Earth Balance and Fakin’ Bacon
I mostly use it on sweet potatoes, some veggies, on warm toasted bread. Like 1 tsp at a time! So containers last me forever. I also occasionally use it in what little baking I do these days ;-)
But recently, my last container of SBL ran out and I decided it was finally time to try what I hear so many of my vegan blogger friends brag about…EARTH BALANCE!
I was amazed at the variety there was to choose from (even at Walmart!) but I decided to start with the basic natural buttery spread. It is soy free, vegan and a good source of Omega 3′s.
Earth Balance has more calories per serving than Smart Balance Light, but it also has fewer ingredients. And I have found the two to be quite different!
I first used Earth Balance on a sweet potato I had with dinner one night this week.
I was amazed at how well and quickly it melted. Plus it had a very light “buttery” taste (for lack of a better word).
I next tried it on an English muffin, which I also topped with some preserves.
Okay, so here’s what I have determined: Smart Balance Light is a vegan substitute for MARGARINE. Earth Balance is vegan BUTTER. There is a difference and your personal preference will determine which one you use more of.
I think I’m sticking with this one for a while. It melts better, tastes better and you can cook with it. Smart Balance was always so hard to blend in with baking ingredients.
Oh! I almost forgot…wondering what that bacon-like food is up there?
You guys remember how I recently tried tempeh and loved it so much (that I haven’t had tofu since then)?
Well, my friend Sam highly recommended that I try the Fakin’ Bacon which are smoky tempeh strips that you cook on the stove and serve up with breakfast (or in vegan BLTs, which I’m so going to have to try next).
They tasted great though and I think next time I will just cook them a little longer to desired crispiness. I love tempeh!!