Flora plant butter, is it worth the hype?

Do you love cooking and baking but struggle due to a dietary restriction? Or are you looking to ditch butter and cream due to health or environmental concerns? I recently stumbled upon a new product, Flora, a plant-based butter and crème that markets themselves as the perfect cream and butter substitutes. I’m going to put Flora to the test to see if it’s worth your dollar and holds up to its claims.

It can be hard to know if vegan cream and butter substitutes are actually good for you, or if they even taste and act like the real thing. This comprehensive guide compares dairy butter and cream to plant-based Flora butter and cream to see if they are comparable substitutes and if you should be stocking up on them during your next grocery run.

It’s important to note before I dive into my review that Flora has two different brands of their plant butter, Flora Professional Plant Butter, and Flora Plant Butter. They are the same product, just branded for restaurant use versus home cooking. I will be reviewing Flora Professional due to its availability.

Flora Plant Butter

-versus-

Dairy Butter

flora plant butter

Image courtesy of: Flora Plant Butter, flora.com

Ingredients and Nutrition

flora plant butter nutrients
flora plant butter ingredients

Through this comparison, you can see  that there is virtually no difference between the nutrition content of each type of butter. My first assumption was that Flora would be healthier because it was plant based, considering the underlying health benefits of consuming plant oils over milk fat. However, the only health difference was the absence of cholesterol in Flora Plant Butter. 

Taste

flora plant butter taste

Use

flora plant butter shelf life
flora plant butter melting point
flora plant butter recipe use
chocolate chip cookies, vegan cookies

Flora butter on the left –  Dairy butter on the right

Price

flora plant butter price

The great thing about butter is that it is easy to find, and readily accessible at any supermarket, and even the occasional gas station for when you are really desperate. On the other hand, Flora plant butter is more difficult to find. A great strategy to get Flora Plant butter is to buy it in bulk online and then freeze what you don’t need right away. The webstaurantstore offers 8lbs (minimum purchase) for $24,  which is $10 dollars cheaper than buying the same amount of butter at the grocery store! 

 

Flora Plant Butter is available in store at Kroger foods, and online at webstaurantstore.com, Tesco.com, ASDA, and Smiley360.

Flora Plant Crème

-versus-

Dairy Cream

flora plant cream coconut cake

Image courtesy of: Flora Plant Butter, flora.com

Ingredients and Nutrition

flora plant creme nutrition
flora plant creme ingredients

It’s important to note that Flora says they will be changing their ingredients in their crème in late 2021 to be a Fabamilk product (assuming it pertains to Fabamilk instead of Lentil milk). Apart from this change, the biggest note you should know when looking at the ingredient list is the use of Guar gum. This could potentially (very little risk) cause some minor digestive issues in certain people. However, when analyzing the rest of the ingredients they appear to be all-natural and fairly sustainable.

Taste

flora plant creme taste

Use

flora plant creme shelf life
flora plant creme whipped
flora creme use
flora whipped creme

Flora crème on the left – Dairy cream on the right

Price

flora plant creme price

 

So… is Flora worth it?

 

 Flora Plant Butter Wins: 

    • Longer shelf life
    • Higher smoking point 
    • Less expensive
    • Better for the environment (environmental impact of production is unknown) 
    • Healthier (no cholesterol) 
    • More ethical (plant based versus animal based) 
    • Vegan
    • Soy free
    • Peanut free
    • Dairy free
    • GMO free
    • Halal
    • Kosher
    • No artificial flavor or preservatives 

         Flora Plant Butter Cons:

          • Can be hard to find (easier to find in-store in the United States Midwest) 
          • The comparison in health benefits between butter fat and plant oil is not clear

         Flora Plant Crème Wins:

          • Longer shelf life
          • Less expensive (great bulk prices) 
          • Stable to acid and heat
          • Better for the environment (environmental impact of production is unknown) 
          • No cholesterol
          • More ethical (plant based versus animal based) 
          • Vegan
          • Soy free
          • Peanut Free
          • Dairy Free
          • GMO free
          • Halal
          • Kosher
          • No artificial flavor or preservatives 

               Flora Plant Crème Cons:

                • Can be hard to find in-store 
                • Not as much nutrition as dairy cream  
                • Doesn’t last as long after it is opened

              I have to tell you, I am so impressed with the performance, taste, and cost of Flora Plant Butter. I was very skeptical about how it would compare as a butter substitute, but I was pleasantly surprised, it truly is a 1:1 replacement for butter. Not only does it taste delicious (I baked an entire loaf of bread just so I could eat Flora buttered toast), it also performs better in baking and cooking applications. 

               

              My only drawback is that the packaging doesn’t have measurement lines on it, making it a little more challenging to use when baking. I also wish they had made it healthier than dairy butter, however, I’m sure the fat content and nutrition has something to do with the performance and melting point of the product. 

               

              When comparing Flora’s second product, the Plant Crème, it appears to be a wonderful replacement for Dairy cream. While Flora’s ingredient list is rather long, and may slightly negatively impact a few people (un-tested), it performs just as well- if not better- than normal cream. The flavor is great, and it stands up well to numerous uses and applications.

               

              While Flora Crème can be hard to find, it’s worth it to go the extra mile to seek it out. This is a great product for those with dietary restrictions and people who want to easily eat a little more sustainably. Flora Crème has a long shelf life, and in most cases is cheaper than dairy cream.

               

              Flora has created two great products that are tasty, out-perform their diary counterparts, and are just as cheap (if not more). I highly recommend these products as cream and butter replacements for those who are vegan, want to be more sustainable with their diet, are Kosher, Halal, and soy free. These products are a fresh new take on crème and butter substitutes that cater to those with restrictive diets.

              flora plant butter
              chocolate chip cookies

              Images courtesy of: Cambria Sinclair, @cambria_sinclair 

              I challenge you to switch out your butter and cream with Flora’s products for a month to see how well they perform for yourself! Share a picture with us of the items you make with Flora and let us know your opinion!

              Feature image courtesy of: Flora Plant Butter, flora.com

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