There are a variety of butter substitutes.Â First is oil.Â Vegetable oils and spreads, rice oil and spreads and extra virgin olive oil are all typically safe alternatives.Â Organic is always a good choice because it is free of the many chemicals and preservatives often found in non-organic brands.
Margarineâ€”while not dairyâ€”is not aÂ healthy alternative due to the high content of trans fat it contains.Â Studies show that trans fat promotes heart disease, hardening of the arteries and some studies even link it to cancer!
There are fruit puree butters, such as apple butter or pumpkin butter, that are quite different from traditional butter, but are really tasty for certain uses.
Our favorite store-brand butter alternative, because it tastes the best and most like real butter, in our opinion, is Earth Balance Buttery Spread.Â Mmmmmm, DELISH!
Here is an interesting homemade butter substitute recipe we found on www.freedomyou.com:
1/2 cup cold pressed flax oil
1 tablespoon powdered lecithin
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
salt to taste
Mix and chill.