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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, and the variety is just as nuanced as shopping for peanut butter. Whether creamy or crunchy, the best almond butters combine minimal ingredients to provide plant-based protein and 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 such an excellent 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 ingredients—roasted almonds and sea salt—it has a deep almond flavor. Its texture is much thinner than others on this list, so it drips right off your spoon, with 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 some flavored almond butters, which contain refined sweetener and higher amounts of sugar per serving, 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. In comparison, the average almond butter has 7 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving, while RX nut butters (peanut and almond) both 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 two tablespoon-sized 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 easily work most kinds of almond butter into a keto lifestyle, but the Left Coast Performance Keto Almond Butter was specifically designed with keto dieters in mind. It's made with a combination of almonds, macadamia nuts, and sea salt, as well as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which supports ketosis on a ketogenic diet. Each serving contains just 2 grams of net carbs.
Of course, it tastes delicious, too, and even though it separates, it blends back together easily and smoothly with a couple of quick stirs.
What to Look for in Almond Butter
Almond butter will contain almonds, but some brands are organic, and others include blanched almonds, which will result in a different flavor. If you want to avoid salt or sugar, look for ones without those ingredients. If spreadability is important, look for ones that are creamy right out of the jar; those typically have palm oil in them to help improve their consistency and prevent separation.
Some almond butter brands are shelf stable, which means once you have opened them they can stay the same consistency at room temperature. Others, however, need to be refrigerated. Check the fine print on the label.
How you plan to use almond butter may help you determine which brand to buy. You might want one that's a little runnier if you're adding it to smoothies, using it in a dipping sauce recipe, or swirling it into yogurt or oatmeal, that's a consideration. If your primary use is to substitute it for peanut butter in a sandwich or for spreading on celery sticks and/or apples, then you'll want one that's easy to spread, maybe one with palm oil.
Is it normal for almond butter to have oil on top?
Almond butter that's made exclusively from almonds and no other added oils or stabilizers will often show signs of separation, with oil resting on top. It's completely normal. Just give it a thorough stir and you're good to go.
Is crunchy or smooth almond butter better?
Smooth edges out crunchy in terms of popularity and sales, but both are good, although crunchy almond butter contains about 3 grams of fiber to smooth almond butter's sole gram of fiber.
Why is almond butter so expensive?
The cost of almond butter is high compared to peanut butter, for example, because the growing conditions in California, which produces the majority of the world's almonds, have been compromised in recent years by drought. Almonds require a lot of water to grow and can only do so in certain climates, and it also takes longer to produce a viable yield. Peanuts grow quickly and can and do so in various regions around the world.
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