The Best Nut Butter Spreads
Best Creamy Peanut Butter
Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted
For the peanut butter purist who demands no chunks, no sugar, no nonsense. Rich and intense, it’s as tasty slathered on a piece of toast as it is mixed into a smoothie.
To buy: $6 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Best Cashew Butter
Artisana Raw Organic
This spread is so naturally sweet and creamy, your kids may start clamoring for CB & J. A little pricey, but worth every penny. (Made in a peanut-free facility.)
To buy: $11.10 for 8 ounces, at natural-food stores.
Best Almond Butter
Barney Bare Smooth
This silky winner has a secret: Unlike the competition, it’s made from almonds that have been stripped of their bitter skins, ensuring a pure nutty flavor and a velvety texture. (Made in a peanut-free facility.)
To buy: $9 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
Best Chunky Peanut Butter
365 Everyday Value Crunchy
Too many chunky varieties are gritty or grainy, but not this salty-sweet standout: Every spoonful is packed with large bits of delicious roasted nuts. Tip: Stir natural peanut butter once before refrigerating and it shouldn’t separate later.
To buy: $3.20 for 18 ounces, Whole Foods Market.
Best Sweetened Peanut Butter
Skippy Natural Creamy
It’s a miracle: This crowd-pleasing pick tastes just like conventional peanut butter but has none of the added trans fats. Bonus: no pool of oil at the top of the jar.
To buy: $4 for 15 ounces, at supermarkets.
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