Honey Dairy-Free Butter Spread


Alisa Fleming ~ While most people pine for good cheese when going dairy-free, I get a hankering for rich buttery flavors. Fortunately, thanks to some amazing natural ingredients, my cravings are easily dealt with.

Store-bought dairy-free margarines can be convenient, and add a boost of flavor, but for taste and nutrition, nothing beats a good homemade buttery spread. And trust me, it can be SO much easier than you might expect.

Spiced Honey Dairy-Free Butter Alternative Spread (optionally vegan)

The super quick and simple (optionally vegan) dairy-free butter alternative recipe below is completely free of dairy butter and margarine. Seriously. How do I do it? I use a combination of nutritive oils that firm up nicely for slicing, spreading, whipping, and melting. For solidifying power I use extra-virgin coconut oil or palm oil / shortening. To keep it just soft enough, I use another nutritive oil with a lower melting point. Keep in mind that these oils will impart their own flavors. For a relatively neutral taste, I use extra-light olive oil or grapeseed oil. For a richer flavor, I would turn to flax, walnut, or avocado oil.

This buttery spread firms up enough that it can easily be shaped into molds for cute edible decor to go atop pancakes or even lightly whipped and piped into little containers. Since I’m extremely deficient in food presentation, I simply mold it into a small rectangle and slice it into individual pats of buttery goodness.

Spiced Honey Dairy-Free Butter Alternative Spread (optionally vegan)

It is delicious melted into steamed or roasted carrots as pictured at the bottom of the recipe, or simply spread on a slice of homemade dairy-free spelt bread (or toast of your choice!).

Spiced Honey Dairy-Free Butter Alternative Spread (optionally vegan)

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Spiced Honey Dairy-Free Butter Alternative Spread
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This recipe is very quick to whip up, but keep in mind, it will need about 30 minutes (or longer) to chill and firm-up in the refrigerator.
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (palm shortening can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon good quality oil (flax, olive, grapeseed, walnut, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave nectar or honey-flavored agave to make it vegan)
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (sold in most spice sections)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small dish.
  2. Place the oil mixture in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes..
  3. Remove it from the freezer and vigorously whisk the mixture with a fork to smooth it out.
  4. Return to the freezer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Whisk again to make it smooth. It should be quite firm at this point.
  6. Shape or pipe as desired and store the dairy-free "butter" in your refrigerator until ready to use.
This makes a rather firm "butter." If you want a softer butter straight from the fridge, feel free to change the oil blend 50/50, or 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of the other oil.

This recipe is Vegetarian, optionally Vegan, Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, Wheat free, and Refined Sugar free.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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. I know I am commenting late, but I just made this yesterday. I had it on home-made cinnamon rolls this morning and I loved it!

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  3. How long does this last in the fridge? To just make a butter alternative could I just use the 1st 2 ingredients? Because I can’t even use most of the company made non dairy butters could this be used in baking as a one to one exchange?

    • Hi Nicola, it really depends on the recipe. In things like cakes and muffins, it should work, but in cookies, it won’t. This is really straight oils, so the fat content is higher than butter or a buttery spread, which has water emulsified in.

  4. I went dairy free this summer and then had to go legume free too – which cuts out a lot of commercial non dairy “butters”. This recipe has saved me! By which I mean I can still have yummy gluten free toast. I’ve made this a few times now and love it. I may try to make it with maple, which is a favorite flavor of mine.

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