There’s something inherently classic about peanut butter. Peanut butter sandwiches have been around for what feels like eons, and the inclusion of this legume-based butter in sweets and treats is something that is more than commonplace. The downfall of many brands of peanut butter is neither in taste nor in utility, but in nutritional content.
Recently, we provided you with examples of spreads that don’t use peanuts. One reason that people are drawn to alternative nut and seed spreads is that, unlike classic brands of peanut butter, they're often made without added sugars or fats. You can readily find one-ingredient almond butters (the one ingredient, obviously, being almonds), and some brands have even pioneered less easily found spreads like pistachio butter. However, because peanut butter is much more available than its spreadable counterparts, there’s a lot more leeway in terms of the taste and ingredients going into each jar.
Thus, we’ve listed some great-tasting peanut butter options that all have simple, healthy ingredients lists of one to two items. We’re not going to label as “healthy” any peanut butter that has much more than peanuts (and perhaps salt) in it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to include more exotic peanut butter spreads into your diet. For now, though, we’re sticking to the basics.
We’d be remiss not to make a brief statement on a common peanut butter misconception before proceeding. Peanuts themselves are much higher in fat than in protein, so considering peanut butter primarily as a protein source is a problem. With around 16 or 17 grams of fat and only seven or eight grams of protein per serving in many of the following brands, it’s easy to see that peanut butter is a healthy fat and not a healthy protein (like, say, chicken or Greek yogurt). Click ahead to see our list of the tastiest, healthiest, most widely available peanut butter brands.