When in doubt, spread some butter on it! Being vegan or lactose intolerant is no more a reason to stay away from the buttery treats, for Singapore now has a host of wonderfully rich options for Dairy-Free Butter Alternatives, Vegan Spreads and Nut Butters. About just as lip-smacking as the real deal, these are healthier and ethical too. Dig into a jar of these goodies and you will never have to go low on flavour.
We hope to make shopping easier for you with this handy list of dairy-free and lactose-free butters, butter substitutes, vegan spreads, available in Singapore. So, here’s a lowdown on the what and where of these luscious indulgences. And once you’re done, do check out our handy lists for Vegan Cheese in Singapore, Vegan Yogurts in Singapore and Vegan Ice-Creams Available in Singapore.
Dairy-Free Vegan Butter, Butter Substitutes
Earth Balance was established in 1998 in Colorado, as a company creating non-GMO, expeller-pressed Original Buttery Spread. Over the years, their range has grown to include a variety of spreads, baking sticks, nut butters, dressings & even snacks. Most commonly available in Singapore are the Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread, Earth Balance Olive Oil Buttery Spread, Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread, Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
An Australian brand started in 1932, Nuttelex represents the goodness of plants with butter alternative made from plant oils. It is Lactose & Dairy Free, Gluten-free, GM Free, Nut-free and does not contain additives or preservatives. One of the most widely available vegan, dairy-free butter alterative in Singapore, you can find Nuttelex Buttery Spread, Nuttelex Buttery Spread with Olive Oil, Nuttelex Original, Nuttelex Olive Spread, Nuttelex Coconut Spread. All flavours are available at S$4.85 at various stores.
Available at: Mustafa Centre, Redmart, Ryan’s Grocery, Cold Storage, Select NTUC Fairprice Outlets
Naturel Reduced Fat Spread
Naturel has a wide range of cooking oils, margarines and spreads easily available in supermarkets around town. Out of Naturel’s range of cholesterol free soft margarine and spreads, the Naturel Reduced Fat spread is dairy-free and lower in fat.
Available at: Mustafa Centre, Redmart, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice
Vegan Spreads & Nut Butters
While the choices for dairy-free butter and butter alternatives is comparatively limited, there are plenty of options available for vegan spreads that include nut butters. Here are a few brands that caught our attention for various reasons – most of these are healthier products and have a range of interesting flavours to choose from. We especially love some for being homegrown and local. Note: We have not included vegan cream-cheese here, as it has been covered as part of Vegan & Dairy-Free Cheese in Singapore.
These guys have a straightforward mission – to change the way we snack. Established 5 years ago in Malaysia, they now also operate in Singapore, Hong Kong & Dubai. Their healthy nut butters are handmade fresh every week in small-batches and contain no added salt, refined sugar or oil. Range includes Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, ABC Butter (Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews), Black Sesame Almond Butter, Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut Butter. In Singapore, island wide free delivery is available for orders above S$35.
Available at: Amazin Grace’s website, Redmart, Tangs
UK Brand Meridian is easily available on Redmart and is one of the lesser expensive choices, priced between S$6.95-S$8.50. Vegan flavours include Meridian Smooth Cashew Butter, Natural Light Tahini, Smooth Almond Butter, Dark Tahini, Meridian 100% Seeds Sunflower Seed Butter Smooth.
Available at: Redmart, Holland & Barrett, SuperNature
The Hunters’ Kitchenette
Yet another home-grown brand,The Hunters’ Kitchenette creates its nut butters fresh daily by lightly roasting the nuts, and seasoning with just a hint of unrefined French sea salt and coconut palm sugar, making them full of flavour and richness. Their vast and varied range of dairy-free nut butters and vegan spreads includes Pistachio Nut Butter, Almond Nut Butter, Cashew Nut Butter, Hazelnut Cocoa Nut Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Macadamia Nut Butter, Black Sesame Spread and Cashew Sesame Spread.
Availability by Store
To make shopping for vegan spreads, butter alternatives and nut butters easier, here is a quick listing by retailers/stores, so you can get multiple brands and a good range of vegan/dairy-free spreads and butter alternatives in one place.
RedMart: Carries Nuttelex, The Hunter’s Kitchenette, Amazin’ Grace and Meridian products. They also carry Ceres Organics (Almond Butter & Cashew Coconut Butter).
Cold Storage: Shop for nut butters and vegan spreads at Cold Storage with available brands including Nuttelex, Meridian and Ceres Organics (Almond Peanut Butter, Cashew Coconut Butter, Pumpkin Seed Butter). Please note that availability can vary by store.
Mustafa Centre: Here you can pick up Nuttelex and sometimes Earth Balance. Also available is TableLands Coconut Spread.
Fair Price: Fair Price stocks TableLands and Nuttelex Buttery Spread. Availability can vary by store.
Ryan’s Grocery: Apart from Nuttelex and Meridian, Ryan’s Grocery also stocks Biona (Organic Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Pumpkin Seed Butter).
Wishing your search for ethical and responsible vegan butters, spreads and nut butters be smoother!