The 5 Best Vegan Butters Without Palm Oil

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It drives me nuts that “vegan” companies like Earth Balance use palm oil in their “vegan” butters.

I’ve written to them about it and received no response.

But you and I both know that palm oil is not eaten by many vegan for ethical reasons.

Unfortunately, it’s fairly hard to find a good vegan butter without palm oil.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking and evaluating different options. I’ll sum them up here for you in this post.

My preference is to make my own, so I’ve included 2 vegan butter recipes at the end, but there’s also a few commercial products you might be able to find.

Miyoko’s Vegan Butter

miyokos vegan butter

Miyoko’s is known for having amazing vegan cheese, but their butter is top-notch too.

It doesn’t have any palm oil, and and is very similar to real butter.

The only issue is that it’s hard to find in most places, and like all their products, is quite expensive.

Naturli’ Spreadable Butter

naturli vegan butter

Naturli’ is a company that primarily sells their new palm oil free, vegan butter in the U.K.

You can find it at most major grocery stores, and hopefully you can order it online soon. It’s your best bet if you live anywhere in Europe as far as I’ve found.

Salted Whipped Butter

wayfare vegan butter

Wayfare is a good option if you live in the United States.

You can order online and they’ll ship it to you.

Spreadable Olive Oil Vegan Butter (LEGIT!)

palm oil free spreadable butter

This is my go-to vegan butter recipe, and the one I make pretty much all the time now.

It’s very similar to the taste and quality of Earth Balance, but no palm oil needed. It’s also very cheap and easy to make.

It’s a bit of a pain to get all the ingredients the first time as there are some uncommon ones, but once you do they’ll last you a long time.

The guy who made this recipe seems like a butter genius who’s done a ton of experimentation on vegan butter, and this was one of his winners. I don’t think you’ll really find a better quality one.

Easy Vegan Butter

easy vegan butter

When I initially didn’t have all the ingredients for the above recipe, I went with this easy vegan butter.

It uses ingredients that you probably already have around, and of course no palm oil.

It doesn’t include any soy lecithin (one of those harder to find things), which means it’s not quite as smooth as ideal.

It’s still a good option, just not as good as the one above.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

7 comments

  • Thanks so much for this article. I have been buying Earth Balance vegan butter since becoming a vegan 2 yrs ago and just recently discovered that they use palm oil. I contacted the company to express my concerns and to see if they use ethically harvested palm oil (if there actually is such a thing) and the only response was to read the label. I plan on “outing” Earth Balance to make other vegans aware of this so options are much appreciated!

    • Yes, I received a similar answer.

      They do use “sustainable” palm oil, but that hardly seems like a guarantee that it’s different from regular palm oil from what I’ve read.

  • Looking for vegan, palmoilfree and organic butter in Germany? Check out Black Elephant Manufaktur in Berlin!

    The owner , Renate, did run a vegan patisserie in the past and since she could not find a tasty vegan substitute, which is also palmoil free, she just developed her own one and started a business focusing on butter alternatives.

    Those do not only extremely tasty and close to butter, but they offer different “butter-alternatives”, to make sure to cater to different “butter needs”:
    – Da lacht das Kalb ( The laughing calf), which is perfect for a buttered bread; it comes in different flavours, including plain and Fleur de Sea (very french:)
    – Cook& Bake, which replaces butter for cooking and baking and does not need to be chilled
    – Oil – for cooking + backing – this is a fluid version and is superb for baking

    They all have been developed to offer the special “buttery” taste, as well as the perfect consistency and texture. You can get them online at http://www.blackelephant.de, at “zero waste” shops throughout Germany (Unverpacktläden) or you drop by at some of our events and we feed you with a nice slice of buttery cake or a Butterbrot.

    • I’m not sure about that.

      I’d highly recommend the recipe above that one, it’s better tasting in my opinion and has no almond products.