I admit it - I love butter. But I don't love dairy. So I've taste tested all the vegan butter brands I could find, to bring you my favorite plant based butter substitutes!
Eating a plant-based diet is beneficial for many reasons—regardless of whether it’s one night a week (like meatless Mondays) or an entire lifestyle. But it can be hard to find the best vegan butter substitute.
Vegan butter is usually made with a mixture of oil and water along with other ingredients. Olive, avocado, and coconut are all possible oils you will find.
When you’re shopping for the best vegan butter, there are a few things to keep in mind. Look for products that are low in refined oils and free of any artificial additives. Another important factor to note is that some butter brands are highly processed. Be sure to look at that when choosing yours.
Plan what you’ll be using the butter for, and research which kind of butter substitute will give the best texture for what you’re making.
Vegan butter may be slightly more expensive than dairy butter, but sometimes can be found for a comparable price. There are also possible allergens in the ingredients so pay close attention. Allergens like tree nuts and soy could possible be used as ingredients.
Best Vegan Butter
Earth’s Balance Original Buttery Spread
This buttery spread is a creamy and spreadable vegan butter. It has a delicious taste and is perfect for cooking or using on your toast. This brand is committed to ethically sourcing their ingredients along with creating healthy, nutritious vegan options that will give the same satisfaction as dairy butter. Whether you’re a full-time vegan or just dabbling in making some healthy switches, this vegan butter is packed with flavour and has a creamy soft texture.
Miyoko’s Vegan Butter
Miyoko’s Creamery was founded by Miyoko herself. Miyoko is a strong voice in the vegan community and an example for change. Miyoko’s Creamery was founded to inspire compassion for all living things. Leading by example, Miyoko’s Creamery made a promise to be “phenomenally vegan” in everything they do. They have 4 different vegan butter flavors—all are spreadable and delicious. Each flavor is 100% certified made from plants and USDA organic.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter: Vegan
This delicious vegan butter mimics the texture of dairy butter and is spreadable. It’s made from real, simple ingredients: plants! There are no artificial flavours. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter: Vegan has 0 grams of trans fat per serving and contains Omega-3-ALA. This is a delightful, healthy butter substitute!
Melt Organic is driven by creating butter that’s better for you, your food, and the environment. They source ingredients sustainably and use minimal packaging. Melt Organic can be purchased from a variety of grocery stores or online. They carry 4 different delicious flavours of vegan butter made from USDA organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Milkadamia Salted Buttery Spread
Milkadamia Salted Butter Spread is plant-based and contains no palm oil—ever. The brand is an advocate for earth, health, and the future. They work to consciously create vegan butter that is delicious and has great texture. Milkadamia makes their products with macadamia nuts and creates beautiful quality products with a great taste!
Wildbrine Creamery Plant-Based Butter—European Style Cultured
This delicious butter is spreadable and packed with flavor. Wildbrine uses the freshest of produce in their creations and checks each ingredient to ensure maximum freshness and deliciousness. Their butter is plant-based and is available in many Costco locations or online.
Califia Farms Dairy-Free Plant Butter
Califia Farms created a plant-based butter so delightful that you can even bake with it! This plant-based butter melts and spreads like a dream. Califia Farms' plant-based butter is certified vegan, kosher, and uses ingredients that are non-GMO. This butter is versatile and can be used for all things you would use a dairy-based butter for.
Coconut Infusions provides a non-dairy butter that tastes like a dairy one! This vegan butter is organic and contains no additives. Coconut Infusions is certified vegan and uses ingredients that are non-GMO. Bold and beautiful flavours makes this butter delightful and delicious!
Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil with Butter Flavor
This plant-based butter has a lot of delicious flavor. It is certified organic, and all the ingredients are ethically sourced. All coconuts used by Nutiva come from healthy soil and are never processed with any chemicals. Certified vegan and spreadable, Nutiva is a delicious vegan butter.
Remember to look at the ingredients when you’re looking at substitute butter options. You'll want to avoid any food allergens you may have. Look for a vegan butter with texture to give you that rich, creamy butter feel. Also make sure that the butter is versatile enough to melt for cooking or heat similarly for baking.
Daveigh Jones says
Me...where I live now, anyway...
Miyoko's cultured when I can get it. It's THE perfect butter-that-isn't-butter. I'll admit. I've only been vegan for five years. Mostly veg for far too many to count years before that. But I do remember butter. Real butter. And Miyoko's is just that.
So, me trying to get it...let's just say that the "grocery" stores here are...some "we'll sell it well past its expiry date if it's not attracting bugs" types or Walmart. Take your pick. So when they have it, I stock up. It freezes quite well. And oddly enough, they carry the Country Crock plant butter sticks that are just perfect for baking!!! It freezes well too, so I always get a couple of packages whenever I'm there.
Never cared for Earth Balance, though they have it. Too salty/oily for me. Even when I was living back in California (where I'm moving back to before this year's out), I always opted for Miyoko's (Trader Joe's carries it, and I am forever thankful - though Berkeley Bowl most definitely scratches that itch!!!) but for tub margarine, before I kicked the habit, EB was...eh, it was okay. Just not good for anything other than a schmear IMO.