Brillant. I’m starting to get sick of cinnamon and brown sugar so this will be an awesome alternative!


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