Earth Balance Buttery Spreads for Nearly Everyone’s Taste


Updated Review! Earth Balance Buttery Spreads have dominated the dairy-free and vegan butter alternative scene for quite some time. And for good reason. Unlike margarine, these buttery spreads contain saturated fat instead of trans-fat, but boast the same buttery flavor and richness.

Recently upgraded with a new look and shape in cute and sturdy square tubs. Earth Balance Buttery Spreads come in an array of varieties to keep almost everyone happy, from Soy-Free to Olive Oil to the newer European Style (for pastries and artisan breads.

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information)

Putting Earth Balance Buttery Spreads to the Test

Among our team of reviewers, we’ve sampled all but the Omega-3 and the European Style. We 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! But you can leave your own rating and review below!

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. It has a wonderful consistency that is soft, but solid at room temperature. It 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 the Original, because of the slightly higher smoke point than the Soy-Free. This enables 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. Still she was impressed by how well it performed in all types of recipes. Her Ginger Snap cookies, for example, baked up perfectly with it in place of margarine. The only change was the texture – it 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!

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads for Nearly Everyone’s Taste

Here are the hard facts on each variety. Please note that the Earth Balance Coconut Spread is in a separate review post since they don’t classify it as a buttery spread. Plus, the versions below are all coconut-free!


Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: OriginalIngredients: natural oil blend (palm fruit, canola, soybean, flax, and olive oils), filtered water, contains less than 2% of pure salt, natural flavor (plant derived from corn, no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy), and naturally extracted annatto for color. Contains: soy.*

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*


Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: Soy-FreeIngredients: oil blend (palm fruit, canola, safflower, flax, and olive oils), water, contains less than 2% of salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy), and naturally extracted annatto (color).*

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*

Organic Whipped

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: WhippedIngredients: natural oil blend (palm*, soybean* canola*, and olive* oils), water, salt, flavor*, soy flour*, soy lecithin*, lactic acid (non-dairy), annatto* for color. *organic. Contains: soy.*

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*

Olive Oil

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: Olive OilIngredients: oil blend (palm fruit, canola, safflower, flax and extra virgin olive oils), water, contains 2% or less of salt, natural flavor (plant derived from corn), pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid (non‑dairy), and naturally extracted annatto (color).*

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*


Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: Omega 3Ingredients: oil blend (palm fruit, canola, soybean, flax, algal, and olive oils), water, contains less than 2% of salt, natural flavor , pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy), and naturally extracted annatto (color). Contains: soy.*

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*


Earth Balance Buttery Spreads - All dairy-free and vegan, soy-free options (Reviews & Information). Pictured: European StyleIngredients: vegetable oil blend (canola, palm and olive oils), water, salt, pea protein isolate, sunflower lecithin, natural flavor, lactic acid, beta carotene (color).

Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon serving): 100 calories, 11g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein.*

More Facts on Earth Balance Buttery Spreads

Price: $3.99 to $4.99 per 13- to 15-ounce package

Availability: Earth Balance Buttery Spreads have become quite mainstream, and at least one variety is sold in most major U.S. grocery stores. Natural food stores, like Sprouts and Whole Foods, tend to sell several varieties.

Certifications: Earth Balance Buttery Spreads are Certified Kosher Parve and Non-GMO Verified. One variety is Certified Organic.

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.

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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What Others Are Saying ...

Red container great/yellow original not so great

Rated 5 out of 5
February 24, 2021

I do give Earth Balance Red container/soy free 5 stars. We love to bake gluten/dairy free with the red soy free container. I bake 100’s of cookies, muffins, bars, etc. BUT!, unfortunately the yellow original Earth Balance does not bake so well. At Christmas the store ran out of the red container/soy free so I used the original; the cookies would not bake properly. Another person I know said the same thing. We cannot figure out why.

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Great buttery taste

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2021

I’ve been searching for a butter free spread for a long time, and I’m thrilled to have found this. It’s good on toast and for baking.

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Ingredient list

Rated 1 out of 5
December 6, 2020

I have used the original earth balance and also the Soy free, I have read all ingredients from both containers and they are the same ingredients on both containers neither says soy on them and I was unaware of the corn ingredient in the original earth balance.
This website has more explanations of ingredients, then on the label. I am quite upset as I am allergic to corn.

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Response from Go Dairy Free

The Original has always contained soy – it’s just hard to see on the label, but is listed. It’s one of the oils used.

Is this butter supposed to have a safety seal?

Rated 5 out of 5
September 19, 2020

Ahh, I’ve been excited to try this butter but when I brought home the original butter.. it doesn’t have a protective seal?? Is this normal??

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Response from Go Dairy Free

You’d need to contact the brand about this issue.

Best butter alternative

Rated 5 out of 5
August 13, 2020

My family has been using Earth Balance for years!!!! It is simply the best we have recently changed to the soy free, it is absolutely delicious. We have tried all except the new European style and love all of them. I highly recommend the whole line of Earth Balance

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Linda Taylor

Can't tell the difference!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 13, 2020

I recently began replacing my dairy products with alternatives as I run out. I’ve used Earth Balance’s Soy Free buttery spread for about a month now and I love it! I have not used it to cook with yet, but I love using it as a spread. It tastes so much like real butter that my dad, a dairy lover, never notices the difference!

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Excellent for Christmas Cookies

Rated 5 out of 5
June 28, 2020

I have used Earth Balance Original spread for daily use since at least 2014 due to a dairy allergy – tastes great! When the sticks became available, I started using them for all of my Christmas cookies that called for margarine (11 of 13 recipes; about 144 dozen every year) and was quite happy. The few that actually called for butter contininued to get butter until Dec 2018 when I decided to just try it because I wanted to get to eat those for once! I’ll never go back, it’s better than butter!!! So crispy!!!!

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Christine Masleid

tastes like average butter which is good

Rated 4 out of 5
March 30, 2020

I think its hard to really mess up butter otherwise I’d give it five stars. Also the whipped one is the best because its less like a rock.

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Better than butter

Rated 5 out of 5
January 5, 2020

I have been using this for years and love it more than butter. I am not dairy free but prefer this on toast and in recipes. I have not tried baking with it but will soon.

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Charlene Barnes

handles like butter; use 1:1 in recipes

Rated 5 out of 5
December 2, 2019

I like this “butter”, it is good on toast, and is good in baking. It also comes in pre-measured sections wrapped in foil in a cardboard package – excellent choice for the environment.

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About Author

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. its delicious. I just recently found it . I hate butter because I am dairy free person due to old age digestive. I eat non dairy and gluten free. nothing wrong with me but just the age, at some point you cannot handle certain foods anymore like when you were younger. I visited my daughter few weeks ago, she is a health fritz young person at 20 years old, eats very healthy and I found in her fridge the earth balance butter spread, tried it with some gluten free crackers…. I just love it, came home and ran to trader’s joe to get it right away.

    • That’s great Mary! So glad you found a buttery spread that is good for your appetite and your digestion! I love that they have it at TJ’s, too 🙂

      • Deborah Green on

        I’ve read all the glowing comments…but the Earth Balance soy free sticks I bought smelled off and mad the worst chocolate chip cookies ever..they wen directly into the garbagealong with the remaining sticks of DB I bought the sticks at Whole Foods and the date said they were fresh. Never again!

  2. We have been using the Organic Earth Balance for years, ever since it came on the market. It is delicious and takes the place of butter very well and I like to think it is very heart healthy. However over the years products can change and I would like to know if we still get a good daily dose of Omega 3s in one tablespoon and not too much Omega 6s in a tablespoon. I trust it is still heart healthy and actually using good oils, palm fruit being “good” for our hearts? Thank you.

    • Hi Sylvia, that is a good question! They have the Omega 3 buttery spread, but it really doesn’t say online how much omega 3’s are in it. The largest component of their vegetable oil blend is palm fruit oil (not kernel oil), which is reportedly healthier due to it’s lower saturated fat profile.

  3. If you plan on baking then I recommend the soy free sticks. No weird flavor at all and I bake all the time with it, even gluten free, dairy free cakes, cookies, etc.

  4. I just tried the Omega 3 Earth Balance and it’s disgusting. I threw out my toast. How can a vegan product taste like fish? Apparently, I’m not the only person who has noticed this. Ick. Maybe I’ll try one of their other formulations, but this tasted gross.

  5. Earth Balance has discontinued Soy Garden. There are no soy only (no canola oil), no transfat alternatives.

  6. I use the soy free one and it works well for my needs. The only thing negative is that it has palm fruit in it. Do you think I could use it to make Carmel corn?

  7. I am just learning about this vegan plantbased thing. In particular it’s dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s principle of no oil in your food. So this earth balance is no good for PBDiet? I just tried this now in the original flavor and i like it. Im no vegetraian/vegan and i eat dairy once in awhile.

  8. Colleen Zboray on

    I was tasked with hosting a gluten free, dairy free, low sugar brunch to satisfy all of my families dietary restrictions. Scouting the menu was challenging… choosing Earth Balance Olive Oil spread was effortless!

  9. I’ve been a regular consumer of the Original Earth Balance for about 3 years and both my boyfriend and I love it! We are not completely dairy free, but largely so, and this product leaves nothing to be desired in a dairy free “butter.” It’s fantastic in my book! I will add that we primarily use this as spread (toast, bagels, etc) so I can’t weigh in on how it holds up with cooking or baking.

    • It works pretty well in baking, too, Kellie, but have you tried it on popcorn? I do a 50/50 of buttery spread with coconut oil and it’s delish! Doing part coconut oil keeps the kernels from getting soggy.

      • I haven’t tried that but I make stovetop popcorn fairly often so I’ll remember this for next time. Thanks!

  10. My 17 month old is lactose intolerant so this had made cooking a little difficult for me to adjust to. I did a blind taste test for my husband and teenager made a dish with our normal butter and then the same thing but with Earth Balance buttery spread. They couldn’t tell the difference! Happy to say I am able to cook the same meal for the entire family that tastes great and doesn’t upset my little one.

  11. Love, Love , Love this!! My kids & I really can’t tell the difference and its sooo smooth!!

  12. I use Earth Balance butter for everything since I stopped eating dairy. We used to fluctuate between the Original and the Soy-free but we decided we like the Original better (and I feel better about it since I switched from soy milk to almond milk!). We have used it for everything and it usually works really well but I do have a warning. My husband insisted that it had a weird taste sometimes and I didn’t really believe him but I have now recognized what he meant. It does not work well for butter-based baked goods. For example, we made some shortbread cookies to play with a friends cookie press and they cookies looked great and had a great texture but they tasted strange. If you are using this in baked goods, having a separate dominate flavor is helpful. Also, this butter does not work all that well things like pineapple upside down cake. It is my husband’s favorite and we have tried to get the top to come out correctly numerous times and we just can’t get it to taste quite right. This turned into a long post but really we are really happy with this butter and we have had mostly success in using it!

    • My boyfriend is lactose intolerant so we bought this the other day. It works well for most of my cooking needs. However, being a dairy lover myself, I tried using it on a grilled cheese today, I could definitely tell the difference

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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!