Make no mistake, we love peanut butter. But, with peanut allergies on the rise and people going Paleo, many of us are passing on the Skippy in favor of healthier alternatives. From almond butter to coconut, here are 5 nut and seed butters that can replace your favorite childhood spread. We promise, they’re just as tasty!
Leading the pack is—you guessed it—almond butter. Undoubtedly the most popular nut butter alternative, it’s star quality is its rich vitamin E content. What’s more, almond butter has 50% more monounsaturated fat (the good kind), which is said to help lower blood cholesterol.
TRY: Made by Maxi Almond Butter (Plain Roasted), P385
With its very mild flavor profile, cashew butter makes an easy leap for peanut-butter lovers. It’s jam-packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, including protein, zinc, and slightly more omega-3 power than PB. The nuts may also reduce triglyceride levels, which is especially important for those with diabetes.
TRY: Seeds of Life Pure Cashew Butter, P350
Blended with coconut flesh, this luscious spread is best smeared on toast, added to smoothies, or just spooned straight outta the jar. In fact, it tastes like the most decadent, delicious, sinful treat ever. But, in actuality, it’s chock-full of healthy fats to keep you satisfied without the guilt.
TRY: The Unbakery Toasted Coconut Butter, P250
A jar of macadamia butter might be a little more expensive, but its price tag is well worth the health benefits. It contains magnesium and the greatest concentration of heart-healthy fats of all the nut varieties. Some research, in fact, shows it can help prevent coronary disease.
TRY: Seeds of Life Pure Macadamia Butter, P695
SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER
If a nut allergy or the Paleo diet has you avoiding peanut butter, the next best thing to try is sunflower butter. Sunflower butter (or“sunbutter”) is as easy to use as its nut-based counterparts, but is higher in healthy fats, magnesium, and vitamin E. Once you try a spoonful of the stuff, you won’t miss PB in the slightest.
TRY: Yumbutter Superfood Sunflower Butter, P470
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