Earth Balance Buttery Spreads

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

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On December 5, 2014
Last modified:December 5, 2014


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, 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.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.


  1. As a soy-free vegan, I can’t tell you how happy I am that Earth Balance has a soy-free, vegan product. I love the taste and use it almost every day!

  2. I’ve only tried the Soy Free one so far but the butter flavor is amazing. It’s not a 1:1 copy of butter as its slightly sweeter.

    P.S. Soy contains a lot of Estrogen and if you’re a guy or you worry about your estrogen hormone levels, you should cut out as much Soy as possible. Also, soy is poisonous when eaten raw.

    P.P.S Alisa, the contact form is broken (clicking submit doesn’t do anything), can you fix it? I have a unique allergic experience i need your thoughts on.

    • Hi Jordan, our new contact form is now live and functioning!

      To clarify, soy doesn’t contain estrogen. I would read up a little more on this and the actual studies. Nonetheless, it is a personal choice by many to avoid soy. Thanks for the input!

  3. Stephanie Jensen on

    I like the Earth Balance flavor better than butter or traditional margarine. A friend told me about this. (My first mistake after my allergy diagnosis was a margarine.) I found varying varieties at the different grocery stores. I found the sticks at Natural Grocers. I saw about the mac and cheese in a magazine, so I will be excited to see that review.

  4. I love this company’s products. They just came out with a vegan mac and cheese and it’s absolutely delicious. In fact, I have yet to have had anything I didn’t like from them.

  5. Francine Singer on

    I used to be able to buy this at walmart and sam’s club, Now this year I have been told that both of these stores no longer carry this brand. Do you have any suggestions of where to buy it? I live in central TX.

    • Hi! I found this at my local Safeway grocery. In the stores that have a natural section this is normally where Earth Balance is found. In a Safeway without a natural section it is found with the butters, and margarine. Hope this helps!

  6. Earth Balance Butter – in sticks tried for first time and it tastes as good as or better than butter!! I am a newbie to Vegan….long time vegetarian. Erin

  7. I am so thankful and appreciative of this wonderful product! Its the only Dairy free margarine that I know of but it tastes just like butter! Its exceptional in cooking and baking!

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