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Zero Waste Whitsundays: Butterlicious Alternatives the Planet Will Thank You For

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Wanting to reduce your impact in the kitchen, but cannot imagine giving up butter?

Well, you certainly don’t have to. Continuing from last week’s exploration 

of milk alternatives for eating and in cooking, let’s look at exploring the world of butter.

For many who share the same health and impact reasons, reducing or removing butter is a win for the health of the planet and for you; less greenhouse gas emissions, less saturated fat, and the potential improvement in cholesterol.

Whether you are wanting to reduce or remove, here are some options to explore. See what difference you notice in how you feel.


An easy and immediate switch is to a readily available brand called Nuttelex. Even our favourite coffee shops, Fat Frog and Rufus & Co, offer this as an option, and this makes us so happy to have such consciousness in our region.

The Nuttelex range includes an olive oil version, coconut oil, kosher, especially for cooking and an extra buttery spread. The brand prides itself on partnering with local, like-minded growers and manufacturers and is an Australian family run company since 1932. With cholesterol free oils, dairy free, nut free, soy free, gluten free and no preservatives, this is definitely an option to try.

Baking Ideas

If you can’t imagine parting with butter on your toast, there is always the opportunity to explore with your baking. Switch to a plant-based alternative for cooking. In addition to Nuttelex, ideas include coconut oil, food grade shea butter, apple sauce, mashed avocado, hummus, cocoa butter, extra virgin olive oil, dairy free yogurt, thickened vegetable stock, nut butter, pumpkin puree and nutritional yeast. You can have a lot of fun with flavours and experimentation with your tried and tested recipes.

Make Your Own Buttery Spread

A plant-based butter recipe, that takes only five minutes, uses coconut oil, nutritional yeast, salt, unsweetened soy or almond milk, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cashews and vegetable oil. Visit our Zero Waste Whitsundays Facebook group or our Instagram page @zerowastewhitsundays for the full recipe. The result is creamy and rich deliciousness. Believe it or not, it even melts on your hot toast.

We would love to hear your best Zero Waste ideas and local experiences. Join us online.

By co-Founders Karen Jacobsen & Lucy Smith.

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