Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread is a Different Kind of Buttery Spread


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.

Earth Balance Organic Culinary Spreads - Coconut

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!

And yes, it works brilliantly in recipes. These Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies baked up beautifully and my husband devoured these these Roasted Carrots and Parsnips.

Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread Reviews and Information (Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and Vegan)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

*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

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February 24, 2019

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.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Ann Vanterpool on

    I live in New York and used to buy the “Earth Balance Organic Garlic and Roasted Herb culinary spread” from Mrs Green’s (local organic grocery store) and Fairway supermarket but it’s been a month since I’ve been unable to find it at those food markets. Can you PLEASE put me in touch with the manufacturer or someone who can find me this butter for me to buy? I need to stock up and buy half dozen tubs of this culinary spread. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. Stephanie Jensen on

    I really like this brand. The flavor is really good. One of my friends with my same allergy introduced me to it after I found out about my allergy. I didn’t know what the substitute was. I do want to try the cinnamon sometime. You don’t see that with traditional spreads.

    • Hi Katrins, if you click through to the company website, they should be able to help you out. We aren’t affiliated with the company so I wouldn’t be able to help with distribution questions.

  3. Alisa, do you know if the coconut spread is actually dairy free(no milk protein) since it only says ‘lactose free'(no milk sugar?).

    • MB, I only post dairy-free items on Go Dairy Free – this means no casein, lactose, whey, etc. Earth Balance is a completely dairy-free brand (no milk protein). See their website for details and ingredients!

      • I was looking these over in Krogers yesterday with my grandma as she reciently was told she developed an allergy to milk. Several of them contain casien, the coconut spread one doesn’t though. There’s also one by smart balance that is entirely dairy free.

        • Hi Jeff, so sweet of you to help your grandma out! I think you were either looking at a different brand or misinterpreted the ingredients – all Earth Balance products are dairy-free, and do not contain any casein (milk protein). However, most of the Smart Balance products do (just a couple are dairy-free with that brand). Enjoy! The coconut one is great, too!

  4. We discovered this on an outing to Whole Foods last week! There was actually someone giving samples of it spread on toast and I fell in LOVE with it! Such a light hint of coconut essence, but enough to really bring out the flavors in veggies and stir fry! I am making a ginger coconut tilapia tonight and I think it is gonna be great too! No cholesterol and less cals was a good enough reason for us to get it!

  5. The only Earth Balance product I use pretty much every day is the soy-free tub of “butter.” I have to drive 15 miles away to get it because no one carries the soy-free version, but I really like the product.

    I’m not a huge fan of coconut though, to be honest. but the garlic and herb tub flavor above would be good in my rice bowls I think. I probably won’t spend the money on it, but I wouldn’t be opposed to the option!