Crystal Margarine – your delicious, healthy start to the day

Crystal Margarine – your delicious, healthy start to the day

Making a delicious, healthy start to the day with zero trans-fat Crystal Margarine helps you maintain a positive lifestyle without sacrificing taste and enjoyment.

Not only is Crystal Margarine lactose-free and low in saturated fat, it’s also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, important during our long, dark Canadian winters.

Blended right here in Canada from non-hydrogenated canola and vegetable oils, this zero trans-fat margarine offers a rich taste and texture sure to make each of your favourite dishes a success. Browse our recipe collection for some yummy breakfast inspiration.

Recipes from the Crystal Test Kitchen

Tofu Scramble

tofu scramble with avocado and salad greens.

Want a scramble, but don’t want eggs? Try this protein-packed tofu scramble.

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 16-oz (450g) container firm tofu, drained
  • 3 tbsp melted Crystal margarine
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced fine
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce or apple cider vinegar


  1. Gently squeeze the tofu to extract excess water. Blot dry with paper towel.
  2. Crumble tofu with your hands.
  3. Crumbled tofu

  4. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. add a little margarine to lightly coat the pan. You can add more as needed.
  5. Onions and margarine in a heated non-stick pan

  6. Cook onions until transparent, 2-3 minutes. Stir in nutritional yeast, onion powder, and turmeric.
  7. Nutritional yeast, onion powder, and turmeric added into heated pan with margarine and cooking onions.

  8. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  9. Add tofu to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  10. Tofu added to non-stick pan.

    Tofu cooking in spices with onions.

  11. Remove from heat. Drizzle the soy sauce or apple cider vinegar over the tofu scramble and give it a quick stir.
  12. Serve warm with toasted bread, avocado, and salad greens.

Chef Notes

  • Make sure to buy firm tofu, as the softer varieties will not crumble properly.

tofu scramble with avocado and salad greens.

Ginger Berry Crunch

We’ll be ending our Thanksgiving dinner this weekend on a high note with this light and fruity ginger berry crunch – the perfect combination of spicy and fruity to please all palates! Because this recipe is made with our Omega-3 rich Crystal Margarine, you can be sure that you’re serving the best to your family!


Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show Recipe Booklet

If you didn’t get the chance to make it out to Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show a few weekends ago, not to fear! We have a downloadable PDF of the Golden Gate Test Kitchen Recipe Booklet that was handed out at the show, featuring all of the recipes Chef Logan and Chef Janet demonstrated:


Perfect for Fall Baked Apple Pumpkin Harvest Oatmeal

During those cold fall mornings, this oatmeal is one of our favourites! We’re bringing together the warm flavours of pumpkin spice with fresh pumpkin and apple for a comforting breakfast that can be made ahead of time for when you’re in a rush! Since this recipe is made with our Omega-3 rich Crystal Margarine, you can be sure to get a healthy start to you day!

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Perfectly Sweet Apple Pecan Breakfast Cookies

Fall is officially upon us! We started the new season off on the right foot with these apple breakfast cookies. We love the warm spicy taste of cinnamon, apples, and nutmeg in the morning, and because these are made with our Omega-3 rich Crystal Margarine, you can be sure that you’re getting your Healthy Start!

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Win a Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show Prize Pack!

The entire Crystal Test Kitchen crew is gearing up for Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show this coming weekend and we want to see you there, so we’re giving away this amazing prize pack including a pair of tickets to Sunday’s show! To enter, click on the image below:


The Hazelnut Stuffed French Toast Your Family Will Love

It’s the last leg of the work week and we’re daydreaming of Saturday morning brunch on our plates!

This french toast makes for a perfectly decadent start to the weekend, with layers of hazelnut and cinnamon sugar spread stuffed between each layer of bread. Because this recipe is made with our 0 trans-fat Crystal Margarine, you can dig in for seconds!

The Perfect Hiking Treat Raspberry Date Energy Bars

We’re always coming up with new recipes that are quick to prepare, with busy lifestyles in mind. These energy bars can be prepared in 15 minutes, and are great for all ages thanks to the sweet chocolatey kick from the dates and the cocoa! They make a great afternoon snack for kids at school, just substitute the almonds for puffed rice cereal to make them safe for nut-free environments!

Stop the heat with our No Bake recipes

nb330We asked our Facebook fans whether they keep baking through the hot summer months, or if they’d adjusted their recipes.

Over half said that they change recipes with the seasons and many went the ‘no-bake’ route during summer. It gets so hot and humid outside that the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven! We’ve put together a couple of great ‘no-bake’ recipes and also recipes that you can make on the BBQ, keeping the kitchen cool.

Baking on the BBQ is pretty straightforward, and made all the more easier when your BBQ has a built in thermometer. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, they are cheap and easy to buy.

No-bake cereal Cookies

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We love these cereal cookies! Easy to make, perfect to make with kids, and you can use any cereal that your heart desires! Use gluten-free cereal, or something high in fibre!
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Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

A beautifully plated trio of lettuce wraps filled with tofu, and a bowl of sauce
Is it possible to be cool and hot at the same time? It is with this recipe! Tofu cooked with chili, ginger, and honey brings a kick of sweet heat, but it’s balanced with cool julienned veggies. Wrap it all up in a lettuce leaf for a satisfying crunch. All this, and it’s budget-friendly, too! Now that’s cool – and hot!

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


For the Tofu:

  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp honey
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 5 ml / 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 g / ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 454 g / 1 lb extra firm tofu brick
  • 12 g / 1 tbsp Crystal margarine

For the Wraps:

  • 12 Boston Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 100 g / 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 100 g / 1 cup julienned cucumber
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 10 g / ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 30 g / ¼ cup chopped and toasted cashews
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges


For the Tofu:

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, honey, lime juice, ginger paste, and chili flakes; divide in half.
  2. Line a cutting board with paper towel. Slice tofu block into ½ inch / 1 ¼ cm slices and place on paper towel, cover with additional paper towel and top with a heavy cutting board. Let tofu sit for 15 – 20 minutes, the paper towel will soak up extra moisture. Chop each tofu slice into ½ inch / 1 ¼ cm cubes. Place in a medium bowl and toss with half of the sauce.
    Tofu cubes in a bowl being stirred with a wooden spoon
  3. Heat Crystal margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add tofu and cook for 5 – 7  minutes, or until heated through and golden in colour.
    Cubes of cooked tofu in a frying pan

For the Wraps:

  1. Divide lettuce among plates or on a large serving platter. Place equal amounts of tofu in the bottom of each lettuce leaf. Garnish with shredded carrots, cucumber, green onions, and cashews. Serve with a lime wedge and remaining sauce.  

Chef’s Notes:

  • Try replacing the tofu with 454 g / 1 lb. peeled shrimp. Cook following tofu cooking directions.
  • Toast cashews in a medium frying pan, dry (no oil), over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until golden.

 Four lettuce wraps filled with tofu and garnished with julienned vegetables