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5 Vegan Substitutes for Butter

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5 Vegan Substitutes for Butter

It is the question that every vegan must tackle at one point or another: what are the best vegan substitutes for butter?

While the taste and texture of butter may seem hard to replicate there are a few options out there worth trying. We've selected 6 vegan substitutes for butter that are great for cooking and baking. Margarine and other industrial butter substitutes have been omitted since our focus is on natural alternatives.

Looking for the healthiest way to sauté your foods and bake cakes? Here are some of the best vegan substitutes for butter.

This Italian classic should be in everyone's kitchen. Extra virgin olive oil, the purest of them all, offers a robust taste that highlights the flavor of vegetables. A drizzle over beans, rice and pasta right before serving is ideal. Regular olive oil is great baking - just make sure you use a bit less than the quantity of butter that is called for in the recipe.


A natural oil made from the cold pressing of Macadamia nuts. It is versatile in the kitchen and rich in monounsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. A great alternative for olive oil and perfect for baking, frying or drizzling over salads. Of course, it should be avoided by those who suffer from nut allergies.

A delicate oil with subtle flavor that is appreciated in baked goods. It's a fine oil that adds a nice aroma to sautéed dishes. However, it should be avoided by people with rice allergies.

Widely used in Asian and African cooking this oil has found popularity in the West. It is made from dried coconut pulp and has a high smoke point which makes it ideal for sautéing and frying. In baking, use coconut oil in the same amount called for butter in the recipe.


With its rich and creamy texture avocado pulp makes an excellent vegan substitute for butter. This whimsical cake recipe proves it! Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats and essential fatty acids so using it instead of butter has many health benefits. Use it whipped when added to cake and cookie batters.

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