Earth Balance Buttery Spreads

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Version:
Original, Soy-Free, with Olive Oil (also soy-free), Organic, Omega-3
Price:
$3.99 to $4.99 per 13- to 15-ounce package

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Rating:
5
On December 5, 2014
Last modified:April 22, 2016

Summary:

As of yet, we haven't found a brand that can touch this butter alternative. It bakes, cooks, and spreads just like a good margarine, but with natural ingredients and without hydrogenated oils. There is a variety for almost everyone, but despite their slight ingredient differences, all have a similar salted butter taste and consistency that works well in everything from cookies to frosting to savory sauces.

Updated Review! Otherwise known as dairy-free, non-hydrogenated margarine (yikes! I know, the “M” word), Earth Balance Buttery Spreads have dominated the dairy-free and vegan butter alternative scene for quite some time. And for good reason…

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options

Recently upgraded with a new look and shape (they are cute and sturdy square tubs), Earth Balance Buttery Spreads come in an array of varieties to keep almost everyone happy: Original, Soy Garden, Soy-Free, with Olive Oil (also soy-free), Organic, and Omega-3.

Among our team of reviewers, we’ve sampled all of the varieties, except for the Omega-3, and have found that each acts as a slightly salty butter sub that bakes, cooks and spreads like margarine, but with natural ingredients and without hydrogenated oils. In fact, I think Earth Balance Buttery Spreads have gained quite the following with health-oriented consumers who aren’t even on a dairy-free diet!

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads are sold in almost every grocery store I shop in, but the Original, Organic and Soy-Free varieties seem to be the most readily available. Of those, I typically purchase the Soy-Free, because I do a lot of “free-from” recipe testing.

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads: A dairy-free and vegan staple (with soy-free options) that bakes, cooks, and spreads like margarine, but with natural ingredients and no hydrogenated oils

As you can see, it is whipped to near perfection, and has a wonderful consistency that is soft, but solid at room temperature, and melts just as it should when it hits the pan or oven. Though I usually bake with oil rather than butter alternatives, I love Earth Balance Soy-Free in oatmeal cookies. It also makes fantastic dairy-free caramel, delicious homemade frosting, and is a flavorful base for dinner sautes.

Sarah is partial to Soy Garden or the Original, because they have a slightly higher smoke point than the Soy-Free, enabling her to make her higher heat baked good recipes, like popovers and brownies. She also finds the Soy-Free to be a touch softer and saltier than the others.

Hannah actually thought the Soy-Free spread could use a pinch more salt when used simply as a spread, but she was impressed by how well it performed in all types of recipes that she had previously used stick margarine for. Her Ginger Snap cookies, for example, baked up to an identical appearance and taste, with a texture that was close, but just a touch cakier.

Between the lot of us, we’ve enjoyed the Earth Balance Buttery Spreads when making Simple Toast and “Butter”, Snickerdoodle Blondies, Mylk Chocolate Frosting, Vegan Butter-Poached Potatoes, Browned Butter Vanilla Cupcakes, Vegan Girl Scout Samoa Cookies, Popovers, and Gluten-Free and Vegan Iced Nog Bread.

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - dairy-free, vegan, and so many delicious ways to enjoy them!

Certifications: Earth Balance Buttery Spreads are Certified Kosher Parve. One variety is Certified Organic. They are also labeled as vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, but I didn’t note any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Earth Balance Buttery Spreads are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free (take note that they do use pea protein, though), vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Earth Balance website at www.earthbalancenatural.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

43 Comments

  1. Alison Thoms on

    Hello. We in our family love Earth Balance, we have been using it for years. But recently certain health studies have been brought to my attention, about how Canola Oil is really not healthy nor truly organic even if the bottle says it is. And I have noticed on the Earth Balance containers that one of the other ingredients in it is, Canola Oil. I have stopped buying Earth Balance for a short time because I didn’t want to add Canola oil to my diet. But I gave way and still buy and eat Earth Balance. I enjoy it so much….

    So I have a request could you please replace the Canola oil with another oil and still make the same yummy vegan Earth Balance spread? It would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

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