Sadly, Earth Balance discontinued the Sweet Cinnamon and Garlic & Herb flavors in their Culinary Spread line, but they did keep the baseline variety. It’s now simply called Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread and comes in their updated square tubs. Please note that the ingredients haven’t changed, so my photo below of the actual spread holds true, but the packaging now looks like the photo next to the ingredients further down the page.
Tasting Notes on Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread
Not long ago I reported on the first soy-free, dairy-free alternative from Earth Balance. And now I’m happy to share their “next generation” spread, otherwise known as Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread. As mentioned, they originally launched with three varieties, but as of 2020, they had scaled back to just the original.
Original Coconut Spread
If you are looking for a pure coconut product, then straight coconut butter is what you are seeking. But for a more direct margarine or butter alternative, this Earth Balance spread is a good option.
The flavor of the Coconut Spread is pleasant, lightly salted, fairly rich, and relatively mellow. It is just a little bit different from Earth Balance Buttery Spreads, with a definite coconut vibe. It doesn’t scoop quite as smoothly when cold, but is softer than butter or margarine when lightly warmed. When I used a hand mixer to make cookie dough, the dough quickly became “whipped” – still scoopable, but much creamier and softer than I expected from cookie dough. When needed, a quick chill in the fridge firms it right back up!
Ingredients: vegetable oil blend (canola*, coconut*, palm* and extra virgin coconut* oils), water, contains 2% or less of: salt, sunflower lecithin*, lactic acid, natural flavors. *organic ingredients. Contains: coconut.*
Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*
More Facts on Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread
Price: $4.99 per 10-ounce tub
Certifications: Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread is Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. They are labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note any certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
For More Product Information: Visit the Earth Balance website at www.earthbalancenatural.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Versatile dairy-free margarine
The dairy-free margarine industry has stepped up a notch with these new spreads. The Coconut is a delicious soy-free option that works like a dream in recipes. The other two flavors do contain palm oil and soy oil (instead of coconut), but add more spreadability and delicious “finishing” ingredients.