A Guide to the Many Types of Nut Butters

Peanut butter may or may not be aware of all the competition it faces, but there are many kinds of nut butters out there. But did you know that you can use these spreads in other ways other than sandwiches? They make great dips for veggies, too!

Not all nut butters are healthy; some offer a ton of nutritional benefits, while others are simply delicious. To learn more, read this guide to the many types of nut butters, and then decide which one you’re having for lunch tomorrow!


If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to peanut butter, look no further than almond butter. This spread offers a lower sugar content and more calcium. Want to find the healthiest version? Search your store’s shelves for almond butter with only one ingredient: roasted almonds.


Shopping for a nut spread with a little bit more sweetness? Try cashew butter. Lower in both fat and protein than peanut butter, cashew butter is usually a tad sweet, but it will be more so if the brand you’re trying contains added sugar.

Overall, when you’re buying nut butters, it’s a good idea to find brands that have nuts as their sole ingredient if you’re trying to reduce your sugar, salt, and fat intake.


For a truly decadent and not at all healthy spread, hazelnut is your guy. This nut butter typically contains a high amount of sugar, and some brands add chocolate flavoring, too. If you’re keeping an eye on your waistline, eat hazelnut butter sparingly. It’s dessert in a jar.

Soy Nut

Do you have children with a tree nut or peanut allergy? Soy nut butter is an excellent substitute! Made from roasted soy nuts, it’s comparable in both taste and texture but has a whopping seven grams of protein per serving. It’s also a great option for someone reducing their saturated fat intake.


Walnut butter is a rarity on grocery store shelves, but you may be able to find it online—or you can make it at home with a food processor and roasted walnuts. Why go to the trouble of finding this nut butter? Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids that have huge nutritional benefits for overall health.

Whether you’re looking for a healthier alternative to peanut butter or satisfying a sweet tooth, this guide to the many types of nut butters will help you find your perfect match. And don’t forget to explore the differences between jelly, jam, and preserves to find the perfect complement for your new favorite nut butter!

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Written by Logan Voss

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