Top 10 Favorite Nut Butters

February 12, 2013

Or SEED butters – whatever is smooth and creamy!

In only a slightly preferential order, here they are. Links provided for information – you can obviously find most of these in your grocery stores!

Nut-Butters

10) Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter – This is my go-to standard peanuty peanut butter. It’s inexpensive, incredibly drippy and melts into whatever you spread it on. Crunchy for the win!! The ingredients are also very simple: peanuts, salt. It’s a great staple peanut butter, but so are brands like Smucker’s Natural.

9) Artisana Coconut Butter Check out my post on coconut butter for more information on this guy. It’s pulverized coconut meat and makes a great meltable spread on top of everything from oatmeal to sweet potatoes to cold smoothies to millet. It’s most fun when it’s drippy in the summer – otherwise it requires a little heat to let it loose. If you love coconut, you will love this.

8) Nuttzo Peanut Free – A twist on the original Nuttzo, this one needs a better name. It is indeed peanut free, but why not call it something more exciting like Super Duper Chia Crunch!? The texture of Nuttzo is amazing – sticktotheroofofyourmouth good with little bits of chia seeds and nuts throughout.

7) Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter – In the chocolate category, this one takes the cake. That would be chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache frosting. It’s one step away from chocolate ganache in a jar but a little bit healthier. I’d lump this into the “dessert nut butters” category because it has a longer ingredient list and 7 grams of sugar per 2 tbsp serving. Not to say you can’t have it for breakfast, but probably not everyday : )

6) Biscoff CrunchyAlso in the treat category, Biscoff is not a health food. I repeat!!! This is mashed up cookies in a jar blended with sweet oils and crunchy cookie bits. It’s as divine as frosting and melts into a puddle of sweetness. The texture is unlike no other. Enjoy in moderation!

5) Wild Squirrel Chocolate Coconut – All of Wild Squirrel’s nut and seed butters are really fun. I love the blend of chocolate and coconut the best, but I really like the Vanilla Espresso too! They are best known for their texture – incredibly smooth and suuuuuper drippy. You can drizzle these on anything.

4) Homemade Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter – Shout out to the homemade nut butters. This recipe makes – you guessed it – very drippy almond butter. The pumpkin spices are perfect for fall. Homemade it worth the trouble every now and then, and you can get creative with every flavor profile under the sun.

3) Anything Naturally Nutty, particularly the Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter and Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter – Naturally Nuttys are thick and gritty – quite the opposite of Barney Butter. I like them most on toast and sandwiches or spread onto an apple. They aren’t my favorite in oatmeal because they are so thick, but their flavor is out of this world. The vanilla is like frosting and the thick texture makes them a really satisfying snack. Best served on a spoon!

2) Barney Butter – Super creamy, this one wins the award for “best meltability.” It’s a roasted almond butter, and the roastiness is what makes it unlike no other. The first time I had Barney Butter I didn’t get what all the hype was about – and then I polished off the jar and understood. It’s the roast. Barney Butter will form a puddle in your oatmeal.

1) Trader Joe’s Sunflower Butter (and Sunbutter as a close second) – Nothing compares to the texture and flavor of sunflower butter. It’s hard to put into words what I love so much about it, but the texture is hard to beat and it’s so versatile. It goes well on everything. It spreads, it melts, it pools, drips and drizzles. It’s slightly sweet and slightly roasted. It’s the best all-around nut seed butter there is!

 

Honorable mention {because who can choose just 10}:

Nutty Butters – My friend Sarah here in Cville has started a nut butter business out of a kitchen in Richmond. Her flavor profiles are incredible! Favorites include Lemon Cookie + Gingerbread. Sarah creates two unique flavor each month and you can special order them on her website.

Maranatha Crunchy Almond Butter No Stir Crunchy – I love this one because it’s really meltable and the crunchy bites are big nuggets of almond.

Big Spoon Roasters – Out of Durham, North Carolina, these are pure, simple blends of different nuts that have a classic flare about them. I loved the peanut almond.

Nutty’s Old Fashioned Peanut ButtersA step back in time, I once looooved these. I still do, but they aren’t one to make my staples list. The butterscotch is my favorite – tastes like candy in a jar!

Reginald’s - Out of Richmond, they have some incredible flavors. The CashewNilla is the bomb!

NaturAlmond – A roasted almond butter recipe from the 1970s that tastes just as modern as the rest. Ingredients are just “roasted almonds + salt.” It’s all about the roast!

I am sure I’m missing one – perhaps even a major brand – that I’ve loved throughout the years.

 

Nutrition Notes

When it comes to the nutrition of nut butters, the biggest pro to using them is their protein and healthy fat content. In this regard, they are fairly comparable. So take your pick! Rather than create my own chart, I found this great one that compiles nutrition information for almond, peanut, cashew, sesame and sunflower butters in 2 tablespoon servings.

Fat ranges from high (almond + sunflower – 17g) to lower (sesame + chunky peanut – 15g)

Protein ranges from high (smooth peanut butter – 8g) to low (sunflower + cashew – 5g)

Fiber ranges from high (almond – 3.3g) to low (cashew – 0.5 g)

I say take your pick – unless you’re eating them by the bucket load, they’re comparable nutritionally. All brands are not created equal, and the above refers to pure blends.

 

Shopping

As I’m sure many of you know, the biggest factor when shopping for a nut/seed butter is to avoid partially hydrogenated oils on the label, which are code for trans-fat. Companies are coming out with more and more gourmet kinds of nut butters, and they aren’t all health foods (see the chocolate + Biscoff notes in my list). I don’t always have nutrition in my mind when I’m eating a nut butter – sometimes it’s for my taste buds alone – but my staple nut butters have 3 grams or less of sugar per serving (so 1.5g per tablespoon) and simple ingredient lists.

It’s also worth noting that there are environmental concerns about palm oil (read more here) so while I do sometimes buy nut butters that contain it, it should be in the “occasional” rather than “everyday” category. {Barney Butter is the main offender here.}

OK: Less than 5 grams sugar per serving, palm oil

Better: Simple ingredients, minimal added sugar

Best: Just nut/seed + salt

 

Please add to the list – what undiscovered nut/seed/anything butters are you loving these days?

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1 Jeri February 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love the Trader Joes Sunflower Butter. And the cookie butter. But I don’t think I can ever give up on Peter Pan Crunchy.

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2 eliza February 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

So Biscoff is neither seed nor nut butter?
I’m just confused, as it made the top ten of Nut Butters.
It’s just a cookie spread?
Thanks!

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3 Lara February 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

What part of the description Kath gave was so hard to understand?

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4 Annie February 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Nice, Lara. No need to be snippy on behalf of Kath. I’m sure she’s capable of reponding to a perfectly reasonable question.

Kath, my favorite- and only–nut butter is simply Harris Teeter brand almond butter- 100% almonds. Wonderful!

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5 Leah February 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I just bought that almond butter and I can’t stop eating it!!!

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6 Kimberly February 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I guess it’s just a list of favorite spreads. Coconuts aren’t nuts or seeds either. They’re drupes. Never tried coconut butter, but it sounds fun!

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7 Katie February 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I wondered the same thing as Eliza – the list is Top Ten Nut (or Seed) Butters…seems like a Cookie Butter (which is obviously neither) should at least be in the Honorable Mentions category instead of the Top Ten…makes it kind of a misleading list. Sure, might be a nit-picky thing to comment on, but after all, this blog is Kath’s job. Accuracy & attention to detail are important when one is making a living off of their writing.
Kath, everything on your list sounds amazing! I’m a big fan of Adams Natural Crunchy PB (just peanuts & salt). I’ve never heard of the Nuttzo Peanut Free – can you explain what’s in it? You mentioned Chia seeds – anything else? Thanks!

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8 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

“whatever is smooth and creamy!” <— that’s what I said the list would be : )

Here’s the Nuttzo PF ingredient list: Ingredients: Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hazelnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sea Salt.

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9 Jenn February 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

oh thank you. when you said peanut free and then said chia seeds I was picturing a spread of just chia seed paste which didn’t sound that appealing! Thank you for the clarification that actually sounds delightful!

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10 Christine February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Seriously? Unless you’re signing Kath’s paycheck I think it best to keep judgements and condescension to yourself. It’s getting old, this idea that because Kath’s blog is a business that it’s a green light to criticize and demand perfection. Let’s unclench a little and just enjoy it.

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11 K. February 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

My absolute favorite is Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter. They only sell it at Whole Foods (as of right now), but it’s worth a pricey shopping trip to get a jar or some packets. It tastes like frosting! I’m a grad student, and I keep a jar on campus for apple-and-butter snacks during long days. Such a great pick-me-up.

The texture is great: not too thick, easily spreadable, but kind of satisfyingly grainy! “Grainy” doesn’t sound appetizing, but wait til you try it.

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12 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

I tried it and loved it… Frosting indeed! The texture wasn’t my favorite though… Maybe better in the summer when it’s hot?

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13 K. February 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

The bottom of the jar does get really thick and gritty, with all of the runnier, oilier almond butter on top! I store it on its side and stir, and the texture stays more uniform!

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14 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise February 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

I second that! Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter is my favorite almond butter ever!

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15 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

I’ve never tried coconut butter, and I’m dying to. It’s just so freakin’ expensive! And that Biscoff… Mmm. I could go through a jar in a week! It’s just too good to even be legal.

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16 Andrea February 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

You should make your own coconut butter! It is the easiest thing to make ever!!! And super cheap :)

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17 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

I buy big jars of Maranatha almond butter at Costco – the only ingredient on the label is almonds! :)

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18 Mary February 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

You’ve made a good point, I love the Marantha too, but the one Kath refers to above (spreadable) has sugar which is a no no for us clean eaters. Be sure to read your labels carefully, many of the nut and seed butters might not fit your needs, especially if you are trying to avoid added sugars

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19 Nadine February 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

Thanks for the very helpful info Kath! I love peanut butter in oatmeal. I’m from the small island of Malta in Europe and unfortunately we have a very limited market here, not a whole lot of organic food available, and even less seed butters of the healthy kind. I found your blog a year ago on my quest to eat healthier and you have very much helped me along the way, especially by motivating me to start eating oatmeal for breakfast! Your posts are very inspirational and you are blessed with such a beautiful family. Please keep it up, I always await your post eagerly :)

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20 Kavi February 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Interesting to see your favorites (though many are familiar from reading your posts!). I especially liked the nutrition info and shopping tips!

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21 Ali @ Peaches and Football February 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

I am addicted to PB & Company’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. I love it over steel cut oats!

One of these days I’m going to make the 2+ hour drive to Trader Joes so I can try the sunflower butter. You’ve mentioned it so many times that I’m now dying to try it!!

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22 Amy February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

you can try sunbutter brand! They sell it at most grocery stores and it tastes very similar. I think Kath mentioned it above as a sub for TJ’s

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23 Jenn February 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I have a SERIOUS addiction to PB & Company’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Highly recommend, Kath!

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24 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body February 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thanks for the list! I’ve never heard of coconut butter I’ve only heard of coconut oil. (Which sits in my pantry from an overly ambitious shopping trip.) Is there a difference? Also I’m definitley going to check out Nutty Butters that lemon cookie/Gingerbread combo sounds too good to pass up!

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25 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

Yes, it’s meat + oil verses oil alone. I talk about it some in this post: http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/all-about-coconut-butter. The butter is awesome!

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26 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

So digging my hand in the Biscoff and licking it off my palm like a cat is probably NOT a good thing? ;-) I LOVE that stuff!

When I’m using peanut butter for baking (where natural is going to take away from the texture of the cookie), I use Planters creamy peanut butter. It’s about time they got in the PB game and it tastes awesome!

I also love Mighty Maple Peanut Butter but that’s a moderation one too.

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27 kim@hungryhealthygirl February 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

I love sunflower seed butter and I’ve actually never had the one from TJ’s. I always go with sunbutter brand. I will definitely be getting TJ’s next time I’m there. I’ve also thought about making my own sunbutter…..you’re right no other nutbutter compares!

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28 Meme February 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I believe it is exactly the same…the same company makes it for TJs.

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29 Amanda February 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

Great list! If I can share a possible typo…Barney Butter is #2 in images, but 3 in list. Naturally Nutty is the opposite. Naturally Nutty is a local favorite to me because they are based in Michigan.

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30 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

thanks!

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31 Patty February 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

Kath, a great post. Thanks for sharing. It made me crave my jar of Justin’s! Love it. Have you tried their peanut butter cups. Pretty delicious.

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32 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

Yes!

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33 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux February 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks for this awesome summary of your top picks, Kath! I haven’t tried Nuttzo or Justin’s chocolate, but now I am even more curious to do so… I definitely agree with your picks of TJ’s Sunflower Butter, Wild Squirrel’s Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, and traditional salted, crunchy PB (I’ve been loving a brand that uses VA peanuts!).

Do you have a price range you try to stay within when buying nut/seed butters?

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34 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

Under $10 – the price I’d spend on a glass of wine or appetizer in a restaurant that would be gone in an hour. A jar of nut butter lasts me weeks : )

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35 Leslie February 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

Great post! I love nut butters but can’t have too many around because they are my weakness. If I can add one, it would be from a recipe you posted once on making your own honey nut butter with the trader joes honey roasted peanuts. Wow, so easy to make and so incredibly delicious!

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36 Shel@PeachyPalate February 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

Great post!!! I’m a nut butter nut and my list would look pretty similar..at the least ones I can get my hands on! I would love to try Barney Butter and Naturally Nutty nut butters…if you ever fancy doing a nut butter swap we have this awesome 100% European range…the white cashew tastes like white chocolate – check out the site! http://www.horizonnatuurvoeding.nl/monki/monkiengelsindex.html
My number one is SunButter Organic – love how it’s just 100% sunflower seeds and yet so deliciously smooth and creamy!

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37 Lizzie M. February 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

Loving the new posts! Could we get at least one Mazen photo? He’s such a cutie with that smile. Our baby is due in two days:)

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38 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

Check baby KERF!

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39 Miss Polkadot February 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Oookay, now I’m jealous because I can’t find any of the above-mentioned nut butters around here. Granted, I still have a jar of Speculoos my brother brought home from the Netherlands but other than that we’re clearly missing out. Still a great post in case I’ll ever get to the US (which will hopefully happen – not just for the nut butters)!

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40 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

Oh fun post! I can never get enough nut butter in my life! Several of your favorites are mine as well. For my “standard” peanut butter, I LOVE Adam’s All Natural Crunchy – it’s made by Smuckers and is affordable, has a simple ingredient list, and is rich and creamy. I love Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter for more of a dessert nut butter – it kind of reminds me of cookie dough!

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41 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

I actually haven’t tried a lot of these, but I’m always a fan of Justin’s! I also just started making my own nut butters with my vitamix, which is really fun!

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42 Rachel S. February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

This goes along with the biscoff crunchy in the non healthy category, but have you tried TJ’s cookie butter? I was just wondering your opinion on which one you liked better.

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43 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Biscoff wins by a long shot!

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44 Kori February 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

I love this post, Kath! Thanks!

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45 Maria Tadic February 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

I was just having a conversation with a friend about trying to find a better peanut butter than my current Jif (oh those darn trans fats!). I think I want to try Justin’s – I’ve seen that in stores!

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46 Emily February 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

So fun! Thanks.

And I think this cookie butter is worth making. It’s easy and tastes sort of like a sugar cookie (not like Biscoff): http://www.eatliverun.com/sugar-cookie-butter/ I was actually shocked how good it was!

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47 Millicent Jones February 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

I am pretty much in love with this post! We share a love of seed/nut butters! Sunflower butter has become one of my new favorites but a very simple smooth peanut butter I just discovered is Crema. The only ingredient is peanuts and you can find it at Kroger! AMAZINGLY drippy!!! Also comes in crunchy!

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48 sara @ fitcupcaker February 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

Ive been wanting to try Nuttzo! I need to buy some asap and I know you can buy it online but i didnt know if tj’s had it. ALMOND butter is my new fav :) And I think I want to make the pumpkin spice almond butter :)

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49 Katie February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

I love nutty butters. : )
I like the part you added at the end about Shopping. I feel like that part is just so important…because even if its marked “healthy” it still may have added things that are just not good for you.
The less processing the better.
Ive tried at least 5 on your list…

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50 Lindsay February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

Have you tried Maranatha’s Sunflower Seed Butter? I can only get it at one store here in the bay area… and when I make the trip, I buy at least 3 jars so I’m never without. The nutrition stats blow away TJ’s or Sunbutter (no sugar, just a hint of salt)… you have to try it!
Also… I got a jar of Coconut Manna as a gift a few weeks ago… and it’s a great coconut butter. I shave it on my hot oats in the morning and it melts into a dreamy puddle.. :)

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51 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

I haven’t..

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52 Sarah (the SHU box) February 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

That is my favorite too!

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53 Chantal February 13, 2013 at 12:53 am

That’s my favorite too, and it is hard to find! I like it more than sunbutter because there’s not that extra sweetness.

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54 Shana February 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

I recently made a macadamia nut butter. Because macadamias are naturally oily, it makes the drippiest, most wonderful spread. It’s practically a sauce. It has a very strong flavor so it doesn’t work with everything but I love it in steel cut oats with fresh blueberries. It’s worth the expense for such a decadent treat!

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55 Andrea J February 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

My favorite nut butter is still the Trader Joe’s Honey Crunch Peanut Butter you made awhile back (http://www.katheats.com/1-sandwich-2-recipes-3-miles). We don’t have a Trader Joe’s within 400 miles here in CO (although we’re getting one later this year!) and I stock up on ridiculous amounts of peanuts every time I travel, the TSA people must really wonder. I suppose I could find another honey roasted peanut to use but I just dont’ think it’d be the same. :)

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56 Karen February 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

What a fun roundup! :)

As for me, though I’ve tried most of the gourmet brands/flavors I’m declaring myself a traditionalist – Crunchy, unsalted almond butter from either TJS or Whole Foods/365. Both taste identically roasty, crunchy and simple plus they are super inexpensive – $5 – $7 per jar. I like mine thick and nutty – no extra oil for me.

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57 chris February 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

I usually just go to the “grind your own” almond butter stop at Whole Foods, but must try Justin’s if it’s better than Nutella which is supposed to be going way up in price (due to a French tax I think). So quick question, J never refrigerates but I always do, which is fine for the fresh nut butter, it doesn’t become a solid. What do you think?

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58 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

i never do!

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59 chris February 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks!

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60 Lynn @ the actor's diet February 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

Trader Joes has NO but butters right now – I was “forced” to buy some cookie butter!!!

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61 Clizia February 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

I wish nut butters were more common in the UK! It is hard to find much beyond peanut butter and tahini paste (which I don’t particularly care for). I am currently on the hunt for a good sunflower butter recipe – have you got any recommendations?

This is the recipe for one of the best nut butters I have ever made – http://ohsheglows.com/2012/11/26/homemade-mocha-nutella-vegan-refined-sugar-free/. You should give it a go!

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62 Victoria February 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

Kath,

My sister visited Great Harvest in the Summer and brought me back a jar of Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla AB- I am so obsessed with it- I love the flavor combos!

And- I love that they are from Traverse City Michigan- way to support small vendors :-)

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63 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise February 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

My personal favorite peanut butter is the Whole Foods 365 brand! Just peanuts and salt, and SO GOOD.

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64 Sarah February 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Have you ever tried the brand Once Again Nut Butters? Their unhulled sesame tahini is surprisingly good not only in savory dishes [hummus, etc], but also on things like yogurt and hot cereal. Their other nut butters are also great, but their tahini is the best I’ve ever had eaten straight from a spoon.

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65 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

I haven’t

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66 Mary Catherine February 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

The Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter is my absolute favorite! As a sunflower butter lover, you must try it!

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67 Lindsay February 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Best tahini I’ve found… Seriously awesome in hummus or the miso tahini sauce from Emily at Daily Garnish: http://www.dailygarnish.com/2012/11/roasted-sweet-potatoes-with-miso-sauce.html
I don’t go a week without making this… Just had it on top of roasted Tokyo turnips and baby carrots.

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68 Erin February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

Love this list! Have you ever baked cookies with your beloved Sunflower butter? It reacts with baking soda to turn them GREEN! It’s a weird phenomenon that I stumbled upon accidentally when tinkering in the kitchen, and lo and behold, Sunbutter confirmed it. http://www.sunbutter.com/allergy-nutrition-faqs.php A fun St. Patty’s day experiment I think…

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69 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

Weird!

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70 Caitlin February 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Omg! I made these protein cookies last night with sunbutter and was staring at them today wondering why they were green. I thought it was the protein powder! Hahaha so random. SUNBUTTER IS THE BEST!

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71 Rachel February 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

My favorite by a long shot is PB & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl! Hands down the best nut butter I have ever had… And I have about 10+ jars of nut butters in my pantry at any given time!

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72 Morgan February 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

I am quite embarrassed to admit how may jars of TJ’s sunflower butter I have annihilated. It is still my all time favorite. So creamy, savory and delicious! I am also really digging the Whole Foods brand 365 organic creamy peanut butter.

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73 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

Yum…LOVE this post– several of my favorites are definitely on your list. I just splurged and bought my first jar of Nutzo– so good!

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74 Sabrina February 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

I am soooo the opposite. I have eaten Skippy natural peanut butter for years aside from a quick break where I forced myself to eat the natural make your own peanut butter.

Skippy Natural For Life!

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75 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

Love this post, Kath! I am going to keep this bookmarked and when I feel my stash is running a little low, will try one of your recommeded. I’ve tried Barney, Justin’s, Nuttzo, Natrually Nutty over the years in flavors other than the ones you listed and they’re always amazing. And that Artisana Coconut Butter is like no other!

And for good, all-around, awesome nut butters that are $$ friendly, TJs is always great. Their SFSButter is my #1 non-peanut butter nut butter (I think) well and of course Cookie Butter….but it’s so hard to choose among friends. Making my own nut butters is usually what I do now but I love the variety of all the high-end commercial nut butters. They’re like delicacies and I love trying them!

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76 Elyse February 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

Love this post–thanks for writing it! My absolute favorite nut butter is Teddie Peanut Butter Super Chunky. It’s made locally where I live, has only two ingredients and is the perfect mixture of salty-crunchy for me. I love a dollop in a bowl of oatmeal! http://www.teddie.com/

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77 Alex February 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy Raw Almond Butter it is dizzying! Oh. My. God. I am obsessed with it. The taste is amazing. Have you tried it?

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78 j February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

I love Justins- I have the maple almond and chocolate almond sitting on my counter to prove it! I haven’t seen the vanilla in our whole foods yet, I’ll have to ask for it!

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79 Laura February 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

I just bought Wild Squirrel Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter. It is delicious!

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80 Emily February 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

No Reginald’s Homemade? They’ve become a new favorite of mine :)
(So many great flavors, and CashewNilla is outta this world!)

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81 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

AH yes – I should have mentioned them! I loved that CashewNilla too!

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82 Kayley Ray February 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

I love this type of post, Kath! It’s both interesting and informative. (not to mention, who doesn’t love nut/seed butter!) I love seeing your RD credentials at work in your blog!

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83 Emily February 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Great post! Sunbutter is always one of my favorites. I’m curious — have you ever tried PB2 (powdered peanut butter)? I’ve been adding it to smoothies and like it for the reduced calorie and fat aspects (it has a great peanut taste too, though I find that when I use it as a spread, I definitely miss the creaminess that traditional nut butters have). What are your RD thoughts on it? Here’s the link to the nutrition info.
http://www.bellplantation.com/nutrition/

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84 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I thought it was just OK. I eat peanut butter for its fat content, so I don’t see the point of removing it just to save calories, however, if you love the texture/taste/flavor then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it nutritionally

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85 Emily February 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Interesting point about the fat — something for me to think about. I’ve recently shifted from a Weight Watchers points mentality to counting calories and trying the best I can to balance carbs, protein and good fats proportionately in my diet. In the past I was looking for low point options, which PB2 fit into. Thanks for your input :)

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86 Gbea February 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I love TJ’s plain old Crunchy Almond Butter and Whole Foods’ brand cashew butter. However, I’m really missing TJ’s Cruncy Almond Butter with flaxseed. Anyone heard any news about when they might have it again? Well, it was pretty addictive, so maybe it’s best that it’s gone…!

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87 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

TJ’s sunflower seed butter is definitely my favorite as well!

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88 cyndy February 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I’m really enjoying your new format where you can explore one topic in a little more depth! (Hoping you’ll stockpile a few so you can post every day)

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89 jen February 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

great post! i have lots of the same favorites as you do – but you missed my #1 – Teddie! I like the crunchy and the smooth. :)

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90 Anna February 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Great list Kath, thanks! I’ve never had sunflower butter before, so I’m definitely picking this up on my next Trader Joe’s run!

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91 Anne @ eatcleaneatreal February 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I dont think I would ever eat it alone, but I really like tahini in lots of different sauces (dressings, hummus, etc).

And I agree, TJs sunflower butter is definitely #1! LOOOOOOVE that stuff.

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92 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie February 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

This is a great list! I will definitely bookmark it for future reference. :-) For the longest time I was a peanut butter purist… until I tried Nutella, Biscoff, and almond butter. There are so many great spreadable options. I am a recent convert to sunbutter! (Thanks to your blog.) I can’t get enough of it in my oatmeal mixed with apples and cinnamon. Mmm.

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93 Tracy February 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Have you had Whole Foods 365 Crunchy PB? It’s comparable to TJ’s PB in go-to standard, but I think it’s better than TJ’s. Super chunky, drippy and a bit gritty, which I like for the texture.

The other one you need to get your hands on is Maranatha’s Sunflower Butter. Super duper drippy and just the right amount of sea salt. Love it!

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94 Tracy February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Completely unrelated to this post, but what has been your experience with PVBody since the switch to Ellie? Are you still pleased with the company? Would you recommend? I see on the sidebar that they are a sponsor. Thanks, Kath!

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95 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

So far, so good. I know there has been a lot of confusion, but I got my second order just fine (this week) and have been happy. My contact there Hope is also awesome, but she might be more on the blog side than the customer service side. I’m sorry that some people have had trouble – I think the company picked the wrong time (a transition) to do a lot of blogger outreach! Ellie looks like a really nice collection to me, and I hope to test out the quality and fit.

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96 Tracy February 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Thanks! Will you be reviewing on the blog? Or on BabyKerf?

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97 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Likely on BERF

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98 Taylor @ LiftingRevolution February 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I love all nut butters but my favorite is the Peanut Butter Co’s Oatmeal Raisin. Holy Yum, it’s like eating an oatmeal cookie but in a spread. So good! I got the Squirrel cococnut a few weeks back and was actually disappointed, didn’t taste much of the coconut at all.
I am also notorious for the sunflower butter, it can disappear in no time!

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99 Emilia February 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I seriously love this post! I’m a huge fan of nut butters and always eager to try new ones. Really interested in checking out Wild Squirrel, vanilla espresso nut butter sounds amazing :)

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100 Kat @ Kat's Health Corner February 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Kath, have you ever tried Peanut Butter Co.? They have an interesting variety and they’re based out of New York. Their dark chocolate peanut butter is to die for! You can order them off amazon in 6-packs for a decent price.

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101 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Yes I’ve had a few of theirs. Good! I like Justin’s chocolate more

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102 Stacey February 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I used to always eat Target brand almond butter because roasted almonds were the only ingredient (and they are soo good), but then there was a salmonella outbreak at the factory and they discontinued it. Very sad. It took a bit, but I finally found a good replacement – Kettle Brand which only has almonds+salt. I eat a lot of AB so the biggest thing for me was finding the best tasting, shortest ingredient list at the cheapest price. I think I finally found my new AB home :)
Justin’s is very good too in my opinion, but it is more expensive and I can’t justify it.

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103 Kelly K February 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

My go-to brand is Kettle Almond Butter – creamy or crunchy, depending on my mood! But I’ve been wondering about that PB & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl mentioned above. I’ll have to give it a try!

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104 emily February 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Love it, I totally agree with you that Justin’s = frosting. And I have to say – I am so proud to be the one who introduced you to Biscoff Spread! :D

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105 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm
106 Claire February 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I disagree that best = just nut/seed and salt. I would say that best = just nut/seed. Salt masks the flavour of the nut/seed and is unnecessary I think. My favourite in Australia is sanitarium crunchy with nothing else added, just crushed peanuts. So good. I’m planning to try making my own too.

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107 Rachel February 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I NEED to try all of these! I am mildly obsessed with Barney Butter and TJ’s sunflower seed butter. I still haven’t tried Biscoff spread – I need to get on top of that.

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108 Keeley February 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks so much for the shout out Kath! You’re the nut butter queen so we are so honored to make the list ;-)

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109 Jenny February 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Which one’s DON’T have any of “those” oils like palm oil???

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110 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

All of them in the top 10 but Barney Butter!

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111 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

{And Biscoff of course}

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112 Caitlin February 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Justin’s has palm fruit oil, is that the same thing?

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113 Katie February 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Kath – I’ve been learning a lot about the paleo diet, and whole30 and am just curious what your take on it is, as a RD. I’ve never really asked a dietician. This discussion on nut butters got me thinking of it again…
If you have time I’d love to hear your opinion!

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114 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I think focusing on plants and whole foods is great, but I think it’s really just another Atkins diet in disguise. I don’t see anything wrong with whole grains, legumes, potatoes, dairy or even the occasional refined carbohydrate or sweet. It seems pretty restrictive to me. I agree very much with Amelia’s thoughts on it.

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115 Ali February 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm
116 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

Some good points… And not really about paleo?

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117 J February 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

Most (all?) of the myths in this article support Paleo lifestyle – that we don’t need grains, that eating meat, eggs and healthy fats is ok, etc. Paleo isn’t Atkins at all. I don’t eat 100% Paleo but I love a lot of the Paleo recipes I find. I prefer to avoid grains and dairy. I don’t restrict it all together, but avoid it quite a bit. I still eat fruit and sweet potatoes and am getting lots of carbs. Calling it an Atkins diet in disguise makes me think you haven’t really researched much about Paleo at all.

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118 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It cuts out whole food groups and I believe forbids potatoes if you’re following it strictly. It just seems to forbid a lot of foods I find nutritious (obviously sugar not included): “All refined sugars, dairy products like milk, yogurt, butter and cheese; cereal grains like barley, wheat, corn, oats and rice; legumes, including all beans, lentils, peas, peanuts and peanut products and soybeans and soy products; starchy vegetables like potatoes and all potato products, sweet potatoes, and yams; salty or cured meats such as deli meats, and bacon; pickled foods, many condiments, and really all packaged or processed foods.” {per Eating Made Easy}

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119 Jen February 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Kath, with all due respect, have you even read, researched on Paleo? You say “I believe it..” Have you read the studies and explanations behind it? Because there is a lot of good evidence. And variations of it. It does allow sweet potatoes. What it does is focus on whole foods…no muffins and sugary spreads and stuff.. I’m not saying its all ‘gods truth’…the truth is that different diets work for different people. Not everybody can eat the whole-grain diet. I know you’ve said before as well that you see no reason to give up grains or whatever because your grandparents ate them and lived long, hearty lives….but agricultural practices have changed drastically since the days of older generations. Hybrid plants, genetic modification, whatever – it’s changed wheat and other foods that’s led to the rise in so many allergies. I really just feel that you give the basic, expected dietitian pyramid response to nutrition at times and don’t dig in or keep an open mind to other dietary theories . Read, research, learn! That doesn’t mean you have to follow those ‘diets’ or lifestyles! (I don’t)… But it does make you more open minded and educated in the research behind it. But perhaps you have no interest in that and are really then more of a ‘foodie’. I don’t mean this badly, I’m just giving food for thought. Thanks.

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120 Ali February 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

While it doesn’t have Paleo in the title it’s in line with all the principles and addresses common concerns about the lifestyle. “Eat meat [article states why saturated fats, protein and eggs are a-okay], veggies [main carb source. Article addresses lack of nutrients in most grains], nuts &seeds [discusses Cons about low fat diets and different types of fat], some fruit, little starch [discusses how not all cals should come from carbs] and no sugar [not specifically addressed but we all know added sugar is a huge problem in a typical diet].” The no grains thing is also addressed talking about inflammatory properties and sensitivities. Whole 30/Paleo is NOT the same as Atkins. It’s not a low carb thing, it’s a balanced carb thing and forces one to look at where carb sources are coming from. As far as legumes go, they are also thought to be on the inflammatory side and you also have to cook them for HOURS before they are edible, so there’s that to consider as well. Same with dairy (in some). Hope this helps!! It’s all interesting and worth reading up on for sure. Although you will never really know how certain foods affect you unless you cut them out and put them back in. :) ps written from my phone – ignore weird errors !

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121 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I pretty much agree with their thoughts except for the no grains thing. Just because some people have trouble with gluten doesn’t mean everyone should avoid it. My GI tract happens to love it, and the nutrients it provides can’t be ignored. Cooking beans for hours doesn’t deter me either! You have to cook a buffalo for hours to make the meat palatable… I agree with you though – you have to find what works for your body.

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122 Bella February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’m not sure where you are getting your information re: cooking buffalo, but you are misinformed. Bison is prepared exactly like beef. It makes fantastic steaks and burgers. The best thing about bison is that it is leaner than beef, so it is a good alternative if you are watching your fat intake.

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123 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I’m aware – I love buffalo. I’m just saying the argument that something has to be cooked as a negative isn’t really valid to me.

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124 Ali February 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I think the point is that you COULD actually just eat the meat raw (gross sure; possible, yes). But the example is more that one can’t really eat/digest a raw bean unless it’s been cooked – JUST something to think about :) And to add to “J” above – it’s a lifestyle of eating. Will it be the end of the world if you eat a sandwich on whole wheat bread from time to time or a bowl of ice cream (“moderation”)? No! Can you live on a day to day basis without them and be 100% healthy? Absolutely.

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125 Ali February 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Sorry one more thing – as far as potatoes and things… read up on LOTS of different sources (which you have to do to be completely informed, as you know). Many Paleo advocates now do include potatoes in their diet. Especially sweet potatoes/yams. One source is not going to give you the entire picture :)

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126 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

That’s good to know : )

127 Bella February 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Oh I see. Sorry that I misunderstood. It was just that you said, “You have to cook a buffalo for hours to make the meat palatable,” so I assumed that you meant that you thought you have to cook a buffalo for hours.

I agree with you, though! Taking the time to prepare and cook a nice meal from fresh ingredients (whether fast or slow to prep) is always a good thing!

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128 Aj February 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

No, buffalo does not take hours to cook to make the meat palatable. I’m not sure why you would say that, to be honest. :) It’s just like beef.

And I’m from Alberta and surrounded by buffalo farms and cook with it frequently – so that’s my source, haha

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129 KathEats February 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

I mean from a Paleo caveman hunter’s perspective. I enjoy Buffalo burgers myself.

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130 Claire February 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Kath, you mentioned grains have nutrients that can’t be ignored. From an RD perspective, what nutrients do grains have that vegetables or meat do not? Thanks!

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131 KathEats February 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I think you misunderstood me. I don’t mean they have something magical that doesn’t exist in other foods. Clearly you can live a grain-free life and get all of your essential nutrients. But they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and sustained energy yet they are often spoken about like they are a nutrient-void food. My body is happy to get those nutrients from grains.

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132 Shana February 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Love LOVE love this post, Kath! I have a question. I eat A LOT of PB2 )or peanut butter powder) and nut butters in general. Recently I heard that some peanuts are contaminated with aflatoxins that are potentially dangerous. Have you read anything about this? Is it something to be worried about? I don’t want to rain on anyone’s peanut parade but that stuff just always freaks me out a little bit.

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133 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

My guess is if you’re eating them from commercial producers you shouldn’t worry. This answer by Dr. Weil sounds well researched to me: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA115491

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134 robin February 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

That biscoff spread is crazy good. I tried it thanks to a post of yours.I no longer allow myself to buy it. Theres no such thing as moderation when I open that jar. Ive even given the jar to my son and told him under no circumstances give it back to me, doesnt work I make him hand it over.

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135 KathEats February 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I only buy it a few times a year myself – agreed!

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136 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Sunflower seed is my all time favorite too! With peanut and almond as second and thirds!

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137 Cait February 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

great post! I love Trader Joe’s raw unsalted almond butter. mmm!

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138 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I love Barney Butter too! And I like even better that it’s made in an almond-only facility, since I’m allergic to all other nuts. My other favourite is soy nut butter from The Soy Nut Butter company. It does contain palm oil, but its delicious! And it’s nice to have an alternative that tastes like PB, according to my friends.

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139 Katie @ Balanced RD February 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I love nut butters–especially peanut butter! I like exploring different kinds of nut butters but usually stick to the standard organic peanut butter w/ minimal ingredients!

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140 Simply Life February 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

My fav is Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseed!

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141 Katie February 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

ME TOO! I can’t wait until they bring it back, I’ve been checking nearly everyday, since I work a block away from one :)

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142 Karina @ Karinafitzone February 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

OMG I check for it every week…I miss this stuff desperately!!

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143 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Awesome post! I love Once Again nut butters :)

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144 Emily @ Life on Food February 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I have a nut butter problem. There are currently no less than 8 different nut butters in my cabinet and I just ordered some more. A girl needs some variety I guess. :)

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145 Elisabeth February 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

My favorite is Smucker’s Natural Creamy! I also like their crunchy, but I find it a lot header to use a reasonable amount of that versus the creamy. Smucker’s little bit of saltiness is the perfect flavor & it’s pretty much the only nut/seed butter I’ll eat. I’ve tried multiple almond butters & I just don’t care for it, but I do enjoy Sunbutter once in awhile ;)

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146 Elisabeth February 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Harder, not header!

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147 Diana @ Eating Made Easy February 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Great list!! I’m most definitely a nut butter lover too. I REALLY love Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams too it’s SO addicting.

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148 Andrea February 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I just tried the vanilla espresso wild squirrell in a packet form…. now I need to get a jar of it! SO good! I also just bought a new brand of almond butter called Once Again. I LOVE it! So drippy and delicious and healthy. Try it out!

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149 Alex @ Raw Recovery February 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

This is an awesome post–please do more favorites like this!!! So helpful!

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150 Michele Sparrow February 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

This is my favorite nutbutter by far:

http://www.rawguru.com/store/raw-food/rawtella-crunch-chocolate-hazelnut-spread.html

It is definitely expensive, but wow, is it amazing! He has a few different flavors to enjoy and if you like hazlenuts…INCREDIBLE!

Have you tried that one, Kath?

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151 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

I haven’t!

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152 Alyssa February 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Great breakdown of the nut butters! Have you tried justin’s maple almond butter? I’ve put a ban on it in my house because I eat it by the jar and they are $10 a pop! Plus, a jar a week is pushing it :-) even for me!

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153 Katherine February 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I love sun butter – need to give that one a try!

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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154 Courtney February 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

Do you keep your nut butters in the fridge? I love Justin’s Chocolate Almond and the Squirrel Nut Butters, but they get so hard and flakey in the fridge.

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155 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

I don’t

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156 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

I’m all for just average JIF Natural. I think it’s RIDICULOUSLY creamy, but isn’t drippy (I like them firmer). My favorite for sure! Although Biscoff/Cookie butter have a close second…

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157 Jonna February 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hi Kath,

My all time favorite peanut butter right now is Santa Cruz, dark roasted, crunchy. It is fabulous!
Also, a store near me recently started selling Crazy Richard’s crunchy peanut butter which is also delicious. Teddie Peanut Butter is also great.

Jonna

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158 Lisa @bitesforbabies February 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

I tired the sunflower butter…couldn’t do it! It was TOO sweet! I guess I’m just a fan of almond butter, and only almond butter! Btw, I love the one from the Bulk Barn?!

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159 Larbs February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

TJ’s Sunflower is my favorite as well – I have it every day with pumpkin oats! Lizzie and I used to inhale the PB & Co cinnamon raisin back in college…

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160 Sally February 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

I recently discovered Biscoff spread and am obsessed! The only way I’ve eaten it so far is with a spoon, out of the jar ;) Do you have any suggestions for other ways to incorporate this spread?

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161 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Melted on anything! Oatmeal, toast, ice cream..

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162 Sally February 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Yum, thanks!

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163 Leah February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I love it on graham crackers!

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164 Carrie @ Season It Already! February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I love this review. I agree with you on the ones I’ve had… so now I have more to try! Thank you.

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165 Katie February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Just wanted to give you some feedback that I love this post!

I love SunButter too!

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166 Audra February 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for the post, Kath! Could you clarify the difference between palm oil and palm fruit oil? I am obsessed with a few flavors of peanut butter (peanut butter coconut by Earth Balance and PB Cinnamon Swirl by PB & Company) which both include palm FRUIT oil. I hear that palm fruit oil is all natural, high in Vitamin E and non-hydrogenated?

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167 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

You are correct – the palm oil and palm fruit oil are good for you. It’s just the environmental concerns that are bad. The fruit oil comes from the fruit part of the plant – that’s the only difference.

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168 cyndy February 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

isn’t palm oil a saturated fat – maybe not so heart healthy?

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169 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Found this breakdown on this site:

Palm oil contains an equal proportion of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It’s particularly rich in the saturated palmitic acid (44%), with substantial amounts of the monounsaturated oleic acid (40%), and smaller amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (10%).

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170 Kara February 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Do you think you could translate that from dietitian to English? :)

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171 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

It has a mix of oils – about a 50/50 ratio of good to bad (monounsaturated are the good ones). However, not all saturated fats are equal, and it might not be as bad as it once was thought to be (it’s more about the foods commonly consumed with it than the fat itself). This article explains it pretty simply with some of the recent research: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/nutrition/good-and-bad-fats/?page=2

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172 elizabeth February 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I like Marantha sunflower seed butter, much better than Sunbutter. I haven’t tried TJ’s.

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173 Amanda M. February 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Hi Kath, this post will be really useful for me as I’m getting really into blending my own breakfast smoothies and trying out different combinations of nut butters and seed butters to see which flavor combos are best. I have to give you a little bit of a hard time though, because we all know Biscoff spread has no more right to be on a list titled Top 10 Favorite Nut Butters than a jar of Oreo cookie icing would! Come on girl, that was kind of a random inclusion, but I’ll grant you that Biscoff does have a sneaky way of ending up places it’s not supposed to be. Such as my belly.

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174 Maggie February 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Now I am craving all kinds of nut buttahhhhh. I have never tried Biscoff. Need to get on that!

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175 Verenique B February 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

pb&co.’s peanut butters are amazing! the best is the Dark Chocolate Dreams and the Cinnimon Raisin Swirl is pretty good also! :) they are best eaten on cinimon grham crackers with either plain soymilk or choc soymilk! :)
here is their website, you can order them online, but they are also availible at most grocery stores, i get mine at walmart or publix
http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/

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176 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way February 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I ADORE Barney Butter!!! I smother it on my whole grain thick seedy french toast along with banana and a touch of maple syrup! The meltability of barney butter is just out of this world!

My only issue is how expensive it is! I can only find it at one store where I live and it’s $13 for 8 ounces! I only buy it a few times a year because I am licking the jar clean within a week ;)

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177 KathEats February 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Try Amazon!

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178 christina February 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

that naturally nutty stuff is the BOMB. I accidently bought it at a health food store (the vanilla/cinnamon) – meant to buy plain. OMG. it says its very low sugar but it tastes SO SWEET AND AMAZING AND I DIE FHASDJKLFHDASL SO GOOD.

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179 Molly February 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

Kath thanks to you I finally tried Sunbutter – and I am OBSESSED! Once I get to a Trader Joe’s I must try their brand also. Thanks for opening my eyes!

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180 Jordan February 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This may have been mentioned already (don’t have time to read all of the lovely comments), but I really like Whole Foods’ brand of crunch almond butter (365 Organic). It has plenty of nuggets of almond in it and no sugar. I literally ate a quarter cup of it on the first night it was so delicious.

Thanks for making this post! It’s just what I’ve been hoping for.

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181 Jaime Foster February 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi Kath…I would love to send you a jar of NaturAlmond almond butter. NaturAlmond is slow roasted almond butter that is handcrafted in our peanut and gluten free commercial kitchen in Atlanta, GA. Containing two simple ingredients– roasted almonds and a touch of sea salt, NaturAlmond is produced in small batches to ensure quality, freshness and a lot of flavor. Our recipe is based off of a family recipe that has been passed down for 4 generations and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Why did I start this company??…..because I could not find an almond butter commercially available that compared to my Grandfather’s recipe! http://www.naturalmond.com Email me and I will gladly send you a jar so that you can compare it to your favorites :) Thanks…jaime

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182 KathEats February 15, 2013 at 4:39 am

Hi Jamie, anything roasted sounds great. I’d love to try it.

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183 Emily S February 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

THANK YOU for this post! I have always been curious about your fave nut butters!

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184 Suzanne February 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

I enjoy making my own almond butter and sunflower seed butter. Both super easy and super tasty!

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185 Marla-Deen February 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Kath,
You really have to check out my post on my all time favorite Almond Butter, Naturalmond Butter at http://www.marla-deen-fit.net/3/category/almond%20butter/1.html. It is the best stuff I’ve put in my mouth! Only two ingredients! Love looking at your favs though!

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186 KathEats February 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Looks delicious!!

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187 Karina @ Karinafitzone February 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Love this post! I just did one on nut butters on my new website…but I only reviewed 3 :) Maranatha is my fav because of the no stir! Also want to say you’re one of the first bloggers I began following 4 years ago and now I’ve finally taken the big leap and started my own, thanks for the inspiration!!!

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188 Shannon @ moveeatcreate.wordpress.com February 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I am such a sucker for a good nut butter. I could eat it on a seedy/grainy slice of bread every day (and I practically do!). I really love the crunchy, unsalted almond butter at Trader Joe’s. It’s my go-to. So glad I found your site!

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189 Tiffany February 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

Great post!! I love TJ’s sunflower butter! thank you for introducing it to me :)

Have you tried whole foods chunky peanut butter and compared it to Trader Joe’s?

I noticed WF is a lighter roast and Trader Joe’s taste too roasted almost burnt?

By the way, when you get to the end of the nut butter jar and its not so drippy anymore (when its dry and thick) what do you do with it? Any special recipes?

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190 KathEats February 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

Just Oats in a jar. And I’ve gotten better at stirring like crazy to avoid the dry end so bad

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191 Danica February 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Kath-

Did you ever try the Trader Joe’s Almond Butter w/roasted flaxseed before they yanked it off the shelves in October? It was the BEST nut butter I’ve had in my life. Here’s hoping they’ll bring it back soon.

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192 Elizabeth February 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I just bought #5, gave it a big stir, tasted it, and stuck it in the fridge per the label. So , how do you get that drippy appeal you talk about? Mine is solid!

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193 KathEats February 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I don’t put it in the fridge… Against the recommendation.

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194 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen March 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

As you are the nut butter queen, I’m pretty sure I should print out this post and keep it in my purse for nut butter shopping emergencies. :)

I will say I just recently had the Whole Foods 365 brand creamy peanut and almond butters and I was blown away by how drippy they were! I thought nothing would surpass Crazy Richard’s in that department.

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195 Ben April 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I buy this great product called “trilogy nut butter” …its a blend of cashew, walnut , and almond butter… Its delicious and gives the unique health benefits of each of these nuts blended into one source. They also have a trilogy butter that blends macadamia, cacao, and cherry. So good!!!

Check it out at their site: https://www.onnit.com/wac-trilogy-butter/?a_aid=Solstice

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196 Lori August 22, 2013 at 5:12 am

Just stumbled onto your blog recently, I love that you wrote a post completely about nut butter!!! It’s pretty much my favorite thing, maybe ever. I’m definitely adding you to my daily read list!

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197 Jill S December 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I just found your blog–its great!. I am so glad that Trader Joe’s PB is #1 on your list – I have been buying it for a while now and love it. Regular PB now tastes like frosting to me. I also bought a jar of TJ almond butter recently, and I like that too although its a little drippy. I like to add nut butters to yogurt, oatmeal, toast, mini whole wheat bagels, whole wheat english muffins, etc. I find that it helps fill me up.

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198 Molly January 15, 2014 at 12:14 am

How often do you have dessert nut butters? I struggle with finding a balance with them.

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199 zinnat March 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Our chocolates are made with simple, pure ingredients, healthy, delicious. We blend superior raw, organic ingredients and never contain gluten, dairy, soy or processed sugar. Our chocolates are all handcrafted in small batches in Bend, Oregon.
http://www.jemraw.com/product-category/specialty-nut-butters/

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