A popular dairy-free alternative to butter is Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread. Upon trying this, it spreads very well on toast and melts smoothly. The original buttery spread doesn’t have a strong taste. Rather, it tastes a bit mild in flavor with a creaminess that does resemble butter very well. The salt level isn’t overpowering and doesn’t taste artificial. And just like butter, you can toss your popcorn using this very easily by simply melting and drizzled it over your popcorn. The Mediterranean whipped buttery spread also has a nice consistency with a hint of olive oil compared to the original flavor.
I can’t say that these are completely healthier alternatives to butter. Nutritionally, they boost roughly around the same calories as regular butter. However, they are cholesterol free, and can easily be used from cooking to baking. So, there’s really no excuse not to bake some double chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin. I’d go for oatmeal raisin right now, so feel free to bake a batch at anytime.
Ratings and Details
Cost: $4.99 for 426 grams at Sobeys.
Value for Cost: Average.
Availability: Major grocery stores and health food stores.
Nutrition: For 1 tablespoon (14 grams) original buttery spread: 100 calories, 11 grams of fat, 100 mg of sodium, 0 grams of carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein.
Overall: A great alternative to those that are looking for a dairy-free option to butter. But just like butter, maybe – just maybe, don’t go spreading this on everything for the sake of everything, if you know what I mean.