10 Best Nut Butters 2021 | Tried, Tested & Tastiest

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10 Best Tried, Tested & Tastiest Nut Butters, According To A Dietician

We’ve found the top all-natural nut butters with no added sugar

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Whether it’s on a slice of sourdough, poured over porridge or sneakily spooned straight from the jar (our fave!), nut butter has firmly made its way into our daily diet.

We caught up with Consultant Dietician Ro Huntriss (@dietitianro) for a quick fire-round on all things nut butters, as well as the best nut butters to buy.

Which nut butter is the healthiest?

“All nuts are high in protein and packed with beneficial monounsaturated fat, so from that POV, you can’t go wrong. However, almond butter is the most nutrient-dense option per serving”.

“It’s also worth keeping your eyes peeled for brands that use high oleic peanuts. These little nutrient bombs are packed with oleic acid, aka — the good fats, similar to those found in the likes of avocados and extra virgin olive oil. Great news for healthy cholesterol levels.”

As if we needed another excuse to grab a spoon...

Which nut has the most protein?

“That award goes to peanut butter! Watch out though, it’s also the most calorific. So for that reason, it’s worth watching your serving size and incorporating it into your macros."

“Try adding a teaspoon to your morning oats, alongside Greek yoghurt for a balanced serving of protein and healthy fats first thing in the morning.”

Is nut butter good for weight loss?

“Although high in calories, moderate inclusion of nuts or nut products within the diet is not associated with weight gain. But like anything, if eaten in excess, weight gain may occur.”

How we test

The Women’s Health Lab had the tough job of trying 19 protein-packed nut butters — including almond, peanut, hazelnut and cashew. Trying each straight up, spread on toast and swirled into overnight oats, we’ve found the best nut butters to add to your basket RN.

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1
Best deep roast peanut butter
Manilife Deep Roast Peanut Butter 295g
hollandandbarrett.com
£3.99

Made with those revered high-oleic peanuts, rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, Manilife’s deep roast is life. We’re yet to find a tastier peanut spread — particularly if you like big, crunchy whole nuts in every bite.

2
Best almond butter for gym-goers
MyProtein All-Natural Almond Butter 1kg
myprotein.com
£17.60

Supercharge your pre-workout smoothie with a spoonful of all-natural almond butter. MyProtein knows a thing or two about nutrition, so you won’t find any salt, sugar or palm oil here — just high-protein almonds, rich in vitamin E — simple.

3
Best peanut butter to buy in bulk
Organic Kitchen Peanut Butter Smooth 1kg
planetorganic.com
£8.99

Sticking to your goals is all in the meal-prep, so to ensure you’ve always got a steady supply of peanut butter, this smooth, organic spread comes in a handy one kilo tub. Ready, steady, protein shake. 

4
Best cashew butter
Biona Cashew Nut Butter 170g
planetorganic.com
£5.29

We’ve always got more than one jar on the go, and for a change we love Biona’s organic, smooth cashew butter. Despite containing no other ingredients whatsoever, cashews are naturally sweet, making them ideal in a pick-me-up protein ball.

5
Best chocolate almond butter
Pip & Nut Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter 225g
hollandandbarrett.com
£3.99

Just when you thought Pip & Nut’s almond butter couldn’t be more perfect, along comes this limited edition version with coconut, cocoa, agave syrup and Cornish sea salt. It makes a ‘gram perfect breakfast bowl every time.

6
Best classic peanut butter
Pic's Peanut Butter Crunchy 380g
tesco.com
£4.00

There’s something about this smooth, creamy peanut butter that reminds us of our childhood. It’s lovingly made in New Zealand, with hi-oleic peanuts and a teeny bit of salt. A proper classic! 

7
Best for treat day
Pana Organic Cashew Caramel Spread 200g
healthysupplies.co.uk
£5.25

You might think drizzling caramel all over your meals is a no-go if you’re trying to make gains, but Pana’s organic cashew butter is packed with good stuff. Sweetened with coconut sugar, you’ll also find maca and sesame seeds for extra oomph.

8
Best peanut butter for a speedy curry
Meridian Crunchy Peanut Butter 2 x 280g
amazon.co.uk
£7.80

Just a PSA that nut butters shouldn’t be reserved solely for breakfast. They also make a great protein boost in savoury food too, and Meridian’s chunky, whole-roasted skin-on peanut butter is delicious in curries.

9
Best gift for the nut butter addict in your life
Mindful Bites Dark Choc Hazelnut And Choc Hazelnut Spread 2 x 185g
notonthehighstreet.com
£14.99

Granted, this decadent spread does contain some cane sugar, but hazelnuts also deliver protein, vitamin E, fibre and healthy fats, so we’ll let it slide. With dark choc and regular tubs, the two-pack would make a great gift for the nut butter addict in your life, although we won’t blame you if you treat yourself.

10
Best peanut butter powder
PBfit All-Natural Peanut Butter Powder
PBfit amazon.co.uk
£4.49

Made from real roasted, pressed peanuts, this clever protein-packed powder delivers a PB fix, but with nearly 90% less fat and a third of the calories found in your regular spread. We prefer adding a scoop to shakes, porridge, overnight oats and smoothies, however if you do want to rehydrate, you just mix with water until it forms a creamy consistency of your choice. 

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