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Favorite Dairy-Free Butter

Need to make a recipe dairy-free?

Don’t forget to choose butter without milk!

Here are favorite brands we’ve been using for years. 

dairy free butter


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Dairy-free butter substitutes…wow there are so many more these days!

So we thought it was time to finally share our favorites.

For years and years, 

I’ve been subbing dairy-free butter into recipes with great success. 

There are only a few times the taste or texture has been a little iffy. 

For instance, dairy-free butter in chocolate chip cookies is best paired with equal part shortening. 

And sometimes coconut oil instead of dairy-free butter can be delicious, 

like in these rice crispy treats

But generally, we love using our favorite brands of dairy-free butter in many recipes. 

We even have some soy-free options and a pea-free options for those who need them. 

Let’s get started!


All organic, salted, comes in small tubs and sticks. 

No pea, no soy. But double-check labels, ingredients can change.

dairy and soy free butter

What has most endeared me to this company is their awesome customer service.

When I called to ask about processing,

the person who answered the phone knew all the allergy information I was looking for.

They are the first company who’s ever told me they have a separate allergy-friendly room in a factory.

But be sure to call the company yourself as that information could now be outdated.

The Melt brand can be hard to find, right now I have our local health store stocking it. 

dairy and soy free butter



Mainstream, salted, easy to spread.

Double check labels, ingredients can change anytime.

parkay squeeze butter

When we were first diagnosed with milk allergy 13 years ago, 

I was ecstatic to find Parkay Squeeze Margarine was dairy-free. 

It was our very first dairy-free butter, and we used it for years.

Great for spreading on toast and corn on the cob.


Unsalted, sticks. Double check labels, ingredients can change anytime.

Only the unsalted sticks have been dairy-free. Don’t grab the wrong variety!

In the good old days, when I needed something more solid than squeeze margarine, 

Fleischmann’s unsalted margarine sticks surprisingly fit the bill.

We didn’t have dairy-free butter in a tub,

but we made the sticks work for everything we needed. 


Salted. Sticks. Small and large tubs. Some organic. Some soy-free. All vegan. 

But always check labels, ingredients can change. And make sure you grab the right variety for your allergies.

dairy and soy free butter

Earth Balance dairy-free butter is probably one of the more known vegan brands. 

I do love that Earth Balance is readily available, even at places like Walmart. 

Their dairy-free, soy-free butter sticks are great for baking.

Earth Balance also sells large bulk tubs of dairy-free buttery spread, albeit not soy-free.

Hy-Vee and Whole Foods are a couple places where I’ve seen the large tubs at a better value cost-wise.

Here are the ingredients on our Earth Balance dairy-free butter sticks. Always check ingredients for yourself, they can change.

dairy and soy free butter


Even more new plant-based butters have emerged, giving us plenty of choices these days!

Just make sure you grab the actual dairy-free varieties because some of these brands make dairy butter, as well. 

As always, check labels for yourself. I’ll show my packages and labels below.

Country Crock Plant Butter – Comes in avocado, olive, or almond oil, stick or tubs. 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Vegan

Smart Balance Plant Butter

Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, It’s Vegan

smart balance butter

Smart Balance Original


If you love any other dairy-free butter brands, please let us know in the comments!

Or let us know which of these you like the best. We’d love to hear.


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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts Dairy & Egg Free

Chocolate Chip Cookies Dairy & Egg Free

Rice Crispy Treats Dairy-Free

Waffles Dairy & Egg Free

Muddy Buddy Puppy Chow

Nut-Free Chex Mix

dairy free butter

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Eric John

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

This Butter is always my top priority while cooking or baking something. I usually don't use oil for cooking. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with us.


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Thanks for pulling this together-- yes it's the time of year for butter! Just wanted to add that the new country crock sticks have worked really well for us in baked goods!

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Great to know, Kelsey! Thanks for sharing. xo


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

My favorite butter for my kids is Smart Balance. It works good in. baking, etc., and it tastes good too.

Jamie Kaufmann

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Taste is huge, Alissa! :) Thanks for sharing!

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