Giving Thanks for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

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Here I am in my late twenties (okay fine, early thirties) and I have yet to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. So far, that duty has always been proudly claimed by my mother. When will the turkey torch be passed to me? I’m not sure, but for now I’m perfectly happy with my “dessert and a side dish” supporting role.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited about whipping up a few fall or Thanksgiving recipes now and then. Two recent ones – pumpkin bread and cheesy, chives mashed potatoes – both included I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!.

There are a couple things I love about using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spread instead of regular butter or margarine. First and foremost, it tastes just as good – if not better – than butter. Second, it’s better for you. The spread has less saturated fat than butter, is an excellent source of Omega-3s, and has no cholesterol. Even during a feast like Thanksgiving, it’s nice to know that I’m able to cut a few corners and make dishes that are a little bit healthier without sacrificing taste.

After testing these recipes this weekend (the pumpkin bread made a fantastic breakfast and the mashed potatoes were great as a meatloaf side), I’ll definitely be showing off my Thanksgiving cooking skills by making these dishes when we go over the river and through the woods (literally) to Grammy’s house for Thanksgiving this year!

PUMPKIN BREADpumpkin bread


  • 15 ounce can of pumpkin pie puree
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! (melted and cooled)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice
  • ¼ tsp ginger


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×5 inch bread pan with a little vegetable oil. Mix pumpkin pie puree, eggs, oil, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, water, white sugar and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and ginger. Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mix until well blended. Pour into pan. Bake for about 60 minutes. Serve warm, topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!



  • 3 lbs potatoes
  • 8 ounces I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup milk (add more to achieve desired consistency)
  • Salt and pepper


Cut potatoes into quarters and place into large pot. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender (you should be able to poke a fork through them easily). Drain. Return potatoes to pot and mash. Stir in I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spread, half of milk, chives, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Add remaining milk (or more) to achieve desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. Those Cheesy Chive Potatoes look awesome, I’m always horrible at the mashed potatoes. Pinning that one! I was a member of this campaign, too – lots of fun! New follower.

  2. Priscilla Benavides says:

    I love your pumpkin bread recipe!!! I am definately going to try, I have been dying for Pumpkin Bread, it’s been one of my pregnancy cravings!

  3. That Bread looks amazing!

  4. Well thanks a whole heaping lot! It’s 9:30 PM and I am hungry now. I love pumpkin bread 🙂

  5. that pumpkin bread looks sooo yummy!!

  6. That bread looks amazing!

  7. That bread looks freaking delicious!

  8. Your pumpkin bread looks yummy!

  9. YUM! I am so getting ready for a Thanksgiving meal. It looks yummy.

  10. Ok, it’s only morning time, and now I am really craving some mashed potatoes! Thanks haha.

  11. I use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter when cooking sometimes to cut down on fat. We cooked our first Thanksgiving turkey a few years ago and it wasn’t as much of an ordeal as you imagine it to be!

  12. It has been YEARS since I’ve tried I can’t believe it’s not butter. My husband is a purist and will only use butter. But i really wonder if he would notice a difference if I switched. hmm…maybe time for some experimenting!

  13. Love the Pumpkin Bread – looks so delicious! I wish a slice now so I can eat it with a cup of fresh coffee…yum! I am going to have to try your recipe 😉

  14. My mother loves cooking with this stuff! Great for watching calories!

  15. those potatoes look real yummy and so does the bread, Now I am hungry..LOL.. Thank you for sharing the recipes..

  16. Those look crazy delicious!

  17. Never tried it but heard lots about it! Your recipes look amazing! I want to try the mashed potatoes… although my son doesn’t like mashed potatoes but oh well! 😉

  18. I love the mashed potatoes recipe. It looks super yummy

  19. Your food looks awesome. I love pumpkin bread so I will be trying this recipe! Thanks for posting.

  20. Wow…Those look SO good! I think I’m going to have to try both of them! Thanks!

  21. Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

    Oh ladies! You will LOVE these recipes! And you won’t even miss those extra fat grams that you skip by not using butter. Promise.

  22. looks yummy

  23. Both look and sound DELISH! Will definitely try your Pumpkin Bread Recipe next week for the holiday!

  24. thanks for the great recipes

  25. I love I can’t believe it is not butter! That bread looks amazing!

  26. I love pumpkin bread – I’m always hesitant to use tub butter for baking though but will if I don’t have a choice. I’ll check this one out. =D

    Any idea why tub butter gets so runny and watery? Sure wish it wouldn’t so I could leave it on the counter.

  27. Don’t worry, I haven’t ever made a Thanksgiving dinner either, lol! My husband always cooks for us. I do use this brand a lot though for other things I make. Great review, thanks for sharing.

  28. Okay now you’ve gone and done it. 2 of my all time favorites. Well you know what this means don’t you? I have to make both of these right now. Sure looks good. <3

  29. You dont mind me stealing your potato recipe for Thanksgiving do you!?! My family will love them! I buy “I cant believe its not butter” – it tastes so good.

  30. These recipes look fabulous! You’re making me hungry.

  31. Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

    Let me know if you guys try the recipes! Hope you enjoy them!

  32. Just a ? about the pumpkin bread. Did you use cake flour or self rising?

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