When I went vegan, my family didn’t make the change with me, but I insisted upon one thing—no dairy. I banned it from the house after learning about the atrocities of dairy farming and the awful ingredients in milk. I immediately replaced our cow’s milk with plant-based milk and dairy butter with vegan butter.
I found butter to be one of the easiest dairy-free switch-outs you can make in your fridge. With the abundance and quality of products in the marketplace today, you can easily replace it without tasting the difference. I promise! And you can bake without it too!! Whether you need something to spread on a dairy-free grilled cheese, blend with sugar in a frosting, or melt on a baked potato, this guide to vegan butter has got you covered!
Best Vegan Butter For Daily Use
This is the go-to dairy-free butter in my house. It tastes just as great as butter…even better, in my opinion! They have the following varieties that are perfect for everyday use: Original, Soy-free, Organic Whipped, and Omega 3.
This rich and creamy organic spread is a favorite among many. It uses a blend of fruit and plant-based oils.
This spread has been around forever and is available at just about any mass grocery store.
This notorious brand recently came out with a vegan version of their butter spread. It’s 100% non-dairy and Vegan Action Certified.
Best Vegan Butter For Spreading
Brace your taste buds for this sweet, creamy butter. This is the good stuff so you want to use it where you are really going to taste it. I use it as a premium spread when I have a high-quality baguette or am making a special piece of toast. It will elevate anything you spread it on.
If you want something a little more special than their everyday butters above, Earth Balance also offers an Olive Oil and Organic Coconut Spread.
This a versatile, all-purpose cooking oil, but also doubles as a delicious butter alternative.
Best Vegan Butter For Baking
You can’t go wrong with any of the Earth Balance line of dairy-free butters, but when it comes to baking, their butter (and shortening) sticks replace the dairy versions with ease and delicious taste.
This butter spread brand recently launched these sticks that are optimized for baking with oils that are not high in omega 6 ALA’s, (such as soybean, canola, and safflower).
Best Vegan Butter For Melting
This is my go to butter for popcorn. Melt a few pats and drizzle it over a freshly popped batch of kernels, along with a few pinches of sea salt and a generous sprinkling of nutritional yeast for a game changer. It’s equally delicious slathered on freshly grilled corn on the cob.
Best Homemade Vegan Butter
- 1 cup unflavored (refined, not virgin) coconut oil
- 3⁄4 cup sunflower or safflower oil
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened, plain non-dairy milk
- ￼1 tablespoon ￼￼￼lecithin powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- Place a glass container in the freezer to chill while preparing the Better Butter.
- In a blender, process all ingredients together at medium speed for 30-60 seconds, until completely combined. Be careful not to over-process or the oils may separate.
- Transfer quickly to the chilled container, cover, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Unflavored coconut oil is also called “refined coconut oil,” and is sold in a jar in most health food stores. The most common brand is Spectrum. “Virgin” will taste like coconut, which is best to use for coconut-flavored dishes.
- Lecithin is used to emulsify or combine the ingredients. Although lecithin is most commonly made from soy, sunflower lecithin is becoming more popular. Look for it in the supplement section of health food stores, or online (see link below).
- How much is a pinch? Not much! It’s approximately half of 1⁄8 teaspoon.
- This is a soft, spreadable butter. If you'd like something harder, decrease the sunflower or safflower oil and increase the coconut oil. You can start with 3⁄4 cup sunflower or safflower and 1 cup coconut oil, and adjust by the tablespoon until you get your preferred texture. Just make sure that the total of both oils always equals 1 3⁄4 cup.
With so many options, your only challenge is which to try first! Have fun with it—and enjoy!