Your Guide to Nut Butters

Whether it be peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or any other type of nut butter there is, each has its own unique flavor. Any kind of nut butter is staple in my house—I always have at least one, usually two, and I definitely miss it when it runs out.

Mixing up nut butters is a good idea, as it not only gives you a variety of taste & flavor, but also nutrition! Each kind of nut has its own nutrients and benefits that makes it good for you. Read my post on the health benefits of nuts for more info 🙂

In general, I always opt for the no-salt-added varieties, as too much sodium isn’t good for your health. However, more so than that, it’s important to make sure your plain nut butters don’t have added sugar or preservatives! Flavored nut butters, such as vanilla almond butter, will have added sugar, which I am okay with, as I consider them a treat rather than a household staple.

When deciding creamy versus crunchy, get whatever you like best. My personal preference is crunchy, but if you prefer creamy, by all means get that! Just like all food, nut butter should be something you enjoy.

Below are some ideas to get you started. I love eating nut butter on toast, in oatmeal, with apples, and, honestly, so much more. The possibilities are endless, as I always say.

Peanut Butter

Ah, the classic. This is the one you’ll find easiest in stores, as any grocery that sells a kind of nut butter will have peanut butter. Peanut butter is absolutely awesome paired with banana! Trader Joe’s sells peanut butter that’s enriched with flax and chia. Peanut butter is also great when combined with honey 🙂 I usually buy Smucker’s all-natural crunchy peanut butter, but other brands are great, too.

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Krema peanut butter is HEAVENLY.

Want the flavor but not all the calories or fat? PB2 is great for that! It is not a great substitute for peanut butter for all recipe (completely different texture), but it is perfect in chocolate-banana shakes! The protein packed recipe can be found here 🙂

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Wild Friends nut butters are also great. They have tons of fun flavors, and one of their main focuses in nutrition! Some examples are their Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter or Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter!

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Wild Friends’ Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Almond Butter

Almond butter has become increasingly popular! Usually you can find it right next to the peanut butter, and most stores will have it. I love almond butter with apples and cinnamon. It reminds me of fall! Totally comforting, and both a delicious and nutritious snack 😛

Justin’s sells vanilla almond butter, which I absolutely love. I first bought it by accident at the grocery store. While it does have added sugar, it’s a nice way to change it up if you’re looking for a different flavor, or a sweet twist on the original almond butter. There are also versions that add maple and honey, which I have not tried yet. Let me know your thoughts if you have!

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Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter

I usually buy almond butter in bulk at Costco. I’ve also seen it at Trader Joe’s in a raw, crunchy, and unsalted version. I have never seen this anywhere else, and so I make sure to grab it when I can 🙂

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Trader Joe’s raw, unsalted, crunchy almond butter

Want your almond butter on-the-go? Trust me, I do! Buy single-serving packs! They are perfect for when you are not at home, and there are TONS of fun flavors to try.

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Classic Almond Butter in a single-serving pack
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Almond butter in my oatmeal 🙂 Click on the words to find the recipe!

Cashew Butter

Cashew butter has a very different taste. It’s distinct, totally delicious, and very rich! I love having a scoop of cashew butter in my oatmeal. It’s a bit harder to find in stores, but places such as Whole Foods or Mariano’s have it.

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Best combo there is 🙂

Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut butter is often seen paired with chocolate to make a tasty combination. It’s often referred to as “Nutella,” although Nutella is a brand rather than a spread! If I’m totally honest, I’ve never had the Nutella brand before, but I love Justin’s. It’s absolutely delightful on toast with banana slices and PB2!

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Nut butter toast with banana slices, chia seeds, and cacao powder

 

Mixed Nut Butter

I’ve only seen this at Trader Joe’s, but I’m sure they have it other places (probably Whole Foods). It has a totally different taste compared to plain nut butters, but I love it for both a rich & wonderful taste AND a mixture of nutrients from various nuts.

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Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter

It’s important to note that you can make ANY nut butter at home; all you need is the nuts that you want! I love to hear your results from experimenting.

There are also lots of nut-free versions in stores that are made from sunflower seeds, etc. The only one I’ve tried is “Wowbutter,” and, to be honest, I’d pick real peanut butter over it any day. However, I’m sure there are other ones that are good!

Can’t decide which nut butter to use? Don’t! Use more than one 🙂 I love having a tablespoon of two different varieties.

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Apple slices with crunchy all-natural peanut butter and vanilla almond butter (a spirulina green smoothie, of course, too!)

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