When I went dairy free, I knew I would be giving up many things. But one of the hardest for me to give up was butter! Butter is just so good, and so many recipes call for butter. I needed a dairy free butter substitute!
I have learned quite a bit since those early days of going dairy free. I will share with you some of my best tips for replacing butter.
Tips for Choosing a Dairy Free Butter Substitute
When I first went dairy free, I replaced butter in my cooking with coconut oil. Coconut oil is delicious in main dishes (like this one). Most everyone that has tried my cooking likes the taste of coconut oil.
Coconut oil does have a slight coconut flavor, but it is mild. My family liked it right away-we didn’t have to develop a taste for it.
Coconut oil can also replace butter in baking. It will change the taste some (especially if the recipe is based on the butter flavor). But, baked goods with coconut oil can be delicious!
There are many high quality coconut oils available. Tropical Traditions and Carrington Farms are both very good brands. Vitacost also has a great coconut oil. (If you are new to Vitacost, you can get a $10 coupon).
Palm Shortening is also a high quality fat. It is awesome in baked goods, and doesn’t really have a flavor-which can be a good thing if you don’t want a coconut flavor.
I use palm shortening when making things like baked french fries or baked butternut squash fries. If an item already has a natural sweetness, like butternut squash or carrots, then I will often use palm shortening instead of coconut oil.
I order my palm shortening from Tropical Traditions.
A third option for replacing butter is ghee. Ghee is butter that has all the milk proteins removed. Many people who have a milk allergy or intolerance can eat ghee. It is used on many healing diets even when all other dairy products are excluded.
There is still a small percentage of people who would need to avoid even ghee. For me personally, I have been eating ghee even though I was diagnosed with a severe dairy allergy. I didn’t add it back into my diet, however, until I had worked on my health and digestion for a number of years. (I decided to start eating it when I needed to work on dental health-grass fed butter and ghee are able to reverse dental decay).
Another option is to make homemade ghee. I have made homemade ghee from Kerrygold’s grassfed butter. It was absolutely delicious!! This would be the best option in my opinion if you need a strong buttery taste (like on toast). Here is a video on making homemade ghee.
If you have any more questions, I would love to answer them! You can comment below.
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.