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Ok, this post started off about the butter, and ended up discussing mayo and other spreads. If that’s cool, carry on. But if you’re after a review of only vegan butter/margarine, click here.

I found butter hard to give up.

Like, super hard.

How do you even find out what’s the best vegan butter in the UK?

They’re nearly all gross and plasticky.

I freaking love butter.

Obvs it’s best smothered over fresh, crusty bread, but I also used it for cooking. Things like risotto and even the humble mushrooms on toast really benefitted from lashings of real butter.

When I finally managed to kick dairy, I just avoided butter.

I don’t particularly like margarine so if I ever bought and it would inevitable sit festering in the fridge until I chucked it out a year or two after it had passed its expiry date.

Dairy product alternatives divide the vegan community 

Some people are lucky enough not to be that fussed on cow excretions.

I am not one of those people.

I love cheese.

The good news for those of you in the same boat as me is that the cravings truly do subside. Cheese is just one of those things I can’t have, like dolphin meat, a pet mogwai or a billion pounds.

I’m over it.

All that vegan propaganda that claims that cheese is addictive? Tis true. For the first few weeks you’ll think of nothing else, and then you’ll be fine. Well, I was anyway.

This post is a guide to vegan spreads, and will not include a list of good cheese alternatives.

Why? Because I’m yet to find one I really love that’s easy to get hold of (by which I mean you can buy it in Sainsbury’s or Tesco) and won’t set me back more than a few quid.

***UPDATE*** Tyne Chease is suuuper good. Like, so good. Expensive and I can only get in online, but well worth it for a party (especially if you get a three pack and it’s a party for one). It’s not a melty cheese; it’s definitely an eat-with-crackers cheese.



Sorry, yes.


What is the best vegan butter in the UK?

For purposes of being helpful, as well as telling you outright what’s the best vegan butter in the UK, I’ve compiled a whole list of the best vegan…spreads?


I thought I’d chuck in a mayo analysis too, so we can make ‘what’s the best vegan mayonnaise in the UK?’ a sub title too.

I actually write more on mayo because there are a few great options, unlike butter, because in my opinion there’s only one contender for being the best vegan butter in the UK.

I shall crack on.

1. Butter

If you like margarine and spreads, you’ll be a-ok switching to the vegan ones. They pretty much all taste the same.

Unfortunately, they taste to me like chemicals festering in liquidised plastic.

A fan of margarine I am not.

Vitalite is fine. Dairy-free Flora is FINE. ***UPDATE*** all FLora is vegan now. The revolution is coming 😀

EDIT: Flora have backtracked. The revolution is temporarily paused. FFS.

But nothing compares to the wonder that is Naturli’ Spreadable. 

Omg it’s so good. Just like proper butter (well, like Lurpak spreadable), but no cows were harmed in the making of it.


Seriously, try it. You can only get it in some Sainsbury’s (so far). The brand also does a delicious mince made from peas, and a vile chicken which is vile and should be avoided.


2. Ketchup, hummus, etc. etc.

These are a vegan’s true friend. They are usually naturally vegan.

See also brown and bbq sauce, sweet chilli, the sweet nectar that is Nando’s medium sauce…

This does not mean don’t check – the people in charge love to sneak a bit of milk in where it doesn’t belong (I’m looking at you, Walker’s Oven Baked Salt & Vinegar, you bastards).

Since these are generally vegan, you’re probs wondering why I included them.


Back when I ate cheese I rather partial to that cheap-ass German smoked cheese on a bit of crusty bread. You know what’s a GREAT alternative?

The Moorish smoked hummus. I know, it sounds weird, but it truly hits that same spot.

Hummus was a great friend to me before I discovered a great vegan butter. It’s still very close to my heart. Smeared on the Coop’s olive bread and topped with chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, and as much black pepper as you can be bothered to grind. The best open sandwich EVER.

3. Mayonnaise

Now, we have a new contender in this game that I only encountered this weekend: Hellmann’s have launched a vegan mayonnaise.


Only a couple of years ago, vegan mayo was a disgrace in the UK.

Most of ’em tasted like salad cream, which I get is fine for normal people, but I’d rather eat a tablespoon of neat Vitalite than half a teaspoon of salad cream.


Is yack.

There are only three mayonnaises I truly recommend.

Having said that, I will give the Sacla one an honourable mention because it ticks the boxes on both packaging (a glass jar that is great for repurposing to house spices, without the lingering basil scent you get if you reuse their pesto jars) and availability (my teeny local coop have it). The taste is not salad creamy, but also not particularly mayonnaise-y.

It’s fine to add a bit of lubrication (sorry) to sandwiches, but not, y’know, life-changing.

Ok, so here are the ones I do recommend:

A late entrant to the game, but a great one. Tastes just like regular Helmanns mayonnaise minus the cruelty.


Available (atm) from larger Tesco’s (c’mon Sainsbury’s) but I’m guessing as the popularity for vegan food continues to skyrocket it’ll be everywhere soon.

It’s packaged in a glass jar. Nice.

The absolute queen of mayonnaise.

Better than any mayo I’ve ever tried, vegan or not.


Its texture is almost mousse-y so it’s not at all greasy.

Unfortunately, it’s a devil for me to get hold of, by which I mean my local Sainsbury’s don’t have it, although some of the bigger stores do. Again, I’m sure it’s something that’ll get easier to get in the near future.

Again, glass packaging which is nice.

This is probably the easiest for most people to get hold of – it’s even in my local Tesco Express.

The taste is on point – it’s just like regular mayonnaise and it’s only £1.50. So far so good.

My problem lies with the packaging.

Not only is it in plastic, but it’s that weak-ass plastic that yields under any tiny amount of pressure, so after you’re about halfway down it becomes a bit of a chore to extract any product from the tube.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Tesco changed this soon though, with all the uproar about plastic atm.


4. Guacamole

You’d have THOUGHT that guacamole would have slotted nicely into section 2 – the spreads and condiments that sure, you had to check the ingredient of, but were generally vegan.


Apparently, supermarkets up and down this fair isle have decided that adding sour cream to guacamole is absolutely the way to go.


There is a ready-made guacamole in Sainsbury’s that is vegan, but it has a weird…thing. I’m not sure if it’s the taste, smell or texture but something about it is a bit…off.

It tastes like frozen avocado.

Yep, that’s what it is.

Did you know you can get frozen avocados? It shook me to my core when I saw them in the freezer bit at Tesco, cheap as chips.

Unfortunately, they’re gross, so stay away. The difference is not dissimilar to the difference between frozen and raw spinach – the taste is fundamentally the same but so much stronger, whilst also being far less fresh-tasting.


Conversely, blueberries were made to be frozen. They’re so much zingier and you don’t run the risk of having the odd cringingly soft one that makes you shudder.

I have digressed, but I think I’ve covered the main bits.

It may be a bit of stretch calling this the definitive guide to vegan spreads and condiments, but it includes all the stuff I wish I known when I first ditched the dairy.

If you have anything to add, a comment below would be much appreciated. 

Up next (possibly Monday) should be a post on accidentally vegan things, so, in the words of every Youtuber ever, please like and subscribe!

So now you’re all equipped to go out and buy the best vegan butter in the UK (again for those in the back, Natur’li spreadable, in a black tub in Sainsbury’s), go out and buy it. Buy two, in fact. And some crusty bread to eat it on. Live your best life.


  1. This is the most brilliant article to read! Needed to know about Lurpak level spread and I have my answer! Off to find Naturali, mask on and off we go! Also, managed to get through a catering size tub of Helmans mayo in 3 months…

    • Glad I could help! I’ve been using Pure since lockdown (no Sainsbury’s in my town) and whilst it’s ok, it’s no naturali. Sadly enough, my fridge isn’t big enough to accommodate the catering tub, because it’s full of m&s Kiev’s. Choices were made.

  2. Now you need to update your update since Flora have gone back to their dairy loving ways Goodbye delicious Flora Buttery! Off to try Naturli!

    • This is so so annoying! Flora made such a big deal about going plant-based and then backtracked FOR NO APPARENT REASON. The buttery was lush! Why add milk? I can only assume that putting milk in made it cheaper to produce.

  3. Great article,thanks. I’ve just recently had to give up dairy because of health problems (Asthma) probably from years of over dosing on Butter, Cheese and cream.
    I have given up on finding cream alternatives ( I love it in my tea!) and do not think anyone who invented the vegan creamers have EVER eaten cream or their own products. Most taste like cheap washing powder.(yes I have accidently tried washing powder, very drunk!)
    Most of the cheese I have tried, is how imagine “flubber” would taste and is easily as bouncy. I clumsily drop a lump of Vitalite onto the kitchen table and it bounced right across to the other side (4ft) and onto the ” dog shelf” (floor).
    Best place for it! It’s NOT the cheese I love and dream about. I am only 2 weeks cold turkey from dairy at the moment.
    I am so looking forward to trying the Nutrali’s spreadable as margarine just isn’t nice.
    Looking forward to your cheese article next.
    Merry Christmas

    • You need to try Tyne Chease – it’s so good and there’s no trace of that vomity aftertaste vegan cheese makes love so much. I actually don’t mind the Alpro and Oatly creams, but my tastes have definitely adapted (only took 4 years) because I find vegan cheese more palatable too now.

    • Have you tried oatly single cream? Oatly stuff is normally really good I love their barista milk and there yogurts so I would like to think the cream is good too, I have some in my fridge but waiting to find the right pudding to try it with

      • Yes, it’s really good! To be honest, both the Oatly and Alpro singe creams are really good, and so so similar to dairy cream. I just wish you could buy vegan whipping cream! I know you can buy pre-whipped cream, but I love double cream!

  4. My favourite food was always cheese until I developed a real allergy to dairy products. Have tried all sorts of vegan cheeses. Always disappointed until yesterday when I bought Asda’s own “cheddar”. Wonderful. Maybe I’ve forgotten the real taste of cheddar, but it’s good enough for me. Lively. Feel I can start living again.

    The only non dairy spread I like is a Kosher one from Waitrose called Tomor.. have to travel to buy it though, but it does freeze.

  5. the asda vege cheddar is nice and tastes like milk made cheddar , the leicester has no taste and the danish blue style is bland to my palate , the asda vegan spreadable cheese went in the bin after the first taste. anyhoo i’m determind to try almond butter on my mince pies this years as i miss having amaretto butter.

    • Thanks for the info! The Sainsbury’s blue tastes good but smells flippin awful. Like, so bad it stinks out the fridge, I’ve heard great things about Asda, but there isn’t one near me. I’ll have to make the journey post pandemic!

    • Whilst you’re in Sainsbury’s pick up the crusty white loaf with the big cuts in the top (it looks like it’s had deep squares cut into it) – they’re a match made in heaven. Also the Quinn pepperoni – great in sandwiches because it’s more flavourful than the ham.

  6. Vitalite margarine has always had an unpleasant, alien taste for me – unlike any other brands. Instantly recognisable, and icky. Since I’ve stuck with Pure sunflower margarine for years (been a vegan for 60 years – yikes), which has a mild but pleasant taste, I thought I’d try their new spreadable ‘butter-type’ block which comes in a nicely shiny silver packet. First taste – its identical to Vitalite! Yuck – gawd knows how they manage that, is it some additional chemical added for the hardening into a block? Either that or it’s just Vitalite in a Pure wrapper………shurely not……. tastes nothing like their spreads. (As for Asda’s cheeses, and many other vegan cheeses, to me they just have t a very coconuty taste, and are too sweet. Having now tried so many brands, the only ones that come close to real Cheddar and Red Leicester are under the Cheezly brand – which so far I haven’t found in a supermarket, only in ‘health food’ shops. Both excellent for all cooking dishes).

    • OH MY GOD ITS SO GRIM. I couldn’t even try that pure block – it smells like hell. The flora one is actually worse. I think my palette has changed to accept violife cheese (esp the extra mature one). I used to hate it (smelled like vomit) but now I don’t mind it. I don’t know if they changed the recipe, or if my tastebuds have just given up.

      You need to try Tyne cheese. Pricey but so so delicious. It’s such a treat!

      I salute your 60 years! Incredible!


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