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Just a few short years ago, finding a great vegan butter that cooked, tasted and spread like the real thing seemed like an impossible ask. Fortunately a range of new brands have taken on the task of creating outstanding plant-based buttery spreads that work and feel just like their animal milk version, minus the cruelty. Plus, vegan butters are better for you: not only do studies show their consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease, they also lower your carbon footprint by up to 30%. Below we roundup the world’s top brands as favored by plant-based bakers and cooks in the know.
Califia Farms Plant Butter
There are two variants of plant-based butter made by Califia Farms, one is the Avocado Oil Sea Salt Plant Butter and the other is Olive Oil Sea Salt Plant Butter. Both variants are cholesterol-free and gluten-free. Califia Farms claims to be one of the most trusted dairy alternative product companies and to expand further, it has recently brought in funding worth $225 million.
Get Califia Farms plant-based butter online, from US$4.49
Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter
If you are looking for a plant-based butter that most closely mimics as the traditional European ‘beurre sale’ then Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter is your winning choice. Many a person has confused it with the animal version. Made from coconut oil and organic cashews, it’s a lactose-free, gluten-free, and 100% cruelty-free vegan butter that works great in all baking recipes- just substitute one for one with cow’s milk butter.
Get Miyoko’s plant-based butter online, from US$6.49
Miyoko’s Spreadable Cultured Vegan Oat Milk Butter
Miyoko’s oat milk butter is the only plant-based butter available on the market which is made from whole grain oat milk – yes, humble oats are truly having a moment. It’s a very spreadable, great everyday butter. Certified organic and free from soy and cashews, it’s great for those with certain food allergies.
Get Miyoko’s oat milk butter online, from US$5.99
Flora Salted Plant Butter
Flora is a well known margarine brand, but they have recently released a Salted Plant Butter that is proving popular with their fans. Gluten-free and created for those looking to avoid dairy, the vegan spread is made from a blend of palm fruit (which is certified sustainably by the RSPO), sunflower and canola oil, the company promises it’s ideal for baking and spreading alike.
Get Flora Salted Plant Butter online, from US$4.99
Earth Balance Buttery Spreads
Available in numerous varieties, Earth Balance Buttery Spreads are the OG of plant-based butters. Before all the newer brands came onto the market, Earth Balance made it possible for vegan cooks and bakers to nurture their habit the cruelty-free way! Made from a blend of olive, soybean, flax canola and palmfruit oils (also certified sustainably by the RSPO) , they are available in all kinds of variants such as sunflower spread, omega-3 spread, soy-free spread, and many more.
Get Earth Balance spreads online, from US$3.99
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