Butter is a classic animal product. It is made from cow’s milk and is therefore not vegan. But in the meantime, fortunately, there is vegan butter. This is perfect for baking, spreading and frying and is available in almost every supermarket. In this article we present you our favorites of the vegan butter alternatives .
Why is butter not vegan?
Butter is made from cow’s milk . In this process, the cream (cream) or the whey cream of the milk is whipped until the small fat globules contained in the cream burst open and clump together. The final product is then the well-known butter, which separates from the remaining liquid (buttermilk). Then the butter is washed, kneaded, shaped, packed and cooled.
So a dairy product like butter is not vegan. Butter is also often included as an ingredient in finished products such as frozen vegetable mixes or baked goods. Always pay close attention to the list of ingredients of the respective product. Since butter is also an allergen (milk), the term is always bold and quickly apparent.
Buy vegan butter
But no need to worry, butter can be super replaced in the plant-based diet. You can find vegan butter in just about any supermarket. Organic markets now also have a large selection of vegan butter. Conventional Vegetable margarine is also a good alternative to conventional butter. But if you miss the familiar taste and texture of animal butter, these vegan butter alternatives might interest you:
Vegan butter: Our favorites
Becel CLASSIC is one of two vegan butter alternatives from the well-known Becel brand. It contains many omega-3 fatty acids and is good for frying, spreading and cooking. Price: 1,99€
Ingredients: Drinking water, vegetable oils and fats (24% rapeseed, 7% sunflower, 5% palm, 3% flaxseed), table salt (0.3%),emulsifiers (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, sunflower lecithin), acidifier (citric acid), natural flavors, vitamins (A, D, E), colorant (carotene).
This is the reduced-fat version of Becel’s vegan butter. Otherwise, they have everything in common. Also the price is 1,99€.
Ingredients: Vegetable oils and fats (43% sunflower, 8% palm¹, 7% flaxseed, 2% canola), drinking water, emulsifiers (sunflower lecithin, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), table salt (0.2%), natural flavors, vitamins (A, D), colorant (carotene).
Sojola spread is more like a margarine, but is still very buttery and delicious. It is also suitable for spreading, baking and frying and costs 2,19€.
Ingredients: vegetable oils and fats (soy, sunflower, whole hydrogenated sunflower, coconut in variable proportions);water; emulsifiers: soy lecithins, E472c, E471; salt (0.5%); flavor; acidulant:citric acid; vitamins (vitaminA,vitamin E); color: carotenes.
Violife’s VIOBLOCK is a rich vegan butter as it is enriched with vitamin D2, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid. It is also perfect for spreading, baking and frying and costs 3,49€.
Ingredients: vegetable fats and oils (coconut, sunflower, canola), drinking water, field bean protein, emulsifier: lecithin; flavors, vitamins: D2, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid; color: beta-carotene, glucose.
The vegan from Meggle
The well-known brand Meggle now also has vegan butter alternatives for spreading, frying and baking. The vegan costs 2,49€ and has the following ingredients:
Ingredients: Vegetable oils and fats (canola, coconut, shea, in variable proportions by weight), water, emulsifiers: sunflower lecithin, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids; salt (0.34%), lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor, color: beta-carotene.
Spreadable vegan from Meggle
The Streichzart vegan is extra suitable for breads and rolls, because it is super easy to spread despite refrigerator storage. The price is 2,39€
Ingredients: Vegetable oils and fats (canola, coconut, shea, in variable proportions by weight), water, emulsifiers: lecithin, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids; salt 0.34%, lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor, color: beta-carotene.
From LÄTTA there is a vegan butter with 39% fat. It costs 1,59€.
Ingredients: Drinking water, vegetable oils and fats (canola 34%, palm oil), table salt (0.45%), emulsifiers (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, lecithin), acidifier (citric acid), natural flavor, colorant (carotene), vitamin D. Sustainable palm oil.
Probably the best known vegan butter comes from ALSAN. Its taste is particularly reminiscent of conventional butter. Of course, it is also perfect from spread, for baking or frying. It currently costs 1,29€.
Ingredients: Canola oil, coconut fat, palm fat, water, emulsifiers (E471 + E472 c), natural flavor, acidity regulator citric acid, DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), colorant carotene.
This variant of vegan butter from Alsan differs from the classic variant only in one point: the ingredients are of organic quality and the list of ingredients is much shorter. The price is 1,79€.
Ingredients: Palm fat*, coconut fat*, sunflower oil*, water, emulsifier: sunflower lecithins*; carrot juice concentrate*, lemon juice concentrate*, cold-pressed lemon oil*. (* = from controlled organic cultivation)
Organic vegan block from Landkrone
This vegan butter from Landkrone is free from palm oil. It also convinces with organic quality and a manageable list of ingredients. Price: 1,99€
Ingredients: Water, coconut oil*, shea butter*, sunflower oil*, emulsifier: lecithin* (sunflower lecithin), carrot juice concentrate*, lemon juice concentrate*, SEA RICE SALT (0.8%), lemon oil*. (*from controlled organic production)
Rama offers a creamy vegan butter that is great for spreading, baking and cooking. It also has some added vitamins. The price is 2,09€
Ingredients: Vegetable fats and oils (canola, coconut, sunflower, in variable proportions by weight), drinking water, field bean protein, emulsifier (lecithins), natural flavors, vitamins (D2, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid), colorant (carotene), glucose.
Make vegan butter yourself
If you want to avoid industrially processed products, you can make your own vegan butter . This way you know exactly which ingredients are included and at the same time avoid additives. In addition, homemade is always more sustainable than finished goods from the supermarket.
For 200 g vegan butter you need:
- 50 g coconut fat or oil*
- 150 ml linseed or rapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch turmeric
Melt the coconut fat or oil in a saucepan and then stir in the remaining ingredients. The mixture is then placed in the refrigerator for at least 1.5 hours. After that you can stir everything well again and pack it into a sealable mold. Your vegan butter is ready!
*Tip: Refined coconut oil is more tasteless
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