What's in Your Favorite Nut Butter? A Comparison of Peanut, Almond, Cashew, and Other Favorites

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Best Of The Best: An Unbiased Review Of Different Nut Butters

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Almond butter is my favorite type of nut butter. It tastes just perfect on apples, crackers, or celery. The most important thing to know about almond butter is that it requires more manual labor to make than peanut butter. Due to less oil, almonds take longer to turn into an edible spreadable product when ground up in large batches with machines. They must be smashed up by hand until they are smooth and delicious enough for the user - which is probably why I buy raw unsalted online in bulk! Just like my favorite type of tree nut, this spread is packed with monounsaturated fats and good-for-you mono-and polyunsaturated fats.

If you like peanut, almond, cashew, or any healthy nut butters for that matter, you may want to make them yourself. Peanut butter is made from roasted peanuts and salt. It's rich in healthy fats and protein; it also helps reduce hunger because the fat content leaves you feeling fuller longer than sugar. Almond butter is made by grinding almonds with a little bit of olive oil until they're creamy enough to spread on toast. Almond is rich in monounsaturated fats--the same kind found in olive oil--so it's good for your heart. Cashew butter takes cashews (or peanuts) and grinds them with lemon juice to become the creamy paste.

How Nut Butters Compare

The peanut and almond butter tastes great and best in the mouth, and the texture is smooth and creamy. In addition, creamy peanut butter has coconut oil which provides a more healthy fat content. Hazelnut is good if you like crunchy because it's made from primary hazelnuts with just a bit of date to bind it together. But, on the other hand, it tastes crispy because the hazelnuts are chopped up. And if you're looking for something different, cashew butter and coconut butter have a distinctive flavor-it's heavier than other nut butters. Hence, it stands out more when you eat it on toast or in a sandwich (and there isn't much to choose from in the organic category). 

It's the same at the end of the day – nut butter is just a good fat with a good amount of protein added. In terms of taste, I prefer almond butter as I find it sweeter and creamier than peanut butter (walnut butter), but those who love peanut butter will tell you they think their favorite spread tastes better. In reality, there are many different options available to choose from nowadays, including almond, cashew, macadamia nuts, and even hazelnut - whatever your preference, it shouldn't be hard to find a flavor that you enjoy!

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a favorite nut butter of many people because it's so easy to make and healthy. It can be served as a protein-rich snack or used in recipes--like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for kids or banana bread on the weekends.

Nut butter is high in fat content--which on the surface seems like bad news for one's waistline. However, fats are nutrient-dense foods that are more calorie-rich than sugar but deliver no sugar at all, unlike processed snacks laden with refined sugars, which raise blood sugars quickly then plunge them into food comas during which you'll crave even more calories to get your energy back up. 

Almond Butter

According to several surveys, Almond butter is ranked as the best nut or seed butter, including Livestrong. It is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E. In addition, it contains essential vitamins like riboflavin (over 40% of women are deficient), pantothenic acid (necessary for energy production), and B12. It also contains anthocyanins that provide antioxidant support to reduce inflammation.

Many people also use almond butter as a base for dips like hummus with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, or raw cocoa nibs. It's also great for protein shakes!

Cashew Butter

Many people prefer cashew butter with a mild, faintly sweet flavor since it doesn't overpower your taste buds with added flavors. That being said, I find it to be too sweet for my tastes. The texture is perfect, though! The cashews are ground smoothly, so there are no sharp bits of nut left behind to upset your teeth as the butter melts in the mouth. I would highly recommend this product and give it five out of five stars on taste and texture - but make sure you like the sweetness before investing in a jar.

Cashew Butter is made from the fruit of the cashew tree and comes out rich and creamy without having to use heavy cream or cooking oils like other nut butter. However light though delicious, the delicate flavor will give you lots of versatility for sandwich spreads and dips – even better since this means there is less sugar than your typical nut butter. Cashews do not typically require any salt because it already has enough salt on its own and also because peanut butter will naturally contain some sodium as well if that's what you're you're into. It's rich enough to be used as a spread for sandwiches.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seed butter is certainly one to try. It's a good source of protein and heart-healthy fats, plus it packs an antioxidant punch.

Sunflower seed butter is a unique product. The seeds are soaked and blended with a combination of water, salt, and optionally honey. The mixture is then ground to produce a creamy puree-like condiment that contains up to fifty percent solids by weight. I eat sunflower seeds butter instead of peanut or tree nut butter when I'm in the mood for something different from almond or cashew butter! I also like it when pairing it with seeds such as pumpkin or sesame seed butter - it's is one of my favorite treats.

Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut is a nutrient-dense nut butter made from pure roasted hazelnuts, organic evaporated honey, and salt. It makes me feel so fat. A bite of this nut butter might remind you of childhood memories–biting into a big blanched hazelnut, pulling the meat from the shell, and discarding the body. Then your great-grandma would spread some on a slice of rustic country bread she baked that morning to make one of life's simple pleasures even better. 

Macadamia Nut Butter

Macadamia nut butter is my favorite nut butter. It is an excellent substitute for peanut butter, and the flavor surpasses almonds and hazelnuts. In moderation, macadamia nuts work for nearly anyone since they are incredibly high in monounsaturated fat - the healthy fat that can help you lose weight and stay lean. The flavor of this delicious nut complements well with oats or any other breakfast cereal to start your day off right. Alternatively, enjoy it on a sandwich made from thinly sliced bread with tomato, onion, lettuce leaf, and mayonnaise to create an open-faced sandwich fixer upper.

Soynut Butter

Soynut butter is an excellent alternative for those who don't tolerate traditional nut butter and those who want to avoid typical peanut butter's high-saturated fat, calorie, and salt intake. It's loaded with omega 3's3's and has twice the protein of regular peanut butter. Find out more by visiting Nutracity.co.uk.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to nut butter, there are a lot of choices. This article will cover the nutritional benefits and flavors of popular options like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, hazelnut butter, and macadamia nut butter before highlighting soynut butter as an alternative protein-rich option for vegans. Our head chef has compiled a list of some of the best nut butter on the market for you to compare. If you have a favorite that isn't mentioned here or wants more information about any particular type of nut butter, let us know to visit our website at Nutracity.co.uk.