You could just not use anything in place of butter:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 cups soy milk
1 snack cup/container applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
vegan dark chocolate chips, optional
Mix the powders (first three ingredients)
Mix the remaining ingredients
Over medium heat, start warming a griddle or pan (use this ...
Similar to what Zenna answered earlier regarding the use of peanut butter, you can grind your own nut butters in the food processor. Almond butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter -- all are very creamy, spreadable and ''buttery''