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15 best-tasting nut and seed butters you didn’t know you needed

Nut butter fanatic? We’ve rounded up 15 of the best-tasting nut and seed butters that are worth the spread…

Once upon a time, our choice of peanut butter came down to two options: crunchy or smooth.

These days it’s a whole different and rather overwhelming story. The huge array of nut butter options available is enough to give anyone a mini heart attack in the middle of your food shop.

I mean, they may as well have a dedicated aisle to themselves.

With nut and seed butters showing up literally everywhere, from our timelines to every single shop out there – it’s got us wondering what are the best nut and seed butters we can get our hands on?

After searching high and low and gathering Healthista HQ for multiple socially distanced food tastings (we still aren’t nut-buttered out). The Healthista team are officially 60 per cent nut and seed butter – but we aren’t complaining.

From nut butters you have never heard of to creative flavours that will blow your mind we have complied a list of the best new nut and seed butters.

#1 Pip & Nut Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter, £2.25 

‘Long-time peanut butter addict’ Pippa Murray started Pip and Nut in 2013 in her own kitchen as a post-run snack, going through many a food processers in the process.

A 15g serving has:

  • 85 Calories
  • 7g of Fat
  • 3g of Protein
  • 0.07g of Salt

The Pip and Nut crunchy maple peanut butter is a must try, especially when you need some fuel after a marathon of Sex in the City.

It is suitable for vegans so can be enjoyed by all.

During our tasting many liked the ‘subtle sweetness of the maple syrup,’ while crunchy texture from the peanut butter helps to bring in some depth.

And to think that this flavour was limited edition once upon a time…

#2 Yumello Salted Date Almond Butter, £4.95

If bold flavours are your thing, then look no further than Yumello’s salted date almond butter.

A 15g serving has:

  • 84 Calories
  • 7.3g of Fat
  • 2.9g of Protein
  • 0.1g of Salt

Yumello founders Esther and Omar draw their inspiration from the Atlas Mountains, Taghazout (were Omar grew up).

Their mission is creating nut butters that ‘sings and celebrates the Berber people’s sheer inventiveness and adventurous soul.’

Instead of palm oil Yumello use argan oil which they source from their partner cooperative, ‘providing jobs for hundreds of women, who get paid fairly.’ An homage to his heritage results in magic in our mouths.

As a result of the argan oil, the nut butter has a smooth spreadable texture that is creamy and rich in flavour.

After tasting it we found there to be ‘a nice balance between sweet and saltiness’ as the dates add natural sweetness, but nothing too over powering.

#3 Nut Blend Golden Nut Butter, £3.25 

Gabriella, the founder of Nut Blend, began making a natural nut butter that would be able to satisfy ‘indulgent’ cravings in a nutritious and delicious way.

So that means you can enjoy this nut butter guilt free.

A 15g serving has:

  • 96 Calories
  • 8.9g of Fat
  • 2.1g of Protein
  • 0.0g of Salt
  • 1.2g of Fibre

If there is one thing we love about Nut Blend – other than their great flavours – is their message of total product transparency when it comes to their ingredients.

The only food brand on the market that add zero sugar including natural syrup; not even salt or oils.

The golden nut butter is a blend of almonds, macadamia nuts and coconuts – hello tropical vibes.

I have never tried macadamia nuts as a nut butter, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It has the perfect amount of coconut with a nutty and rich flavour thanks to the almonds, while the macadamia nuts add a creamy yet velvety texture.

#4 Butter Bike co Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter, £5.00

Jeni Reeve is a self-proclaimed one-woman empire. She would blend her own recipes of nut butters, back in 2017, to keep her fueled on her adventures.

Today, you can find Butter Bike co jars of joy on shelves across the South West and available nationwide via their website.

Per 100g serving:

  • 568 Calories
  • 41g of Fat
  • 23g of Protein
  • 0.4g of Salt
  • 1.2g of Fibre

Each batch is handmade, which we absolutely love, as this makes sure every bite is is perfect.

Although there is no added sugar, the natural sweetness from the raisins is all you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

The warmth of the cinnamon and combination of semi crunchy peanut butter creates a great combo. No need to worry when you’re eating the peanut butter as there are no add sugars.

However, proceed with caution because once you pick up a spoon you may not be able to put it down.

#5 Sead Sesame Butter with Caramel, £3.99

Georgia, the founder of Sead, was introduced to tahini 2018. Her ‘tahini addiction’, which I definitely have too, led her to create Sead.

A sesame seed company that focuses on the production and ingredients of their products.

A 15g serving has:

  • 95 Calories
  • 7.5g of Fat
  • 3.6g of Protein
  • 0.03g of Salt

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more protein in your diet pick up a jar at Holland and Barret.

Initially the taste of the sesame seeds can be quite strong but as it fades the sweetness of the caramel come through.

I was quite shocked that there is no refined added sugar, and the caramel is made up of organic coconut blossom nectar and organic refined sugar.

We have crowned this seed butter best for cooking. The silky texture makes it really adaptable to put in lots of dishes and not just on a slice of toast.

Available at Holland & Barrett.

#6 MyProtein Powdered Peanut Butter, £8.99

You may not know this but MyProtein launched a variety of nut butters including peanut, almond and cashew, with each one coming in 1kg tubs to keep you stocked (while you self isolate).

A 12g serving has:

  • 48 Calories
  • 1.1g of Fat
  • 5.7g of Protein
  • 0.1g of Salt
  • 1.2g of Fibre

Now you may be thinking why anyone would want to eat powdered peanut butter.

But it offers an alternative way to add peanut flavour into your foods with 70 percent less fat than natural peanut butter!

MyProtein powdered peanut butter tastes as good as it smells with the added palmyra jaggery nectar for sweetness.

#7 Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter, £3.00

Looking for a healthy alternative to Nutella? Well Whole Earth have brought out a limited edition chocolate and hazelnut spread that is vegan.

Per 100g serving:

  • 613 Calories
  • 48g of Fat
  • 23g of Protein
  • 0g of Salt

A healthier alternative ‘you will definitely get your chocolate craving fix’ and with 80 percent less sugar.

The roasted peanuts help create a deeper flavour for the nut butter, the cocoa and date powder bring that sweet chocolaty flavour reminiscent of Nutella.

Their nut butters are thicker than many of the others in this list as they use sustainable palm oil. So if you aren’t a fan of runny nut butter or oil separation then whole earth is the way to go.

#8 Marmite Smooth Peanut Butter, £2.50

Calling all Marmite lovers, and peanut butter lovers. Behold the flavour combination of modern times…

Who would have thought that peanut butter and marmite would be such a pleasant combination?

Per 100g serving:

  • 88 Calories
  • 6.8g of Fat
  • 4.2g of Protein
  • 0.2g of Salt
  • 1.2g of Fibre

Both Marmite fans and haters seemed to find a common ground with this nut butter.

While doing an office tasting the words ‘marmite heaven’ featured heavily in tasting discussions.

In fact, the jar has been taken and not been seen since the tasting!

The Marmite smooth peanut butter keeps its original flavour but with the richness of the peanut butter.

The nut butter has added peanut oil which may result in oil separation so give it a good mix before you spread it on your toast.

#9 Meridian Pecan Butter, £5.99

Meridian has been in the natural nut butter game for some time and their range has grown tremendously with all sorts of nut and seed butters. From the wide selection we have chosen the pecan nut butter.

Per 100g serving:

  • 758 Calories
  • 74.3g of Fat
  • 9.8g of Protein
  • 0.0g of Salt
  • 5g of Fibre

Meridian don’t use palm oil in their products similar to other natural nut butters so oil separation is natural, you’ll need to give it a good stir before you eat it.

The pecan butter appears to be extra crunchy with many of the pecan nuts still present. The naturally occurring sugars provide enough sweetness that it ‘tastes like a tart.’

Available at Ocado.

#10 Nutcessity Gingerbread Almond, £5.99

This one is for those of you looking for a peanut free nut butter that has interesting and rich flavour.

Per 100g serving:

  • 565 Calories
  • 48g of Fat
  • 16.7g of Protein
  • 0.15g of Salt
  • 11.8g of Fibre

A one man band Mike Duckworthn began Nutcessity in 2016.

He had been making all of his nut butters himself from home including jarring and labelling from August 2016 to January 2020.

Having been diagnosed with a peanut allergy himself, Mike set out on a journey to make products that ‘taste lush and do your body good.’

With a smooth texture the taste of gingerbread with the almond butter combo ‘brings memories of Christmas.’

If your a fan of gingerbread you won’t be able to get enough of this. This nut butter also includes apricots to naturally sweeten the spread.

#11 Manilife Deep Roast Crunchy Peanut Butter, £3.79

For serious peanut butter lovers this deep roast peanut butter is perfect for you. With 99 percent Hi-oleic peanuts and 0.9 percent sea salt this nut butter is simplicity at its finest.

A 15g serving has:

  • 92 Calories
  • 7.6g of Fat
  • 4g of Protein
  • 1.4g of Fibre
  • 0.1g of Salt

The oil separation in the peanut butter may cause the roasted peanuts to float to the surface so make sure to give it a nice stir so that all the oil and peanuts are fully incorporated.

When it comes to flavour, Manilife packs a punch with the deep roasted high-oleic peanuts.

The amount of nut and seed butters out there can be overwhelming so for a hassle free peanut butter that tastes good Manilife is our choice.

Like many natural peanut butters, Manilife includes high-oleic peanuts which contain oleic acid. It basically reduces the amount of bad cholesterol you have whilst boosting your levels of good cholesterol.

We have crowned Manilife deep roast crunch peanut butter that is the most moreish.

#12 Daylesford Organic 3 Seed Butter, £5.29

Why limit yourself to one seed butter when you could have Daylefore’s 3 seed butter.

Per 100g serving:

  • 609 Calories
  • 48g of Fat
  • 34.7g of Protein
  • 0.1g of Salt
  • 7g of Fibre

Daylesford is one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK. They make sure that their produce is ethically sourced and in harmony with the environment.

The 3 seed butter is handmade on their farm in Cotswolds with their packaging is made up of 60 percent recycled glass and is vegan friendly.

The blend of the seed butter complements each other without being overpowering and many commented on how ‘creamy’ the consistency was even though no oil has been added to the spread.

Available at Ocado.

#13 Pariani Sicilian Pistachio Paste, £13.95 

Royalty in the form of the nut butter with this pistachio paste.

Per 100g serving:

  • 608 Calories
  • 56g of Fat
  • 18g of Protein
  • 0g of Salt

Pariani is a family business that began around 2010.

They aim to create ‘unusual ingredients and products, to satisfy even the most demanding palates’ and the Pistachio Paste has definitely satisfied a craving that I didn’t even know I had.

The spread has a smooth yet velvety consistency with bold flavour of pistachios. A pistachio hater commented that ‘the sweetness in the paste makes it pleasant and it would go really nice with a bowl of ice cream.’

#14 Profusion Hemp Crunchy Peanut Butter, £4.29

Hemp is everywhere from skin care to protein powders, so why not put it in a peanut butter?

Per 100g serving:

  • 578 Calories
  • 47g of Fat
  • 25g of Protein
  • 0.04g of Salt
  • 11g of Fibre

An unexpected candidate, the hemp butter was ‘salty but you can definitely taste the hemp’.

The consistency of the nut butter is quite thick but will loosen up a bit when you mix in the oil that has separated.

Available at Ocado.

#15 Sun & Seed, Organic Apricot Kernel Butter £5.99

Sun and seed began in 2004, on a small family farm.Their ingredients are of the finest quality, ethically grown nuts, seeds and fruits.

Per 100g serving:

  • 626 Calories
  • 52g of Fat
  • 23g of Protein
  •  0g of Salt
  • 11g of Fibre

They work with growers whose organic farming methods have a minimal environmental impact.

The nut butter has a very subtle almond-like taste which makes this nut butter a great alternative to almond butter. The apricot kernel butter is smooth in texture as it has been stone-ground which keeps the nutritional goodness in the food.

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