According to a new report, 6 percent of Americans are vegan, a number that’s increased a whopping 600 percent over just three years. Since more and more people are learning about the cruelty behind the dairy industry and dairy production’s negative effects on the environment, it’s no surprise that tons of people are looking for ways to replace butter made from cow’s milk.
Here’s a list of vegan butters—as well as DIY butter replacement hacks—that you can use instead of dairy-based butter:
Vegan Buttery Spreads
Vegan butter is great for spreading on toast, cooking, and baking. Check ’em out:
Earth Balance Spreads and Baking Sticks
Earth Balance can be found at many grocery stores as well as online. It’s great for baking as well as spreading on toast or cooking.
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! It’s Vegan
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is the latest mainstream company to adapt to the changing times by creating a nondairy butter. Its new vegetable oil spread is certified vegan.
Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Butter
This fancy butter is the real deal. Use it for anything!
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WayFare vegan Salted Whipped Butter, Garlic Whipped Butter, and Sweet Cinnamony Whipped Butter
WayFare’s butter comes in three flavors and is perfect for popcorn or bagels.
DIY Butter Replacer
If you have the sudden urge to bake something—but don’t have vegan butter on hand—don’t worry! Try one of these hacks:
Applesauce is often used as an egg replacer in cakes, but it can be used to replace butter, too. When baking, replace half the amount of butter in the recipe with applesauce.
When baking, substitute equal parts of thoroughly mashed avocado for the amount of butter called for in your recipe. Avocado is also a perfect butter replacement when spread on toast.
Another tried-and-true egg replacer, bananas can also work as a butter replacement. Use equal amounts of mashed bananas for the amounts of butter called for in baking recipes.
Canola or Vegetable Oil
When baking, substitute ¾ cup of canola oil or vegetable oil for every cup of butter that the recipe calls for.
It’s not just for moisturizing your hair and skin! Coconut oil can replace butter at a 1:1 ratio.
This substitute is best when used in cooking pasta dishes and other savory meals, rather than when baking desserts. Use ¾ cup for every cup your recipe calls for.
When baking cakes or muffins, canned pumpkin works great and adds a nice fall flavor. Use ¾ cup of pumpkin for every cup of butter your recipe asks for. You can use pumpkin as an egg and oil replacer for boxed cake mix, too!
When baking, you can substitute equal parts vegan (just check the ingredient label) shortening for butter.
NOTE: Some of these hacks might make your baked goods moister or different in texture or taste that what you’re used to from using vegan or dairy-based butter. Feel free to experiment with recipes and find out what works best for you.
With so many alternatives to butter, there’s just no reason to support the cruel dairy industry. For help with going vegan, order our free guide to breaking up with dairy. BONUS: You’ll get free stickers, too!