A smooth nut butter is great when slathered on a piece of toast or squished in between bread and jelly. However, shopping for the best nut butter doesn't go always go smoothly. There are so many to choose from. Some are and packed with essential nutrients and healthy fats, while others are packed with junk and unhealthy hydrogenated oils--we're looking at you, Skippy. Scour grocery store shelves no more, we've compiled a list of the healthiest, and tastiest, nut butters.
Did you know that almonds have more calcium than any other nut? In addition, they are loaded with fiber and vitamin E. Don't go out and get any ol' almond butter, grab a jar of Justin's All Natural almond butter. It's made with only two ingredients: dry-roasted almonds and natural palm fruit oil. It's sweet and mild flavor makes up for its thick consistency. Another great thing about Justin's is that they an array of almond butter products including dark chocolate almond butter cups, vanilla almond butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter.
Available to purchase on Amazon for $11.99.
Walnuts have high amounts of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that help reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks, lower cholesterol, and decrease inflammation. Artisana Organic's nut butters are made using a temperature controlled process that retains the nuts' fatty acids, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes. Like Justin's almond butter, this walnut butter has only 2 ingredients: organic raw walnuts and organic raw cashew. You've probably noticed that it isn't made with oil like most nut butters. Don't worry, it is still creamy and spreadable.
Available to purchase on ThriveMarket for $11.99.
A serving of macadamia butter is high in vitamin A, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Made with only whole, raw, macadamias nuts a spoonful of Wilderness Poets Raw Macadamia Butter is decadent and crunchy. The best thing about this nut butter is that it is versatile. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes including raw cookie dough and tempeh burgers.
Available for purchase at WildernessPoets.com for $17.99.
Although pecans are higher in calories than other nuts, they contain beta-sitosterol, a plant extract that lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of some cancers, and has anti-inflammatory effects. Most notably this plant steroid may alleviate symptoms of prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate. If you're a fan of pecans, this nut butter is perfect for you. This pecan butter is a little runny, so it's best when drizzled over a warm bowl of oatmeal or pecan pie.
Available to purchase on GeorgiaPecan.com for $10.00
Hazelnuts are a great source of iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Did you know that eating hazelnuts is associated with increased blood flow and improved digestion? You can get these benefits with a serving of hazelnut butter. If you are wanting to ditch the added sugar that is in most hazelnut butters on the market, pick up a jar of Dastony Organic Hazelnut Butter. It's extra creamy and thin which means it's easy to add to smoothies and cereal. The flavor is quite intense and not for the faint of heart, therefore, some people add honey or stevia to sweeten it.
Available for purchase on iHerb for $12.59.
Pistachios are full of health benefits including a decrease in bad cholesterol and an increase in good cholesterol. Also, they reduce the risk of diabetes and reduces inflammation. A serving of Nutraw Butter's pistachio butter provides these benefits and more. Containing 80mg of omega-3s and 300mg of potassium helps to lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. Only made with two ingredients, organic pistachios and organic vanilla, is as natural as it gets. It's a bit sweeter than the nut butters on this list so feel free to throw it in a tropical smoothie bowl.
Available for purchase on Squareup.com for $31.98 for a pack of 2.
While cashews don't contain as much fiber as its counterparts, it is packed with nutrients like vitamins E, K, and B6 along with copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and selenium. Also, regular consumption of cashews has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. Made with dry-roasted organically grown cashews and organic high oleic sunflower oil, Once Again's Organic cashew butter is smooth, silky, and super creamy. For those with a peanut butter allergy, this makes for the perfect substitute.
Available for purchase on LuckyVitamin for $13.22.
No list of nut butter would be complete without peanut butter. Did you know that peanuts are not nuts? They're actually considered legumes. This plant-based protein source is packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that can help those with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar. Don't go for regular peanut butter as it can contain unhealthy ingredients that can counteract the health benefits of peanuts. A brand of peanut butter that doesn't have unnecessary additives and preservatives is MaraNatha's Creamy Peanut Butter. Containing only USDA-certified organic ingredients, roasted peanut and sea salt, this peanut butter is naturally sweet and delicious.
Available for purchase on Amazon for $5.99.
Sunflower seeds aren't technically a nut but they possess the same health benefits as nuts. Specifically, consuming sunflower seeds can improve cardiovascular health. Additionally, they are a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. SunButter is a brand that is praised for those with a nut allergy. With the same consistency of classic peanut butter, it can be used substituted in a PB&J.
Available for purchase on Amazon for $5.99.
Coconuts are high in healthy saturated fats that can boost energy levels and promote a faster metabolism. In addition to this, coconuts contain lauric acid that has been reported to improve immunity. Reap all of these benefits with a serving of coconut butter. If you're wondering how you can use coconut butter, you can enjoy it with fruit and eat it straight out of the jar.
Available for purchase on ThriveMarket for $8.49