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Dairy-free soy-free “butter” is here!

Posted on March 19th, 2009 by Alison Read 121 Comments - Add Your Own »

People often come to my website to read the article about dairy-free soy-free margarine. The bottom line was that palm shortening works well for baking and making frosting, but there wasn’t any dairy-free and soy-free spreadable butter or margarine — until now! I have very exciting news for the food allergy community…


Earth Balance, known for their dairy-free vegan butter substitutes, has created a soy-free version of their buttery spread. Yes, people, there is a dairy-free soy-free “butter” that can be spread on toast and used for baking!

Recognizing that soy is one of the top 8 allergens, Earth Balance took the soybean oil out for their Soy-Free Spread, using a natural oil blend of palm fruit oil, safflower, canola and olive oils. Rickard Werner, vice president and general manager of Earth Balance® states in a press release:

“We feel that there is a great demand for alternatives to traditional spreads that contain food allergens such as soy – one of the top eight most common food allergens according to the FDA*. At Earth Balance®, we pride ourselves on providing innovative and great tasting products for people who are vegan, suffer from food allergies or those simply seeking healthy alternatives. We feel confident that our new Soy Free Spread will be a hit with all.”

I’m pretty sure it will be a hit in my house. Thank you Earth Balance!

Here is what I am looking forward to:

  • Making a piece of gluten-free toast for my daughter with cinnamon, sugar and… “butter“!
  • Baking gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free cookies for my daughter with… “butter“!

Here is the full ingredient list of the Soy-Free Buttery Spread:

Expeller-pressed natural oil blend (palm fruit, canola, safflower and olive), water, contains less than 2% salt, sunflower lecithin, pea protein, natural flavor (derived from corn: no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), lactic acid (non-dairy source), naturally extracted annatto for color.

Whole Foods has picked up this product nationally! Can’t find it in a store near you? Request it!

UPDATE 3/30/09: Reader Chris has let me know in the comments that Earth Balance told him that the product will be coming out in May.

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  1. does anyone know if you have sulfites allergies can we have this butter.

  2. I would like to add a downside to this product, which is that it includes GMO ingredients:

  3. I think this stuff tastes really good- normally I hate margarine. I wish they had it in sticks.

  4. Hello, I have just been put on a milk, egg, wheat and soya free diet. Do you sell to UK? Thanks, Nicola


    lecithin=egg yolk

  6. Niecie,
    Lecithin in this product is sunflower lecithin.

  7. We live in Ky.42701 My granddaughter needs this where can we buy ?

  8. It has the dreaded “pea protein” which my son can’t have. He can’t have soy or dairy as well so there is no product on the market he can use.

  9. WOW I am so happy these days after my daughter has been told she is allergic to Soy and Dairy products as well. I am from ChillIcothe, Ohio and sometimes it’s hard to find the right foods that don’t have these two in them. One thing I could not get over was how the peidiatrican here that took care of her did not see this when she was younger. She could NOT drink milk then so they put her on Soy formula then milk. Now she can’t have either one. She has a Epi Pen for emergency cases. “Talk about one mad mommy!” yes I was I can’t lie to you. But I can’t thank
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio enought they are the ones that found this and are treating her for it. They have me many things to avoid and where to find foods that don’t have these two in them. I also checked online and found this about things she loves to eat. Thank so much for this information!

  10. I’m searching for a butter like spread that is non dairy, non wheat, non corn is organic and non GMO’s and NOT a processed foods….is there such a thing?

  11. Earth Balance has several different flavors but I love the Soy Free because soy/soybean products (soy lethicin) can interfer with the absorbtion of the synthetic thyroid hormone I have to take daily so I avoid it totally. Since there is so much soy in other products I have also thrown out anything with soy/soybean products and replaced it with soy free. Earth Balance also makes other products some of which are also soy free.

    They make the soy free and other spreads in a tub form but also in sticks to cook and bake with. I use to purchase mine at Walmart Neighborhood Market but they recently quit carrying the soy free. I have purchased it solely at Whole Foods Since then but have seen it in many major market chains such as Ralph’s and Vons. You can always go to and find a location near you that carries it on a regular basis.

  12. Those interested in using this product because it is vegan therefore does not hurt/abuse/misuse/exploit animals should look up what the palm oil industry is doing to rainforests and all the species native to them.

  13. I used to use this butter, it tastes good, but I read
    that canola oil is bad for you. I wish they would
    take out the canola oil. Then I would buy it again.

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