Bye-bye, butter! It's time to kick you to the curb. Sure, you're great on a slice of toast, and in our favorite cakes and cookies, but here are the facts - mass-producing dairy farms are real jerks.
On any given day, there are more than 9 million cows on U.S. dairy farms - about 12 million fewer than there were in 1950 - and yet, milk production has continued to increase, from 116 billion pounds of milk per year in 1950 to 206 billion pounds in 2014. These poor cows are being worked overtime and inhumanely treated, living in captivity and forced to give birth over and over again specifically to aid the dairy industry demand - leaving their calves to be kept alive to produce their own milk or slaughtered to be sold as veal.
Not only this, but dairy farms have been proven to have an incredibly detrimental effect on the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency reports, the agricultural runoff of dairy farming is one of the primary causes of polluted lakes, streams, and rivers. It has also greatly contributed to the smog-forming pollutants in California, as a single cow emits more of these harmful gasses than even a car does!
Why do we continue to rely on cow's milk when there are so many wonderful non-dairy alternatives at pretty much all of our supermarkets these days? Why do we spring for butter when there's so many butter alternatives out there that are just as delicious (if not MORE)?
Help fight back with these delicious non-dairy alternatives for butter. Substitute them in your baking, cooking, even on your sliced bagel, and you'll be making an incredible environmental and ethical impact!
Applesauce is the perfect butter substitute for extra moist baked goods. It adds fiber while saving tons of calories and cholesterol. A butter substitute that helps you lose weight and LESSENS your risk of heart problems? Yes, please!
Use applesauce in a 1:1 substitution ratio. For example, a 1/2 cup of applesauce can be used to substitute a 1/2 cup of butter.
Really, whether it's facials and hair masks or smoothies and salads, what CAN'T avocados do? Replace the saturated fats of butter with the heart-healthy fats found in avocado oil. Try it in your cookies to make a denser, chewier chocolate chip!
Similar to applesauce, you can use mashed avocados in a 1:1 ratio when substituting it for butter. You can also spread it on toasted bread for a great buttery flavor.
Need a healthy boost of essential aminos? Switch it up by substituting with some cashew butter. If you're one of those people who need a pat of butter on your muffin or bagel, you'll be in for quite a surprise when you've given cashew butter a shot.
Use cashew butter anywhere you would use butter as a spread, especially on breads and other baked goods.
We all know olive oil is delicious in salad dressings, but did you know it makes a delicious butter substitute too? Drizzle some on your popcorn, in your mashed potatoes, or even in your pasta sauce. You can also give Olivio spread a shot.
To use as a substitute, apply it wherever you would use melted butter. It also makes a delicious addition to a vegetable saute.
Pumpkin puree isn't just for pie anymore! Like applesauce, it adds extra moisture to baked goods, especially muffins and quickbreads. It also adds a kick of Vitamin K, potassium, and fiber - making it a healthy option too!
Substitute 3/4 of a cup of pumpkin puree to your recipe for every cup of butter your recipe calls for.