Is Naturli' the best vegan butter?
If you're trying to eat more vegan, butter has been a difficult switch for a while. For years there have been dairy-free spreads from Flora, or olive-oil based spreads like Bertolli. It’s hard to go vegan with butter when the taste doesn’t match up to brands like Lurpak. However, Naturli has managed to turn the tides. Say hello to the best vegan butter you can buy in the UK.
Our review of Naturli' organic butter
This Danish brand has been around since 1988, but arrived on the scene in the UK in 2018. Interestingly, Naturli' is owned by a Danish margarine and butter company called Dragsbaek.
Why is it the best vegan butter?
- The consistency of the spreadable butter is perfect, even right out of the fridge.
- Naturli is the only vegan butter made without palm oil (that we could find).
- Priced fairly at £1.99, which is less than what you pay for premium dairy butters.
- Available in a spreadable tub or a block which is great for baking and recipes.
- Tastes rich and creamy, not at all like a margarine or oil-based vegan butter.
- The colour and texture are so similar to dairy, it doesn’t feel like a compromise.
- Fairly easy to find for a niche, vegan brand, in supermarkets and even corner shops.
- All ingredients to make the butter are non-GMO (genetically-modified crops).
- The plastic used is recycled soft drink bottles from EU bottle deposit systems.
- No hydrogenated oils, which means no bad cholesterol like some dairy butters.
We have tried it on toast, on sandwiches, to make garlic bread, to make cakes and of course spread it on every cracker imaginable. It seems to be the best brand out right now for taste and sustainability.
You can read more about the brand on the Naturli' website.
What is vegan butter made from?
Vegan butter is generally made from a mix of vegetable oils and water. Like dairy butter, it also needs an emulsifier. This is just a fancy way to talk about a process that makes it into a solid, smooth form and butter-like texture.
For vegan butter, the emulsifier will be a plant-based lecithin. A lecithin is a fancy way to talk about a natural type of animal or plant fat. In the case of vegan butter, this will usually come from soy, nuts or seeds.
Naturli' vegan butter ingredients
Here is everything you’ll find the Naturli' spreadable butter. For their butter block, the main fat is shea oil rather than rapeseed oil (39% rapeseed for the spreadable, 41% shea for the block).
- Rapeseed oil (organic)
- Coconut oil (organic)
- Shea oil (organic)
- Almond marrow (organic)
- Sunflower lecithin, which is an emulsifier (organic)
- Carrot juice (organic)
- Lemon juice (organic)
- Natural flavouring
Be careful if you have a nut allergy. The products may contain traces of cashew, hazelnut and pistachio.
Where to buy Naturli' vegan butter in the UK
Buy Naturli' online
Buy at TheVeganKind Supermarket
Buy at Green Bay Supermarket
Buy Naturli' in-store
In the supermarkets, you can get it in bigger Sainsbury’s and Waitrose branches. You can also find it in health food shops and even corner shops.
You’ll find it in the free-from chiller, or in the chiller with the dairy butter selection.
Why should we try to be greener folk?
For you: Eating butter contributes to bad cholesterol, making your heart less healthy. Traditional dairy butter is high in saturated fat and trans fats. The British Heart Foundation recommends keeping this to a minimum. Switching to a non trans-fat butter might be better for your body.
For the environment: Dairy cows are in the millions across the UK. Along with cows bred for beef, they are the single biggest producer of methane gas. If the demand for dairy was reduced, we might see a significant reduction in harmful gases.