Better than Butter

Just to be clear: I don’t believe that there are many things in this world that are better than butter. But what a pain that it’s rock hard when it comes out of the refrigerator.  And of course, there are those who claim that butter is not the best thing in the world for the arteries. Lots of non-hydrogenated, buttery spread alternatives have recently shown up on the store shelves next to the butter to help address these issues, but something about buying a plastic tub of faux butter made me feel like I was back in the ’70s. So I recently took a stab at mixing up my own version. I really did find this to be better than butter, and that proved to be unfortunate. The fact that it’s a little healthier than the real deal is not a license to consume it with reckless abandon. Note to self.


  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free, plain greek yogurt


  1. Combine all three ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until creamy and thoroughly blended.
  2. With a rubber spatula, empty bowl into a covered container and refrigerate.
  3. Enjoy as a spreadable, lower cholesterol, and tastier (I’m not kidding) butter substitute on toast, vegetables, and even in baking!