Product review: 3 vegan butter you should try

Let me start off saying these 3 vegan butter are all winners! In terms of taste, texture, color, and usage, they are all perfect dairy butter substitutes. I have tested each of them as a bread spread, for frying and to bake and they all passed the test.

However, they do have each of their different pros terms of sustainability. Miyoko’s butter and Naturli’s spreadable are both palm-oil free. Miyoko’s was the only one without plastic box packaging, only a thin plastic wrapper. And Community Co’s spread was the only one that was produced in Australia.

My conclusion is, all three vegan butter are highly recommendable.

Naturli’ Organic Vegan Spreadable

Technical specifications

  • Price: $5.50
  • Weight: 225g
  • Purchased at: Woolworths (also sold at Coles)
  • Produced in: Danmark
  • Packaging: plastic box, thin cardboard around the box, and thin protective plastic lining inside the box.
  • Ingredients: Organic rapeseed oil (39%), water, organic coconut oil (22%), organic shea butter (13%), organic almond butter (2%), salt, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), organic carrot juice, organic lemon juice, natural flavoring, vitamin D.

Sustainability breakdown

  • Pros: vegan, organic, palm-oil free, GMO-free
  • Cons: plastic packaging, produced abroad

Product test results

  • On bread: really soft and easy to spread with a nice buttery color. The taste is great as well – as you can see in the picture below, it’s so tasty you might end up with a real thick layer of it.
  • Frying: melts quickly in the pan, then fries well without browning up.
  • Baking: I tested it in my vegan cookie recipe and it worked really well. Easy to integrate the butter into the dough and baked as normal cookies.

Miyoko’s Plant-based Cultured European Style Butter

Technical specifications

  • Price: $9
  • Weight: 227g
  • Purchased at: Woolworths (not sold anywhere else at the moment)
  • Produced in: USA
  • Packaging: thin plastic wrapper and cardboard box.
  • Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Filtered Water, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Cultures.

Sustainability breakdown

  • Pros: vegan, palm-oil free
  • Cons: thin plastic packaging, produced abroad

Product test results

  • On bread: a bit harder to spread than the other spreads but still perfectly fine. The color stands out as well as it’s really white rather than a pale yellow. The taste, however, is as delicious as the others.
  • Frying: melts and then browns up slightly in the pan like real butter.
  • Baking: I tested this vegan butter in my vegan apple crumble recipe and it worked like a charm.

Community & Co’s Dairy Free Olive Oil Spread

Technical specifications

  • Price: $2.20
  • Weight: 300g
  • Purchased at: IGA
  • Produced: Australia
  • Packaging: plastic box and thin protective plastic lining inside the box.
  • Ingredients: Vegetable oil (Canola Oil, Olive Oil 19%, Palm Oil), Water, Salt, Emulsifier (471, Sunflower Lecithin), Flavor Color (160a), Vitamins A, D.

Sustainability breakdown

  • Pros: vegan, Australian
  • Cons: plastic packaging, palm-oil

Product test results

  • On bread: really soft and easy to spread. And it tastes really good and buttery without having the olive oil overpowering the butter too much.
  • Frying: melts easily and fries like real butter.
  • Baking: I also used my vegan cookie recipe to test this butter’s baking abilities and it sure did the job!

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