Up your nut butter game with our guide to the best nut butters!
With National Peanut Day and National Nut Day being our excuses to indulge in a whole host of spreads; we thought what better way than to spread the love thick on our favourite nut butters.
Gone are the days when the only option was peanut butter ? , you can now find tonnes of deliciously mouth-watering nut butters on supermarket shelves, but in a world of such diversity, how do you choose THE best?
With everything from chocolate orange almond butter, to cocoa peanut butter with coconut & honey gracing our Instagram feeds, we’ve weighed up some of the most popular flavours & brands which have exploded the market and whilst we provide nuggets of delightful details of products throughout this blog, we’d always recommend that you check out the nutritional labels yourself in order to maintain a balance diet!
We spoke to a few influential ladies within the health & wellness social hemisphere to bring you some of their favourite nut butters on the high street.
Two London based fitness, food and lifestyle bloggers who are also best friends/wannabe-sisters share their passion for leading a healthy, active and balanced lifestyles through @gains4girls.
Their favourite nut butter is the Pip & Nuts Chocolate Orange Almond Butter. Speaking of chocolate orange, why not try their Jaffa Cake Protein Truffles for a perfect post workout snack?
_Bethjohns, a confident, resilient, optimistic and avid gym go-er, also expressed her love for Pip & Nut, however, her flavour of choice was chocolate hazelnut.
We managed to speak to Veronica, the naturally nutty marketing intern from the famous Pip & Nut themselves. She’d recommend the crunchy maple peanut butter, coconut almond butter or honey almond butter. But we’d recommend trying all three. In one sitting.
Madeline Shaw will get you glowing from the inside out. As a nutritional therapist, blogger and healthy chef who promotes recipes, wellness and self-care to a following of over 270k, we trust that when she says she loves the Meridian cashew butter, we would too! In fact, she recently used this in her chocolate collagen bars. Full of protein & (of course – as it says on the tin) collagen, they’re perfect for your morning commute, elevenses, afternoon pick-me-up & dessert after a lengthy day, why not give them a whirl this weekend?
If you’re trying to get your head around how to be healthy, then look no further than Madeline’s 10 point golden guide to healthy living, which covers elements from hydration to deprivation and stress elimination!
Go nuts for these scrumptious spreads:
The original one: Peanut
Peanut butter is packed with monounsaturated fats and contains, vitamins and fibre but we most commonly associate the amount of protein per serving with this spread – and that’s all good being said, but what even IS monounsaturated fat and WHY is the fact its rich in fibre beneficial?
Well, monounsaturated fat is heart-healthy, it’s one of the ‘healthy fats’ and eating moderate amounts can benefit your health in terms of lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as helping manage blood sugar (particularly beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes).
Fibre is commonly known for the ability to regulate the digestive system, but contrary to popular belief, fibre is a carb, and a “healthy carb” at that. Did you know that over a third of the carbohydrate in peanuts is fibre?
Even though you shouldn’t use peanut butter as a dominant food source, its fine to eat every now & then in small amounts – moderation not deprivation!
The Instagram famous one: Almond
Whilst the popular peanut butter still dominates supermarket shelves, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that almond butter has been at the centre of the nut butter boom in recent years.
We’re bombarded daily with healthy foodies generously drizzling and dolloping this nut butter atop their acai bowls and overnight “proats” (protein oats, of course); and with disruptive marketers such as Pip & Nut contributing to our desire for something sweeter, sales are soaring.
With a high calcium and copper content, almond butter is said to keep the brain sharp and skeleton strong, so similar to peanut butter, studies have shown links to reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes – but which is healthier the peanut or the almond?
In terms of “actual” nutrients, almond butter is said to be healthier than peanut butter because it contains more vitamins (predominantly vitamin E) minerals (magnesium and iron) and fibre, however, both are calorie and sugar similar and we wouldn’t like to say either are “better”; because at the end of the day, the only downside of there is overconsumption (and unfortunately, we can’t help you with that!)
The not so cheap one: Cashew
Fun fact: Cashew nuts are actually the seeds of the cashew apple, which is the ‘fruit’ of the cashew tree. The actual ‘nut’ (as we know it) grows inside a hard (and highly poisonous) shell; which makes the extraction tremendously tricky – and that’s why cashews come at a higher price than other nuts!
Cashew butter contains amino acids and healthy fats, which like our other choices, can keep your heart healthy. It also contains higher volumes of magnesium which speeds up your metabolism and improves your immunity.
Pro – high in protein; con – high in calories; so just like with other butters, it is important you don’t overindulge (sorry!)
Cashew nuts also contain a high carb content, which is why if you are on a low carb diet you should monitor how much of it you consume.
The one which reminds us of Nutella: Hazelnut
Although similar to the above listed butters in many ways, hazelnut butter is not as high in protein as the others, so if you want to stay fuller for longer, then we’d recommend pairing this one alongside another protein rich snack.
Previous research has linked hazelnuts with healthy ageing and decreased anxiety levels. #worldmentalhealthday2018
However, be warned. Hazelnut is usually coupled with chocolate when it comes to spreads (think Nutella… and pancakes… and French toast… and a good tablespoon); and although harmless as a treat, too much chocolate spread is likely to harm your diet and possibly your health.
If you want that cocoa fix with your hazelnut, we’d recommend the meridian cocoa and hazelnut butter – made with 100% natural ingredients, with no added salt, sugar flavours or preservatives. Why not pair with some fresh strawberries… or some French toast!?
We could go into scientifically proven stats surrounding the health benefits of the nut butters, but what you really want to know is:
- Where can I discover?
- How can I devour?
From Aldi and Lidl to Waitrose and Selfridges, you can find a nut butter in almost every supermarket. And if you can’t, there’s a whole host of websites with a variety to choose from!
Here are some of our fave brands & a taste of their tastes:
Cacao almond butter, almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, rawetlla
Peanut butter, choc hazelnut, choc orange almond, honey almond, crunch maple peanut, coconut almond
Peanut, almond, power peanut, organic peanut, cashew, whey protein peanut, triple nut, rice protein peanut
Almond, cashew, rich roast peanut, peanut with salt, coconut peanut, peanut with sunflower & sesame, cocoa peanut butter with coconut & honey.
Peanut butter with honey
Crunchy, chocolate, coconut
Take nourishment to the next level.
Not sure what to rustle up for breakfast this weekend? Fear not, toast isn’t always boring. Try banana & chocolate orange almond butter on a slice of sourdough this Saturday morning!
And if you fancy something savoury? Why not try adding a dollop of peanut butter into your stirfry?
On that note, we’re off for some snacks.