Are you bored with your same old jar of Jiffy? Or maybe you just found out the peanut butter you buy is loaded in sugar and you want to find a more natural alternative? Well, screw the lid back on and put it back in your cabinet, because we’re about to introduce you to a world of nut butters and spreads.
Love spreading peanut butter on everything from apples to bagels to PB&Js? Yeah, us too. But sometimes we get bored of the same old smooth peanut butter. And when crunchy isn’t cutting it either, we reach for a jar of flavored, blended peanut butters! With mostly natural ingredients, various brands and a vast variety of flavors — including chocolate and fruits — you’re sure to find one that you love.
Imagine if Nutella and peanut butter had a baby — oh wait, PB&Co. has already done it! Their Dark Chocolate Dreams is an all-natural peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate and tastes amazing on strawberries, in milkshakes and even on a sandwich with bananas.
Feeling really adventurous? Better’n is a healthier peanut butter, with less fat and calories than the leading brands. They now offer a flavor called maple bacon! Are you ready for that risk?
Planters (makers of the peanuts we love) makes a variety of unique blends like Banana Granola Crunch and Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter. That’s definitely a ride for your taste buds.
Almonds are peanuts’ heart-healthy friends — and taste just as good, if not better, blended up into a spread. Packed full of protein, dietary fiber, omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fat (the healthy kind), almond butter can benefit your health and wellness (when eaten in moderation).
Don’t know where to start? Go for a classic, original and lightly sweetened almond butter like MaraNatha No-Stir Almond Butter in Creamy or Crunchy. With their no-stir formula, you won’t have to worry about oil separation and it will spread on easy.
Want to mix it up or need a little more sweetness? Try this delicious Justin’s Maple Almond Butter! It’s sweet enough without being overkill, and highly addictive.
Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter is also a unique and tasty blend. If you really like coffee and want a sweet spread, choose this one, with actual bits of espresso and a dash of vanilla that enhance any bland food item.
Allergic to peanuts? You don’t have to miss out on the fun; we have the perfect remedy for you!
Many sunflower butters are totally peanut-free and are a great tasting alternative for those with even the worst allergy. Sunflower seed butter is also high in monounsaturated fat, a heart-healthy fat shown to lower cholesterol. SunButter is peanut, gluten and tree-nut free and comes in a variety of options like Organic, Natural- No Stir and Natural Omegas.
I.M. Healthy Honey Soynut Butter is a little bit different, as it’s made from soynuts rather than peanuts or sunflower seeds. This honey-sweetened roasted spread is a little sweet, a little salty and full of flavor without any peanuts.
Sure, you can use plain, unsweetened coconut butter on dry skin as lotions, in hair as a deep treatment or cooking food in a pan, but you also can use it as a spread, or melted down and poured as a topping! In that case, we recommend My Coconut Kitchen Cooper Loves Chocolate, which is a chocolate coconut butter, or perhaps Colton’s Lemon Cookie, which tastes like a mix between a sugar cookie and lemon icing.
Just remember, moderation is key! Having 1 to 2 tablespoons of heart-healthy fats and omegas in a day won’t hurt anyone, but if you find yourself scraping the jar dry every other week, you may need to cut back or you’ll find your waistline expanding and your heart overloaded.