Vegan Corner: An Answer to Butter

By Danielle Carlson,

A lot of people ask me how I can cook and bake without butter.  Well if you haven’t heard of Earth Balance, I am about to rock your world.

Earth Balance is a buttery spread made of expeller-pressed oils and is 100% natural, vegan, and free of GMO’s, trans fats, and artificial ingredients.

Like their website says, “This unique blend has been shown to actually help support healthy cholesterol levels already within normal range.”  Can you say that about butter?  I don’t think so.

Now there are other butter alternatives out there but Earth Balance, in my opinion, is by far the tastiest and acts the most like butter in every way.  I have my entire family now substituting Earth Balance for butter because, well, why not?  It’s cholesterol free and tastes amazing!  Now don’t get me wrong, as Earth Balance is made almost entirely of oil it’s definitely not fat free.  So don’t go globbing this on everything.  Use in moderation.

Another cool thing about Earth Balance is that unlike many vegan products, it’s available almost everywhere.  Obviously Whole Foods sells it and so does Trader Joe’s.  But you can usually find it at Safeway and Raley’s too!  And if your local grocery store doesn’t carry it, let them know you want it.  Their job is to supply us with what we want.  If we demand healthier foods, they will be happy to oblige.

Right now Earth Balance is doing a “Made Just Right” contest where you can submit recipes that you’ve made using their products for a chance to win a $400 Whole Foods Market gift card and a year’s supply of Earth Balance products.  It’s so on.
So go dig up all of your delicious pie and cake recipes, sub in some healthy and delicious Earth Balance butter and get your bake on!  I want to hear how it goes!  Happy cooking.

Vegan Quote of the Week:I argue for being conscious, but perfectionism is an enemy of progress.”  -Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma.  I know I am definitely not perfect and do not expect that from anyone.  But I also argue for being conscious.  Please take the time to think about your food and where it comes from.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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4 Comments for “Vegan Corner: An Answer to Butter”

  1. Caitlin

    Great review, thanks for trying to put the word out for animal-friendly options!

  2. Carol

    Great review! Enjoying hearing about new vegan products, and especially what they are made of. And I love the Vegan quote from Michael Pollan. He absolutely rocks!

  3. REALLY nice to see another vegan-centric column and TOTALLY not trying to rain down any negative-ness on the parade, as it were, but just also wanted to point out that, whereas I 100% agree that the taste and consistency of Earth Balance’s spreads is superb and the most buttery out there, I’ve recently *stopped* using it altogether after reading about how terrible palm oil—one of the primary ingredients in all of their spreads—is for both the environment and primate habitats in various rain forests. Totally sucks, but, it turns out, it’s a huge problem. Here’s a really well-written piece on the whole thing—
    and then here’s more info on the palm oil issue and how far-reaching it is—

    I’ve recently switched to WIllow Run, which seems to not use palm oil…and, no, it’s not *quite* as good, but it’s a really close second to Earth Balance.

    Again, great piece, just thought all that was worth bringing up.


  4. Danielle

    A little info on what Earth Balance is doing regarding Palm oil. Thanks for the info Troy!!

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