We Tried 39 Nut and Seed Butters—These Are the 5 Best

We smeared, drizzled, and spooned 39 nut and seed butter varieties to discover the ones deserving of your cupboard space.

knife spreading nut butter on one slice of toasted bread
Photo: Jennifer Causey

Fans of the classic peanut butter and jelly likely have a preferred brand of peanut butter. But perhaps you want to try a new variety or a different type of spread altogether. Our team took on the challenge of trying a nut and seed butter assortment so we could find the best nut butter. Here are the results.

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Best Natural Peanut Butter: Santa Cruz Organic Creamy Light Roasted Peanut Butter

Best Nut Butters: Organic Peanut
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Just peanuts and salt, this pick stood out from the other natural options thanks to its freshly ground taste and texture, plus its effortless stir.

To buy: $6 for 16 oz., amazon.com.

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Best Almond Butter: Woodstock Dry Roasted Smooth Almond Butter

Best Nut Butters: Almond
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We fell for this one at first bite. Made exclusively from dry-roasted almonds, it boasts a full-bodied flavor and the perfect thickness (no drips!) for slathering on toast.

To buy: $22 for 16 oz., amazon.com.

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Best Peanut Butter: Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter

Best Nut Butters: Peanut
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A classic for a reason. This ultra-creamy, salty-sweet selection works magic on a squishy PB&J or your favorite cookie recipe.

To buy: $8 for 40 oz., amazon.com.

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Best Seed Butter: Wild Friends Organic Honey Sunflower Butter

Best Nut Butters: Sunflower
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Touches of sea salt and clover honey make this silky, subtly sweet blend not just an allergy-friendly substitute but crave-worthy in its own right.

To buy: $9 for 16 oz., wildfriendsfoods.com.

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Best Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread: Nutella

Best Nut Butters: Nutella
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This indulgent treat deserves its worldwide following. Rich and supremely spreadable, it tastes heavenly on anything—including a spoon.

To buy: $7 for 26.5 oz., amazon.com.

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