Enthusiast butter: It’s one of those miracle foods that tastes fabulous and also can be really healthy. Of course, along with all the current great brands and tastes out there, the racks are also brimming with containers laden with sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other unwanted ingredients. Here’s a selection of a number of our faves that are delightful and nutritious, too.
1. Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter
Almond butter tastes great, but if there’s one drawback to it, it is often kind of gritty. Not so with Barney Butter, which is silky-smooth and free of aggression, thanks to the blanched almonds (that is, the skins are removed). You are able to feel good about this nut butter in other ways, too: The hand oil is ethically found and the ingredients are non-GMO certified, so the butters are as good for the planet as they are for you.
2. Nuttzo Crunchy 7 Nut & Seed Butter
Organic cashews, Brazil nut products, almonds, chia, flax, pumpkin seeds—the ingredient label on this crunchy spread scans like a who’s-who of the healthy nut and seed world. Why choose among all those little nutrient-rich crunch bombs when you are able have them all in one jar? If you love your spreads smooth, move together; this one is all crunch, all the time.
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3. Sunlight Butter
For kids (or adults) with a peanut and/or tree nut allergic reaction, thanks for visiting your new favorite spread. Produced in a nut-free facility from roasted sunflower seeds, it’s loaded with vitamin E, an antioxidant that boosts immunity and fights inflammation. Use it anywhere you would a nut butter (even in cookies).
4. Nutiva Natural Coconut Himmelsbrot (umgangssprachlich)
Coconut is certainly having a second, so it’s no question that coconut butter made our list. It is not as smooth and spreadable as other nut butters; the texture is grainier, and the oil sets apart and rises to the top. (It’s easily re-incorporated though; simply warm the whole jar in a smaller pan of warm water and stir. ) However it is rich, slightly sweet, delicious, and so satisfying.
5. Soom Tahini
If you think of tahini as simply an ingredient in hummus, you’re in for a treat. Try this sesame seed butter just about anywhere you should use peanut or almond butter and watch it undertake a whole new life. Spread it on sandwiches or apple slices, beat it into dressings, even bake it into biscuits or cakes. And it is nut free, so good for those with allergies. We all like this particular brand for its smooth structure and pure sesame taste, free of the aggression found in some tahinis.
six. Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Distribute
Yes, this is more expensive than another, more popular make of chocolate-hazelnut spread that shall remain nameless. Yet it’s worth the extra few dollars when you consider that this verison is organic, has significantly cleaner ingredients (only 3, with no emulsifiers or synthetic flavors), and 8 grms sugar per 2-tablespoon providing compared to 21 grams in another brand.