Whether melted over a crunchy piece of toast or used as a flavorful cooking ingredient, butter is tough to live without. Thankfully, there’s an ever-increasing number of plant-based butter products available today. You don’t have to skip this tasty spread in your quest to live a vegan lifestyle.
Since not all plant-based butters are made equal, we dug around for the standout gems. We’ve separated them according to their nutritional profile, so you can scan our list for the one that best fits your needs.
Less Calories & Fats
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spread
While the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter brand has been offering alternatives to traditional butter for years, this vegan spread stands out from their other products. It’s nut and gluten-free, has only 60 calories, and has 10% vitamin A per serving. With 2g of saturated fat per tablespoon, it’s the lowest of all the options. The rest of the 6g of fat per serving comes from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (also commonly known as the “good” fats!).
Wayfare Salted Whipped Butter
Similar to our last pick, this vegan butter has only 60 calories and 6g of total fat. But if you’re looking for less sodium, note that this product has only 75mg instead of 90mg. Additionally, it’s the only option that can boast 6% calcium. It’s gluten and soy-free, non-GMO, and certified Kosher. For those preferring to avoid any palm oil, we’re happy to confirm this is totally free of it.
Miyoko’s European Style Vegan Butter
Undeniably the best low-sodium pick, this vegan butter has 60mg per serving – which is only 3% of the daily recommended allowance. It’s completely free of soy, gluten, GMOs, and palm oil. It’s made with cashew cream, coconut oil, and sunflower oil, and fermented with live cultures. We love how easily this butter melts for smooth application.
Highest in Polyunsaturated & Monounsaturated Fats
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
If you love to bake, the convenience of butter sticks is hard to beat. These are certified Kosher, non-GMO, and have just 3.5g of saturated fats per serving. At 5g of monounsaturated fats per tablespoon, these rank the highest on our list. Unfortunately, they also rank highest in sodium, so keep an eye out if that’s an issue for you. These sticks do, unfortunately, contain soy and palm oil. On the plus side, there’s a bonus 8% of vitamin E.
Melt Organic Butter Sticks
Another handy option for butter sticks, these are made from a blend of fruit and plant-based oils, including organic and non-GMO coconut oil. You can use them exactly as you would other butter sticks, so don’t worry about making any recipe revisions. They have poly and monounsaturated fats, with only 80 calories and 85mg of sodium per serving. We’d like to highlight that the palm oil in this product is Fair-Trade Certified with Rainforest Alliance Certified ingredients.
Country Crock’s Plant Butter with Avocado Oil
Whether you like your plant-based butter in sticks or a spread, Country Crock has you covered. While it clocks in at 100 calories per serving, it also has 1g of poly and 4g of monounsaturated fats. They use olive and avocado oil bases. In addition to being gluten-free, this butter has a supplemental 10% of vitamin A and 4% of vitamin E.
Vegan Butter Nutritional Comparison Table
So, which vegan butter will you experiment with first? Drop a review in the comments!