Bone broth is wonderful for its health benefits. But bone marrow is another source of healthy nutrients. Combined with another health food — grass-fed butter — this bone marrow butter is a powerhouse of essential nutrients.
What is Bone Marrow Butter?
When bone marrow is in the bone, it’s hard to distinguish from the bone itself. When roasted, the bone marrow melts and becomes almost butter-like itself. It has a rich buttery or nutty flavor that mixes well with grass-fed butter. Bone marrow butter is the name for this mixture. Bone marrow butter can be used in almost any way you use regular butter.
Is Bone Marrow Healthy?
Bone marrow is a staple of many indigenous cultures. It is often served to children because of it’s high nutrient content. While it’s unclear the exact nutritional profile of bone marrow, experts believe it is an important health food and likely contains:
- healthy polyunsaturated fats – Important for heart health.
- vitamin K – Important for heart, bone, oral, and brain health.
- phospholipids and methionine – Both are important for brain function.
Additionally, bone marrow is a significant source of the hormone adiponectin. This hormone helps keep the body and metabolism healthy. Specifically, it can help maintain insulin sensitivity and break down fat.
Is Butter Healthy?
Though butter has gotten a bad rap in the past, it is actually a very healthy food that traditional cultures have eaten for generations. The health benefits of butter include:
- Protects against heart disease – Butter is not the cause of heart disease as many of us have heard. In fact, butter consumption went down around the time that heart disease began to rapidly increase in prevalence.
- Heals teeth – Butter contains fat soluble vitamins that help heal and remineralize the teeth.
- Supports thyroid function – Butter contains vitamin A and iodine — both of which are important for thyroid health.
- May protect against cancer – Butter has medium and short chain fatty acids that have anti-cancer properties.
- Rich source of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – Important for reducing inflammation, soothing asthma, promoting weight loss, strengthening bones, and boosting the immune system.
Butter is also delicious, so it’s easy to get kids to enjoy it (and reap the nutritional benefits)!
Want More? Healing Recipes to Try
If you’re looking for more healing foods to try on your family, here are some of great ones:
Garlic Soup – Made with chicken broth and immune boosting garlic, this soup is perfect for winter time.
Nourishing Butternut Squash Soup – Butternut squash is a nutrient packed vegetable. It’s also very inexpensive, it’s a perfect choice for soup!
Liver and Onions with Bacon – Liver is one of the most nutritious foods that we can eat. Try this tasty way to eat it.
Perfect Pate – Liver makes another appearance in this pate. It’s perfect for kids learning to like organ meats!
Deviled Eggs – This fun party food is also loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Also, check out this article for helpful information about how to find and use bone marrow and the bones left after extracting the marrow.
Bone Marrow Butter Recipe
Yield 1 cup
A delicious way to include healthy bone marrow in your diet!
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the bones, marrow side up, on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the marrow in the center of each bone is bubbly and soft all the way through.
- Let marrow bones cool enough to be handled, then scoop out the marrow into a food processor.
- Add the softened butter, salt, rosemary or thyme, and fresh parsley to the food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Use as you would butter and refrigerate leftover.
Try tossing this bone marrow butter with roasted vegetables!
Serving Size 1 TBSP
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.6 g
Saturated Fat 4.1 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Sodium 89 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Protein 2.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Have you ever used bone marrow? What do you do with it?