Can Vegans Eat Butter?
No, butter is made from cow’s milk. Sometimes butter can be made from other animal’s milk like goats, sheep, or buffalo. Butter is made from the solid fat that settles on top of the milk if you were to let it settle. The fat is then churned with other ingredients like salt that are added to enhance the flavor. Butter is mostly a saturated fat which is why it is solid at room temperature.
However, there are many vegan butter-like options available that are made from plant oils.
Here are the best 5 vegan butters:
What We Love: Nutiva Organic Shortening is the kind of vegan butter shortening you want to use to oil a pan or make frosting with – it’s going to melt and give you that buttery tasted with sauteed vegetables but then it’s uber stiff and great for things like frosting. This organic shortening is also sourced responsibly and ethically so you can be confident in the foods you’re choose, especially when it comes to palm oil as it is in many vegan butters. Check out Nutiva Organic Shortening HERE.
Considerations: Nutiva Organic Shortening is not great for toast as it’s so stiff and firm.
What We Love: With only about 10 simple and straightforward ingredients, you know what you’re going to get with Forager’s Vegan Buttery Spread. The first ingredient is organic coconut oil, so it will be pretty hard when kept in the refrigerator and in general this vegan spread is best spread on top of toast, pancakes, waffles, and muffins. It also has a subtle and sweet coconut flavor that goes really great on fruited breads. Find Forager Organic Vegan Buttery Spread HERE.
Considerations: Forager Organic Buttery Spread doesn’t have enough of the chemical properties like butter to create golden buttery baked goods and you should consider an alternative vegan butter for baking.
What We Love: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter was one of the first vegan butters without really trying to be vegan…so it does taste very similarly to butter but without the milk or dairy. It does cook and bake quite well and even comes in sticks for those baking needs for easier measuring. This one will be easy to find HERE or even if you’re in the middle of the woods camping and you have to run to the small grocer in town – they will likely have this where the others on this list are more specialty vegan butters (except for Earth Balance Buttery Spread probably).
Considerations: There are colorings and additives that aren’t exactly the most holistic and healthy and the palm oil is likely not sustainably sourced but it is the most economical option on the list because of these things.
2. Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter
What We Love: If you like a big dollop of butter on toast, waffles, or pancakes, this is the butter for you! It has that cultured butter-like taste and melts similarly to butter. It’s big on taste and perfect for when you want to taste the butter (like on toast) versus using it in baking or other uses where other flavors can drown it out. Plus, it only has seven simple ingredients! Check out Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter HERE.
Considerations: Miyoko’s Cultured Butter doesn’t bake as well as other vegan butters on the list but is still a fantastic contender when it comes to your everyday vegan butter needs.
What We Love: Earth Balance is salty enough to taste like salted butter and does wonders in baked goods, pan frying foods, or spread on toast. It’s economical and a great option if you use a decent amount of “butter” in your home. Earth Balance is also available in Soy Free and Organic options depending on your personal preferences. Find Earth Balance Butter Spread HERE.
Considerations: Earth Balance Buttery Spread does contain palm oil which does not say if it is sustainably harvested or not.
There you have it folks! So while vegans cannot eat traditional butter, there are many great vegan butters available on the market now. We’ve provided a list of our favorites but if there’s one that’s your favorite that we didn’t mention, comment below and let us know! Long live that buttery spread!