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All almond butter is the same, right? Not so fast. Thanks to an increasing interest in peanut butter alternatives, there are plenty of almond butters to choose from, but they’re not all satisfying. With artificial ingredients and added sweeteners, they’re not all good for you, either.
Whether creamy or crunchy, the best almond butters combine minimal ingredients to provide plant-based protein and filling, healthy fats. Not to mention, they taste delicious as part of French toast, jam sandwiches, smoothies, cookies, and more.
Here are the best almond butters.
Best Overall: Justin's Classic Almond Butter
Thanks to a proprietary grinding technique and high-quality California almonds, Justin’s takes the cake for the best almond butter. It has a rich almond taste and the right amount of creaminess with just two ingredients: dry roasted almonds and palm oil. Because of the added oil, you don’t get the typical separation you see with other almond butters, so there’s no need to stir. Better yet, the palm oil is sustainably sourced under a fully traceable supply chain, so you can follow where it came from.
If you're interested in venturing beyond plain almond butter, Justin's also offers maple, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, coconut, and chocolate-hazelnut almond butters that are naturally sweetened with organic ingredients.
Best Organic: Thrive Market Organic Almond Butter, Creamy
Thrive Market Organic Almond Butter is made with only one ingredient: lightly roasted organic almonds ground to creamy, delicious perfection. For convenience, it comes in a squeezable, resealable pouch, so you can portion out what you need and keep the rest fresh for later. The pouch also makes it easy to mix the almond butter after it separates. Just knead and squeeze.
If you’re looking for a way to take your almond butter on the go, but want more than what you get in a single-serving pouch, this is a great option for travel, too.
Best Smooth: Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter
Made only with roasted almonds and palm fruit oil, Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter is the real deal. The almonds are blanched (dropped in boiling water for a couple of minutes to remove the skin), which leaves the finished product with the smoothest texture around. You won’t find any gritty bits here. The blanching process also gives the almond butter a milder taste, so if you’re more of a peanut butter lover who’s trying to transition, this is an excellent option.
Best Crunchy: Good & Gather Stir Crunchy Almond Butter
Over the years, Target has really stepped up to the plate with its Good & Gather line of wholesome, high-quality food products—and this crunchy almond butter is no exception. Made with a single ingredient (almonds), you get the rich almond butter flavor you want without added sweeteners or anything artificial. Plus, with almond bits of all different sizes, the texture is just right for crunchy almond butter lovers.
Because it doesn’t have any added oil, you do have to stir before each use, but that's a small price to pay for a high-quality almond butter at such a great price.
Best for Drizzling: Wild Friends Classic Creamy Almond Butter
If you need an almond butter to drizzle on top of your oatmeal or smoothie bowl, Wild Friends Classic Creamy Almond Butter is right for the job. Made with only two non-GMO ingredients—roasted almonds and sea salt—it has a deep almond flavor and much thinner texture than others on this list, so it drips right off your spoon—no melting required. It’s super creamy and excellent for spreading, too.
Wild Friends is involved with Glory Bee’s Save the Bee program, so each jar you purchase helps fund the effort to save the world’s most important pollinators.
Best Flavored: RX Maple Almond Butter
Unlike flavored almond butters that have way too much sugar and artificial sweeteners, RX Maple Almond Butter is naturally sweetened using just dates and maple sugar. With only 1 gram of added sugar, the combination gives this nut butter an authentic maple flavor without an overpowering sweetness. If you’re not a huge fan of maple, RX also offers vanilla almond butter that’s sweetened and naturally flavored with dates and vanilla beans.
Each jar contains blended egg whites for added protein, too. For comparison, your average almond butter has 7 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving, while RX butters have 9 grams.
Best Single-Serve: Justin's Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack
Almond butter makes a tasty, filling snack, but it’s hard to take most jars on the go—that’s where Justin's Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Packs come in. Each pouch contains a perfectly portioned 2-tablespoon serving of the delicious almond butter Justin’s is known for, and each box contains 10 individual pouches.
Because of its popularity, Justin’s expanded its single-serve offerings to all of its almond butter flavors: maple, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, coconut, and chocolate-hazelnut. You can grab them in peanut butter and cashew butter varieties, too.
Best Keto: Left Coast Performance Keto Almond Butter
With around 3 to 4 grams of net carbs per serving, you can work most almond butters into a keto lifestyle, but the Left Coast Performance Keto Almond Butter was specifically designed with keto dieters in mind. Made with a combination of almonds, macadamia nuts, MCT oil, and sea salt, each 2-tablespoon serving contains just 2 grams of net carbs, plus a boatload of specialized healthy fats that convert into ketones for sustained energy.
Of course, it tastes delicious, too, and even though it separates, it blends back together easily and smoothly with a couple of quick stirs.
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