Don't just be a nut, be a HEALTH nut!
Nut butter is a staple item on many people’s grocery lists. It’s a great source of healthy fats and protein for kids and adults alike. Nut butters are the perfect addition to any snack–especially a post-workout snack. They can be bought and made with many different nuts and come in many different flavors. However, not all healthy nut butter brands are created equally!
You’re sure to fall in love with at least one nut butter in one flavor. Just make sure you fall in love with one that’s full of nutrients and lacks artificial flavors, genetically modified organisms, and unnecessary amounts of sodium and unhealthy fats. Read on to find out which ones you should be purchasing–read on to find 7 healthy nut butter brands that you should fall in love with!
1. Crazy Richard’s
Crazy Richard’s peanut butter is made up of one simple ingredient: peanuts. Yup, you heard right, just peanuts. There is no added oil, salt, or sugar. Oh, and let’s not forget that their peanut butter comes in both creamy and crunchy. You can’t get much better than that!
It’s the perfect, clean peanut butter to use to make our Asian Vegetable Lettuce Wrap with Peanut Sauce.
2. Wild Friends
Not only does Wild Friends make a variety of different flavors of nut butters like chocolate almond butter, cinnamon raisin peanut butter, honey peanut butter with crunchy pretzel bits, and vanilla expresso almond butter, but they also create protein-packed nut butters that have 50% more protein, and nut butters with added nutrients such as flax and chia seeds. To top it off, Wild Friends makes their products with non-GMO, all-natural, organic ingredients and are free of additives and preservatives as well. They also make sunflower seed butter so anyone allergic to nuts can enjoy meals and snacks made with nut butters too.
One of their nut (or seed) butters would especially taste amazing on toast. Check out our Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Fruit Toast recipe to make the best of the best!
Justin, the creator of Justin’s, started making his nut butters with local and natural ingredients in his own home. His flavorful and healthy nut butters were starting to disappear out of his pantry. To stop his roommates from devouring his delicious creations, he started writing his name on the jars. This was the silly start to a great brand of nut butter.
Now, for two years in a row, Justin’s has been in the top 15 on the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies List in the Food and Beverage section. This is for good reasons! Justin’s nut butters are made with simple, all-natural ingredients, are certified gluten-free and vegan, and come in many delicious flavors such as maple, vanilla, chocolate, and honey. If you’re in need of a sweet treat that doesn’t ruin your healthy eating plan, they even have peanut butter cups made with all-natural ingredients.
If you’d rather make your own peanut butter cups, grab some Justin’s peanut butter and follow our 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups recipe!
NuttZo nut butters are made from seven organic nuts and seeds. They’re non-GMO, vegan, organic, gluten-free, and contain no added sugar, palm oil, soy, or dairy. Go check out their nut butters that are full of omega-3’s, protein, and nutritious nuts and seeds!
Want to know what else is full of omega-3’s? Check out our 21 OMG Omega-3 Recipes.
5. Barney Butter
This nut butter is for all of you peanut-free, almond butter lovers out there. It’s made in a peanut-free facility and is, therefore, safe for those allergic to peanuts. On top of that, Barney Butter comes in “bare” form as well as in their original recipe. Their bare almond butters are just as delicious, but don’t contain any added salt or sugar–making Barney Bare almond butters perfect for diabetics and anyone who is trying to cut down on sugar and/or sodium.
Their bare almond butters include Bare Crunchy and Bare Smooth. If you’re looking for almond butter that does contain some added (healthy) salt and sugar, and comes in exciting flavors, Barney Butter is also the almond butter for you. They carry almond butter in Vanilla + Expresso, Honey + Flax, Raw + Chia, and Cocoa + Coconut. You’re sure to find one that you love! And when you do find the one that’s stolen your heart, use a spoonful to top off our Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce.
6. Artisana Organics
According to Artisana Organics, when you buy their nut butters, “all you get is the clean, fresh taste of nuts and seeds the way nature intended”. They provide nut lovers with a wide variety of nut butters: walnut butter, pecan butter, cashew butter, and coconut butter that are made with nothing but 100% organic raw nuts and coconut.
The only thing better than a spoonful of one of Artisana Organics’s nut butters is a spoonful of Artisana Organics’s nut butters on top of our Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Oatmeal.
Yumbutter makes “world changing nut butters”. Not only do they make their nut butters with all of the good stuff (certified organic ingredients, all nine essential amino acids, probiotics, healthy fats, and more), and without all of the bad stuff (GMOs and non-organic ingredients), but they also help the world with each product purchased. Each time you buy Yumbutter nut butter, you also help feed a child suffering from malnutrition with their Buy One | Feed One organization.
So by going to grab yourself some Yumbutter nut butter, you’re not only grabbing an ingredient necessary to make our 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, but you’re also helping to feed a child in need.